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Farnworth And Walkden Band Website

Farnworth & Walkden Band are a friendly North-West band graded 3rd Section. Throughout the year we are busy with many concerts and contests. We rehearse on Monday and Wednesday 8:00PM-10PM in our own Bandroom


Thursday 23rd February 2017

Bernard Pennington

The band have paid tribute to Bernard Pennington, President of Farnworth and Walkden Band formally Walkden Band for over 40 years. Aged 85 years, he passed away in hospital on Thursday 23rd February 2017.

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Bernard Pennington (Funeral)

Bill Roscoe

I and a small group of band members played a selection of his favourite hymns at the funeral today of the band President Bernard Pennington, which was held at Howe Bridge crematorium Atherton.
The chapel was full to capacity with several dozen people standing outside to witness a beautiful and moving service by the minister, Bernard's daughters Julie,Catherine and their children who together spoke of Bernard as an amazing Grand father.
All the many connections and colleagues over his lifetime were represented and suitable stories about Bernard's love of life and service to the community were told.
Bernard Pennington as was his father Joe before him was President of the Walkden Band (later to become F&W Band)for over 50 years and supported them in any way that he could help.The band is truly grateful for having such a great man as President.
Our thoughts are now with the family and close friends.



• Principal cornet
• Front row cornet

Farnworth and Walkden Brass band are seeking cornet players to complete our line up. We are a hard-working, committed band that has a sensible mix of concerts and contests throughout the year and are looking forward to joining the second section in January 2018.

Contact To apply, in confidence, please contact

Musical Director, Matt Shaw
email - matt-j-shaw@live.co.uk
mobile - 07729 442 649


Chairman, Emma Ford
email - fandwband@gmail.com
mobile - 07411 186 044

  but all players are welcome for a blow

Coming Up -

Full Diary for 2017

Date Name Venu Time
Sun 23th April 2017 St Georges Day March Bolton Town Hall 1:30pm for 2:00pm
Sun 7th May 2017 Buxton Contest Buxton Afternoon
Fri 9th June 2017 Whit Friday Marches 4:00 start
Sat 10th June 2017 Trinity Church Farnworth Afternoon
Wed 14th June 2017 St Stephens Kearsley 7:00pm for 7:30pm
Wed 12th July 2016 St Peters Church Swinton 7:30pm