Superheroes & Supervillians

Fancy creating a superhero or supervillain? I’m looking for anyone who wants to contribute to the next “Big Draw” at York House on October 8th. You can either submit some items beforehand, eg for children and parents to colour in, or come along on the day and help populate the tableaux. Anything from A5 to lifesize. You know you want to.

You can email me at


Act Out & Act Up – new year of drama – paid assistant wanted.

Act Out & Act Up starts a new year of drama for young people on September 15th. Enrol now!

Youth Drama Assistant Wanted

Red Phoenix Storytelling and Productions is looking for a youth drama assistant for Thursday afternoons after school for ACT OUT and ACT UP drama groups at York House Centre. This position is paid for hours between 4-7pm, as well as performance days. There is also potential of further hours on a Saturday morning.
Please send a CV and covering letter detailing any experience or interest in performance skills to Terrie Howey at or Studio 3.2, York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ.

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New page of videos

Take a look at some stunning videos just donated to York House Centre by Nick Stone Media. Us in all our glory!

See “About Us” on the main menu. Click on the chevron to get the drop-down menu to “Video Gallery”, then follow the links.


We are up for an award!

August 16th. Jolly news that York House Centre is on the shortlist for a “Made in MK” award in the Community Organisation category. The scheme is run by OneMK, and is sponsored by MK Chamber of Commerce (among others). The only obstacle between us and the award is a two-minute video of ME, talking about the centre. This will shortly be inflicted on a panel of judges for decision. Wish us luck!

Ken Daniels.

Chairman, York House Trustees

Coming up in October

After a slightly extended summer break the York House in Concert programme thunders into action. See “Events” for the dates shown, to find out more details.

October 1st: Comedy Cow – with Howard Read

October 8th: The Big Draw – annual family art event

October 15th: Sweeter Than Roses – William Shakespeare in words and music

October 22nd: StonyBreakDown! 5 – return of the always-popular live-music Americana evening.

October 29th: Oktoberfest – York House joins MKBiergarten and comes over all Germanic with its celebration of the world-famous beer festival.



Stony Phoenix Painting Project

Job done! Major thanks to Jonny Boatfield and Kate Davies and the 100-or-so helpers for creating the gem which will adorn the High Street for the next couple of years.

The project funds are a few shillings short of a full coffer, and it’s not too late to help with a donation via

Watch out for notices of when the artwork will be installed on-site (the re-building of the historic “Temperance Hotel” at the north end of the High Street

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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 and come up and see us sometime!

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AND they managed to have some fun, too:

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