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LATEST NEWS FEBRUARY 2021

HOPEFULLY SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Sadly, there’s not much to tell you about what is going on at the Centre as we are in lock down for the foreseeable future.

We can’t believe that it is a now a year since the World Health Organisation announced the appearance a new deadly and highly contagious virus later to be known as Corona Virus. At that time, we all seemed to be more concerned about BREXIT. Then it arrived on our shores with a vengeance. Like most of you we thought it would all be over by the summer or even Christmas. How wrong we were. Now we have this second wave with new variants bringing with it more anxiety and gloom. We are now “locked down” once again and unable to see our friends and family and worried about catching it. The winter weather and short days haven’t helped. BUT there is hope. The new vaccines are rolling out and we are so pleased that the majority of our elderly and most vulnerable villagers have now had their “jabs” or have got appointments to do so. At last days are getting longer and, hopefully the weather is getting warmer. The snow drops and daffodils are blooming and spring is definitely in the air. We will soon be able to get out in the garden though mine is so soggy it resembles a paddy field. Surely there is hope of some normality in the not to distant future BUT let’s be cautious and not drop our guard. Please heed the Government’s restrictions and advice, stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
 

MARKFIELD GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME

Whilst all our thanks and gratitude rightly go out to all NHS Staff, Care and Key workers for all the work they have been doing throughout the pandemic often at their own personal risk I must once again mention all our volunteers on our Markfield COVID 19 Good neighbours Support Scheme. They are still going strong and are available for help and support in our community.

I must mention one of our Good Neighbour’s volunteers Alan Rockey. Alan put out an appeal for unwanted laptops. Amazingly he received over twenty donations. The laptops have been restored and donated to our local schools to be used by pupils unable to attend school and helping with their home learning. Well done Alan. If you have a laptop that you no longer use or wish to donate please let us know.

Please remember that, if you need any help with shopping, collecting prescription, other problems or just someone to chat just give us a call on 07885 243033. IT’S OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP.

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
 

Mayflower Club
 

We are still running a virtual Mayflower Club with Carol Kemp keeping in touch with members giving them advice and information. Every Wednesday afternoon at 3pm we “come together” with quizzes and other virtual activities. Helen Fisher has been providing easy to make food recipes to keep members occupied.

Prior to the pandemic we held a Burns supper with villager Hugh McKay and his wife Val coming along in all his Scottish regalia to address the Haggis and give a toast to Robbie Burns. We used to have a meal of haggis, tatties and neeps with Scottish bagpipe songs playing in the back ground. We all fondly remember Wee Carol McBerridge in her fancy dress orchestrating the sing-along. It was great fun. For obvious reasons we couldn’t do it this year but all was not lost as on the 27th January at 3pm we held a virtual Burn’s Supper. Members has been sent the recipe for a traditional Burn’s supper that included haggis, tatties and neeps. All to be washed down with a tipple or two and some Scottish shortbread. They had been sent the Robbie Burn’s poem on addressing the haggis pus some Scottish jokes and ditties to read. We are now planning at to do in the coming months.


     
Rona and "Ronald McDonald" enjoying their Burn's suppers

Take Care and Stay Safe

Ron and Dawn Grantham


 
 
 
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