A note from Colin

Hi Wuggers

Just to say thank you all who attended last night’s meeting.  In the words of Frankie Vallie, “Oh what a night”.  We found ourselves devoid of a “musical director”! and to say a pressed man is better than a volunteer, well I don’t know about that.
I think we managed to complete the play list, although the running order was somewhat random.
We welcomed 4/5 new players and I am sure they were in no doubt that having fun is the WUGS philosophy .  In fact during one number Valerie was laughing so much she had to stop playing, I only hope the tears in her eyes were of happiness rather than despair.
Having played a few additional requested songs the session finished with a resounding “Rock around the clock” at 21.10!!
I hope you all enjoyed it.  See you next time.
Happy strumming
Colin
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February 2017

Our February meetings got off to a flying start with the Group’s 3rd anniversary party.  Once again, The Green Dragon produced an excellent buffet for the 25 or so people who came along.  During the evening several members entertained the rest of the group before we all joined together for several more numbers.  The second meeting in February was also well attended plus some new members came along and joined in.  As usual, a good time was had by all.  A few more songs have been revised and added to our website.
Our March meetings are Tuesdays 7th and 21st.  The meeting on 21st March includes a Blues Workshop, for which a small charge will be made to pay for the tutor.
Meetings are held upstairs at The Green Dragon, Wymondham 7-9pm.  www.wymondhamukulelegroup.com
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January update

Both our January sessions produced a good turnout of 18 players including one new member: all suitably refreshed after the Christmas break.
A few new tunes were successfully introduced and more updated and new versions are now on our website for all to download.
February brings us to our 3rd birthday – more about this in the next blog!
Coming up soon – Blues Workshop on 21st March, BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Liz has taken on the role of gig coordinator and we have decided to charge a fee of £25 as a donation to charity. This year it will be Star Throwers, the Wymondham based cancer charity.
So from now on it’s the usual 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at The Green Dragon.
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Happy 2017!

Phew: December has been a very busy month for the Group.  We gave five performances during the month at various venues in and around Wymondham, including one on the same day as our Christmas Party.
All were well-received, especially the one at Attleborough Day Centre, which has become one of our regular venues.  This time we were there for their Christmas Party so we included lots of seasonal tunes and many members of the audience joined in with some familiar songs.
Julie kindly offered her house for one Tuesday session as The Green Dragon was busy with Christmas meals and parties.  So a big thank you to Julie, especially for producing masses of seasonal food for us all to enjoy.
January sees us back to our regular 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month meetings at The Green Dragon, starting on 3rd January.  Best wishes to all for 2017.
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November News

It’s been a busy time for the Wymondham Ukulele Group with a couple of performances in November as well as our regular  bi-monthly meetings.  Our main aim is to have fun and enjoy ourselves and this has gradually developed to the point where we are being invited to entertain other people as well as ourselves.  We usually have enough members to be able to take on these performances, plus some members of the Norwich Ukulele Group have come along occasionally who bring along their experience and enthusiasm.  During the month we have played at Wymondham Day Centre and also had a lovely time further afield at The Dragonfly Gallery in Watton (where we were rewarded with tea, coffee and mince pies, etc!)  We have several more dates booked in before Christmas, including Attleborough Day Centre and Wynterfest in Wymondham so we are practising some suitable seasonal songs to add to our mix of styles.

As well as increasing our list of songs, we have also increased our membership and we regularly have attendances of 15 – 20 at our Tuesday sessions.  New faces are always welcome, whatever your ability.  If you’re not sure, we can bring along a spare ukulele for you to try before you buy!

Our Christmas party (advance booking only) is on Tuesday 6th December at The Green Dragon and our next fun session will be on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.  Have a great Christmas everyone.

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Happy New Year!

2016 has got off to a good start.  Our January meetings proved to be more popular than ever, with 21 players attending our second session of the month, plus 2 visitors to Wymondham from Spalding who came along and joined in, making use of a spare ukulele.  Also in January, the group gave a rousing performance at the North Wymondham Community Centre and we hope to play there again later in the year.  Our next meeting, upstairs at The Green Dragon will be on Tuesday 2 February, 7 – 9pm.  Coincidentally, this is “National Play Your Ukulele Day”!

