Last Tuesday’s meeting was tinged with a little sadness for we will soon be losing one of our stalwart members. Mike is heading back north permanently to enjoy a well earned retirement. There have been very few weeks when Mike didn’t add to our evening with his company and well-honed jokes. His claim to fame will always be as warm-up for the Bongo Bongo band at the Rye Arts Festival a couple of years ago – a role thrust upon him very suddenly.
A fond farewell was helped along with one of Justine’s amazing cakes, decorated to depict Mike’s favourite railway themed songs. Good luck Mike with a long and very happy retirement and don’t forget to pop back and see us – keep strumming.
Have the Rye Ukulele Orchestra invented a new pastime?
Following the Camber Fun Day we decided to unwind with a glass of wine or two at the farm and try out a possible sound system in the garden (where no-one could hear us). Well it seems the microphone is a bit addictive and certain people (they know who they are) were very keen and had a fine time playing and singing the rest of the afternoon away.
Mrs Hall’s Boys
Bob the nod
THANKS GUYS FOR A GREAT AFTERNOON.
The Rye Ukulele Orchestra made it to the Camber fun day with just moments to spare due to an 18 mile detour through the country lanes of East Sussex and Kent. The fabulous weather saw thousands of visitors on the roads from Rye to Camber but luckily, with our MD Ian’s local knowledge, we were able to find an alternative route.
Thanks so much to the organisers of the fun day for finding us a parking space – we had a great time with a small but very appreciative audience!
This year’s Maritime Festival was a perfect afternoon. Bright blue skies, hot sunshine, a waterside venue and our own little camp where we set up a bar and picnic to keep us going through the afternoon.
The Orchestra played their usual toe-tapping sets but, for the first time, we were pleased to introduce three new feature sections from the Ukuladies, Ali Catt & Co and Mrs Hall’s Buoys.
The Rye Ukulele Orchestra
Ali Catt & Co
Mrs Hall’s Buoys
Our thanks go to all who supported us by throwing money in the St Michael’s Hospice bucket. We raised a considerable sum of money – yet to be confirmed. We’re also grateful to all those who stopped to listen and gave us such great rounds of applause. Lastly thanks to the organisers for such a wonderful event.
The weather looks set fine for the Rye Maritime Festival 2015 tomorrow at Strand Quay, Rye.
The Rye Ukulele Orchestra and Experiment will be performing a great selection of their favourite numbers from 12.15 onwards. We will also be featuring special sections from the Ukuladies, Alison Catt& Co and Mrs Hall’s Buoys. Come along and join us.