What's On in Your Library and Community

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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. 

Upcoming Events:

MISCHIEF MAKER CRAFTS at Olney Library

FREE Mischief Maker Summer Reading Challenge activities will be available at Olney Library throughout the holidays for everyone to enjoy. Just stop by during opening hours.

Slime

FoLiO (Friends of Olney Library) are offering craft sessions for children aged 5-14 on Thursday, 16 August. There will be noise makers, slime and much more! 

Book your tickets in advance at Olney Library for one of the sessions:

  • 10-11am
  • 11.30am-12.30pm
  • 1-2pm

Tickets are free with a suggested voluntary donation of £3 on the day.

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

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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
6-9 and 13-16 September 2018

2018 is the thirteenth year that the Milton Keynes area will celebrate Heritage Open Days. This year there are 90 events to showcase our distinctive and world class heritage, arts and culture and eight of those are hosted at Milton Keynes Libraries.

WOMEN WHO MADE MILTON KEYNES
Exhibition at Central Library

MK Fawcett Group's exhibition showcases the lives and legacy of 10 pioneering wormen who wer einfluential in the development of MK. Visit the first floor at Central Library to learn more.

MAKE PROTEST SIGNS
Thursday, 6 September ~ 4.30-6.30pm at Central Library

Protest Signs

The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies will be in the foyer at Central Library to lead this activity. 

2018 marks one hundred years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, the piece of legislation that enabled many women to vote in general elections for the first time. Families are invited to mark this by making protest signs like those used at the suffrage rallies and marches. (Suitable for ages 8+)

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VOTES FOR WOMEN
Exhibition at Central Library

Visit the Discover MK Showcase on the first floor at Central Library to see this exhibition by Living Archive. 

Before 1918 women were not allowed to vote in parliamentary elections and many women and men participated in suffrage rallies and marches. This exhibition looks back at the last 100 years and showcases stories of women who have been effective in making change.

Women 1918

'SHE GOT THE VOTE: Stories of Bucks women who were first able to vote in 1918' Talk
Thursday, 6 September 2018 ~ 6.30-7.15pm at Central Library

Throughout 2018, to mark the centenary of many women getting the vote, volunteers and staff at The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies have been asking the question "What was life like for women in 1918?" During this talk, you will hear some of the stories that were uncovered.

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Watling Street

'WATLING STREET - Travels through Britain and its ever-present past'
Thursday, 6 September 2018 ~ 7pm at Stony Stratford Library

StonyWords brings you an illustrated talk by John Higgs about Watling Street and its path through Milton Keynes from Fenny to Stony Stratford.

John is the author of a book by the same name and copies will be offered for sale at the event.

Book your place for this talk by contacting Rob and Liz Gifford on 01908 562025 or by emailing gifford11@btinternet.com.

MEET THE KEEPER AND HIS MYSTERY OBJECTS

Mystery Object

Will Phillips, Keeper of Social History at Bucks County Museum, has  chosen some mystery objects from the Museum's collection that are connected with women. He will have you scratching your head and challenges you to come along and see if you can guess what they are!

  • Friday 7 September 10am-2pm - Central Library
  • Friday 14 September 10am-2pm - Bletchley Library

FAMILY HISTORY SESSIONS with John Hanson
Thursday, 13 September ~ 11am-3pm at Newport Pagnell Library

Family History

Expert John Hanson is ready to help you with your family history research. These sessions are free and last 20 minutes. You'll need to book your place in advance by contacting Newport Pagnell Library by email or by phoning 01908 610933.

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MK ARCHIVES
Lunchtime Lectures 2018

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MK Archives presents a series of lunchtime lectures at Central Library which all run from 1.15-1.45pm. Tickets are available from Central Library for £3 each.

23 August - MK and Developing International New Town Networks ~ Shane Downer
Where does Milton Keynes fit in with other New Towns around the world? Find out how relationships are being built and networks formed.

13 September - Women Who Built MK ~ MK Fawcett Society
In conjunction with MK Fawcett Society, you can discover more about some of the women who played a key role in the creation of Milton Keynes.

11 October - Rifleman Albert French ~ Roger Kitchen
Discover the tragic story of New Bradwell's Albert French. He served in the army during the First World War and wrote letters home to his father and sister.

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WESTBURY MANOR EXHIBITION
10 July -13 August 2018 at Central Library

Westbury Manor Photos

Westbury in Shenley Wood, hundreds of years old at the time of the Normal Conquest, was a 14th century moated manor, a farm and now a thriving local arts centre. Discover its fascinating story!

This exhibition has been created by the Westbury Arts Centre and can be found on the first floor at Central Library; entry is free. 

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STORYLINES by Phil Smith
24 literary walking adventures around Milton Keynes

Storylines was part of the Digitalis project which helped to celebrate Milton Keynes' 50th Birthday.

Digitalis Storylines

Phil Smith, The Mythographer, set out to explore Milton Keynes and write a series of guides which weave a library book into the geography, signage and history of our amazing city.

