What's On in Your Library and Community

 

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Upcoming Events:

LUNCHTIME LECTURES by MK Archives
at Central Library

We're thrilled to announce the return of the MK Archives 'Lunchtime Lectures' at Central Library. After last year's successful series, they have returned for the summer and autumn. You're invited to bring your lunch and join us while you discover something new. (These lectures are adult events)

GATHERING PLACE: The Story of the Agora
Thursday, 29 August ~ 1.15-1.45pm

Agora Sign 1979

Catherine McIntyre, Archivist at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, reveals the story behind one of the most controversial buildings in the history of Milton Keynes.

Tickets are £3 and can be booked online or paid in cash on the day.

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OLNEY: The Home of Amazing Grace
Thursday, 19 September ~ 1.15-1.45pm

Old photo of the Cowper & Newton Museum in Olney

This event is part of the MK Heritage Open Days and is free to attend.

Tom Jones, Trustee at the Cowper & Newton Museum in Olney, tells the story of how a chance meeting between a poet and a curate led to a writing collaboration which set the 18th century world talking ... and singing!

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FICTION, NON-FICTION & REFERENCE: A Year in Milton Keynes
Saturday 22 June - Wednesday 10 July 2019

Architectural design drawing of a building

The Event Space at Central Library is hosting an exhibition of work by architecture students at the University of Nottingham who created designs for Milton Keynes.

The exhibition is free and you are all invited to attend the launch event on Friday 21 June between 5-6pm at Central Library.

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MILTON KEYNES BONSAI SHOW 2019
Saturday 13 July 2019 ~ 10am-3.30pm

Bonsai Tree

Milton Keynes Bonsai Society is proud to present the 2nd Annual Milton Keynes Bonsai Show; held in the Event Space at Central Library.

You'll find a collaborative display of the finest Bonsai trees in the region, featuring suiseki, a cactus and succulent area, friendly advice, demonstrations and a sales area.

Entry to the show is FREE.

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MILTON KEYNES COUNCIL JOB FAIR
Friday 19 July 4-6pm and Saturday 20 July 11am-1pm

We Need You

The Event Space (ground floor) at Central Library will be open for visitors to drop-in and learn more about opportunities on offer with the council. This recruitment event is focussing on providing information and opportunities in the following areas:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Children's Social Care
  • Apprenticeships
  • Fostering
  • Shared Lives

Colleagues will be there to chat with you and answer your questions and there will be an area for 1:1 discussions. You might even leave with an interview booked for the following week.

If you'd like to learn more about working in the care and support field, please visit The Care Academy web pages. You'll also find information on the Adult Social Care Hub and Children's Social Care on the council website along with current vacancies.

Milton Keynes Council is a great place to work and you can use your skills to benefit the local community. We hope to see you there.

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Oil painting of a golden woman

ART EXHIBITION
July 2019

Artist Monika Lorincova presents a stunning collection of oil paintings on the first floor at Central Library. The exhibition ends on 31 July so be sure to visit before then.

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Children's Summer Activities:

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You can download the Summer Activities 2019 Programme (PDF, 211KB) to see more details for each event. Activities that require tickets have a BOOK NOW link - each link is specific to the event listed.

TUESDAY 23 JULY

  • 10.30-11.30 - Central Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.

THURSDAY 25 JULY

  • 10-11 Kingston Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.
  • 10.30-11 Bletchley Library - Talking Fish and Other Tall Tales - storytelling with Bob Kellam. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 11-11.30 Stony Stratford Library - Free Space Chase Storytime for all ages.
  • 1-1.30 Wolverton Library - Elephants with Wings and Other Tall Tales - storytelling with Bob Kellam. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW

FRIDAY 26 JULY

  • 10-11 Newport Pagnell Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.
  • 10.30-11 Westcroft Library - The Man in the Moon and Other Tall Tales - storytelling with Bob Kellam. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 10.30-11.30 Central Library - Print Workshop. (Ages 7-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW
  • 1.15-1.45 Olney Library - Grumpy Crabs and Other Tall Tales - storytelling with Bob Kellam. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 2-3 Woburn Sands Library - Print Workshop. (Ages 7-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

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TUESDAY 30 JULY

  • 10.30-11.30 Central Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.

