Sunday, 21 June 2015

White Stuff

White Stuff is a clothing shop in one of the posher areas of Manchester city centre, managed by my future daughter in law. They regularly hold charity events in-store, in aid of their nominated charity – Wood Street Mission, who help alleviate the effects of poverty on Manchester and Salford children and their families through practical help.

As part of their Father’s Day Event, they asked us to come down and play in the shop on Saturday 20th June.

So, three of us made our way to Manchester on Saturday morning, stopping only for burgers and milkshakes to fortify us.

Despite the weather (it was that fine rain that soaks you through), we arrived unscathed. We played to the enthusiastic (and sometimes bemused) clientèle for a couple of hours, and they very generously donated wodges of their loose change.
A good time was had by all!


Zahra Lowsley

On Wednesday 17th June the amazing Zahra Lowzley visited Stockport Ukulele Players at the Fingerpost in Stockport as part of her Ukulele Cycle Tour of Great Britain which is in aid of The Ukulele Kids Club UK which provides ukuleles to children in Hospitals.

She played, in her amazing style to a packed audience of members and friends of SUP and Levy Ukulele Club and then gave a workshop which everyone enjoyed. We had a raffle, a loose change bucket collection and with ticket sales raised £403.49 all of which goes to Zahra’s cause.  

The Fingerpost provided a huge and tasty buffet, paid for out of SUP Club funds.

A most enjoyable evening was had by all.

Here is the message posted on Facebook by Ukulele Kids Club:
"A big THANK YOU to the Stockport Ukulele Players for passing on the funds raised at their recent event for UKC-UK. They have donated a huge total of $625 for our campaign and they had fun! "It was a great evenings entertainment by Zahra Lowzley and we were all happy to help the good work of Ukulele Kids Club UK." Brian Billington - SUP"

New Mills Train and Carnival

On Saturday 13th June, a few intrepid SUPpers set out from Stockport station to Buxton, en-route to New Mills. Despite heavy rain and forecasts of localised flooding, our spirits were not dampened (well maybe a little!). We headed to Buxton, picking up more players along the way. When we arrived in Buxton, the rain had miraculously stopped and did not reappear until we were on the train home.

From Buxton, we got the train to New Mills, playing and singing to the passengers on the way.

At New Mills we were shepherded to the carnival ground by the impeccably efficient Northe Ann, and shown to our designated playing area – within the beer tent run by the Howard Town Brewery from Glossop. I think Northe Ann knows us too well!
In between sampling the excellent ale, we entertained the carnival crowds in our own inimitable fashion.

New Mills Carnival is a wonderful little event, we had a brilliant time.

At the end of the afternoon we made our way back to the station, with the thanks of grateful carnival-goers ringing in our ears.


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Stockport Old Town Buskulele

Sixteen of us played to a fairly quiet Stockport Market on Saturday 6th June.
Despite the wind which battered our music stands and songbooks we entertained the shoppers and collected £81.43 for Stockport Talking Newspapers

Thanks to Dan for these photos 

FingerFest II

We did a very short but fun set at FingerFest II