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LATEST NEWS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022
BACK OPEN AT LAST
Just to let you know that, after nearly two years of lockdowns and restrictions the Centre is now fully open for use and bookings. It’s really great to see the Centre thriving and getting back to normal again. If you choose to continue to wear a face mask in the Centre this will be most acceptable.
After two years of COVID we want to express our sincere thanks to all our volunteers and other supporters of the Markfield COVID 19 Good Neighbours Scheme. Without all their voluntary efforts we could not have achieved such tremendous support for those who needed it the most. Hopefully we can now start to plan a big THANK YOU party in the spring or summer. Once again thank you all.
Please remember that IT’S STILL OKAY TO ASK if you need any help, support or advice just ring us on 07885 243033 and we will do our level best to help.
NEW AT THE CENTRE
INSANITY FITNESS CLASSES
New classes will take place at the Centre on Wednesday evenings starting at 8.15pm. The classes are suitable for all levels of fitness. It involves high-intensity group workouts to completely transform your body. If you’re a fitness enthusiast or a beginner just trying to get into shape the classes will be suitable for you. For further information please contact Clare on 07761 088911 or email email@example.com
MAYFLOWER CREATIVE ARTS CLUB
We are pleased to inform you that we have been successful in being awarded a small grant to start a new Creative Arts and Crafts Club at the Centre. Club sessions now take place at the Centre on Monday afternoons from 2pm to 4pmn and it only costs £2 per session and materials are provided. Our tutors Jayne and Michelle will help and teach you how to make some wonderful objects that you can take home with pride and show off to your family and friends. At the last session members made cute mouse shaped needle cushions and we are planning to make other exciting craft works throughout the coming year. So, if you would like to join in just turn up on the day or contact the Centre for further information.
OUR 9th ANNIVERSARY
It’s hard to believe that the Mayflower Club has been going for nine years. We well remember its opening in February 2013. It was a terrible stormy day with high winds blowing down trees so, we did not expect anyone to turn up. But how wrong we were. A stalwart group of people turned up and from this small occasion the Mayflower Club has grown and grown. Apart from the Christmas holidays the pandemic closures, the club has met every Wednesday afternoon with members enjoying talks on health and well-being, indoor games and activities, many items of interest, parties and even trips out. But the main success of the club is that it has clearly provided a valued where people can come along to each week, meet up with new and old friends, have a natter and have fun. We have all made many wonderful friends over the years.
With the help of Barbara Pearce we even took over the Monday afternoon Friendship Club which was dwindling in numbers. The club is now thriving with members coming along each week to enjoy a game of dominoes or cards.
Our thanks go to our volunteers especially Carole Kemp and Helen Fisher who have helped us out over the years and especially through the pandemic. And, of course I must mention our member of staff Carol Berridge who has been with us throughout, even though she has often had to play the “fall guy” on many occasions.
Here’s just a few things we have been doing over the past few months:
Just before Christmas Leicestershire Fire and Rescue came along complete with a Fire Engine. The crew gave us a talk on fire safety in the home, demonstrated some of their emergency kit and then, the really exciting bit, we got a tour around the Fire Engine and even a chance to use a hose pipe squirting water everywhere. They do a tremendous job for which we are eternally grateful.
On the 19th January we visited the Sunnyside Tea Rooms in Ibstock. Over a nice slice of cake and a cuppa we had a laugh looking at photographs of ourselves when we were children and youngsters. How time flies!
On the 26th January we held our annual Burns Supper. To the sound of the bagpipes and cheering and clapping the Haggis was ceremonially paraded into the by our very own Carol McBerridge. The haggis was presented to our Scottish guest Helen who recited Robbie Burns’ address to the haggis before it was spilt asunder read with a dirk. After a toast to the haggis Helen told us what Burns Day meant to the Scots and how she celebrated it in Scotland. We then settled down to Burns Supper of haggis, neeps, savoury mince and sausages followed by Scottish Shortcake, Irn Bru and a tipple of whiskey.
Sessions for the coming months include
16th February at talk on Wills and probate
23rd February our 9th Anniversary Celebration
1st March Pancake Day and Saint David’s Day
16th March Saint Patrick’s “Day at the Races”
On the 1st June we are going to Ulverscroft Manor for a meal to celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
If you would like to join in just come along to the sessions and you will be most welcome. The Friendship Club is on Monday afternoons 2pm to 4pm and the Mayflower Club is on Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. In both cases it only costs £2 per session and includes light refreshments. For further information please contact the Centre
NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE
The National Blood Service really appreciate using the Community Centre for blood donation sessions so much so, they have provided a list of sessions for 2022. The dates are shown below. You can book your blood donation appointment on line with the National Blood Service and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.
All sessions are from 11.30am to 9pm
For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Community and Sports Centre,Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST on 01530 242240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit our website www.markfield communitycentre.com to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.