We are looking forward to playing at the RSPCA, Bluebell Ridge, Chowns Hill on Sunday at their Spring Fair. A perfect day out for all the family with a variety of stalls, including raffles, homemade cakes, books, toys and much more. The Cattery is also open for you to meet the resident cats who are looking forward to seeing some friendly new faces. This is one of our favourite charities which we love to support, would be great to see you there!
Rue are playing Christmas songs tomorrow from 10:30am at the Sara Lee Trust Christmas Fair at St John the Evangelist, Brittany Road, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0RD. Christmas Decorations and gifts, craft stalls, festive food and drink along with children’s activities and many other attractions are on offer. We also have it on good authority that Father Christmas will be popping in!
Looking forward to seeing you there!!
We have had a great August, playing every weekend so far at functions and we have really enjoyed it! Two private parties and last Sunday at Pevensey’sukulele festival, a really great day held every year.
Hope to see you all at the Rye Arts Festival on Saturday September 16th where we will be playing in the high street early afternoon.
Happy strumming all!
We had a busy April, playing at another two venues, the first was at Iden’s Ship to Shore Variety show where the Experiment played the matinee and evening performances. The audience joined us singing along with a selection of sea inspired songs and sea shanties!
We followed this by playing at the Heffle Cuckoo Fair at Heathfield a Fair held to raise funds for Demelza Children’s Charity, a really well attended fair with lots of interesting stalls and various events.
We had a great time at all of the April venues we played at and are busy rehearsing ready for our next venue which is the RSPCA Open Day on 28th May at Bluebell Hill in Hastings, check out our What’s On page for future events, looking forward to seeing you there!
Last week saw the return of The Scallop Festival in Rye and RUE enjoyed playing a variety of Sea related songs for our lovely audience. Also our very talented crew performed solo spots and some songs written especially for the evening by Floris.
Thanks to Jonathan and his team at the Queens Head for the delicious scallop dishes and thanks also to the brilliant support from our audience and their generosity towards The Ukulele Kids Charity UK. Below is a photo of some of the Band with Olly Campion who organises the festival and supports this website with his technical knowledge for us.
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 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!