LATEST NEWS AUGUST 2021
THE CENTRE’S RE-OPENING
Since the relaxing of all restrictions on the 19th July we have fully re-opened. However, like many other public venues we have decided to remain on the cautious side as COVID is still out there. This is in order to protect staff, volunteers and Centre users. So, we ask you to continue to wear a mask on entering the premises, sanitise your hands, respect personal space and above all take care and remain safe.
GROBY UNDER 7’s FOOTBALL PRESENTATION EVENING
During the evening of Sunday 31stJuly we held out first major community event at the Centre since the pandemic forced us to close in March 2020. The Groby Under 7’s Football Club have been using our facilities every Saturday since October 2020 to carry on playing football and for training when restrictions have allowed. So, it was with great delight that the Club decided to hold their presentation evening at the Centre. It was truly wonderful to once again hear the sounds of a disco and youngsters having fun after such a long time. Thanks go to Gareth Richards and fellow voluntary coaches Chris Brewin and David Steiner for organising the event. Groby Juniors Under 7’s has two teams involving 19 children and on the same day as their event they played a friendly match with Markfield Colts drawing three all. Congratulations to this wonderful group of children and their parents, it’s great to see this community group thriving despite COVID.
MARKFIELD COVID 19 GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME
The Markfield Scheme is still here to help and support you if you need it. Members continue to provide help and support to anyone in the village who needs it. Please remember that “IT’S STILL OKAY TO ASK” and if you need any help, support or advice just ring us on 07885 243033 and we will do our level best to help.
All of our members have now been fully vaccinated against COVID and, with everything crossed, none have contracted this terrible virus so, over the last couple of months we have been able to relax restrictions a bit and enjoy some fun sessions.
The sessions ranged from blindfold touch and feel challenge to a blindfold food tasting challenge. Mind you the members got their own back on me by making me also try out over twenty samples of food which made my poor tummy rumble after a while!!
Other events included a Pirates of the Caribbean sea battle with members of the club coming along in fancy dress. There were many chants of “Yo Ho Ho” and “Away Me Hearties”. Fortunately non of the members had to “Walk the Plank”.
There were many sporting events over the months and, not to be outdone members got involved by having a European Cup Football Penalty Shootout, a “Wimbledon” Swing Ball Tennis Championship and more recently a Markfield “Olympics Rifle Shooting” competition.
Members also enjoyed a day out having a lunch time meal at the Fieldhead Hotel organised by Carole Kemp.
Members really enjoy a trip out so much so that they are now having regular raffles and “bring and buy” sales to raise their own funds for such events. If you have any items you don’t want and we could use for raffles or sales please pop them down the Centre or give us a call and we will collect.
We are planning the following events over the following months as follows:
4th August VISTA Talk and Raffle
11th August Reminiscence Activity Memories from the Past
18th August Beetle Drive
25th August Caribbean BBQ and Bring and Buy
1st September Fire Safety in the Home (TBC) and Raffle
8th September BINGO or Play Your Cards Right
15th September Latest Scams
22nd September Day at the Races and Bring and Buy
If you would like to join in, please come along on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. The cost is only £1.50p per session and you also get a cuppa and biscuits. Please remember to still bring your face mask and sanitise your hands when you come into the Centre.
SUMMER FUTSAL/FOOTBALL COACHING COURSES
16/8 to 20/8
The courses are open to all youngsters aged 5 to 11 years
For further information and bookings please contact JB Sports on 07455 023366
NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE
The next sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays 29th September and 3rd November 2021. 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.
CYCLE RIDE TO JOHN O’GROATS
Finally, we must mention villager Alan Kelb who happens to play badminton at the Centre.
Alan recently completed a cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats a journey of about 1,000 miles all on his own.
Here’s a summary of Alan’s venture.
“On day one I got soaked, but managed to mostly dry out by the end of the day, day two I had to cycle though a four hour torrential downpour, day three my b&b cancelled on me (so I didn't have any sleep), day four my phone ran out of charge, got lost a few times and ended up searching for my accommodation for two hours (eventually getting there at 2am), day five I got sent towards a cycle path that was closed and had to do a six mile detour, day six I cycled through beautiful country lanes (that would look better in daylight), day seven I finally arrived at my accommodation in daylight (only just though), days eight to eleven were uneventful by comparison and I started to get a tan (in Scotland), day twelve I was finally running out of steam, it was sheer determination that kept me going as it was my last day of cycling. I ran into the back of a car once, came off once, but a didn't get a single puncture after cycling about 1000 miles. I can't really grip with my hands still and I'm only starting to not feel sore in places. I'm trying to raise money for The Air Ambulance and have set up a just giving page”.
Well done Alan – a fantastic achievement and if you would like to support Alan’s fund raising cause you can donate through his just giving page via the link below. Thankyou
PHOTOGRAPH of ALAN REACHING JOHN O’GROATS
Ron and Dawn Grantham