Beamish Museum are launching a fundraising appeal to raise funds to rebuild this 100 year old brick band hall in The Pit Village at Beamish in its centenary year.

Any financial assistance you can offer, be it large or small will make a significant contribution. Every penny will help to support us so that we can start to rebuild the Band Hall. For example, just £5 will pay for a roof slate or £10 wil restore a brick.

When rebuilt, the Band Hall will help to illustrate what everyday life was like in a typical North East colliery community and will provide a space for displaying miners’ banners, playing music and much-needed facilities for the 40,000 school children visiting each year.

The local community has already raised thousands of pounds in support of the cause – including a sponsored walk by Hetton Lyons School carrying one of the bricks from Hetton to Beamish. Pupils from Hetton Lyons School wrote and performed the Hetton Band Hall Rap, you can watch the video by clicking here.

The Hetton Silver Band was founded on 1st April 1887.  A piece of land in South Market Street, Hetton-le-Hole was purchased from Hetton Coal Company for just £25.00 and a tin practice hut for the band was built.  This was later superseded by a brick building on the same site around 1912.

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Donations 12

For my dad.

Donation by Anonymous on 12/05/13

Good luck to everyone rebuilding the Band Hall. Those bricks and I will look forward to the music again.... and if you ever need a trombone.!

Donation by Richard Avison on 31/01/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Matthew Allen on 20/01/13


Good luck to everyone involved in this exciting project - I hope to bring our grandchildren to see it when it's complete.

Donation by Alan Thomas on 09/01/13

Donation on Behalf of my Mum and Dad who love Beamish and bands!

Donation by Helen Ashton on 06/12/12

I look forward to seeing the Band Hall in its completed state.

Donation by Gordon Wright on 01/11/12

As a Hetton resident and a brass player myself, I'm pleased to support this cause.

Donation by Colin Harding on 06/04/12

Every little helps.

Donation by Trevor White on 02/04/12

My grandparents lived on South Market St, Hetton just 2 mins from the hall, this donation is in their memory.

Donation by Lewis Atkinson on 31/03/12

Good luck with the project, can't wait to see it compleated.

Donation by michael sheen on 31/03/12

We'll get there, together !!

Donation by Richard Waters on 30/03/12

Good luck with this fantastic project!

Donation by Philip Davies on 29/03/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£202.00
  • Offline donations£17,925.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£18,127.00
  • Gift Aid£45.50

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