Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding report: Autumn 2016
Autumn has been another busy season for the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding, but hopefully we have enough energy left to complete our packed programme of performances before the Christmas break.
September saw us performing at Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding; the Boston Blind Club (where the audience included 91 year-old Alice, who knew George Formby personally!); at the wedding of Kevin and Victoria, two of our members!; in Peterborough at the Salvation Army Hall; at Swallows Court in Spalding; and finally at a fund-raising evening for Surfleet church.
October has been just as busy, beginning in Bourne in aid of the local branch of the NSPCC. Other gigs followed hard upon at North Bretton Friendship Club, Peterborough; then Hovenden House at Fleet; Holbeach Civic Society then hosted us at the parish church;
back to Spalding for the next performance for the lovely ladies of the Tollgate W.I.; our annual visit to Moulton Chapel for their Harvest supper was next, and was followed two days later by a restoration fund concert for St. Andrew's Church in Peterborough.
And so to November. An afternoon singalong for the residents of Holbeach Hospital began the month, quickly followed by a gig
at Skirbeck Court in Boston. Saturday, 12th November was a lovely evening for the Orchestra, as we shared a concert with the splendid
ladies of Handful of Harmonies; the joint concert was in aid of the Marie Curie charity, and raised a conservative amount of at least £1,600. To finish the month's activities the Orchestra has two more gigs to go. Saturday, 19th sees us at Pinchbeck Baptist Church to raise funds for the RBL Poppy Appeal; the month's activities end at Pinchbeck Village Hall playing for Spalding Blind Club (and their fantastic guide dogs who sleep through every song!). Hopefully we shall have enough energy left to complete all our engagements for a busy December before we take a couple of weeks off over Christmas.
Thanks to everyone who has attended any of our performances and has been so supportive of our efforts; your kindness, hospitality and generosity has been wonderful. Please keep up the good work!