Rye Ukulele Festival 2017 – Saturday 8th July

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We are happy to report that all the preparations are well underway for our 3rd Ukulele Festival!

Our theme for this year is the music of 1967 in honour of 50 years of Sgt Pepper release, so dig out your hippy garb, twiggy dresses, floppy hats et. all and we will have a groovy time!

You can access The Big Busk Book for the day here, on our Facebook page and also under the Festival 2017 header page on this website.
We will be supporting The Ukulele Kids Club UK again this year
a very worthwhile Charity that supplies Ukuleles and tutors to sick children in hospital to help with recovery.
There will be food and, of course, ice cream vendors as well as Noah Ukuleles and The Music Trading Company there for your enjoyment and perusal and we are so looking forward to welcoming friends old and new for another fun filled happy day.
So, BE THERE OR BE SQUARE !!!

Playing for the Scallop Festival

Last week saw the return of The Scallop Festival in Rye and RUE enjoyed playing a variety of Sea related songs for our lovely audience.  Also our very talented crew performed solo spots and some songs written especially for the evening by Floris.

Thanks to Jonathan and his team at the Queens Head for the delicious scallop dishes and thanks also to the brilliant support from our audience and their generosity towards The Ukulele Kids Charity UK.   Below is a photo of some of the Band with Olly Campion who organises the festival and supports this website with his technical knowledge for us.

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2016 – What A Year!

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In 2016, we played at over 20 events……fairs, festivals, fetes, and open days. The charities we supported included The Music Well, St Michaels Hospice, Dementia Awareness, Sue Ryder, The Sara Lee Trust and the RSPCA. In addition, we independently raised £245.24 for St Michaels Hospice, and £873.64 for The Ukulele Kids Club UK. We met many new friends and had lots of fun along the way!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us and put coins (and notes!) into our buckets. Let’s see if we can improve on that in 2017!

Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all!  RUE have had an amazing year, we have met some wonderful new people played at lots of  venues, new and old, enjoyed some great Ukulele Festivals and along the way have raised lots of money for Charity, can’t be bad!

Our next meeting at the Queens Head will be Tuesday 3rd of January, and we are looking forward to another fun filled Ukulele year!

Best Wishes  for Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year to all!

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Iden Seniors and Christmas in Rye

A great festive singsong recently with the lovely people of Iden,      after their Seniors Christmas dinner. Thanks to their generous       donations, we have another £78.85 going into the St Michaels Hospice pot.

And just to keep us on our toes, last Saturday we were asked to play at the Butter Market as part of the Christmas in Rye Celebrations, a good time was had by all!

 

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A Lovely Thank You!

We wanted to share with you a lovely letter we received from Maria from the Sara Lee Trust.  We had great fun and are looking forward to the next time!

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Dear Justine and all the members of the Rye Ukulele Experiment,

Huge thanks for donating your time to play at our Christmas Fair on Saturday, it was so wonderful to have your fantastic music during the day, it completely lifted the atmosphere and we have received lovely feedback from all who attended on how much they enjoyed it.

We raised an incredible £2,646.12 from the Fair and Raffle which will be used to provide essential care and support services to local people living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

On behalf of everyone at the Trust, thanks once again – we really hope you enjoyed being part of the Fair and would love to see you all next year, to do it all over again.

With very best wishes,

Maria, Nikki and everyone at The Sara Lee Trust

Maria Gonet
Fundraising Manager

Sarah Lee Trust Christmas Fair

We dusted off our jingle bells and raided our wardrobes for red things, and got into the mood at The Sara Lee Trust Christmas Fair, held in the beautiful church of St John the Evangelist, St Leonards. This wonderful charity raises funds to help families and people affected by cancer. There was a warm and friendly atmosphere and lots of people, and we were joined for a while by Tony, a uke player visiting from The Isle of Wight. Nice to meet you Tony!

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Sarah Lee Trust Christmas Fair – Saturday 19th November

We are delighted to be providing lots of seasonal songs in support of The  Sarah Lee  Christmas Fair this coming Saturday.  There will be great festive shopping with lots of stalls, including gifts, delicious refreshments and children’s crafts, also a grand Christmas Raffle and a visit from Father Christmas!

The event will be held at St.  John’s Church, Pevensey Road,  St Leonards-on-Sea,TN38 0RD,  Look forward to seeing you there!

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