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17th May 2024

Funstation’s ‘Tickets2Wishes’ in aid of Rays Of Sunshine children’s charity

Funstation continues their long-standing partnership with Rays of Sunshine, a charity dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children by granting magical wishes. Funstation has been a continual supporter and fundraiser for Rays of Sunshine and the wonderful work they do. On Wednesday, 29th May Funstation is hosting an unforgettable VIP Day at Xscape, Milton Keynes for Rays of Sunshine ‘wish’ families from the local area. James Miller, Managing Director at Funstation explains the purpose behind the partnership, "Funstation is dedicated to creating fun and memories for families and friends spending time together. By supporting Rays of Sunshine, we..

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15th May 2024

Enjoy the thrill of Ascot in Milton Keynes

Experience the thrill of Ascot right in the heart of Milton Keynes! Set against the picturesque backdrop of Willen Hospice gardens, the upcoming Ladies Day on Thursday 20th, and Race Day on Friday 21st June, promises elegance and excitement. This exclusive event invites you to attend an afternoon of sophistication and sport. Get your fancy hats and exquisite dresses for an afternoon of bubbles and laughs. Tickets are just £50 per person on a shared table, or £500 for a table of ten. So get your girls together and help to raise much-needed funds for Willen Hospice. Guests will be..

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14th May 2024

Gel Blaster event at Willen Lake this May half term

Move over nerf guns and paintball and make way for Gel Blasters, coming to Willen Lake for a one-off special event from 25th May – 2nd June. Enter the arena with an orb firing Gel Blaster to compete as part of a team to fire on your opponents and see who emerges victorious. If a person is hit, they’ll have to reset by touching back at their base. The winning team will be the one with the fewest resets – a mixture of good aim and dexterity to dodge the incoming Gellets®! There’s no mess involved, the Gellets® are water-based..

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14th May 2024

Join The Old Lawnmower Club on the green, green grass of Milton Keynes Museum

The sound of the mower and the smell of freshly cut grass epitomises hazy summer days, and even though we don't all enjoy dragging the cutter around, we all love the results of a tidy and trim garden. This weekend, The Old Lawnmower Club will come to Milton Keynes Museum for its annual rally. The cutting-edge club boasts more than 500 members as fondness for the machines through the years continues to grow. Anyone who has an interest in the development of these invaluable garden assistants will want to visit during the course of the weekend, with 100s of mowers..

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7th May 2024

Charity sleepout aims to raise awareness and funds for homeless in MK

Cranswick Convenience Foods, a Milton Keynes-based business, has joined forces with local homeless charity UnityMK, to raise awareness of the city’s homelessness crisis. The Big Sleepout charity event (8pm-6am, Friday 10 May 2024) aims to raise much needed funds to support individuals and families struggling with homelessness in Milton Keynes. Cranswick will be hosting the sleepout at their premises for a third year and is urging other local businesses, groups and individuals to get involved either by signing up to take part, or by donating much needed funds to support the charity’s work. Cranswick is hosting the event at their onsite car park and..

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2nd May 2024

The club celebrating decades of magic mow-ments

The club celebrating decades of magic mow-ments On this month's history pages, Keith Wootton speaks to Sammy Jones about the attraction of the humble grass cutter.... It's the club that really is a cut above the rest; The Old Lawnmower Club is all about the collection, preservation and display of old mowers. This month at Milton Keynes Museum the annual Lawnmower Festival will see fans of the machinery assemble to inspect the many different lawnmowers housed on site, and to show off their own collections. This year, a light will be shone on more unusual mowers too; and with almost..

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2nd May 2024

Riffs and reels and Purple feels

What happens when you are given the privilege of delivering a video for one of the most iconic songs ever written? Luke McDonnell and Dan Gibling, directors of Stony Stratford-based Chiba Film, told Pulse’s Sammy Jones. Some songs are simply so big that they outgrow the genre in which they are seated. Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water is one of those songs. The opening riff is instantly recognisable, and the track has a chorus to match. It’s a rock belter considered one of the best tracks of all time – hardly surprising then that it was inducted into the..

