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Happy New Year 2019


Firstly we hope that you have all had a lovely and safe Christmas and, like us, you are looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2019. If you are determined to fulfill a New Year’s resolution why don’t you get involved in one of our many activities or clubs provided at the Community Centre. We provided a whole range of activities that will be of interest to you ranging from sports,and well being activities as well as more leisurely clubs such as art, yoga, dance and activities for all ages. Details can be found in this website or on posters at the Centre.


Markfield Community Park

Thankfully the weather has been kind to us here in Markfield and, so far, it has not hindered the development of the Parish Council’s community park improvements project. The new outdoor sports pitch is now in use and we have received many extremely favourable comments on how good it is. Bookings for use of the new pitches are fast coming in so, if you would like hire it, you need to book your slot sooner rather and later to avoid disappointment.

The new pathway that meanders around the grounds is almost complete and it will provide a wonderful walk through the trees around the old playing field. I have worked it out that if you walk around the inner walk circle of the pathway it will take you approximately 400 steps. So, if you walk around it FIVE times you will have completed approximately a mile. So what? You may ask. Well, a walk around the new path way would contribute towards the NHS recommendation that a brisk 10 minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and would also contribute towards the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. You don’t have to walk for miles and miles so, a nice stroll around the park in a safe environment will help your own health and wellbeing. Once the new outdoor gym has been installed the more adventurous of you can supplement the walks with a bit of body strengthening exercise before relaxing on the new patio area.

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


Markfield Library Christmas Party

During the evening of Friday 7th December volunteers at Markfield Library were treated to a Christmas Party that included a Fish and Chip supper, a quiz and a light hearted game of Bingo. The party was provided to sincerely thank all the volunteers who provide their time to keep this much needed facility going in the village. Many libraries across the County have closed due to lack of voluntary support. However here in Markfield our library remains open and through the hard work of the |Library Committee and volunteers the Library remains open and even provides additional and exciting activities and events. Well done to all of you and your efforts are much appreciated.



Parents and Toddlers Christmas Party

On Tuesday 18th December our Parents and Toddlers group held its now annual Christmas Party. The Centre was packed with excited children and their parents/guardians enjoying the festivities. All the children had a packed Christmas lunch and a present. The party included Christmas songs, face painting and a visit by our very own Markfield Father Christmas. Many thanks to Donna, Carol and Dawn as well as other parents for organizing this wonderful Christmas party for the little ones. Don’t forget that Parents and Toddlers sessions are held at the Centre on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, just pop along a join in.


Mayflower Club’s Update

December was a busy month for the Mayflower Clubs and there was definitely a Christmas theme throughout.

On the 5th December Rachel Gray from the RVS came along with a number of artists to show members how to make handmade Christmas Cards using water colour paints. I have to say that the resulting cards produced by members were truly amazing and we certainly have some budding artists in the making.


On the 12th December and following up on the Christmas theme, we turned our minds to making Christmas Table Decorations. Using a large bag of locally gathered and very prickly holly, ivy and other evergreens members created their very own and personal table decorations and wreaths. Once again the results were outstanding and very creative.


The Mayflower Club annual Christmas party took place on the 19th December. hall was packed with members and specially invited guests including Parish and Borough Councilors and people who have supported the project over the years. With the hall and tables decked out with Christmas party decorations members and guests sat down to a sumptuous Christmas buffet washed down with our home made runner bean wine that certainly put us all in a festive mood. During the meal and having recovered somewhat from his visit to the Parents and Toddlers Christmas Father Christmas arrived with a huge bag full of Secret Santa presents for everyone. After the meal we really got into the Christmas spirit with entertainer Bill Brookman and his wife Melanie leading choruses of Christmas songs and carols. Members really got into the swing of things “playing” and drumming along to the music and raising the roof with their enthusiastic singing. The party concluded with little Maleki singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas” which brought cheers of joy and delight. We all had a wonderful time and many thanks to all involved in organizing the party.


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

23rd January Burn’s Supper

30th January “What’s in the Box Mystery Game”

13th February Valentines Chocolate Making

27th February St. David’s Celebration

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 Thursday afternoon 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

Over the year we have had demonstrations on how to turn fruit and vegetables into home made wine. Following these demonstrations there has been interest in starting a new Home made wine club at the Centre. Initially the club will be held monthly based on the availability of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The first session will take place 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.


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 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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