searchB cross
search phone menu
Press enter to search
arrow_back BACK

York House Community Gardens Volunteer Day

In fact, it turned out to be a weekend thereof!

Lots of members of Stony’s great community turned up to do their “bit” (actually, “lot”) on Saturday and Sunday, and made a major change to the community gardens, preparing them for the new season. Who knew we had a bird feeder in the gardens!!!!

Many thanks from the York House Centre team for this – this is why we keep the old place up and running!

Thanks to the Stony in Bloom team, the garden plots have been very useful, even during COVID and post-COVID, not least for providing fresh vegetables and fruit to the local food bank.

More pics of the happy crew and the new bug hotel.


Winter 2023 Newsletter

You can catch the latest news here:newsletter 2023 winter


Autumn 2023 Newsletter

Read the latest news about developments and events at York House: newsletters 2023 Autumn




Community Gardens Awards

Once again, and thanks to the amazing volunteers from the Stony in Bloom group, York House’s community gardens have been awarded “Outstanding” in RHS’s “It’s Your Neighbourhood” scheme.

This is among other fine awards the group has achieved throughout the town. Have a look at their Facebook page:

Want to get involved?

Stony In Bloom always welcomes new faces in their team. Email Judy at to say hello.


Hire our lovely main hall

Our lovely Main Hall is starting to feel a little lonely on a Thursday morning ☹️. Have you been thinking about starting a yoga club? Dance class? Maybe a baby group? Now’s your chance! Space at York House is becoming less and less available so move fast! #YourYorkHouse #NewVenture

Contact for details.

Emergency building work

Following a structural survey, we have been advised to close one of the rear extensions to York House. This housed “The Space” and an upper floor storage room.

Activities in the main building will continue as usual, although a few groups and events will be relocated to different rooms from their norm.

Visitors will see cones around the side pathway, but the rear entrance and grounds are still Ok to use for now.



Available space alert!

Our fabulous Main Hall is now available for block bookings on Saturday mornings! Have you been waiting to get that yoga group started? Desperate to run a baby massage group? Get in touch today, this space won’t be free for long!
for available dates and hire costs.

Become a member of York House Centre

One way of supporting the town’s own community centre is to become a member. Membership is free and open to anyone aged 18 years or over who has an MK11 postcode or a strong association with the town.

We are a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee with charitable objectives, the building and grounds are owned wholly by our members.

Members receive regular newsletters, are informed of our activities and are entitled to come to all members meetings such as the AGM.  Members help to decide the future of York House Centre.  Members elect the Trustees / Directors who run the centre and are entitled themselves to stand for election. An increased membership can help increase support from grant providers and official organisations to sustain and develop the centre.

You can find out more, and complete an on-line application form at


Volunteer at your own local community centre?

Not everyone knows that York House Centre is owned by the community of Stony Stratford – YOU!

It’s a registered charity, a business registered with Companies House, and it is run by a volunteer management committee, and its main role is to hire out space for a great variety of community, arts, self-help, small commercial, private party, and charity groups and individuals.

Many of the activities in York House depend on volunteers, eg for the community larder/warm space, gardening and horticultural, stewarding town events such as Christmas Lanterns and Arts4All, and helping with coffee mornings or bar work for our many music and arts events.

Could YOU spare a few hours regularly or occasionally during the year? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us by email at  or phone 01908 561075 to find out more.


York House is on Twitter!

We have taken that giant leap! You can follow us on Twitter at

Please do!