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2nd May 2024

What’s on at the theatre this May

Sammy Jones shares this month’s top choices on a stage near you – including work by the sublime pen of the much-missed Kay Mellor, a Disney classic and some giggle bringers.... It has one lamp, three wishes and infinite possibilities – and Disney’s Aladdin is currently enchanting audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre, with tickets selling fast. The curtain won’t come down, but the magic carpet will fly off for the last time on Sunday, May 19. There won’t be time to get comfortable though, with a week of one nighters following, starting with The Chicago Blues Brothers in The Cruisin’..

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2nd May 2024

Caring for the little unfortunates

What happens when irresponsible owners decide they no longer want that gorgeous guinea pig now she’s not quite so little, or that beautiful bunny who takes more looking after than its owners were up for? That’s when the phone rings and Louise Norman and her husband Steve have to jump into action, as Sammy Jones discovered... For the past seven years, Louise has run Hartwell’s Homeless small animal sanctuary from her home, picking up the pieces and saving lives. “I became involved in animal rescue as a young child, when I would go out with my nan to trap feral..

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2nd May 2024

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, or rather everybody is talking about the rising talent who is currently starring as the teenager in the award-winning smash hit show. And when Ivano Turko steps to the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre next month (June 10-15) he’ll be playing to his home crowd, having grown up here in the new city. It was while singing in church in these parts as a youngster that Ivano first set his sights on performing. So, that’s how it started, and it’s been going gloriously well since; having graduated drama school in 2020 he was personally chosen by..

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2nd May 2024

Realise the financial potential of your land

It may be small, unused, overgrown and unloved… but that small parcel of land on your property that you have never really known what to do with could prove to be a goldmine. Developers across Milton Keynes and the wider region are searching for available land on which to build. And if you are thinking about selling, take some professional advice on your options from a leading estate agent in the city. Thomas Connolly Estate Agents is already advising property owners across the borough. There is a range of possibilities, which can include simply selling off land to the developer,..

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2nd May 2024

Celebrate #LoveMK Day

TODAY’S the day… yes, it’s #LoveMK Day once again. Destination Milton Keynes, the city’s official tourism organisation, is once again asking the people of Milton Keynes to help celebrate #LoveMK Day today (Thursday May 2) on the biggest one-day social media celebration of Milton Keynes. Now in its 12th year, #LoveMK Day promotes Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination and asks residents, employees and businesses to harness the pride that many have in the place they call home. Over the last few months, DMK has been asking residents and visitors what their favourite things are about Milton Keynes..

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2nd May 2024

What is youth work and why do we need it now

In a world of misunderstandings, explore the transformative impact of youth work. Beyond stereotypes, it empowers and fosters resilience, essential in today’s challenges. Discover how it shapes empowered individuals, offering strength and adaptability in uncertain times. Contrary to popular belief, youth work is so much more than playing ping pong. When done right, youth work is the vehicle to empower young people to advocate for their rights, to challenge the structures and systems that oppress them, and to provide a trusted adult relationship that can be transformational for young people who don’t have their emotional needs met elsewhere. Youth workers..

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1st May 2024

Easter family fun at Amazon in Milton Keynes

The team at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Milton Keynes hosted an Easter-themed family fun day for employees and their families. The event, which featured activities including an Easter egg hunt and arts and crafts, took place at Amazon in Milton Keynes and was attended by employees and their families. Victor Pulido, General Manager at Amazon in Milton Keynes, said: “We all had such a great afternoon, and it was fantastic to see so many colleagues having fun with their friends and families to celebrate Easter. I’d like to thank our team and their families for coming along and making..

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1st May 2024

Retail Spend Boost for Milton Keynes City Centre

Milton Keynes, UK – April 30, 2024 – MyMiltonKeynes, the City Centre's Business Improvement District (BID), reports retail sales across the City Centre in March 2024, showcasing a robust 5.4% year-on-year increase, driven by a rise in customer numbers. Data collected, capturing in-store debit card spend throughout the City Centre, reveals that monthly retail expenditure in March 2024 reached £30.9 million, up from £29.2 million during the same period last year. Year-to-date figures further illustrate a growth of 1.6%. Milton Keynes' performance stands in contrast to the national trend, which has witnessed a decline in March 2024 sales of 5.4%,..

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