Last night’s cheque presentation to St Michael’s Hospice from the Rye Ukulele Orchestra.
Centre stage – Ian Burford, long standing member of the group and our MD was delighted to present Bruni Lovett with a cheque for just over £600. The money was raised at the various busking and booked events that we played last year and exceeded our expectations considerably. It is heart-warming that people are so generous for such a worth-while cause. Bruni stayed the course and listed to a bit of rehearsal – brave lady.
Thanks to all those who contributed so generously in 2015. We’d love to try and beat the amount this year.
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.
Well the dust has finally settled after the festival and as soon as we got our breath we were back ‘on stage’ last weekend at the Rye Hospital Fete. A bright a very breezy day saw music flying everywhere (skirts too). This was the first of many summer bookings in our calendar and we are delighted we could contribute to such a worthwhile event. Thanks to the fund raisers at the Memorial Hospital. Our next outing is the Sue Ryder Fete at 10 High Street Rye on 11th July. Look forward to seeing you all then.
We’ve been so busy over the past couple of weeks that I’ve barely had time to blog.
On Saturday 13th December we had the great honour to greet Father Christmas at Strand Quay as he arrived by boat. We now know the chords to “Here comes Santa Claus” rather well!
It was a bright but bitterly cold afternoon – well attended by children and parents alike and we managed to add to our St Michael’s Hospice collection considerably. Thanks everyone.
Tuesday 16th December was our Christmas Party. Our MC Mr Kenneth Hall did a fantastic job of overseeing the event (devised by Mr Ian Burford). A great Christmas meal was served by the Queens Head staff and we entertained each other (hopefully) with party pieces and a great sing song – accompanied obviously by our Ukes. Thanks to Pam Stroud for her financial services too.
STRAND COURT CHRISTMAS PARTY
Thursday 17th saw us, with somewhat depleted numbers, entertaining the folks at Strand Court. They were a brilliant bunch, joined in enthusiastically and were incredibly generous with their donations to our St Michael’s Hospice fund - and their mince pies and sherry. Thanks again.
This Tuesday 23rd December will be our last get-together before Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our supporters – remember – Four Strings Good.
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
To celebrate the Christmas season we will be down at Strand Quay this Saturday (13th December) to welcome Father Christmas ashore. A group of us will brave the temperatures (but not the rain unfortunately) to play a mix of our standards and some extra Christmassy music.
I’m told a bouncy castle, some fun rides and food stalls will also be at the Quay. Come and join us from 2.30pm for some foot stamping, hand clapping Christmas cheer.
Kate Jeffery receives the cheque from Ian Burford
The Rye Ukulele Experiment had the pleasure yesterday evening of playing at St Michael’s Hospice shop for their Christmas Extravaganza. We wrapped up the event-filled day by playing some of our favourite numbers along with a selection of suitably Christmassy songs. Accompanied by customers and staff in the shop we Jingle Belled and White Christmassed till 8pm.
We also took the opportunity of donating a cheque, to manageress Kate Jeffery, raised by our busking this year bringing the total raised for the hospice to a little over £200.
A great day was had by all – thanks so much to the staff and helpers at the shop for their hospitality.
The Experiment had a brilliant night last night touring Rye and playing in various pubs to fund raise for Children in Need. The weather stayed fine and we were made welcome everywhere we went.
Special thanks to The Queens Head, The Ypres Castle, The Standard, The Pipe Makers, The Cinque Ports and The Olde Worlde Wine Bar (hic) for allowing us to play and collect from their customers. Thanks also to their customers for donating in excess of £160 last night.
The following pics were taken at the Cinque Ports by Kerrianne who also got the thankless task of bucket carrier and donation collector.
Rye Ukulele Experiment will be cruising the pubs of Rye in aid of Children in Need on Friday 14th November. Starting at the Queens Head, Landgate at 7pm we will also be calling in at The Cinque Ports pub, The Pipe makers and Danny’s Olde Worlde Wine Bar (if we can all fit in) during the evening. We are going to play a short set at each stop and hope to raise lots of money for the appeal from the generous people of Rye. There will be other surprise pub visits during the evening – surprise to us too at the moment!
THIS EVENT IS WEATHER DEPENDENT SO KEEP FINGERS CROSSED THAT THE RAIN STOPS BEFORE 6PM
Thanks for your understanding
Many thanks to Adams for allowing us to play under their canopy.
Perfect weather and an appreciative audience greeted us today outside Adams in the High Street, Rye where we busked in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. The people of Rye and visitors were extraordinarily generous – thanks so much. We are also grateful to the Rye Arts Festival for their support.