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e’re very excited about the Your Business Expo this month where hundreds of visitors can meet over 90 exhibitors. Put 5th June in your diary to connect with local business owners. A networking breakfast at 8.30am starts the event at the Ridgeway Centre at Wolverton Mill.

This month also sees Willen Hospice’s Ascot Race Day on Friday 21st June. There’s still time to book your place at this smart event in the Willen Hospice gardens. What an elegant way to support a great cause.

While we’re thinking of elegance, thanks should also go to Olney’s fashion retailers whose charity fashion show raised over £6,000 for Willen Hospice. It’s just one of the many great events in the town each year and there’s still plenty to look forward to.

Our city’s first Midsummer Festival is on 23rd June. We’re all invited to celebrate the summer with music, maypoles and magic on Midsummer Boulevard. Enjoy free making workshops, pop-up street food and a parade to the Light Pyramid in Campbell Park.

Do you enjoy a touch of nostalgia? You won’t want to miss Milton Keynes Museum’s Victorian Weekend on the 8th and 9th June. You can enjoy some very convincing re-enactments. The brilliant Ragged Victorians bring history to life every year and Queen Victoria will make an appearance. There’s Punch & Judy and some traditional games to play too.

History is certainly a theme this month and the organisers of Classic Stony are getting ready for their biggest event so far on 2nd June. If you’re a classic car enthusiast you’ll be delighted with the display of 100s of fine examples.

If you’re heading along to Northampton for A Perfect Day festival of music on 16th June, you’ll enjoy Sammy Jones’ interview with Kettering’s latest rising star, Mae Stephens. What a month!

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The countdown to a superb event for businesses to reach, engage and connect continues… Join us at Your Business Expo Milton Keynes.

The 90-plus exhibitors are ready to welcome hundreds of visitors to what is a key event in the business calendar on June 5.

Your Business Expo Milton Keynes is brought to you by Pulse Group Media, publisher of Business MK - the leading business magazine for the city and Bedfordshire - and its sister title the glossy lifestyle-focused MK Pulse.

Your Business Expo, at the Ridgeway Centre on Wolverton Mill, begins with a networking breakfast at 8.30am, an informal opportunity to meet, connect and engage. The expo opens at 10am, with three seminars throughout the day, each focusing on a topic high on the business agenda.

Aligning People and Business Strategy is in the spotlight at 10.30am, when Greg Guilford of HR Solutions discusses cuttingedge approaches and practical advice for implementing strategic HR practices.

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“We are delighted to welcome so many great businesses looking to promote themselves via what has become a ‘must attend’ event on the business calendar,” said Pulse Group Media director Kerry Lewis-Stevenson.

There are still a few exhibition stands remaining. To find out more, book your free place as a visitor or to join us at our networking breakfast (price: £20 per ticket), visit

13th June 4-6pm, Charity Quiz & Networking

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Don’t miss Willen Hospice’s Ascot Race Day this June, featuring excitement, elegance and a chance to support a great cause!

Taking place on Friday 21 June, this exclusive event is set in a beautifully decorated marquee, overlooking Willen Lake. Well-dressed guests are welcomed with canapés and drinks on arrival, ready to place their bets at the tote before the thrill of the Ascot races, live-streamed in the marquee.

Guests will be treated to a two-course afternoon lunch, music, a fully-licensed bar and a live auction with high-value prizes. Booking early is recommended as there are just a few tables remaining, with the Ascot Ladies Day already sold out.

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Milton Keynes Preparatory School - At the end of Year 6 our children are ‘Ready to Lead the Way’

With our 50th year on the horizon, this article provides me with the perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the outcomes and successes for the children of our school.

Success is measured in many ways, but for me, the most important elements are how much the children achieve while here and how happy they are doing this.

It is safe to say that the children I see each day are happy, fun-loving individuals with a real passion for coming to school. Our children here are respectful, polite, caring, and kind, while still having a sense of purpose throughout their day. From this essential starting point, they go on to achieve great things.

A lot of this success can certainly be attributed to our dedicated and inspiring teaching staff. The children start to receive specialist subject teaching from as young as 3, and by the time they are 7, every subject from Art to Music to Maths to Engineering and Design is taught by a specialist. Alongside these knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff, the school has wonderful

subject-specific classrooms that enhance a child’s joy of learning. This enables every child to flourish and find strength and focus in their school day.

This year alone, our Year 6 leavers have broken all records for senior school exam successes, with 36 children reaching the required standard for the 11 Plus Grammar Transfer Test and then gaining places at Sir Henry Floyd, Royal Latin, Aylesbury High,

and Aylesbury Grammar Schools.

Furthermore, the children also achieved 54 exam passes and offers into a wide variety of selective independent schools, including Bedford Modern, Northampton High, Bedford School, and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School. This success also included several children achieving scholarships in art, music, sport, and academics.

When the children leave us at the end of Year 6, they are ready for all that life in Senior School may throw at them. They are confident, articulate, and respectful—and ready to lead the way.

MKPS has been an incredibly positive and successful place for the children of Milton Keynes for 50 years—50 years of inspiring children!

Simon Driver, Headmaster.

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‘It is safe to say the children that I see each day are happy, fun-loving individuals that have a real passion for coming to school’ - Simon Driver, Headmaster
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Acharity fashion show hosted by Olney’s fashion retailers has raised over £6,000 for Willen Hospice. Guests enjoyed an evening filled with style and glamour, featuring the latest collections from the town’s fashion boutiques. Willen Hospice’s own shop also took centre stage, showcasing a selection of pre-loved occasionwear from its upstairs boutique in the town.

The event was organised by Jane Sumner, from Noa Noa, and Marihelen Esam, a trustee at Willen Hospice (pictured above).

And, said Jane, the event highlights a major reason why the independent traders in Olney continue to thrive. “If you are looking for a generic brand, Milton Keynes is the place to head for but if you

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want something more individual, then you’d better come to a place like Olney.

“The brands will not be here and you will find something different, unique.”

Olney boasts seven independent fashion retailers, as well as eateries, bars and businesses. The idea of the fashion show was to showcase the range and difference of the outfits available in Olney.

“There is such a variety,” said Jane. “Everything is here – you just need to be pointed in the right direction. You can get most things you need here and you would have to travel miles before you come across another town like Olney.”

Willen Hospice chief executive Kate Broadhurst was among the guests at the fashion show, held at the town’s Carlton Club. “We are incredibly grateful to our community in Olney for their unwavering support,” she said. “The funds raised will go a long way in helping us continue our vital work in providing compassionate, palliative care to those who need it most.”

The evening concluded with a heartfelt thank-you to all participants, including the models, retailers, sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible. Their combined efforts ensured that the fashion show was not only a memorable experience but also a meaningful contribution to a worthy cause, said Jane.

