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Markfield Community and Sports Centre


At last, we have got rid of the soggy, cold and rather bleak month of May. The sun is out and the weather is warming up nicely. The vaccination programme is going fantastically well and there is hope that life will get back to normal in the summer. The only concern is the rising spread of the new COVID variant which may delay the next stage of the Governments Step 4 road map to recovery due on the 21st June. So, please, please keep your guard up and stay safe.

On the 17th May the Centre reopened to accommodate indoor adult sport, exercise and other very limited and socially distanced indoor activities. Despite the continued restrictions it is great to see the Centre being used again with people enjoying their activities.


At the last count we have 101 LOCAL people registered as volunteers on our Markfield Scheme. They have done literally hundreds of deeds of kindness helping and supporting people in the village and beyond throughout the pandemic. Not everyone was called upon to help out BUT it was so reassuring to know that there are so many people out there who could be called on to help out when needed. Things have calmed down a bit now but the Scheme is still here to help and support you if you need it. Please remember that “IT’S STILL OKAY TO ASK” and if you need any help, support of advice just ring us on 07885 243033 and we will do our level best to help.


We have previously mentioned the invaluable voluntary work that one of our members, Carole Kemp has done over the various lock downs helping us to keep the Mayflower Club going even on a virtual basis. She has kept in touch with members, passed on vital information and helped organise virtual club sessions with quizzes, competition and much, much more. Her support is much appreciated by members and indeed ourselves. In recognition of all she has done, Carole has been nominated for a Hinckley and Bosworth Making a Difference Award. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this year’s presentation event will be held on the 3rd June by means of ZOOM. Carole is quite pleased about this as she would hate to have to go on stage for a public presentation and perhaps even have to make a speech!! Well done Carole you deserve this recognition.


On Monday 17th May the Centre opened its doors for a session of the Mayflower Friendship Club. Because of social distancing members could not play cards or their normal game of dominoes. They had to settle for a distanced beetle drive. But they had fun and a chance to have a natter over a cuppa.

The main Mayflower Club restarted on Wednesday 19th May. It was heart-warming to see them all back again meeting up with old friends and clearly enjoying being back out and about. I have to be honest that, at the start of the pandemic we were really worried that we would lose some of them to this dreadful virus and we were so pleased that thank goodness none of them succumbed. We will never know but, perhaps it was ALL our persistent nagging, advice and information sharing that saw them through. To celebrate our return each member was given a plant pot containing a number of mystery seeds or bulbs to nurture and grow. We are not telling them what they are until, hopefully, they grow. We started back with a socially distanced prize bingo with Carol resuming her place as the resident bingo caller.

On the 26th May we held a Beetle Drive with each member having their own “quarantined” dice to play with. Can you recognize the overall winner even with her face mask on?

If circumstances allow, we are now planning other events including a Pirates of the Caribbean Battle and fancy-dress competition and one of our members Gabriella has knitted a special pirate as a prize.


Other sessions will include a celebration of the Queen’s Official Birthday, a mock Wimbledon session and much more.

If you would like to join in, please come along on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. The cost is only £1.50p per session and you also get a cuppa and biscuits. Please remember to bring your face mask and sanitise your hands when you come into the Centre.


New YOGA class Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm please contact 07932 689036 for further information

New Senior Keep Fit class Thursday evenings from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for further information please contact 07740 516986



26/7 to 30/7

2/8 to 6/8

16/8 to 20/8

The courses are open to all youngsters aged 5 to 11 years

For further information and bookings please contact JB Sports on 07455 023366


Helping your child to learn to cycle courses will take place at the Centre as follows:

12/7, 13/7, 14/7, 15th and 16th July.

For children aged 3 to 10 years. For more information and bookings please contact
07584 044027


The next sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays 14th July, 29th September and 3rd November 2021. You can book your blood donation appointment on line so please book your place with the National Blood Service and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.

Ron and Dawn Grantham

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