Historically, we have had a membership year running from 1st April to 31st March. This meant that people joining halfway through the year would only get six months membership for their money. We have now changed this so that all members will get a full 12 month membership from the date that they join or renew their membership.
Following the demise of our president, Malcolm Atkins, in April, the committee has made the following new appointments:-
Malcolm Marsh moves from his current position as Vice-President to become the new President of the Ukulele Society of Great Britain.
Andy Eastwood moves from his position as Chief Publicity Officer to become the new Vice-President of the Society.
Our congratulations to Malcolm and to Andy.
Additionally, the vacant post of Secretary has been filled by James Spencer who will also retain his responsibilities as editor of The Syncopator and as web master.
It is with great regret that we have to announce that Malcolm Atkins, President of the Ukulele Society of Great Britain, passed away on Monday evening, 15th April.
Malcolm joined the USGB in 1973 and over the years occupied the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Editor and Chairman, and for many years Vice President to the legendary Billy Uke Scott.
He studied ukulele and Hawaiian steel guitar with jazz guitarist and broadcaster Jack Toogood and always used to say that he played solo ukulele for eight years before he plucked up the courage to add vocals. Malcolm was also a friendly member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, being a committee member in Weston Super Mare for over two years.
Since his retirement as a publican, Malcolm has played with the Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra, entertaining the elderly in a radius of some 50 miles around Bristol.
Thanks, Malcolm, for all your work for the USGB. Rest now in Peace.