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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 3 May 2021
    Our celebration of International Dance Day on April 29th at the Mentone RSL certainly exceded expectations. Every one got in to the spirit of the night as was evidenced by the outfits worn, the enthusiastic way the music was played and time many spent on the dance floor. We all managed to play some very difficult songs along with the easier ones in the program.
    We were deligthed that the RSL allowed us to keep the dance floor free for people to get up and in to the groove of the songs played and it was ideal for the cha-cha, waltzes, rock and roll, YMCA and of course Beni's line dance workshop along to Achy Breaky Heart.  
    Thank you to everyone for your participation on the night - we truly had a rollicking good time.

    To see the other photographs go to :

  •  Date Posted: Mon, 3 May 2021

    Sixteen members of the LUKES Entertainment Group (LEGS) enjoyed wonderful 25 degree weather as we entertained the crowds on the lawn adjacent to the new Mentone Railway Station at its official opening on Saturday 1st May from 11am till 2pm.
    We were booked by the LXRP - Level Crossing Removal Project for a 3 hour gig.. There were breaks as we watched an official welcome to country smoking ceremony and later the Mayor of Kingston opening the Station and launching a book on the historyof the Mentone Railway Station.

    Mandy Cooper the LEGS Gig Co-ordinator devised a lively program - including a variety of train songs in conjunction with some old favourites. Along with our group of ukulele players the ensemble included a mandolin, a bass, a washboard, a guitar and numerous percussion items and of course a number of train whistles to add to the overall effect.

  •  Date Posted: Mon, 3 May 2021
    Pat's Music Store located at 940-944 Centre Road, Oakleigh South has generously sponsored our club and is our preferred supplier for 2021.
    They are celebrating their 31st Birthday with a special sale this year.
    Let them know you're a member of LUKES and they'll give you a discount at any time.
    Pats have a great range of Ukuleles as well as strings, accessories, percussion instruments and song books - along with their other musical instruments. So if you're thinking of upgrading or need to get your uke serviced with new strings, go and visit them.
    To find out more about their BIRTHDAY SALE go to the following link:

    Pats Music Store
  • R.I.P. Dave Paddington our Bass Man
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 20 Mar 2021
    R.I.P. Dave Paddington our Bass Man
    Our friend and longtime Club Member David Paddington passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, 28th February, 2021. 
    Dave has known he was unwell since before Christmas and he and Fran were hoping for a miracle. Sadly this wasn't possible. 
    We will always think of Dave when we play "These Boots Are Made For Walking". That was one of his bass favorites and it was such fun to follow him on that riff. 
    We like to imagine Dave is "Walkin'" on to his new uke group. 
    We will wrap Fran in our music and let it gradually work its healing magic. Fran described Dave as the ying to her yang.
    Dave was big brother to Mick and Adrian and loving father of Steven, Kevin and Gary. 

    There is a private funeral and at Dave's request, Fran will host a party to celebrate his life.
    Rest In Peace Dave.
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 1 Feb 2021
    In order to satisfy both the State Government COVID Safety Regulations and those of the Kingston City Council, the LUKES Executive has devised a COVID SAFE PLAN..
    This has been attached.
    The COVID situation, as we've seen around the world as well as close to home is quite fluid and unpredictable and we at LUKES take the health and welfare of our members seriously.
    Please take the time to read the LUKES COVID SAFE PLAN and ensure that you implement each point made in the plan.
    Version 2 was posted on 1st February, It will be updated as new regulations come to our attention.
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 30 Jan 2021
    Hall Monitor Responsibilities
    For meetings held on Tuesday evenings at the Carrum Activity Hub we will need a Hall Monitor to prepare the hall and ensure that it is COVID SAFE and ready for members.
    All of the tasks are set out in the document attached.
    If you are the Hall Monitor on a Tuesday night, please print off the document, date it and then run through the checklist.of tasks to be done both before and after the meeting.

    Member’s Responsibilities
    • Bring your own instrument, music stand and music.  (Sharing is only possible by people living in same house)
    • Bring your own drink and nibbles if needed. The kitchen will be closed.
    • Do not enter the hall before 6.30pm
    • Wear your mask until seated
    • Do your QR code before entering foyer.
    • One member at a time in the foyer
    • Do not move your chair from its position.
    • Remain seated while the session is in progress
    • If not singing wear your mask
    • There will be no microphones in use for the time being. We will review this as soon as it is allowable.
    • If you need an amp please bring your own. 
    Updates will be made as the situation changes
  • SONGS SUNG BLUE with The Ubiquitous Uke - Mr Fox
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 5 Mar 2020
    SONGS SUNG BLUE with The Ubiquitous Uke - Mr Fox

    Les Fox who always leaves us with a sense of anticipation about what badge will be accompanying our chocolate, did the same as he led us in his first LUKES Session "Songs Sung Blue" on Tuesday 3rd March:

    The majority of members were dressed in Blue and sang an eclectic choice of Blue Songs or songs featuring Blue. The singing was punctuated by the inevitable Blue Badges, Blue Decor, Blue Jokes (not too rude!) and Blue Prizes.

