August is BBQ Time

August is BBQ Time

BBQ at Peter and Julia’s House

Thank you to Peter and Julia for hosting a BBQ in their lovely garden.

The food was amazing and we all had a great time.

A Cricket Tournament

A Cricket Tournament

Visit to Rugeley Cricket Club

Rugeley Cricket ClubOn Wednesday 31st July, we went to Rugeley Cricket Club to play in a cricket tournament.

The team did really well to reach the final, playing together for the first time against teams that regularly play together.

We had a really fun day and would like to say a big thank you to Steve Lightfoot and his team from Staffordshire Cricket for inviting us along.

Shropshire,Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes

Shropshire,Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes

Shropshire • Staffordshire • Cheshire Blood Bikes

Blood Bikes Logo

Uttoxeter Gateway Club members enjoyed a visit from the Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes on Tuesday. Colin Hodgkins, a blood biker, gave the members a really interesting interactive talk about the work of the blood bikers.

They provide a voluntary service, free of charge to all hospitals and hospices in the region, transporting urgent supplies of blood, blood samples for urgent analysis, breast milk and other samples or equipment.

As you can see in the photos, our members really enjoyed exploring the motorbike.

Great fun at the Disco

The Steeplechase Pub Uttoxeter



Great fun at the Disco at the Steeplechase Pub!


Ukulele Band

Ukulele Band

Ukulele BandUkulele Band Evening Entertainment

Everybody at the Club enjoyed a fun musical evening being entertained by the Ukulele band.

Can we say many thanks to them for coming along and performing.

We all enjoyed the evening and hope that they will come back soon!

Lark in the Park 2018

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

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.

Uttoxeter U3A Ukulele Band Concert

Uttoxeter U3A Ukulele Band Concert

Gateway club enjoyed an evening being entertained by the Uttoxeter U3A Ukulele band.

They sang and played their musical instruments, so many thanks to Vince and all the members of the Ukulele band.

Welcome to Uttoxeter and District U3A. We have been established since 2003 and are an autonomous organization affiliated to a national body providing daytime courses, meetings and activities for retired and semi-retired people.

Founded over 35 years ago, the UK U3A movement aims to encourage groups of people in their third age to come together and continue their enjoyment of learning in subjects of interest to them.

From the start, the guiding principles were to promote lifelong learning through self-help interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities as chosen by their members.

The ‘third age’ is defined by a time in your life (not necessarily chronological) where you have the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake. There is no minimum age, but a focus on people who are no longer in full-time employment or raising a family.

Our founders envisaged a collaborative approach with peers learning from each other. The U3A movement was to be self-funded, with members not working towards qualifications but learning purely for pleasure. There would be no distinction between the learners and the teachers – everyone could take a turn at being both if they wished.

Mel Baines Trio

Mel Baines Trio

The Uttoxeter Gateway Club was entertained this evening by The Mel Baines Trio

Uttoxeter Gateway Club Christmas Meal 2017

Uttoxeter Gateway Club Christmas Meal 2017

Uttoxeter Gateway Club Christmas Meal 2017 at The Parks

Club members, friends and family all came together on Tuesday, 19th December 2017 for our annual Christmas Meal.

As usual, the highlight of the meal was Santa Claus who came to deliver presents (kindly donated by Waitrose, Uttoxeter) to all the members.

As you can see from the photos below, everyone had a jolly good time.

Pauline’s Last Official Evening as Leader

As this was to be Pauline’s last official evening as the Uttoxeter Gateway Club Leader, our Chairman Paul Nixon presented Pauline with a voucher for Byrkley Garden Centre and Sue presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the members and their families.

Pauline thanked everyone for their contributions and said that she would be sure to buy something nice after Christmas.