Explanation video for Tuesdays picture bingo
The National Fraud Reporting Centre has reported a new trend in scams relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and vulnerable people may be particularly at risk.
For a small group of people, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may increase their susceptibility to the risk of financial abuse due to being home alone, answering telephones and being on the internet more than usual.
Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus to commit various types of fraud and cyber crime. It’s important to be cautious, as fraudsters are changing their methods all the time.
Recent Coronavirus related scams include:
Fake COVID-19 home-testing scams – The public are warned not to respond to emails or open their doors to bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Criminals target members of the public with NHS scam emails – ActionFraud has received 41 reports of a scam email pretending to be from HM Government asking for donations to the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a fake email and your money will only end up in the hands of a criminal.
Here is a typical scam phone call:
“Good morning, I’m calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.”
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“I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.”
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“Ok (gives address)”
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At this point you put the phone down.
This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it. -Cheryl Rice, Development Worker SCVYS
Zoom Meeting 9th June – Scavenger Hunt
I know it’s not the same as mixing with people we know and like, but at present it is the best we can hope for sooooooo we ZOOOOOOOOOM.
This week we had a scavenger Hunt, where we are given a question, maybe find something smooth, or something beginning with R or something smaller than the palm of your hand and off we all scuttle to look for the most unusual item we can find.
One of the questions was, find something sweet and Nichola grabbed her mum, how lovely was that! We had boots, stones, books, smellies, cake, balloons, ornaments, rhubarb vodka, candles, greenery, and of course we couldn’t leave it out, the Toilet Roll.
Well done to some of the group who dressed up as if we were in the jungle!!
A big thanks to Rachel who put it all together for us and from the photo you can see her peering through the undergrowth, great evening and great makeup.
We all really enjoyed it.
If you would like to join us contact Sue on
Zooming Together Every Week
Hi everybody, I bet you have all played bingo, but not how we play it at Gateway, as some of you will know we are on ZOOOOOOOOOM every week at the moment.
This week was BINGO but you had to bring a piece of fruit, a hat and a toilet roll!!
Depending on certain numbers being called, you have to hold up one of the three props we used. Easy I hear you say, try it and you may think differently.
The events programme is on the website but we have gone slightly out of order. Next week we are having a Scavenger Hunt, oh and we are dressing up, why don’t you come and join us?
We meet at 7.00pm on Tuesday evenings; come and see what we get up to.
If you would like anymore details contact Sue on
Making a Bingo Card
We have new making a Bingo Card video for you:
Our ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM meeting last night was good fun.
We played bingo, but in these times it has to be slightly different so we involved a wooden spoon, a pair of socks and a cuddly toy!!
Next week on Tuesday 19th May, as we should have been going to Skegness this Sunday for a day out, we thought we would go to the beech virtually and have a picnic. So bring everything you would take to the beech with you – hat, sunglasses, towel, ice cream, costume, bat, ball, bucket, spade, etc., and of course the picnic, which we will eat on air. There may also be music and karaoke. Hope the sun shines for us!
If you need any more info:
If you were part of our Zoom meeting last night, I do hope you enjoyed it
Next week we are going to play bingo, if you wish to join us you will need to make our bingo card and there is a video to show you how. Anything you make or draw or find on your walk during the week bring to the meeting.
Have a good week and we will see you at 7.00 next Tuesday.
If you need the Meeting ID numbers, contact me.
Video no longer available
Hey, take a look at this Facebook video of an activity that we would like you to do for our weekly Zoom meeting.
Zoom Meetings every Tuesday
Hi everybody, hope you are all well and managing to find things to do, we are so lucky with the weather, at least we can enjoy the sunshine.
We have started a group on Zoom every Tuesday night at 7.00pm for half an hour. There is usually a theme – next week the 28th April is quiz night
Last night we dressed up as you can see from the pictures!!
Please let us know if you are going to join us, contact
If you are not sure on how to use Zoom and I will try and help.
Keep Well and Safe.
Hope to see you all soon,
We thought it would be a great idea to host an Afternoon Tea.
Our members could help make cakes, savouries and sandwiches, set the room and the tables and then help serve all their families, friends and guests.
The Event was held at the Heath Community Centre on Sunday March 15th, with our members meeting at 10.00 sharp. It took us 10 minutes to unload cars!! We all washed our hands and started work.
The kitchen staff boiled eggs, buttered bread, whipped cream, cooked sausage rolls, put the jackets potatoes in the oven for our lunches, grated cheese, spread jam and cream on scones, cut tray bakes, and much more.
The front of house staff set out tables according to my sweated over table plan, spread table cloths, matched 50 cups, saucers and plates, arranged flowers, reserved tables, put the raffle prizes out and then we had lunch!!
As 2pm came nearer, we washed our hands, put on our new black aprons and welcomed our guests, then the table plan went out of the window!!.
The kitchen crew filled tea pots, arranged cakes, savouries and sandwiches on beautiful cake stands and the room filled with our friends and families.
We made sure our guests had oceans of tea, we chatted and laughed, we sold raffle tickets, flower troughs and bird boxes and had a lovely afternoon.
Thank you to everybody who was involved in any way and to our guests for coming and being so generous.
Due to the current situation with the Covid-19 virus, the Uttoxeter Gateway Club has now been suspended, our day trip postponed and the holiday cancelled,
Please keep well and safe
See you all as soon as we can
The Gateway Team
Many thanks for all the hard work put in by all on the day and the planning that went on beforehand.
It was an extremely successful and enjoyable afternoon. Everyone was very impressed by the food and the professional table layout.
I’m sorry to hear that that the club has had to close for the time being and the holiday postponed but it is for the best in these extraordinary and worrying times.
Keep safe everyone.
To all the Gateway members
I came to your Afternoon Tea last Sunday at the Heath Community Centre and it was First Class.
The hall looked wonderful and welcoming, the sandwiches were delicious, as were the sausage rolls and quiche. Well done to those who made them.
The scones and cakes were gorgeous and the service was splendid.
You all looked very professional as gave such good service with lovely smiles and gracious manners.
I certainly think you rivaled many professional places, including the Vintage Tea Rooms, as you had such lovely china and everything was so well presented.
Well done to everyone who helped.
My friends and I were also impressed by the plant boxes and the bird boxes and it was a good raffle too.
Any chance of another one next year?