Our latest Blue Plaque
3rd December 2016
We are delighted to announce that our latest Blue Plaque was ‘unveiled’ on Saturday the 3rd of December at 11.00am on the building known as the ‘Band Ole’ or ‘Band Oil’. Built around 1686 the first ‘Council House’ for the homeless and destitute of Addingham on land formerly owned by the Overseers of the Poor and now our Parish Council. Up until comparatively recently the original house was nothing more than a pile of stone and rubble until two ‘local lads’ Peter Hindle and Doug Tetley decided that an essential part of the Village’s history could not be lost forever. An additional room was built in the 19thCentury but even that required almost total demolition before the task of rebuilding could get underway. It was this room where the Addingham Brass Band would rehearse. The Parish Council agreed to finance the materials with Peter and Doug donating their time free of charge. The end result is wonderful and there cannot be a more worthy recipient of a Blue Plaque award. The unveiling was undertaken by our MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, Kris Hopkins.
For those of you who don’t know where the ‘Band Ole’ is: from the Craven Heifer proceed up Silsden Road for only a short distance and the building is on the left set back and down from the road.
To coincide with this ceremony the library have a visual display of the history and background to the Band ‘Ole. It charts the progress of the rebuilding and all the work entailed. If you want to learn more then pop along to the library.