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Jeff Kelb’s 80th Birthday Party


On Saturday 15th September Jeff Kelb celebrated his 80th Birthday with a family and friends party.

Jeff has lived in Markfield for most of his life. He completed his National Service in the Army and for a time was stationed in Germany. When he left the army he worked in haulage, as a miner then as a gardener for local hospitals. He still enjoys gardening especially growing his own fruit and vegetables. Jeff has kept active throughout his life and as well as gardening, he did a biathlon in the Army, played football and cricket and was a grounds man for 30 years. He has been married to Pauline for 53 years and they have a daughter Alison and a son Alan who helped prepare the party. Happy 80th birthday Jeff from all at the Community Centre.


Cynthia celebrates her Retirement

 During the evening of Saturday 29th September villager Cynthia Parker celebrated her retirement after 50 years working as a nurse for the NHS. Cynthia was born and raised in the town of Cambridge near to Montego Bay in Jamaica. At the age of 14 years she moved to England with her mother and family. When she was 17 years old she became a Nurse Cadet at Leeds before taking up her first nursing post in the Hastings area. In 1976 she moved to Leicester where she became a nurse at the General Hospital living in nurse’s accommodation on the site. She did a spell of nursing at the Nuffield Hospital before ending up at the Glenfield Hospital. She met her husband Mick at the old Fusion Nightclub in Leicester and will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary next year. Cynthia only had a break from nursing following the birth of her son James but soon went back to nursing. It was quite evident from speeches from her colleagues and patients on Ward 16 at the Glenfield Hospital that Cynthia was a well loved and trusted nurse who befriended people with her “bubbly” nature, friendliness and willingness to help and support others. But, she never held back and always “said it as it was”. Cynthia clearly enjoyed her time on Ward 16 and recounted both sad and happy stories whilst working on the ward where she also met and worked with many fantastic staff and patients. Cynthia will be sorely missed by all at Glenfield Hospital and we wish her and Mick a very happy and “peaceful” retirement – you deserve it.



Mayflower Club’s Update


On the 19th September, despite the ravages of Storm Ali, our resolute members combated the winds and rain to have a laugh doing a quiz on old television adverts and jingles. It brought back memories of many favourites including the Ovaltinies, Smash, Hovis, Levi Jeans and many other adverts. Do you know what the very first product was advertised on ITV at 8.12pm on the 22nd September 1955 in black and white? The answer appears at the end of this article.



On the 26th September Amanda from AGE UK came along to give us a very informative talk on Arthritis. Arthritis affects millions of people around the world and can have a hugely negative impact on those with the condition. Amanda gave us information on the types of Arthritis, its symptoms, the causes, how it diagnosed and how it can be treated. She also explained how you can help yourself through rest, exercise, healthy eating, managing stress and complementary medicine.


Our wine making is progressing well with our runner bean and mixed fruit jars bubbling away. By popular request from members we are hoping to set up a separate wine making club possibly starting in November. If any of you have demi-johns or other wine making equipment gathering dust or cobwebs in your garage please let us have them. Many thanks to one of our residents who brought in his now unused kit it is much appreciated.



Below are some of our forthcoming events:



10th October Mayflower Conkers Championship

17th October Masters of Mirth

24th October Autumn “Day at the Races”

31st October Halloween Party Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire Show

7th November WW1 Commemoration

14th November Social/Bingo

21st November The Old Mother Riley Show

28th November Origins of Sayings

5th December Christmas Water Colour Painting

12th December Christmas Decorations making

19th December Christmas Party



If you would like to come along and meet new friends or hear about things that affect your wellbeing or simply have a laugh don’t be shy just turn up on the day and join in. The Mayflower Club meets on Wednesday afternoons and our Mayflower Friendship Clubs on Monday afternoons. Both are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits.



Don’t forget that the village is planning a WW1 celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the war. At the Centre we are planning an end World War One commemoration event on Wednesday 7th November. We already have a small collection of trench art and replica items and are planning to include a display of WW1 posters and even sample a typical “soldiers” meal from that period in time. The event will be an open invitation for any interested villager to come along and join in with the event.


If you have any WW1 memorabilia, artifacts or photographs that we could borrow for a small exhibition at the Centre during the two weeks before and after the 11th November please let us know. If you have any they would be most appreciated and kept safe for you. We can also collect if you wish.




Matt Elliot Sports Development will be providing football and sports coaching during the school half term break as follows:


15th October to 19th October 9.30am to 3pm. To book your place contact 07584 568937




Classes, Clubs and Activities at the Community Centre


Here at the Community Centre we host over 60 clubs and classes held at the Community Centre every week. They include a whole range of activities for all ages and abilities so, if you want to find something of interest to you please look on our website or pop into the Centre and look at our posters or get information from our members of staff.


If you would like to start your own club or you feel that there is a need for an activity not covered by us we can give you help and assistance to set one up.


Below are just a flavor of what we provide at the Community Centre. There are many more:



Tot’s Play Classes, Adult Boot Camp, Aroma Therapy, Yoga, Kung Fu, Art Classes,

Keely-Anna’s Saturday Dance Studios, Mini Bikers, Tai Chi, Parents and Toddlers Groups, Mayflower Club plus other keep fit groups, martial arts, sports facilities and much more.






The next opportunity to donate blood via the National Blood Service will be on Friday 28th December. So please come along 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 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. With regret Markfield Community and Sports Centre does not accept any bookings for 18th Birthday Parties











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