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Club Change of Venue

posted 12 Feb 2013, 04:18 by ukulele457

Dear Member, Please be advised that as from 25th of February 2013 The IUC will now meet at The Queen's Head, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3ED. Tel no; 01233 620769. The landlord Derek will extend a warm welcome to all our members in this lovely old barn adjacent to the pub. The club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 19.30 until 22.00 (entrance fee just £2 and The IUC Band under the leadership of Marco will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 19.00 entrance fee free! Please come along to both evenings and you never know you could be on stage performing in no time. See you there,
Kind Regards,
John

Hello Folks !

posted 2 Aug 2012, 09:50 by ukulele457

Its been some time since I posted a meeting update and for that I must sincerely apologize. Pressure of work and all that has meant that I have not been able to keep you updated as often as I would have liked with all the fun we have been having since my last report. I will therefore endeavour to update you whilst keeping it brief. (and that would be a first for me!) 
         Well, during the past couple of months we have been experimenting a little with our our club nights in order to keep them fresh and appealing. Our Cliff kicked us off with his style of club night hosting which provided a new view on how we might change the format of our get togethers. This was followed by Dave and Maggie who again gave us food for thought by making their mark including the seating arrangements amongst other things which got us all mixing much better and saw our normal "performance session" take off and become the highlight of the evening for me. Our thanks go out to all our guest hosts who are always most welcome to come back again when ever they are free.
It was also a nice change for Jim, Mick and myself to step down from hosting the night and get a different perspective on proceedings which was also the idea behind the recent questionnaire we handed out recently. My thanks to those members who filled it out and handed it back and the information we received will again provide a view from you as to how you would like to see your club being run. I decided to cancel our club meetings during August as many of our members will be on holiday during August or watching the Olympics and unless we can cover our meeting expenses we would probably end up losing money on the night so our next meeting will now be held on the 10th of September during which we will also hold a AGM prior to our normal club meeting. Here you will be able to have again a say in how your club is run and share with us all your views and ideas for the future of the club. Since the formation of our club 18 months ago it has in the main been run by its founder members to whom I will always be most greatfulI for their input and help. Personally, I have been against the formation of a formal committee as in my experience these tend to become a group of people who talk a lot but get little done. However, many of you have asked that we should consider this major move in order to share the workload more which in turn will provide the opportunity for members to be more involved in running of the club and in the decision making process. Therefore, I would like to purpose that during this meeting we vote upon and appoint our very first committee to run the club on behalf of its members. To do this effectively we are going to need more members to step up and take on the roles needed to make this club even better than it is and to the next level and I now ask for your nominations for the following roles which will be voted upon during our AGM on the 10th of September 2012; 
Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Band Manager. 
We are also going to need a team of committee members. (around 5 maximum) who are prepared to attend the odd committee meeting (which will normally be held just before a club night meeting) and who will play a more active role in running the club and will include taking on some of the tasks involved. Please let me have your names and/or nominations for these roles via either an email to the clubs e mail address or telephone call to me on 01233 620532 before the 19th of August 2012.
Thanks again for all your support and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kind Regards,
John.

Meeting Update 26/03/12

posted 27 Mar 2012, 01:42 by ukulele457

HI All,
        It was great to see so many new faces again last night and we extend a warm IUC welcome to you all. I will keep this brief as we are all enjoying the lovely spring weather at the moment and I would not wish to keep you from it. Last night I mentioned we will be setting up a table at our next meeting to allow members to bring along their unwanted Uke items and sell them to other members. Do you have anything you no longer need or use? A instruction book, Uke case, music stand, in fact anything Uke related. Just place a label with the price and your name and place it on the table to sell it. You keep all the money and hopefully our members get a bargain. With the Easter bank holiday falling on our next planned meeting our next get together will now be on the 23rd of April so please make a note in your diary. Thank you all again for a fantastic night and keep it strumming until next time. 
Regards to all, John & The IUC.

The George Formby Road Trip 9th-11th June 2012

posted 19 Feb 2012, 12:07 by ukulele457   [ updated 28 Feb 2012, 01:26 ]

Dear Member,
            On Saturday 9th of June The IUC are taking a little road trip to Blackpool to attend The GFS Society Summer Convention. We will be leaving early Saturday morning and arriving at The Imperial Hotel where the convention takes place at around midday. The fun starts at 1pm and goes on until the evening ends around 22.00. The following day it again kicks off around 10.00 am until  21.00. and the event which attracts around 150-200 George Formby fans from all around the world and all age groups takes place in a large hall within the hotel. Delegates are free to wander in and out as they please and everybody takes their Ukes. 
           Each day consists of a variety of performers both professional and amateurs getting up on the stage and demonstrating their singing and playing skills to the audience. In between these " concerts " other things are going on like GF films being shown, instruction sessions, The GFS gift shop and in a separate room ukes of all shapes and sizes (and prices) are on sale. 
          The cost of admission to non members is £5 per day or £8 for both days or if you join The Society at the convention (£15) you get in free and get their quarterly magazine sent to your home. We have managed to book rooms for 2 nights at a local Travelodge which will cost you £49 in total. Our dear friend Marco has agreed to drive us up there and you will be expected to share the fuel costs. If you fancy joining us please let me know asap as I will need to book you a room at this special rate asap. "Turned out nice again" !
John.

