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Markfield Community Park


As I write this article work to provide new facilities on the grounds surrounding the Community Centre are steaming ahead. Those of you who have visited the site recently will see that groundsmen have already dug out most the course for a new pathway that will meander through the avenue of trees. Construction work has also started to demolish the old outdoor games pitch ready to provide larger outdoor sports pitches with improved lighting and sound proofing. Hopefully the Markfield weather will stay kind and enable the improvements to be completed as soon as possible. Together with other planned site improvements the new facilities will be the envy of many other villages. Our thanks go to all the members of the Markfield Parish Council for their forward thinking, planning and hard work in providing these marvelous new facilities.



Don’t forget you can have your say on the Markfield Parish Development Plan when Public Consultation drop in events take place during this month. One such drop in session will take place at the Community Centre on Saturday 24th November from 2pm to 5pm where you can have your say on what you like about the village, what you dislike and what you would like to see or be improved in the village.




With the Centre spookily decked up with Halloween ghost, witches and monsters we held a number of Halloween parties for young and old:


Our Parents and toddlers group put on a special Halloween Fancy Dress Party for our younger children and toddlers. The Centre was packed with excited children and indeed parents and Guardians. The party included face painting and party food and our thanks go to all those who helped put on a spectacular event especially Donna, Carol and Joanne Fisher.



On Halloween itself our Mayflower Club held its now annual Halloween Fancy dress party. To start off proceedings we had a “horror” film show featuring the 1952 film Old Mother Riley meets the Vampire. It was a real old black and white slap stick comedy which featured many hilarious scenes and crack pot situations. It certainly brought about peals of laughter broken only by Carol who made everyone jump out of their skins when, dressed as a witch usherette, she leapt out of the store room with a blood curling scream. There then followed a Halloween fancy dress parade of witches and other monsters. The winner was Helen who, once again, came up with a very scary and “blood soaked” costume theme based on the Chain Saw Massacre. After a bite of Halloween cake members has a go at pumpkin lantern making.


Mayflower Club’s Update


On 10th October we held our now annual Mayflower “Conkers” Championship. Members had to see how many times they could hit each others “conker” in a minute. After a frantic session of conker bashing there was a final tempestuous bout between Helen Fisher and Carol Kemp with Carol emerging as this year’s champion. Carol was awarded the Mary Smart “Conkers” Champion Cup which she will covet and safeguard until next year’s competition.


On the 17th October Mike Storr came along to give a witty and fun talk on Masters of Mirth. His talk was based on old time music hall and early radio and television comedy stars of yesteryear. He included stories and quotes from these legends who many of us can still just about remember with affection. Mike gives his talks on a voluntary basis to raise funds for Asthma UK as payback for a near death experience when he had an asthma attack he had a few years ago. We were more than happy to donate this session’s membership fees to his fund raising cause.





24th October we held our annual autumn “Day at the Races”. ladies made a special effort by wearing their “Royal Ascot” hats and one member even brought long her race binoculars. We held six exciting races with members excitedly cheering on their horses to the winning post. The highlight of the event was the final race which featured a special prize and the presentation of the Nora Boardman Memorial Vase for the winning “owner”. winning owner was Chris Willett who was duly presented with the vase by Nora’s daughter Janet May and her great grandson Zac. This will now be an annual award with the name of the winning owner being engraved on the vase each year. The meet concluded with a hilarious auction where members could spend their “ill gotten winnings” bidding on mysterious prizes.


The following events are being planned for Mayflower Club over the coming months:


14th November The Origins of Sayings

21st November AGE UK – Keeping Warm in Winter and Stress Free Christmas

28th November The Old Mother Riley Show

5th December Christmas Water Colour Painting

12th December Christmas Decorations making

19th December Christmas Party


We always welcome new members to come along and join in our Mayflower clubs and activities all you have to do is turn up on the day. The Mayflower Club meets on Wednesday afternoons and our Mayflower Friendship Clubs on Monday afternoons. Both are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits.



New at the Community Centre


Happy Heads Aromatherapy


Tuesday Evenings 5.30pm to 6.30pm for further information please contact 07817 907314


Ballroom and Latin Dancing


Tuesday Evenings 7.15pm to 8.15pm for further information please contact 07813 667861





Wednesday Evenings 7pm to 7.50pm for further information please contact 07745 519877





The next opportunity to donate blood via the National Blood Service will be on Friday 28th December. So please come along and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.




Money Saving Special Offer


Don’t forget that if you are planning a special family event, party or function with a bar we only charge a modest hire fee of £10 per room. This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you money.

For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Centre 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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