Vancouver Island – Coombs

altBranch # 11, Coombs, Central Vancouver Island

CENTRAL VANCOUVER ISLAND covers an area from Qualicum Bay to Duncan.

 When initially formed, the club met and played at a venue in Coombs, hence the name.

 The community of Coombs is located 9 km west of Parksville and is well known as the home of “The Goats on the Roof” at the Old Country Market. Coombs grew out of the Salvation Army’s immigration program that brought nearly a quarter of a million poor English and Welsh to Canada. The handful of families that settled here took the name for their community from the Salvation Army’s commissioner in Canada, Thomas Coombs.

Fiddlers on you-tube May 2018


  • Approximately 45 Regular and Lifetime members of whom about 20 are active musicians.  New members are always welcome.

 Regular meetings at Rotary House

    • General Meetings are usually on the FOURTH WEDNESDAY  of every month – Sept to June, at 1:00 PM from 1 – 3 to the Coombs Rodeo grounds hall. These meetings are usually followed by a Tea Dance at 2:15PM. Admission is $3 and includes light refreshments. Meetings resume October 24, 2018.

    • A July Meeting is usually in conjunction with a picnic and a practice session in preparation for the upcoming festivals.

    • we are having practice/learning sessions every other Sunday at ” The Mac” from 1 – 3

Executive for 2019: 
Nell Bowles  
#208 211 Moilliet St.,Parksville BC V9P 1N8 
250-586-6666 cell 250-240-0582
Vice President
Bob Berge
1041 Bellevue Rd Parksville,V9P 2C6
Marg Elliott
266 Chestnut St Parksville BC, V9P 2V7
2 year - George Despinesm, Roy Bochek, Sheral Coutts
1 year  - Don Howlett,Tom Elliott
* Other Functions: Membership - Margaret Elliott,

  Special Events and Playouts

 ANNUALLY on the THIRD SATURDAY of SEPTEMBER 21, 22, 2019 we host a FIDDLE JAMBOREE in the big hall at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds, 2601 Alberni Highway. Food and dry camping will be available on the grounds.

  • For 2019 the event will be on SEPTEMBER 21, 2019. Open stage registration is at 10:00 a.m. and the show begins at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome; admission is $5, musicians and under 12’s free. There will be special performances featuring the popular Sarah Tradewell and Quinton Etheridge-Pedden. More information will be forthcoming as the program is finalized.

  • We play once per month, September to June, at each of the local Seniors’ care residences.

  • When requested, we perform at various local events such as the Coombs Fair, Coombs Bluegrass Festival, Art-in-the-Garden, etc.


  • None Planned at this Time.