It was one of a series of events that take place every year in Olney. The most famous, of course, is the Pancake Race, which draws attention from all over the world on Shrove Tuesday. But Olney also welcomes hundreds of visitors for its Cherry fair in the spring, raft

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The town also hosts its annual fireworks display and the spectacular Dickens of a Christmas.

However, there is something for everyone every day of the year in Olney. It remains a vibrant, busy and buzzy town but is also a place full of history and visitors will make a beeline for the Cowper & Newton Museum.

In many ways, it is the town’s star attraction, celebrating the literary heritage of two men and the place where the hymn Amazing Grace was written.

Cowper and Newton lived in Olney and the museum tells the story of their friendship, documenting their lives in the town.

The museum showcases the life and work of the 18th-century poet and letter writer William Cowper, and his friend John Newton who wrote Amazing Grace.

John Newton had been a seafarer and slave trader but became a famous preacher

The town also hosts its annual fireworks display and the spectacular Dickens of a Christmas. However, there is something for everyone every day of the year in Olney.

and a spiritual mentor to slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce. The museum has a display showing the slave trade and the part Newton played in its abolition and has many belongings of the men which show how they lived, worked and about how their fame spread.

The museum also recalls, through a fascinating array of documents, objects and pictures, how Olney has evolved over the centuries - particularly its past as a centre for lace-making and the boot and shoe industry.

The Cowper & Newton Museum attracts visitors from around the world.

The gardens are delightful place to explore too: well tended, with a lovely 18th-century summerhouse.

It is just another reason to spend some quality time in Olney.

After 20 years on the Market Place in Olney, Leo Antiques has now moved into new premises just inside the charming Rose Court, literally next door to where we were. Still on the first floor, but well worth the short staircase to our cosy new premises.

In Rose Court, we have the popular Courtyard Brasserie, Valeria C Ladies Boutique, and the colourful Olney Flower Shop. So now with antiques, its a great place for a spot of shopping along with a cuppa or even lunch. We are open as usual Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm and on Bank Holidays too.

We are pleased to be part of Olney Loves Dogs Group of shops and restaurants! So your four-legged companions are most welcome, along with three hours free parking in the Market Place. Why not make Olney your day out destination!

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Trentham Gardens & Shopping Village

£40 Per person, includes entrance fee. Over 15 years, the gardens, now among Britain’s finest, were transformed by Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf. Enjoy 64 shops, 19 cafés and the extensive Trentham Garden Centre.

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FRI 7th JUN ‘24

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

£40 Adult, £35 over 65s, £25 per child 3-16yrs, £17 per infant 2yrs or under, includes entrance fee. Take a walk on the wild side! Encounter giraffes, rhinos, and lemurs in beautiful gardens. With 260 species in 120 acres, there’s plenty to explore.

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WED 12th JUN ‘24

Bognor Regis

£27 Adult, £17 per child 16yrs or under. Bognor Regis boasts excellent sand and shingle beaches, awarded European Blue Flag status. Stroll along one of the UK’s oldest piers, featuring shops, eateries and amusements, offering a delightful seaside experience for visitors.

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MON 17th JUN ‘24

Mid Norfolk Railway with Lunch and Gressenham Farm and Museum

£70 Per person, includes entrance fee. Experience Mid-Norfolk Railway and Gressenham Farm & Workhouse Museum’s galleries, trails, gardens, and Norfolk’s beautiful countryside.

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WED 19th JUNE ‘24

Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Gardens

£50 Adult, £47 over 65s, £40 per child 5-17yrs, £23 4yrs or under, includes entrance fee and guided tour (45 mins). £32.50 English Heritage members includes coach travel & guided tour *membership must be shown at entry*

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SAT 22nd JUNE ‘24

Leeds Castle

£50 Adult, £43 per child 3-15yrs*, £30 per infant 2yrs or under, includes entrance fee. Leeds Castle, a historic icon in Southeast England, sits in over 500 acres of lush parkland, ideal for strolls and picnics. Note: limited accessibility for mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

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Imagine if you could hop in the car and time travel back to the Victorian era. Well, for one weekend this June, you can do the next best thing!

The return of Milton Keynes Museum's Victorian Weekend, on June 8 & 9, is another opportunity to roll back the years and engage with the brilliant Ragged Victorians, a passionate group of reenactors who will show you what life was really like during the reign of Queen Victoria, writes Sammy Jones. They are always a smash-hit with all ages, and they span the generations too, with 35 adults and close to a dozen children who take part, and the Museum will be joined by some of these characters who truly bring history to life.

“The youngest reenactor is currently being brewed and the oldest is 72,” smiles group organiser Lenny, who knows better than anyone what makes them such a success. She founded the group with her husband, Lee and their two children.

“We drift in and out of character, hooking people in with a bit of banter, and then, depending on their interest we flitter between

discussing our character's knowledge of life, and the many changes that were happening in the country impacting the common man,” Lenny explains, “There were some huge changes afoot in the early Victorian period that impacted and shaped the lives of the general public and we try to reflect this using our characters as an example of what was happening to the many people finding themselves in similar circumstances,” she added.

Members of the group have been visiting the Museum to colour up its Victorian Weekend since 2017, pausing for the pandemic, of course.

We didn't think it possible to be charmed by a lady collecting canine faecal matter, but we most certainly were when we met Mama Wag last year!

As a youngster, she relocated to London with her husband in search of a better life, but as time progressed, their family expanded; they produced 10 children, and with so many bellies to feed, riches eluded them.

Her husband had long since disappeared, and when we met her on our time-travelling journey she was living with her daughter, and her grandchildren.

She had a basket of dog poo on display and told us that she is known as a 'pure finder' scouring the streets looking for the waste products of pooches to sell to tanneries.

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Pic: Matthew Jones Pic: Matthew Jones Pic: Matthew Jones Kitty aka Kayleigh Iremonger Mama Wag aka Chris Wagg Jack aka Rob Jones

The poop was used to soften leather pieces and if you worked hard, you could make a nice living gathering up the messes.

Mama Wag survived in the slums of the capital by helping others in need, and by being a woman in the know – dealing in information to keep one step ahead of the law!

Today, the role of a 'pure finder' is obsolete, of course, but it really wasn't so long ago that finding dog mess was a reason to celebrate!

Mama Wag's daughter Kitty was the eldest of the children. As a youngster she dreamed of becoming a doctor, but that could only ever be a fantasy – women couldn't be doctors in Victorian England. Perish the thought!

Instead, while her husband went to seek a fortune in Australia, Kitty helped her fellow childbearing women and the little mites, having absorbed all the information she could from travelling healers.

Tonic, an opium-based medicine that keeps children pacified for hours.

Museum visitors will also make the acquaintance of Jack Hood, who once worked manual jobs in the Bull Ring market, but before reaching the end of his teens, decided he wanted more from life.

