Lark in the Park 2019

Lark in the Park 2019

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.


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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