The centre has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks as we’ve built up to Christmas. The decorations have been dusted off, mince pies baked , as well as cards and presents made and the karaoke machine has been used to great effect.
Two birthdays have been celebrated this month-firstly Vincent’s, then Debbie (one of the centre’s support workers). On both occasions, we were treated to some delicious cake after a tuneful rendition of Happy Birthday!
We’ve welcomed several new members recently-Sam, David , Glenn and Andrew among others. We hope that they enjoy what’s on offer and stay with us for a long time.
As we move into the last full week of opening, we are looking forward to our Christmas lunch, with possibly nearly 40 members dining!
It is with great sadness to announce the passing of one of our long-standing members, Becky King, after a short illness. She will be fondly remembered for her infectious giggle, cheeky faces and her love of Westlife and Boyzone (especially her sing-alongs when listening on the computer!). She will be sorely missed by everyone at the centre.
With Christmas approaching, the members have been busy with their activities, many choosing to make items as presents. Several choices have been calendars, pencil-cases and cards. Vincent, Suzanne and Martin have started on this year’s post-box, ready for the flow of Christmas cards.
Paul and Tracy have again been busy in the kitchen, this week baking mixed fruit muffins-very popular with a lunch-time hot drink! The pool/air-hockey table has been well-used and our Scalextric set is still proving popular-this week, we have been entertained by Vincent’s commentary as members have raced their cars.
Next week, we are off on our annual pantomime trip to the Northcott Theatre to watch Beauty and the Beast. It will also be time to dust off the decorations and get in a festive mood.
Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all parts of Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities throughout the county who are in need of assistance. This time we were one ofthe groups nominated by one of the local lodges, the Exeter Northcote Lodge. The money is raised by the “WAKE Fund” a trust set up by William A. Kneel, the Provincial GrandMaster from 1970 to 1984, & the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners (now Johnsons).This year on 1st November, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP., Provincial Grand Master for the Devonshire Freemasons, presented cheques to 20 deserving causes during a celebratory meeting at theExmouth Masonic Hall. EGC’s Trustee Helen Foster represented us & was delighted to receive a cheque for £1,250! Thank you to Alan Morgan, our treasurer, for his role in obtaining this donation.
As usual, everyone at the centre has been keeping busy with plenty of activities on offer. We have celebrated four birthdays-Barbara, Amy, Suzanne and Gareth’s. Various designs of cake were baked by Paul, Tracy and other members and quickly devoured soon after the blowing out of the candles!
On the creating front, Emma, Gareth and Angus (among others) have been busy sawing and chiseling under the careful guidance of Jonathan-bird-boxes are the popular choice at present. Peter K has made several calendars on different themes and the Tuesday members are still busy with their clay making.
Inside the centre, we have been cooking, playing scalextric, pool and air-hockey plus the usual bingo sessions, dominoes and word-searches.
As Halloween fell on a centre opening day, we decorated the building during the week, culminating in a party that was attended by 27 members. There were some fantastic costumes, dancing, games, and of course food. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes and dancers, plus everyone was entered into the raffle. A great time was had by all!
The centre continues to be a hub of activity, with a large choice of projects and ventures to undertake.
The past few weeks have been busy as usual, culminating in a three days of ‘European Lunches’. Arts and crafts have featured prominently, with several members sawing and nailing together bird-boxes and a coffee table, plus Tia and Peter finishing their Sci-Fi creations of a Tardis and R2D2 respectively.
On the kitchen front, the bakers have produced cookies and brownies and the chefs three hearty meals. The food theme was mostly Italian, with a spaghetti bolognaise cooked Monday and pizza on Thursday. These were created by the members themselves using a host of fresh ingredients on to plain bases, and as usual, there was no waste!
The Tuesday activities continue with clay making, with some very impressive pot skills on show. The few members that attend were also able to ‘road test’ another new activity…a Scalextric set! This became immediately popular and competitions will soon take place.
As we move towards the end of October, we are looking forward to our annual Halloween Party and then the build up to Christmas, so watch this space!
The past couple of weeks have been crammed full of activities and celebrations. Robbie and Julie R celebrated their birthdays with home-made cakes and cards. Peter and Gareth seem to be in competition to see who can make the most objects (Peter is probably just in the lead!). The list of creations made by them and several others includes calendars, a bird-box and a coffee table.
As well as making birthday cakes, the chefs have been busy assisting with the barbecue lunches, preparing salad and vegetables plus sorting drinks and desserts. Daryl insisted on using the barbecue despite the weather forecast-luckily he avoided any major downpours and everyone enjoyed their dinners!
Numbers for the Tuesday opening are gradually creeping up-those members attending are certainly enjoying the activities. We have had a couple of potential new members come to try the centre and we look forward to hopefully welcoming them as regular ‘Gatewayers’ soon!