Barnstaple sits astride the River Taw in North Devon and is at the heart of a delightful holiday and tourist area, with stunning scenery both coastal and country close by. The Town itself dates back to the 10th century and is reputed to be one of the oldest boroughs in the land.
The Barnstaple Organ and Keyboard Club is now in its 52nd year, having been formed in 1963. Like many clubs it has had mixed fortunes and changed names and venues many times. It currently has its home in the 'Roundswell Community Centre' which is part of the Sainsburys complex on the outskirts of Barnstaple close to the A39 (The Atlantic Highway). The Club enjoys a very supportive membership enabling top artistes to be engaged to entertain.
Back in 1963 when "Hammond" first introduced their home organs to these shores, the proprietor of a local music shop on The Square in Barnstaple - a Mr H.W.Whiting of Nicklins Music Shop (now longer in existence) took the initiative by starting the 'Barnstaple Hammond Organ Society'. The current name came about in the eighties at which time the Clubs President was Armsbee Bancroft, but upon his passing, Paul Roberts of Ilminster, Somerset kindly accepted the Clubs invitation to take over the presidency, and very supportive he is too. Indeed he gave our 40th Anniversary concert in October 2003 in his own distinctive style.
Barnstaple and North Devon in particular attract many visitors at all times of the year -- if you are one of these, why not check out our programme and pay us a visit. We can assure you of a warm welcome.
The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month except for December. Concerts start at 7.45pm (Social Evenings 7.30pm)
Members admission: £3.00
Visitors admission: £6.00
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|January 27th||Social Evening|
|March 24th||Social Evening|
|April 28th||Mike Hall|
|May 26th||Social Evening|
|June 23rd||David Lingwood|
|July 28th||John Cooper|
|August 25th||Social Evening|
|September 22nd||Claire Greig|
|October 27th||Social Evening|
|November 24th||Ian Griffin|