From the last meeting:
"Typically, people avoid AGMs lest they get lumbered with more work, so it was really gratifying to see 28 members and regular visitors turn up and engage well with the club last night. We’ll pull together a fuller note about the meeting before long, but in summary from my recollection of the meeting:
- we have had a good year, with good attendance, gigs, communications and web presence
- our bank balance is healthy enough for us not to need to introduce fees for anything other than potential workshops led by external experts
- we added two more charities to our list of recipients of our money from gigs for the coming year, ie FACES Bedford and Prostate Cancer UK.
- we will now distribute last year’s donations to Air Ambulance, British Lung Foundation, Each, Macmillan and Primrose.
- we are pleased that Rebecca has now joined the Committee, with all other Committee members remaining in place
- we will look into on-stage branding in the form of pull-up banners, possible music stand covers and cards promoting our web presence
- we will look at ways to increase our skills development programme over the coming year
- we will try moving the next open mic slot to 8.15pm and see how it goes
- we endorsed the idea that while our gig book should cover a wide range of styles and ages, it should not contain material that is likely to cause offence either to audiences or players, and that playing for ourselves on a Wednesday would have more latitude.
Our new pub is the best venue we have had, but numbers attending have been a few lower than at our last venue. I would be really interested to hear from anyone who is still reads this but who we haven’t seen for a while as to why that might be. Is it because of the venue? Or is that coincidence? Have you just got out of the habit? Are you feeding your ukulele urges in other ways, such as through different groups? Or, Heaven forfend, have your ukulele urges dwindled? Ukulele Bedford is very healthy, so I am not worried about competition, but it would be great to hear from you if you have been out of our playing loop for a while.
After the AGM, we spent the rest of the evening wallowing in the hot tub of our new Gig Book. Download gigbook2018.pdf from our website if you haven’t done so already. Jon has done a great job in pulling it together quickly, and last night we were mainly checking that all the reformatting had worked. As a result, musically, we hardly put a foot wrong last night . . . the odd finger and vocal cord went astray a few times among an evening of generally very strong singing and playing, but no feet.
The bring-and-buy session at half time, I think, turned into more of bring-and-take-home-again, but it was worth a go and perhaps we’ll try again at some point.
As we were rather prescriptive last night – ironing out any last Gig Book wrinkles – we are going to be much less so next week. But that will happen only if you bring your choices. If you leave it to me, you might find yourself celebrating Björn Ulvaeus’s birthday all night, and I know some of you really wouldn’t want that. Just pick any song from any book and we’ll give it a whirl.
We start at 7.30pm, not earlier as advertised previously. This is because Lydia needs to postpone her vocal workshop until the following week, 2nd May. So if you turn up for an early start next week, you’ll just have to drink more. But do turn up. Last night showed us to be in good and robust form. There’s no reason to think next week would be different.
You will receive a separate email from Jon today or tomorrow about the forthcoming gigs. As explained last night there is a question mark over this Saturday’s as the venue may not be ready for us in the light of electrical work needed (and Wembley’s busy, apparently).
All the best"