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.

Nell Bowles on you-tube 2023

Fiddlers on you-tube May 2018


  • Approximately 40 including 10 young students and 7 Lifetime members.  About 20 members are active musicians.  New members are always welcome.

 Regular Practices

  • Practices are held at Grace United Church hall in Coombs on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Executive for 2023: 
Nell Bowles  
#208 211 Moilliet St.,Parksville BC V9P 1N8 
250-586-6666 cell 250-240-0582
Vice President
Bob Berge
1041A Bellevue Rd Parksville,V9P 2C6
Marg Elliott
266 Chestnut St., Parksville, BC V9P 2V7
    Nell Bowles & Marg Elliott
2 year - Fern Fondrick, Darlene Haupstein
1 year - Carol Hansen, Angela Maharajh, Tom Elliott
* Other Functions: Membership - Marg Elliott

  Special Events and Playouts

  • We play monthly at several of the local Seniors’ care residences.

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


  • None Planned at this Time.