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8th May 2024

Local charity encourages people to write a Will this May

Willen Hospice are encouraging local people to take advantage of their Make a Will Month offer this May. Throughout the month, participating solicitors will be waiving their fees for writing or updating a Will in lieu of a suggested donation to the Hospice. This will usually be half the price of what a solicitor would normally charge. Appointments are limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Local people can enquire about an appointment by completing the form on the Willen Hospice website under the ‘Make a Will Month’ page, emailing legacies@willen-hospice.org.uk or calling 01908 303068 (Mon – Fri, 9am..

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7th May 2024

The Stables announces David Meadowcroft as new Chair of the Board of Trustees

Following an extensive search, The Stables in Milton Keynes is delighted to announce the appointment of David Meadowcroft as its new Chair. David is a senior business leader in the facilities and technology sector and is currently Global Alliance Director (Facilities Management) with CBRE.  He has also played a leading role in the local community, recently stepping down from the board of governors at Milton Keynes College after nine years, seven of those as Chair, where he helped to steer the organisation through a period of growth, including the development of the Institute of Technology and the new Business College...

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28th April 2024

Olney retailers unite to raise over £6,000 for Willen Hospice with charity fashion show

A charity fashion show hosted by Olney's top fashion retailers has successfully raised over £6,000 for local palliative care charity Willen Hospice. The event, held at the Carlton House Club in Olney, was a vibrant celebration of fashion, community, and philanthropy. Attendees enjoyed an evening filled with style and glamour, featuring the latest collections from Olney's leading fashion boutiques. Willen Hospice's own shop also took centre stage, showcasing a stunning selection of pre-loved occasion-wear from its upstairs boutique in the town. The event was organised..

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10th December 2023

Local charity opens Santa’s Grotto this weekend

This weekend, Willen Hospice is delighted to open its festive grotto, with Santa stopping by on 9 – 10 and 16 – 22 December. The charity will be transforming its tranquil gardens into a winter wonderland, ready to welcome families for a very special one-on-one meet and greet with Santa. Visitors will spend five magical minutes with Mr. Claus where he will surprise them with a personalised special message and celebrate what they have been good at this year. It costs £15 per child which includes a high-end quality gift. Nikki Poole, Willen Hospice Community Fundraising Manager, said, “Our Santa’s..

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19th November 2023

Record-Breaking 14,000 Votes Decide Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards Winners at Glamorous Ceremony

A record number of public votes – more than 14,000 – have determined the winners of this year’s Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards. The winners were revealed at a lavish black tie dinner and ceremony at the Delta by Marriott Hotel, Kents Hill. The awards, in their 11th year, celebrate and showcase the best restaurants and attractions in and around Milton Keynes and are an occasion for hospitality businesses across the city and beyond to celebrate the hard work before the busy festive period begins in earnest. “The event goal is to uncover the most fabulous-tasting dishes, recognise the..

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11th November 2023

Yule love A Victorian Christmas at Milton Keynes Museum December 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17

The countdown to Christmas is on, and Milton Keynes Museum will be turning back the clock and celebrating Yuletide with the return of its popular A Victorian Christmas – which is set to be bigger and better than ever! Visitors can eat, drink and be merry with freshly roasted chestnuts to nibble on, and mulled wine, or a non-alcoholic alternative, served for just 20 shillings a glass, and you'll want to be in tune if you fancy joining in with the Carols in the Parlour. As you move around the Museum at leisure you'll see all of the usual attractions..

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6th November 2023

Midsummer Place welcomes independent business hub, The Artisan Collective Farmshop

Midsummer Place Shopping Centre is excited to announce a new retailer. The Artisan Collective Farmshop, will be joining the centre to offer small businesses a place to sell their fresh produce and home-made crafts. Located next to LEGO, The Artisan Collective Farmshop will house multiple retailers on a rotation basis, giving small and independent businesses the opportunity to enjoy premium retail space and significant footfall. The shop is the brainchild of Steve Reid, owner of Friars Farm, which was one of Midsummer Place Hatch competition finalists. Opening from 16 November, the shop will initially be open for six weeks and..

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5th November 2023

Win £3,000 in local charity’s Winter Draw

Local palliative care charity, Willen Hospice is putting the ‘win’ in winter with their latest draw. Open to anyone over 18, the draw invites people to pay just £1 per ticket for their chance to take home the top prize of £3,000! A second prize of £500 or 10 runner-up prizes of £50 are also up for grabs! Last year the incentive raised over £17,000 for the Hospice and this year the charity hopes to smash that record. The money raised helps to pay towards the running costs of the Hospice, which is now at almost £6 million every year...

