December Delights

Check the what’s on calendar for more details of each event.


Friday, December 1st, 5.00 – 10.00pm: EATSTREET

It was a grand farewell on a slightly nippy night to this year’s gourmet street-food experience.

Don’t despair: EatStreet will be back on the first Friday of March 2018.

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Saturday, December 2nd: Christmas Lantern Parade.

Another spectacular year – congratulations to all the organising team and to those who made such stunning lanterns.

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Wednesday, December 13th, 8.00 – 9.30pm: Stony Tracks 2 with Dave Quayle

Another enjoyable evening with Derek Gibbons chatting to “lapsed librarian and occasional poet”, Dave Quayle about life and music. The next one is on January 10th.

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Monday 18th December: Let’s Get Arty For Christmas


Well done to Maya and her friends for this crafty morning for children, making large father Christmas faces and stockings out of card and other materials to decorate them with!

Funds were raised for for the Venture Arts Charity

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st December: Robin in the Whittlewoods

Another triumph for the young people of Act-Out/Act-Up, director (and everything else) Terrie Howey, and the adult performers, too. Christmas pantomime – a classic story with a local twist.

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York House Arts For All 2017 – review

Artists of all Ages ‘Go Wild in the Rainforest’ at
York House Centre!

Another fantastic FREE arts workshop at York House Centre!  A busy day with hundreds of families joining us for an art-tastic experience…


Local artists, Michelle Buckland and Angela Carel, transformed York House into a rainforest wonderland with its own treetop hideaway!  There were a wide range of arty activities based around the theme – loads of animals, birds and insects to colour and paint; printed leaves and butterflies to hang up on vines around the hall; make your own rainstick; masks to decorate with feathers and sequins;  icing beautiful butterfly biscuits; face-painting and printing the extremely popular ‘Groovy Gecko’ t-shirts.  The creativity flowed from people of all ages – from tiny tots to those more advancing in years – and a fabulous time was had by all.  We were delighted to welcome the Deputy-Mayor of Milton Keynes, Martin Petchey, and thank him for his interest in the event and for taking the time to chat with everyone; we hope he had as much fun as we did.

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We are grateful to Stony Stratford Town Council and the York House Centre LocalGiving.Com Fund – their generous funding, added to money raised via the cafe, paid activities and bucket donations, allows this event to be FREE for everyone (including materials), giving the opportunity to all families to play and create together.

A massive thank you to all our volunteers (the Arts For All Crew) who give so freely of their time to help everyone enjoy the day and to everyone who baked cakes and ran the Volunteer Cafe to keep the masses fed and watered!

And thanks to the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes who came along to mingle and to sample the cake.


Join us on Facebook at ‘York House Arts for All’ and for more information about all our events and activities visit

Excellent photos (again) by Derek Gibbons

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November Niceties

Plenty of good stuff to keep you entertained in November. Look on the events calendar for more details of each event.

and, of course, lots of Christmas lantern making.


Friday, November 3rd, 5.00 – 10.00pm. EatStreet

Another deliciously successful street-food evening, with one of my favourites – Yurkish Gozleme. The last EatStreet of the year will be on December 1st, then a break until March 3rd.

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Wednesday, November 8th, 8.00 – 9.00pm: Stony Tracks 1

A lovely “sold-out” start to a series of informal conversations with local characters, involving music and pictures. A jolly evening was had by all. The next maroon will be Dave Quayle, self-confessed “lapsed librarian”, on December 13th. For more info about Stony Tracks see

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Saturday, November 11th, 8.00 – 10.30pm. Five Men Not Called Matt

It was another joyous evening as the not really five, not all men, not called Matt led an enthusiastic audience through jaunty songs of sailors, beer, and fatty bacon, and poignant songs of a hard life, of loss, and of war. 23473186_10203918054628342_7913262217193581244_n


October Occurrences


Friday, October 6th, 5 – 10pm

The guaranteed fine selection of street-food vendors and Stony Beer Bear bar. Check Facebook nearer the time for details of which vendors will be present.

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Saturday, October 7th, 8.00 – 10.30pm

The delightful harmonies of TC3 bring you songs from those classic writers of the 60s & 70s – think Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Carole King ……

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Saturday, October 14th, 10.00am – 4.00pm: York House Arts For All 2017 – Go Wild in the Rainforest!

Another huge turn-out of families for this free annual art event. Magnificent job done by artists Angela Carel and Michelle Buckland and by a fine team of volunteers led by Fiona Trinder. Thanks to all who made cakes and to those who served them along with tea and coffee. It was good to see the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes enjoying the atmosphere (and the cake).

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Saturday, October 14th 8.30 – 11.00pm: CLAP HANDS! HERE COMES D.D.

A great turn-out for this star performer and her very talented band. T’aint what she does, it’s the way that she does it.

Friday, October 20th, 8.00 – 11.00pm: THE GLORIOUS MADNESS

A very moving performance evoking Great War in story and song.  Written by Mike Sparks and Carys Sullivan. Fine performances by all, and a nice little sum raised for The British Legion.

