Apr-June 24 SLC Newsletter

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SHENLEY LEISURE CENTRE BURCHARD CRESCENT, SHENLEY CHURCH END, MILTON KEYNES MK5 6HF 01908 502488 ENQUIRIES@SHENLEYLEISURECENTRE.CO.UK WWW.SHENLEYLEISURE.ORG.UK WWW.BOOKINGS.SHENLEYLEISURE.ORG.UK Welcome to the April - June 2024 edition of Shenley Leisure Centre’s newsletter. Editorial from the Chairman, Chris Brown Updates from The General Manager, Chris Passfield Update on Sports Hall Reopening & Gymnasium Closure Fitness Class Timetable Online Booking Information Smith Machine Charlotte Briant, Personal Trainer Profile Pre-Workout Recipe Post Workout Recipe Clubs at Shenley Leisure Centre New Price Guide Equipment to Buy & Hire Sportsmens Rest Upcoming Entertainment Advertising/Contact Us Contents

“What the hell” as my foot tramples on some squishy creature below the water level and I yelp like a scolded kid, my sister-in-law laughs out loud! What on earth has happened, well in true “Steve Irwin” fashion I have stepped on a stingray below the waves on a popular beach in Sydney and I hurriedly remove myself from the waves. I do not think I will be going back in anytime soon. As you may have gathered, I am down-under visiting my family and friends and as Kylie once crooned “I should be so lucky” swimming outdoors anywhere in March! One advantage of being on the other side of the world is that I can keep up with everything happening at home because we are 11 hours ahead of the UK.


I am so happy at the news that Chris Passfield and his team have been able to open the Sports Hall again after 15 months of closure due to the dreaded RAAC situation. I am also heartened to hear from Chris that bookings for the Sports Hall are very encouraging and spaces are filling up fast. As you may know I run the Shenley Boasters squash club on a Thursday evening which fortunately was not affected by the “dodgy” roof, so I do understand that not having access to your favourite sports can be very frustrating. Therefore, I would like to say a big thank you to all our loyal customers and club organizers for their patience during this extended closure.

The Shenley Leisure Centre final phase of the roof repairs to the gymnasium continues and the hall will also have a completely new sprung floor and should be completed by May 2024. Another important project is ready to start immediately after the completion of works but for now please allow me to “keep my powder dry” and not divulge anything just yet. At the time of writing the budgets needs still to be discussed and ratified by the board at the March budget 2024-25 meeting, so keep watching this space for good news about the new facility. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to a man I did not have the good fortune to meet but understand he was the founding Father of both the Shenley and Woughton Leisure Centres. Mr Fernley Rose who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2024 was a fervent Northampton Saints and England rugby fan and loved all forms of sport and was involved in so many sporting initiatives in Milton Keynes. His funeral was attended by many people and our own Dave Hall read a tribute to his life. Our condolences go out to his family at this very sad time.

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We were delighted to welcome back Sports Hall bookings from 26th February. Here the Loughton Lodgers returned on Mon 4th March with the new roof given the seal of approval from Herman Fung, Level 3 Head Coach.

The gymnasium is currently being prepared for the new Polyurethane Pulastic synthetic flooring to be installed and soon we An example of a similar installation. will be communicating to bookings to provide an estimated return date.



New Smith Machine

A great addition to the fitness room

A versatile piece of equipment designed for weight training. Its hallmark feature is the fixed barbell, allowing vertical movement solely along a guided track. This apparatus offers a controlled environment for various exercises, particularly beneficial for beginners or those recovering from injuries.

The Smith machine's versatility is evident in its application across multiple muscle groups. It accommodates a spectrum of exercises, such as squats, bench presses, lunges, and shoulder presses. Its fixed path aids in stabilizing movements, supporting proper form and reducing the risk of injury while lifting heavier weights.

Its inclusion in a fitness routine depends on individual preferences, fitness levels, and specific training objectives.


Looking for a personal trainer? Charlotte

Hi! I’m Charlotte, a PT here at Shenley Leisure Centre.

