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I will start off with some good news. In October we randomly entered the online National Lottery Community Fund draw that celebrates its 25th Anniversary. To be honest we were not expecting to win anything, I had forgotten all about it until we received an email notifying us that we had been successful in our application. We had won a grant of £450 to develop our New Age Curling Club. This will enable us to purchase an additional Curling Kit that will benefit our new and thriving curling club.


The club meets every Wednesday morning from 10am to 12md. The club is becoming very popular and the new equipment will be much appreciated. We are also trying to get an additional evening club going on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm.


New Gage curling is good fun and an excellent form of exercise. It can be played by people of all ages and abilities. We even have ramps and “pushers” to make it easier for people with disabilities or mobility issues.


It only costs £2 per hour so you can do either one hour or two hours. Just come along to either of the sessions and give it a go. You will enjoy it.

Friday Night Bingo

I was pleasantly surprised with how many people turned out on Friday 28th February for our re-launch of the Friday Night Bingo sessions. Not only did they brave the bad weather but the Leicester City football match was also on the television. It turned out to be a most enjoyable evening. If you fancy an evening out, have a laugh and hopefully win some cash just turn up on Friday evenings. There is no entry fee and sessions start at 7pm. Sessions include 10 games of bingo with cash prizes a roll over jackpot, flier and bonus ball plus the bar will be open for liquid refreshments. Please note that, due to licensing regulations, everyone must be over the age of eighteen.

Markfield Good Neighbour’s Scheme

Work is still progressing on implementing the scheme in the village and we anticipate launching it in the next few months. There is still time for you to become a volunteer for this invaluable voluntary community service. Just let us know if you are interested.


During the school half term holiday the Centre was host to excited and enthusiastic youngsters taking part in football and football coaching provided by Leicester Futsal Football Development. They had great fun and it kept them occupied over the school holiday. From time to time torrential rain and high winds nearly scuppered them however, they soon relocated to the indoor sports hall to carry on playing.

Over the Easter holidays there will be further coaching sessions on 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th April and also on 16th and 17th April. All sessions are from 9am to 3pm

JB Futsal also provide regular weekly sessions at the Centre as follows:

Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm for five to seven year olds and 6pm to 7pm for eight to eleven year olds

Thursdays mini kickers two to 4 year olds 10.30am to 11.30am

Saturdays 9am to 10am for five to seven year olds and 10am to 11am for eight to eleven year olds

To book places or for further information please contact 07455023366 or 07957173313 or email jb-futsal@outlook.com


VE (Victory Europe) Commemoration

As mentioned in last month’s edition of the Herald the 75th Anniversary of VE Day will be marked with a Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May. We are starting to plan a celebration to commemorate this special historical event the Centre. We would like to know your thoughts on what we could do to celebrate VE Day. Perhaps we could have a “street party” for our children and families. If you have any ideas or would like to be involved pleases let us know.

Also if you have any memorabilia or photographs of VE Day we would appreciate it if we could borrow them. I promise we will take care of them.



I am pleased to inform you that we have booked the coaches for our ever popular and now annual family trips to the seaside.

On Wednesday 15th July we will be heading to Llandudno in North Wales and on Wednesday 19th August we are off to “Skeggy”.

Please reserve your places early as every year coaches are full and people are left disappointed.



Do you remember making home non-alcoholic ginger beer that was so thirst quenching but had a “bite” to the back of your throat. It was really fizzy and, if you were not careful, could explode. Well, at our session on the 12th February we had a go at making some. It is quite difficult getting hold of the ginger plant but managed to find some online. Sadly my brew failed miserably however, a couple of our members are now giving it a go.

On the 19th February we marked Saint Valentine’s Day with a music quiz based on popular love songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s. It brought back many memories though often we knew the song but couldn’t remember who sang it. “Teenager in Love” by Dion and the Belmonts was clearly the favourite as they all sang along to it not once but twice.

On the 26th February we held our annual pancake tossing competition. Yet again it proved to be hilarious with pancakes and debris flying all over the place. We even had a surprise appearance of our very own “Markfield Olympic Pancake Tossing” Champion namely Jo Rostock. Jo put in a valiant performance and smashed the record with 106 tosses of the pancake in 60 seconds. Well done Jo even though your arm was aching for days afterwards.


We have now got some really exciting sessions in place for the coming months as follows:

18th March Saint Patrick’s Day at the Races

Tuesday 31st March Day visit to Ulverscroft Manor

1st April Nails Demonstration

8th April Easter Bonnet and Egg Hunt

23rd April Saint George Pub Quiz

6th May VE Day Celebration

20th May Terror from the Skies (Talk on WW1 Zeppelin Bombing Raids)

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.

K9 Dog Training Classes

Training for you and your dog is becoming more and more popular. K9 Education will be providing a series of six week courses that cover a whole range of training activities for you and your dog. The new six week courses start as follows:

Sunday 3rd May 10am to 11am and 11.15am to 12.15pm

Wednesday 6th May 7.15pm to 8.15pm

Saturday 27th June 10am to 11am

To book your place or for more information please contact K9 Education on 07880 923000 or visit www.K9education.co.uk .


HATHA YOGA is a fun class that focuses on mental and physical well being. Sessions are from 10am to 11am on Sunday mornings. It suits people of all abilities. Please bring a mat if you have one. Booking is essential by calling Sarah on 07932689036 or email info@wellbeingwinnie.co.uk

Kung Fu Juniors

These sessions will help youngsters to have skills for life, confidence and discipline. To book your two week free trial or for further information please contact 07909952227 or visit www.urban martialarts.com


An Audience with Warren Bailey

Warren Bailey has been a working as a medium for many years touring venues throughout the country. We will be holding an evening with Warren during the evening of Saturday 16th May. Further details will be published at a later date but put it in your diary.

Blood Donors

The National Blood Service have arranged further sessions at the Centre for the following dates Wednesday 11th March and Friday 10th April. 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.

The County Council Local Elections

These will take place at the Community Centre on Thursday 7th May

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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