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Quantock Lodge 2023 


This year’s Autumn residential weekend at Quantock Lodge had a special twist, as we celebrated the WCCP’s 40th Ruby Anniversary. 

Over 85 attendees joined us, with lots of new players and members – which was great to see. Beginners and Improvers enjoyed receiving focused group tuition on their Duet (Crane, Hayden and McCann), Anglo or English concertinas. The more proficient players enjoyed honing their skills in the Band. There were also Option sessions and concertina maintenance available, with quite a few attendees leaving with new concertinas from Barleycorn Concertinas.

On the Friday night, there was an open session in the bar area. On the Saturday night, we had pre-dinner drinks in the dining room (in special commemorative WCCP Ruby Anniversary cups) and the room was a sea of red. After dinner, we played tunes and watched the tutors play in a showcase. On the Sunday, it was lovely to hear what each group had been working on during the weekend. Every beginner group was able to play a tune or two, as well as hearing the more advanced tunes the band were playing. At the end of the session, we all joined in to play Farewell Old Friends and a Ruby Anthem, composed by our very own John Lambert. 

The club will need to find a new venue for the 2024 Autumn Residential weekend. We are keen to continue the fun and success of the Quantock Lodge weekends for beginners and improvers of all Concertina systems. Please watch this space for more details in early 2024.