    The joy in the room was infectious and everyone left with a spring in their step, a Blue Gift and definitely not in a Blue mood at all. Well done to Les for a wonderful night - you've set the bar really high.

    ⇒ View the photographs of our Songs Sung Blue night.

  •  Date Posted: Sun, 23 Feb 2020


    If you are not a financial member by March 17th 2020, you will be removed from the Club Database and lose access to the club website members login area.
    Every new and 2019 members of LUKES are required to fill out the 2020 Registered Club Membership Application Form.

    ⇒ Download 2020 Registered Club Membership Application Form

    The form can be filled out, scanned and emailed to LUKES Membership Administrator: Veronica Young, or handed to the person on the door on Tuesday nights with $10 cash.

    Payment can be made by EFT into our bank:

    • Account Name: Longbeach Ukes Inc.
    • BSB: 633 000
    • Account Number: 164527905
    • Reference: Surname & Initial
  • A Blast From the Past!
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 22 Feb 2020
    A Blast From the Past!

    Chelsea - Mordialloc - Mentone NEWS 22-11-2017

    Happy Song

    Judith Crocker is all smiles a the Melbourne Ukulele Kollection's (MUK) Bayside get together. The ukulele playing group began in Aspendale five years ago and is always happy to welcome new members.
    Read the accompanying article that was in the local paper - it gives a great outline of the history of  LUKES.
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 15 Feb 2020
    As a means of encouraging friendship, courtesy and inclusiveness at LUKES we encourage all members to wear a name badge at each LUKES meeting. Some people have placed their Membership Cards in a plastic sleeve and clip it on their tops, hats etc. others make their own but if you'd like one of our special LUKES name tags please put your name in the order book at the front desk.
    The badges cost $12 each.
  • Beginners Classes
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 15 Feb 2020
    Beginners Classes

    Beginners Classes will be run on Thursday nights, in two periods this year, each of six consecutive weeks.

    The first period of Beginners' Classes will begin on Thursday 20th February and run through until 26th March.
    The second period will begin on Thursday 23rd July and run through until 27th August.

    Dates: are listed on the website Calendar.
    Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm
    Venue: Carrum Activity Hub
    Contact to Enrol:
    Classes are free for LUKES members. You can take up Membership of LUKES on the first Thursday night of the lessons.

    Ukuelele; Please do not buy a ukulele from ALDI or a really cheap one - from experience they do not hold their tune. Expect to pay upwards from $60 for an insturment which is not a toy. Consider a Tenor Ukulele if your fingers are stiffer and less dextrous as they have bigger fret boards than the smaller sized Soprano Ukuleles. Ukuleles range in size from Soprano (smallest) to Concert (mid size) up to Tenor (large size). Try out ukuleles from local music shops and see which one suits your fingers best - our Club's preferred supplier is Guitars Plus at 5 Melrose Street, Sandringham. We have a few ukuleles we can lend to our beginners until you are able to purchase your own, on both Tuesday and Thursday nights. 

    Resources: A Beginners Booklet will be provided and LUKES Main Songbooks can be purchased and are available at the lessons for $15 each. They are not necessary for the Beginners Classes but will give you material to work with going forwards at the Tuesday night LUKES Meetings and are a wonderful resource to practise from.

    LUKES has 3 Main Songbooks - 1, 2 and 3 and to make it easier for beginners, the degree of difficulty of each song is listed on the Index pages, beside each song.

    LUKES MEMBERS - Do you have a friend who has shown an interest in joining LUKES? - why not encourage friends or family members to come along to the Beginners' Classes to try it out and gain some confidence along the way.

  • Cheltenham Rail Crossing Removal Gig
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2019
    Cheltenham Rail Crossing Removal Gig

    Street Performance Charman Road, Cheltenham November 15th 2019

    Follow the sucess of "Jessie's Girl" we were asked by Kingston Council to come and perform in the street, to entertain the public while the street was closed, in preparation for the removal of the railway crossing. I wasn't sure how many LUKES members would be keen to do this, but then to my surprise,we had a really good turnout.  I lost count after 25!
    We performed after an amazing band called Vados, who did some wonderful Russian folk type melodies, on violin accordian and double bass, that had some of us dancing. So we thought they be a tough act to follow.

    Everyone loves to sing a long with songs they know and we certainly managed that. We had quite a crowd gather and stay a while, to listen and join in. Everyone in in the group was smiling and jigging, which really engaged the audience. The songs were well performed by all the team with their solo parts, group and all in sections. There were beautiful harmonies and backing shoo-ups, for variety and interest. 

    Great show guys, you made me proud.


    ⇒ View the photogallery of all the Cheltenham Street Party

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