My passion is to help people; to


Building confidence

Weight loss/ weight gain

Muscle gain


£30 per hour

A block of 4 sessions = £100

Energising, Pre-Workout Green Citrus Smoothie

Ingredients: Please check your individual dietary requirements

- 1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen)

- 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced

- 1/2 banana (frozen for a creamier texture)

- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks

- 1/2 orange, peeled and segmented

- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or plant-based yogurt for a vegan option)

- 1 tablespoon chia seeds

- 1 cup coconut water or water

- Ice cubes (optional)


1. Combine spinach, cucumber, banana, pineapple, orange, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds in a blender.

2. Add coconut water or water for the desired consistency.

3. Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. If you prefer a colder smoothie, add ice cubes and blend again.

5. Pour into a glass and enjoy this nutrient-packed, hydrating pre-workout smoothie!


- Spinach provides iron and vitamins for energy.

- Cucumber adds a refreshing element and hydrates.

- Banana offers natural sugars for a quick energy boost.

- Pineapple and orange contribute vitamin C and natural sweetness.

- Greek yogurt provides protein for muscle support.

- Chia seeds offer omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

This green citrus smoothie is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients to help fuel your body before a workout. Adjust the ingredients based on your preferences and dietary needs. Enjoy your pre-workout boost!

Post Workout Egg Free & Vegetarian Protein balls

Make tasty protein balls using oats, protein powder, flaxseed and cinnamon to enjoy post-exercise and replenish your protein stores. Ingredients; Please check your individual dietary requirements

150g porridge oats

50g protein powder of your choice (we used vanilla whey)

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

pinch of ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp maple syrup

150g nut butter of your choice (we used peanut)

4 tbsp plant milk

25g chocolate chips or raisins (optional)


Combine the oats, protein powder, flaxseed and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, nut butter, milk and chocolate chips.


Stir well to combine the mixture, then, using damp hands, roll it into 15 balls (they should be about 30g each). Arrange on a plate and chill for 30 mins until firm, then serve.


Here are some of the Clubs/Groups we host at SLC


Shenley Jujitsu Club

CMK Shotokan Karate

CMK Squash

Harlequins Trampoline Club

Jill Foster Dance Centre

KMDT (Krav Maga)

Shenley Church End Preschool

Milton Keynes Junior Badminton Club

Mk 50+ Badminton Club

Dance Fanatix Bollywood Dance

Shenley Boasters Squash

Emerson Valley FC

Taidokhan Aikido

Shenley Squash Club

Temple Martial Arts

Opa-cize Dance Club

What's the Drama

Loughton Lodgers Badminton Club

MK Bucks Korfball Club

Shenley Badminton Club

Shakti Dance School

Shenley FC

Tuesday 60+ Bingo Group

Football Fun Factory

Back to the Fitness

Sensual Dance

GoJu-Ryu MK Karate

For more details about some of these clubs please visit shenleyleisure.org.uk/clubs/ or to enquire about availability for space or to have your club details on our website please email


New Price Guide






Equipment to Buy & Hire

Future Entertainment

Disco Bingo

17th April

15th May

26th June

24th July

Disco & Karaoke

From 8pm. 12th April 10th May


From 8.30pm 5th April, The Dilemma (Cover band)

24th May, Tim Heights (Reggae & Ska/Soul)

13th July, King of the Kerb.

Monday Night Quiz Dates

8th & 15th Jan 12th & 19th Feb 11th & 18th March 8th & 15th April

60+ Bingo Group Every Tuesday from 13.30

ther a club, or to leave any .uk. details on our website please also email and provide a brief description to blockbookings@shenleyleisurecenre.co.uk. Shenley Leisure Centre Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes MK5 6HF 01908 502488 www.shenleyleisure.org.uk www.bookings.shenleyleisure.org.uk enquiries@shenleyleisurecentre.co.uk www.shenleyleisure.org.uk Contact us Advertising Thank you to those that had an input in putting this leaflet together. For a discount on blinds, quote ‘SLC’ to Andrew James on 07836 312282. Orchard Blinds & Shutters recently supplied our Bar and will soon install blinds in the Annexe. If you need blinds, this friendly and quality service is well worth considering.
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