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Saturday, October 21st, 8.00 – 10.00pm: Whose Turn Is It Anyway?

Another successful and jolly night of improvised mirth – and they drank all the beer!

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Friday, October 27th 8.00 – 11.00pm: Kara in Concert

And what a fine evening it was. A combination of the Russian characteristics of “misery and vodka” (I quote Daria, the Russian singer) made for a jolly experience. and the bonus of a hammered dulcimer.


 Saturday, October 28th, noon – 10.00pm. MKBiergarten’s Oktoberfest

Another storming success when MKBiergarten and York House brought the famous Munich beer festival to Stony. Lots fo good Germand and English beers, great food from Urban Grilla and Good Times Cafe, and the essential oompah from  Der Huffunpuffers.


Virtuoso guitar – have a listen

In July we were pleased to host a concert with guitar maestro, Don Perera. Try this

If you like it, go to “About Us” on the menu, then select “video gallery”, then follow the links to see more. You’ll be delighted.

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See You In September

What you (may) have missed

Saturday, September 2nd (daytime)

Stony Stratford Harvest Show

Local growers exhibit their produce, win prizes, and have a jolly good time. Have a look at

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Saturday, September 9th 10.30 – 12.00

Sewing Machine Maintenance and getting the best from your sewing machine

Course Outline
Learn how to clean and oil your machine, check upper tension, check lower tension, check needle plate for scratches.
Understand stitch formation, and the importance of the correct needle type, and corresponding thread.
We will also have a section at the end where you can ask questions about any problems you have with your specific machine.
Please also bring along your sewing machine.
We will provide use of sewing machine cleaning equipment, machine oil, threads, needles and fabric for testing.


Saturday, September 9th

Stony Steam Lab – run by The Order of the Teapot

2.30 – 5.00pm. Calling all steampunk adventurers, lords, ladies, pirates, aeronauts, and mad scientists.


Friday, September 15th


Despite the English summer(!) and bearing in mind that there’s plenty of indoor seating) there was another busy turnout for the Caribbean delights, gourmet cheese toasties, “Vegetative State” vegetarian goodies, and other fine food.

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Saturday, September 16th, 2.30 – 4.30pm

The Reburial of Richard III

A fascinating talk by Dr Phil Stone. event organised by the Richard III Society.

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Saturday, September 16th, 8.15 – 10.45pm

Andy Fenton’s Acoustic Homage to Wishbone Ash.


Sunday, September 24th, 3.00 – 5.00pm

Vivant in Concert

FULL HOUSE for this afternoon of exquisite musical duets with violin and melodeon, embracing French traditional, Baroque, church music, and folk tunes. Photos (and hopefully a video) to follow.

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 Thursday, September 14th

The new term for Act Out & Act Up starts on Thursday 14 September, we’ll be working towards our very own Pantomime in December, ‘Robin Hood & the Whittle Woods’. Please share with anyone who has young people who may like to join. Contact for more information or to book a place.

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 September 29th to October 1st

International Pipe & Tabor Festival

A well-attended and lively festival celebrating all things pipe & tabor. Fine performances (including mediaeval dancing) and lots of busy workshops.

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Look at our lovely new garden

A second Day of Caring by over 50 MBFS volunteers and contractors resulted in a transformation of the new grounds,

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as well as two freshly painted rooms,


and clearance of the front border garden.

More pictures, courtesy Mick Moutrie, at

What! No pictures of the finished work?

Come and see us anytime, but especially on July 29th at our Open Day & Family Fun Day – see that date in the What’s On calendar.

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Saturday, July 1st

Whose Turn is it Anyway?

A joyous night of well-constructed, somewhat surreal (that’s good, by the way), hilarity. They’ll be back in October.

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Friday, July 7th (5.00 – 10.00pm)

EatStreet’s third outing at York House was another roaring success with sold-out food stalls and a delightful atmosphere. Next one up is on August 4th.

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Saturday, July 8th (evening)

A Summer Guitar Concert with Don Perera.

This was just sheer bliss for the many who were lucky enough to experience it. Video to follow (I hope). Meanwhile, here’s a pic:

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Saturday, July 29th: York House Open Day & Fun Day. Noon to 8pm

LOTS of families and others came to enjoy  family fun and entertainment, with children’s sports and games and funfair activities (including a bouncy castle, of course). There was fine food from our barbecue and Calcutta Brasserie, delicious cakes from Bo’s Bites, and an ice-cream van! The Great Oakley real ale went well, as did the teas and coffees and other refreshments. Lovely music from Ian & Irene. A great speech from the Mayor of MK, and a jolly (good) poem from the Bard of Stony Stratford, Our colourful Town Crier provided the shouting and bell-ringing. Innocent Hare provided lively dance music for those wwith plenty of energy.

Plenty of tired, pink-faced children – so it must have been a good day.

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