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 ……

TC3 at York House 2016

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 https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/7sxtujshzwavlt1w9wf4q/Intro%20and%20Capricho%20Arabe%20-%20Tarrega.MP4?dl=0&oref=e&r=AAczQnNa1CDnLJDh0ycWEeVFif4oC1dMXdmQe02bNLyAlexH8KmwIcKfex_KEUaWOrE6M6C65rnzo04edDz5BtVeSCgJw2FmRQ1sTvAV1rngJz9x1YFvSwAwnRIGGJSz8NFFAXZBbMsfxm2QXtFZRHoC4ObC76KLqFEUSRv1b99-1g&sm=1

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/827148224117711.

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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 http://actout@redphoenixstory.com 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 https://www.flickr.com/gp/16497759@N07/d4uTxs

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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York House in June

See the events calendar for more details of the events:

 What you may have missed

On Friday June 2nd 5.00 – 10.00pm

Another roaring success for Eat Street, with a great crowd   enjoying the sunshine, the wonderful food from seven vendors – from samosas and tacos to pizzas and cheesy delights – and, of course, some lovely beers from The Beer Bear. The next Eatstreet will be on July 7th (ie the first Friday).

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Saturday, June 3rd 10.00am – 4.00pm

The first Bucks Fest was a great success, showcasing the best of local, hand-made products, quality food and drink, local crafts and entertainment, centered around ecology, health and well-being. Great day out with family and friends.

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Tuesday, June 6th 8.00 – 11.00pm

An Evening with The Bard and Friends

Bard Stephen Hobbs introduces outstanding local performers who will delight though music, storytelling, poetry, and comedy. Includes: Daniel Collins (from world renowned “The Sixteen”); Red Phoenix; and a special surprise!


Wednesday, June 7th, 8.00 – 10.00pm: ‘A Sequence to Summer’ – Byrd, Bach and Beyond

A Keyboard recital of music in a related sequence of favourite pieces on the theme of song and dance through the ages. And some of the pieces will complement the other Shakespeare events in town.


Saturday, June 10th matinee and evening performances

Canals of Old England:


A capacity audience enjoyed a stunning and original musical history of England’s canals. The event was video’d and the plan is to take the show on the road – watch out for details.

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Saturday, June 17th:

Dancing with Danza Enigma
Beginners welcomed, no partners or dance experience required
* Guest DJ & Teacher David Bonner in Kizomba Room
* DJ Steve Mapson in Latin Room

* Bonus class starts 6pm
* Social dancing from 8pm until 11pm

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 Saturday June 24th evening

Stony Stratford Cricket Club Girls on Tour QUIZ.

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Friday, June 30th 8.00 – 11.00pm

Riverside Parks Music

A fine evening of top-class music and a busy and enthusiastic audience raised over £500 to help ensure the Riverside Parks Fair happens again next June.

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May Days


May 3rd: Gods, Demons, and Immortals

An illustrated look at some of the many colourful and fascinating beings in Hindu mythology.


 May 5th: Eat Street

A roaring success for the first of a series of events offering tasty treats from local food vendors offering grills, pizza, toasted cheese sandwiches, Mexican and oriental goodies, with a fine beer bar, and cakes and puds stall.

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May 6th: Comedy Cow

Headliner is the astounding Frank Sanazi and his superior take on lounge-lizard cabaret, Hosted by Lou Conran, with support from quality stand-up comedians.

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May 13th: Yorkiefest

Another successful return of the annual charity-supporting all-day music and performance event. YorkieFest 2017: The audience was treated to a great day of original music, spoken word and dance. Our two selected charities will receive just over £300.00 each

We did a great job of decorating the hall and much thanks must go to Theresa whose floral decorations were amazing.  Thanks must also go to the efforts of Sarah Donovan and Julia Metcalfe, who put a 100 prize raffle together which raised £211.00 and meant that nearly everyone at the event won a prize!

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May 13th Steampunk Lab

Calling all steampunk adventurers, lords, ladies, pirates, aeronauts, and mad scientists.
Mix, meet and mingle with like-minded creative explorers to transform clothes, jewellery, textiles, furniture and accessories.


 May 8th & May 15th (1.00 – 2.00pm): Chinese Fan Fusion Dance

One hour Introduction (afternoon) session to Chinese Fan Fusion dancing – learn some basic techniques, and have a go & a giggle. This is an it’s low impact & relaxing dance form.

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May 15th: Introduction to Salsa

Do you wish you could dance salsa but are too afraid to learn?

A fun 1 hour (afternoon) session of beginners/foundation Salsa dancing. Enjoy learning with like minded people going at a nice easy pace without any pressure.

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May 20th: Saftastic Curry Night


Saturday May 27th – afternoon: 5 Men Not Called Matt

What a terrific way to spend an afternoon – jolly songs and a sparkly atmosphere (plus tea and cake), and all in  aid of RNLI.

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