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LATEST NEWS JANUARY 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Letís start off on a bright note and wish you all a Happy and healthy New Year. We have left the awful 2020 behind us and, despite the new variant of Corona Virus sweeping the country there is hope that, with the new vaccines being rolled out, there is a return to some form of normality in 2021. So, chins up, stay safe and best wishes from all at the Community Centre.

COVID 19 CLOSURE

Disappointingly we now find ourselves in the Tier 4 with the highest levels of restrictions that has once again forced the centre to close for the foreseeable future. Activities at the Centre are once again severely limited. We have kept the Centre COVID 19 secure and it remains available for emergency use and as a virtual hub for the village especially the Markfield Good Neighbours Scheme. Some good news is that the Hinckley and Bosworth VCS recognizing all the good work we have done has given us a grant which will help us survive financially for the next few months.

Christmas Cheer

Itís not been all doom and gloom and the village has experienced and we have to be grateful for little bits of Christmas that has brought some smiles and cheer.

From the Parish Councilís Christmas Tree and lights on The Green to all of the festive lights and decorations outside peopleís houses and the visit of the Fire Serviceís Father Christmas around the village which brought delight to many. We even had a bit of snow with several snowmen popping up on the Community Park. It was also lovely to see children on the park trying out their new bikes, scooters, prams and remote control model cars.

We had been planning a Christmas Light trail around the village however, the rapid rise in infections made it unsafe to do so.

The generosity of people over the Christmas period has been amazing and heart-warming. Below are just some of the acts of Christmas kindness by villagers during the Christmas period.

Children from local nurseries made lovely Christmas cards that we put in Christmas hampers to bring a smile

Dozens of toys were donated to the Toys on the Table appeal. We understand that 4,500 presents were wrapped and distributed not only in Markfield but throughout the County to ensure that every child got a present on Christmas Day.

Anstey Church was unable to hold its annual ďDonít be alone at ChristmasĒ gathering on Christmas Day. Instead Christmas hampers were made up from donations and distributed to potentially lonely people in Markfield and the surrounding villages.

Staff at the Coach and Horses stepped up to the plate and cooked 30 Christmas dinners which were distributed to needy people by volunteers on Christmas Eve. Donations of food were received from our local Co-Op and Markfield Village Shop providing delicious Christmas puddings. Many thanks go to everyone involved in making this festive meal possible.

Apart from the above we had an avalanche of items donated to make up Christmas parcels for villagers. We also had donations of baby clothes, baby equipment and even cooking apples for those that need them.

A surprise item came from Markfield, Thornton and Bagworth Colts who made up Christmas Hampers and delivered them to people nominated in the village for their help and support in the village throughout the pandemic. They were much appreciated and we thank the Colts for this kind gesture.

The Markfield Good neighbours Scheme has been supported throughout this pandemic by the local chemists, post office and Fusion restaurant for which we send our sincere thanks

MARKFIELD GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME

Despite some of our volunteers or their family members coming down with the virus or having to self- isolate the Scheme has continued to do sterling work providing help and support in the village and beyond. Indeed the number of volunteers on our contacts list has even increased to 80+. Even in bad weather they have continued to help our community collecting prescriptions, delivering donations, hampers and food parcels as well as shopping and keeping in touch with lonely people.

From all of the messages and cards that we have received the support provided by the scheme is so much appreciated by our community. Without the help and support of all our volunteers this would not have happened.

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. ITíS 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

Virtual Christmas Party

Because of the latest restrictions we were unable to hold our annual Mayflower Club Christmas Party. Our members were so disappointed. Instead we held a virtual Party during the afternoon of Wednesday 16th December. Prior to the event we made up and delivered surprise virtual party boxes that contained hats, balloons, Christmas crackers, blowers, mince pies, Christmas puzzles and jokes and much more to give members a bit of party cheer. From the messages we received from our members they much appreciated the ďpartyĒ and it brought them a lot of festive cheer in these difficult times. With the tremendous support of Carol Kemp we will continue to keep in touch with members and have virtual club meetings every Wednesday afternoon. With everything crossed we hope that sessions will return sometime in 2021. We miss you all and will let you know when we can resume.

A BIG THANK YOU

There are not enough words to express all our heart felt thanks and appreciation to EVERYONE who has helped and supported Markfield throughout these terrible times. There are so many people to mention that it would take a complete edition of the Herald to mention. Every bit of help or support no matter how large or small has made a BIG difference in the village and has benefited so many. You ALL deserve recognition and a medal. Letís get through this together and by staying safe we can. Once again thank you and Happy New Year to you all from all at the Community Centre and we are looking forward to a BIG community party once this is all over.

 
 
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