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Annual Family Trips to the Seaside

Even though we are in the midst of winter we have already been implored to book our annual summer family trips to the seaside. So we have booked the following coach trips. On Wednesday 24th July we will be heading to Llandudno in North Wales the cost is £16 per person. Then we are off to Skegness on 21st August the cost being only £13 per person. Please note that we have tried our best to keep prices as low as possible BUT there could be a small hike if there are any changes to fuel costs after BREXIT. Places on the coaches are always in demand so, please book your seats sooner rather than later by contacting the Centre.


Joint Birthday Celebration

On Saturday 2nd February there was a joint surprise birthday party at the Centre with villager Alan Sutton celebrating his fortieth birthday along with his grandma Pat Measures who celebrated her 80th Birthday. Alan works as a bar man and met his wife Claire who is a chef by trade not surprisingly in a bar. Alan and Claire have two daughters Autumn and Adriana. Pat hails from New Parks in Leicester and, before retirement, worked in the hosiery trade and as a cleaner. She came along with husband John and I understand that they have “loads of grand children”. Many happy returns to you both from all at the Community Centre.


Markfield Community Park

The recent freezing cold weather has caused a bit of a delay in completing ground works especially the tarmacing of the pathways. However, as I write this article, the weather has warmed up and work has continued to finish the pathways and start landscaping. The new outdoor sports pitch is now fully open and in use. The new patio area is nearly complete and looks wonderful and the pathways are a delight to walk round.

Once again our thanks go to the Parish Council in providing these marvelous new facilities for the village.



Mayflower Club’s Update

On Saturday the 26th January Christine Willett (one of our members) and myself attended a reception at Beaumanor Hall following an invitation from the Chair of Leicestershire County Council. The reception was held to recognize the value of voluntary organizations across the County. It was really an honour to receive such recognition for all the voluntary work we do at the Mayflower Clubs and we had the chance to meet volunteers from across the County who also do amazing work in their communities AND, by the way, the Buffet was fantastic.

Below are some of the events we have held at the Mayflower Club over the last few weeks:

On the 9th January we held one of my more unusual quizzes about “Iron” which stretched the minds and imagination.

On the 16th January we held a more relaxing game of prize bingo.


On the 23rd January we held our now annual Burn’s Supper celebrating the times and works of Robert Burns. To resounding bag pipe music the Haggis was paraded into the hall by Alan McToon wearing his Tammy Shanter hat before the Haggis was addressed by Carol “MacMoffett”. Carol valiantly addressed the Haggis in Scottish before plunging her dirk into the beastie to much cheering and applause. Following a “Burn’s Supper” of haggis, savoury mince, neeps and traditional Scottish short bread washed down with samples of fine whiskey and Iron Bru, Carol lead us through a sing along session of popular Scottish songs whilst members played away on an assortment of musical instruments.


Despite the severe cold, frost and lying snow twenty stalwart members turned up on the 30th January to have a go at playing the mystery game of “What’s In the Box”?

We are now planning our session for the forthcoming year and, to date, the following events are scheduled for the coming months:

13th February Valentine’s Chocolate Making

20th February A Copper’s Tale

27th February St.David’s Day Celebration

6th March Pancake Day and Ukulele Sing Along

13th March Fun With Antiques

20th March St.Patrick’s Day at the Races

27th March Easy Keep Fit

3rd April Experience a real life Court “Mock Trial”

10th April Hanging Basket Making

17th April Easter party and Bonnet Parade

24th April St. George Pub Quiz and supper

1st May Old Mother Riley’s Jungle Treasure Show

8th May Vinyl Records Memory Lane

Please note that the above may, for various reasons, be subject to change

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.

Mayflower Home Made Wine Club

Just a reminder that a new home made wine club starts at the Centre on Tuesday 12th February from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and then every second Tuesday in the month. The club will be open ANY adult from absolute beginners, those currently dabbling in wine making and want to learn more as well as the “experts” who can share their experiences. It will only cost you £2.00p per session which far less than the cost of a bottle of wine. We are looking for any unused wine making kit especially demi- john’s that you no longer use and would be kind enough to donate to the new club. Many thanks to those who have already donated items.



On Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm a group of people get together at the Community Centre to enjoy a session of line dancing tuition and a chance to practice line dancing. I understand from a testimonial that I have received from one of the group members is that the leader of the group Geoff has been a source of inspiration since they began line dancing a year ago. Geoff is described as knowledgeable and a great supporter when they “can’t get their footwork right”. The group has steadily improved and are now able to join in with many more dance routines. The group recently had a social dance with members of another Line Dancing group from Bagworth and proudly managed to hold their own take part in several other dance evenings.

Why not come along and join the group to enjoy line dancing with friends old and new. Apart from having fun line dancing is also an excellent way of keeping fit. Beginners and those wanting to brush upon their line dancing skills are most welcome. Sessions are only £3.50 and, if you would like further information please contact Geoff on 01530 452869.




During the afternoon of Saturday 23rd March Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is holding an Adventure Rural Play event at the Centre from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. The event will include a climbing wall, story adventures, den building, creative arts, fun and games. The event is FREE and is open to families and all ages plus there is no need to book - just turn up on the day.


Firstly I have been asked to pass on the thanks of the National Blood Service to all those people who took time out of their busy Christmas schedule to donate blood on Friday 28th December. This session has helped towards providing much needed blood supplies to cover the busy Christmas period and also helped the NHS to stock up on the rarer blood types. The next session will take place on Wednesday 13th February and Friday 26th April so please come along 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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