The next B&I at Velmore will be on Monday 14th October.  New beginners will be very welcome. Come and join us in the Main Hall. Specific sessions for new beginners take place  in the Cornwall room (smaller room nearest to Kent Road).

Doors open at 7 pm (no entry to hall before 7pm)
We start playing at 7.15 pm. See info for beginners

Velmore Community Centre, Falkland Road, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, SO53 3GY

There is some parking at the back of the community centre/church and some more at the front of the shops which are just next door to it, so you should be able to park quite close to it.

They don’t have a bar, although they allow you to bring your own drinks (within reason) and they have a little kitchen, where it’s possible to make tea and coffee. You can bring your own milk and teabags or pay to use the centre’s.

There will be a charge of £2 each. This covers room hire, equipment and running costs of the group. Should there be any surplus after deduction of costs, this will be donated to charity.
There is usually a spare uke to use during the evening (on a first-come-first-served basis, right- or left-handed ukes available), if you would like to have a try before you buy your own. Advice is also available on buying ukes and setup issues.

Bringing children

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page if you would like to bring children along with you.

Songs – Please print off and bring the songsheets for the session(s) you want to do.

First Half – 7.15 to 8.10pm

Smaller Room New Beginners

Introductory session for new beginners and those who have only been coming for a few weeks and are still learning the basics. No previous experience necessary. We will be using the new beginner’s song book version 3. We will have copies available for a small donation. There will also be some spare ukes available.

First part – Main Hall Singalong with Steve (all from SUJ )

Just can’t get enough
Crazy little thing called love
All Shook Up
Return To Sender
It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Born Free
Help Me Rhonda
Daydream Believer
A little respect
Hi Ho Silver Lining

Second part – Main Hall Singalong with John (all from SUJ Song list)

And then I Kissed Her
Be My Baby
Bye Bye Baby
Folsom Prison Blues
Ring Of Fire
Urban Spaceman
Singin’ The Blues B&I list
The Young Ones (UBG 1)  B&I list
Peggy Sue
Travelin Light  B&I list
Stuck In The Middle
Eight Days A Week
Teenage Kicks
Sloop John B
Cracklin’ Rose   B&I list

This group is run by Rosemary Bock from 2015 – 2115 for people who can already play melodies – either reading tab or music notation.

Noodling for beginners
There will not be a noodling group for beginners until after Christmas – we just decided that it would be one less group to cover for leading and room hire. Keep practising though, we’ll be back!!

Getting Started
If you are a complete beginner, there are some tips, suggestions and links to videos for beginners on our Beginners and Improvers homepage.

We look forward to seeing you soon!