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 Latest News September 2018

Family Trip to the Seaside


Well, keeping our fingers crossed proved to be well worth it as our family trip to Skeggy on Wednesday 22nd August was once again blessed with brilliant sunny and warm weather. It was so nice that the kids and even some adults were able to enjoy a paddle in the sea and even make sand castles on the beach. The coach was full with families and people aged from 2 to 90 plus years. It was so enjoyable just to walk along the promenade, the pier and the amusements in nice warm sunshine. Of course, when we got back to Markfield, it was cloudy and drizzling with rain. So, once again we were very lucky. As people left the bus we were already being asked “When’s the next trip”. I am sure it will be arranged for next summer so, watch this space.



Village Christening


On Sunday 26th August a large family party took place at the Centre to celebrate the Christening of Teddy Jackson Grewcock that had taken place earlier that day at St Michael’s and All Angels in the village. Teddy was born at the LRI on 18th March this year. As you will recall that, at that time, we were in the grip of a severe winter. Teddy’s dad Leon had been present at the birth only to come out of the Royal during the early hours to be greeted by a foot of snow. Conditions were grim as he struggled to drive back to Markfield. Faced with heavy snow and ice he had to abandon his car and walk the rest of the way home. Dressed in only a tee shirt and trousers he arrived home “frozen” but delighted that his new born child and his wife Helen were both safe and sound. Leon was brought up on Hillside, Markfield in one of the old quarrymen’s cottages. He met Helen at University where, I am told he “pursued Helen relentlessly” until she gave up and they were married at the same church in Markfield where Teddy was christened. Helen comes from the Barnsley and Rotherham area so, many guests and family came along from that area as well as from Derby and locally. Previously Leon and Helen lived in Earl Shilton before moving back to Markfield as both love the village and all that it offers. Many congratulations to you all from all at the Community Centre with our best wishes for Teddy’s future.


Summer Activities


During the school summer holidays the centre was packed with children enjoying activities as follows:

With the support of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s summer holiday activities fund we were able to put on four SNAP DRAGON family fun sessions on Thursday mornings. The sessions were aimed at children up to the ages of twelve years and enabled parents and guardians to enjoy some light refreshments whilst their children played or took part in indoor games. The final session included a party, fancy dress and face painting. The numbers parents and children attending the sessions were amazing to the point that we will have to consider increasing the number of sessions next summer to include each week of the school holidays. Many thanks to Donna and Carol for organizing the event you deserve a medal.



Matt Elliot Sports Development provided football and sports coaching throughout the summer holidays and are planning more sessions during the October break as follows:


Half Term Soccer School – 15th October to 19th October 9.30am to 3pm


To book your place contact 07584 568937


Mayflower Club’s Update



Firstly I must mention one of our members Pat who celebrated her 90th Birthday in August. Pat is a regular at the club and always tries to join in with whatever we are doing and even had her face painted at our last club session. Unfortunately we were away on our trip to Skegness but, other members rallied round to take her out for a special cream tea which she really enjoyed. Happy birthday from all of us.


Other Events:


On the 1st August we started sessions on home-made wine making. I gave a demonstration on how to turn a harvest of garden fruits into wine. I had also been challenged to turn a glut of locally grown runner beans into wine and I am pleased to say that the wine is now fermenting well and bubbling away. There is a lot of interest in home-made wine making and we are considering stating up a wine making club at the Centre. So, if you are interested in joining in please get in touch.


On the 15th August we held a picture quiz on worldwide landmarks and famous places. It was interesting to know where these icons are and brought back memories for those who had actually visited them.


On the 29th August we marked the end of our long hot summer with an appropriate Caribbean BBQ. Food included jerk chicken, beef burgers, rice and peas, sweet potatoes and sweet potato mash. This was followed by Jamaican Ginger cake with pineapple jam plus a selection of tropical fruits and fruit salad. It was all washed down with a glass of Caribbean Rum and Coconut punch. As members enjoyed their meal, calypso and steel band music played in the background. When they were full we had a go at Limbo Dancing which is more difficult than you can imagine and resulted in streams of laughter as members gave it their best shot with some even cheating by going under the bar on hands and knees. The star of the Limbo dancing was undoubtedly Donna’s son Maliki who made a guest appearance and put us all to shame. Even with his Caribbean fancy dress Maliki easily limbo danced under to the sounds of cheering and clapping. We will miss you when you go to school soon. With members dressed up in Caribbean fancy dress and as Pirates of the Caribbean we had a great end of summer party.



Below are some of our forthcoming events:


26th September Coping with Arthritis

3rd October Entertainment by Bill Brookman

10th October Markfield “World Conker Championship”

17th October Entertaining talk on Masters of Mirth

31st October Halloween Party




As you will have read in last month’s edition of the Herald, the village is planning a WW1 celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the war. At the Centre we are planning an end World War One commemoration event on Wednesday 7th November. If you have any WW1 memorabilia, artifacts or photographs that we could borrow for a small exhibition at the Centre during the two weeks before and after the 11th November please let us know. If you have any they would be most appreciated and kept safe for you. We can also collect if you wish. There will be an open invitation for villagers to come along and join in with the event.

If you would like to come along and meet new friends or hear about things that affect your wellbeing or simply have a laugh don’t be shy just turn up on the day and join in. 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.


Current and New Classes at the Centre


You may not be aware that there are over 60 clubs and classes held at the Community Centre every week. We are not run by the Councils, but are a voluntary organization who aims to provide clubs, classes and activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. You can view these activities at the Centre or on our website www.markfieldcommunitycentre.com.or on face book at markfieldcommunityandsportscentre @mcsc If you would like to start your own club or you feel that there is a need for an activity not covered by us we can give you help and assistance to set one up.



Tot’s Play Classes – Thursday Mornings


Baby Development Course - For babies from birth to six months old.

Discovery Tots – ages 8 weeks to crawling

Social Tots – Active crawling to 3 years

For further information contact www.totsplay.co.uk/coalville


Mum and Baby Boot Camp


Mondays 11.30am to 12.15pm please contact Laura on 07805 335728 for further information



Adult Boot Camp


Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8.15pm

Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm

Sundays from 9.30am to 10.30am

Please contact Laura on 07805 335728 for further information


Aroma Therapy Yoga


Tuesdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm


For further information please contact Holly on 07817 907314


Kung Fu Juniors


Mondays from 5pm to 6pm

Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm


For further information please contact Codie on 07909 952227


Keely-Anna’s Saturday Dance Studios


Acro Tots 9am to 9.45am

Lilac Acro 9.45am to 10.30am

Purple Acro 10.10am to 10.55am

Fushia Acro 10.35am to 11.40am


For further information please contact Keely-Anna on 07500 554736



Mini Bikers – New Courses


Sundays 1pm to 2pm, 2pm to 3pm and 3pm to 4pm


Please contact 07584 044027 to book your place




Tai Chi Classes


Just a reminder that we have three Tai Chi classes being run at the centre by our qualified instructor Kumiko. The classes are run on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 8pm and Thursday mornings 9.50am to 10.50am and 11am to 12 midday. For more details and to arrange your free taster session please contact Kumiko on 07535 528216.




Parents and Toddlers Groups


Tuesday and Thursday mornings both 9am to 11.30am. Cost only £1.50p per child.

For further information please contact the Centre on 01530 242240





The next opportunity to donate blood via the National Blood Service will be on Wednesday 3rd October and 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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