Coming to you in July and August

What you may have missed:

Friday, July 6th (3.00 – 10.00pm): EatStreet

Another top-quality outing for the gourmet streetfood people, AND beer!

Saturday, July 7th (8.00 – 10.30pm): Riverside Parks Music

Lovely music for a summer evening. Supporting the Riverside Fair – keeping it free for the children

Friday, July 20th (8.30 – 11.00pm): Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

What a cracking night of consummate professionalism and sheer joy. We hope to get them back for a fourth time.

Friday, August 3rd (3.00 – 10.00pm): EatStreet

Sunshine brought them out again – some lovely food from new and regular vendors, and a lovely drop of Concrete Cow IPA.

Saturday, August 4th (8.15 – 10.30pm): Don Adam Perera

Great turn-out for Adam’s third concert at York House – dazzling musicianship (and he’s a nice bloke, too!).

Saturday, August 18th (11am – 11pm): Summer Fiesta

WHARF DISTILLERY hosted a well-attended and jolly family event celebrating local produce, inluding Wharf Distillery & Deli products from gin to cider, local beers from The Concrete Cow Brewery, Hornes Brewery, The Beer Garage and others, hot and cold street food (to be announced) as well as a number of local food and craft stalls.

June and StonyLive!

What you may have missed:

Friday, June 1st (5.00 – 10.00pm: Eatstreet

Another jam-packed (but no jam) outing, with a record eight vendors. Caribbean, Indonesian, South African, and Chinese Dumplings added spice to the usual excellent pizzas, gourmet cheese toasties, burgers ….. AND there were cocktails! Hornes beers were, of course, in fine form.


Friday, June 1st (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers’ Evening @The Songloft.

Nice intimate atmosphere and fine performances at the regular performers’ night.

Saturday, June 2nd (8.30 – 11.00pm): Roadrunner! Roadrunner!

WHAT a belter! Dazzling musicianship and wild performance all over the room! They’ll be back next April.

Tuesday, June 5th (7.30 – 11.00pm): An Evening with The Bard & Friends

A jolly evening of poetry, music and stories for the 8th Bard’s gathering.

Wednesday, June 6th (8.00 – 10.30pm): An Evening with Patricia Allati

Full house (nor surprises there) for a delightful evening of songs, and stories about Pat’s fascinating life.

Thursday, June 7th (8.00 – 0.30pm): Chris & Kellie While @The Songloft

Lovely voices and harmonies, and much joviality.

Saturday, June 9th (7.30 – 11.00pm): StonyLive! HoeDown!

A very jolly night with lots of dancing and fine music, not to mention strange photos, and a less strange chilli.

A StonyLive! event

Wednesday, June 13th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks

Sold out, as always.

A charming stroll through the life, times, and music of local musician, performer, and aviation aficionado, Andy Powell.

Saturday, June 23rd (8.00 – 10.30pm): Whose Turn is it Anyway?

Another “lively” and rather naughty evening from the team. Great job!

Friday, June 29th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers’ Evening @The Songloft.

Note that this Songloft will be the Beechey Room. You may bring your own refreshments to this one.

The performers’ nights offer you a chance to shine, with sing, tune, poem, or….?

May York House be with you

Check the events calendar for more details of each event.


Plus, of course, all our regular activities like youth clubs, toddler groups, pilates, tai-chi, meditation, wargamers……….


Friday, May 4th (5.00 – 10.00pm: Eatstreet

Magnificently busy, and what a wonderful atmosphere in the sunshine. Excellent food from Baja Cantina, Saf’s Kitchen, Good Times Cafe UK, OMG Streetfood, Monsta Pizza, Uncle G’s Gourmet Fried Chicken, I Am Dumpling, La Flamenca Churros, ProCocktails, AND Stony Beer Bear beers.

Friday, May 4th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Steve Ashley @The Songloft.

Another Songloft success, with the fine singing and songwriting of Steve Ashley.

Wednesday, May 9th (8.00 – 0.30pm): Stony Tracks

Another sold out show, as best-selling author, Sarah Pinborough, talked about her life and works, and favourite music. The photos and choices from Sarah Pinborough’s show are now on the website.

Friday, May 11th (8.00 – 10.30pm): Words without Songs

A nice full room of people, and a weird and wonderful mix of choices of lyrics to read: George Formby, Motorhead, Roy Harper, Ronnie Barker (yes, that one), Elvis Presley, Leonard Cohen……..and a dozen-to-twenty others. Sam Pepys did not turn up.

Saturday, May 12th (2.30 – 4.30pm): Medieval Food and Banquets

Michael Brown, also known as ‘The Historic Gardener’ has a wealth of knowledge in medieval gardens and food. Forget Hollywood’s version of bone throwing and dogs all over the place. Discover how the wealthy ate, and what the peasants had too.

Wednesday, May 16th (7.30 – 9.00pm): Native American History – The Plains Indians.

A full house for Peter Gage’s talk on the often tragic history of the Plains Indians. A goodly sum was raised for Peter’s school project on a reservation in Dakota.


