MBFS mini-day of caring

Teams from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and York House Centre joined forces for an extremely wet but fruitful and satisfying day to take out the old raised bed, lay a new flower-bed, and install a magnificent noticeboard.

Most of the work was done, despite the adverse conditions, and the finishing touches will be applied in the near future.

Once again, we have to thank MBFS and their hard-working staff for supplying muscle-power and enthusiasm, as well as the plants and materials to achieve a grand result. MBFS’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) four-year relationship with York House has seen major improvements – indeed, transformation, to the interior, exterior, and grounds of our fine old building.

This is not to mention the Development Plan which is at the stage of implementation of the major features. New toilets, new signage, new website, new databases, new …… well almost everything it takes to run a charity-based community centre.

For Your July & August Pleasure

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

July 28th: Ebru Workshop with Hayrettin Kozanoglu. Theme – ‘Stony in Bloom’ (10.00 – 1.00pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm)

Learn the Turkish art of painting on water – see the events calendar for full details.

August 2nd: EatStreet (5.00 – 10.00pm)

Another aromatic adventure, with lots of exotic gourmet streetfood, and a bar!

August 14th: Stony Tracks (8.00 – 9.30pm)

The 19th guest in the series is Vanessa Horton Jonkass, former Bard of Stony Stratford and self-confessed hogger of microphones at spoken word events.

What you may have missed:

July 5th: EatStreet (5.00 – 10.00pm)

Absolutely heaving – wonderful family atmosphere.



July 13th: Russell Street School’s Big Summer Blow-out (1.00 – 5.00pm)

A roaring success and lots of money raised for the school.

July 19th: Don Adam Perera (8.15 – 10.30pm)

A tremendous evening of Spanish and South American guitar from a maestro – always a pleasure to hear this talented chap at York House.

For your pleasure in June

What you may have missed:

June 5th: Neil Mercer & Phil Riley & Guests (7.30 – 10.00pm)

A StonyLive! event: SOLD OUT! A cracking evening of harmonies and quality performance.

June 7th: EatStreet (5.00 – 10.00pm)

It’s the first Friday, so LOTS of delicious and exotic streetfood. Another great turn-out despite the weather, and some lovely food.

June 8th: IOTA @The Song Loft (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Lively and accomplished! A jolly crowd enjoyed the evening.

June 12th: Stony Tracks with Terrie Howey (8.00 – 9.30pm)

Derek’s June guest is the ace storyteller “Red Phoenix” talking about her life, photos, and favourite music.

June 21st: Winter Wilson @The Song Loft (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Multi-talented duo with folk music and much more.

New Signage

Come and look at our lovely new signage, strategically placed all over the building.

Thanks to a great design by Mason Edwards.

The Merry Month of May

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


May 31st: Performers Night @The Song Loft (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Your chance to shine – just talk to Bill.

What you may have missed: 

May 3rd: EatStreet (5.00 – 10.00pm)

It’s the first Friday, so LOTS of delicious and exotic streetfood.

May 3rd: Performers Night @The Song Loft (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Your chance to shine – just talk to Bill.

May 8th: Stony Tracks with Andy Fenton (8.00 – 9.30pm)

Local guitar legend, Andy Fenton, chat to Derek about life, memories, photos and favourite music.

May 11th: The Bullfrogs 25th Anniversaty bash (8.15 – 11.00pm)


WHAT a cracking might it was, too!

May 17th: Liz Simcock @The Song Loft (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Be prepared for a delightful evening of song.

May 18th: Yorkiefest (8.00 – 11.00pm)

Another splendid year!

May 25th: Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth (2.00 – 4.30pm)

Another in the ever-popular series of events celebrating Richard III. This time a talk by Mike Ingram.

April Shows Come Along

What you may have missed:

April 5th: EatStreet (5.00 – 10.00pm)

The new season started in fine style – immensely popular.

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)

Storming night (again!), hosted by the legendary Togmor, with guests.

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

A fine evening of 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?

Jam-packed (although the only jam was in some of the delicious cakes) morning – nearly £1000 raised for Stony in Bloom and York House. Sparkly new toilets officially opened by the Mayor of Milton Keynes. Edible bed planted by the families. Bardic poem and a sprinkling of Shakespeare. Special thanks, of course, to all the cake makers and servers.

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

Lovely full house for another sitting of historic photos. Thanks to McCarthy & Stone for sponsoring this.

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

Another storming session of manic music and hi-energy performance – so SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!


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

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