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 News August 2018

Family Trip to the Seaside



Early on Wednesday 25th July a coach load of excited villagers set out from Markfield heading for a day at the sea side at Llandudno in North Wales. What a great way to get away from the searing heat we are currently experiencing inland and enjoy the cooling sea breezes and a paddle in the sea. Apart from dodging the scavenging and dive bombing seagulls it was a wonderful day to stroll along the pier and the promenade and enjoy all the experiences of a traditional seaside resort. There is nothing better than fish and chips at the seaside plus all the other treats including candy floss, doughnuts or even a Welsh cream tea. Our next family trip to the seaside is on Wednesday 22nd August and is fully booked. Fingers crossed that, once again, we are lucky with the weather.


Caribbean Theme Night


On Friday 27th July the Centre echoed to the sound of Caribbean and other popular music played by our local and fabulous duo the Jay Brothers. As shown in the photograph people made a real effort to come along in Caribbean fancy dress and to enjoy singing along and dancing to music. Even us, the bar staff, wore our Bob Marley rasta hats though I struggled to see through the dark sunshades when trying to pull a pint. Once again it was a wonderful and enjoyable evening and many thanks to Angela Berry and her friends at the Congregational church for organising the evening and we all look forward to the next one.




Although the school summer holidays are rapidly coming to an end your children can still come along and enjoy the facilities at the Centre where you can come along and book our sports facilities for only 50p per hour. The only provision is that another room at the Centre is in use at the time and there is staff on duty. So, if you are bored come along and have a game of badminton, football or other sports. For further information please contact the Centre.



Also Matt Elliott Sports Development is continuing its football and sports coaching sessions for the remainder of the summer holidays as follows:

13th August to 17th August

20th August to 24th August


To book you place please contact M.E Sports on 07584 568937


Mayflower Club’s Update


I have got many items to update you on over the past couple of months but I will have to keep it short and sweet. Two members of our club celebrated land mark birthdays with family parties at the Centre as follows:


On the 9th June Rona Church Jones belatedly celebrated her 80th Birthday. Rona’s original birthday party was postponed in January because of the severe bad winter weather which meant that people from other parts of the country could not attend. Even the Centre had to close because of frozen pipes and heavy snow and ice. How a few months change things as we are now in the grip of extreme heat. Rona was born in Southport before moving to Kidderminster becoming a district nurse in the Birmingham area. Present at the party was her son Stephen and her three grand children. Her brother Brian had travelled from the Isla of Wight and her sister Monica from Leeds. I am told that Rona had a bit of a wicked streak when she was a child as she used to annoy her sister Monica by hiding all her dolls house furniture around the house.


On the 30th June villager Christine Willett (nee Fowkes) celebrated her 70th Birthday with a party attended by her family and friends. Chris hails from the Bardon and Shaw Lane areas of Markfield and was an over-locker in the hosiery trade. She moved into the main part of Markfield shortly after the death of her husband Norman. Chris has three sons, eight grand children and one great grand-child all of whom, apart from one, attended the party. Chris loves to do a whole host of things but at the Mayflower Club she truly gets stuck in and very competitive winning lots of prizes that usually head their way to her grandson Jack. Typical of Chris is the Pirate fancy Dress that she made especially for the Caribbean Theme Night that can be seen in the previous photograph.


Both Rona and Chris celebrated their birthdays with music and dancing from the Jay Brothers. Happy birthday to you both from all at the Community Centre and the Mayflower Club.


Other Events:


On the 6th June Paul, a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes, came along and gave a very interesting talk on this voluntary organisation. Briefly, members of this group give up their time and use their motor cycles to ferry blood and organs between hospitals helping to save people’s lives.


On 13th June we held our very own Mayflower Football “World Cup” tournament that involved members playing various forms of indoor football including table and blow football. We also had a world cup teams and national flags quiz plus a World Cup sweepstake. The winning team was presented with our very own “World Cup”.

On the 11th July we celebrated the Wimbledon Fortnight with a strawberry and cream tea. The event included a hilarious Swing Ball competition which often seemed to get quite dangerous as players often managed to hit themselves rather than the ball. At the end of competition Chris Willett emerged as the Ladies Champion and Alan Toone as the Men’s Champion.


Below are some of our forthcoming events:


29th August End of Summer Caribbean BBQ

19th September King Richard 111 Visitors Centre

26th September Coping with Arthritis

3rd October Entertainment by Bill Brookman

17th October Entertaining talk on Masters of Mirth




We are planning an end World War One commemoration event on Wednesday 7th November. If you have any WW1 memorabilia, artifacts or photographs we could borrow for a small exhibition at the Centre during that week they would be most appreciated. There will be an open invitation for villagers to come along and join in with the event.


If you would like to come along and meet new friends or hear about things that affect you 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 Club on Monday afternoons. Both are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits.


Reminder of some of our Current Classes





REALife exercise sessions have started at the Centre that aimed at people of all ages and abilities who want to lose weight, get fit and improve their wellbeing. Sessions include personal training, group sessions, weight loss management, wellbeing and lifestyle coaching, made to order meal packages, real minds anxiety workshops, fully supporting team to help you achieve your goals. The sessions take place on Wednesday evenings 7pm to 8pm. For further information please contact Stacey on 07495 462932


Tai Chi Classes


Just a reminder that we have three Tai Chi classes being run at the centre by our qualified instructor Kumiko. The classes are run on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 8pm and Thursday mornings 9.50am to 10.50am and 11am to 12 midday. For more details and to arrange your free taster session please contact Kumiko on 07535 528216.





NEW at the Centre


Mum and Baby BOOT CAMP


New Mum and Baby Boot Camp sessions will start at the Centre on Monday 3rd September 11.30am to 12.15pm. All abilities and ages welcome. For further information please contact 07805 335728



The next opportunity to donate blood via the National Blood Service will be on Wednesday 3rd October and 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.




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