Wigan Ukulele Club
Established in 2009
“Putting fun into peoples lives through playing the ukulele.
Young or Old, Beginner or Advanced, all are welcome”
Wigan Ukulele Club was formed in July 2009 by Stephen Corless and a few like minded friends who
the Railway Hotel in Pemberton to enjoy playing this fabulous little instrument.
As the club grew it moved, firstly to the Keepers Inn in Beech Hill, then to the Station Inn, Gathurst
and then on to the Crooke Hall Inn in Crooke Village.
In early 2016 we moved to the larger more comfortable setting of the Pavilion Suite at Wigan Sports Club,
in the centre of Wigan. This larger venue has enabled us to again increase the club membership which now
stands at around 90 people.
It has always been our aim to be an exciting and entertaining performance venue for all forms of ukulele
playing and to be a showcase for local and regional ukulele talent. We are always looking for ways to
share and develop our ukulele skills and musicianship.
The club ‘family’ has continued to grow and our Wednesday evening club nights are fun social gatherings
where members strum, sing and generally enjoy themselves playing the ukulele. Our club night songs are
all displayed on a large screen so no need to bring songbooks or music stands.
The annual subscription, renewable in April, is currently £40 adults / £5 for accompanied under 18’s. On
payment of your first full years subscription members will receive a club
A reduced membership is available from November each year (valid until the following April). This costs
£20 for adults but does not qualify for the songbook.
Our club song library (over 1000 songs) is however available for all members to download and our songs
on club night are all displayed on a large screen.
Our members also make up a performance group who play at over fifty dates each year (public and private
functions) including weddings, birthdays, church and charity functions, festivals, shows and rallys.
Monies raised from our performance group including cd sales is donated to our charity fund, club members
take nothing themselves.
Charity Fund Raising:
Wigan & Leigh Hospice is the principle charity we support but we also make donations to other local,
national and international charities. We have a charity committee who decide on distribution. We are very
proud of our charitable work and regularly raise over £10,000.00 each year.
We welcome prospective new members and visitors from other clubs, although you must check with our club
secretary before attending. We do occasionally hold some special function evenings where attendance is
limited to members only.
Ukes In Schools:
Within the club we also have a ‘Ukes in Schools’ group who have been performing at Primary, Special and
Secondary schools in the North West since 2014. The aim of this group is to encourage children
who are learning to play the ukulele.
We bring a variety of ukuleles and give the children a brief introduction to the instrument. We
encourage children and staff to sing along with us and, if they have ukuleles in school, we encourage
the children to come and play at least one simple song with us.
We run a series of six week beginner’s classes each year. These are free but attendance is limited. The
classes last an hour each week, after the class, attendees are welcome to join in with the rest of that
evening’s club night.
Since 2016 we have enjoyed a club summer weekend in Llandudno. Over one hundred people attend each year.
This includes club members, partners and friends from other local ukulele clubs. We fully occupy a hotel,
hold a club night in their ball room, and usually have a charity collection busk on the Orme and the
promenade, monies raised from these is donated to RNLI.
Paul Swift Club Chairman