Increasingly, he spent time in gambling establishments before sliding into the criminal underworld of Birmingham, where he joined a gang of pick-pockets, but during a prize fight a violent scuffle with a rival gang saw Jack fatally wound one of his rivals.

He then moved into 'coining', making fake crowns, half crowns and shillings, but he swapped the high risks associated with that –and with a pocketful of forged coins, or a piece of jewellery to sell on, he did enough to get by.

The Ragged Victorians aside, the Victorian Weekend will also include:

A visit by HM Queen Victoria who will mingle with her subjects during the afternoon, and she will be making an inspection of her troops before enjoying afternoon tea. Call 01908 316222 to book your spot to eat with the Queen.

Punch and Judy will get physical with a decidedly interactive show guaranteed to entertain. There may also be a flea circus!

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Wolverton Town Band who will take up residence in the Bandstand, while in the barn courtyard, Morris Dancers will be jingle-jangling!

If you fancy it, take the opportunity to get hands-on with a Victorian Laundry session using dolly tubs and a mangle to clean those blouses and shirts. Experience this, and you'll never grumble about your washer-drier again!

The Victorian School Room will be delivering timed lessons through the day – misbehave at your peril.

A Cabinet of Curiosities will include taxidermy animals and all sorts of unusual items to spark imaginations.

Feeling peckish? You can grab a bite to eat in the Granary Tea Room, of course, but during the Victorian Weekend you will also be able to help volunteers cooking Welsh Cakes on the range over in the Museum cottage.

She became a go-to lady for vulnerable mothers, working her way in midwifery, but the darker side of motherhood soon absorbed her, and she began working as an abortionist for those faced with an 'unfortunate situation.'

She often had half a dozen children in her care at any one time, and they all appeared sleeping and content. In actuality though, this was likely due to the effects of Godfrey's

These are three of the characters from the 'great unwashed' who will be at the event, going about their business as usual, and with some of them keen to pick a pocket or two, it will pay to keep your hands close to your cash!

Forget those period dramas showing an altogether more glamorous existence in the 19th century. While riches were certainly the calling of the few, life in Victorian England for the majority was tough, and this awardwinning living history group perfectly portrays those difficult times.

Learn about Victorian Medicine with an object handling session in the pharmacy in the Street of Shops.

Play Victorian games including croquet, quoits, large skittles and try your luck at the coconut shy.

How did their gardens grow? Find out how the Victorians tended their outside spaces, with a trip to the Museum grounds and all of its Victorian plants and blooms.

Craft activities will run too, with cut and paste fun. Will you make a peg doll, a thaumatrope or a zoetrope?

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Milton Keynes Museum is one of the best interactive museums, a perfect outing for all ages, staffed by friendly volunteers, and highly recommended by visitors on TripAdvisor.

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A family fuelled day out

Organisers of Classic Stony are gearing up for their biggest ever event to mark its 15th birthday. Sammy Jones belted up and discovered more about the journey so far...

Classic car fans will be driven crazy with 100s of examples parked up for inspection at the event which unites the community and makes for a fabulous, free day out.

Described as ‘a festival of all things motoring,’ Classic Stony will get everyone revved up on June 2, consuming the whole of the picturesque old town with some wheelie terrific cars and bikes.

“It is a relaxed, informal free day out for the family and car and bike fans, run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts,” said event spokesman Adrian Cole, “There is always something quirky and interesting to see – from a Henry Ford Model T from the roaring 20s to a time travelling replica of the DeLorean car from Back to the Future, which isn’t quite an official ‘classic’ but is great fun and always proves popular.”

The event – a sister to the annual New Year’s Day Vintage Stony show which attracts more than 400 cars and bikes – will be inviting visitors to look to the sky this time too.

“We are mindful that within a week of our event the nation will be coming together to remember the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings so we have asked the Lancaster Bomber from WW2 memorial fleet to fly over the festival as a small contribution towards recognising the importance of the landings to the country,” Adrian said.

Classic Stony was founded by Stony Stratford Business Association members Ray Cobley and Andrew Freestone, themselves keen car and bike enthusiasts and –pandemic aside – it has been a staple event ever since.

Sadly, Andrew passed away a few years ago but his invaluable contribution to the event is remembered with the Best in Show trophy named in his honour. Today, the committee of volunteers is headed by event chair David Storer, and the numbers of visitors and participants keeps on rising.

The event also steers the economy too, with local businesses opening their doors to hungry and thirsty visitors. Whether you want to do a spot of shopping, grab a lunch or have a swift half, you’ll have plenty of choices.

Classic Stony happens as part of the established Stony Live Week of entertainment in the town, and the Market Square stage will deliver live music across the day.

“Stony Stratford is a great place to have a coffee, or something a bit stronger, and a bite to eat, so you can spend the day with us, enjoying all that the event and the town has to offer.

Attending doesn’t incur an entry fee, but everyone is invited to dig deep for loose change and those crinkly bits of paper for charity.

“Thanks to our sponsors and the general public, to date Classic Stony has raised more than £100,000 for Willen Hospice, and we look forward to adding to that figure this year,” Adrian added.

“We can promise you a fun, relaxed time and the chance to enjoy some amazing cars, bikes and military vehicles and you can speak to their owners. It might even inspire you to start your own journey with classic modes of transport,” he added, “The only thing we can’t guarantee is fine weather, but that’s what windscreen wipers are for!”

> Classic Stony will run from 9.30am-4pm on Sunday, June 2. If you would like to display your vehicle, prices start from just £5.

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Auntie’s Cookery Academy launches at Milton Keynes Cookery School

A Milton Keynes charity is empowering care leavers to take control of their future through food.

Auntie’s Cookery Academy, a newly established charity dedicated to empowering care experienced young people through culinary education, celebrated its official launch on Thursday, May 9th, 2024, at Milton Keynes Cookery School. The event, attended by esteemed guests including the Mayor of Milton Keynes Mick Legg, Councillor Emily Darlington, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Kurshida Mirza, Councillor Shazna Muzammil, local entrepreneurs, representatives from MKFM, MKCTV, Learn Plus Us, and many more, marked the beginning of a transformative journey for the organisation.

Auntie’s Cookery Academy aims to help bridge the gap between being fully supported, and being expected to live independently.

Their approach empowers young people, aged 16 to 24, by equipping them with the vital life skills and employability training they need. Alongside Learn Plus Us, they’ve developed a curriculum for learners to achieve an award - certified by the NCFE - by completing a 12-week course which covers not only key cookery skills, but budgeting and batch cooking, using leftovers, recycling and waste, as well as health and hygiene.

And their commitment doesn’t stop there. The charity places them right at the core of a genuine social enterprise – with the chance to earn a wage on the ‘Food Truck’, gaining work experience to take into hospitality and catering if they choose.

Guests were treated to a delightful evening filled with drinks from the recently renovated yellow horse box donation bar and

mouth-watering dishes, including delicious Thai green curry and the opportunity to make their own spring rolls in the cookery school.

