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The Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Community Council held its annual Rural Achievements Award Ceremony at Winstanley House, Leicester on the 10th October 2019.

There were six categories including Best Community Library, Community Engagement, Rural Services, Rural Business, Best Community Facility and Unsung Hero plus a special overall award. Entries were submitted from across the whole of Leicestershire and Rutland with the finalists in each category attending the awards ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by dignitaries and representatives from across the two counties including our own Deputy Mayor Cllr. Ted Hollick and Cllr. Martin Cartwright.

Markfield Community Association and Markfield Parish Council submitted a joint entry for the Best Community Facility category. This entry included improvements made to the Markfield Community and Sports Centre and a new Community Park that surrounds the Centre.

The improvements have taken place over the past couple of years and include:

Community Centre

The overall aim was to improve and modernise the Community Centre and to provide a welcoming and practical facility for the benefit of all centre users and the village. Improvements include a new Parish Council Office, a new Reception Area, a new reception office with WIFI and Tuck Shop, a completely refurbished and equipped kitchen, redecoration of the main bar area and new flooring and internal doors.

Energy and Environmental Improvements

The aim was to reduce energy use and to improve the environment both in and around the Community Centre. The improvements include replacement double glazed windows and doors, replacing light fittings with LED lighting, fitting Solar Panels, sound proofing of the new Multi Use Games Area, tree planting and landscaping.

Community Park

The Markfield Community Park new development that has turned an underused playing field that surround the Community Centre into an wonderful recreational community facility now used by people of all ages and abilities. It includes a walk way around the Centre that meanders through established trees and a memorial tree crescent. It includes pathways, picnic areas, benches, litter bins and landscaped “scrub” areas. A new patio area provides a safe area where people can just sit outside and relax. The patio area has also enabled us to develop a “blooms” project where children can enjoy planting and tending flower beds and hanging baskets with their parents and guardians.

Apart from continually maintaining and upgrading our existing skate park and children’s play area the Community Park now also includes a new outdoor multi sports area, a “kick about” court and even an outdoor gym where people can enjoy outdoor sports and recreation.

These are fantastic new facilities much appreciated by the residents of Markfield and surrounding rural areas. We are really proud of them and they must be the envy of other villages throughout the Borough and indeed the County. Come along and have a look.

This project could not have been achieved without the support members and former members of Markfield Parish Council, members of Markfield Community Association, Centre users and volunteers, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Bardon Quarry, Leaders Plus Grant and the SHIRES Grant. Our sincere thanks go to them all.

The Award accepted on behalf of Markfield Parish Council and Markfield Community Association by Dawn Grantham Centre Manager and her husband Ron Grantham a trustee of the Association.

Ron and Dawn Grantham receiving award on behalf of Markfield Parish Council and Markfield Community Association


“The recently refurbished community and sports centre is based within a comprehensively redeveloped community park. The combined facility provides fantastic



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