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Latest News January 2018


New Year’s Resolution


I bet, unlike me, many of you have made a New Year’s to lose some weight, get fitter or just get out and about more. Well, the Centre has a whole range of activities that will suit your age and ability. To find out more either go on our website, collect a brochure or give us a call. I am sure that we have something to meet your needs.

Parents and Toddlers Christmas Party


On Thursday 21st December our Parents and toddlers group held a Christmas party for all the kids, parents and grand parents. Organised by Donna and her friends I understand that they had a really good fun time. If you would like to join our group just pop down to the Centre with your Child on Thursday mornings 9am to 11.30m.


Mayflower Club’s Update


Apart from having to abandon one session due to snow and treacherously icy road conditions members of the Mayflower Club enjoyed our now traditional events leading up to Christmas.


On the 13th December having been out and about in the freezing cold gathering holly, ivy and other winter foliage members spent an afternoon making Christmas table decorations complete with candles, ribbons, baubles and artificial snow. The results were truly creative and wonderful.

Dave from M.E.Sports and villager Steve Weston were commandeered to judge the decorations and after long deliberation declared Pat the winner.



On the 20th December the hall was packed with members enjoying our annual Christmas party. The party included Christmas crackers, party hats and a wonderful buffet of party food plus trifle, meringues, puddings and other treats. Then there was a tinkling of bells and Father Christmas himself appeared with a huge bag of secret Santa presents. This year we had a special treat as he was accompanied by his Chief Elf Bev who helped him dish out the presents. To much amusement members took it in turn to sit of Father Christmas’s knee (even the boys) and swear that they been good. It was hilarious. After Father Christmas bade his fond farewells and season’s greetings the Markfield Mayflower Magical Christmas Band formed up to lead the sometimes raucous singing of traditional children’s Christmas songs. The band was orchestrated by our enthusiastic Band Leader Carol “The Count” Berridge. At one point Carol got so enthusiastic she leapt onto a table to lead the finale of We Wish You a Merry Christmas with the band playing at full steam and members singing with gusto. Members said that it was the best ever Christmas party and I really don’t know how we will top it next year.


On the 24th January we will be commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Mayflower Project with a special celebration party that will include a Burns Supper, a Scottish sing along and a display of what we have achieved over the years. We have invited special guests and organizations who have supported the project helping it to become the success it has.

Planned Events

14th February Cupid’s Arrow

21st February A Day at the Races

28th February St. David’s Feast

7th March Down the Garden Path Tales of the Privy

14th March Pancake Day and Chinese New Year

21st March St. Patrick Feast

28th March Easter Bonnet and Egg Hunt


The Mayflower Club meets on Wednesday afternoons 2p to 4pm. It only costs £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. Come along, you will be most welcome.


Mayflower Friendship Club


Don’t forget that we also hold a Monday afternoon friendship club and, once again, you will be most welcome to come along and have a good old social with friends old and new. Sessions are from 2pm to 4pm and you will be sure of a warm welcome and it only costs £1.50p per session with light refreshments thrown in.





I am sad to say that our new Good Times Together Club for people living with dementia or memory loss and their carers is in serious danger of failing. We have held four sessions to date and absolutely no one has turned up. It is very disappointing as I am sure that there is a need in the village. If there is no take up for the project after the next few months I’m afraid that I will have to call it a day and return the funding that we managed to secure. However, if the project would benefit you and your loved ones and you would like to join us a cuppa, a chat, games, activities and sing songs in a safe, friendly, supportive and relaxing environment as well as getting out of the house, enjoying a social, having fun and good times together then please come along.




Friday 19th January

Friday 17th February

Friday 17th March


All sessions are from 10.30am to 12pm.The cost is only £1.50p per person and includes a “cuppa” and light refreshments All welcome just turn up on the day. You will also receive a free “fiddle muff” kindly knitted by members of the Markfield Women’s Institute Knitting group.




The National Blood Service has asked us to pass on their thanks to residents who have donated blood over the year and indeed previous years. They always get a “good crop” of blood from Markfield. The next session will be on WEDNESDAY 31st January 2018 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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