Next Beginners and Improvers Session

B and I Christmas Party at Fleming Park Bowling Club, Passfield Ave. Eastleigh SO50 9NL 

Monday 10th December 7.15 – 9.30pm. £2.00 entry. There is a bar and we’ll all bring food to share.

Here is the song list for the Party – they are all SUJ songs unless stated otherwise

Bad Moon Rising

It doesn’t matter any more


Frosty the Snowman


Waterloo B&I version

That’s alright Mama

Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree

C’mon Everybody

Linin’ Track B&I version

Champagne Supernova

Run Run Rudolph

If You Wanna

Feel it Still 

The Young Ones  B&I version

Jingle Bells

Breakfast in America (UBG Book 5)

Sunday Girl (UBG Book 5)

Yes Sir I can Boogie (UBG Book 5)

Let it Snow

Happy Christmas (war is over)

There will not be a session on Christmas Eve so the next B&I at Velmore will be on Monday 7th January.  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). There will be a sign with directions when you enter the centre.


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

Here is a link to a map of the location 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*.  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 – Singalong with Steve  (all from SUJ song list unless otherwise stated)

Second part – Singalong with Mark  (all from SUJ song list)

Fingerpicking has returned to Velmore! It will be run byRosemary Bock from 2015 – 2115. This group is for people who can already play melodies – either reading tab or music notation. If there is enough interest, we could potentially run a separate fingerpicking course for beginners at another time.

Noodling for beginners 

Noodling caters for new players, people who love to sing and experts. Come along to learn the part you feel suits you – you can just sing, just strum, just pick or mix and match, using new songs and old favourites in the UBG book: Riffs, Rhythms and Harmonies

You can buy a copy for £6.75 – It contains 72 songs, all of which have an interesting pick, noodle or harmony. That’s cost price or you can print it yourself if you prefer.

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!

The charge of £2 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. Details of donations will be published on the Fundraising page of the website.