Apologies if this subject has already been raised. What does every body think about the timing of the Area competitions. If you are a newly promoted or relegated band and take your place in your new section on 1st January, then the Area contest seems to be sprung on you very quickly indeed. Is it fair that some bands will only have 10 or 11 weeks in their new section before they are measured against their peers in the most important contest of the year. Wouldn't it be better to promote/relegate bands straight away after the areas so they have a year to settle in their new section and enter own-choice and entertainment contests to find out the level they need to be.