LATEST NEWS DECEMBER 2019
Markfield Good Neighbours Scheme
Progress on the new Markfield Good Neighbours scheme is steadily progressing. We are currently working on a volunteer’s and call handler’s hand book as well as other administration processes needed to make the scheme successful. The next meeting of the volunteers group will be at 6pm on Wednesday 29th January at the Community Centre where we will start to finalise the project ready for its launch in early 2020. If your “New Year’s Resolution” happens to be doing more for your local community and helping others perhaps this your opportunity. You will be most welcome to come along to the meeting and give a hand and your support.
40th Birthday Party Celebration
On Saturday 16th November villager Hannah Tiltman along with her daughter Gracie and son Aiden plus numerous family and friends had a birthday bash at the Centre to celebrate her fortieth birthday. You would never believe that Hannah is a Ward Sister at the LRI as she really let her hair down and celebrated in style. Bet she had a splitting headache the next day. Many happy returns from all at the Community Centre.
Charity Family Disco
On Saturday 9th November the Centre was packed with people supporting Dianne Dowell’s charity family disco. Dianne had put on the event to raise funds for the Air Ambulance Service and Wishes for Kids. Our thanks go to Dianne and also to all those who supported the event by providing prizes and those who came along to give support and raise funds for these very worthwhile charities.
Queen Bee’s Christmas Party
Saturday 30th November the Markfield Queen Bees Youth Project for girls celebrated a very successful year by holding a Christmas Party and Awards ceremony at the Centre. During the event we saw a video of the activities that the girls had been involved in over the past year and were also treated to dance and even a violin recital of the most popular Christmas song “A fairy tale of New York”. What a splendid project this is and is a credit to the project leaders Jo and Zoe. The project is based at Markfield Library and if your daughter would like to join please contact the Library for further information.
Parents and Toddlers Christmas Party
The Centre’s parents and toddlers group will be holding their Christmas Party on the Tuesday 17th December. Father Christmas will be coming along to give all the children a present and there will be party food as well as fun and games for the children. Please book your tickets via the community centre.
If you want to bring your toddler along to the group you will be most welcome. The group meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.30am onwards.
MAYFLOWER CLUB UPDATE
On the 13th November we marked Remembrance Day with a special commemorative event. After an “austerity” lunch of beef stew and slices of bread we were treated to a sing along of favourite world war songs by our very own local singer Marie.
On the 20th November we had a quiz on origins of English words and sayings. We often use words or sayings without knowing where they come from and what they originally meant. For example, did you know that the term “pull the other one” has a very macabre 18th Century origin relating to public hangings and that “mind your “p’s and q’s” is a 17th Century phrase commonly used by a Licensee or bar tender.
On Wednesday 27th November 2019 a group of twenty members of the Markfield Mayflower Club “descended” on the Stamford Arms, Groby for a “lunch with Vera Lynn event”. We all really enjoyed the day out as the food was great and the singer Lucia was fantastic. The glass of prosecco wine went down a treat and we were all soon singing along to the music. We also had a very nice surprise as the landlord Brian Rigby donated the proceeds of the raffle to the Mayflower Club. This donation will go towards the purchase of a New Age Curling set so that we can now start an indoor curling club at Markfield Community Centre in January.
Below are some activities that we are planning for the coming months:
18th December Mayflower Christmas Party
25th Dec & 1st Jan CLOSED
7th January Re-opening Social
14th January Latest Scams (TBC)
22nd January Burns “Supper”
29th January 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
ALL WELCOME TO ANY OF THE ABOVE
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.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
I am really pleased to inform you that our funding bid to the Hinckley and Bosworth Voluntary Community Sector grant has been successful. This will ensure that we can maintain and develop the Mayflower Project over the coming year.
NEW AT THE CENTRE
New Age Curling Club
Following a grant from the Hinckley and Bosworth Volunteers Fund and the generous donation from the Licensee of the Stamford Arms we are starting our New Age Curling Club in the New Year.
New Age Curling is a form of the original curling game, but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall, rather than on ice. Importantly, the game can be played by both able-bodied and disabled people of all ages alike and, apart from being a good form of exercise, it is also good fun.
This new club will start on Wednesday 8th January from 10am to 12md. The initial sessions will have an instructor to “show you the ropes”. These two hour sessions will only cost you £2 and includes a cuppa and biscuits to keep your energy levels up. Just come along and give it a go – you will enjoy it.
REMINDER OF STEADY STEPS EXERCISE
Are over 65
Feel unsteady on your feet
Had a fall or worry about falls
Would like to improve your balance
Then this is for you and it’s FREE.
The Borough Council is putting on a series of 24 rejuvenating exercise sessions to help you develop strength and balance. Sessions take place at the Centre from 10.30am to 12pm on Tuesday mornings. Booking is essential and you can do this by contacting Liz Causon on 01455 255870 or emailing her on firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Community Centre.
And Finally Season’s Greetings to you ALL
On behalf of the Centre Staff, Management Committee and volunteers may I take this opportunity to wish all our Centre users, volunteers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and happy, healthy and a peaceful 2020.
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