Hi Everybody – just a quick Christmas update
We have been very busy fundraising for the last couple of months. We have had stalls at two Makers Markets, the Victorian Night and the Cracker Night. We have also run a raffle with many prizes that were donated by friends of the Gateway Club, local shops and businesses.
We also had our Christmas Party Night, which this year we held at Bradley House. We dressed up, had a delicious meal, and danced the night away! We gave out Christmas presents, which had very kindly been donated by Waitrose. Thanks to Pat and your team for a lively night.
The Uttoxeter Gateway Club could not survive without the help and kindness of many individuals, local shops and businesses, so from all at Gateway a big thanks you and a very Happy New Year.
PETER GIBBS Partner and Branch Manager Waitrose & Partners Uttoxeter
Thank-you for taking part in the Waitrose & Partners Christmas Tree Festival and well done on your winning entry.
The Uttoxeter Gateway Club won first prize for decorating a Christmas cake that best represents their club.
Thank you to Waitrose & Partners for the £50 prize.
Uttoxeter Gateway Club at the Lark in the Park 2019
We again had a stall at this years Lark in the Park along with a raffle on the stall and the “Wheelbarrow Walk Around” raffle.
The weather was fantastic and there was a great turn out from our members and staff as well as the public who yet again amazed us all with their generosity shown towards our club.
The members had lots of fun pushing the wheelbarrow around the park visiting all the other exhibitors and did a great job selling tickets to everyone they bumped into!
The idea of the Wheelbarrow Raffle meant that by buying a ticket, you could win all the gifts in it, This year the total value of the wheelbarrow gifts probably added up to nearly £50 and was won by a mother and daughter who stayed late enough to be able to take all the goods home with them at the end of the day. We hope you enjoyed the prizes
The main stall did a very brisk trade selling lucky dip tickets and managed to give all who helped a great afternoon entertainment. Again all the prizes and most of the gifts were organised by Pauline Wilson, our previous club leader, and we must say a huge thank you to her for the vast amount of work she does behind the scenes getting ready for an event like this.
At this years Lark in the Park we launched our biggest fundraising event – the Gateway Bonanza Prize Draw, which has some fantastic prizes. Tickets are £1 each and are on sale from staff and members!
The event was a big financial success for the club but was tinged with a little sadness as Michelle Ritchie, our contact at Barclays Bank, who usually match funded our takings for the day, unexpectedly passed away a few months ago. Michelle was a huge supporter of our club and helped every year with the Lark in the Park event. Our thoughts go out to family and friends.
We are now all looking forward to our next event at the club and would like to thank everyone who supported us this year at Lark in the Park and as usual everyone is welcome to visit us at our club house.
Annual Christmas Cracker Night Fair
Again 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,
Chairman of Trustees
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.