Newcastle Ukulele Fest update

After many months trying to get the local council to respond to me tried again this week. Guess what? Success.

Had a brilliant thought when sending my latest email – I copied in 2 local councillors to see if this changed my luck. And surprisingly(?) it did. Within hours had received an email from Cllr Elizabeth Shenton (Leader of the Council / Portfolio Holder – Policy, People and Partnerships),  and Matt Taylor (Newcastle-under-Lyme BID Manager).

Will be emailing them next week to see what we can do.


NUL Community Orchestra – new members

The community orchestra of Newcastle Under Lyme are holding an open rehearsal night this Wednesday 6 July at.7.30. Click HERE to go to their Facebook site. Their website is HERE.

Ukulele Festival Newcastle Under Lyme 2017 anyone?

I’m thinking of starting a ukulele festival here in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, sometime in 2017. Are you interested?

I’m looking for venues for gigs etc, groups who may want to perform, uke players who may want to pass on the expertise in ‘workshops’, etc..

I have approached Newcastle Under Lyme Council for their guidance and will report back.

But in the meantime, please let me have your comments.


Go Ukulele Crazy

The Stoke branch of GUC meets again at the Bridge Centre, Birches Head, Stoke on Saturday 11 June. They meet every other Saturday morning, about 10.00 am, and is run by a couple from Alrewas. They have about 8 venues they meet and their website is: go ukulele crazy stoke on trent.

It’s a good fun session although at times quite advanced but they also have some starters/improvers classes.

My search starts

I started playing the ukulele in September 2015 while on a cruising holiday aboard the Marco Polo (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) thanks to the expert tuition by Peter Crush. Since then I’ve been trying to find a local group near me to play with but – no joy!

I have started playing with Go Ukulele Crazy in Birches Head but they only meet every other Saturday morning at 10am which at times is hard to do.

I have also just joined a small group in Stone, Staffordshire, which meets on a Tuesday night. But I don’t enjoy the travel.

I’ve now even gone to the stage of contacting the local College of the 3rd Age to see if I can start my own group up. More about this as it develops.

So, if you know any local groups who play please let me know. Or if you are like me and want to play, please let me know.