A Village Band
by Jenny Bradley
tell us about yourself:
I was born in the moorland village of Slaidburn, Yorkshire, now in
North West Lancashire, 75 years ago. Both my parents were descended from
generations of moorland farming families and I was the second in a family
of three boys and three girls. I was the first member of my family to
leave our culture and to marry and move away.
in various parts of England,and travelling abroad, I eventually returned
to my roots and since then have been working to gather and record the
farming history of the Upper Hodder Valley. More recently have been working
to organise an archive there.
I am a retired school teacher with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Since
returning to Lancashire I have learned to ring the Church bells, to play
a cornet in a Brass Band and become the Hodder Valley Archivist.
your story about?
The story is about fulfilling a childhood ambition to join and play with
Slaidburn Silver Band, our village band. It describes how I managed to
do this when I was 67 by learning to play with young beginners, then joining
the main band to play second cornet and how I still march and play with
them at the age of 75.
you choose to tell this particular story?
The Village Band. This was an opportunity to release the buried emotions
of a lifetime of longing. Also to prove to myself and others that the
impossible is often possible if there is enough determination, it is never
to late to pursue a dream.
the experience of making your digital story like?
This masterclass offered me an opportunity to practise some of the learning
I has begun during my first digital storytelling and use more advanced
techniques. It was a struggle and a steep learning curve but a wonderful
opportunity. The support and help was well organised and sensitive which
encourages follow up, and practise to go on and use all the new ideas
at home and in the archives. The two courses have opened up exciting horizons
and I am so grateful.