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Act Out & Act Up Spring into Action!
calling out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Act Out & Act Up (York House Centre) are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Act Out & Act Up is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Helping young people build confidence and gain vital life skills through physical drama.  Affordable community classes for all levels and abilities in a safe, fun environment!

Voting is open in all Tesco stores 0n 01 November and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visitwww.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Please help us to secure vital funds for our Act Out & Act Up community drama classes by spreading the word and putting your blue tokens in the Act Out – Spring into Action! slot at local Tescos in Wolverton, Greenleys, Heelands, Newport Pagnell and Olney.

November Events

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

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

The regular “first Friday” extravaganza of succulent gourmet international streetfood returns, with a bar, of course.

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.

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

The Living Archive brings music, stories, visuals and recordings for a fascinating afternoon.

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

To celebrate the anniversary of Stony Tracks, creator and host, Derek Gibbons, will be the guest, chatting to the first “maroon”, Ken Daniels.

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.

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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!

get ready for winter: free home visits, grants and energy advice to keep you warm and save you money

Drop-in session on Tuesday 13th November to get ready for winter: free home visits, grants and energy advice to keep you warm and save you money

With the chilly days and frosty nights fast approaching, are you confident your home is ready to keep you warm and cosy? Or does the thought of your winter heating bill leave you feeling cold? We are here to help.

The National Energy Foundation offers free impartial advice on cutting your energy bills, finding a cheaper tariff and heating your home affordably and efficiently. In some circumstances we can also offer free home visits and grants and financial assistance so you pay less for energy saving measures such as insulation and boiler replacements.

Come along to our drop-in session on Tuesday 13th November between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at York House Centre (Room 2.2, middle floor) to find out more.

If you are worried about any of the above or would like to find out more about how we can help, why not give our friendly team a call on 0800 107 0044 or email bhbh@nef.org.uk.

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.

 

 

September Specials

What you may have missed:

Saturday, September 1st (daytime): Stony Stratford Harvest Show

The town’s annual harvest show with its fine display of local produce, and prizes.

Saturday, September 7th (5.00 – 10.00pm): Eatstreet

Yet another packed-to-the-gills eating experience with more exotic streetfood treats.

Saturday, September 7th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Neil Mercer & Phil Riley @The Song Loft

A dazzling performance from two of the Loft’s favourite performers.

Saturday, September 12th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Bob Adams

Another lovely warm and engaging evening with a man of many talents including, apparently, cattle licks.

Some cracking music, from Spike Jones & His City Slickers to the Cock & Bull Band.

 

Saturday, September 15th (10.00am – 1.00pm): Family Dance Workshop

Explore York House in dance and movement with MOTUS. Ages 7 to 107.

   

Saturday, September 15th (10.30 – 11.30am): Bygone Stony #4

A nice turn-out, and lots of reminiscing.

Saturday, September 15th (12.00 – 4.30pm): Heritage Apple Day

A fine celebration of Britain’s heritage apples.

Saturday, September 15th (2.30 – 4.30pm): The Survival of the Princes in the Tower

The Richard III Society presents a talk by Matthew Lewis.

Some fascinating alternative theories had the audience very intrigued.

Saturday, September 21st (8.00 – 11.00pm): Harp & A Monkey @The Song Loft

A jolly evening and some fine music combining traditional folk music with sound effects and special features.

SONGS about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey.