With this Tuesday being Shrove Tuesday, we decided to have pancakes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday! Over the three days, Debbie and Daryl cooked over 100 pancakes for the members! Paul, Tracy, Amy, Emma and Victoria all helped to prepare the batter and the fillings. There was a choice of cheese, ham, sugar and lemon, chocolate spread, jam and golden syrup…some members chose the entire selection in one pancake!
Activities have continued as usual-Gareth is determined to finish the new sign and Peter K has made several mosaic based gifts for family and friends. Colouring, bingo and papier-mache continues to prove popular as has Daryl’s childhood Hornby railway!
Jane and her gardeners have added what will hopefully be splash of colour to the outdoor planters and there will soon be some seeds sown ready for the summer.
Michelle and Donna celebrated their birthdays (Donna’s being a special one!) and they enjoyed the usual rendition of happy birthday, where Donna nearly drowned out the remainder with her singing!
Activities have been in full swing again, with the Tuesday group carrying on with mosaic tiling projects. We are continuing with coasters, trivets and up-cycling pots as well as creating an extra sign for the exterior of the building.
Peter K has finished yet another creation and David A celebrated his 53rd birthday (we’ve lost track of how many times he’s said how good he looks for his age!). Vincent has been busy entertaining us with his singing-we’ve had Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond this week!
There were plenty of Valentine’s cards made and themed word-searches completed along with the usual games of bingo, colouring, pool, Scalextric, computing and air-hockey.
Hopefully it might stop raining and we can eventually get out and prepare the beds for this year’s vegetable crop…
As the centre is closed on a Friday, we had our annual Valentine’s Lunch on Thursday 13th-twenty-nine members enjoyed a two course lunch and raffle. During the week, members had baked sponge-cake and biscuits in preparation for dessert with the main course being freshly made cottage pie and veg (some of which was from last year’s harvest from our garden). Everyone that dined was entered into the raffle for a chance to win a selection of prizes- a great time was had by all.
Over the past couple of weeks, members have been busy as usual with their activities. Tuesdays have been focused on mosaic working (although plenty of other choices are available) so we have made coasters, trivets and also decorated plant-pots.
Woodwork, papier-mache, dancing, cooking and music have all been going on around the centre. This week we celebrated Emma and Sarah’s birthdays with the sounds of Happy Birthday.
For three days this week, members had the opportunity to enjoy a Chinese lunch to celebrate Chinese New Year. Several sous-chefs, under the supervision of Daryl, helped to prepare three different meals for the benefit of the members. As usual, there was plenty to go round and everyone enjoyed their food.
Many members used their creative skills to make lanterns as well as complete Chinese themed word-searches and colouring. We also had ‘The Chopstick Challenge’, where members used their chopstick skills to move ten jelly-babies from one dish to another in the shortest time. There were some varied methods but everyone had fun trying!
This week continued as we finished the last, with plenty going on! Gareth, Peter K, Jamie and Brian all continued with their cardboard and papier-mache objects, with Jamie proudly showing off his Coca-Cola lorry by Thursday.
Angus is well on the way to completing his bird-box while Paul, Tracy, Amy, Suzanne and Sarah spent time baking. Vincent and Scott have been busy making posters and scrap-books about their favourite pop-stars and James Bond actors!
We have also been playing various games-as well as the usual dominoes and bingo, we have been testing our observational skills with ‘Dobble’ (Harry Potter version). This has proven a popular addition to the games selection, especially with Emma.
Outside, the old greenhouse has been removed and thanks to the generosity of Exeter Southernhay Rotary, a new and larger one is being assembled by John (our amazingly patient and weatherproof gardener!). He is also laying slabs and making the garden more accessible all year round. By early Spring, we should be able to make a start on preparing our fruit and vegetable areas and enjoying the outside space.
The new year started as the old one finished with everyone straight into their activities. This week has seen an array of papier-mache creations started, word-searches and colouring undertaken, birthday cakes baked, pool, Scalextric racing and even some Tai Chi before lunch! The theme for the fist couple of months is China, so some activities have been linked and as we approach Chinese New Year, we will be deciding what lunches we are going to have later in the month.
Emma has been busy dressing our mannequin, while Peter K, Jamie and Brian have been busy with the glue and paper. We celebrated our first birthday of the year, as Rachael turned 21 again! As usual, she was presented with a home made card (Liverpool FC themed of course!) and treated to a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
We are creating a time-capsule where members can put their ideas for things they would like to do and/or achieve this year-we look forward to seeing if they happen this time next year. Some ideas involve getting out and about on trips as a group but also individual aims including learning some sign-language!
This week we are having our greenhouse replaced with a larger one and also having the raised bed area paved to enable better access to planting-hopefully we can get planting and enjoy some fresh fruit and vegetables in our cooking.
On Wednesday, 34 members sat down for our annual lunch. Due to the larger amount of diners, we decided on the theme of a ‘Leftovers Lunch’-Cold meats, roast potatoes, salad and coleslaw followed by mince pies and cream. Thanks to the building works, we had ample space to form a hollow square with the tables, allowing plenty of room for all.
Prior to lunch, we emptied the post box and gave out a considerable amount of cards and then set the tables ready to eat.
Between courses, we drew the raffle prizes, with Sarah and Emma winning the star prize in the shape of a rather large cuddly tiger! Everyone won at least one prize and then tucked into their puds!
With just one Monday left this year, it means it’s time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at the Exeter Gateway Centre!
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.