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LATEST NEWS JULY 2020

 

It has certainly been an interesting and busy month since the last edition of the Herald. The weather has certainly been challenging with days of extreme heat followed by severe storms bringing with it thunder and lightning and flooding. On a couple of occasions we experienced torrents of rain water gushing down Mayflower Close towards Chitterman Way. We were forced to bail out the entrance to the Centre, make sure all equipment was stored at a high level and secure the flood barrier to its highest level. That’s mother-nature for you – always keeping us on our toes.

We have been wading (excuse the put) through all the Government relaxation and reopening guidelines to ensure that the Community Centre was ready to partially and safely reopen on the 4th July. The Government’s Guidance covered two areas where we need to make our facilities COVID-19 secure including a phased return of outdoor sport and recreation facilities as well as the reopening of Community Centres. The guidelines are extensive requiring us to spend hours upon hours in completing a COVID-19 secure risk assessment for both our indoor and outdoor facilities. By the time we had finished, the risk assessment was 19 pages long. We then set about the mammoth task of putting in measures to mitigate risks identified in the risk assessment. The overall aim being, as far as possible, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to our staff, users and the public. This was no mean feat and involved a tremendous amount of work to meet the Government Guidelines. Failure to do so could result in Enforcement and even closure.

 

At this moment in time Government Guidelines restrict the Community Centre from indoor activities involving sport and exercise. The Guidelines also have many restrictions including the number of persons attending activities and maintaining safe distancing and hygiene rules. We have now opened the Multi Use Games Area and it is available for bookings providing that that the guidelines are adhered to. Unfortunately we cannot accept any indoor or outdoor bookings for events or activities where we cannot fully control their use or numbers attending such as parties, bar functions, community events or even meetings. To ensure that the Centre remains COVI-19 secure we cannot, for the time being, allow the general public to enter or use facilities at the Community Centre and ask that the car park is only used by approved Centre users. Things will change and if we ALL stay alert and do not become complacent the quicker things will go back to “normal”. Please be patient.

All this has come at a cost to the Community Centre. We have lost over three months of income yet, at the same time we, like you all, have still had to pay the bills. All the equipment needed to make the Centre COVID-19 secure has come as an additional but necessary cost. We are extremely grateful for grants received from the Leicestershire County Council Community Fund, a grant from Western Water and I must mention a financial donation from a kind anonymous person. I must also mention a villager who made us a large quantity of sign post bases from recycled wood that saved us a considerable amount of money. A BIG thank you to you all.

Mayflower Club

As I write this article we should hopefully have restarted the Mayflower Clubs. I know that many of our members have missed the company it provides and I must say that we have missed seeing them too. Things will be different for a while and I dare say it will be difficult playing dominoes and cards across a wide table to ensure 2 metres social distancing. Many thanks go to Carole Kemp for keeping in touch with members it is much appreciated by all. By the way Carole’s recent BIG birthday was made even more special as LIVERPOOL won the Premier League Title - it made her day.

THE COVID19 ROCK SNAKE GROWS and GROWS

The last time I wrote my article in June ADDER the rock snake around the Community Park had only just started with 148 painted rocks. How it has grown and grown. On my last check it had grown to 931 rocks with painted designs of all varieties, shapes and colours. People especially the children have really enjoyed contributing to ADDER as well as coming along and counting them. Will ADDER reach 1,000 rocks? I am sure it will and very soon. We are currently talking to the Parish Council as to what to do with them all. Many people have suggested that we create an everlasting memorial from them.

Mayflower Club

As I write this article we should hopefully have restarted the Mayflower Clubs. I know that many of our members have missed the company it provides and I must say that we have missed seeing them too. Things will be different for a while and I dare say it will be difficult playing dominoes and cards across a wide table to ensure 2 metres social distancing. Many thanks go to Carole Kemp for keeping in touch with members it is much appreciated by all. By the way Carole’s recent BIG birthday was made even more special as LIVERPOOL won the Premier League Title - it made her day.

MARKFIELD GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME


CORONA VIRUS
MARKFIELD GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME
SPREADING KINDNESS

CORONA VIRUS CRISIS

Despite some relaxing of the lock down rules our Markfield Good Neighbours Scheme volunteers have continued providing many acts of kindness in the village as follows:
 

After over a month of volunteers supporting the opening of the Post Office through all kinds of weather it finally came to an end on the 10th June when the Post Office was fully reopened. The volunteers gave a total of 84 hours of their own unpaid time in all kinds of weather to support the village in keeping this vital service open. The Management of the Post Office showed their appreciation by giving the volunteers a gift of boxes of cup cakes and chocolates. The Rural Community Council’s Community Support Coffee van had regularly attended the location giving out free refreshments to volunteers, villagers as well as staff at the Medical Centre and Chemists. This was an added bonus for us all and to show our appreciation we gave staff a gift of flowers and chocolates.

 

 

In the mean time our volunteers have continued to do sterling work collecting prescriptions, doing shopping, keeping in touch with lonely isolated or vulnerable people.

 

The scheme has also been involved in supporting referrals from other authorities, helping people emerging from shielding with going back outdoors, Police alerts and distributing family fun packs.

 

Apart from our volunteers there have been so many other acts of kindness by villagers donating scrub making materials, hand cream, food, looking out for each other and so much more. I must mention the Fusion Indian Restaurant who have kindly been donating “ takeaways” to families and people in need.

 

It is really heartwarming to know that there is true community spirit in the village that has stepped up to the mark during these difficult times of crisis. A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL. Every offer of kindness is so much appreciated.

 

Ron and Dawn Grantham

Please remember that if you would like to join our band of volunteers or need some help please contact us at markfieldcommunitycentre@hotmail.co.uk or ring us on 07885 243033



 

 
 
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