Belle Lawrence, Chair of Auntie’s Cookery Academy, delivered a heartfelt speech, expressing gratitude for the overwhelming support and outlining the charity’s mission to support young individuals with care experience through culinary education to unlock their potential. Lawrence emphasised the importance of community involvement in achieving the charity’s goals and invited attendees to contribute to the cause.

The launch event also featured a raffle, with prizes generously donated by Frosts Garden Centre, Wooden Hill Coffee, Maya Restaurant, Frost Family Van Hire, Auntie Em’s Kitchen, MK Cookery School, Popworld, MKFM, and Fabbi Abbi.

On a delightfully warm and sunny evening, guests gathered in the decorated courtyard to learn more about Auntie’s Cookery Academy’s aims and explore opportunities for the Milton Keynes community to support the cause. The charity aims to raise £5,000 to kickstart its initiatives and is seeking longterm partners to help reach its £10,000 goal to deliver the course to the first cohort.

Belle Lawrence commented, “We are overwhelmed by the support we’ve received

at our launch event. The enthusiasm and generosity of everyone who attended demonstrates the community’s commitment to creating positive change for care experienced young people. We are excited about the future of Auntie’s Cookery Academy and look forward to making a lasting impact in young people’s lives.”

Emily-Jane Dale, said, “As Co-Founder of Auntie’s Cookery Academy, I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to support young people as they navigate the challenging transition into adulthood. The kitchen isn’t just a place to cook; it’s where memories are made, bonds are formed, and life lessons are learned. I’m incredibly passionate about using food as a tool to build confidence and empower care experienced individuals on their journey. Together, let’s create a brighter future, one delicious meal at a time!”

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Nursery expansion nurtures a real passion for learning

Parents looking for a first class educare provision where their children can thrive can now reserve a space at the newly-opened Pre-reception room at The Webber Independent School.

The doors to the new prereception room have officially opened, a welcome expansion of the Independent School’s services which have been awarded an ‘excellent’ grade in all areas. The new space, designed for children preparing for their transition to ‘Big School’ is a welcomed addition to the The Webber Nursery for children from six months old to four years.

The whole Nursery features governmentfunded spots and will have spaces for an additional 24 children. The School in North Milton Keynes, is already popular with families living in the area, and this new room will inspire a love for learning in the littlest of learners. The expansion includes new resources crafted from natural materials including wood. This is

yet another step to supports the Nursery’s move away from single-use plastics in line with the School’s Green Priority Headmistress Mrs Hilary Marsden said: “At Webber, we aim to instil a lifelong love of learning within each and every one of our students, from Nursery to Year 11. The Webber Nursery has always offered educational experience through enriched

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learning and development play which lends itself to a seamless transition to ‘Big School’ allowing children to reach their full potential. We are very excited about this expansion which will get children off to a flying start on their life long journey to success.”

The Nursery on the edge of Linford Wood offers a rich environment for inquisitive children. The Nursery grounds include an ecogarden where seasonal crops are put to good use by the onsite chef and the team. Webber Honey is gathered from the bee hive and the children make regular expeditions to the woods for ecology sessions.

The Government has recently announced eligible working parents of two-year-old can now access 15 hours of funded early education and childcare. This will usually run over 38 weeks a year and there is a stretched offer of eleven hours per week over 51 weeks. Children are encouraged to discover their passion for learning with the Nursery’s nurtured learning environment. The ‘home from home’ atmosphere ensures children to be happy, content and eager to learn.

Newly-appointed Nursery Manager Lana Race, has over 15 years’ experience in the Early Years Sector, both managing and establishing new provisions.

She said: “I am passionate in ensuring children are supported, challenged and flourish during their time at Nursery, maintaining high standards of care and teaching across the

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Parents are always welcome to visit the school and Nursery at a time that is convenient to them. It is the perfect way to understand the School’s academic approach and see for themselves what makes The Webber so special. Our highly qualified expert staff have a real passion for providing a childcare provision that captures an educational learning environment full of awe and wonder.

Please get in touch with Sandra Murchison, The Webber Registrar on 01908 574740 email

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Flamingos, fashion and fun with the stars leads the way on this month’s selection of Pulse Pics, and one eagle-eyed litter picker was transported to the 1980s with his find...

The stars were out in Milton Keynes for the return of Collectormania at centre:mk, with Brian Blessed and Anita Dobson among those meeting and greeting fans. Comedy lovers got to say ‘Allo ‘Allo! to Herr Flick and Helga, aka Richard Gibson and Kim Hartman, and Dr Who fans were treated to visits by Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred and David Gooderson Collectormania returns in September.

The Spring Fashion Show at centre:mk was a strutting success, with catwalk shows and a heap of clothing and beauty brands peddling their wares.

Among those spreading cheer and fragrance were the team from Sol de Janeiro, whose new range of skin care reminds us to cover up from the sun.

Whipsnade Zoo has released images, taken during their overnight Lookout Lodge experience revealing exactly what the animals get up to after dark. Famous for their one-legged stance, the Zoo’s flock of flamingos were pictured fishing for food in their large pond, continuing to eat well into the night.

It’s a sad state of affairs that some of us still need to litter pick because of the ill-manners of others. George Belsham is one local hero who heads out with his black bin bags – and he retrieved a can of Fanta discarded back in the 1980s!

“Litter along our rivers is one of the most obvious signs that our rivers and their adjacent habitats are under severe threat from pollution,” he said.

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From glosses for lovely lips to marvellous mists and lotions, and lash-tastic products, here are this month’s beauty choices...

Peace Hand & Body Lotion is a fabulously fruity aide to moisturise, with herbs and essential oils promoting harmony with every sweep over the hand.

Made with a vegetarian formula, this lotion is packed with lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, coconut, avocado, honey and sweet almond milk. Free from parabens, paraffin and alcohol, the product supports community fair trade and sustainable harvesting too.

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Getting lippy isn’t always a bad thing – and House of Colour has a wonderfully glossy selection of shades that don’t just look lovely, they also moisturise as they go. There are 20 to choose from, with opaque, sheer colours and glitter toppers, all mineral based, with Vitamin E to nourish, and they are vanilla flavoured. If you want smoother, plump, soft lips with the wow factor, head to House of Colour. You can use on top of your most favoured lip product, but they are more than enough on their own. Our favourites? Plum and Berry. How about you?

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Troubles don’t seem nearly as bad after a good night in sleepy land, and the Wellness Trio Sleep Intense will help you escape from the land of sheep counting for perfect pillow time. Three steps to a fresher you start with a relaxing Body Cleanser for use in the bath or shower as part of your pre-bedtime routine. Then let the Dream Essence Mist fall lightly on your body and your bed linen.

Complete the evening care session by applying the Dream Balm on your temples. Gently massage in. Snooze away the difficulties of the day.

