January Jollity

COMING UP AT YORK HOUSE CENTRE in January – check the events calendar for more details. 

Saturday January 20th afternoon (see website for performance times) The “Fegans” Building – a Pictorial History


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

Come and join the merriment as we celebrate the new year with a toast to the trees in the York House Community Orchard. A family friendly event.


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

We have poets, musicians, storytellers, comedians. We have Bardic Candidates, a Host, a Red Rod, and a Mayor! We have a Bardic Bar. But we need an AUDIENCE! AND you also get to judge and vote for the next Bard of Stony Stratford. WE NEED YOU!!”

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

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.


February Frolics

Friday February 2nd “Roger McGough in Person” 

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

The fourth extravaganza evoking the jolly days of music hall and variety.

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

Delightful period music, lively readings, Elizabethan tit-bits and mulled cider.

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

Showcasing local businesses and services, with a family fun atmosphere of stalls, games, and refreshments.

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

Touring American bluesman, master of his 80 year old National Steel guitar. Be prepared to be entertained.

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

The Valentines Day guest will be Ian Freemantle, talking about his life, wood sculpting, poetry,  and introducing you to some favourite musical pieces?

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

Hitchin Folk Club: “Liz is a great songwriter and gorgeous singer with a relaxed and very endearing stage presence.  We have seen her grow from strength to strength as a performer, and now stand easily alongside any of the female singer/songwriters working on the acoustic/folk music scene”.

NOTE: this is a Beechey Room performance (rear entrance) so you can bring your own refreshments (and glasses).

Friday, February 23rd (8.00 – 11.00pm): details to follow

Another fine outing for the SongLoft

Saturday, February 24th (8.00 – 11.00pm): “Henry Priestman

Welcome return of this entertaining performer; ex-Christians-frontman and purveyor of middle-age angst.


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


October Occurrences


Friday, October 6th, 5 – 10pm

The guaranteed fine selection of street-food vendors and Stony Beer Bear bar. Check Facebook nearer the time for details of which vendors will be present.

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Saturday, October 7th, 8.00 – 10.30pm

The delightful harmonies of TC3 bring you songs from those classic writers of the 60s & 70s – think Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Carole King ……

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Saturday, October 14th, 10.00am – 4.00pm: York House Arts For All 2017 – Go Wild in the Rainforest!

Another huge turn-out of families for this free annual art event. Magnificent job done by artists Angela Carel and Michelle Buckland and by a fine team of volunteers led by Fiona Trinder. Thanks to all who made cakes and to those who served them along with tea and coffee. It was good to see the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes enjoying the atmosphere (and the cake).

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Saturday, October 14th 8.30 – 11.00pm: CLAP HANDS! HERE COMES D.D.

A great turn-out for this star performer and her very talented band. T’aint what she does, it’s the way that she does it.


Friday, October 20th, 8.00 – 11.00pm: THE GLORIOUS MADNESS

A very moving performance evoking Great War in story and song.  Written by Mike Sparks and Carys Sullivan. Fine performances by all, and a nice little sum raised for The British Legion.

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Saturday, October 21st, 8.00 – 10.00pm: Whose Turn Is It Anyway?

Another successful and jolly night of improvised mirth – and they drank all the beer!

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Friday, October 27th 8.00 – 11.00pm: Kara in Concert

And what a fine evening it was. A combination of the Russian characteristics of “misery and vodka” (I quote Daria, the Russian singer) made for a jolly experience. and the bonus of a hammered dulcimer.


 Saturday, October 28th, noon – 10.00pm. MKBiergarten’s Oktoberfest

Another storming success when MKBiergarten and York House brought the famous Munich beer festival to Stony. Lots fo good Germand and English beers, great food from Urban Grilla and Good Times Cafe, and the essential oompah from  Der Huffunpuffers.


Virtuoso guitar – have a listen

In July we were pleased to host a concert with guitar maestro, Don Perera. Try this https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/7sxtujshzwavlt1w9wf4q/Intro%20and%20Capricho%20Arabe%20-%20Tarrega.MP4?dl=0&oref=e&r=AAczQnNa1CDnLJDh0ycWEeVFif4oC1dMXdmQe02bNLyAlexH8KmwIcKfex_KEUaWOrE6M6C65rnzo04edDz5BtVeSCgJw2FmRQ1sTvAV1rngJz9x1YFvSwAwnRIGGJSz8NFFAXZBbMsfxm2QXtFZRHoC4ObC76KLqFEUSRv1b99-1g&sm=1

If you like it, go to “About Us” on the menu, then select “video gallery”, then follow the links to see more. You’ll be delighted.

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