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Happy New Year

Firstly on behalf of all the staff and volunteers at the Community Centre may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year. If 2019 was the decade of the “Millennials” I wonder what the 2020 decade will be known as. Perhaps it will be the decade of the “Leavers”!

How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? If one of your resolutions is to get healthier, fitter or join in with a social activity then the Centre has many activities, groups and clubs that may help you. You can go on line or pop into the Centre to view our extensive range of activities for young and old and I am sure that there is something that would suite you.


Farewell Jean

On a sad note I must mention the passing of Jean Lemmon over the Christmas period. Jean was a stalwart voluntary member of The Community Centre’s Management Committee for many years. Jean was always willing to help out with Centre activities and functions including helping to run the Bingo Club and even being roped in to doing the “tuck” and helping behind the bar. She was also well known in the village for her work at Charnwood High School and Markfield Library. Our condolences go the all of Jean’s family and we really appreciate all the support she gave us over the years.


Photograph of Jean with Dave Moss and Dave Illingworth from the Centre’s Management Committee at a Centre event

Christmas at the Community Centre

Father Christmas had a busy old time in Markfield during the lead up to Christmas. On the17th December he popped into our Parents and Toddlers Christmas party and, to the delight of the Children he handed out presents and posed for photographs. The parents and toddlers also enjoyed Christmas party food and games. Thanks go to Donna, Carol and all the other parents who helped put on this wonderful party for the little ones.

On the 18th December Father Christmas he also made time to call into the Mayflower Club’s Christmas Party. This time Father Christmas brought along Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer as well as his Carol Christmas his chief elf. After a splendid Christmas buffet Father Christmas visited each member dishing out his “secret santa” presents. We then had a Christmas sing along with local singer Marie Underwood. We even managed a few laps around the hall doing the conga and ended up singing Auld Lang Syne. It was great fun and much enjoyed and we are all looking forward to the next party.


On Friday 13th December Markfield Library held its annual Christmas fish and chip Supper. The aroma of fish and chips wafting through the building we truly mouth watering. There then followed a Christmas theme quiz and an exciting game of bingo. The supper was a tribute and thank you to all the volunteers who, through their stalwart work over the year have kept our village library open and also contributed towards it continued success.


On Saturday 14th December the Markfield Colts held their Christmas party at the Centre. It was great to see so many youngsters and their parents enjoying disco dancing and a karaoke. There was even a “best Christmas” jumper competition. The evening also provided an opportunity for the Colts to raise funds for their clubs with a raffle and an auction. It is heart-warming to see so many parents offering their time to run football teams for the youngsters of the village – well done and thank you to you all.


Markfield Good Neighbours Scheme

We are aiming to have the new Markfield Good Neighbour scheme up and running later this year. The next planning session for the project will take place at the Community Centre at 6pm on Wednesday 29th January where we will start to finalise the project procedures. Although we do have a good number of volunteers to start off the project we could always do with some more. If your New Year’s resolution is 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.


During the lead up to Christmas members of the Mayflower Club Christmas had a busy time doing Christmas arts and crafts plus Christmas Table decoration and wreath making. I am always amazed as to how creative our members can be and how much effort they put into creating lovely items.


We are now starting to plan our programme of activities for 2020 and, to date, the following events are in place:

22nd January Burns “Supper”

29th January 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz commemoration


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.



As mentioned previously we have many activities at the Centre that will help you to get out of the house, enjoy a social life and improve your health and well being. Below are just a few examples of what we can offer you.

New Age Curling Club

New Age Kurling is a fun game for all ages and abilities. It is similar to Curling on ice but played on an indoor surface. I can assure you that you will have a laugh doing it and, as a bonus, it is a good form of exercise. Our new club takes place on Wednesday mornings 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 and I promise that you will enjoy it.

Walking Football

Another good way of keeping fit and active but at the same time having fun is our Walking Football sessions that take place on Tuesday mornings starting at 10.30am. Our members really enjoy themselves and I have heard on the Grapevine that members have been asked to join in with the Leicester City Walking Football sessions. Perhaps we might even see them in the City Squad – who knows.


If you:

  • 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 liz.causon@hinckley-bosworth.gov.ok or by contacting the Community Centre.

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.

For bookings and enquiries please contact MarkfieldCentre 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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