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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
Wild Boar evening at The Queens Head last week. Thanks to everyone who came and supported us. Special thanks to Jonathan for the yummy wild boar goodies!
We are happy to be playing this evening in the theatre at the ARRCC centre, New Road Rye. We are part of the Sunset Serenade concert raising money for the Dementia Action Alliance.
The concert start at 7:30, would be great to see you there!
On Tuesday evening we were joined by Meg who is visiting the area from Northumberland. She plays with The Angel Delights a ukulele group based in Wooler, they have recently played at Alnwick International music festival and like most ukulele groups play to raise funds for charity. We have had a lot of visitors this year from other ukulele groups and it has been great to share experiences and songs with them. Some of us, whilst on our holidays, have visited other ukulele groups too and as usual a great evening is had by all!