Our Summer Holiday

Our Summer Holiday

Gateway Club Summer Holiday in Llandudno

So, the day finally came and after a great deal of planning, discussing, and negotiating, 16 members and 4 staff went off to Llandudno. We were driven there by Chris from A1 travel, who is always helpful to the club and liked by all the members.

The weather had been poor to say the least, but the forecast was OK for the next few days.

We picnicked in Conway and then went on to the Grande Hotel. We checked everybody into their rooms and unpacked.

After time to explore the hotel, we went in for dinner. It didn’t take long for all of us to get used to the meal routine and the hotel staff were very helpful. We watched the entertainment and danced the night away, young and old.

Tuesday the weather was so good we decided that was the day to go up The Great Orme, some of us by tram and some by cable car. From the top, the views were marvellous. We learnt quite quickly to shout a warning when the seagulls came close when Di lost her sandwich. Most of us thought that was very funny!!

We all learnt a little about the area and the sheep.

Fay designed a quiz that evening, which was won by the team called the Grande Four. Again, we danced the night away.

Wednesday, we booked the hop-on-hop-off bus and went to an open farm where the geese gaggled at us, the owls hooted and the peacock displayed. We all had a coffee and a cake, and then got back on the bus to Conway for fish and chips; well, we have to keep our strength up to……dance the night away!!

Thursday some of us went swimming and some of us shopping – rock, souvenirs, presents, new clothes – all purchased then back to the hotel for cake and fizz for James’ birthday.

We put our party clothes on for our last night, had our awards ceremony, where we say thank you to everybody for being helpful or kind or a great room buddy or a great dancer or for making us laugh. And then…..we danced the night away!!

Friday, all packed and having said “thank you and goodbye” to all the staff and the other guests (who all had lovely things to say about all our members) we ambled our way home via Woollaton Hall for a game of football, a picnic and an ice cream.

Thanks to everybody for making our holiday a great success.

Continue reading →

The Madely Players

The Madely Players

The Madely Players

On Tuesday 7th May, the Madely Players came to entertain us.

We really enjoyed their visit and greatly hope to meet with them again soon.

Continue reading →

Autumn Trip to Llandudno

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”.

Continue reading →

Club Annual Holiday to Babbacombe

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.

Continue reading →

Our first report of the year!

Our first report of the year!

Just to keep you updated with what we have been up to…

Our first meeting this year was to see Aladdin at The Regent Theatre in Stoke – Oh yes it was!! We had a great night, the 3D effects were really spooky!!

Then we had a games night, obstacle races, egg and spoon, bean bags and that sort of thing, to work off some of the extras we ate over Christmas. We carried that on by having a Salsacise night, really popular and great fun.

We also had a night exploring all of our senses, feeling different textures, smells, sites and sounds which made us all think how lucky we are to have them.

We have had a competition to rebrand the tuck shop which is now called “Shop Way”, won by Steven, but we had some other great entries too.

We were first in the queue to see Black Panther at our monthly visit to Cinebowl, where you can either watch a suitable film or go bowling.

This week was one of our famous disco nights with competitions for rock and roll, ballroom, air guitar, the twist and other dances, thank you to our resident DJ Paul.

Next week on the 27th February, we have The Mel Baines Trio here to entertain us.

Everybody is welcome, not just members and volunteers, so come and have look at us. The Club is open most Tuesdays at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Balance Street.  Take a look at the Events page for more details.

Continue reading →