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The Valla Beach Ukulele Camp and Beach Party is hosted by

The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach,

Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith, and by Vanessa Nugent

and is assisted by volunteers from

the Valla Beach Garage Band and other local uke players.

It’s for adult ukulele players of all levels wishing to develop their ukulele skills.

Workshops for both melody-pickers and strummers are offered, as well as performance opportunities for developing players, and

a fabulous evening concert by skilled artists.

HELD THIS YEAR AT URUNGA NSW

Camp focus for 2021: Songwriting with your uke, Jazz Ukulele and Bass

2021 CAMP DATES AND TIMES
13, 14 & 15 August 2021

CAMP VENUE

This year our venue is the small coastal village of Urunga. On the the shore of the confluence of the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers, Urunga is a beautiful and unique village with all the amenities you could wish for.

 

WHERE IS URUNGA?

Located on the picturesque mid-north coast of New South Wales, Urunga 28 kms south of Coffs Harbour, approximately midway between Sydney and Brisbane (a five-and-a-half hour drive).

THE IMPORTANT BUSINESS FIRST

COVID REQUIREMENTS - READ CAREFULLY

The VBUC has a COVID Safety Plan here.

1. Your purchase of a ticket will indicate your agreement to comply with all the safety precautions listed in the plan. 

2. Your purchase of a ticket will indicate your agreement to comply with the following conditions of entry to Uke Camp venues

  • You have no symptoms of Covid 19

  • You have not been in a declared Hot Spot in the last 2 weeks

  • You have not had contact with a person who has been in a Covid Hot Spot in the last 2 weeks

  • Stay 1.5 metres apart

  • Wash hands and/or use hand sanitiser often

  • Please refrain from handshakes, hugs, elbow bumps and other physical contact

  • Don’t move any seating from its place

  • Wipe your chair and table with a disinfectant wipe before you leave the venue

  • Co-operate with the organisers and CREW to maintain a safe workshop and concert venue

VALLA BEACH UKULELE CAMP REFUND POLICY

  • In the event the Valla Beach Ukulele Camp (VBUC) is cancelled for any reason, WE will provide a 100% refund of your fee.

 

  • If YOU have to cancel because you have contracted COVID-19, have been ordered to self-isolate, or have been in a designated Covid hotspot the VBUC will refund 95% of your booking fee.

 

  • Cancellation by YOU for non-Covid reasons Before August 5

       Due to Covid limitations on Uke Camp numbers, we request that you cancel at least a week before the event: that is before August 5.

       This gives us the opportunity to offer your place to someone on the waiting list.

       You may cancel by phone: 0417 657 411

       or email: cathywelsford419@gmail.com

       The VBUC will refund 80% of your ticket

 

  • Cancellation by YOU for non-Covid reasons on or after August 5

       If YOU cancel on or after August 5 we will refund 95% of your ticket if we are able to sell it on to a person on the waiting list,

       If we are not able to resell your ticket the VBUC will refund 50% of the ticket price

 

Friday 13 Ukulele Institutes SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • In the event your Ukulele Institute has been cancelled for any reason, the VBUC will provide a 100% refund of your fee.

 

  • If YOU have to cancel because you have contracted COVID-19, have been ordered to self-isolate, or have been in a designated Covid hotspot the VBUC will refund 95% of your booking fee.

 

  • If YOU cancel at any time up to August 11 AND we can re-sell your place, the VBUC will refund 80% of the ticket price.

 

  • If YOU cancel your Institute booking and we are unable to re-sell your spot the VBUC will refund 50% of your booking fee.

CAMP STRUCTURE

FRIDAY 13 AUGUST: 3 SPECIAL UKULELE INSTITUTES. In-depth learning with your instrument. Is this for you?

Spend a full day learning with superb singer/songwriter, Lucy Wise; jazz man and Hawaiian music specialist, Sam Lemann,

or work on your Ubass skills with musician/songwriter/instrumentalist, Stewart Peters.

