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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Knights 4 Uttoxeter

We have been been very lucky in the fact that Knights 4 Uttoxeter have supported us in purchasing equipment that will enable our members to enjoy club evenings even more.

All at the club would like to thank the Knights for this support and we look forward to seeing the Knights at one of our club evenings enjoying the entertainment with us.

Thank you again Knights 4 Uttoxeter

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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.

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Cash donation from Gymphobics gratefully received

We have received another cash donation from Gymphobics based in Uttoxeter

The Uttoxeter branch of Gymphobics The 30 Minute Workout and the UK’s premier inch and weight loss centres have again supported us with another very generous donation which will go towards our effort to raise funding for a range of musical instruments.

We would like to thank all the Ladies, especially Penney, for their generous support and wish them all the very best during their workouts.

You can find their website here to read all about what they offer.

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Mel Baines Trio

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

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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.

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To: Members/Carers and Friends of Uttoxeter Gateway Club


Happy New Year to everyone!

Christmas is over for another year and its good to get back into a routine of normal eating. I’m sure we’ve all received gifts that we can’t use ourselves, got over faced by toiletries and other gifts (I know I have !!!!) or maybe you’ve had too many chocolates and too much alcohol. If so, we can take them off your hands and use them for our TOMBOLA AND RAFFLE PRIZES.

Our next Fund Raising events will be at EASTER.

So please send any unwanted items in to the club or contact Pauline 07929 300453

Please ask family and friends as people like to give to a local charity.

We will be having a stall at The Makers Market, and possibly one on the High St the week after that.

Thank you.

Pauline (Fund Raising TRUSTEE)

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