The service below is being withdrawn in June due to the budget cuts imposed on the county council which has reduced the subsidies for buses by £1.85 million. No urban bus routes are now getting any subsidy and nearly all villages have lost their subsidies as well. We are surveying need at the moment but although many people have said they want a bus service not enough people used it to keep it solvent. Ther is a meeting on Saturday 11th March at 3.30pm to see if we can sort out a community bus for residents. This will have some costs attached to it but may help to ensure everyone can get around and may lead to some exciting other options. Please come to this important meeting if you can.
The table below was accurate at the end middle of February for the Community Hall.
phone 01305 823 282’
New bookings from mid April:
U3A bridge on afternoon 10th/24th April
Private bookings on evening 18th April, pm 30th April and pm/evening 3rd June
QUICK GUIDE TO THE UKULELE
The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as "jumping flea”. According to Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here,” from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come). Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde.
One of the most important factors in establishing the ukulele in Hawaiian music and culture was the ardent support and promotion of the instrument by King Kalākaua. A patron of the arts, he incorporated it into performances at royal gatherings.
Ukuleles are generally made of wood, though variants have been composed partially or entirely of plastic or other materials. Cheaper ukuleles are generally made from ply or laminate woods, in some cases with a soundboard of an acoustically superior wood such as spruce. More expensive ukuleles are made of solid hardwoods such as mahogany Some of the most expensive ukuleles are made from koa (Acacia koa), an Hawaiian wood.
Typically ukuleles have a figure-eight body shape similar to that of a small acoustic guitar. They are also often seen in non-standard shapes, such as cutaway shape and an oval, usually called a "pineapple" ukulele, invented by the Kamaka Ukulele company, or a boat-paddle shape, and occasionally a square shape, often made out of an old wooden cigar box. Traditionally they have just four strings.
Common types of ukuleles include soprano (standard ukulele), concert, tenor, baritone. Less common are the sopranino (also called piccolo, bambino, or "pocket uke") and bass ukelele. The soprano, often called "standard" in Hawaii, is the second-smallest and was the original size. The concert size was developed in the 1920s as an enhanced soprano, slightly larger and louder with a deeper tone. Shortly thereafter, the tenor was created, having more volume and deeper bass tone. The baritone was created in the 1940s, and the bass is a very recent innovation (2009).
The Ukulele is very easy to play hence its increasing popularity – Even I can play it!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE U3A UKULELE GROUP NOW MEETING AT Southill Wellbeing Centre EVERY 3rd WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 10am PLEASE CONTACT ME.