Fifth Thursday in November

30 November will be the fifth Thursday in the month so no HUG and no Harry’s session.  However, you do not have to miss the whole week without playing the ukulele.  The Exbury Club are, as usual, happy for us to use the function room where we can play some HUG songs, some of Harry’s tunes and do some solos or small group songs as well.  usual time, 7.30 pm to 9.30 or we can go on a bit longer for those who have the stamina.

Ukulele charity auction

Braintree Ukulele Club has been in touch with HUG.  The club is auctioning online a new concert ukulele (Brunswick) signed by the members of the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. They had it signed when they went to see them at Westcliff, Southend in April. All monies will go to their “Unique Imelda” Charity Fund. Please see the front page of their website for details.

Five Thursdays in June

HUG meets on the first and third Thursday at Hythe Community Centre. Harry’s group meets on the second and fourth Thursday at the Exbury Club.  BUT, June has five Thursdays – what are you going to do to maintain your ukulele fix on the fifth Thursday?

Fear not, help is at hand!  Exbury Club have said we can meet there for a ukulele fun night.  We will play some HUG songs, sing some of  Harry’s songs, do some solos, drink some beer, have a chat, get some uke coaching, drink some more beer, whatever!!!  Why not bring your banjo, mandolin or guitar?

Start time 7.30 at Exbury Club on Thursday 29 June 2017, in the function room behind the bar – cost £1 if you are not a member of the Exbury Club.

New Forest Ukulele Festival

Don’t forget, the New Forest Ukulele Festival is taking place on the 20 May 2017, at the New Milton Memorial Centre 11:30 am – 8.00 pm.  Admission is £5.00 per person, pay at the door, no advance tickets.

HUG is not playing, but take your uke so that you can join in with the 30 audience participation songs from the 15 ukulele groups that will be playing or join in the workshops.  For budding soloists among you, there is also an open mic session.

For latest information see NFUF on Facebook.


If you would like to order HUG t-shirts, polo-shirts, hoodies etc, please download the HUG SHIRTS 2017 Order form. Mark the style, colour and size you want and hand the order form to Benita WITH the requisite cash or cheque at the next HUG practice session.  You can have any colour so long as its blue!

New Forest Ukulele Festival

NFUF (New Forest Ukulele Festival ) will be held on 20 May 2017.
Doors open at 11.30 am and performance times will be 2.00 to 3.30 pm
and 4.00 to 5.00 pm.  With an open session from 6.00 to 8.00 pm.

There will be food available for purchase plus tea and coffee and a bar.  The organisers are planning to produce an event songbook so that all can join in and play together with overhead screens. Performance times may change depending on the number of groups or clubs that would like to play. Entrance is £5 per head for players or spectators. There will also be a raffle and workshop.

A website and Facebook page should be up and running soon so that you can keep up to date with the programme for the event.

Charity of the Year for 2017

It has been proposed that HUG supports only ONE local charity this year. This would enable a much larger money donation to be presented to that organisation.  So, how do we choose the Charity of the Year?

Firstly, Hug members are invited to nominate any local charity.  They will then need to submit a short written description of the organisation:- including the work that it undertakes, its aims, what the donation would be used for and any other information that would assist the decision making process. These should go to Kaj for circulation to HUG members.. The closing date for nominations will be 28 February 2017.

If sufficient money is available at the end of the year, a second charity may be considered for a smaller donation.

The decision to choose the Charity of the Year will be taken at the HUG A.G.M. by vote of those Members present.

Banjolele for sale

Linda is selling her Magic Fluke Firefly M80W.  The Firefly is a US built lightweight banjolele; for more information see the Magic Fluke site.  The asking price is £150 and includes a gig bag.  If you are interested, please respond using the Contact Us form.