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Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all!  RUE have had an amazing year, we have met some wonderful new people played at lots of  venues, new and old, enjoyed some great Ukulele Festivals and along the way have raised lots of money for Charity, can’t be bad!

Our next meeting at the Queens Head will be Tuesday 3rd of January, and we are looking forward to another fun filled Ukulele year!

Best Wishes  for Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year to all!

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Iden Seniors and Christmas in Rye

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!

 

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A Lovely Thank You!

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!

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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

Maria Gonet
Fundraising Manager

Sarah Lee Trust Christmas Fair

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!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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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.

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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.

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The Experiment welcomes Father Christmas

SONY DSCTo 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.

 

 

St Michael’s Hospice Christmas Extravaganza

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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.