What a great day we had last Saturday at St Michaels Hospice Fabulous Vintage Fair, lots of great stalls and events if you have never been we would strongly advise you to make sure you go next year, a really lovely day for a fabulous charity. Here we are playing under a beautiful sky in the open countryside at the Hub at Bodiam, couldn’t have been better!
Well, we have been busy recently playing to help raise funds for two very worthwhile charities and having a whale of a time! We were hoping to play outside at the Vintage Fair but the weather decided otherwise and in the end we played amongst all the wonderful items on offer in the main tent to a lovely audience!
If you have not been to St Michaels Hospice Vintage Fair before put a note in your diary for next year, lots to see and do along with helping a very worthwhile Charity. Here we are enjoying ourselves.
Blue Bell Ridge RSPCA Cat rehoming Centre in Hastings is a joy to visit, The cats are so well cared for by the wonderful staff and volunteers and it was very difficult for the band, who are all animal lovers with quite a few of our own, not to come home with a new member of the family! If you are looking for a new cat to join your family, look no further. We enjoyed delicious cake with our tea and a great time was had by all. We have been invited to return to help them with their fund raising and we shall be very happy to do so. Lovely sunny day at this one!
We had a great time on Saturday playing outside Adams, as part of The Rye Arts Festival Opening Day Street Music. Many thanks to the most appreciative audience, we were all rocking and swaying! We cheekily put out our St Michaels Hospice collection buckets and were delight with the total of £76.63. Not bad for 1 hour! Thanks everyone.
Tuesday night at the Queens took on a distinctly fishy feeling this week. We were delighted to be able to join in with the Rye Scallop Festival and added to our usual repertoire a dozen or so sea-themed songs in keeping with the evening.
Amongst the players were the full Ukulele Orchestra and several first time performers. During the evening there were also special spots from the ‘Au Reservoir’ Jazz trio, The Ukulele Ladies, Ali Catt and Bob and the Good Ole Boys. See pics below courtesy of Geoff Kempson and Kevin Hall.
Thanks to Jon and his team at the Queens Head for the yummy scallops and thanks also to the brilliant support from our audience and their generosity towards St Michael’s Hospice when the hat went round.
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.
Thanks St Michael’s Hospice organisers for including us at your fabulous vintage fair last Saturday. The sun shone and the crowds arrived and, just like Glastonbury and Reading, the mud did not spoil the day.
The line up included Bob, Graham, Lorna, Justine, Pam and Ali.
Don’t forget to invite us next year, some of us have a taste for vintage now.
Thanks to Battle Photographic Club for their images
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
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.