April Show(er)s

Check the events calendar for more details of each event.


Friday, April 20th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Five Men Not Called Matt @The SongLoft

The full expanse of the main hall is required for this one, so there will be the splendid York House real ale bar in support of sea shanties, teddy bears’ picnics, and general a capella ribaldry.


Plus, of course, all our regular activities like youth clubs, toddler groups, pilates, tai-chi, meditation, wargamers……….

What you may have missed:

Friday, April 6th (5.00 – 10.00pm): EatStreet –

Another packed event with a fine choice of international cuisines to choose from.

Friday, 6th April (8.00 – 11.00pm) – The SongLoft Performers’ Night

A full house saw a steam of local performers providing enjoybale music, with the lovely harmonies of The Straw Horses making a grand finale.

Saturday, April 7th (8.00 – 11.00pm) – Tograiser

Togmor and Palmerston have to be two of the finest bands around, so the evening was electric. The bar was well attended. Hopefully lots of money to help ensure the Togfest festival continues to prosper.

Wednesday, April 11th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks.

Derek Gibbons in conversation with Roy Nevitt – his life, his times, his music. Another sold-out evening.

York House Marches On

See the events calendar for more details about each event.

What you may have missed:

Friday, March 2nd (8.00 – 11.00pm): Richard Grainger@The SongLoft

Richard Grainger is a prolific and diverse artist, performing on the British Folk Scene .


Saturday, March 3rd (8.15 – 11.00pm): A Concert of Classical & South American Guitar Music

We are delighted to see the return of this virtuoso guitarist.


Friday, March 9th (3.00 – 5.00pm) Mothers’ Day Friday Fiesta

Everyone Welcome 😀 Join Russell Street School Parents’ Association for cakes, Mother’s Day crafts, kids chill-out zone, activities, a pop-up Prosecco bar and kids’ hot dogs

Saturday, March 10th (noon to 10.00pm): Spring Craft Beer Festival.

Another highly successful Stony Beer Bear production with a great selection of craft and real ales from seven local breweries, food, and music from Der Hufferpuffers.

Friday, March 2nd (5pm – 10.pm): EatStreet

POSTPONED! Seems the weather is a bit under the weather. RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 24TH.

and what a great success the one-off Saturday session was!


Wednesday, March 14th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Judith Deveson.

Another full house in the popular series of conversation, photos and music, with well-known busy person, Judith Deveson.

Friday, March 16th (7.00pm – 10.00pm): International Women’s Day 2018: celebrating women artists.

 Saturday, March 17th (7.00 – 10.30pm): Quiz for Africa

Ioan Eklund is going to Swaziland in July as part of the World Challenge to build community care points. Fun quiz night raising funds for a good cause

Friday, March 23rd (8.00 – 11.00pm): SongLoft Performers’ Night

Your chance to shine – songs, tunes, poetry, stories…….

Plus, of course, all our regular activities like youth clubs, toddler groups, pilates, tai-chi, meditation, wargamers……….




February Frolics


Saturday, February 24th (8.00 – 11.00pm): “Henry Priestman & Les Glover”

Sorry, folks, but, owing to ill health, this event has been 


Friday February 2nd “Roger McGough in Person” 

 and not surprisingly! A hundred people were enchanted by this verbal magician – I know: I was one of them.

Saturday February 3rd (8.15 – 11.00pm) “StonyMusicHall 4”

AN this was just the very start of it! https://www.facebook.com/yvonne.fox.31/videos/pcb.10155532021132408/10155532004697408/?type=3&theater

and later…. https://www.facebook.com/yvonne.fox.31/videos/pcb.10155532021132408/10155532011557408/?type=3&theater

Sunday, February 4th (3.30 – 5.00pm) “The Elizabethan Winter’s Tale”

Delightful period music, lively readings, Elizabethan tit-bits and mulled cider. Nice turn-out and a lovely afternoon. Back in the next StonyWords! (we hope).

Saturday, February 10th (10.00am – 4.00pm) “Bucks Fest Chapter 3”

Another successful festival, showcasing local businesses and services, with a family fun atmosphere of stalls, games, and refreshments. Nesxt one on June 2nd

Saturday, February 10th (8.00 – 11.00pm): “Kent DuChaine & Leadbessie”

A treat to see Kent back in Stony after a long absence. as brilliant and endearing as ever – got the full house howling with pleasure.

Wednesday, February 14th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks

Ian Freemantle has certainly had a fascinating life: wood sculpting, poetry,  political activism, and some occasionally esoteric favourite musical pieces? A warm and imtimate evening with a capacity audience.

Friday, February 16th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Liz Simcock@The SongLoft


What a lovely evening for the SongLoft’s second outing in its new home. Liz Simcock is a fine songwriter and a talented and engaging performer.


Another successful session from the Richard III Society.

