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Rural Community Council Achievements Awards

We are pleased to inform you that the Community Centre and the new Community Park are finalists in the Rural Community Council’s Achievements Awards 2019. In the 30th July judges from the RCC Awards panel were shown around the Centre and Park to view all the improvements made over the past year including the new kitchen and reception area, other internal improvements and refurbishments, energy saving improvements and of course all the wonderful new facilities now provided on the community park. The judges seemed to be very impressed and commented that other villages would be very envious of what Markfield now has in place. The awards ceremony will not take place until October when we will be nervously but optimistically attending an awards evening. Fingers crossed all the achievements of both the Parish Council and the Markfield Community Association will be recognised at the awards ceremony. Special thanks must go the Parish Council especially former members Tony Lockley and Barrie Gannon, members of the Markfield Community Association and Community Centre staff and volunteers for all their hard work in achieving this amazing project

Community Park – Outdoor Gym

The final part of the Community Park improvements plan has now been completed with the installation of an outdoor gym. The gym includes several sets of gym equipment where you can work out and exercise your legs, arms and body. It is nice to see it being well used already. Even dog walkers are stopping off, tethering their dogs and, much to their dog’s bewilderment, doing a bit of exercise before carrying on with their “walkies”.


Markfield Good Neighbour Scheme

Our recent public survey relating to introducing a Good Neighbour Scheme for the village has shown that there is a clear need to provide a befriending service especially for our more elderly residents who are often feeling very lonely and isolated. The survey also identified a number of residents who would be prepared to volunteer their time to befriend people who need this type of support. So, quite clearly befriending is an area where we can, with your support, help people in need in the village. In partnership with the Rural Community Council we will be holding a special Scheme information evening at the Community Centre at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18th September where those who have already offered their services AND anyone else who may be interested can come along and learn more about the scheme and how it will work. If you are interested in offering a bit of your time to help others and cannot make the evening PLEASE contact the Centre and we will arrange a personal information session for you.

The Weather Reeks Havoc

What a strange summer we have had. One day it is record breaking heat temperatures and the next torrential rain and thunder storms. Unfortunately the extremes did affect events at the Community Centre for example on the 6th July we held an Open Afternoon only to be faced with torrential rain all day. Sadly, despite all of Sarah Beesley’s efforts to provide stalls and other attractions the weather had a severe impact on attendance. And, guess what, typical Markfield the rain stopped and the sun came out once the event had finished.

On Sunday 28th July the Centre came to the rescue of Markfield Queen Bee Youth Project. Heavy and torrential rain threatened to “wipe out” their planned Family and Fun Sports Day. At short notice the Centre was able to move the entire event indoors so that their games, fun and stalls could go ahead.


Jay Brothers “We Will Rock You” Concert

On Saturday 13th July our ever popular Jay Brothers put on a special concert including rock and roll, Mowtown and other popular music to raise funds for the Markfield Congregational Church. As usual people were soon tapping their feet, jiving and dancing the evening away. Just to let you know that, by popular demand, the Jay Brothers will be performing their Christmas Special at the Centre on Saturday 7th December.

Seaside Trips

On 24th July a coach load of villagers of all ages headed off to Llandudno in North Wales. I understand that they all had a glorious time and the weather was fine – no rain thank goodness. They had a pleasant time on the pier and beach or simply wandering around the town. No seagull “attacks” this year!! There was only one mishap to report that being a handbag being swept out to sea by the incoming tide. Fortunately the handbag was recovered intact and the mobile phone still worked. On the 21st August we have a full coach load heading off the “ Skeggy” so I will let you know what happens.

Summer Activities

SNAP DRAGON Parents and Toddlers Summer Play Sessions

There are a few more play sessions to go before the end of the summer holidays. They are on the Thursday mornings 15th August and 22nd August from 9am to 11am. The sessions are for children aged up to 12 years. Sessions include mixed sports, play and on the last day i.e. 22nd August there will be a children’s tea party.



On Saturday 24th August there will be a special Mess Around Play session for your children. Your children can come along and enjoy a messing around play day. If you are interested please contact Rina on 07535 409691 or email rina@messarounduk.com


Football Development Courses continue throughout August as follows:

12th August to 16th August

19th August to 23rd August

PLEASE book early to avoid. To book your places or for further information please contacting BB Futsal on 07455 023366




The Mayflower Club has had a busy few months and briefly below are some of the activities we have put on:

On the 12th June we had a very interesting talk on the wonderful support work of LOROS

On 26th July we commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the D Day Landings showing a special documentary by Jon Snow on the planning and experiences of those who were there on the day

On the 10th July we held our very own Wimbledon “Swing Ball” tennis championship. I have to say that our over 90’s members showed the younger members how, with a bit of guile and craftiness they could outscore everyone. Joyce won the Ladies Championship and Peter the men’s. Despite her efforts Carol picked up the wooden spoon. The championship concluded with a fresh strawberries and scones cream tea.


On the 24th July whilst other members were at Llandudno, Carol Kemp arranged an afternoon tea at Sunnyside Garden Centre that also included a raffle and a quiz.



Below are some events we are holding in the coming weeks



On the 28th August we will be holding an end of summer Caribbean BBQ


On the 4th September we will be commemorating the start of WW2 with the Nazi invasion of Poland. An old friend of mine will be coming along with his father’s diary that recorded events of his time in Poland and evacuation to England throughout the war.



On the 11th September we will be having a talk on the importance of having probate and wills in place and how to do it.



If you are interested in coming along to any of our Mayflower Clubs simply turn up either on at Monday Afternoon Friendship Club or on Wednesday afternoons for the main Mayflower Club. Both clubs are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session. You will have fun, meet new friends and be most welcome.



“You can’t train an old dog to do new tricks” – Yes you can.

Would you like to teach your dog to do tricks or to be platform trained. If you do then the following courses will be of interest to you.

K9 Trick Training

Teach your dogs tricks such as:


Chin Rest

Shake Paw

Treat on Nose

Rollover and lots more

This is a six week course starting 18th September starting at 6pm. It includes a one hour sessions plus homework’ It costs only £60 for the six week course.

K9 Platform Class

Positively enforced dog training

This is a six week course starting on 23rd October at 7.15pm.

It costs only £75 for the whole course and really gets your dog to focus

In both cases you need to register on the courses by either visiting www.k9education.co.uk/trick or bycontacting 07880 923000



Just to let you know that the Borough’s Older Voices Day will be held for the very first time in Markfield on Monday 1st October 2pm to 4pm. Further information on programme for the day will be published nearer the time.


The National Blood Service have arranged further sessions at the Centre for the following dates. 23rd August, 16th October and 13th December. 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.

Money Saving Special Offer

Don’t forget that if you are planning a special family event, party or function with a bar we only charge a modest hire fee of £10 per room. This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you money.

For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Centre and Sports ,Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST on 01530 242240 or email markfieldcomunitycentre@hotmail.co.uk or you can visit our website www.markfield communitycentre.com to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.



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