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Newsletter April 2021

All the latest news of York House in our newsletter, including notice that we are recruiting a new Centre Manager:

newlstter april 2021





Stony Radio – new home in York House

We are so proud to be part of this wonderful organisation in the heart of Stony Stratford. York House is key to events and bring people together. When Stony Radio needed a new home we put the word out there , York House kindly got back to us and said they would love to house us. It’s exactly what Stony radio’s about
We first aired on May 4th 2020 during the middle of Covid, it’s seemed the right thing to do at a very uncertain time. Things have just clicked into place and since then we have been so lucky to have met some wonderful people who have been so fundamental in growing this radio station.
We continue to better ourselves and cement our place in what is an already a rock solid foundation that is Stony Stratford.
We aim to be as diverse as we can giving a variety of shows, the future looks exciting.
To listen live, check the schedule, and find out more, go to:


The latest rules are that we close York House to all groups and events from November 5th to December 2nd (pending further guidance from the government).

The office will continue to be closed but you can contact us via email at

Please note that the office telephone is not attended. Mail will be collected periodically.

These are difficult times for us all and, rest assured, we will be doing everything to bring York House back to its sparkly self as soon as it is permissible.

A special thanks goes to the Christmas Lanterns team who have worked ferociously to ensure that a colourful Christmas will brighten Stony Stratford. Have a look at


Newsletter – September 2020

Here’s the latest newsletter (and it’s not all bad!). Enjoy!

newsletter september 2020



In the interests of  safety we have introduced some special conditions for anyone hiring York House for whatever reason.

You can see the latest details here:

Covid-19 Special Conditions of HireV6

Contacting York House

As many of you know, Fiona Trinder has left York House after many (many) years of dedicated service, and we wish her all the best in her new career in teaching.

She is continuing to lead on the Christmas Lanterns project and his happy to receive emails for that project at

FOR ALL OTHER CONTACT WITH YORK HOUSE please use the following:


Telephone: 01908 561075.

We are discussing the appropriate time to recruit a new Centre Manager.


Private Parties 2020

As of July 1st 2020

It is with great regret that the trustees of York House Centre have decided not to accept requests for private parties of any kind for the remainder of 2020.

We will be monitoring the regulations and any change to this policy will be posted here.

Sorry to disappoint you. It is frustrating for us, too.

Ken Daniels

Chairman, York House Centre Trustees

Please Look After This Building – Thank You!

It was with heavy hearts that we temporarily closed York House Centre on 23/03/20 due to the on-going Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.  The building and grounds are now closed to the public (apart from access to the grounds for our Community Gardeners).
The building will be checked regularly by the Trustees but we’d like to ask you, our community, to help us keep an eye on the building.  If you’re walking past, or are one of our neighbours who overlook us, please report anything you are concerned about via or (in emergencies only) by phone on 07948 390323.  The York House Staff have been temporarily furloughed so any communication will be with the York House Trustees.
If you feel able to make a donation to help sustain the charity through these dark days, you can do so via our Local Giving page Donate on LocalGiving.Org
Join our Facebook Group or Follow our Facebook Page for information about when we will re-open.
Thank you for your support!

York House Centre Announces Temporary Closure Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

It is with regret that, in accordance with the Government advice announced on Friday, York House Centre will be closed temporarily to all but essential groups from today (23/03/20) until further notice

All forthcoming events and bookings have been cancelled and the York House Centre Office is now closed to visitors but will remain staffed on weekdays between 9am and 2pm.

Please phone us on 01908 563361 or E-Mail any enquiries to

We are currently taking bookings from 01/09/20 but the situation is likely to change, we will keep you informed.

As a small charity, our Trustees are working hard to ensure that we manage to keep the organisation afloat until such time as normal service can resume.  We thank all our volunteers and customers for their support over the years, and hope that you all stay well.

If you feel able to make a donation to support us in the meantime, you can do so via our Local Giving page:-

York House Centre Launches New Branding and Website!

Having made major physical improvements to York House over the past 10 years, 2019 saw us turning our attention to improving the publicity and marketing for the centre.

The first task, (and what a mammoth task it was), was to totally re-brand our organisation!  Local graphic designer, Mason Edwards @ Mason Edwards Design,  generously donated his considerable skills and large amounts of his time to lead the project, totally free of charge.  Mason worked with the Trustees and Staff to design a brand-new logo, internal and external signage schemes, smart new lettering over the front portico and artwork for the buttons on our new website.  His bright, modern designs reflect our vibrant organisation and we are so grateful to him for his patience and generosity.

Every community centre worth its salt needs an external notice board to advertise its regular groups and one-off events – and now we’ve got a whopper!  Huge thanks to our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partners, Mercedes Benz Financial Services,  who funded the manufacturing and installation of all our new signs and also bought us a brand new notice board for the London Road border.  MBFS Volunteers even helped us install the notice board and re-develop the whole front border area during a very wet ‘Day of Caring’ in June 2019.  Grateful thanks to our own ‘Handyman Phil’ for all his hard work on this project as well as to the staff and clients from Branch-out MK CIC for devising the planting scheme, helping us to buy the plants and plant them out.

Once the re-branding scheme was finished, the next stage was to develop a shiny new website for the centre.  With practical and financial help from Mercedes Benz Financial Services, the York House Trustees and Staff agreed what functionality we would need from our new website and our vision for the over-all look.  The website was  designed and built by Stony Stratford-based company, Freestone Creative, who were incredibly patient and helpful and we are delighted with the finished result.  The new website is bright and colourful, incorporating Mason’s branding scheme and artwork plus lots of photographs of the building and its activities.

The website encourages users to choose one of three pathways from the home page – ‘Hire our Spaces’, ‘What’s On?’ or ‘About York House & Our Projects’.  Its clear design makes navigating easy and there is also a ‘search’ facility.   The website is packed with all sorts of information about how to hire our spaces (including room photos and plans, facilities, prices, FAQs and an enquiry form), a calendar of events and regular clubs & classes which are categorised for ease of use, plus everything you might want to know about our organisation and the projects we run, including a history of York House.   Grateful thanks to Mercedes Benz Financial Services who funded the development of the website.

Now that the new website is up and running, the Trustees and Staff will be developing a Marketing Strategy to target particular sectors of the community e.g children’s parties, commercial meetings etc –  ensuring that York House Centre continues to thrive during 2020 and beyond!