NOW in its 39th year, the BBC’s Children in Need is gearing up for this year’s annual appeal on Friday 16 November.

Christchurch Information Centre and the Regent Centre Theatre & Cinema in Christchurch, will be joining tens of thousands of other community groups in the UK to help raise badly needed funds for disadvantaged children across the nation.

Locally based Uke Box Glory, organised by Regent Centre volunteer, Jane Lane of New Milton, will be sending 12 of their famous Ukulele players to entertain the crowds in Christchurch High Street, as they play popular songs and ditties under the Regent Centre canopy on Friday 16 November from 10am – 12 Noon.

Uke Box Glory were formed specifically as a group for ukulele enthusiasts who wanted to play for fun, whilst helping to raise funds for good causes. Their membership includes ukulele players from Christchurch, Southampton, Poole and Jane herself from Hordle. They have a vast repertoire to call on, ranging from folk and pop to rock and punk! So there really is something for everyone and all musical tastes.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to win a fabulous Hamper full of goodies and other prizes in the Raffle, with all proceeds going to the BBC’s Children in Need appeal. Tickets for the Hamper will be on sale at the Information Centre at the Regent from Wednesday 7 November.

This is a chance for the community in Christchurch to play a part in the BBC’s Children in Need appeal and enjoy a morning of great music. Why not drop in at the Regent, have a coffee, join in the fun and then do the shopping! All are very welcome.

NB: If the weather is wet, don’t worry because Uke Box Glory will still be entertaining everyone from the outside the Regent Centre’s under the Uke Box Glory Gazeebo!