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November update

We gave two performances in November, one in Wymondham for Lemon Day and another at Attleborough Day Centre. The Attleborough gig in particular was very lively and included several solo singing and playing spots. The whole event was very well received and we had some requests from the audience for songs to play when we make a return visit there.
Our bi-monthly meetings continue to attract a very good turnout of participants and we are all looking forward to our next performance on Friday 18 December at Wymondham Day Centre.

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October meetings

October has been another busy month for the ukulele group.  As well as our usual bi-monthly sessions, we entertained residents at the Leonard Cheshire home in East Carleton, again appearing with Karyn Roe and her puppets.  The concert was well appreciated and we hope to make a return visit.  Several new songs have been tried out, which will soon be added to our repertoire.  We have further concerts coming up in November starting with Lemon Day on Sat 7 Nov 10am – 1pm and then Attleborough Day Centre on Wed 11 Nov.  We have been pleased to see a few more new faces appearing at our increasingly lively sessions at the Green Dragon.  The next meeting is upstairs at the Green Dragon on Tues 3 Nov 7pm – 9pm

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January meeting

Three new faces resulted in an excellent turnout at the January meeting. A new version of ‘Swinging on a Star’ was tried out, plus ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’ and a selection of favourites to form a set list for playing in Wymondham library on 7th February for National Libraries Day.  It has been decided to increase our meetings to twice a month from now on, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, commencing on 3rd February at The Green Dragon, 7-9pm.

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December Meeting

The pre-Christmas meeting went with a seasonal ‘twang’ as the group tried out several Christmas songs plus old favourites.  Several newcomers attended which swelled the ranks and added to the volume. We are holding an extra meeting on Tuesday 6 January as well as our regular 3rd Tuesday in the month meeting on Tuesday 20 January.  Both are to be held at the Green Dragon 7 – 9pm.

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Seasonal greetings!

Well, we’ve certainly had a busy few months at Wymondham Ukulele Group.  We’ve been having our usual meetings, which have been great fun and well attended, and we’ve also been having  occasional meetings in between just to get together and get our uke on.

In November we busked at the Town Green Centre for the Lemon Day festivities.  We tried some lemon-themed songs such as Mellow Yellow and Yellow Submarine as well as perennial favourites like Stand By Me, Bad Moon Rising and Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.  We enjoyed ourselves immensely and nobody cried or threw us out so we deemed it a success!

In December, we had a full house when we arranged a workshop with Gemma, a ukulele teacher from Norwich.  She was able to show us a lot about strumming techniques and other helpful tidbits.  We’re hoping to arrange some more workshops in the new year.

An extra ukulele session at the Green Dragon has been arranged for the 6th January.  Hope to see you all there!  In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Cool Yule and Happy Holidays, and we’ll see you in the new year.

 

 

 

 

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Busking day videos

Uh-oh!  Video evidence has emerged of us at Wymondham’s busking day!

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July – rehearsing for Carnival!

The July meeting of the group attracted another good turnout and we were pleased to welcome a couple of new faces.  Most of the evening was taken up rehearsing for our short performance on Carnival Day, including ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Hey Jude’.

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New sounds in June

The June meeting attracted several more newcomers making it the largest meeting so far.  These included a banjo player and a guitarist who both provided added interest to the music.  A variety of tunes were played during the session and a good time was had by all.  The group agreed to support Wymondham Carnival on Sat 26 July and will be playing in Whartons Court at 2pm.

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New faces at our May meeting

Two more new faces were welcomed at the May meeting of Wymondham Ukulele Group on 20 May. We enjoyed a rousing session playing a variety of songs ranging from The Beatles to Dolly Parton.  Once again no-one was in a hurry to leave!  Our next session is on Tuesday 17 June held, as usual, upstairs in The Green Dragon, Wymondham from 7 – 9pm.  All welcome regardless of experience.  Just come along for the fun.

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Our April meeting

Thanks so much for making last night such fun.  To those who could not make it, we hope to see you next time.
There was a bit of a hiccup as the Green Dragon was double-booked but Julie came to the rescue.  After a short while playing outside in the garden (ukuleles that is!) and having some photos taken, we all went to Julie’s for more practising and a very welcome cup of tea and biscuits plus Easter eggs provided by Margaret.  Thanks Julie for your hospitality – it was so kind of you.
April meeting

April meeting

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Welcome

This blog is about Wymondham Ukulele Group. We hold meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at The Green Dragon 7 – 9pm.  It’s a fun session and all abilities welcome.  Please come along and join in!

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