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.

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.

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!

Parachute Games

Parachute Games

Parachute Games

Having fun with the multi-coloured parachute

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.

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Uttoxeter Cracker Night 2018

Uttoxeter Cracker Night 2018

Annual Christmas Cracker Night Fair

crackerAgain 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,cracker

Paul Nixon
Chairman of Trustees