Cameo club report, April 2018

From Cameo reporter Jill Russell:


We invited the Coningsby and Tattershall Strummers following a recommendation from committee member, Sue Carroll, who is an enthusiastic member of this band.

We had a ‘full house’ with a great turn out of members and also a record number of visitors of which among them there were a fair number of men. All attendees were very welcome!

We were furnished with ukuleles, tambourines and rattles and encouraged to sing along and make as much noise as possible which we duly did!

Band leader, Steve Tullett, interspersed songs with useful facts and background information about the history of the Ukulele from its origin on the island of Madeira, its adoption by the Hawaiian people, its spread to America and the rest of the world. He also entertained us with his dry humour.

He told us that Ukulele first meant ‘jumping flea’ and that its appeal was that it was small and easy to learn. It has become extremely popular in this country with quarter of a million sold each year and 350 clubs! Apparently even John Glen played it while in quarantine after returning from the moon in 1969 and of course George Formby was a big user of the instrument.

We sang a wide selection of songs with an easy to read projection of the chorus lines if we had forgotten the words. We all had a go singing the verses too from easily remembered songs such as ‘I wanna go home’, ‘Let it be’, ‘Pack up your troubles’, ‘Delilah’ and so on. It was a pleasurable, sociable, participatory evening with the majority of people saying it was a great experience. Carmita and ‘yours truly’ had a dance about at the back of the hall which was good fun and amused the band! Good way of keeping fit!


15th May – RNLI Talk

This was to have been a trip to the Lifeboat Station at Skegness but as the steps are very steep at the base this visit has been cancelled.

Instead Chas Tibble, RNLI leader, will come to Roughton Hall at 7.30pm to give the talk about his work which is our chosen charity this year.

19th June ‘Lincolnshire Ladies and the Vote’

Chrissie Chapman is coming to give a talk on a very relevant subject as it is the centenary of women’s suffrage this year.

Again all are welcome to attend the next two events!


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