November Events

For more details, check the events calendar for the appropriate dates.

Friday, November 30th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Gilmore/Roberts @The Song Loft

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:

Friday, November 2nd (5.00 – 10.00pm): EATSTREET

A balmy evening brought out the hungry hordes – AGAIN!

Friday, November 2nd (8.00 – 11.00pm): Louise Jordan (No Petticoats Here) @The Song Loft

Songs and stories of the women who played such important roles in WW1. A delightful and moving evening, it was.

Sunday, November 4th (3.00 – 5.00pm): The Great War

The Living Archive brought music, stories, visuals and recordings for a fascinating afternoon. It was packed, and the atmosphere was splendid.

Wednesday, November 14th (8.00 – 9.45pm): Stony Tracks – the tables are turned.

Another interesting and entertaining evening as Stony Tracks creator, Derek, was the willing “victim” of the first maroon, Ken Daniels.

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October Events

Check the What’s On calendar for full details of each event.

Friday, 5th (5.00 – 10.00pm): EATSTREET

The first Friday of the month gourmet streetfood. What exotic delights await us this time?

Friday, 5th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The Song Loft

Your chance to shine with song, tune, or verse. Turn up and say hello.

Saturday, 6th (8.00 – 10.30): Whose Turn is it Anyway?

nth return of the popular madcap improvised comedy night, when YOU choose the subject matter.

Wednesday, 10th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Caz Tricks

Derek’s guest this month is Caz Tricks, major player on the local theatre scene, with a fascinating past in the arts. Hear about her life, see her photos, and listen to her favourite music.

Saturday, 13th (10.00 – 4.00pm): York House Arts for All

FREE family arts event – just drop in and create something to add to the theme of “Beside the Seaside”. Materials provided.

Saturday, 13th (8.15 – 10.30pm): Just One Alberto

If you enjoyed the outlandish and zany performances of Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias (remember “Head Down No-Nonsense Mindless Boogie”?) then front-man, CP Lee’s, one-man “tribute” involving a ukulele, will be just for you.

Friday, 19th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Ninebarrow @The Song Loft

BBC   Radio          2        Folk  Award         Nominees  2017                     Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

Saturday, 20th (1.30 – 3.30pm): Michele Welborn’s Beechey Room Session

A lovely afternoon recital for your pleasure.

Saturday, 20th (2.30 – 4.00pm): A Talk by Michael Jones on The Black Prince.

Another of the popular Richard III Society’s gatherings.

Saturday, 20th (8.00 – 10.30pm): A Pointless Quiz for York House

The team with the fewest points wins. Following the format of the TV show but with all team answers. Teams of up to six – best to book your slot.

Sunday, 21st (2.00 – 3.30): The Women’s Land Army in WW1.

In the Beechey Room (rear entrance).

Hear about the quite incredible contribution made by this oft-forgotten, overlooked ‘Army’ of women who, during The Great War years were recruited mainly from towns and cities to work on the land; often for the first time in large numbers. 

Saturday, 17th (noon – 10.00pm): Oktoberfest

Third return of MK Biergarten’s big Oktoberfest at York House. Special Bierfest German beers, and English real ale bar, pretzels, dirndls, and  – of course – an oompah band.

 

Thanks to the Santander team

On one of the hottest of the hottest days this year a team of willing volunteers from Santander toiled and sweated to create  a new bed in our community gardens. Not only that, but they raised the £250 for materials, too.

Huge thanks to them. York House loves it when the community steps in to help us help the community.

 

 

September Specials

What you may have missed:

Saturday, September 1st (daytime): Stony Stratford Harvest Show

The town’s annual harvest show with its fine display of local produce, and prizes.

Saturday, September 7th (5.00 – 10.00pm): Eatstreet

Yet another packed-to-the-gills eating experience with more exotic streetfood treats.

Saturday, September 7th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Neil Mercer & Phil Riley @The Song Loft

A dazzling performance from two of the Loft’s favourite performers.

Saturday, September 12th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Bob Adams

Another lovely warm and engaging evening with a man of many talents including, apparently, cattle licks.

Some cracking music, from Spike Jones & His City Slickers to the Cock & Bull Band.

 

Saturday, September 15th (10.00am – 1.00pm): Family Dance Workshop

Explore York House in dance and movement with MOTUS. Ages 7 to 107.

   

Saturday, September 15th (10.30 – 11.30am): Bygone Stony #4

A nice turn-out, and lots of reminiscing.

Saturday, September 15th (12.00 – 4.30pm): Heritage Apple Day

A fine celebration of Britain’s heritage apples.

Saturday, September 15th (2.30 – 4.30pm): The Survival of the Princes in the Tower

The Richard III Society presents a talk by Matthew Lewis.

Some fascinating alternative theories had the audience very intrigued.

Saturday, September 21st (8.00 – 11.00pm): Harp & A Monkey @The Song Loft

A jolly evening and some fine music combining traditional folk music with sound effects and special features.

SONGS about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey.

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.

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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….?

Coming up in January 2019

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, parties, wargamers……….

 

Friday, January 25th – Sunday, 27th January (various times): Robin Hood in Stony Stratford.

Stony Stratford Theatre Group’s annual excellent pantomime.

Monday, January 28th (7.30 – 9.00pm):

SAND, PLANES & SUBMARINES – 

LEIGHTON BUZZARD in WW1

Songs and stories about local people in World War 1

What you may have missed:

Friday, January 4th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Jack in a Barrel @The Song Loft –

Fine harmonies and a welcome return for these guys.

 

Wednesday, 9th January (8.00 – 9.45pm) – Stony Tracks with Paul Cantwell

Derek’s first guest of the year is Paul Cantwell, who has mingled with the stars. His story; his photos; his favourite music.

Saturday, January 12th (7.30 – 11.00pm): Reggae in your Jeggae

A jolly evening was had by all – can’t beat those reggae classics.

Friday, January 18th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The SongLoft

Another fine mix of songs, tunes, poems and stories.

Friday, January 18th (8.00 – 11.00pm): The Bardic Trials 2019

Jam-packed audience to elect the new Bard of Stony, Mitchell Taylor.

Saturday, January 19th (8.30 – 11.00pm): Kent DuChaine (& Leadbessie)

Just excellent – as expected. Great crowd to see one of our favourite entertainers.

 

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…

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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.

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Join us on Facebook at ‘York House Arts for All’ and for more information about all our events and activities visit www.york-house.org.uk

Excellent photos (again) by Derek Gibbons

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