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22nd October 2023

The Webber is A-Buzz!

Local Independent School The Webber, has been a hive of activity this year as they settle in resident bees and launch an Eco Bee Club to help inspire active learning and improve the local economy. The Webber Independent School neighbours the green Linford Woods, a local woodland area of Milton Keynes just outside the heart of the City. The school ranges from 6 months to 16 years offering a real world curriculum and outstanding individualised learning experience that drives personal development and growth. Working alongside local business Home Farm MK, Headmistress Hilary Marsden and Mr Adrian Dumbleton introduced a bee..

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20th October 2023

Early bird discount for Willen Hospice’s popular Santa Dash event

The Willen Hospice Santa Dash, sponsored by MyMiltonKeynes, will be taking place on Sunday 17 December. This popular Christmas event sees hundreds of people walk, run or jog just over a mile around Willen’s North Lake in Santa suits to raise vital funds for the charity. Early sign-ups can get £5 off the registration fee with an early-bird offer, which ends on 31 October. There is also a discounted ‘green’ option for those who wish to wear last year’s Santa suit, or come in their own festive fancy dress. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join in the fun too! Nikki..

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13th October 2023

‘We do what we love, and we love what we do…’

Main Image: Fireworks light the sky in Milton Keynes pic: Gill Prince The Emmett name is synonymous with entertainment in Milton Keynes. Over the decades they have delighted hundreds of 1000s of people with their events, and there’s every chance that you are among that number. Sammy Jones spoke with Keith Emmett III to learn more about the family's impressive history. As a new city, and a new town before that, Milton Keynes doesn’t have too much in the way of ‘modern’ history – we’re still busily establishing things that will become traditions. But one thing that is already anchored..

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9th October 2023

Willen Lake’s free Hallowe’en Trail returns for October Half Term

Back for another year, Willen Lake’s spooktastic Hallowe’en trail promises free family fun this half term. Children will need to keep an eye out for pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, bats and witches’ hats, each with a question to answer, and complete an answer sheet to earn a treat! There’s no tricks as the trail has been designed for primary school aged children and follows a buggy-friendly route that’s less than a kilometre. Simply visit the Watersports Centre between 10am – 4pm to pick up a free answer sheet. The Hallowe’en Trail will be available from Saturday 21st October – Tuesday 31stOctober...

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12th September 2023

Local charity aims for record fundraising effort – Can you assist Keech Hospice Care in raising £500k? 

On the weekend of 7-8 October, Keech Hospice Care will embark on their most ambitious fundraising endeavour in their 32-year legacy, REACH OUT FOR KEECH. Over just 48 hours, the charity, renowned for their specialised care for adults and children facing life-limiting conditions, seeks to gather £500,000. This is to ensure the continuity of their crucial services for patients throughout Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. The fundraiser will operate as an electrifying race against time on an online crowdfunding platform. Here, supporters can donate immediately and watch live as the event progresses towards its monumental £500,000 target. The clock will..

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12th September 2023

City of Codes & Light Festival: A luminous celebration of innovation, art and history returns to Milton Keynes

The City of Codes & Light Festival returns to Milton Keynes in October and it's grander, bolder and more radiant than ever. Organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture (MKIAC), brace yourself for a four-day extravaganza celebrating innovation, art, science and technology, encompassing imaginative workshops, educational symposiums and memorable performances. Taking place from the 4th to the 7th of October, the festival promises a varied programme of workshops, academic seminars, thought-provoking discussions and commissioned artist installations, including STEM activities by the award-winning organisation, 1001 Inventions. Situated around MKC Library, SCIoT and Bletchley Park, immerse yourself in the theme of..

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11th September 2023

Gulliver’s Land Theme Park partners with Willen Hospice for a charitable day of fun

On Thursday, 14th September, from 2pm to 7pm, Gulliver's Land Theme Park Resorts will be taken over by local charity, Willen Hospice, for a day of entertainment and fundraising. Residents are invited to experience all their favourite rides*, plus some extra games and stalls, in an event dedicated to supporting Willen Hospice. Entry is priced at £7, with half of all ticket sales directly benefiting the charity. Nikki Poole, the Events and Community Fundraising Manager at Willen Hospice, expressed her gratitude, stating, “A heartfelt thank you to Gulliver's Land Theme Park Resorts for once again offering this platform. Last year..

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