LATEST NEWS SEPTEMBER 2021
THE CENTRE’S RE-OPENING
We are pleased to say that the Centre is nearly back to normal with many of our popular clubs and classes having returned or are about to. But we are remaining cautious and, as I write this article, we have seen cases of infection rising to 40,000 with an average of 112 daily deaths in a week. No one is safe even those who have been double vaccinated. This nasty virus is not going away any time soon. To continue to protect our staff, volunteers and Centre users we ask you to please be careful, wear a face mask on entering the building and in our designated FACE MASK ZONES where there is the greatest risk of passing on infection. We would also ask you to sanitise your hands on entry.
PARENTS AND TODDLER’S SESSIONS
The Parent’s and Toddlers sessions have been closed since March 2020 and have been sorely missed. The good news is that the sessions will resume this month. Sessions will resume on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. This will allow parents/guardians time to collect other siblings from school. It only costs £1.50p per child per session and refreshments are available for purchase. This is a chance for parents and carers to meet up with old and new fiends, have a natter and watch their children play with all our kiddy toys. For further information contact the Centre or just turn up on the day.
NEW AT THE CENTRE
The Centre’s programme of activities contains a host of activities for you to enjoy including, Arts, Dance Classes, Fitness sessions, Football and other sports Coaching, New Age Kurling and much more. These can be seen on our website or you can get a programme of activities from the Centre or give us a call.
In addition, we have two new sessions as follows:
SW Performance Football Coaching at various times on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For further information please contact 07443 939559
Strictly Fun Fit Steps (Keep Fit) on Tuesday evenings from 6.10pm to 6.50pm and Thursday and Friday mornings from 9.30am to 10.15am for further information please contact 07912 215082
CASH FOR GOLD
Despite retaining some COVID restrictions, August has been a busy and enjoyable month for club members.
Jennifer Kiaakye the Rehabilitation Officer for the charity VISTA gave us a talk on the problems caused by loss of sight especially for the elderly. The talk gave us information on common causes of sight loss and how the Charity can provide support and advice to help people overcomer problems caused by sight loss.
Jenny and Esther from the County Council showed us their current project aimed at capturing and recording memories from days gone by. The session was an audio and picture presentation on past memories of sounds from the kitchen. Members were soon laughing and chatting about their memories such as mother doing the weekly wash, the old kettle on the stove and its whistle when it was boiled, the sound of bacon sizzling in the pan and many more memories.
We even managed to pull in a Caribbean BBQ with members enjoying jerk chicken, rice and peas, sweet potato mash, tropical fruit salad and Jamaica Ginger cake. Members sampled my “special” Caribbean Punch with the sound of Caribbean Steel Drum music playing away in the back ground. Instead of limbo dancing we had a more sedate quiz on the Caribbean with the winners sharing a bar of Old Jamaica Rum and Raisin chocolate.
Due to emergency call outs the Fire and Rescue Service were unable to attend our session but they have promised to re-schedule in the coming months.
We are now planning the programme for the coming months and hope to include a “Day at the Races” the latest Scams, a visit by the Fire and Rescue Service and our local beat Police Officer, a quiz on sayings relating to Animals plus our annual Conkers Competition and Halloween Party.
Members are continuing to enjoy trips out for lunch and even cash Bingo. Organised by Carole Kemp and Helen Fisher the club is holding regular raffles and “bring and buy sales” to help support their trips out.
If you would like to join in, please come along on Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. The cost is only £1.50p per session and you also get a cuppa and biscuits. Please remember to still bring your face mask and sanitise your hands when you come into the Centre.
If you have any unwanted or damaged gold or silver items that you want to turn into cash please bring it along to the Centre from 12md to 4pm on Saturday 2nd October. Your items will be honestly valued by an expert who will give you a fair price.
If you are at a loose end or want some company the Club also has sessions every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. At these sessions you can play dominoes, cards, and other indoor games and meet new friends over a cuppa. Again, it is only £1.50pm per session and you will be most welcome.
HAPPY 93rd BIRTHDAY PAT
We must take this opportunity to mention Pat Fossey who celebrated her 93rd Birthday in August. Pat has been a stalwart member of the Mayflower Club for many years. Pat is a truly lovely lady and really enjoys coming along to club sessions. She is always keen to join in our activities and try her hand at anything. The photograph shows Pat sitting on Father Christmas’s knee having a little smile and a giggle. Father Christmas sadly missed last year’s Mayflower Christmas party but has been in touch to say that, “fingers crossed” he will be back this year and is looking forward to seeing Pat and all the gang once again. I understand that Pat celebrated her birthday with a family meal. Happy birthday Pat from all at the Centre and the Mayflower Club.
MARKFIELD COVID 19 GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME
Please remember that the Markfield Good Neighbours Scheme is still here to help and support you if you need it. “IT’S STILL OKAY TO ASK” and if you need any help, support or advice just ring us on 07885 243033 and we will do our level best to help.
THE QUEEN’S PLATINUJM JUBILEE 2022
You may or may not be aware that the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, marking 70 years since her ascension to the throne. It will be the first time a British monarch reaches such an incredible milestone, so, to mark this special occasion we are starting to plan a Village Platinum Jubilee event at the Centre. It will be part of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend. Ideas mentioned include a Jubilee Children’s Party, an evening Family Disco and other celebrations. Perhaps we may even manage to get a fly past by the RAF Memorial Flight or a firework display. If you have any ideas, would like to join in or donate to the event in any way please let us know.
NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE
The National Blood Service really appreciate using the Community Centre for blood donation sessions so much so, they have provided a list of sessions for 2021 and 2022. The dates are shown below. You can book your blood donation appointment on line with the National Blood Service and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.
All sessions are from 11.30am to 9pm
Ron and Dawn Grantham