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posted 4 Dec 2011, 12:23 by Harbury Webmaster   [ updated 24 Jun 2014, 06:00 ]
This article appeared in the December edition of the Harbury and Ladbroke News.

Harbury Ukulele Group has had a fantastic year! We were founded in October 2010 by Craig Groocock -- to be precise, our first meeting was on 11 October -- and most of us had never picked up a ukulele before. After the first meeting of a handful of interested but amateur uke players, there are now sometimes 30 of us meeting regularly each month, even coming from Stratford to join us.

We have learned lots of songs, some of which have become our standards now, and have been invited to play at several Harbury events, for which we are very grateful. We hope the village residents haven’t become sick of hearing the same tunes every time!

Highlights of the year have been:
  • The Harbury Carnival.  Magnus and Will joined the Bumps and Bundles parade in the June carnival. Not strictly a ukulele group event, I admit, but it was the first time a Harbury uke player had come out of the closet.
    Carnival 2011 (167)

  • PTA Summer Fayre.  Our first booking! We entertained (hopefully) at the fundraising event for the Harbury Primary School PTA in July. Despite the nerves...

  • Beer Festival.  Now that we were seasoned performers, we brought out our repertoire for the real ale enthusiasts at this year’s beer festival in September. Everyone seemed to have a good time, even the youngest members of the audience.

  • Harvest Suppers.  We played for both the Ladbroke and Harbury harvest suppers in October.
  • Family Social Evening.  A smaller group of us played for the social evening held in the Tom Hauley rooms in November.
  • Harbury Christmas Market.  A fundraising event for Harbury Pre-School.
All of us in the Harbury Ukulele Group want to thank Craig Groocock for forming the group in the first place, and to thank Craig, Peter McDonald and Ian Hartland for leading us so well in our rehearsal sessions in the pub.