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As I write this article, we are in the final planning stages of the Markfield Community Association’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations to be held on the 4th June. After months of planning, it is finally coming to place. The bunting is up, the activities are booked, the celebration tree has arrived and the Hurricane Memorial Flight flypast is confirmed. We are now anxiously looking at the weather forecast for the day and hoping and praying for fair weather. We will give you a full report on the day in the next edition of the Herald.
As you will see from Robert Quinney’s article our DefibSafe cabinet has now arrived and we will now be able to relocate our defibrillator outside of the Community Centre for public use. This will further support the Markfield Defibrillator scheme.
Once again May was a busy month with Prize Bingo, a talk on defibrillators and a meal out at the Bulls Head, Abbots Oak. However, there is one special event I must tell you about and that is a visit to the old Snibston Colliery.  Firstly, we arrived at the Colliery to have a splendid lunch at the Colliery Café. Then with volunteer guides we had a guided tour around the old pit area. It was truly amazing. We were shown around site seeing tunnel cutting and other coal mine machinery, the winding room, the pit top and headstock first built by George and Robert Stephenson in 1831, the control room and medical centre, the most important pay room and the old explosives store. The highlight was going to the top of the pit head where our more adventurous members climbed into the lift cage with the thought of hundreds of feet of drop below them. What a very interesting tour it was and well worth the visit. Our sincere thanks go to the Café staff and of course our voluntary tour guides especially “Ricketts” a former miner who gave us an insight into the life of a miner with both sometimes horrendous accounts and other humorous tales.
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.
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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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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