February Highlights

Check the What’s On calendar for more details of each event.

Friday, February 1st (8.00 – 11.00pm): Vicki Swann & Johnny Dyer @The Song Loft

Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self-penned tunes and songs. In the Beechey Room – bring your own refreshments.

Saturday, February 2nd (afternoon): Richard III Society

Another in their popular series of talks and presentations.

Saturday, February 9th (8.15 – 10.30pm): An Evening without Jake Thackray

A warm and authentic tribute to one of Britain’s finest songwriters and humorists.

Wednesday, February 13th (7.30 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Anna Page

Derek’s “desert island” guest this month is Anna Page.

Friday, February 15th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Isla St Clair @The Song Loft

The ever-popular Scottish songstress returns to “The Loft”.



Coming up in January 2019

Check the events calendar for more details of each event.

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


Friday, January 25th – Sunday, 27th January (various times): Robin Hood in Stony Stratford.

Stony Stratford Theatre Group’s annual excellent pantomime.

Monday, January 28th (7.30 – 9.00pm):



Songs and stories about local people in World War 1

What you may have missed:

Friday, January 4th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Jack in a Barrel @The Song Loft –

Fine harmonies and a welcome return for these guys.


Wednesday, 9th January (8.00 – 9.45pm) – Stony Tracks with Paul Cantwell

Derek’s first guest of the year is Paul Cantwell, who has mingled with the stars. His story; his photos; his favourite music.

Saturday, January 12th (7.30 – 11.00pm): Reggae in your Jeggae

A jolly evening was had by all – can’t beat those reggae classics.

Friday, January 18th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The SongLoft

Another fine mix of songs, tunes, poems and stories.

Friday, January 18th (8.00 – 11.00pm): The Bardic Trials 2019

Jam-packed audience to elect the new Bard of Stony, Mitchell Taylor.

Saturday, January 19th (8.30 – 11.00pm): Kent DuChaine (& Leadbessie)

Just excellent – as expected. Great crowd to see one of our favourite entertainers.


December Delights

Check the dates in the What’s On calendar for more details.

Friday, December 21st (8.00 – 11.00pm): The Churchfitters Christmas Show @The Song Loft

In the main hall, so indulge in York House’s real ale (etc) bar. Expect fine music and festive fun.

What you may have missed:

Friday, December 7th (5.00 – 10.00pm): Eatstreet.

The monthly streetfood feast returns with another seven or eight exotic and varied restaurant-quality offerings, plus a real ale bar and something for those with the sweeter tooth.


Friday, December 7th (8.00 – 11.00pm): The Song Loft Christmas Party

Like a Performers Night but with festive songs and optional hats. In the Beechey Room (rear entrance) so bring your own refreshments or indulge in those on offer at the Eatstreet bar. REMEMBER NO ON-SITE PARKING FOR THIS ONE – loads of parking across the road or in Stony.

Friday, December 7th (6.00 – 8.30pm): Christmas Wreath Workshop

Make and take away a Christmas wreath, and enjoy some mulled wine, too. See the What’s On date for details how to book etc.

Saturday, December 8th (5.30 – 7.30pm) and Sunday, December 9th (2.30 – 4,30pm): Act-Out/Act-Up Pantomime – Arabian Nights

Always a jolly and talented performance by the young people of York House drama groups.

Saturday, December 15th (noon – 6.00pm): Eatstreet Christmas Market

All the foodie joys of a regular Eatstreet event plus stall of local food produce and crafts.

Friday, December 12th (6.00 – 8.30pm): Christmas Wreath Workshop

Make and take away a Christmas wreath, and enjoy some mulled wine, too. See the What’s On date for details how to book etc.

Saturday, December 1st (4.15 start): Christmas Lantern Parade and Lights Switch-on.

Another triumph! Hearty thanks amnd congratulations to all the organisers, stewards, helpers, lantern-makers, and all who joined in the fun.

WHAT will this year’s giant lantern be? Now you know! Wallace & Gromit – “entrance pursued by lion” (Shakespeare).


