Uttoxeter Cracker Night 2018

Annual Christmas Cracker Night Fair

crackerAgain we were lucky enough to get inside the town hall for our stall at the annual Christmas Cracker Night fair in Uttoxeter town centre. As temperatures outside fell towards freezing, the crowds headed inside hoping to get warm and, for us, it was a great opportunity to introduce our club as well as sell them a raffle ticket! As usual we had a very busy stall filled with raffle prizes and I am pleased to report not only did we raise a very good sum but we also nearly sold out of all our prizes.

This will be our last big effort for 2018. However, I understand Pauline may be outside the town hall again one last time before Christmas, hoping to catch people who missed last nights events!

I would to take this time to offer a very big thank you to everyone who contributed to our prizes both last night and throughout the year. To everyone who has taken time to visit us and contributed both financially and time wise over the last 12 months to the success of our club. To every organisation who has supported us throughout 2018, your support has been tremendous and we look forward to continuing our relationship though 2019.

From all at the Uttoxeter Gateway Club, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Fantastic New Year!

Thank you all,cracker

Paul Nixon
Chairman of Trustees

Something Good!

An enjoyable evening being entertained by “Something Good” community singers.
Many thanks to the choir, for their toe tapping rendition of songs we could all join in with.

Christmas Time Fundraising

Hello Members, Carers, Parents, Trustees, and Supporters.

We will be doing lots of fundraising in November and December, if you have anything that would be good for a raffle or a tombola, please bring to club, or let one of us know and we will collect.

As you know Gateway is a charity and we rely heavily on our Christmas time fundraising, if you have any time to spare and would like to join us, let us know.

On behalf of Gateway

Thank you

Autumn Trip to Llandudno

The Uttoxeter Gateway Autumn Trip to Llandudno

So off we went one cold sunny morning on a day trip to Llandudno.

When we booked it we did not realise it was the weekend the A50 was closed to remove the bridge! It did delay us slightly, but could not be helped.

We all did our own thing when we arrived. My group’s priority was the Pier and the amusement arcades. We went and rolled some 2p coins and waited for lots of winnings to fall!  Others headed to the machines that made lots of noise and shot monsters or whatever!

We walked along the sea front enjoying the buskers and street entertainers until it was time for lunch. Naturally it had to be fish and chips for most as we were at the seaside. We found a café and in we went. We were looked after very well and came out full.

We had a walk around the shops, then somebody mentioned ice cream, and it became obvious we weren’t that full, so we had delicious ice creams and enjoyed the afternoon sun.

Back on the coach for the return trip, everyone agreed “a good day was had by all”.

Lark in the Park 2018

The Uttoxeter Lions Lark in the Park

Uttoxeter Gateway once again attended Lark in the Park, on the August bank holiday weekend, an annual event hosted by the Uttoxeter Lions.

Held in Bramshall Road Recreation Ground, a free family fun day with lots of attractions including trampolines, swing boats, donkey rides and duck races to name just a few!

Pauline once again organised a fantastic tombola and raffle in a wheelbarrow. Thanks to her for a most successful fundraiser and also to all those members staff and helpers that took the the time to come along and help on the day.

A special thanks also to Michelle and Barclays Bank who supports us by coming along to help and match funding with what we make on the day.

Barbecue Time

We had a Barbecue – Tuesday 21st August

Julia and Peter very kindly hosted a barbecue for us in their fantastic garden.

The sun shone and we all had a great time.

Thank you Julia and Peter.

Waitrose Green Token Award

A nice cheque from Waitrose

We have again been very luck and received a very welcome check for £367.00 from Uttoxeter Waitrose from their Green Token award scheme.

This has come just at the right time for the club as we embark on our trip to Llandudno.

From all of Uttoxeter Gateway Club we would like to thank Dawn and her colleagues at Waitrose for their continued support.

Club Annual Holiday to Babbacombe

Off we go to the seaside!

Well, the day finally arrived, and off we went to Babbacombe near Torquay on our annual holiday. All in all, 16 of us – 12 members and 4 helpers, ranging from 20 to 70 years young.

We checked into our hotel and explored our rooms. Looking at the menu we found that our members could help themselves to a three course meal for dinner and a buffet style breakfast, with seconds if desired!!

Then for the entertainment there was bingo for some and the rest of us made our own entertainment; quizzes, cards games, charades, chatting, laughing. Then a singer came on and she didn’t mind if we joined in or danced. Later the real dancing began, and we bopped the night away, until our beds called at about 11.00pm; late enough for us helpers, we’d had a long day. We did this every night, along with the hotel guests who joined in and said we made their holiday!!

Sunday morning was a bit of a shock as we woke to rain, and boy did it rain! Nevertheless, off to the beach we went, some on foot, some by the cliff railway. There were fantastic views – well would have been but for the rain.

On Monday the sun did shine so off to the beach for real. We swam and the sea was fantastic. The water monster kept nagging (that’s me) “drink, it’s hot” – I think I got through to most of them.

We shopped, visited the museum in Torquay, the cafes, and the zoo at Paignton. It was suggested Pauline was like a gorilla and me a meerkat! I think I came out better that time. We laughed so much my sides hurt. People came out of their shells and for some, speech improved greatly.

Fay came up with an idea to have an award ceremony. Everybody had a souvenir of the holiday, had their photo taken and we had lots of lovely smiles.

Staff and guests treated us with great respect and said we had made their week, three ladies even saw us off with the waiving of serviettes.

I would like to say thank you to you all for making this another memorable Gateway Holiday and I can’t wait till the next.

Our May 2018 Update

Hello everybody,

As usual we have been very busy so please accept my apologies for not updating you with what we have been up to before now.

Julia invented a new game called Play Your Cards Right, which was a kind of Bingo. We all enjoyed it and it kept everybody engaged, which is something we are trying very hard to do this year because, as you can imagine, people’s levels of concentration are very different.

We have had some volunteers from Thomas Alleynes School. This has worked well for all concerned, and we hope they continue to join us in the future. Thank you ladies.

We have been to Cinebowl several times, always a well attended night! It’s good to see new members coming out of their shells and joining in more and more.

We have had an indoor games night, where we played Jenga, ping pong, snooker, Connect 4, jigsaw puzzles, colouring in a quieter room, and many more games. Again we are trying to think about what our members want or need to do. The volume of noise created might be an indicator here!

We have had one of our famous discos, which was a request night, and as always it was a very noisy affair!!

Luckily we chose a dry night to walk round the lake at JCB and then into Rocester for a drink at the Red Lion and, best of all, a bag of chips. What more could you want after a walk!

Last week we had a picnic in the park and played all sorts of games, and introduced our members to French cricket. We can’t wait to play it again!

We are looking forward to many more exciting nights with Uttoxeter Gateway Club and, what’s more, our holiday is not long away!

Sheep Farming

Helping with the lambs

Last week we were very lucky to go and visit a sheep farm where they were lambing, we actually saw lambs being born, one backwards that needed bit of help. We mixed the milk up for the orphans, and bottle fed them, had a hold and a cuddle. We were made very welcome by Karen Greaves and her team. We had a great, so thank you Karen.

We have been busy recently, we have been to Cinebowl, where our members can choose to bowl or watch a film.

Next week is Easter crafts, so I guess we will all get covered in paint or glue or chocolate, or all three!!

Why not come and join us as a member or a volunteer – you’d be very welcome.