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THE FORGE CHURCH — REHEARSAL VENUE
The Westshore Community Concert Band rehearses at the Forge church, 2612 Sooke Road, Colwood. Parking is available to the right of the church down a short ramp. Limited parking is available directly in front of the building and is reserved for those with mobility issues and large or cumbersome instruments or lots of equipment. There is also some on-street parking.
BEACON HILL PARK
The band usually plays at the band shell in the park in August. A dop-off point for percussionists carrying a lot of equipment is available on an internal road near the band shell. Parking is wherever one can find it; angled parking exists on the outside of the park on Douglas Street, from where the walk in is fairly short.
FORT RODD HILL
The band plays here annually as part of the Canada Day celebrations on July 1. Members should tell the parking attendant they are "with the band", so they can be directed to the performers' parking area. If you park on the grass on the slope PLEASE be considerate and do not block access for those who may arrive after you do. Chairs are provided and an awning provides some shelter from the sun, but sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are recommended in warm weather.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY PARISH HALL
Since our annual Café Suite outgrew the space available in The Forge Church, this popular event has been held in the large hall adjacent to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 798 Goldstream Avenue in Langford. The main parking lot is accessible from Peatt Road; a few spots for people with disabilities are accessible from Goldstream Avenue.
ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY — MOTHERS' DAY
The lawn below the terrace of Hatley Castle is the site for the annual Mothers' Day entertainment. The band usually plays late in the afternoon. Follow University Drive downhill and take direction from the parking attendants. Parking (at $5 for the day) is available on the bottom fields toward the water (from where one must scramble back uphill.) Percussion and large instruments may be unloaded at the front of the castle on College Road. The performance venue is on the lawn below the terrace at the rear of the Castle. A protective tent awning and chairs are provided. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.
VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK —
REMEMBRANCE DAY; CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT-UP
For this gig, dress appropriately for the weather – it's usually cold! A toque, scarf and gloves usually are necessary (leave the usual uniform in the closet), and maybe a cushion to separate your bottom from the chill plastic chair seat. There is always a big audience for this event, so carpool if possible and park on side streets wherever you can (on Station Avenue near the Langford Legion is usually a good place.) The park is in the area bounded by Veterans' Memorial Parkway, Goldstream Avenue and Aldwynd Road.