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  • LUKES Sing-a-longs by ZOOM
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 13 Mar 2020
    LUKES Sing-a-longs by ZOOM

    LUKES Action re the Corona Virus

    LUKES will be meeting every second week by ZOOM until such time as the Victorian Government deems it is safe for large groups such as ours to meet face to face. Emails with ZOOM Meeting login details will be sent prior to the evening meeting, along with the format for the night. So far our meetings have been a great success with upwards of 30 participants. Any offers to perform an Open Mic number will be gratefully accepted and also leadership of any song. Speak to the evening organiser.


    Donna from the KCC rang up Carolyn Coxhead. She mentioned-
    Two areas where members might like to access assistance from them.
    1. Borrowing Library books.
    So long as the person is a resident of Kingston Council and belongs to the library they can request
    a particular book which will be delivered to them. This is on the understanding that if they can
    download the book online from the library then they should. Email Donna Ross
    on with your name and contact number.
    2. Assistance with transport, support, meals etc.
    For those without a car, vision impaired or otherwise restricted, they can get help by
    phoning Access Care (a branch of the council) on 1300 819 200.


  • 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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