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Velour Plant Fibre Lashes (vegan and cruelty free) are crafted with hemp-derived plant fibres making for an eco-friendly addition. The short, round shape is designed to enhance the natural lash volume that moulds perfectly with all eye shapes – and this ‘everyday lash’ can be reused up to 20 times.

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Stress. No-one is exempt, and its damaging effects on our health can really take a toll.

If alarm bells are starting to ring for you, listen and act – and the Spa Ceylon brand has plenty of products to calm and still the mind. Its De-Stress Harmonising Essence Mist is a good place to start, and is packed with Ayurveda wonder herbs – Aloe Vera, Frankincense, Tangerine and Bergamot.

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We’ve had our first sight of sun, so let’s dress like it’s here to stay — in outfits for the Summer we want, not the Summers we’ve had.

Whether you go for a cruise along high street rails or take a plunge into your wardrobe at home, seek inspiration from the looks that sizzled on Spring/ Summer catwalks, which seem to have taken theirs from the coast. Think bright whites with sky blue, and a cocktail of gold and silver accents; a mirage of sandy beaches, golden sunshine, clear Summer skies, and collecting silver-lined shells along the shore of your dreamiest holiday.

There were white and blue tailored looks at Proenza Schouler, Alberta Ferretti, Emporio Armani and Givenchy, plus clean cut, pool-ready, casual combos at Chanel and Gucci. At Jason Wu, Prada and Simone Rocha, dresses blew down the runway like clouds of taffeta — with playfully-draped powder blue worn over white slips. At Phillip Lim, white was worn head-to-toe.

To look hot right now? Try roomy, wide-legged suitwear accessorised with souvenir shop earrings, belts and pendant necklaces. Or choose something with a spray of silver detailing, a la models at Alexander McQueen. If you must buy new, head into H&M for their swathe-y ivory two-piece — with its tie-up blazer paying homage to Prabal Gurung’s wrap-waist trousers. Else at Zara, there’s a white and denim maxi dress to slip about in.

Hotter still? Hints of Summer’s cowgirl trend — so wrangle in western details with hats, boots (Mark Fast showed some brilliant white ones, but River Island’s are better), waistcoats and more baby blue denim. A sure way to straddle easy-breezy, white-hot, attention-stealing style, while riding the rodeo that is British Summer Weather.

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Nourishing Amy and Gina Burgess celebrate the start of the European Picota cherry season with this delicious vegan recipe that showcases the naturally stalkless fruit.


For the Cherry Chia Jam:

200g pitted Picota Cherries (approx. 250g whole cherries)

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp white chia seeds

For the cookie dough cups:

50g oat flour

60g ground almonds

30g vegan vanilla protein powder

3 tbsp melted coconut oil

3 tbsp runny, smooth almond butter

2 tbsp maple syrup

Pinch of salt

40g dark chocolate chips

For the Frangipane:

2 tbsp (30g) runny, smooth almond butter

1½ tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

30g ground almonds

For Serving:

6 tsp whipped coconut cream or thick coconut yoghurt

6 Picota Cherries, whole 1 tbsp flaked almonds, crushed

Time: 20 minutes plus 1-2 hours chilling Makes: 8


1. Start by making the jam: add the pitted cherries to a saucepan along with the maple syrup and bring to a boil. Allow to summer and bubble over a high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and mashing the cherries with the spoon, until juicy and sticky. Stir in the chia seeds, remove from the heat and allow to cool down. Once cool, blend up to a smoother jam. Store in the fridge for 1 week in a sealed jar, until needed.

2. Line 8 muffin holes in a tray with paper cases.

3. For the cookie dough: stir together the oat flour, ground almonds, protein powder, coconut oil, almond butter, syrup and salt to a sticky mix. Now fold in the chocolate chips and divide into 8 equal pieces (about 40g each). Press each one into a muffin case and make a cup shape. I like to press a shot glass (or similar) into the centre of each cookie dough ball to do this. Chill in the fridge while you make the fillings.

4. For the frangipane: stir together the ingredients until sticky. Remove the cups from the fridge and spoon in some of the frangipane and top with some of the cherry jam (you will have extras). Allow to rest in the fridge for1 bour, until they have firmed up.

5. To serve: remove from the fridge and pipe on some coconut yoghurt and top with a Picota Cherry and some flaked almonds.

6. Eat straight away or keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for 1 month. Allow to defrost before eating.

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How does your garden grow?

June might be the hottest month, and watering the plants will be a priority. Feeding productive plants is most important. Read the instructions carefully, pour the concentrate into the watering can then add water from the butt or tap. Stir the mix when the can is full. Water the compost slowly, until it is damp, rather than watering quickly and letting the water run out of the pot into the base.

Damping down the floor of the greenhouse is a must, and good ventilation must be practised as well.

the leatherjacket!

Awell-kept lawn is the motivation for many any hour spent eliminating weeds and walking that mower up and down.

So it can be devastating to watch your green space developing patches of yellowish brown before dying. It makes for a nasty sight, and if you lift the devastated turf you will find the cause of the issue; leatherjackets living – and munching – in the surface layers of the soil. Wormlike in appearance, they are easy to distinguish; with greyish brown bodies which can be up to 30mm in length.

Leatherjackets are the larvae of craneflies. Most get their kicks from algae and organic matter, but some feed on living plants, and those are the ones that could cause you problems.

Veggie plots can also suffer, and larvae numbers can be swelled after a damp autumn.

The problem with leatherjackets is often one that accompanies new build properties.

If you believe your garden has a problem with the larvae, covering the lawn overnight with plastic sheeting will encourage the leatherjackets to rise to the surface. Remove the sheeting in the morning and the birds will have an easy feast, but of course, while being helpful, birds can sometimes make for even more destruction.

Running around with pesticides and nasties isn’t an option. You can remove by hand which will be laborious, but if done regularly will help to control numbers, but introducing nematodes is the smart option.

Why? Because these grey wrigglies are fussy eaters with a penchant for fresh, new turf, and young lawns have particularly sweet, tender roots.

They like their greens – or rather, they like our greens!

So, you know what they are, but how do you eliminate them?

That’s the trickier part. The local feathered population will stick their beaks in, quite literally!

Birds love munching on the jackets, and if your garden is suddenly a haven for crows, magpies and starlings nibbling around the lawn, that’s a good indication you may have an issue.

Nematodes will devastate leatherjackets but won’t harm pets, children, birds or other wildlife.

What is a nematode? In short, they are microscopic worms that enter the grubs, infecting them with a bacterial disease that causes their demise.

The nematodes are invisible to the naked eye, and purchased in powder form which needs to be mixed with water to activate.

When a leatherjacket has been destroyed, the nematodes multiply and head back out to search for more victims. It’s like a real life horror story playing out beneath the soil!

Once an infestation has been dealt with (which will take time), you need to turn all attention to supporting your grass in its recovery – feeding the roots and keeping the grass cut short is perfect. Unfortunately, if it pulls up easily at the roots, you will need to reseed.