Books on sale for only £2.

(Keep your eyes open for this display as it moves around the libraries.)

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WOMEN WHO MADE MILTON KEYNES
April - September 2018

Fawcett Society Women Who Made MK Exhibition

Visit the community libraries across Milton Keynes to see the Fawcett Society's Snapshot Exhibitions about the 10 pioneering women who helped to shape Milton Keynes.

  • July - Woburn Sands Library
  • August - Kingston Library
  • September - Olney Library

The full exhibition 'Women Who Made MK' will also be hosted at Central Library in September 2018.

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BUSINESS ADVICE CLINIC
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 ~ 10am-2pm

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If you're looking for FREE advice about starting your own business, then drop in to Central Library on 19 September; a representative from Building Business will be in the foyer to help you from 10am until 2pm.

Drop in on the day or call 01908 254050 for an appointment.

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Programme of Summer Activities

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For events across all libraries in date order, download the full programme (PDF, 327KB) or pick one up at your local library.

Tickets for all events need to be booked in advance at the host library.

BLETCHLEY LIBRARY

Thursday 16 August
10-11.30am

Mischief Makers Crafts - Community Learning staff will lead you through this craft session while you get creative with the Loch Ness monster, a pom-pom Gnasher, pirates or cowboys - the choice is yours. Tickets £2 (Ages 3+)
Thursday 23 August
11am-3pm
Scrabble! The MK Reader Service invites you to drop-in to this Scrabble session and make an impression. You can attempt the challenge to make the highest scoring word or just have a game. FREE (All Ages)

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CENTRAL LIBRARY

Tuesday 14 August
11am-3pm
Scrabble! The MK Reader Service invites you to drop-in to this Scrabble session and make an impression. You can attempt the challenge to make the highest scoring word or just have a game. FREE (All Ages)
Thursday 16 August
6.15-7.15pm
Swimming with Ichthyosaurs - Explore the Caldecotte Ichthyosaur from 150 million years ago to the present day and discover other marine animals that lived alongside it. Talk and Q&A session by Mike Palmer, Keeper of Natural History at Bucks County Museum. Tickets £2 (Ages 9+ and Adults)
Wednesday 22 August
2-3.30pm
Step by Step Origami - Get creative with paper and choose which fantastic masterpiece you'd like to make. Will it be a crane, a swan, a collapsible box or a paper plane? Tickets £2 (Ages 6+)
Tuesday 28 August
10.30-11am
To the Moon and Back! - Join us for stories, songs and rhymes. Book your FREE tickets in advance. (Ages 4+)

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KINGSTON LIBRARY

Thursday 16 August
10-11am
Silly Snakes! - Make a slithery, sliding fold up snake to scare your siblings silly.  Tickets £1 (Ages 4+)
Thursday 23 August
10-11am
Curious Creature Bookmarks - Would you prefer a menacing monster or an adorable animal to mark your page? Whichever one you choose, you'll never lose your place again with these corner bookmarks. Tickets £1 (Ages 4+)
Thursday 30 August
10-11am
Chatterboxes - Make scary shark and bouncy bear chatterboxes to scare and share with your friends. Tickets £1 (Ages 4+)

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NEWPORT PAGNELL LIBRARY

Friday 17 August
10-11.30am
Beaded Bugs and Floral Fun - Bringing nature inside with this creative craft session. Tickets £2 (Ages 4+)

Friday 24 August
11-11.30am

It's the Bear! - Join us for stories, songs and rhymes to make you smile. Book your FREE tickets in advance. (Ages 4+)

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OLNEY LIBRARY

Tuesday 14 August
2-3pm

Code Breaking! - Tom Briggs from Bletchley Park will lead this 'cracking' session and you can get your hands on a real working Enigma machine from World War II. Tickets £1 (Ages 8+)

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STONY STRATFORD LIBRARY

Tuesday 14 August
10.30am-12pm
Hungry Caterpillar Crafts - Insatiable crafts for the Under 7s. Tickets £2 (Under 7s)

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WESTCROFT LIBRARY

Wednesday 22 August
10-11.30am
Step by Step Origami - Get creative with paper and choose which fantastic masterpiece you'd like to make. Will it be a crane, a swan, a collapsible box or a paper plane? Tickets £2 (Ages 6+)
Wednesday 29 August
10.30-11am
Summer Fun! - Join us for stories, songs and rhymes. Book your FREE tickets in advance. (Ages 4-7)

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WOBURN SANDS LIBRARY

Tuesday 14 August
11am-12pm

Code Breaking! - Tom Briggs from Bletchley Park will lead this 'cracking' session and you can get your hands on a real working Enigma machine from World War II. Tickets £1 (Ages 8+)
Saturday 18 August
11am-12.30pm
ELMER the Elephant - Make your own 3D model of Elmer with this colourful craft session. Tickets £2 (Ages 6+)
Tuesday 21 August
10.30-11.30am

Drawing Cartoons - Learn to draw cartoon characters as inspired by Beano comics. Tickets £2 (Ages 6+) 
[Session supported by Woburn Sands Town Council]