THURSDAY 1 AUGUST

  • 10-11 Kingston Library - Dreamcatcher Crafts. (Ages 6-12) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 10-11 Bletchley Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.
  • 10-11 Stony Stratford Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.
  • 10.30-11.30 Woburn Sands Library - Frame it! Craft session. (Ages 7-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW
  • 2.30-3.30 Newport Pagnell Library - Space, Aliens and Planets crafts (Ages 3-14) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW

FRIDAY 2 AUGUST

  • 10-11 Westcroft Library - Under the Sea Safari crafts. (Ages 3-10) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 2-3 Wolverton Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.

TUESDAY 6 AUGUST

  • 10.30-11.30 Woburn Sands Library - Print Workshop. (Ages 7-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW
  • 2-3 Olney Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.

WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST

  • We'll be at Campbell Park 11am to 4pm with the Mobile Library for stories, crafts and all day fun at National Play Day. We hope you'll come along and say hello!

THURSDAY 8 AUGUST

  • 10-11 Kingston Library - French Knitting. (Ages 6-12) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 10.30-12 Bletchley Library - Space Chase Crafts. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW
  • 2-4 Central Library - Activity Hatch on Tour > Elmer. (Ages 5-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW
  • 2-3.30 Stony Stratford Library - Space Chase Crafts. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

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FRIDAY 9 AUGUST

  • 10-11 Westcroft Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.
  • 10.30-12 Newport Pagnell Library - Space Chase Crafts. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW
  • 2-3.30 Wolverton Library -  Space Chase Crafts. (Ages 3-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

TUESDAY 13 AUGUST

  • 2-3.30 Wolverton Library - Natural Wood Crafts (Ages 3-7) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST

  • 2-4 Central Library - Activity Hatch on Tour > Robots (Ages 5-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

THURSDAY 15 AUGUST

  • 10.15-11.15 Kingston Library - Nature Detectives (Ages 5-10) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 1-2 Stony Stratford Library  - Nature Detectives (Ages 5-10) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW

FRIDAY 16 AUGUST

  • 10.15-11.15 Westcroft Library - Nature Detectives (Ages 5-10) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 1-2 Newport Pagnell Library - Nature Detectives (Ages 5-10) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW
  • 2-3 Woburn Sands Library - Jewellery Making (Ages 8-14) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

MONDAY 19 AUGUST

  • 11-12 Olney Library - Zoolab storytelling experience brought to you by FoLiO. (Ages 2-11) Tickets £3.50 - To book this event you need to visit Olney Library.

TUESDAY 20 AUGUST

  • 10.30-11.30 Woburn Sands Library - Clay Modelling (Ages 7-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW
  • 10.30-12 Stony Stratford Library - Natural Wood Crafts (Ages 3-7) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

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WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST

  • 2-4 Central Library - Activity Hatch on Tour > Find Your Inner Builder (Ages 5-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

THURSDAY 22 AUGUST

  • 10-11 Kingston Library - Dreamcatcher Crafts. (Ages 6-12) Tickets £1 -.BOOK NOW
  • 10-11 Bletchley Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.

FRIDAY 23 AUGUST

  • 10-11 Westcroft Library - Lego and Duplo Fun! Free drop-in session for all ages.

WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST

  • 2-4 Central Library - Activity Hatch on Tour > Horses and Ponies. (Ages 5-12) Tickets £2 - BOOK NOW

THURSDAY 29 AUGUST

  • 10-11 Kingston Library - French Knitting. (Ages 6-12) Tickets £1 - BOOK NOW

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Regular Event Showcase:

ADULT CRAFT EVENINGS at Olney Library

Join us for drinks, nibbles and crafts on the following Wednesdays between 7-9pm (late arrivals are welcome):

  • Paper Crafts
    No meetings in July/August
  • 25 September 2019
  • 30 October 2019
  • 27 November 2019

Bring your own craft project and/or enjoy the planned group activity.

