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It seems a long time since we held our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Community Centre on Saturday 4th June. After months of planning we had got the bunting was up but we were  anxiously keeping an eye on the weather as it had been a rather soggy, wet and cold week. We had a bit of a panic at 11.15am when I got a sudden call from the RAF Memorial Flight saying that, because of weather conditions elsewhere in the country, the fly past would now take place at about 2.15pm. This was the third time that times had changed but the good news was that, instead of a Hurricane, we would now be getting a Spitfire. Once again, we had to “scramble” to let as many people know as possible. At 14.10 hours the Spitfire suddenly zoomed out of the sky over the Community Centre with its iconic engine noise roaring away. It circled round the Community Centre three times with cheers from the crowd before flying off into the horizon. It was a not to be forgotten and awesome sight. Apologies to those of you who missed it but we had no control over the weather.
I can only describe the turn out on the day as brilliant and it made it all worthwhile. There must have been at least three hundred people who came along during the afternoon. Initially we had over 100 Jubilee souvenir flags to give out to the children but these were all gone within the first hour. It was great to see all the local people gathered on the grass outside the Centre listening to music played by Baily from Big City Entertainments, some even brought along their own picnic, chairs and brollies just in case. Fortunately, the weather was quite kind being a bit cloudy but no rain.
The Centre itself was packed. Kids enjoyed a huge inflatable obstacle course which nearly filled the whole of the sports hall.  Hot food and refreshments were gratefully provided by Jo Norwood and her family. There was also an opportunity for children to make their own Jubilee rosettes and of course the boys enjoyed playing football on the outdoor sports area.
Prior to the day we had grown 100 sunflower plants. These were given away free on the day however, any donations made would go to the DEC Ukraine Appeal. Amazingly all the plants went and we raised over £100 for the appeal.  So, if you did take one away and it is still growing, please send us photographs as there will be a prize for the tallest sunflower grown.
During the afternoon we also planted a celebration Silver Birch Tree to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Our guest of honour was villager Pat Fossey who is just a few years younger than the Queen herself. Pat came along with her family and with a regal wave of the hand proudly tipped the first trowel of soil into the hole to start the tree planting process. At the same time, we buried a time capsule. The contents of the time capsule is a secret and will only be revealed when the capsule is dug up in hopefully many years to come. I can tell you that is does contains photographs, a copy of the Herald and other bits and bobs that reflect on our current life and times. It also contains a good will message for the future residents of Markfield.
Judith Lincoln the Minister of Markfield Trinity Methodist Church kindly blessed the tree which we all hope will still be flourishing for decades to come. I have to say that, due to the present lack of rain and the water shortages we have been taking watering can loads of water down to the tree to keep it well watered and thriving.
We must sincerely thank villagers Mac, who made the plinth for the commemoration plaque, Gregg who dug the hole for the tree, all the children who excitedly helped us refill the hole and of course Markfield Community Association who provided the tree itself. Most of all we thank all you residents who came along to make it a special day for the village.
The Centre’s DefibSafe cabinet and defibrillator are now located outside the main entrance of the Community Centre. It is ready use by the public in the unfortunate event of an emergency. Don’t be afraid to use it. Once again, many thanks to Charles Poole of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and Robert Quiney the lead on the Markfield Defibrillator Project for all their support and advice in helping us get this important facility up and running.
Such was the desire of our members to celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we had to have two special Jubilee events that both took place during the afternoon of Wednesday 1st June. One event was at Ulverscroft Manor with a celebration dinner and the other at the Centre with a royal tea party. In both cases members of the “Markfield Royal family” i.e. Queen Dinah and Prince John came along and joined in celebrations with members wearing their Union Jack hats and waving their Jubilee flags. All members also received a special sunflower plant to mark the occasion.
On the 29th June we held our annual “Wimbledon” Swing ball tennis championship but this time with a difference. Competitors were required to hit the ball as many times as they could whilst wearing  “beer goggle glasses”.  Wearing the glasses certainly made it more difficult and even funnier. John and Helen emerged as the eventual champions. Members also enjoyed a bowl of strawberries and cream and burnt off the calories with a taster session of Love to Move gentle armchair exercise.
During June and July, we also had bingo and beetle drive sessions, a trip to Sunnyside Nursery for afternoon tea. I gave a talk on what it was like growing up in a Cotswold village during the 1950’s with childhood memories of sledges, soap boxes, old television programmes, playing in the fields and woods and many more memories that brought back smiles and laughter. How times have changed!!
Our Arts and Crafts club has now gone onto doing crochet work with the more experienced making their own ponchos and the others making crochet squares to turn into blankets etc.
If you are interested in joining in the Mayflower Club meets on Wednesday afternoons and our Friendship and Arts and Crafts Clubs meet on Monday afternoons all from 2pm to 4pm. Just turn up on the day and you will be most welcome.
New At the Centre
The following sessions are starting at the Centre so, if you require further information, please contact the Centre.
Love to Move – Gentle exercise to keep you fit and moving
Boxercise – robust exercise work-out sessions
Weight Watchers – to help you keep trim
Although the scheme is still there if you need any help, we are now starting to concentrate on the current cost of living crisis especially the cost of food and other essential items. We have started to collect donated items which we will deliver to Coalville food bank to help with their supplies. If you have any donations of non-perishable food or other items, please drop them off at the centre or call us on 07885 243033.


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All sessions are from 11.30am to 9pm

For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Community and Sports Centre,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.

Ron and Dawn Grantham

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