Website hosting

Here’s an interesting part of the process. Keeping a website going means that all of the ‘stuff’ that is put on the website has to be hosted by an online hosting company. The website creators (me) do all the ‘jiggling about’ (as in the video clip below) and then send the result to the hosting company who provide a space for it on the internet. For this they charge an annual fee. Do not worry, however, the club manages to cover this out of the weekly subscriptions that we all make when we meet (under normal circumstances).

To this end Malcolm (our beloved leader) was spotted this morning carefully making his way up our drive and depositing an envelope through my letterbox! “Hmmm….what could this be?” Well he had got into his car and driven over here first thing this morning to bring this envelope which contained chunks of metal and pieces of paper with inscriptions on which, after close inspection, I recall being something called ‘money’ – actual cash! to the tune of over £115! Now I remember this stuff from the days when it was used in shops to pay for goods and services. Where anyone could find these items in this day and age I am not sure but I reckon I’ll find somewhere that I can palm them off. The reason for all this is because the company were due payment and a day or two ago I tapped a few keys on my keyboard, without having to leave the house and seconds later the company acknowledged that they had been paid, job done. The novelty of having cash in my hand (once suitable sterilized etc.) will prove an interesting one however. – I wonder if there’s an easier way?

Web page link

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We are approaching the time when we need to renew our webpage hosting fees. It seems that during the hand-over last year two links were running concurrently:- bridgnorthukes.uk and uke-club.uk. When they come up for renewal they would be charged for separately. I will need to choose which one we keep. Anyone who logs in using uke-club.uk, can you please ensure that your login is changed to bridgnorthukes.uk or you will not find the right page.

Update: Apologies to those of you who have carried out the above instructions. The web login should be ‘uke-club.uk’ not ‘ bridgnorthukes.uk. So anyone using the bridgnorthukes login will be unable to find the site.

Our login will remain:- uke-club.uk

Shrewkfest and Upton cancelled

Sadly we have had official confirmation that both of these festivals will not be able to go ahead this year. The current situation would make them impossible. Next year we hope they will be back bigger and better, so watch this space.

Further songlist changes:-

Our songlists have been further amended. We now have three separate songlists. One for clubnights, one for performing and one for songs which we are trialling prior to adding to one of the other lists.

Songlist changes

Our songlist has been changed. We have removed 37 songs from our current playlist. We have created a separate playlist containing songs to play at performances. These two lists can be found on our ‘Songs’ Page

Singalong recordings

Don’t miss out

If you are missing our regular weekly sessions there are two ways that we are trying to remedy that. Firstly there is the weekly online ‘virtual clubnight’ every Wednesday evening at 7.00pm.

Secondly, Wynrob Productions (Wyn and Robert – mainly Robert!) have collaborated to bring you recordings of Bridgnorth club’s recordings from club nights that you can access and play along with whenever you like.

Just use this link:-

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AHs2cSszLIFVgQU

which will take you directly to the folder and have fun playing along. Please note that a link to these files will also be found in our ‘Gallery’ section.

Don’t feel left out, join in on Wednesday for a (virtual) club night.

Do you feel you are you missing out on your regular ukulele playing? Keep checking this website. We are looking into holding weekly online sessions with an app called Zoom (You may want to download it in preparation). It is an online conferencing app which is used by businesses for holding their meetings and also by teachers who are turning to holding their teaching sessions online.

Well we’ve had a try and……

….we are going to trial a weekly online ‘meeting’ at 7.00pm on Wednesdays. Those who wish to ‘attend’ can send their email address to the website (contact@uke-club.uk ) or forward it to Malcolm, Christina or myself directly or through the club’s Facebook page. Please do this now rather than last minute. In this time of self isolation it means that we can have a chat, say hello to each other and keep in touch. There can be an opportunity to ‘Open Mike’ for those who wish to keep their strumming hands working. Download and install the Zoom app from your play store on your device and Malcolm will send a link to all who have sent in their email addresses to be included. If you need any further information please ask.

How it will work:-

Those who wish to ‘attend’ the meetings should download and install Zoom on their device and email either Malcolm, Christina or the website (contact@uke-club.uk) ensuring that they include the email address that they will be available at on the night. These steps should be taken now in preparation rather that leaving it until Wednesday.

Just before we start on the night you will be sent a ‘Meeting Number’ and password for you to enter into the Zoom page under ‘Join Meeting’ Once you’ve joined the meeting you can chat amongst the others like on a club night. When we start to play whoever leads will ask the others to mute their mike (see symbol at bottom left of screen) while we follow playing/singing then at the end of the song we can unmute. The reason for this is that there is a problem of latency whereby everyone’s system runs with a slight delay. These are all slightly different so it is impossible to sync exactly with each other. Many clubs and bands across the world have tried but this is the most practical way they have come up with so far.

So let’s get ready and see you all on Wednesday 7.00pm

Corona Virus

In view of the current situation regarding Corona Virus the normal activities of the club are suspended for the present time. It is not known how long this situation will continue but any changes will be notified as and when they occur.

Looking forward to when we can resume – we will be SO well practiced!