New page of videos

We have just added a new page under “About Us” on the menu. At the moment it has some clips of jolly events from the past, but watch out for some stunning videos of recent developments at York House.

Day of Caring – a historic day

What happens when 63 enthusiastic, hard-working, well-organised volunteers descend on your local community centre?

Arguably: magic.

At least this is how it seemed when they visited York House Centre last Wednesday. Outdoors, there was digging, chopping, hacking, lifting and shifting, and laying of pathways; indoors, it was rolling and brushing, cutting-in, and transforming.

The end results were that York House now has excellent new pathways to its community gardens, providing ease of access for wheelchair-users and others with limited mobility. The teams from MindBLMK, MacIntyre, and Branch-Out CIC will benefit from this, and life will be made easier for other plot-holders, like Stony Stratford in Bloom and the Women’s Institute.

Our rear grounds have never looked better, and we look forward to making use of them for community events.

The main hall, bar, and Beechey Room have been rejuvenated, with a simple but effective two-tone colour scheme and high quality protective cladding, benefiting the many community, self-help, arts, youth clubs, toddler groups,  exercisers and meditators, and individuals who use York House.

Our thanks go to all the volunteers (whose muscles must still be aching), and also to Skyline Green and local company, Landmarks, for their skilled staff and pre-Caring-Day preparation. The amount of planning, organisation, fund-raising, and enthusiasm-generating is praise-worthy indeed.

We also thank local company, Devine Catering, for an exceptional lunchtime spread for the weary workers, and a special mention for York House Centre Manager, Fiona Trinder, who worked her socks off both before and during the Day of Caring.

This has been a major step forward for York House and its annual footfall of visitors numbering some 50,000. Visit www.york-house.org.uk and come up and see us sometime!

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AND they managed to have some fun, too:

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Thank You to MKCF

We’d like to thank Milton Keynes Community Foundation for the £750 grant they contributed towards the fantastic new staging system we bought earlier in the year. It has been used loads already by our Act Out / Act Up drama groups, at musical fundraising events for York House and other charities and for the regular Comedy Cow events. Additional funding was raised by the young people of Act Out & Act Up through ticket sales for their first ever Pantomime in December 2015 and also with donations made to the York House LocalGiving.Com Fund. We’re sure that the new stage will serve the community for many years to come – cheers!

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York House helps others help themselves

In May, York House was most pleased to host two delightful events which raised  money for other good causes – and provided funds for York House’s own community projects.

Yorkiefest (pics below) raised a whopping £1345 for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation, and the Living Archive Band (pics to follow) clocked up a wonderful £700 for the Living Archive project.

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