The Farmers Arms, our pub in St Merryn welcomed its regular band, the St Merryn Ukes, along with four other local groups, for an evening of music and fundraising.
The culmination of the evening saw the St Merryn Ukes present representatives from Cornwall Hospice South West (CHSW), Cornwall Air Ambulance, The Laura Smallwood campaign, St Merryn School and the St Merryn Village Hall with cheques totaling over £3,000 from fundraising activities they have held over the past year.
The St Merryn Ukes were joined by The Lost Chords, Pete Osbourne Band, The Ukettes and the Girls Black Horse Band.
Landlord, Dan Martland, also presented the CHSW with a cheque for £2,000 which was raised from the annual Retro Surf Day which he has been hosting in the car park of the Farmers Arms in August for the past five years.
Dan Martland said that it was amazing how the ukulele band had grown from very humble beginnings, “What started as a few people playing in the back of the pub has evolved over the years into a wonderful way to raise funds for really important local charities. Not only do they fundraise throughout the year, but they also host a great festival here in mid-June.”
Founding band member Dave Healy said, “It’s amazing how quickly our little band has grown. We played our first gig at the Farmers Arms with just the four of us and Johnny and Sarah Cowling and now we perform at village fetes, Christmas church shows, Fleetfest, pensioners parties and, of course, the Cornwall Ukelele Festival. I would like to thank everyone who has come along and donated throughout the year.”