Category Archives: Members

Happy birthday to us

To celebrate our 3rd birthday we held a fab little party at the Queens Head last night.  It was truly one of the best playing nights we’ve had with a great turnout of established players and new members.  Graham did us proud with an amazing Banjolele cake made of bread pudding with liquorice strings


and our gorgeous mascot Biggles got lots of fuss and left overs.


Thanks also to Jonathan for the wine and sandwiches.  Pam’s friend also supplied us with a tray of spectacular cup cakes and Ian blew out almost all the candles.


In all a great night.


New Ukers page

We’ve built a little page for those new to playing.  So many people tell us they have a Uke in the cupboard gathering dust that someone bought them and they’d love to play it but don’t know where to start.   So take a look at the New Ukers page and contact us if you’d like to come along a give it a go.  You’ll find information and some simple 2 and 3 chord songs to there too.




It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

We’ve been so busy over the past couple of weeks that I’ve barely had time to blog.IMAG0069

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.


 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

Visitors and new members?


On Tuesday 29th July we had the welcome addition of a visitor to Rye at our weekly meeting.  Below is the lovely message from Audrey and David saying how much they enjoyed us and hopefully Rye.

“My partner David and I were on holiday in Rye just recently , we noticed a poster advertising an ‘open garden ‘ with various bands playing all day, as we are both keen on music ( we sing in a 120 strong choir here in Egham ).  We went along to the garden to relax in the sunshine and listen to the music , we were impressed with Rye ukulele experiment ! And you all seemed to love what you were doing ! It was a joy to listen and sing along with you guys . someone mentioned that you got together in the queens head on Tuesday evenings , so on Tuesday off we went to the pub ( with David hoping he would be allowed a little ‘strum ‘ ) well he certainly was ,and it made his day !! We really enjoyed the evening  well done Rye ukulele experiment , may you go from strength to strength, and we hope to see you again sometime ! Best wishes Audrey & David”

It is our pleasure to welcome visitors and new members any Tuesday.  We don’t teach but use “immersive learning”, as Ian so beautifully put it.  We can usually lend a uke or two to anyone who would just ‘like to have a go’.

This week we were delighted to welcome Brian, Jon and Ken along for a strum.  Hopefully new members for the Experiment?