LATEST NEWS SEPTEMBER 2019
Markfield Good Neighbour Scheme
Just a reminder that there will be an information evening concerning the setting up of a Markfield Good Neighbour Befriending Scheme for people who are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping others in need. The meeting will take place at the Community Centre from 5.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday 18th September. You will be most welcome to come along and see how you can support others and make a difference
Annual Trip to “Skeggy”.
Early on Wednesday the 21st August we have a coach load of villagers of all age ranges set out for the east coast. Once again the weather was perfect as it was dry and warm for the whole day. We enjoyed a walk around the promenade, pier and other sea side local attractions including donkey rides, playing on the beach, fairground rides and of course savouring the delights of fish and chips, candy floss and cream teas. There were no major hic cups except that I managed to get soaked on the water flume. People really enjoyed the day out so much so that we have already been asked to book another trip next summer
On Saturday 31st August the Centre was packed with family and friends of villagers Laura Gilbert and Peter Wardle who were celebrating their engagement. Laura and Peter have “been going out” together for FIVE years when Laura decided to take matters into her own hands. She “lured” Peter to Swithland Woods which was carpeted with blue bells. She presented him with a box that contained a special surprise. Similar to the cryptext code in the Da Vinci Code, Peter had to work out the code to open the box. He eventually worked out the code which was “I love you” and opened the box. Inside was the engagement ring and of course Peter said “YES”. How romantic was that. The couple have not set the wedding date yet but I bet it will be as unusual and romantic as the proposal. Many congratulations to you both from all at the Community Centre.
SNAP DRAGON Parents and Toddlers Summer Play Sessions
Once again the summer play sessions were an enormous success. This year we managed to put on a session for each of the six weeks of the school holidays. The children aged from toddlers to 12 years old enjoyed games, play, arts and crafts as well as football and indoor games sessions. The last session included a party for the kids which they and their parents/guardians really enjoyed. Many thanks to Donna and all the volunteers who helped make it a wonderful event for the children. Don’t forget that if you and your toddlers would like to come along to the weekly sessions that are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Just turn up on the day and have a great time.
MAYFLOWER CLUB UPDATE
Whilst other members of the Mayflower Club were away at Skegness on the 21st August Carol Kemp organized a special tea party for those who did not go on the trip. The event also marked the 91st Birthday Pat who is one of our long term regular members. From all accounts they had a marvelous time with a quiz, raffle and cream tea thrown in. Happy 91st Birthday Pat from us all.
Talking about nonagenarians, our oldest member Joyce really showed up the “youngsters” during our end of Summer Caribbean BBQ. Wearing her RASTA hat and dark glasses she romped home in our fun “knock down the tins” skittles match and won a coconut for her efforts. To the sounds of calypso and steel drum music members enjoyed a feast of BBQ chicken, beef burgers, sausages, rice, spicy potatoes followed by Jamaica Ginger Cake and sliced peaches and cream. It was all washed down with my “special” Caribbean punch with secret tropical ingredients!!
On the 7th August we had our very popular fun with antiques session. Four teams had to guess the value of a whole range of antique items ranging from a top hat to a candle snuffer. It was good fun and you could tell who had been watching the Antiques Road Show. The “Boys and Girls” team came out on top with some extremely good valuations.
On the 14th August members were treated to a special visit by volunteers and members of the Markfield Queen Bee Youth Project. The girls and boys served members with a cream and strawberry tea. We all agreed that they did a splendid job and were very polite and a credit to the village. In return our members sat down with the girls and showed them how to play dominoes, ludo, cards and other board games. Our members were so delighted that they have invited the girls to a good old fashioned “conkers” competition during the half term holidays in October. By the way, many congratulations to the Queen Bees for winning the Hinckley and Bosworth Making a Difference Award 2019 for the young volunteer category – you truly deserve it.
We have got many more exciting events coming up during the Autumn so, if you want to join in please just turn up on Monday or Thursday afternoons 2pm to 4pm.
Older People’s Day
On the 1st October to mark the United Nations International Day of Older Persons a special event will take place at the Community centre. The event starts at 10am and concludes at 4pm. It includes:
10am Doors Open
A Harvest Food and Toddler Craft Workshop with soup and rolls
A drop in session on Hinckley and Bosworth Food Bank and Crisis Charities
Produce and Flower Arranging
This session MUST be booked by contacting Jean Collins on 07852 180846 and includes
4 Fun Charity “Horse Races”
Come along and have a fun day out.
A511 Information Day
On the 4th October the Leicestershire County Council’s Highways Department will be holding a Public Information Day on their planned A511 improvements scheme. This is your chance to view the planned improvements and put forward your thoughts and ideas. The event will take place from 2.30pm to 8pm and all interested parties are welcome.
NEW AT THE CENTRE
80’s KEEP FIT
This new activity for our older villagers starts on Monday 23rd September from 7pm to 8pm and involves light exercise and body strengthening.
Tai Chi Taster Evenings
Tai Chi at the Centre is so popular that an additional session is starting from 8pm to 9pm on Tuesday evenings. This offers a four week taster course perfect for absolute beginners. The course is run by a qualified instructor. Booking is essential and can be made by contacting Kumiko on 07535 528216.
By popular request we have arranged new football coaching sessions as follows:
Girls Football Coaching Monday Evenings 5pm to 6pm
Boys Football Coaching Wednesdays 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Mini’s aged 2 to 4 years Fridays 2pm to 2.45pm
Boys Football Coaching Saturdays 9am to 11am
Half Term Holiday
In addition to the above there will be football coaching from 14th to 18th October inclusive
For further information and booking please contact JB Futsal on 07455 023366 or 07957 173313 or on line at JB-Futsal@outlook.com
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
OLDER VOICES DAY
Just to let you know that the Borough’s Older Voices Day will be held for the very first time in Markfield on Monday 1st October 2pm to 4pm. Further information on programme for the day will be published nearer the time.
CHARITY FAMILY DISCO
Dianne Dowell is organizing a special family disco to raise funds for the Air Ambulance and Wishes for Kids. It will take place at the Centre during the evening of Saturday 9th November. Tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 for children. To book your tickets please contact Dianne on 07748 915829
The next Jay Brothers Concert will take place on Saturday 7th December. This will be a Christmas songs concert.
NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE
National Blood Service have arranged further sessions at the Centre for the following dates. 16th October and 13th December. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit our website www.markfield communitycentre.com to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.