This is all subject to change – dependent on govt advice.
Most of us have had two vaccinations and we are heading in the right direction as far as infections are going.
I am keeping a close eye on the following guidance: https://www.gov.uk/…/working-safely…/performing-arts
Once we are clear to actually sing in a room together, we will be.
I have been contacted by new players and old faces asking what we’ve all been asking the Govt. : “When do we get back to normal?”.
Recently I visited a pub that was not only open, but bustling. They have a room that we can use and seem happy to let us in. The other day, the landlady rang me to confirm when we would like to start and how she can help with publicity. A very positive start!
(There is a small catch – but I’m not telling anyone yet).
So, on Monday 21st of June 7:30pm – with the usual caveats of the rules changing (watch this space) I’d like us to meet up.
Monday 21st June
I propose that you arrive between 7:30 and 8pm.
We play 8pm to 9pm and have a break
We restart 9:15pm and go on until 10pm – 10:15pm
What will happen?
I want to promote this as much as possible. I want to encourage rusty players, beginners and complete newbies. As such, I want to go back to basics with the first Uke songbook. I want it to be fun and I’d like people to treat it as a social night. If there are few of us, we should be able to keep a small distance. We’ll have to “play that by ear”.
What will it cost?
We have to support the pub by buying drinks. As long as we buy a couple of drinks, that should cover electricity, cleaning and any staff costs. Beyond that, there might be a cost for music books for people to keep and take responsibility for.
I know some players will be travelling from afar. I’d like to get people to arrange car shares as we progress. This is “green”, makes parking easier and allows some people to drink and have a designated driver.
The first meeting should be treated as an AGM and we decide what the future will be.
We might not even get to sing a song as the government guidance currently doesn’t let us. I’m hoping guidance changes soon.
Having said that – bring a uke and your singing trousers.