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.
Tombola, crafts and cakes
We had a stall on the Makers Market last Saturday with a tombola, crafts and cakes.
Thanks to great support on the day, we made £226.00. This means we have reached our target for Xmas Fund raising and made a total over £1000.00 for Uttoxeter Gateway Club activities.
Thank to Julia, Faye and Sue for baking cakes and Paul and our member David Nadin for helping run the stall.
Gateway Club Christmas Cracker Stall
We had a tombola stall in the Town Hall at the Uttoxeter Christmas Cracker this year. The star of our stall was a giant Santa which we asked people to make their best offers for – we’ll announce our decision at the Makers Market on Saturday where we’ll have another Tombola!
Thanks to our helpers on Xmas Cracker night; Paul, Dale in the turkey outfit, and members David Nadin & Heidi.
Thanks to everyone who helped us raise £200 on the night.
Alan Parker hands over a cheque for £400
The Uttoxeter and District Football League, represented by Alan Parker, Fixture/Referee Secretary donated a cheque to Paul Nixon, Chairman of the Trustees and Pauline Wilson, Club Leader for £400.00. We’re very grateful to receive the donation from the Uttoxeter and District Football League who have chosen our Club to support for this year.
We got to decorate a tree at Waitrose for Christmas
As Uttoxeter Gateway Club are recipients of donations from Waitrose we were invited to dress one of the xmas trees that Waitrose will be displaying up to Christmas. What a honour for the Club!
Watch the video below to learn more about Waitrose Community Matters.
Waitrose Delivers Presents to Santa
Waitrose have been extremely generous this year and have donated Christmas presents to all our members which Santa will be giving out at our Christmas dinner on 19th December… more about this later…
Saturday High Street Stall
Following our success the previous night at the Victorian Evening, organised by the Uttoxeter Knights, we were invited to have a small stall in Uttoxeter High Street as it was the first Saturday in December before Christmas.
We were fortunate that many of the previous evenings stall holders donated their unsold gifts to us which meant we had a very full stall. Although it rained of most of the time, the generosity of the people out shopping meant we raised almost as much as the previous evening!
Our helpers had made reindeer food Christmas jam and marmalade and the WI had made fabulous Christmas tree decorations, all of which were sold out!
Our next fund raising event is Uttoxeter Cracker night … looking forward to seeing all of our supporters at that event too …
Our Stall at the Uttoxeter Knights Victorian Evening
Uttoxeter Gateway Club staff and helpers were out fundraising and supporting the Uttoxeter Knights Victorian Evening.
Our stall selling raffle tickets was a huge success as we had many wonderful gifts donated. The stall was located right outside the Town Hall, in full view of Santa’s Reindeer and the snow machine. We attracted lots of attention, especially as just after the town Christmas lights were turned when our super size cuddly toy of Eeyore the donkey from Winnie the Pooh was won by a very grateful local who rushed off to see if Santa could wrap it in time for Christmas!
The weather was kind this year and, from the amount of raffle tickets we sold, well supported by the local community.
Special Gateway Club Museum Visit
Last night we went to The Beamhurst Museum, just out of Uttoxeter on the Cheadle road. The Museum is run by John and Laura Walton and their daughter Beth and they opened up especially for us.
It’s like Aladdin’s cave, full of memories for us older folk and fascinating things for our younger members.
The cake was great too, so thanks to all of you for a fun evening and an even greater thanks for the very kind donation you made to our club
Visit the Beamhurst Museum website
Why I love being a trustee
I first became involved with the Uttoxeter Gateway Club twelve years ago after speaking to Ruth and Pauline at the Uttoxeter Christmas Cracker. My son Sam became one of the youngest members at sixteen. My daughter Rosie helped at the club as a volunteer while she was at Thomas Alleyne’s Sixth Form. Six years ago I became the club treasurer.
Being a trustee of this club is a privilege and a pleasure. Through the club we, as a family, have forged so many very special friendships and made so many happy memories.
I can remember well Sam’s eighteenth birthday at the Heath Community Centre. A sizeable contingent of members attended and that’s when I first understood exactly what partying with the Uttoxeter Gateway Club meant. The members stole the show that night with their singing, dancing and the joy they brought with them. Sam’s family and friends still talk about how wonderful they all were and how they made that evening so special.
I still remember, with more than a smile, Rosie’s dance troupe of lady members entertaining us all. Rosie loved her time with the club and is still treated like visiting royalty whenever she is with the members.
Over the years it has been a privilege to be invited to and included in so many wonderful events, quiz nights, racing evenings, craft events, discos, parties and one of my particular favourites the Murder Mystery Evening. Who could forget the Barn Dance when the instructions were accidentally broadcast during the church service next door?
Any time spent at this club and with the members is always time well spent but my favourite times have been seeing some of the members on Christmas Day wherever they have been for their Christmas lunch and sharing my Fiftieth birthday year with members David and Carole (although of course we don’t look it).
Nothing is quite the same as walking into a club night or event and being greeted with such genuine warmth and friendship. If you have ever considered volunteering or becoming a trustee I urge you to get yourself down to The Guild Hall on a Tuesday evening but you might want to take your dancing shoes as you will probably need them sooner rather than later. Nothing is more joyous than an event that involves music or dancing. You won’t be able to resist joining in.
We are always looking for volunteers and trustees with new ideas and skills to share with the club. I can assure you that the rewards are very special. I have loved my time as a trustee and the opportunity to contribute to such a special club.
Whenever I think of what the Uttoxeter Gateway Club means to me I am reminded of all those special times and these lyrics:
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came…
You want to go where people know
The people are all the same
You want to go where everybody knows your name
(‘Where everybody knows your name’ by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo)