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Summer Play Scheme for Parents, Toddlers and Older Children


As mentioned in last month’s edition of the Herald we have now finalized four play scheme sessions over the school summer holidays where parents and guardians can bring along their children and enjoy some fun and activities. The sessions will be on Thursday mornings from 9am to 11.30am on the following dates:

27th July

3rd August

10th August

17th August


Matt Elliott Sports Development will be providing coaches to entertain boys and girls with football and mixed sports sessions. Other entertainment is also being planned. So, whilst the toddlers are playing and parents are socializing the older children aged six to eleven years can also come along and enjoy the sessions. We also hope to have some dance demonstrations and conclude with an end of summer party and awards presentation. All children aged up to 11 years are most welcome provided that they have parental consent if not attending with a parent or guardian. It will only cost £1 per person per session and it will be a great opportunity for families to have fun together.

Dementia Club


As people are living longer this sadly this brings with it increasing problem of more and more people suffering from dementia in all its various forms. The stark fact is that this will be an ever growing burden on care funding, families, friends and carers. Social Care seems to be one of the buzz words for all political parties at the moment but what does that mean for us all? Although we have had several events at the Centre around coping with dementia and have tried our best to make the Centre Dementia friendly there is a gap in what we currently provide to help and support our residents. So, we are now planning to seek funding and support to start special sessions around dementia at the Centre in the very near future. Briefly the plan is to provide a “club” where carers or family members can come along with people suffering from dementia. At these sessions they can meet up with people in similar situations, have a chat, get information on what support and help they can receive and have a bit of a break from the norm. If you feel that you can help support this new venture in any way please get in touch.


Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting of Markfield Community Association took place on Thursday 25th May. At the meeting the Association elected new members of its management committee however we still need to fill the post of the secretary. Surely there is someone out there who could help us out. It is not an onerous task and the post holder will receive a small annual honorarium. If you can assist please get in touch with us at the Centre. As well as a secretary we are always looking for “new blood” with fresh ideas to join us on the committee. If you are interested in becoming the secretary or a committee member please get in touch. You will be most welcome. May I take this opportunity to thank villager Peter Thorpe for being a committee member over several years. Unfortunately he has had to relinquish his post due to other voluntary commitments.


Mary Smart 70th Birthday Party


On Saturday 13th May villager Mary Smart celebrated her BIG Seven O birthday with a party at the Centre. Mary was born and bred in Leicester where she was a lockstitcher at Corah’s hosiery factory. She met her husband Brian at Groby Club before moving to Markfield. They have two sons and a daughter and she recently went over to Australia to visit one of her sons having a wonderful time. Mary loves socializing with friends and is a regular at the Mayflower Club but above all she loves a game of Bingo. Mary had a great party with singing and dancing to the fabulous Jay Brothers. Apart from family and friends Mary’s mum Margaret managed to make a wonderful guest appearance. Happy birthday Mary from all at the centre and we look forward to your eightieth.


Russell Easingwood 30th Birthday


On Saturday 27th May Russell celebrated his 30th Birthday. This was supposed to have been a surprise party organized by his wife Katie BUT the cat was let out of the bag by one of his three sons – typical of kids isn’t it. Some of you will remember Russell as part of the popular CHAOS Disco group who did many a celebration events and children’s parties at the Centre several years. We will always remember Russell along with his brother Luke and friend Chris coming along to the Centre as young “whippersnappers” begging to do discos with equipment gathered together with Dad Graham. They soon learned the ropes and included dance routines such as old favorites the Music Man, Agadoo and even the classic Birdie Song. Apart from family, friends and work colleagues Russell’s grand mum Hilda, who still lives in the village, came along to join in the celebrations and make sure he behaved himself! Happy birthday Russell from all at the Centre it is great having seen you grow up from a little disco diva to a husband and a Dad with kids of your own.





Here’s a brief outline of what the club has been up to over the last few weeks.



On the 10th May Hollie from AGE UK’s Last Orders Project came along to give a very informative talk on the dangers of alcohol, not that our members have an alcohol dependency problem. The talk ranged from information about recommended alcohol consumption levels to the effects of alcohol on the body. Although it was done in a light hearted away there were serious messages to be learnt. The photograph shows Mary Smart trying out the “beer goggles” and experiencing the effects of alcohol on vision and balance. Perhaps she was practicing for her 70th Birthday party even though she only occasionally enjoys a glass of Baileys.

On the 17th May and as part of the National Mental Health Week we put on a Dementia friendly film show in partnership with Lindsay Orton of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. We saw two black and white films from the BBC archives that brought back a lot of fond memories that caused a lot laughter and chatter. The first was from 1952 and was all about a works trip to London by staff from a Shoe Factory in Leicester. The second was a documentary film made in the 1950’s all about children playing outdoors and the games they used to play. Both were wonderful films of an age that for better or worse has long gone.


On the 24th May Kevin Barfield, a member of the George Formby Society, came along armed with his banjo and ukulele to entertain us with a talk on the rags to riches life of George Formby. The talk included recordings of the man himself talking about his life and singing some of his most famous songs. Kevin also gave us some toe tapping renditions of a couple of George’s most famous songs including war time favourite “Mr.Woo” and “With his little ukulele in his hand” which, hard to believe these days, had been banned by the BBC as being too risqué.



So, if you would like to join in just turn up at the Centre on Wednesday afternoons 2p to 4pm. It only costs £1 per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. You don’t even have to live in the village as members from other villages are also most welcome.


Mayflower Friendship Club


For those who may be just interested in coming along for a social, meet up with old and new friends and have a game of dominoes or cards then the Friendship club is the place for you. It meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. It only costs £1 per session with a “cuppa” and biscuits thrown in. Just pop in and you will be most welcome



Often in past editions of the Herald I have ranted about the bad behavior of a few young people who have been responsible for anti social and nuisance behavior both around the Centre and other parts of the village. But for once one young person has shown us that the majority of young people are responsible and know the difference between right and wrong. Recently a young person came running into the Centre to let the staff know that a group of mindless young people had set fire to one of the safety mats in the children’s play area. This young person’s actions prevented serious damage or injury to others and indeed the closure of a piece of children’s play equipment. Such equipment is very expensive to replace and has cost the Parish Council and yourselves through the Council Tax to install for the pleasure of children. The Police have been visiting parents and the young people involved to ensure that they know that this sort of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. As for the young person who reported the incident, we are so impressed by the quick action we have given that person a £10 voucher as a reward and a big thank you.



Creative Play


New sessions of creative play for children aged 0 – 5 years are now taking place at the Centre on Friday mornings. For more details please contact the Centre.




Matt Elliott School Holidays Soccer Schools


In addition to its normal sessions ME Sports Development will be holding a Summer Soccer School from the 31st July to the 2nd August as well as on the 18th August. To book your place please contact Richard Hill on 07584 568937


Friday 21st July The Fabulous Jay Brothers Charity Concert

Wednesday 26th July Family trip to llandudno

Wednesday 23rd August Family trip to Skegness




The National Blood Service is so pleased about the amount of blood donations it is receiving from our residents it has increased the number of dates that they will attend the Centre next year. The next session will be on Wednesday the 3rd November when you can “Do something amazing” and donate 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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