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At the AUJ, everything we do is for charity and at the end of the year we like to get the Christmas cheer started by making our largest donations. In the last 4 weeks this amounts to a whopping £1,500.We are delighted to tell you about the donations but first… If you would like to remind yourself about how we can do this then read on past the pictures (at the end of the post)
Children in Need 16 Nov 2018 – £500
6 of the group were invited to Children in Need 2018, BBC Radio Solent Drive Time show with Louisa Hannan.
We played 2 numbers live on air –
- Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
- Rock n Roll – Led Zeppelin
We finished off the show by announcing a £500 donation
Sun Hill Infants Bazar, Alresford – £1000
After playing the traditional “Christmas Uke Box” during the school Bazaar, we were delighted to present a cheque for £1,000 to help the Sun Hill Infant school provide that little bit more for our local 4-6 year olds.
AUJ are a non-profit, community group who raise funds all year long in order to give back to the community and other good causes. Hailing from Alresford and the surrounding area, we work on our “Uke Covers” all year long so that we can play at festivals, weddings, birthdays, corporate events and also organise our own local charity fundraisers. Everything we get paid goes into the kitty for one of two purposes – making sure we have the equipment to sound great for you, but most importantly making donations. If you are looking for a band in 2019 and like the idea of your payment going back to good causes, then we would love to hear from you.
Vineyards of Hampshire Sparkling Wine Festival 2018 at Raimes Estate.
Well I came away from this afternoon with the understanding that Alresford is now famous for two things; Watercress, obviously, and
Ukulele Jams Sparkling Wine to rival those European copies.We've got a little more work to do before Alresford is truly synonymous with Ukulele Jam but we're getting there.
It turns out that our beloved town is in the epicentre of the wine growing region in the South. And we're not ones to miss a local produce festival where free produce may be handed out. Especially if it is cold, fizzy and oh so delicious.
More than that! There were masterclasses and vineyard tours, as well as tastings and a whole range of food stalls.
Thank you to Raimes for hosting such an amazing event. We're all so pleased and proud to represent local music at such a prestigious event. And thank you to everyone who supported us on Sunday afternoon, we had a fantastic time.
I'm personally very glad that I wasn't driving, the delights of the Hampshire Vineyards are lip smacklingly good and I enjoyed them heartily (yet responsibly, of course).
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Thanks to everyone who came along to our charity fundraiser on Friday 23rd March. You were a great audience and we had a blast playing for you.
We did get a complaint that the next gig is not until June, so we got straight on to the and now you can catch us for a bit more of a closer, country pub gig on 24th April in the Tichborne Arms at 7:45.
Here are a few vids from Friday so you can relive those moments.
One of our newer numbers played for the first time at the Horse & Groom on 23rd March. Thanks Sarah Bayless for the clip
Posted by Alresford Ukulele Jam on Sunday, March 25, 2018
Great night last night in the Horse and Groom Alresford with you guys. It was worth travelling from Lancashire to see you.
Posted by Steph Turner on Saturday, March 24, 2018