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Just to let you know that, by popular demand, we have booked coaches for our annual family trips to the seaside. On Wednesday 25th July we will be heading to Llandudno in North Wales and the cost is £16 per person. On Wednesday 22nd August our second trip is to good old Skeggy at a cost of only £13 per person. These trips are extremely popular and seats are quickly snapped up so, to avoid disappointment please book your places as numbers are strictly limited.


Mayflower Club’s Update


On the 10th January we started back after the Christmas holidays with a British TV Films quiz. It was a highly contested quiz with three people going forward to a final round knockout. Bev bailey emerged as the overall winner by astoundingly identifying the Z Cars theme in a matter of a second.


The 24th January was a fantastic day as we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Mayflower Club. Not unlike the day we first opened our doors in 2013 it was a wild and stormy day. The weather didn’t put anyone off as the as the Centre was “packed to rafters” with members and invited quests. Our quests included representatives of organizations that have supported us over the last five years including the Borough and County Councils, AGE UK, and Hinckley and Bosworth Voluntary Community Service.


After a quick review of what we have achieved over the years Councilor Mike Hall the Leader of the Borough Council opened the celebrations. Then the fun commenced with Borough Councilor Maureen Cook parading the steaming hot beastie (haggis) into the room on a silver platter. Our old friend Hugh McKay suitably attired in his McKay clan tartan addressed the “beastie” with the traditional Burns address before dispatching it with his dirk. After a customary toasting of the haggis with a fine single malt whiskey we all tucked into a Burns Supper. The supper included haggis, Scottish savoury mince, tatties and neeps plus sausages for those who were not brave enough to sample the haggis. The main meal was followed by Scottish short bread washed down with Iron Bru. AGE UK kindly provided a quiz on Scotland with a prize of a box of short bread.

Then the fun celebrations really began. Every person present was given a musical instrument of some description to bang, blow or rattle to form an impromptu “band”. Then to cheers and raucous applause in strode our very own “band leader” Carol “Mini the Minx” MacBerridge dressed in her Moffett clan tartan. Everyone joined in as Carol led us through a Scottish sing along. Instruments were playing, tables were banging as we sang old favourites such as “Donald Where’s Yer Troosers”, “I belong to Glasgow”, “The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen”, “Scotland the Brave” before we all collapsed with exhaustion and laughter. Of course we concluded by holding hands and singing the traditional Auld Lang Syne. Like many others I had tears of laughter running down my cheeks. It was great fun enjoyed by all and we are looking forward to our tenth anniversary.



 Photographs of Fifth Anniversary Celebrations


The Mayflower Friendship Club meets on Monday afternoons and the Mayflower Club on Wednesday afternoons at the Centre. Both are from 2p to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. Come along, you will be most welcome.


Below are some of the events we have got planned for the coming months:


14th February Cupid’s Arrow/ Chinese New Year

21st February A Day at the Races

28th February St. David’s Feast and Quiz

7th March Down the Garden Path Tales of the Privy

14th March Pancake Day and Race

21st March St. Patrick Feast

28th March Easter Bonnet and Egg Hunt

11th April Woodland Trus18th April

18th April St.George’s “Pub Quiz and Grub”

25th April Macmillan Cancer Support (TBC)



Also look out for our Royal wedding celebrations in May.




Sadly and barring a miracle, our new Good Times Together Club for people living with dementia or memory loss and their carers has failed miserably and, due to lack of support we will not carry on with it. No one has turned up to any sessions and we have had no agency referrals . It is very disappointing but there seems to be no need or desire for such a facility in the village.





Do you fancy a game of badminton or perhaps bring your kids along and have a game in the school holidays or at other times? We have some slots free from Mondays to Fridays where for just £7 per hour you can hire our badminton court. We can provide the nets and a fully marked court and we do have a limited supply of rackets and shuttle cocks if you do not have your own. The offer is subject to availability but contact the Centre if you are interested.






Here is a chance for you to get yourself motivated for 2018 with lessons from the T.A.G.B martial arts organisation. Classes are now available at the Centre from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday evenings. Come along and have a free lesson to experience the fun and fitness you get from this great martial art. For further information please contact Tony on 07902 800451 or Dave on 07762 734526




This class is especially for adults of mixed ability and includes ballet fusion. It is being held on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. For further information please contact Keely-Anna on 07500 554736




This is a new class for pre-school children where they can have fun whilst you relax. For further information please contact Keely-Anna on 07500 554736




YOGA is not a religion it is the science of positive physical and mental health. Yoga4me classes are designed to be accessible to all levels, all bodies and abilities. Variations will suit every student. It is a dynamic and flowing way to free your mind and body, u[plift your spirit and build your muscle strength and flexibility. Classes are now being held at the Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11am. For further information please contact Jelena on 07901 333939 or at www.yoga4me.co.uk




ME Sports will be holding soccer schools during holiday periods as follows:

12th to 19th February

26th March to 29th March

3rd April to 6th April

29th May to 1st June

AND throughout August




The next opportunity to donate blood via the National Blood Service will be on FRIDAY 9th March so, come along and “Do something amazing” by donating




You cannot have failed to notice the signs erected by the Parish Council around the Community Centre playing fields. The signs have been up now for some considerable time and states that “All dogs should be kept on a lead and under control whilst being exercised on the playing fields”. But this is being ignored to the point that recently TWO innocent people have been attacked and bitten by uncontrolled dogs at the site. This is surely not acceptable on a public park or indeed anywhere. I cannot blame the dogs as within a blink of an eye they will revert to their natural instincts and can quickly snap if not controlled. The blame must be leveled at their owners. How can they purport to love their pets if they risk not only a fine for themselves but prosecution, impounding of their pet and at worst having their dog put down. There are plenty of wonderful public walks on our doorstep where people can exercise their dogs even off lead without endangering other people, other dogs and other animals. We do not want another summer of dog attacks and dog fouling on the playing fields. The playing fields are for everyone to enjoy not just the few irresponsible dog owners.




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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