Reserve your place at Olney Library - there's a £5 charge to be paid on the evening.

These evenings are brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO) and all profits will be donated to FoLiO's Craft Clubs and activities. 

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CRAFTING FOR CHANGE at Stony Stratford Library
Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm (term times only)

Flower Display at Stony Stratford Library

This is a friendly group, suitable for all ages and abilities, where members use their crafting skills to improve the lives of the local community and support the library.

Come along to the group: get involved with library displays and community events or bring your own project to work on.

Free to attend, although voluntary donations for tea,coffee and biscuits are very welcome!

You can see more about their work on the Crafting for Change Facebook page.

Kindly funded by Stony Stratford Town Council

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CHILDREN'S HOURS
10-11am (term times only)

Children's Hour Clock

Children's Hours offer staff led stories, songs and crafts along with educational toys. The libraries are closed to the public during these sessions and are used exclusively for families attending the Children's Hour.

Sessions cost £2 per child on the door and no advance tickets are required.

  • Central Library - Tuesdays
  • Bletchley Library - Thursdays
  • Kingston Library - Thursdays
  • Westcroft Library - Fridays

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ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES at Central Library
Alternate Thursdays ~ 10.30am - 12noon

English Conversation Class

English conversation classes are for anyone who would like to practise and improve their English as a second language, gain better skills for study or employment, or just get on in everyday life.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the day and you don't need to register. If you'd like to know more you can phone 01908 254050 or speak to library staff.

  • 11 July
  • 25 July
  • 8 August
  • 22 August
  • 5 September
  • 19 September
  • 3 October
  • 17 October
  • 31 October
  • 14 November

Please note that the classes are led by library volunteers and are not part of any ESOL curriculum.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

IELTS is the world's proven English language test and can be accessed online at all Milton Keynes Libraries and from your computer at home. For more information, visit the eLibrary web page.

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LEGO/DUPLO CLUB at Central Library
Thursdays 4-5pm (first floor) - Term Times Only 

Boy playing with Lego/Duplo bricks

Free all-round fun with the Lego/Duplo Club at Central Library.

We'll provide the bricks and you provide the imagination. Everyone regardless of age is invited to join the fun.

Parents and carers must remain with their children throughout the sessions.

Lego

We're hoping to start more LEGO clubs. If you can help by donating any LEGO or DUPLO it can be dropped off at any of our libraries. 

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LEGO/DUPLO CLUB at Westcroft Library
Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm - Term Times Only

Lego

Everyone is welcome to join us for free construction fun at Westcroft Library. No booking is necessary - just turn up on the day.

Parents and carers must remain with their children throughout the sessions.

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LEGO and DUPLO CLUB at Olney Library

Lego

FREE Family Fun with brick building clubs at Olney Library brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO).

  • Weekly on Tuesdays ~ 3.30-5pm
  • Monthly on the first Saturday ~ 10.30-11.30am

Everyone is welcome to join the fun.

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

(Sessions are free to attend but voluntary donations are welcome)

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SATURDAY CRAFT CLUB at Westcroft Library
First Saturday each month ~ 10.30-11.30am

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Join us for free monthly craft sessions for ages 6-12 years. We use recycled materials to create art and crafts. 

No need to book - just drop-in between 10.30 and 11.30am.

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CRAFT AND CHAT
Fridays 2-4pm at Newport Pagnell Library

Sewing

Join us for two hours of crafting and friendship at Newport Pagnell Library on Friday afternoons.

Everyone is welcome to come along regardless of experience - beginners and experts all  coming together to craft and chat!