Meeting Report 13/02/12

posted 15 Feb 2012, 22:49 by ukulele457   [ updated 15 Feb 2012, 23:24 ]

Dear Members, It may have been a cold and lonely night in deepest Ashford but there was a warm and welcoming glow coming from the Elwick when the IUC met for our first meeting of the month. We tried something a little different this night and invited two of our members to take over and be your hosts for the evening. Maggie and David took control of the floor and led us along a most delightful and very enjoyable evening of song, laughter and merriment. This lovely husband and wife team guided us through our song books in their own inimitable style with flair and confidence abound!  We had record numbers of members up on their feet "doing a solo" which is most encouraging to see and hear and each and every one provided us all with an excellent performance, thank you. Maggie and the girls nearly stole the evening with their wonderful soft voices which provided us with a most welcome change to the rough gruff us men generate. But the winner for me was young Cyd who with her accomplished Wuf Wuf rendition in support of our newbies and that old favourite "Doggie in The Window" stole both the evening and our hearts with her smile and her accomplished accompliment. One of our founders Marco provided a much welcome and totally absorbing session on strumming which everybody enjoyed. He has already agreed to take another session on strum techniques for us again soon so thanks Marco. The three old codgers did their Flanagan and Allen routine which was just about o/k but the fur coat and straw boater was missing? Perhaps next next time................
The IUC
ps, Bob has provided us with a short piece on how best to learn the songs we play and sing which I hope you find as useful as i did. Just click on the attachment below to view or print it. Thanks Bob.

Open Mike Session Thursday 9th Feb @ 19.30 Elham

posted 2 Feb 2012, 09:23 by ukulele457   [ updated 2 Feb 2012, 11:03 ]

Dear IUC Members, 
         The Invicta Ukulele Club is going on Tour.....One of our flock David Fourniller has recently taken over as licencee of The Rose & Crown Public House in the High Street, Elham, Kent, CT4 6TD which if you have never paid a visit is a large and very well known pub right in the centre of this lovely old Kentish village. David has great plans for this new venture and has asked the IUC to help him set up a regular "open mike" style of pub entertainment once a month in one of his large bars. Any form of live music entertainment is welcome and any kind of musical instrument can be brought along and played. All you need to do is put your name on the list when you arrive in order to book your turn on mike. No fees, no charges. Simply turn up, play and enjoy. The first of these events is planned to take place on Thursday 9th of Feb at 19.30 and will go on until he throws us out at around 23.00 and as part of the IUC family you and your family and friends are of course all invited to come along and be entertained in a nice warm, friendly and cosy old pub setting. Lets help David get this off the ground and make The Rose & Crown the regular "In place" for talented live music in Kent. See you there!
Thanks & Kind Regards,
John & IUC. 
ps. these "Open Mike" sessions are being held in addition and are not replacing our regular club nights which are held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at The Elwick. Jp.

Meeting Report 23.01.12

posted 24 Jan 2012, 03:33 by ukulele457

Thanks to those members for turning out last night and I hope like me you thought it was worth it. A big welcome as always to our new members and we hope you enjoyed it and had a good time too. Gentleman Jim led us through his world of ukulele music and song which during the second half saw Young Mick and his apprentices perform to raptures applause from a most appreciative of audiences. We again also had our fair share of budding solo/duo performers who demonstrated their skills and entertained us which again delighted those members in attendance. For those of you who could not make it I had a couple of announcements which I would now like to share with you all. Firstly, we have been very fortunate to have been awarded a grant from Kent County Council following a request made to our local county councillor Elizabeth Tweed. This most generous sum was awarded to our club under the Community Grant Scheme and will help us meet some of the running costs associated with a growing music based club like ours. Secondly, Young Mick our club coach will in future split his coaching periods into two sessions. The first session which will be held on the 2nd Monday of every month will take new members through the very basics of playing and will include learning just two simple chords. C and F. During the next session on the 4th Monday of every month Mick will lead you through a little more in depth knowledge of the uke and you will be given a couple of more important chords to learn. After this and of course providing you are comfortable and feel ready you will be expected to join the main group in the hall with Jim. 
Lastly, if any members have a particular piece of music or song they would like us all to perform then please bring it along and hand it out (you will probably need around 30 copies) and we can all give it a go.
Thanks again for your support and looking forward to seeing you next time.
Kind Regards.
John & The IUC.