FRIDAY 13 - SUNDAY 15 AUGUST: The full weekend Camp opens at 5pm Friday 13, August with registrations and concerts and with workshops, other events, more concerts and jamming and beach party right through to Sunday afternoon.

BEGINNERS

While the camp is aimed at developing players with some experience, beginners are able to join in the festivities. A dedicated Beginners Hub will have more experienced players ready on hand to help you get started throughout the weekend. Please indicate if you are a beginner when you register.

ACCOMMODATION

Urunga has many accommodation options from those looking for luxury to basic tent camping. See also AirBNB and STAYZ

Riverside Holiday Resort: 2 bedroom apartments. Next to Urunga Golf Club. Walking distance

Reflections Caravan Park, cabins and camping/van sites. Walking distance

Reflections Hungry Head holiday park. 3km from the village

Urunga Waters Tourist Park

Ocean View Hotel: 14 rooms, shared bathrooms. Walking distance

GETTING TO URUNGA

 

FLIGHTS

Qantas has flights from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour, while Qantas and Regional Airlines fly direct from Sydney to Coffs Harbour.

Qantas and Linked fly directly from Brisbane.

 

TRAINS

Trains also run from Sydney or Brisbane to Urunga. Your ticket will ensure that the train actually stops at the station!

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Whatever your mode of travel we can arrange to collect you from station or airport. Please advise us early if you require this service.

WHAT FACILITIES DOES URUNGA HAVE?

The small village offers excellent cafes, a Post Office, supermarkets, pharmacy, 2 clubs with restaurants and most essential shops.

MEALS AND SNACKS

You will be responsible for your own meals and snacks. There are many dine-in and take-away meal options in Urunga Village.

MERCHANDISE

  • There will be some merchandise for sale: strings, tuners, straps, gig bags, Alfred Chord books, Ukulele Camp souvenirs for sale

  • CDs: Lucy Wise, The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach, Jack n Jel, Australian Ukulele Vol.1, Snez, Stewart Peters

  • Books for ukulele group teachers and leaders: The Ukestration Manual & The Business of Being a Community Musician by Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart 

Ukulele Music Australia will have classical and contemporary classical ukulele books from Australian and International composers. New ukulele music from Samantha Muir, Paul Mansell, Loretta Notareschi, Choan Galvez, Elisabeth Pfeiffer, David Roche. Ensemble music from Kevin Carroll and Sally Carter.

 

PLEASE OBSERVE COVID SAFE PRACTICES WHEN LOOKING AT THE MERCHANDISE BY USING THE HAND SANITISER BEFORE AND AFTER

 

TRADING TABLE

Bring along your outgrown ukuleles and other ukulele paraphernalia to sell. These must be clearly marked with the asking price and seller’s name. BUYERS: It will be up to you to find the seller and negotiate directly with them.

Please observe Covid safe practices when looking at the ukes for sale.

WEATHER in URUNGA in AUGUST

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Urunga in August is 8.0°C. The amount of rain in August is normal with an average of 66mm. The average maximum temperature lies around 19.0°C. With a water temperature of around 18.0°C, this is a great month to swim. If you enjoy looking at a blue sky this month is a good period to visit Urunga but bring a coat for the evenings.

DON'T FORGET TO BRING 

Your medications, music stand and water bottle, all with your name on them please. A coat or a warm article of clothing is needed for the evenings.

                                                          YOUR UKULELE CAMP TEAM

Your Uke Camp volunteers are from enthusiastic players from local ukulele groups, The Valla Beach Garage Band and Jazz Hangout, and some members of the Hungry Head Ukulele Group. 

You will recognise them by their CREW T-shirt and their welcome smile and willingness to assist you in anyway at all. 

One of their main jobs will be monitoring the various workshop and venues to ensure that we comply with the COVID capacity and safety requirements. 

You can assist by helping to wipe tables and chairs with special wipes at the end of each workshop

You will be expected to follow the directions of the CREW and Covid monitors, maintain social distancing at all times in venues, make use of the hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes and generally taking all possible precautions.

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