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“Eyes Down”- Friday Night Bingo is back at the Centre

Many people have asked us to bring back the Friday Night Bingo so we are pleased to announce that we will now be holding cash prize bingo every Friday evening starting on Friday 28th February. Sessions will be from 7pm to 9pm. There will be a roll over jackpot and other cash prizes including a flier and bonus ball and the bar will be open for liquid refreshments. Just come along and have good evenings fun and a chance to win some cash. Please note that, due to licensing regulations, players must be over the age of eighteen.

New Age Curling Evening Club

Judging from the sounds of laughter coming from our new daytime New Age Kurling Club players are having fun playing indoor curling as well as carpet bowls. We realised that other people may want to come along but cannot make the day time sessions. So, starting from Wednesday 19th February, we will be starting an extra evening club on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. The bar will also be open so this may test your skills after a couple of pints!.

New Age Kurling is similar to Curling on ice but played on an indoor surface. Together with carpet bowls you will have good fun and, as a bonus, it is a good form of exercise. The Wednesday morning sessions take place from 10am to 12md. In both cases the cost is only £2 per hour so you can do either one hour or two hours and it includes a “cuppa” and biscuits to keep your energy levels up. Just come along to either of the sessions and give it a go and I promise that you will enjoy it.


Markfield Good Neighbour’s Scheme

We made good progress at the Scheme’s planning meeting on the 29th January. Things are now starting to fall into place and hopefully we should be in a position to launch the scheme in April/May this year. The next meeting will be at 6pm on Wednesday 4th March. If you would like to do more in the community and help others then this is an opportunity for you to volunteer a bit of your time for a worthwhile cause. You will be most welcome to come along to the meeting and learn more.


Leicester Futsal Football Development is putting on special classes at the Centre over the February school half term holidays. Youngsters, both boys and girls, love to play football and also to be coached. The half term sessions for children aged 5 to 11 years will take place at the Centre each day from Monday 17th February to Thursday 20th February. Sessions are from 9am to 3pm each day. To book places or for further information please contact 07455023366 or 07957173313 or email jb-futsal@outlook.com.

JB Futsal also provide regular weekly sessions at the Centre as follows:

Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm for five to seven year olds and 6pm to 7pm for eight to eleven year olds

Thursdays mini kickers two to 4 year olds 10.30am to 11.30am

Saturdays 9am to 10am for five to seven year olds and 10am to 11am for eight to eleven year olds

VE (Victory Europe) Celebration

You may or may not know that the May Day Bank Holiday that would have taken place on Monday 4th May has been pushed back to Friday 8th May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. To mark this special historical event the Centre is teaming up with Markfield Library to have special celebration events. The Centre’s Mayflower Club will have a special VE Day celebration party on Wednesday 6th May and the Library will be holding an event Saturday 8th May. In partnership with the Library we will also be recording VE Day memories of our older residents about their recollections of that historical day seventy five years ago.

If you would like to have your memories recorded please let us know and we will arrange a recorded “interview”. Also if any of you have photographs of VE Day events or parties or any other VE Day memorabilia we would be most grateful if we could borrow them.


On the 22nd January we held our annual “Burns Supper”. The Haggis was ceremonially brought into the room by one of our members Rob escorted by Val McKay with crossed whiskey bottles and our resident Scot Wee Carol McBerridge. The Haggis was presented to our master of ceremonies Hugh McKay who, dressed in his clan’s regalia, addressed the Haggis and promptly stabbed it with his dagger. The haggis was then toasted with a wee dram of whisky. Following a quiz on famous Scottish people we then tucked into a traditional feast of haggis, neeps and savoury Scottish mince followed by shortcake. It was all washed down with a tipple of whisky or Irn Bru.


On the 29th January we commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. The horrors of this evil death camp were revealed in a fact sheet talk. It was truly sobering and the inhumanity and evil must never be forgotten.

We have now got some really exciting sessions in place for the coming months as follows:

19th February How to make your own Ginger Beer

26th February Pancake Day and St.David’s Day

4th or 11th March Talk on Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man)

18th March St.Patrick’s Day at the Races

1st April Nails Demonstration

8th April Easter Bonnet and Egg Hunt

23rd April St.George Pub Quiz

6th May VE Day Celebration

20th May Terror from the Skies (Talk on WW1 Zeppelin Bombing Raids)


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.

K9 Parkour Classes for your Dog

Parkour is a challenging but fun activity to do with your dog. It includes jumping, climbing and balancing and strengthen your relationship with your pet dog. The course is over six weeks and covers a whole range of training activities for you and your dog. Classes start at the Centre onSunday 1st March from 9am. To book your place or for more information please contact K9 Education on 07880 923000 or visit www.K9education.co.uk . The classes include a wide range of training activities.

Kung Fu Juniors

These sessions will help youngsters to have skills for life, confidence and discipline. To book your two week free trial or for further information please contact 07909952227 or visit www.urban martialarts.com


An Audience with Warren Bailey

Warren Bailey has been a working as a medium for many years touring venues throughout the country. We will be holding an evening with Warren during the evening of Saturday 16th May. Further details will be published at a later date but put it in your diary.

Blood Donors

The National Blood Service have arranged further sessions at the Centre for the following dates Wednesday 11th March and Friday 10th April. 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.

The County Council Local Elections

These will take place at the Community Centre on Thursday 7th May

Family Parties and Social Events Offer 2020

Due to its popularity the Centre’s Management Committee have decided to continue with our special offer of only charging £10 per room for any event or function with a bar (excludes 18th Birthday Parties). So if you are planning a family or other event during 2020 consider using the Community Centre. This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you a lot of money. Just contact the Centre and we will sort out what you want and see to your needs.

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