Meeting Report 09/01/12

posted 10 Jan 2012, 02:22 by ukulele457

Dear Friend,
        What a great start to the new year and once again an excellent turn out for the first club meeting of 2012.  As per normal we welcomed some new members who following their session with our club coach "young Mick" performed for us all that well known nitty "How much is that doggie in the window". "Gentleman Jim" held our hands and took us on a musical journey through our songbooks and added a couple of new songs for us to have a go at which was a great success. We all agreed we should make this idea a regular session on a club night and I would ask you to bring along your favourite tune and either get up on the mike and sing it for us or if you prefer bring along copies which we can then hand out and play as a group. For those of you who were not present last night their were a couple of announcements that I would like to bring to your attention. Firstly, we need a volunteer to assist with the setting up and breaking down of our sound equipment and getting the room ready on a club night. This would require you to arrive around 18.00 and help get everything ready for the evenings fun. At the end of our session it is a quick strip down and put everything away which is always much quicker and takes about 10mins. If you you would like to help in this way please let "little John" know.  Also we have had to cancel the two meetings originally planned for 10th (band meeting) and the 18th of Jan (AGM) until further notice. This is due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled later on in the year. Thanks again to all our members for turning up last night. 
Kind Regards,
The IUC.

Meeting Cancellation 11/01/12

posted 20 Dec 2011, 01:22 by ukulele457

Dear Member,
            Further to the last note below advising of a Band Meeting on the 11.01.12 please be advised this has now been cancelled. If any member is interested in joining the band please contact Jim our band manager either in person or via e mail direct to Jim following the link.. Thanks.

The 2011 IUC Christmas Party Report 12/12/11

posted 13 Dec 2011, 03:53 by ukulele457   [ updated 13 Dec 2011, 05:04 ]

Dear Member, 
                   What a night of festive fun and frolics as The IUC held its very first Christmas Party. The evening was helped by a splendid turnout of 55 members their family's and friends who all joined in with the merriment and laughter and which very quickly got us all in the spirit of what Christmas is all about.. 

                                                             Having fun! 

       The evening started with a quick look back to where we have come from in the past 8 months and what has been achieved thanks to you our most valued members of our club. Special mentions of thanks were passed for the efforts of those members who in this time have gone that extra mile to help make the club the success it is and I make no apologies for reminding you all again of the debt of thanks we owe to these very special people. Firstly, Sheila who as our treasurer collects your money and keeps the books in the black......Val who assists Sheila and keeps you all under control......Jim our most excellent band leader who has taken on this difficult role with great gusto and is now making his own mark by leading as every good leader should..... from the front! Last but not least The IUC Band who during the past 5-6 months has "flown the flag" on behalf of our club and continues to act as ambassadors for the club at the many and varied public performances they carry out. It is important to mention that all these people receive no reward other than developing their friendship with one another and all give their time and skills freely in order to provide enjoyment for others which I think you will agree is a rare quality in this day and age. 
        But lets not forget you our members who have supported us during this time by turning up every two weeks and joining in and making the club so popular. Many of you have actively encouraged your friends to come along and by doing so swelled our ranks and made our family even bigger so well done to you too. Another very special and greatly appreciated partnership is with our main sponsors Su & Chris from Right Track Music who has continued to support, help and guide us during our first year as a music based club. 
         The "2011 IUC Awards" which must now become a regular annual feature saw a plethora of members entertain us with our "most astute and knowledgeable" judges Gerry, Sheila and Harry awarding points based on each individual performance. Those worthy of special mention are as follows; Cliff, Bob, Jim, Jan, Sam, Andrew & Olivia, Maggie & Dave, Larry & Penny, Mary & David and last but not least the Three Degrees or as we know them, Janice, Chris & Helen. Well done to you all and keep those valuable solid gold trophy's polished! (but don't rub too hard as the gold might come off!)
        An excellent buffet was provided by David Fourniller (also one of our members) and a special thanks to Donner from the Elwick Club who provided the room and bar free for the night. Thank you.
       We have two special meetings coming up in the new year and again your are cordially invited to attend. 

The IUC Band Meeting. Wednesday 11th Jan 2012 Flying Horse Boughton Aluph Starting @ 20.00.
      This non-playing get together is to discuss and agree our band objectives and plans for 2012. All club members are invited to attend if they are interested in joining the band in either a playing or supporting role. We currently have a number of arears within the band which you may have a special skill to offer so please come along and join in the discussions. 
The IUC Club Annual General Meeting. 18th Jan 2012 Flying Horse Boughton Aluph Starting @20.00.
       Again a non-playing event where you will have the opportunity to stand up and say your piece! Come along and share your views or just listen to how your club is being run. Better still why not become a more active member and become part of the clubs new management team? Either way you will be made most welcome to join us. 

            Finally, on behalf of The Invicta Ukulele Club and it's founder members may I take this opportunity to wish you, your family and your friends a very merry Christmas and a most prosperous New Year.
Compliments of the Season,
The IUC.

ps, Our next normal club night is on 9th of Jan 2012 @ 19.30 in The Elwick Club. See you there.........

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