After seeing the announcement on 4barsrest, that this year's contest has been cancelled, I was wondering how individuals feel about this? The decision to take the contest to Pershore was debated last year, and the post-contest 'opinion' (according to the Association press release) , was that it had been a successful move (previously held at Leamington Spa). Many people questioned this outcome in post-contest discussion, but it seems that our prior concerns about moving it from it's spiritual home, had fallen on deaf ears at Association level. The subsequent decision to move it's calendar position, has proved to be a further error in terms of understanding the mood of some bands and their members, regarding these drastic changes to the face of West Midlands banding. This contest is pivotal to maintaining the profile of Brass Banding in our area, and the decision to cancel it - particularly at such short notice, is damaging beyond repair to the integrity of the Association and it's seemingly short-sighted committee. If the needs and desires of it's member bands are to be acknowledged at any time in the future, stop ignoring the concerns of outsiders, stop making decisions based only on financial foundations, and realise that what we had at Leamington was established and respected nationally, that's what we need back.