Racking up bikes at York House

Dear Friends of York House

Some of you may have noticed that we finally have bike racks at York House Centre.
This project was funded by a generous Corporate Donation from Tisski and a top-up contribution from Emma’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Bike Ride Fund.
The bike racks are located at the back of the building, next to the Garden Store.
We hope these new facilities encourage more of you to get on your bikes when you visit York House!

Arabian Nights Christmas Pantomime

Two shows from the amazing Act-Out/Act-Up drama group: Saturday, 8th December (5.30pm) and Sunday, 9th December (2.30pm).

See the events calendar for those dates for more details and for where to buy tickets.

Don’t put it behind you!

November Events

For more details, check the events calendar for the appropriate dates.

Friday, November 30th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Gilmore/Roberts @The Song Loft

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.


Friday, November 2nd (5.00 – 10.00pm): EATSTREET

A balmy evening brought out the hungry hordes – AGAIN!

Friday, November 2nd (8.00 – 11.00pm): Louise Jordan (No Petticoats Here) @The Song Loft

Songs and stories of the women who played such important roles in WW1. A delightful and moving evening, it was.

Sunday, November 4th (3.00 – 5.00pm): The Great War

The Living Archive brought music, stories, visuals and recordings for a fascinating afternoon. It was packed, and the atmosphere was splendid.

Wednesday, November 14th (8.00 – 9.45pm): Stony Tracks – the tables are turned.

Another interesting and entertaining evening as Stony Tracks creator, Derek, was the willing “victim” of the first maroon, Ken Daniels.


October Events

Check the What’s On calendar for full details of each event.

Friday, 5th (5.00 – 10.00pm): EATSTREET

The first Friday of the month gourmet streetfood. What exotic delights await us this time?

Friday, 5th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The Song Loft

Your chance to shine with song, tune, or verse. Turn up and say hello.

Saturday, 6th (8.00 – 10.30): Whose Turn is it Anyway?

nth return of the popular madcap improvised comedy night, when YOU choose the subject matter.

Wednesday, 10th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Caz Tricks

Derek’s guest this month is Caz Tricks, major player on the local theatre scene, with a fascinating past in the arts. Hear about her life, see her photos, and listen to her favourite music.

Saturday, 13th (10.00 – 4.00pm): York House Arts for All

FREE family arts event – just drop in and create something to add to the theme of “Beside the Seaside”. Materials provided.

Saturday, 13th (8.15 – 10.30pm): Just One Alberto

If you enjoyed the outlandish and zany performances of Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias (remember “Head Down No-Nonsense Mindless Boogie”?) then front-man, CP Lee’s, one-man “tribute” involving a ukulele, will be just for you.

Friday, 19th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Ninebarrow @The Song Loft

BBC   Radio          2        Folk  Award         Nominees  2017                     Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

Saturday, 20th (1.30 – 3.30pm): Michele Welborn’s Beechey Room Session

A lovely afternoon recital for your pleasure.

Saturday, 20th (2.30 – 4.00pm): A Talk by Michael Jones on The Black Prince.

Another of the popular Richard III Society’s gatherings.

Saturday, 20th (8.00 – 10.30pm): A Pointless Quiz for York House

The team with the fewest points wins. Following the format of the TV show but with all team answers. Teams of up to six – best to book your slot.

Sunday, 21st (2.00 – 3.30): The Women’s Land Army in WW1.

In the Beechey Room (rear entrance).

Hear about the quite incredible contribution made by this oft-forgotten, overlooked ‘Army’ of women who, during The Great War years were recruited mainly from towns and cities to work on the land; often for the first time in large numbers. 

Saturday, 17th (noon – 10.00pm): Oktoberfest

Third return of MK Biergarten’s big Oktoberfest at York House. Special Bierfest German beers, and English real ale bar, pretzels, dirndls, and  – of course – an oompah band.


Thanks to the Santander team

On one of the hottest of the hottest days this year a team of willing volunteers from Santander toiled and sweated to create  a new bed in our community gardens. Not only that, but they raised the £250 for materials, too.

Huge thanks to them. York House loves it when the community steps in to help us help the community.