LATEST NEWS OCTOBER 2020
Annual General Meeting
Due to current circumstances the Annual General Meeting of Markfield Community Association has, once again, been postponed until further notice. A new date will be published as and when known.
ADDER the COVID19 Painted Rock Snake
During the morning of Tuesday 29thSeptember a huge granite rock weighing a massive 6.2 tons was delivered on a specialist low loader to the Community Park by David Stanley Transport. The driver carefully manoeuvered the load through the entrance gate, negotiated the car park and across the playing field. Fortunately, the ground was dry and hard and no damage was caused to the field. With some trepidation we watched as the driver carefully positioned the massive rock exactly where we wanted it amongst the memorial arc of trees. This granite rock was kindly donated by Bardon Quarry and will become the focal point for a new memorial dedicated to the men of Markfield who lost their lives during World Wars. It will also be the focal point of a new Corona Virus commemoration feature that will incorporate ALL of the stones that villagers have painted and laid down as part of our 1000 plus painted rock snake “Adder”. We will also be planting daffodil bulbs and rose bushes. A time capsule marking the pandemic will also be built into the new feature and contain items relating to this moment in time.
Villagers Greg and Tom have already kindly offered their time to do the groundwork but we could do with a few more volunteers to help us sort out the rock snake stones and do a bit of planting. Your help will be much appreciated as we want to get this project finished before the winter sets in. Please give the Centre a call if you can help out. We are very grateful to the Hinckley and Bosworth VCS for giving us a small grant that will pay for the materials required to build the feature and to Makfield Parish Council who arranged the selection of the rock and its transportation.
I must mention villager little Joseph who was excitedly watching the delivery of the granite rock with his Grandma. He was even more excited when we invited him to be the very first person to climb up onto the rock. He didn’t want to get down. He loved it so much that perhaps the rock should always be known as “Joseph’s Rock”.
Many parents and indeed grand parents have been agonising on how their children can enjoy the fun of Halloween this year. Obviously, due to the Corona Virus pandemic, there is a risk of spreading the virus to children and residents by going door to door trick or treating. So, in these difficult times we have come up with a village Halloween event that will help reduce the risks and keep people safe. It is called the Markfield “Witchy Wandering and Monstrous March” and it follows the Leicestershire Celebrate Safety Campaign Guidelines.
This year Halloween falls on a Saturday sand, in line with the guidelines we want children and young people to have fun BUT to be safe and indeed not cause distress to others.
Over Halloween, Leicestershire residents will be able to get their hands on double sided posters, found on Leicestershire Police’s website, which display the following messages:
- Trick or Treaters Welcome Here; or
- No Thanks Trick or Treaters.
PLEASE ONLY TRICK OR TREAT AT HOUSES WHERE YOU ARE WELCOME AND RESPECT THOSE HOMES WITH “NO THANKS” POSTERS DISPLAYED.
Anyone who wants to report antisocial behaviour in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland can call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
So, what is our Markfield Witchy Wandering and Monstrous March all about? It involves a trail map around the village that will lead you to locations where you will find spooky Halloween related objects and characters. Families can dress up in Halloween fancy dress and join the trail at any point finally arriving at the Community Centre where children will be given a bag of sweets and you can enjoy a hot refreshment. Those successfully completing the trail will get a special certificate and there is even a prize for the best fancy dressed family.
Due to current restrictions places on the event are strictly limited and to join in the fun you need to book online by searching “Markfield Community Centre” on Fatsoma.com or visit the Markfield Community Centre facebook page.
RE-OPENING OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Government guidelines on what activities are now allowed both inside and outside the premises have yet again changed. We can now allow more activities and sessions provided that they conform to social distancing and other COVID 19 secure mandatory guidelines. Unfortunately, we still cannot allow activities such as close contact sports, children’s and family parties and celebrations or any events that involve large gatherings.
All our current activities can be seen on our webpage or you can ring the Centre to enquire as to what is available for you. Things that have come back include Exercise Classes, New Age Kurling, sports, Mayflower Club and much more. We also now have new groups/classes including Rugby Tots on Sunday mornings, Yoga and Pilates on Saturday mornings, Keep fit on Monday and Friday evenings, ZUMBA on Wednesday evenings, YOGA on Thursday evenings, Futsal (Football) coaching on Saturday mornings plus a variety of children’s and adult dance classes. For further information please visit our web site or contact the Community Centre.
