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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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10th September 2023

Willen Hospice Invites Milton Keynes to Join ‘Blue Week’ Fundraiser, September 18-24

Milton Keynes residents, it's time to show you're blue! Join the efforts to support Willen Hospice by organising or participating in exciting fundraising events from September 18 to 24. Whether it's a bake sale, quiz night, or even a themed dress-up day at work, there's a way for everyone to contribute. Schools, community groups, and local businesses – all are invited to join in the fun. Ready-made resources to assist you are available for download on the Willen Hospice website. Nikki Poole, the Community & Events Fundraising Manager, shares, “Through 'Blue Week,' you have a wonderful opportunity to bolster Willen..

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10th September 2023

New CEO Appointed for MyMiltonKeynes

MyMiltonKeynes is pleased to confirm the appointment of Jill Farnsworth as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Milton Keynes Business Improvement District (BID). Jill, starting her role at MyMiltonKeynes on Friday, 8th September, succeeds Melanie J Beck MBE, who declared her intention to retire from the position of MyMiltonKeynes CEO earlier in the year. Jill transitions to MyMiltonKeynes from Watford BID, where she held the role of Head of Operations & Development since its inception in April 2016. Before this, Jill served as the Town Centre Partnership Officer for Watford Town Centre Partnership. In that capacity, she was pivotal..

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6th September 2023

Milton Keynes College rolls out new A Level courses

Milton Keynes College proudly unveils its new A Level programs for students aged 16-18, with classes beginning in September 2024. Interested candidates can submit their applications starting today, 6th September 2023. The College presents four tailored A Level pathways to address Milton Keynes' unique skill demands: Green Pathway: Focusing on Environmental Science and Law. Digital Pathway: Concentrated on Computer Science and Business. Creative Pathway: Encompassing Media Studies and English Language & Literature. Social Sciences Pathway: Featuring Psychology and Sociology. Moreover, students will have the option to enhance these pathways with an additional A Level from choices like Maths, Business, Psychology,..

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5th September 2023

Authentic Italian flavours arrive at Midsummer Place with the opening of Nero Artisan Pizza

This week, the bustling Boulevard at Midsummer Place is buzzing with the aroma of authentic Neapolitan pizza, as it welcomes its latest culinary gem, Nero Artisan Pizza. This marks the seventh cabin to grace the newly refurbished food court and the second store for Nero Artisan Pizza. Promising to serve ‘the finest pizza in MK’, Nero Artisan Pizza invites customers to embark on a gastronomic journey to Italy. Each pizza is handcrafted to order, ensuring a fresh and traditional Neapolitan experience. From the decadent Truffle Fig to the timeless classic Margherita, Nero Artisan Pizza caters to every palate. Our top..

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30th August 2023

Last chance to sign up for Willen Hospice Cycle Sportive

The weather is looking promising for the Willen Hospice Cycle Sportive, which takes place this Sunday (3rd September). Keen cyclists looking to get their miles in while the sun shining still have time to sign up online, or they can register on the day. There are three new routes to choose from; 35 miles (starts 10am), 65 miles (starts 9am), and 100 miles (starts 8am). Each route begins and finishes from The Good Gym MK, in Kiln Farm, heading out into the countryside, passing through the beautiful villages surrounding Milton Keynes. Volunteers from The Rotary Club of Milton Keynes Grand Union will signpost the route,..

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29th August 2023

Milton Keynes families: light up your festive season with Christmas at Wrest Park!

Don't miss out on the enchanting Christmas at Wrest Park, just a short drive from Milton Keynes. A spellbinding spectacle for all ages, brought to life with illuminations, installations, and festive cheer from 1st December to 1st January! Located just a stone's throw away from Milton Keynes, in the scenic Bedfordshire countryside, and created by the celebrated team at Kilimanjaro Live in association with English Heritage, this magical light trail is set to transform the 18th-century mansion's stunning grounds into a winter wonderland. Prepare to let the Christmas spirit envelop you as you step into a dazzling world of seasonal..

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25th August 2023

Thornton Students Excel in GCSE Results

Thornton students shine bright with stellar GCSE results amidst the widely discussed grading changes this year. Students at Thornton have once again showcased their brilliance with impressive GCSE results, with more than a third obtaining grades between 9 and 7 (equivalent to the old A** to A grades). On top of these GCSE achievements, students have also done splendidly in their Higher Project Qualifications, with all students attaining between A* and C and over half securing A* to A. Breaking down the results: 76% achieved grades 9-5 55% secured grades 9-6 33% celebrated grades 9-7 19% accomplished grades 9-8 For..

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25th August 2023

Funstation Champions Children’s Charity Rays of Sunshine While Going Green

In a heartwarming move, Funstation teams up with Rays of Sunshine, pledging support through donations and promoting sustainability via Eco Plush toys. Funstation, the UK's premier family leisure destination, has made a generous contribution of £5,000 to Rays of Sunshine, a charity committed to bringing joy to children facing severe illnesses. This collaboration emphasises not only a shared mission to enrich children's lives but also to make a positive environmental impact. The support from Funstation doesn't end with a donation. The company is excited to announce a special VIP Day on 29th August at Xscape, Milton Keynes, dedicated to Daisy-May..

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25th August 2023

Oakgrove Students Celebrate Historic GCSE Success

Students from Oakgrove School have set a new record, receiving the most impressive GCSE results in the school's illustrious history. Achieving this remarkable feat, especially after the reintroduction of the pre-Covid examination system, has further amplified the accomplishment. Throughout this challenging academic year, the resilience and tenacity of the students shone brightly, as they navigated the pressures of these significant exams. Their efforts have clearly borne fruit, resulting in an unprecedented success rate that the school community takes immense pride in. Mr. Ian Tett, Oakgrove's headteacher, expressed his admiration for this outstanding year group and commented on the monumental achievement...

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