© North Berwick Pipe Band 14 January 2021




18 March 2020

All Band activities suspended due to Covid Pandemic

The Band’s Constitutional clause 29.2 regarding the dissolution of the Band states ...it is recorded that the Band has failed to appear in public throughout the previous two seasons…

Years 2020 and 2021 have been and will be exceptional due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the restrictions on public interactions. The last official appearance of the Band was at a wedding at Harvest Moon, Lochhouses on 29 February 2020.

In spite of this we have had individuals playing at the Fidra Nursing Home, the Abbey Care Home, Leuchie House and Hilton Lodge, Haddington at various points throughout the year. With the raising of restrictions during the summer months we were able to have some informal practices on Elcho Green in North Berwick and also a Band performance in July at Leuchie house to celebrate their 9 years as an independent charity. We also had one of our young members piping a socially distanced Santa for the switch on the North Berwick Christmas lights.

November 2020

Following the Science – A systematic literature review of studies surrounding singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 October 2020

Start of our year as a beneficiary from the Coop Local Community Fund. Coop members can select a specific charity to support with their Coop spend. Any unnominated spend is divided among the 3 beneficiary groups in the local area.

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8 January 2021

Glimmer of Hope as the RSPBA Pull Out All the Stops for Pipe Band Season 2021

Extract from Piping Press on 8 January 2021:

Some promising comments for the competition season this year. Click on this link to read the article from the Piping Press.

13 January 2021

An interpretation of the Covid requirements

Music and Singing

Non-professionals who are participating in an organised outdoor activity managed by an organisation such as a business, charity or club can meet outdoors in local authorities within levels 0 or 1. Organisers should undertake all distancing and hygiene requirements as well as a risk assessment. Groups can proceed with their activity if they can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between individuals or individual households. If they cannot ensure that physical distancing is not compromised - including when arriving at or leaving an activity or in any breaks or socialising - then such non-professional activity should not take place.

Sport and Exercise

It could be argued that that there is little difference between band activities (in particular if electronic chanters are being used) and Sport and Exercise activities. These extracts are taken from Church of Scotland Guidance.

Within different protection level areas there are different rules on what sport and exercise groups (including dance groups) can take place within a place of worship.

  • Level 0Indoor and Outdoor classes for all ages are permitted to take place.
  • Level 1 –Indoor and Outdoor classes for all ages, except indoor contact sports for over 18s are permitted to take place (with exception of professional sports)
  • Level 2 –Indoor and Outdoor classes for all ages, except indoor contact sports for over 18s are permitted to take place (with exception of professional sports)
  • Level 3 –Indoor classes for under 18s only are permitted and outdoor classes are permitted with the exception of no outdoor contact sports for those 18 or over (with the exception of professional sport)
  • Level 4 – No indoor activities are permitted and only outdoor classes for non-contact sports are permitted (with the exception of professional sport)
  • Enhanced Level 4 – No indoor activities or outdoor classes are permitted.