To give your grass the best chance of recovery, always act quickly – because infestations are no larvae-ing matter.

The tomato plants are doing well in the growing bag, supported by canes, as are those in large pots and in a raised bed. Side shoots have been removed where necessary and all have been fed with a high-potash liquid fertiliser.

Potatoes in large pots are all growing vigorously and have been gradually filled up with soil.

The celery plants, growing in modules, will be planted out. We will try to grow them properly in a trench, 20 cm (8”) deep and 30cm (12”) apart in two rows, gradually earthing them up to blanch the stems.

The larger sweetcorn seedlings may also be planted now, not in rows but squares or blocks to enable the wind to pollinate them whatever the direction (of the wind).

It will soon be the longest day. Let us make the most of it!

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PlantSnap is an essential tool for anyone keen on identifying plants. Users can snap a photo of any plant and receive instant identification, supported by a vast database. This app’s educational value is significant, making it a favourite among both amateur and seasoned gardeners. However, its dependence on a stable internet connection and occasional inaccuracies with rare species are minor drawbacks. Despite these issues, PlantSnap remains a top choice for plant identification due to its user-friendly interface and regular database updates.

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In conclusion, these five apps offer a range of features that can significantly enhance the gardening experience. Whether you are looking to identify plants, seek expert advice, grow vegetables, document wildlife, or manage your gardening tasks, these apps provide valuable tools and information to help your garden thrive.

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Welcome to our new Mayor

Councillor Marie Bradburn, the new Mayor of Milton Keynes for 2024-2025 tells us a little about herself and outlines her themes of education, young people and active transport for her mayoral year.

My Mayoral Year began with the Annual Council Meeting at the Civic Offices earlier this month, the room was filled with family, friends, council colleagues and not to mention family watching at home from across the water in Ireland, it truly was a very special evening and one I will never forget.

Having lived in Milton Keynes for almost 30 years, I have seen just how much our city has grown and flourished. I am immensely proud of the diversity and rich culture we hold in Milton Keynes, and I am looking forward to working with everyone on the city’s journey as it goes from strength to strength.

For those that don’t know, I come from the west of Ireland from a little village called Kilglass, although I have lived in my ward of Bradwell since 1997. I have been married for 40 years to my husband Robin, I have a son, a daughter, and five wonderful grandchildren.

I have served the residents of Bradwell since 2016 and since have learnt so much, my biggest regret is that I didn’t do it 20 years ago!

I’m pleased to be supporting Sieve MK Gateway, a charity that is dedicated to addressing educational underachievement among young people, particularly BAME students.

My themes for the year are education, young people, and active transport. Throughout my time on the City Council, I have had the privilege of chairing the Corporate Parenting Panel which has held a special place in my heart. When people ask me how many children I have I always respond with 2 biologically, but also the almost 400 children in care, that we as the City Council are the legal corporate parent to. During my term as Mayor, I will be championing fostering recruitment to guarantee a good and loving home for our children in care. Just as we aspire for our biological children it’s equally essential and

our responsibility to aspire for our children in care to guide them into the future, into adulthood, independent living, and beyond.

Earlier this month, I launched the Mayor’s Year of Cycling and over the course of the year I will be attending as many events as possible by cycling or walking. I hope that this will encourage more residents to travel sustainably across the city and ensure we are well on our way to becoming a cleaner, greener, and healthier city.

Traditionally, the Mayor’s consort is a family member but given my chosen themes I am delighted to announce that two young people in care will be accompanying me to events this year.

Finally, a mention to the charity I will be supporting this year. I’m pleased to be supporting Sieve MK Gateway, a charity that is dedicated to addressing educational underachievement among young people,

particularly BAME students. The charity offers tutoring services and mentoring programmes to young people across the city which helps them to realise their full potential.

I have personally had the honour of working with the team in the past and I have seen the vital work they do and how they transform young people’s lives.

The charity, which started in a small room in Neath Hill with a handful of young people is now located within The Point in the city and is now raising funds to build a new learning and enterprise centre.

> To support the charity please visit: Mayor of Milton Keynes is fundraising for SMK Gateway (

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Councillor Marie Bradburn, Mayor of Milton Keynes 01908 253601 mayorMK @mayor_mk
Councillor Bradburn launched the Mayor’s Year of Cycling in early May – the aim of which is to promote sustainable travel in Milton Keynes

Free Midsummer Festival

On Saturday 23rd June, Milton Keynes City Council is holding the city’s first ever, family-friendly Midsummer Festival. Everyone is invited to celebrate the summer solstice with a fun-packed free programme of music, maypoles, magic and more. Midsummer Boulevard is famously aligned with the path of the sun at summer solstice, which in traditional folklore is celebrated on the night of 23 June.

From 10am to 10.30pm, Midsummer Boulevard East will be transformed into Festival central for a free event inspired by traditional midsummer themes of renewal, healing, and health. There will be a wide range of music, street theatre, and folklore-inspired art taking place alongside free making workshops. Pop-up street food curated by local blogger Sophie etc will be available throughout the day and into the evening, with the event ending with a parade to the Light Pyramid in Campbell Park.

10am to 10.30pm,

Midsummer Boulevard East will be closed to traffic to allow festival goers and event production teams to use the site safely. Road closure signs will be in place to redirect motorists, and buses that usually drop off and pick up on Midsummer Boulevard East will instead do so outside The Point on Lower Tenth Street. It looks to be a great free event for the whole city.

Find the full programme and approximate timings alongside details of the temporary changes to bus stops at or scan the QR code.

How you can get involved with our city’s future

MK City Council is working with a theatre company on an innovative way to help local people share their experiences about living in Milton Keynes. The creative partnership between the city council, theatre company Speak Up! Act Out! and public health experts Ben Caves Associates is part of the development of the MK City Plan 2050, which is an important planning document that will be submitted to the Secretary of State next year.

Each local authority has a ‘local plan’ for their area, to help guide how future development can support the needs of citizens and businesses. One of the topics to be considered is how future changes can have an impact on the health of residents and communities. The city council has been asking local people for their feedback to help shape the Plan, and more than 2,000 have so far had their say through online surveys and face to face events.

Creative workshops run by Speak Up! Act Out! are being planned for June. They’ll be a mixture of practical activities and discussions where local people can share stories and their experiences of life in Milton Keynes, with a focus on their health and wellbeing. Coming together to create a final presentation of the feedback in September which may be in the form of a film, illustrations or even an exhibition – people participating in the workshops will decide.

Local people are welcome to register their interest in taking part or ask questions about the workshops by emailing Angela from Speak Up! Act Out! at

The MK City Plan 2050 will take forward Milton Keynes City Council’s Strategy for 2050 which set out a bold and ambitious vision for MK over the next 28 years, including equal opportunities for all, ‘lifelong’ homes that suit people at all stages of their life, and a pioneering mass rapid transit system.

