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It has been a long lockdown for everyone, but we were delighted to reopen the centre on the 4th July! We have gradually reopened and it has been great to welcome back both old and new customers and friends.

We currently have the Friendship Club, Mayflower Club, Weight Watchers, Simply Dance Ballroom Dance Lessons, Junior Football sessions, Curling, Pilates, HIITS, Walking Football, Mum and Mia, Tai Chi , Yoga classes and New Age Kurling running. We are also taking bookings for badminton, basketball and football sessions.

All bookings and class attendances are strictly by pre-booking, numbers and entry to the centre have to be limited, we operate a strict track and trace system and two metre social distancing policy. Face masks have to be worn except when taking refreshments or participating during dance, sport and exercise classes. There have been many changes to adapt to for our staff and customers alike, but we are still managing to have a lot of laughs and to keep the centre running in a safe way! Please observe our Covid 19 Secure measures at all times when using the centre, your safety is our priority!

In September we will have the classes and clubs already mentioned running, along with J/T Keep Fit, Baby Belles, Art Club, Metcalf Junior Sports, extra Tai Chi, Keely-Anna’s Dance Studio, Somatics and Mini Bikers!

For the contact details to book a place at any of the clubs or classes please contact the centre on 01530 242240 or 07885 243033 or email at markfieldcommunitycentre@hotmail.co.uk We also offer help and support to new classes and clubs starting at the centre, if you have a good idea, please share it with us, we will help wherever we can!

We have been running Carol’s Community Cafe throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm. This is a great opportunity to grab a cuppa, a light meal or something stronger (the bar is open!), particularly if you would like some company, but would prefer to sit outside on the patio! We do have indoor seating available for limited numbers when the weather is not so good, it is also a great way for parents to grab some refreshments when spending hours wearing their children out on the park!

All of the areas on the Community Park are now open, subject to capacity limits. Please ensure that you bring hand santiser and/or wipes with you when using the equipment on the park! The Community Park has proved to be a huge bonus for the village throughout the lockdown period and beyond. It is wonderful to see many local people using the park for social meetings and exercise!

Please note that the Community Park does now have an active Public Space Protection Order in force. Please adhere to the conditions listed on the signs, they are there for safety and enjoyment of everyone using the site, thank you!

The centre has hosted three sessions with the National Blood Service so far since April. We have a further session booked on the 25th October 2020, please keep donating your much needed blood and register your details with the National Blood Service online if you can help, thank you!

Mayflower Club

The Wednesday afternoon Mayflower Club has restarted and it is lovely to see the “old faces” slowly coming back to enjoy socialising and meeting up with old friends once again. Indeed we have some new members who, having felt rather lonely and isolated over the past few months, are now coming along and joining in.

It’s still very strange having to socially distance the sessions and it makes it hard to find safe things to do. We even had to whisper the song Happy Birthday to one of our new members Paul as the COVID19 Guidelines prohibit loud singing. But we are coping and have managed to bring a lot of cheer with a Prize Bingo session, a quiz afternoon and a hilarious game of Play Your Cards Right.

The Monday afternoon Friendship Club remains open but activities are rather limited at the moment.

I must mention one of our members Gabriella who has knitted a wonderful scarecrow doll. It took her about four days to knit and she has donated it as a fund raising raffle prize. Many thanks to you Gabriella – I am sure that there will be many people wanting to buy raffle tickets to win this wonderful prize.

We are now planning future sessions including a VJ Day commemoration an indoor treasure hunt and other activities that can be done with social distancing. So, if you would like to come along and join in please feel free to do so. We will make you most welcome. Sessions are as follows:

Friendship Club Monday afternoons 2pm to 4pm

Mayflower Club Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm

Sessions only cost £1.50p and includes a cuppa and biscuits


The wonderful members of the Good Neighbour Scheme continue with their amazing work! They have performed countless acts of kindness and caring and continue to do so! Thank you also to everyone who has donated food and other supplies for the scheme to distribute!

If you are unable to get out and about due to age, illness or self isolation and require any help with the collection of prescriptions, posting mail, shopping or you are lonely and would appreciate a call, please contact 07885 243033.

A huge thank you to all of the members of the Good Neighbour Scheme, we really don’t know what we would have done without all of your help!

There are a lot of other pockets of activity around the village who have worked selflessly throughout this pandemic as well. Your Parish, Borough and County Councillors have all been working very hard on behalf of this village and other local areas! The local churches, the Markfield Community Association and other local organisations have been working hard and often in partnership to offer local support.

We have had great support from the Ratby and Groby Community Response Forum and the Coalville Food Bank when we have needed emergency food support for families that have faced financial difficulties due to job losses or income reduction or self isolation.

We have also had great support from our local Medical Centre, Chemist, the Markfield Community Library, Fusion Restaurant, the Herald and local shops.

There are members of the community making scrubs, headbands and face masks and all sorts of items, at the same time they are raising funds for charities and the NHS!

It has been important for the various community groups and organisations to link up and work together throughout this time. Many friendships have also been formed as a result, as well as a much greater awareness of who our neighbours are and how we can help each other. It has been an amazing experience to witness this community really pulling together to help and support each other.

Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you!


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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