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Chess

CHESS CLUB at Woburn Sands Library
Fridays 2-5pm

Join us for this free club at Woburn Sands Library. It's open to everyone regardless of your chess playing abilities - we can even throw in some tuition if you'd like! 

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ACTIVITY HATCH SESSIONS at Woburn Sands Library
Saturdays 10am-12noon

Play and Crafts

Self-service play activities for children of all ages encouraging youngsters to visit and enjoy the library. There will be Duplo, toys, drawing and colouring, books, HappyLand, cutting and sticking ... fun in all shapes and sizes!

Everyone is welcome to join us.

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

(Sessions are free to attend but voluntary donations are welcome)

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COUNCILLOR SURGERIES

Meet your local Councillors and take the opportunity to discuss local issues. Councillor Surgeries are on the following days:

  • Handshake Meet and Greet
    Newport Pagnell Library - on the first Saturday of each month 10.30am-12.30pm with Newport Pagnell South Ward Councillors.
  • Bletchley Library - on the third Saturday of each month 10-11am with the Bletchley Park Ward Councillor.

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SATURDAY CRAFT CLUB at Olney Library
Second Saturday of every month

The club is now on a break until the next session on 12 October 2019. The September session has been replaced by the Big Olney Food Festival (BOFF) on the weekend of 14/15 September and we hope to see you there!
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FREE crafts and creativity brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO) with a different theme each month.

This craft club has proved so popular that there are now two separate sessions with 12 children at each.

  • 10.15-11am
  • 11.15-12pm

Book in advance to avoid disappointment by visiting Olney Library or phoning 01234 711474.

Crafts and activities are aimed at children aged 3-12 and everyone is welcome to join the fun. 

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

(Sessions are free to attend but voluntary donations are welcome)

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READ AND PLAY
Fridays 1.30-2.30pm at Olney Library

Read and Play

Join us on Fridays when we have books and toys for you to explore with your pre-school age children (suitable for ages 0-4 years).

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

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COMPUTER HELP SESSIONS
IT Buddies are waiting to help you

Red Keyboard Help

If you'd like a little guidance about about using computers, the internet, your iPad, tablet or phone, setting up emails or have any computer related questions you'd like answered, we have amazing volunteers called IT BUDDIES ready to help you.

Contact the host library to arrange your session.

  • Central Library by emailing Central Library, phoning 01908 254051 or or asking at the desk.
  • Olney Library by phoning 01234 711474 or asking at the desk.
  • Bletchley Library for Tuesdays and Fridays 11am-1pm by phoning 01908 372797 or asking at the desk.
  • Woburn Sands Library by phoning 01908 582033 or asking at the desk.
  • Wolverton Library for Tuesdays 2-4pm by phoning 01908 312812 or asking at the desk.

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HOOKED ON BOOKS CLUB
11.30am - 12.30pm at Olney Library

Hooked on Books Club

If you are between 7-13 years old and love books this is the club for you! Lydia regularly visits Olney Library and has started this free monthly club with all kinds of book related fun with a different theme each month.

* Games and Puzzles * Reading and Reporting * Colouring and Crafts * Investigations * Character Dress-up * Sketching * ... and lots more! 

The club sessions run on the third Saturday of each month and we hope you'll join us at one of the sessions:

  • 20 July 2019 - Final Farewell Picnic

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BRING YOUR OWN BOOK!
Monthly Book Chat Group at Newport Pagnell Library

Bring Your Own Book

Do you have a book that you would love to share with others? The Book Chat Group meets once a month on a Monday evening at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome - just come along on the night and bring your favourite book! The next meeting dates are:

  • 8 July 2019
  • No meeting in August
  • 2 September 2019
  • 7 October 2019
  • 4 November 2019
  • 2 December 2019

For more information, please contact Newport Pagnell Library on 01908 610933. The library is closed on Mondays and group members meet at the Riverside door at 5.30pm for entry.

We hope to see you soon!