A first draft will be published in July for comments. Once approved by the Secretary of State, it will take over from the city council’s award-winning previous local plan.

CONTACT DETAILS: Tel: 01908 252442


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Pete Marland Leader of Milton Keynes City Council From Midsummer Boulevard East will be transformed into Festival central for a free event inspired by traditional midsummer themes of renewal, healing, and health.

‘All I want to do is help people...’

Her debut single has been viewed millions of times on TikTok, Meghan Trainor called on her talent for a collaboration, and she has stage-shared with P!nk. Not bad for a girl who was the target of cruel bullies and told she would never amount to anything. As she prepares to play for the home crowd with a summer festival billing, Pulse’s Sammy Jones checks in with Kettering’s sizzling hot pop success, Mae Stephens.

The past 18 months have been a blur of bonkers experiences for Mae who left her role in a local supermarket at the start of last year, and before the summer was out, was stage sharing with P!nk.

Oh, and let’s not forget a Glastonbury appearance, that single collaboration with Meghan Trainor and the track that started it all, If We Ever Broke Up

It was the second most popular song on TikTok globally in 2023 with millions of views. And counting.

“Even now, I’m wondering where in the universe they decided to give me this opportunity,” she says, although it feels a little bit like a question, “I will always be so thankful to be able to pursue something I’d dreamed about since I was a little girl. I feel very lucky...”

On paper, Mae has it all going on, but the colourful, confident girl who strutted her very unique style on the red carpet at this year’s Brit Awards has had more than her fair share of difficult times to deal with.

If school was a jigsaw, she was the bit that didn’t fit, and her learning days were miserable.

“I had a crappy time, kids can be horrible and being the weird kid meant immediate social outcast. I didn’t really have many friends and was floating between friendship groups,” she says.

“If you weren’t wearing the same thing as every other girl, or you didn’t have that River Island bag, or that specific lipgloss you weren’t even remotely relevant,” she recalled, “I had my shoes filled with water, my hair cut, my bag nicked, stuff nicked out of my bag, toilet doors kicked down on me... it was a difficult time.

“I was brought up in a family that believed in proper values; in kindness, respect and sharing. To other kids being nice was a sign of weakness.

“You had to be mean to get anywhere and so I found myself in this situation of not

being able to hold a friend group because I was too weird, or too loud, or too extravagant to fit in. I never really had a solid group of friends until I went to college.”

There are specific memories that stand out against the backdrop of daily difficulties. Being at school on her birthday is one of them.

“I spent the whole day being berated and belittled. I went home, cried and then wrote a good couple of songs and it made me feel immediately better. It was therapy.

“Every time I came home from school my mum would say, ‘You’ve got a year left, you’ve got six months left, you’ve got three months left...’

“The only reason I had to keep going was my mum giving me that countdown and my brother speaking to me after school.

“It was a difficult time, but I never let it beat me down.”

During our chat, Mae’s parents, both exsoldiers, and brother are mentioned more than once. Family means the world to her, and their belief and support kept her solid and focused.

“My mum got diagnosed with MS a couple of years ago, and she has always been an incredibly strong role model in my life. No matter what she is going through, especially with a massive autoimmune disease, she is still enjoying her life. I took a massive leaf out of her book to understand that stuff in my life is going to go wrong, and there will always be people that don’t like what I’m doing, but as long as I enjoy it and I am helping people, then I am doing something right.”

As a youngster, music became her passion and her friend, even though it took a while for her to realise as much.

“Music would become this after school therapy,” she says with hindsight, “I didn’t really notice it become a hobby, but I was playing four or five hours a day, seven days a week for about four years; “I was playing after school, in the mornings and whenever I got a spare moment to sit down and give myself some self therapy with this piano, it kept me going in my childhood.”

Diagnosed with ADHD (her recent single about living with the condition is catchier than the common cold, but decidedly more pleasant) she had struggled to find that thing that would ignite her: “I’d done martial arts clubs, arts things, I did loads of different outside hobbies.

“Then I played this song to my dad that I’d written on guitar about a mother wolf and her cubs and my dad turned around to me and said, ‘I think we’ve finally found what you’re good at.’

“Those words solidified in my brain and altered my brain chemistry,” she remembers, “It gave me that drive to succeed and from that point on my parents were the most incredible... They are the most incredible people, they took on everything.

“I could have said ‘I want to be a doctor’ or ‘I want to be someone academic.’ I said, ‘I want to be a musician’ which felt like chasing an impossible dream, but my parents both went, ‘Yeah, OK. If that’s what you want, let’s do it.’

“I am so thankful to have two people like that in my life. They made it possible, and I would not be here without them.”

Writing and playing was her outlet, her safe space and expressive place, and the more she practiced, the more Mae shone.

It was one of those gigs when I walked off and went, ‘That’s why I do it’.

And while she might be young, don’t confuse her current standing with overnight success – she’s been writing her own songs for nearly a decade and was a fixture on the pub circuit in her area.

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It’s hard work fused with talent that has got her where she is.

As we mentioned earlier, it’s not so long ago that she was still working a job in her local ASDA – she inked a record deal on January 25, 2023 and then worked out her notice. By the summer she was performing on the Main Stage at Hyde Park.

“That was insane,” she says, with a little laugh, “I’d not been on a stage that big so it was very nerve-wracking but the crowd were amazing. It was one of those gigs when I walked off and went, ‘That’s why I do it.’

Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds also received her.

“To spend the first year of my career carting around the UK doing all these events was the best season of my life.

“I was told for many years that I was never going to amount to anything and I got told by a teacher or two that I wasn’t going to pass my GCSEs and wasn’t going to get a good job, because I wasn’t going to University. At college they said there wasn’t much hope.”

So says the girl who Meghan Trainor got in touch with because she wanted to work with her.

“She commented on a TikTok I had posted,” Mae says, still buzzing at the recollection, “It was so quick. The next thing I know I’m texting her and then I’m on a call with her.

“It was the biggest shock of my life, you don’t think you are going to be sat on a FaceTime call with Meghan Trainor, let alone doing a song with her!

“It was one of the best things to come out of last year. She is an incredible artist and made my year.”

I don’t want to leave my home just yet, I love it. A lot.

While clearly holding her parents up as heroes, this rising Queen of pop looked to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for further inspiration.

“I just fell in love with Queen through my teenage years and Freddie became a massive idol, not only for his voice, but also his attitude as a person.

“All he wanted to do was help people and he did not care what people thought of him; he was unapologetically him, and that is what I am trying to instil in me.

“I have only just got into a period of time where I feel confident wearing what I want to wear and being the artist I want to be.

“Freddie Mercury is such a timeless role model for those kids to say, ‘You shouldn’t listen to what other people say, you need to be yourself and be unapologetically you’ – as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, be you.”

