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!
Join us tomorrow (Saturday July 17th) at Little Orchard House in West Street, Rye for a fabulous day of musical entertainment. A perfect garden set in the heart of the ancient town of Rye is the venue and the Rye Ukulele Experiment will be playing for an hour from 2pm. Other singers and musicians will also be performing throughout the day to support The Wishing Well.
The event runs from 11am till 4pm and costs £3 entry. Look forward to seeing you there.
What a great afternoon we had at the Sue Ryder garden party on Saturday. The sun shone right down on us in Rae Festing’s fabulous garden in the High Street, Rye. Don’t know about a Beautiful Sunday, but it was certainly a fantastic Saturday! Lots of money was raised for the charity as well.
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.
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