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Family History Consultations:

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Expert John Hanson is offering free 20 minute consultations to help you with research into your Family History. Sessions are held on Thursdays between 4.15-7.30pm and need to be booked in advance by phoning 01908 254051 or emailing Central Library.

  • 18 July 2019

Family History sessions always prove very popular and we would recommend booking early!

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FoLiO Events at Olney Library:

FoLiO (Friends of the Library in Olney) support Olney Library with many activities and have lined up another amazing programme of talks for 2019. Download your copy of the events (PDF, 134KB) and save the dates.

THE AMBER ROOM
Monday, 2 September 2019 ~ 7.30pm

The Amber Room

Learn about the fascinating history of 'The Amber Room' a Russian18th Century work of art with speaker Michael Bartlett.

Contact Olney Library in advance to register and secure your place (01234 711474) or book online.

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FoSSL Events at Stony Stratford Library:

The Friends of Stony Stratford Library bring a variety of activities and events to Stony Stratford Library. Watch this space for the latest updates. More details to follow for future events - save the dates! 

THE AMERICAN CHOPIN: The Extraordinary Life and Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Wednesday, 17 July ~ 7pm

Pencil Drawing of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer

Hailed by Chopin as 'The King of Pianists', Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) was the first American composer to write distinctively American music.

Joe Laredo, resident of Stony Stratford and keen amateur pianist, will bring the man and his music to life, with extracts from Gottschalk's notebooks and recordings of his compositions.

Tickets for the talk are available from Stony Stratford Library (01908 562562) from Wednesday, 26 June. Tickets are free but FoSSL welcome donations on the night.

Future dates with more information to follow:

  • Talk by Bill Prescott entitled 'More than Meets the Eye: The Garden in Art' - Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 12.30pm.
  • Talk by Richard Bessel on the photographer Lee Miller - Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at 7pm.

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

SOULBURY PUMPHOUSE EXHIBITION
5 June - 22 July 2019 at Central Library

Photos from the competition

Visit the Discover MK Showcase on the first floor at Central Library to see this fantastic exhibition by Living Archive and the Canal & River Trust.

As the renovation scheme nears completion, this exhibition gives an insight into the project to illuminate the history of the Soulbury Pump House site, on the Grand Union canal adjacent to the Three Locks pub.

Visit the library to see exhibits of canal history, on loan from the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum and the entries in the recent photography competition.

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OUT OF THE MUD
June 2019 at Central Library

Discover MK Out of the Mud information panel

If you'd like to find out more about the archaeology of Milton Keynes, then take time to see this mini-exhibition on the first floor at Central Library. From Ichthyosaurs to gold and secret gardens - there's always something new to learn about MK.

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Children's Library Events:

Please remember that storytimes are term time only.
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Regular Library Events:

  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Westcroft Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Kingston Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Bletchley Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly table top games and activities at Olney Library (Thursday afternoons).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Newport Pagnell Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Stony Stratford Library (Wednesday).
  • Monthly Knit and Natter and Stitch sessions at Wolverton Library (Tuesday).
  • Various Reading Groups.
  • Monthly informal Book Chat Group at Newport Pagnell Library.
  • Weekly Craft and Chat Group at Newport Pagnell Library.
  • Weekly Chess Club at Woburn Sands Library (Fridays 2-5pm)

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Community Events:

You might find the COIN Community Information Database useful when looking for local groups or support.

  • Tuesdays (10am-12noon) Age UK Milton Keynes Drop-in at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Second Tuesday of the Month (6-7pm)  (excluding August) Art Hour at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Wednesdays (10am-12noon) Senior Friends Get Together at Woburn Sands Library.
  • First Saturday of the Month (10.30am-12.30pm) Newport Pagnell South Councillors Surgery at Newport Pagnell Library.
  • Third Saturday of the Month (10-11am) Bletchley Park Ward Councillor Surgery at Bletchley Library.

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Last Updated: 10 July 2019