Friday, May 18th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Flossie Malavialle @The Songloft

Super night at the Song Loft on Friday with the wonderful Flossie Malavialle great songs and humorous chat and a French lesson as well. Well supported by floor spots from Jeff, Andy, and Andrew and Julia Metcalfe. What’s not to like???

Saturday, May 19th (7.30 – 11.00pm): Yorkiefest 2018

Another successful Yorkiefest raising funds for Willen Hospice. A good variety of music and poetry, culminating in a lively set of danceable Soweto Township” music by the ever-excellent Safari Boots.


April Show(er)s

Check the events calendar for more details of each event.

Plus, of course, all our regular activities like youth clubs, toddler groups, pilates, tai-chi, meditation, wargamers……….

What you may have missed:

Friday, April 6th (5.00 – 10.00pm): EatStreet –

Another packed event with a fine choice of international cuisines to choose from.

Friday, 6th April (8.00 – 11.00pm) – The SongLoft Performers’ Night

A full house saw a steam of local performers providing enjoybale music, with the lovely harmonies of The Straw Horses making a grand finale.

Saturday, April 7th (8.00 – 11.00pm) – Tograiser

Togmor and Palmerston have to be two of the finest bands around, so the evening was electric. The bar was well attended. Hopefully lots of money to help ensure the Togfest festival continues to prosper.

Wednesday, April 11th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks.

Derek Gibbons in conversation with Roy Nevitt – his life, his times, his music. Another sold-out evening.

Friday, April 20th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Five Men Not Called Matt @The SongLoft

A highly successful evening – as expected from the rumbustious Five Men.

York House Marches On

See the events calendar for more details about each event.

What you may have missed:

Friday, March 2nd (8.00 – 11.00pm): Richard Grainger@The SongLoft

Richard Grainger is a prolific and diverse artist, performing on the British Folk Scene .


Saturday, March 3rd (8.15 – 11.00pm): A Concert of Classical & South American Guitar Music

We are delighted to see the return of this virtuoso guitarist.


Friday, March 9th (3.00 – 5.00pm) Mothers’ Day Friday Fiesta

Everyone Welcome 😀 Join Russell Street School Parents’ Association for cakes, Mother’s Day crafts, kids chill-out zone, activities, a pop-up Prosecco bar and kids’ hot dogs

Saturday, March 10th (noon to 10.00pm): Spring Craft Beer Festival.

Another highly successful Stony Beer Bear production with a great selection of craft and real ales from seven local breweries, food, and music from Der Hufferpuffers.

Friday, March 2nd (5pm – EatStreet

POSTPONED! Seems the weather is a bit under the weather. RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 24TH.

and what a great success the one-off Saturday session was!


Wednesday, March 14th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Judith Deveson.

Another full house in the popular series of conversation, photos and music, with well-known busy person, Judith Deveson.

Friday, March 16th (7.00pm – 10.00pm): International Women’s Day 2018: celebrating women artists.

 Saturday, March 17th (7.00 – 10.30pm): Quiz for Africa

Ioan Eklund is going to Swaziland in July as part of the World Challenge to build community care points. Fun quiz night raising funds for a good cause

Friday, March 23rd (8.00 – 11.00pm): SongLoft Performers’ Night

Your chance to shine – songs, tunes, poetry, stories…….

Plus, of course, all our regular activities like youth clubs, toddler groups, pilates, tai-chi, meditation, wargamers……….




February Frolics


Saturday, February 24th (8.00 – 11.00pm): “Henry Priestman & Les Glover”

Sorry, folks, but, owing to ill health, this event has been 


Friday February 2nd “Roger McGough in Person” 

 and not surprisingly! A hundred people were enchanted by this verbal magician – I know: I was one of them.

Saturday February 3rd (8.15 – 11.00pm) “StonyMusicHall 4”

AN this was just the very start of it!

and later….

Sunday, February 4th (3.30 – 5.00pm) “The Elizabethan Winter’s Tale”

Delightful period music, lively readings, Elizabethan tit-bits and mulled cider. Nice turn-out and a lovely afternoon. Back in the next StonyWords! (we hope).

Saturday, February 10th (10.00am – 4.00pm) “Bucks Fest Chapter 3”

Another successful festival, showcasing local businesses and services, with a family fun atmosphere of stalls, games, and refreshments. Nesxt one on June 2nd

Saturday, February 10th (8.00 – 11.00pm): “Kent DuChaine & Leadbessie”

A treat to see Kent back in Stony after a long absence. as brilliant and endearing as ever – got the full house howling with pleasure.

Wednesday, February 14th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks

Ian Freemantle has certainly had a fascinating life: wood sculpting, poetry,  political activism, and some occasionally esoteric favourite musical pieces? A warm and imtimate evening with a capacity audience.

Friday, February 16th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Liz Simcock@The SongLoft


What a lovely evening for the SongLoft’s second outing in its new home. Liz Simcock is a fine songwriter and a talented and engaging performer.


Another successful session from the Richard III Society.

Lantern Parade 2017 – what a joy!

Another magical year with nearly 300 lanterns, towered over by Elvis the Elf. All the lanterns were made by local family groups, and the whole show was organised by York House. Thanks to all those who helped, sponsored, made lanterns, or simply joined the hundreds in the parade.

A full report is on the Lantern project page.

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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