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Move over George Formby! Meet the Bramley ukulele group that ‘makes you happy’

By Connor Briggs

For those eager to learn, a ten-week ukulele course will be strumming away in the Bramley Lawn Social Centre. 

Starting on Monday, 17 April between 6.45pm to 8pm, Jessica Bowie will be leading the sessions which will run most Mondays. The course will end on the 10 July. 

Ms Bowie says ukulele playing has seen an upward trend in the last ten years.

“The benefits of playing music are well documented now, it’s really good for your mental health,” she said. “Co-ordination can be really good for people having to do hand-eye coordination, as well as helping people with arthritis. People report and I know when I learned myself, it just makes you really happy.

“I’ve been running this ukulele group in Bramley for a while now, and we’ve played at festivals in summer, whenever there are community events that we’re invited to along too we always try and join in.

“People don’t realise how much fun it’s going to be, as well as it being relatively easy. It’s a third easier than learning a guitar because it’s got less strings.” 

The course will cost £100 and is: “An introduction to playing the ukulele. This is a fun light-hearted course designed to get complete beginners to music playing familiar songs, in a variety of styles. No previous experience needed, and you don’t need to read music.”

Included in the price are the ten sessions as well as a songbook, a ukulele is available to hire for the duration of the course by paying a refundable deposit. 

The course will take place at Bramley Lawn Social Centre Rossefield Lawn, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3TG (just off Stanningley Road). 

To book a place, contact Jessica Bowie on 07815 892415, or e-mail:

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