In 2011, whilst on an overseas trip, Michael Bell our founder, experienced and heard that addictive alluring sound, his first Uke band, from then on he was hooked.
Once he returned home, Michael was overheard playing in his boatshed, by a neighbour Dawn; stating; “I know someone else who plays”. Thus a collaboration between Michael and his joint fellow founding member Sue Telfer began. Soon others joined including Judith Crocker, Mario and Stuart Little. Regular practises were first held in a cartoonist’s studio, then onto a garage work-shop. Slowly the group grew into a band of ten (10) regular members, as others came and went. Eventually, the group settled in at Mordialloc Neighbourhood house, and there were also trial periods at Richfield Retirement Village - set up by Meredith & Don East, but finally the club graduated to St. John’s Ambulance Hall, in Mordialloc (gaining rent-free access 3rd February 2015). (shown in the photo at the top of the page)
When the Covid pandemic hit we were unable to meet face to face, so over almost a two year period, we met by Zoom, which technology does not allow for singing and playing together. When we were able to resume face to face sessions in February 2020, we had restrictions on the numbers of people – so we formed two groups – one that meets at Carrum Activity Hub on a Tuesday evening, and one that meets at the Mentone RSL on a Thursday afternoon. During all of these changes, our numbers have continued to grow and we now have over 120 financial members.”
Never has the well known adage "From little things, big things grow" been more apt than in the evolution of LUKES.