January Jollity


What you may have missed:

Friday January 5th: The Bullfrogs@The SongLoft

This was the first SongLoft at its new home and (a) it was a capacity crowd, and (b) The Bullfrogs were sublime. Hopefully som pics to follow.

Wednesday January 10th: “Stony Tracks 3”

What a rich and varied life Vicky has had, and she talked about it in a very entertaining way. Derek has certainly created a “hit” and we look forward to February 14th with Ian Fremantle.

Saturday January 20th afternoon The “Fegans” Building – a Pictorial History


Two full sessions for some fascinating pictures and video footage of one of the iconic buildings of Stony.

Saturday, 20th January (4.30 – 7.00pm): Stony Wassail

Much merriment and many people celebrating the orchard in song and verse and cider.


Tuesday 23rd January. The Annual Bardic Trials of Stony Stratford.

A full house saw the election of Sam Upton as the new Bard of Stony. Watch out for him at many Stony events.

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th January (see website for performance times) “Dick Whittington in Stonyland”

Stony Stratford Theatre Company’s annual Stony-flavoured pantomime

December Delights

Check the what’s on calendar for more details of each event.


Friday, December 1st, 5.00 – 10.00pm: EATSTREET

It was a grand farewell on a slightly nippy night to this year’s gourmet street-food experience.

Don’t despair: EatStreet will be back on the first Friday of March 2018.

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Saturday, December 2nd: Christmas Lantern Parade.

Another spectacular year – congratulations to all the organising team and to those who made such stunning lanterns.

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Wednesday, December 13th, 8.00 – 9.30pm: Stony Tracks 2 with Dave Quayle

Another enjoyable evening with Derek Gibbons chatting to “lapsed librarian and occasional poet”, Dave Quayle about life and music. The next one is on January 10th.

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Monday 18th December: Let’s Get Arty For Christmas


Well done to Maya and her friends for this crafty morning for children, making large father Christmas faces and stockings out of card and other materials to decorate them with!

Funds were raised for for the Venture Arts Charity https://venturearts.org/

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st December: Robin in the Whittlewoods

Another triumph for the young people of Act-Out/Act-Up, director (and everything else) Terrie Howey, and the adult performers, too. Christmas pantomime – a classic story with a local twist.

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York House Arts For All 2017 – review

Artists of all Ages ‘Go Wild in the Rainforest’ at
York House Centre!

Another fantastic FREE arts workshop at York House Centre!  A busy day with hundreds of families joining us for an art-tastic experience…


Local artists, Michelle Buckland and Angela Carel, transformed York House into a rainforest wonderland with its own treetop hideaway!  There were a wide range of arty activities based around the theme – loads of animals, birds and insects to colour and paint; printed leaves and butterflies to hang up on vines around the hall; make your own rainstick; masks to decorate with feathers and sequins;  icing beautiful butterfly biscuits; face-painting and printing the extremely popular ‘Groovy Gecko’ t-shirts.  The creativity flowed from people of all ages – from tiny tots to those more advancing in years – and a fabulous time was had by all.  We were delighted to welcome the Deputy-Mayor of Milton Keynes, Martin Petchey, and thank him for his interest in the event and for taking the time to chat with everyone; we hope he had as much fun as we did.

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We are grateful to Stony Stratford Town Council and the York House Centre LocalGiving.Com Fund – their generous funding, added to money raised via the cafe, paid activities and bucket donations, allows this event to be FREE for everyone (including materials), giving the opportunity to all families to play and create together.

A massive thank you to all our volunteers (the Arts For All Crew) who give so freely of their time to help everyone enjoy the day and to everyone who baked cakes and ran the Volunteer Cafe to keep the masses fed and watered!

And thanks to the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes who came along to mingle and to sample the cake.


Join us on Facebook at ‘York House Arts for All’ and for more information about all our events and activities visit www.york-house.org.uk

Excellent photos (again) by Derek Gibbons

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November Niceties

Plenty of good stuff to keep you entertained in November. Look on the events calendar for more details of each event.

and, of course, lots of Christmas lantern making.


Friday, November 3rd, 5.00 – 10.00pm. EatStreet

Another deliciously successful street-food evening, with one of my favourites – Yurkish Gozleme. The last EatStreet of the year will be on December 1st, then a break until March 3rd.

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Wednesday, November 8th, 8.00 – 9.00pm: Stony Tracks 1

A lovely “sold-out” start to a series of informal conversations with local characters, involving music and pictures. A jolly evening was had by all. The next maroon will be Dave Quayle, self-confessed “lapsed librarian”, on December 13th. For more info about Stony Tracks see https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=stony%20tracks

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Saturday, November 11th, 8.00 – 10.30pm. Five Men Not Called Matt

It was another joyous evening as the not really five, not all men, not called Matt led an enthusiastic audience through jaunty songs of sailors, beer, and fatty bacon, and poignant songs of a hard life, of loss, and of war. 23473186_10203918054628342_7913262217193581244_n