Saturday 1 Sep
11am-1pm
Let's Get Organised! - Make and personalise your own decorated noticeboard ready for the new school term. Tickets £2 (Ages 6+)
Saturday 8 Sep
11am-12.30pm
You - In Another Time or In Another Place - Storytelling from the classics with Rob and Liz Gifford. Tickets £2 (Ages 9-13)

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WOLVERTON LIBRARY

Tuesday 14 August
1.30-3pm
Beaded Bugs and Floral Fun - Bringing nature inside with this creative craft session. Tickets £2 (Ages 4+)
Friday 24 August
2-2.30pm
Beside the Seaside! - Join us for stories, songs and rhymes. Book your FREE tickets in advance. (Ages 4+)

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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 - Wednesdays

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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
    26 September
  • 31 October
  • 28 November

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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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, but you can register your interest by phoning 01908 254050 or speaking to library staff.

  • 23 August
  • 6 September
  • 20 September
  • 4 October
  • 18 October
  • 1 November
  • 15 November
  • 29 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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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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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
    (No session in August 2018) 

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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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 ~ 10am-11.30am

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FREE crafts and creativity brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO).

Crafts and activities are aimed at children aged 6-12 with a different theme each month.

  • August 2018 - no session

Everyone is welcome to join the fun. Drop in or stay for the whole session.

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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Quill cartoon pen and books

WRITERS' CIRCLE at Olney Library
First Wednesday of every month ~ 7.30-8.30pm

Local authors meeting to share, promote and support each other's work.

We hope you'll join us. If you'd like to know more information, ask at the desk in Olney Library or email the FoLiO organiser.

Please note that there will not be a session in August 2018.

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READ AND PLAY
Fridays 1-2.30pm at Olney Library

Read and Play

We're thrilled that the Woodlands Children's Centre will be supporting these sessions over the summer.

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.

We have drop-in sessions at:

  • Woburn Sands Library on Saturdays 10am-1pm
  • Bletchley Library on Tuesdays and Fridays 11am-1pm

 or you can book an appointment at:

  • Central Library by emailing the reference library, phoning 01908 254051 or or asking at the desk
  • Olney Library by phoning 01234 711474 or by 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 7-11 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! 

We hope you'll join Lydia at one of the sessions:

  • 18 August - Outdoor Summer 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:

  • 3 September 2018
  • 1 October 2018
  • 5 November 2018
  • 3 December 2018

(Note: there is no meeting in July)

For more information, please contact Newport Pagnell Library on 01908 610933. The library closes at 5pm 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:

Antique satch and photos

Expert John Hanson is offering free 30 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 the Family History department at Central Library.

  • 20 September 2018
  • 18 October 2018
  • 15 November 2018
  • 17 January 2019
  • 21 February 2019
  • 21 March 2019

We're also holding 20 minute sessions at Newport Pagnell Library 11am-3pm on:

  • Thursday 13 September 2018

To book these sessions, email Newport Pagnell Library or phone 01908 610933. 

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 an amazing programme of talks for 2018. Download your copy of the events (PDF, 101KB) and save the dates.

HONEYBEES
Thursday, 6 September 2018 ~ 7.30pm

Honeybees

Fred Daynes will delight us all with this talk about Honeybees! Join us at The Olney Centre and Library.

Book your tickets in advance at Olney Library.

[Donations are welcome on the night]

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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! 

Actor reading Shakespeare's Hamlet

STONY PLAY READERS

Stony Play Readers is a group, formed by Stony Stratford Theatre Society, to read plays in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Scripts will be provided and no acting experience is necesssary.

The first play reading is J B Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls' and will be held at Stony Stratford Library.

To find out more, contact the library in person or phone 01908 562562.

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WATLING STREET - Travels through Britain and its ever-present past
Thursday, 6 September 2018 ~ 7pm

Watling Street

An illustrated talk by John Higgs about Watling Street and its path through Milton Keynes from Fenny to Stony Stratford.

John is the author of a book by the same name and copies will be offered for sale at the event.

Book your place for this talk by contacting Rob and Liz Gifford on 01908 562025 or by emailing gifford11@btinternet.com.

(Part of Heritage Open Days 2018)

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

ULTIMATE EIGHTIES - Milton Keynes Bands of the 1980s
July 2018 at Central Library

Discover MK Bands from the 80s posters

Visit the Discover MK Showcase on the first floor at Central Library during April and you're sure to find something (or someone) to jog your memory and take you back to your favourite 80s band.

This exhibition features just a small sample of bands from the era and Living Archive are always looking for more memorabilia.

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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 Writers' Circle at Olney Library (First Wednesday each month).
  • Monthly Knit and Natter and Stitch sessions at Wolverton Library (Tuesday).
  • Monthly 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.
  • Saturdays (10am-1pm) IT Buddy Drop-in sessions at Woburn Sands Library offering help with your computer skills.
  • 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: 15 August 2018