The Restored Bandstand

The Bandstand is an excellent example of the Friends of Beaumont Park (FoBP) working in conjunction with Kirklees Council to restore the Park to its former glory. The Bandstand is now used throughout the year providing musical entertainment from jazz and swing, brass bands to carol singing. It is licensed and used for weddings and other less formal activities such as local residents performing Tai Chi in the early morning.

                           Uppermill Band at the Bandstand - June 2014

The Grand Opening Event was held on Sunday 5th June 2011. Cllr. Eric Firth, the Mayor of Kirklees opened the bandstand and the crowd was entertained by the Lindley Band and St. Barnabus Choir. This was the culmination of over two years effort to bring the bandstand into full use, as it was years ago. The postcards and pictures below show the original bandstand and how until 2011 the base had been used as a garden and latterly as a bandstand with temporary shelter. The original cover took seven strong volunteers to erect before four B&Q pop up gazebos made life a little easier. These are still used for events on rainy days at the Visitor Centre.

Tomorrow is the big day Peter stands back - tomorrow is the big day

The Bandstand Grand Opening The mayor Cllr. Eric Firth

The Ribbon is cut The Ribbon is Cut

The project to restore the Bandstand started over 2 years prior to its opening and in March 2009 an application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to restore the bandstand. The grant was divided into two parts, the first to develop the project and the second larger amount was to undertake the work required. The first grant was duly approved.  Heritage Lottery Fund Logo

As mentioned, FoBP collaborate well with Kirklees Council and the initial stage involved the FoBP taking responsibility for researching the musical traditions in the Park This involved issuing questionnaires and consulting with local residents, hosting exhibition events at the visitor centre and using audio visual techniques to interview people who had memories of events in the Park. Meanwhile Kirklees Council took on the drafting of the bandstand design brief, which included not just the bandstand but the surrounding area such as planting, furniture and provision of the necessary services.

Planning permission to rebuild the bandstand was given on 9th February 2010 and Emma Mills from Kirklees Property and Design Services contacted bandstand manufacturers for quotations for the work. Maryke Woods of Kirklees Culture and Leisure Services, together with the Friends submitted a bid for the second grant for the construction part of the bandstand. A Bandstand Exhibition and Consultation Event was held to build support for the project and the Mayor of Kirklees, Julie Stewart Turner visited and gave her support.

Building work began on 1st February 2011 with preparing the base. This took about two weeks with parts of the Bandstand being constructed elsewhere. Improvement to the paths and landscaping of the adjacent area also commenced. The whole project was completed successfully and the Bandstand remains a pinnacle of the ongoing and acclaimed relationship between Kirklees Council and the Friends of Beaumont Park.

                      The old Bandstand  Old Bandstand 1  Old bandstand - 2                                                                          Old Bandstand 3

Base as a garden   Base used as a garden prior to 2009

          Covers prior to the restoration as the bandstand starts its useful life again

Old Cover 2007         B & Q Gazebos 2009

 The Mayor at the Visitor Centre Exhibition

Mayor Visits the Visitor Centre Exhibition

The Bandstand Base - before work starts

Bandstand Base - 2009

                                         1st February - work Commences

                       1st Feb 2011 - Work Starts  

                                          Spreading Concrete

 Electricity Ducting

                  Top Construction

                                          Almost Complete

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                         Current View - June 2013