April Shows Come Along

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

April 5th: EatStreet (5.00 – 10.00pm)

The new season starts! Expect the usual fine array of delicious restaurant-quality streetfood, plus a real ale bar, of course.

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

Your chance to perform with songs, tunes, poems…….. Special guests this time is Odette Mitchell.

April 13th: Tograiser (8.00 – 11.00pm)

The annual fundraiser to help ensure the magnificent Togfest continues to bring its major music festival to MK. Hosted by the legendary Togmor, with guests.

April 26th: Richard Grainger @The Song Loft (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Finely crafted folk songs from a master.

April 27th: Spring Plant Sale and Coffee Morning (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Please come along and support the annual Stony in Bloom Plant Sale and York House Spring Coffee Morning. Bag a bargain plant, have a go on the Horticultural Tombola, peruse the stalls, enjoy delicious home made cakes and tea & coffee. There will be children’s colouring activities inside all morning and then join in with the Family Planting Workshop to re-plant our ‘Edible Sharing Bed’ at 10.30am. Stony Stratford Theatre Society will be providing theatrical excerpts throughout the event. At 10.30am the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Coucillor Martin Petchey, will officially open our brand new toilets and there’ll be a special poem from the Bard of Stony Stratford, Mitchell Taylor. See you there?

April 27th: Bygone Stony  (2.30 -4.00pm)

Another chance to see more historic photos of Stony Stratford – people, places, events, and pubs!

April 27th: Roadrunner! (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Welcome return of Rutland’s finest R&B band. Expect a high-energy evening – sold out last time.


York House welcomes a recent newcomer: Phoenix Rising MK.

We provide a range of creative and community based activities for adults with disabilities and support needs.

We are based at York House, a lovely venue with an excellent reputation for its community based work in the historic and picturesque location of Stony Stratford – “The Jewel of Milton Keynes”. Just a few minutes walk from all the amenities the town has to offer.

We have over 65 clients (known as “group members”) from the Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and South Northants area. Our programme includes: Art, Crafts, Photography, Performing Arts, Cooking, Out & About activities in the community. These include Swimming and Phoenix Wild, an animal interaction session.

We offer a fortnightly Saturday programme with an exciting range of activities and visits.

PHOENIX RISING:MK was established in 2015 by Directors Adrian Pinckard & Sarah Bament, both of whom have over 30 years experience in teaching and educational management in both the mainstream and learning disability sectors. The staff team are also highly experienced and passionate about working with adults with support needs.

We also run regular social opportunities including the popular monthly ‘Open Mic’ evenings at The Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford.

We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) therefore all profits go back into helping us to support people with disabilities.

York House Centre is Flushed With Success!

Building work is well underway at York House Centre to redevelop all the toilets in the main building.  Funding has been secured via grants from WREN (landfill tax) and The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation plus generous donations from Mercedes Benz Financial Services and Daimler Insurance.  Following a tendering process, our chosen contractors, local construction firm CJ Bricknall & Co Ltd of Kiln Farm, started work in January and are making excellent progress.  

 York House has gone from strength to strength over the past decade with several phases of major building work providing extra activity space, a new kitchen and storage rooms.  The building is now a busy hub for all kinds of community activities but our toilets are letting us down… Clever design work by Svetlana at SEP Design has allowed us to provide separate men’s and women’s facilities on both the ground floor and the middle floor, all within the envelope of the existing toilets. Women in particular will be delighted to hear that we are banishing the pink and more than doubling the number of ladies’ cubicles available to provide 5!

Please join us to celebrate the official opening of the redeveloped
York House Centre Toilets

Saturday 27 April 2019 @ 10.30am

by Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Martin Petchey, with a special poem by the Bard of Stony Stratford, Mitchell Taylor. This will be part of the annual
Stony in Bloom Plant Sale and York House Spring Coffee Morning
9.30am – 12.30pm

For pics and stuff click here:

YToilets Redevelopment Project Article – 19 February 2019 (1)


Coming up in March 2019

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


Saturday, March 23rd (2.30 – 4.30pm): EDWARD II – A DOOMED INHERITANCE – STEPHEN SPINKS

Join us to hear Stephen Spinks talk on Edward II, one of the most controversial kings of England.

Saturday, March 23rd (8.15 – 11.00pm): Kimber’s Men

Kimber’s Men are one of the finest shanty sides in the country and we are THAT lucky to get them. They will be ably supported by local legends, Five Men Not Called Matt.

Friday, March 29th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The Song Loft

Come along and perform a song, tune or poem, or simply enjoy others doing so. Special guest performers are The Delta Ladies

What you may have missed:

Friday, March 1st (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The Song Loft

Come along and perform a song, tune or poem, or simply enjoy others doing so.

Saturday, March 2nd (7.00 – 10.30pm): Quiz and Curry Night

Teams invited to tickle their brains with a fun quiz which will raise funds for the annual Riverside Parks Fair in June – a free family event. One of Saf’s Curries will add spice to the evening.

Wednesday, March 13th (7.30 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks

This month’s guest is Pat Nicholson, who has been there and done. Find out about his life and music,

Friday, March 15th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Alden , Patterson and Dashwood @The Song Loft

Richly versatile folk sounds.

Saturday, March 16th (noon – 5.00pm): Spring Market

Those Eat Street MK guys who have brought such delicious streetfood to us every month for the last couple of years are back, this time with stalls, music and a bar. Free entry.


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”.



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!