I live in Bristol where there are more than 5 or 6 bands all scrapping for a small pool of players. Because of this players can move from band to band depending on what's good at the time. This makes it very difficult and no-one can ever claim to have a full set of 'settled' members. The new year always signals the annual fight for players to fill spaces for the areas and this year is no different. Borrowing/poaching/stealing is par for the course at this time of year but it's not ideal and I feel some action must be taken to sort this out. Maybe the answer is to combine two or three bands that constantly struggle to maintain a full complement? I don't know for sure but if anyone has any suggestions about the best way forward I'd appreciate it. Has anyone come through a successful merger? Are there any horror stories out there I should be aware of? Answers on a postcard please....... Cheers.