February Frolics

 

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

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

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

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! https://www.facebook.com/yvonne.fox.31/videos/pcb.10155532021132408/10155532004697408/?type=3&theater

and later…. https://www.facebook.com/yvonne.fox.31/videos/pcb.10155532021132408/10155532011557408/?type=3&theater

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.

Saturday, February 17th (2.30pm) JOIN US FOR A TALK BY NATHEN AMIN ON THE BEAUFORTS

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…

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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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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,

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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.

May Days

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

May 3rd: Gods, Demons, and Immortals

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

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 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.

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 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

SORRY, BUT THIS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. WATCH OUT FOR NEWS OF A NEW DATE.

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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Catapult-making

Bet you wish you were aged 8 – 12 so you could have gone to a lively session of giant catapult making at York House Centre Junior Youth Club.

A great time was had by all.

The Junior Youth Club runs every Monday in  term time from 6.30 – 7.30, and subs are just £1 per session. All sorts of lively goings-on from arts and crafts to games and … whatever we can think of.

April Action

 

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:

April 1st: Comedy Cow

– another capacity audience enjoyed jollity, frivolity and quality with a quartet of comedians, including headliner Andy Wilky aka Smug Roberts.

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April 8th: Tograiser –

A full house and a terrific night of music: roistering maritime songs from the Oarsome Buoys, charming a capella with The Reluctants, and the guaranteed top-notch rocking folk sounds of Togmor. Busy bar and all tickets sold means lots of cash in the coffers for Togfest in June.

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April 14th: Danz Enigma

New dance party in Milton Keynes this Friday at York house, start your Easter weekend dancing in a friendly atmosphere. Absolute beginners welcomed.
DJ Escudero in the main hall, playing Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & more.
Doors open 6pm, starting with a fun bonus class with our guest teacher Sami Salsa.
6.45pm Salsa class mixed level
8.00pm social dancing
You can Bring your own drinks to the venue.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1454735537905204/?ti=cl

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April 21st: Pub Quiz for MK Youth Uganda Project

Run by our own Senior Youth Club leader, Tash Darling. Book in your team!

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April 29th: Spring Plant Sale and Coffee Morning,

LOTS of plants from those lovely Stony Stratford in Bloom people, plus seed swapping, planting of the edible bed, being Shakespearean and Bardic, and delicious teas, coffees, and CAKES from the York House volunteers.

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April 29th: Richard Duke of York – King by Right

A talk by Matthew Lewis
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