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Spring has finally arrived!

If you have been taking the fresh air and having a nice walk around the Community Park you cannot have failed to notice the wonderful display of daffodils in full bloom. The swathes of yellow flowers are a delight to behold and a nice reminder that spring is finally here and we can look forward to light nights and, hopefully, a warm and sunny summer.

With everything crossed we should also see the gradual reopening of the Community Centre

By the time you read this article we should be in Stap 2 of the Governments road map to “normality”.

Step 2

12th April Community Centres will be allowed to re-open BUT with very limited activities allowed. know exactly what the rules on social mixing and distancing and activities will be required.

Step 3

17th May

Indoor adult sport and exercise will be allowed plus other very limited and socially distanced indoor activities.

Step 4

21st June no legal limits on social contact


Active Champions Award

If you have read the latest edition of the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Bulletin you will have seen that our very own Markfield Community Walking Football Club was recognised in the Hinkley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance 2020 annual sports awards. Due to coronavirus restrictions, it was not possible to hold an Awards Ceremony. However, the award recognises all the hard work volunteers, individuals, sports clubs, organisations and schools have undertaken to help others keep active and healthy during these difficult times. The awards went to a wide range of sporting activities that, where restrictions allowed, have kept running during the pandemic and helping to keep people fit and active despite the challenging times. Many congratulations to our Club for winning this award. Our Walking Football club is run by volunteers and meets every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10.30am.



I am pleased to say that our Markfield COVID 19 Good neighbours Support Scheme is still going strong with our volunteers still available to give you help and support if you need it. They are such a credit to Markfield and their voluntary work within our community is recognised far and wide. Indeed, the Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Community Council has asked us to provide an article on their work of our Scheme for inclusion in their next magazine.

This also coincides with the launch of the launch of the Borough Council’s annual “Making a Difference Awards”.

The awards recognise the contribution that volunteers make in strengthening the community and improving the quality of life for residents. The awards recognise both individual and group volunteering contributions.

This year there is only one category to recognise those who you think, whether it be an individual, group, school or organisation, deserves to be recognised for the support they have given to others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst it continues to be a very difficult and challenging time, one of the positive factors has been the incredible show of community spirit, kindness and generosity.

If you would like to nominate a person or group for an award you can do this on line by visiting the Borough Council’s website or request a obtain a paper copy by telephoning 01455 255818.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 7 May.

Please remember that, if you need any help with shopping, collecting prescription, other problems or just someone to chat just give us a call on 07885 243033. IT’S OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP.

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

Mayflower Club

This last month has been very busy with virtual club meetings organised by ourselves and ably assisted by Carol Kemp. Some of the things we have done include:

A Saint David’s Day celebration with a recipe for Leek Soup plus a couple of Welsh jokes and little quiz on translating English into Welsh place names. One of our members, Gabriella , knitted us some daffodils to help celebrate the occasion.


For Mother’s Day members shared fond and amusing memories of their mothers

On Saint Patricks Day we shared a recipe for Irish Stew then had a go at making up Irish Limericks.

On the 24th March we marked the anniversary of the first lock down by sharing stories on what we all have been doing to cope with the boredom of lock down and what we all, have missed the most and also what we are looking forward to once the restrictions have gone away. It seems that doing 1000 plus jig saw puzzles was the most popular.

Once again, the pandemic prevented us from doing our annual Easter Bonnet parade and Easter Egg hunt. Not to be thwarted we held a virtual Easter Bonnet making competition. The results were wonderful and it was impossible to choose a winner. In addition, we made up 40 Easter bags containing Easter Eggs, puzzles and other goodies which were delivered to members and other potentially lonely people in the village.


Hopefully the Club should be able to socially distanced return in May but in the mean time it meets virtually every Wednesday afternoon. It is a good way of keeping in touch with people and giving them something to look forward to each week with an update call from Carol Kemp, recipes, jokes, quizzes and useful information. You can join in if you wish by simply contacting us at the Centre.

On the 13th March one of our members Joyce celebrated her 96th Birthday at home with her family bubble. As we could not celebrate her birthday with her, we delivered to her a special afternoon tea and a big bunch of flowers. Joyce is an original member of our Mayflower Club and always enthusiastically joins in with our activities and fun. Happy birthday wishes from all our members and the Community Centre and we really look forward to seeing you back at the Club soon.


The next session will take place on Wednesday 9th June. You can book your blood donation appointment on line so please book your place with the National Blood Service and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.

Ron and Dawn Grantham

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