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Summer Play Scheme for Parents, Toddlers and Older Children

Supported by the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Summer Play Scheme fund we held four fun days for children over the school summer holidays. Kids enjoyed football and mixed sports sessions provided by coaches from Matt Elliott Sports Development. The younger children got involved in drawing and colouring as well as playtime whilst parents and even grandparents had a more relaxing time having a natter and a cuppa. During the final session children were awarded certificates and had a special end of summer fancy dress tea party. From all accounts the sessions were very well received and helped to break up the long holiday weeks. Many thanks to Donna and Carol and members of the Parents and Toddlers Group for putting on the events.


Mayflower Good Times Together Club

I am pleased to announce that we have received enough funding to start a new club for people suffering from any form of dementia and those who care for them. This is a project that we feel passionately about as it is much needed facility in the village.


  • Meet others in similar situations and share experiences and coping ideas

  • Feel welcome and not alone and excluded

  • Get information on help and support available for those with dementia and their carers

  • Can have guest speakers and information sessions that will help them to cope

  • BUT ABOVE ALL to get out of the house and enjoy social activities and have fun together

    The first session will take place on Friday 22nd September and then every THIRD Friday in the month from 10.30am to 12pm. The cost is only £1.50p per person and we welcome anyone with any form of dementia, those experiencing the onset of dementia in its various forms and of course those people who care for them. All you need to do is turn up on the day.

    Family outing to Skegness

    On Wednesday 23rd August we embarked on our second summer family trip to the seaside. This time we headed to the East Coast Early to our ever popular destination “Skeggy”. I really don’t know how we manage it but once again we were very lucky with the weather as the previous days had been wet, cold and miserable. We set off in bright sunshine and, although it did cloud over rather ominously at one point, the sun broke through and gave us a wonderful warm afternoon. Even Skeggy’s notorious “bracing” sea breeze had vanished enabling the kids to spend time on the beach building sand castles and dipping their toes into the sea. The kids had their customary donkey rides, a visit to the pier and of course the fun fair. Others spent their time strolling around Skeggy doing what you do at the seaside. Some of our more intrepid travelers even undertook a three mile walk outside Skeggy enjoying the sights – no wonder they all came back with sore feet. I delighted in a plate of award winning fish and chips and a couple of hot doughnuts – why do they always taste so good at the seaside? After a wonderful day we headed back to Markfield tired but happy with requests ringing in our ears for more trips to the seaside next year.  



For those who have been into the Centre recently you cannot have failed to notice the refurbishments that have taken place over the past few months. The kitchen has been totally refurbished, the passageway floors have been replaced and we also now have a smart reception area. All internal lighting has been replaced with energy saving lED lights and solar panels have been erected to reduce energy bills. It’s all part of continued improvements intended to improve facilities for all our customers. We really appreciate the support of the Parish Council in getting these works completed especially Tony Lockley and Barrie Gannon for all their hard work in securing funding. I must also thank Greg, Josh and Amanda who, voluntarily, picked up paint brushes to re-decorate the refurbished areas making them look smart and bright.


Once again we have had a very busy and enjoyable time at the Mayflower Club enjoying bingo, beetle drives and a talk on aromatherapy candles. Whilst we were away at Skeggy those members who did not go enjoyed another trip and afternoon tea at Sunnyside nurseries.

The below is what is being planned for the coming months:

20th September Villager Pat is coming along to do a Ukulele sing along

27th September Talk by the Community Responders

4th October “Day at the Races”

11th October Annual “Conkers Championship”

18th October Board Games

25th October Halloween Party and Ghost Stories

1st November Build Your Very Own GUY

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

I am really please that membership of the Monday afternoon Friendship Club is steadily growing and growing. Recently villager Carol Hill came along to one of the afternoons and gave a talk on VISTA and the impact of the various forms of sight loss. The Friendship club is a social activity where you can meet up with friends old and new, have a game of dominoes or cards, a natter and a “cuppa”. The club 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


Members of all the Mayflower Clubs really enjoy playing board games. Unfortunately the games that we have were previously used by our old youth clubs. They are now rather old and tatty with many pieces missing. Perhaps you have got some unused board games cluttering your home that you would like to get rid of for a worthwhile cause. We are looking for things like dominoes, snakes and ladders, ludo, chess, crib boards and any indoor games. We just ask that they are complete, in good condition and adult size. If you have any just pop them down to the centre or we can collect. They will be much appreciated.



Adult Walking Football

After a summer break Matt Elliott Sports Development have restarted Adult Walking Football sessions. The sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am and Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The sessions are aimed at men and women over the age of 50, those coming back from injury or those with lack of mobility for whatever reason. Walking Football helps to keep an active lifestyle, keep fit and burn off the calories. For further information please contact Richard on 07584 568937 or info@mesports.co.uk.


New FABS classes start from the 19th September each Tuesday evening from 5pm to 6pm. FABS means:





The classes are aimed at people over 60 years who have mobility problems. It involves low impact easy movement either standing or sitting that helps to improve strength, balance and flexibility. If you are struggling with walking or standing from a sitting position these classes will help you. For further information please contact Sarah Gault on 07766 105417 or simply turn up on the day.

Mum’s and Toddlers Exercise Classes

New classes specifically aimed at Mums and toddlers are now taking place at the centre as follows:

New Mums Postnatal exercise classes Wednesday mornings form 9.45am to 11am

Mums and Toddlers exercise classes Wednesday mornings 11am to 12.15pm

During classes little ones can play with a range of toys and activities whilst mums workout.

Please book your place online at www.mumandmia.uk


Matt Elliott Sports Development

16th October to 18th October Half Term Football Coaching Sessions

21st December to 22nd December “Drop and Shop”

To book your place please contact Richard Hill on 07584 568937


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 sessions will be on Wednesday the 27th September and Wednesday 3rd November when you can “Do something amazing” and donate blood:


After several summers of being blighted by anti social and nuisance behavior at the Centre and surrounding area it has been a pleasure to see our young people and children enjoying the facilities and outside areas without causing a nuisance or dumping rubbish all over the place. Well done to you all.

The only fly in the ointment has been the use of motorised scooters and segways around the Centre, on the skate-park, car park and playing fields. Apart from the fact that they can injure both the people using them and others they are legally classed as motor vehicles and require similar documentation as would a car or motor cycle. The only place that these vehicles could be used is on private property with the land owner’s permission. Parents allowing children to use these vehicles other than private property could be liable for permitting such illegal use.

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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