We have taken a lot of time and effort and indeed cost to ensure that the Centre is COVID 19 secure and help reduce the risk of infection. To maintain this please note that:
THE CENTRE IS STILL NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC SO, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER UNLESS YOU ARE ATTENDING A PRE-BOOKED ACTIVITY.
ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING IF YOU ARE ILL OR HAVE CORONA VIRUS SYMPTOMS OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE ELSE WHO IS ILL. WE MAY CHECK YOUR TEMERATURE BEFORE ENTERING
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY THE NHS TEST AND TRACE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A COVID 19 POSITIVE PERSON AND SHOULD ISOLATE YOURSELF
TRACK AND TRACE
The Community Centre is supporting the NHS Track and Trace programme. This is a mandatory Government requirement and therefore the Centre MUST record personal contact details of EVERY person who enters the premises to attend an activity, deliver goods etc. or even as an authorised visitor. This personal information is kept in accordance with the Information Commissioners Office data protection guidelines. The guidelines include the safe storage, use, retention and disposal of personal information. Please be assured that the Centre is complying with these guidelines
Firstly, it is great to see “old faces” and even new ones coming back to the Mayflower Club sessions. It is very odd times and is proving to be quite a challenge to come up with ideas that meet social distancing rules and keep people safe. Let me give you an example. At this time of the year we hold our annual “Mayflower World Conkers Championship” but how do you do that whilst social distancing? You cannot exactly use a two metre length of string it would be impossible and highly risky. So, we have come up with a substitute conkers competition that is challenging fun and social distancing safe. I will let you know what happens!!
This month we “re-enacted” the Battle of Waterloo. Using the Battle Ships game format members in pairs pitched the Duke of Wellington’s forces against Napoleon’s Grand Army. The overall winner was Iron Duke Carole who routed Emperor Marylyn’s troops.
Yours truly gave members a sometimes grisly “Copper’s Tales” talk on murders and deaths and other sessions included Prize Bingo and the ever- popular Carol’s Play Your Cards Right”.
We are also planning the following sessions:
14th October “Who am I” Quiz
21st October Play Your Cards Right
26th October MONDAY Halloween “Party”
4th November Autumn “Day at the Races”
11th November “Woes of a Probationer”
18th November Life of Elvis Presley
All being well we hope to hold a Christmas Tea Party on 16th December. Obviously things will be rather different than usual however, Father Christmas has promised to come along provided that social distancing is observed i.e. no one sits on his knee and presents are quarantined
If you fancy coming along or know someone who would benefit from the social activities provided by the Mayflower Club just come along or give us a call you will be most welcome.
Friendship Club Monday afternoons 2pm to 4pm (please call the Centre to book a place)
Mayflower Club Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm
Sessions only cost £1.50p and includes a cuppa and biscuits
MARKFIELD GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME
With the easing of restrictions the amount of help our volunteers have been giving in our community has slowed down and given us a chance to take a breather. However, despite this, our volunteers are still providing support to those who need it. Despite going back to work or having children returning to school our volunteers have remained available and ready to help if called upon. Indeed we have even had a couple of new volunteers come forward to offer their help. This may be needed if the current spike continues rise and the spread of infection forces another lock down or other restrictions come into force. SO, WE ARE READY AND PREPARED.
One area of concern is the rise in the numbers of people who are being referred to our scheme because of loneliness or anxiety. It has been a long haul now and over seven months of isolation some of our most vulnerable residents are suffering. Our volunteers now spend a lot of their time making telephone calls to lonely or anxious people offering help, support or just a friendly chat. In some cases we have arranged to get them to activities at the Community Centre especially the Mayflower Club where they can get out of the house and socialise safely.
Please remember that if you would like to join our band of volunteers or need some help please contact us at email@example.com or ring us on 07885 243033
The National Blood Service will be holding sessions on the Wednesday 25th October and Wednesday 2nd December. Please keep donating your much-needed blood and register your details with the National Blood Service online if you can help, thank you!
Ron and Dawn Grantham