Mae’s music is upbeat and fun, but doesn’t shy away from serious subjects – and her words are resonating with others.

“I had a lady message me not long after If We Ever Broke Up had come out to say she had gone through quite a rough break-up and the song had given her a reason to feel empowered, and basically hold her crown up.

“I said to her, ‘this is the secret message behind the song.’ Yes, the song has got those jokey aspects – but the hidden reason behind it was a way to tell people that you shouldn’t walk out of a relationship feeling deflated, or that you’ve lost pieces of yourself.

“You need to walk out feeling strong and that you are going to move forward and feel happy again. That’s all I ever wanted people to feel with the song – enjoy the jokey side of it, but understand that it’s a song of empowerment.”

If the music ever goes quiet, there’s a therapist in the making right here, I venture.

“I would love to. I’ve always said to my friends, ‘If you ever need to talk about something, even if I’m uneducated in that situation, I will help as much as I can.

“All I want to do is help people,” she says, resolutely, “I’m not money driven, and I didn’t have much when I was a kid, so I’ve never been money orientated.

“I’m here to show all those kids that don’t feel like they fit anywhere, or feel like they can’t sit in a friend group, or are being cyber bullied... I want to show them that I came from being a weird kid, and came from the bottom. No matter where you come from or what background you are from, you can shine – you can get there, and you can achieve what you want to achieve.”

With so much on in Mae’s world, questions are being asked about her making the move to the big smoke, but she is in no rush to swap Northamptonshire for London.

“So many people have said to me ‘Are you going to move away? Are you going to move to London?’ but I want to hold off as long as possible.

“I’ve grown up here, and it’s my small town and it’s home for me. I don’t want to leave my home just yet, I love it. A lot.”

And she wants to delve deeper into the music scene that she inhabits: “In the midst of the chaos I’ve not had a moment to sit down and get into the scene properly, but this year is my year to show Northampton that I am a great supporter of their scene and that I want to be a part of it.”

Fans can expect to learn more about Mae too, who will be revealing more of herself through her new material.

“Over the past year I have been able to introduce my story to people, but this year I need to show the fans a little bit more of who I actually am, so I think there will be some ballad releases.

“I have shown I can do funk, but I’ve written ballads since I was 12 and I’ve got all these songs sitting in my catalogue. Why not release them and allow people to learn a bit more about me and what I stand for and where I came from?

“I’ve struggled to do that before, but I think I’m now ready to show the world.”

Oh, and there is a message for those bullies who made school difficult.

“Thank you for not believing in me,” she says, quietly, but firmly, “...because you gave me the determination to succeed.”

> Mae Stephens plays A Perfect Day Festival in Northampton on Sunday, June 16.

The bill also includes James Arthur, Billy Lockett, Andy Crofts, Charlotte Carpenter and Balter.

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In demand - Mae has supported P!nk and worked with Meghan Trainor

‘I enjoyed the lack of restraint...’

Graham Hulbert is a familiar face on the Milton Keynes music scene; fans of the hardhitting and alternative will know him most recently as the frontman with Our Man in the Bronze Age, and Broken Castles.

When not delivering the musical drama with them, he has discovered another way to get his kicks – exploring with the new solo project, Renormaliser

“It started life as me just noodling around in my basement with no real focus or goal, making new sounds, learning new instruments and doing whatever came to mind,” Graham told Pulse Music.

And with no creative restraint he didn’t know where it would go: “It was strange being creatively free to do anything I felt like but I also needed to self assess and then confront notions of what is subjectively ‘good’. I enjoyed the idea of a lack of restraint but at the same time wanted to make it engaging and listenable as opposed to just descending into self indulgent chaos,” he paused, “... that’s for album Number two!” he laughed. It was the challenge that made equal parts interesting and daunting,” he admitted.

Graham talks us through Dwellings - Track by track:

“A few of the tracks are older ones I had knocking about and never had anywhere to put them but most of it was written in December and January, then I spent a month refining the songs and mixing it all.”

It was strange being creatively free to do anything I felt like but I also needed to self assess and then confront notions of what is subjectively ‘good’

When we spoke with him earlier this year, Graham was still debating releasing Dwellings, but in time he parked his anxieties and went for it.

“Usually, you have the safety of a band behind you with a new release but when it’s just you it feels somewhat more vulnerable,” he reflected.

But while this was never meant to be a live proposition, Graham is eyeing up the stage from a distance.

“Now it’s here, it does feel like it would be fun to explore...”

32 Minutes

It’s me experimenting with drums, beats and synths to see what I could make. Coming from a heavy guitar rock band background, for me it was a different approach with sounds I hadn’t explored before. The song loosely deals with the concept of the last half an hour of your life, but it’s more out of curiosity and fascination than something depressing.

Bodies In Motion

I’d spent the evening trying to learn piano theory, but after hours of that relatively fruitless excursion, I heard the bassline in

my head, abandoned the keys and just went with it. It’s got a Battles-ey vibe and I deliberately wanted to add some wonky guitars and oddly placed drums to accentuate the almost funk feel of the track.

Little One

Maybe an anti-love song. It is quite cynical and about superficiality. A lot of the songs on this album started life as a bassline and an underlying rhythmic idea. Little One is definitely in that category. I liked the idea of a dark ballad with some grimey-ness and groove to it.

Waiting For

This is probably my favourite track on Dwellings, I just like the combination of floaty instruments and a fairly driving beat with loads of little percussion-ey things coming in and out.

Never Better

I chucked in some Gilmour-esque guitar rhythm parts here, which I wouldn’t normally do. The title is a little sarcastic and perhaps more truthfully tied into mental health issues that I’m interested in and also suffer from!


I set out to write out something that would suggest one rhythm at the beginning and then resolve in a different one as I love little musical tricks like that.. I wanted to keep things sparse and predominantly led by melody and rhythm which became the approach I took to most of the songs on Dwellings

Don’t Be Afraid

It’s fairly obvious that I take a lot of influence from Radiohead, and this track wears that on its sleeve. I wanted something floaty and sombre that was piano led with a dreamlike feel to it. I’m not a very proficient piano player and really just fumble around until I find chords that sound good. This was one of those happy accidents!

The All Blinking Eye

A really old song of mine from my solo acoustic days in Brighton, I’ve always really liked it, but questioned whether to include it as it’s a markedly different sound to the rest of the tracks but I also don’t like to feel that I ‘should’ stick to a particular style I like the sort of bluesy roll of it which to me is reminiscent of Fink, another big influence of mine.

> Go listen: Dwellings in on all major streaming platforms, and on Bandcamp.

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Renormaliser - a new solo venture for Graham
‘The void he has left can never be filled’

Remembering Ian ‘Spatts’ Allen

When the news broke that Milton Keynes had lost one of its dance music innovators, it was a blow not just to his many friends, family and collaborators, but also to the scene he had been active in for so long.

Spatts, aka Ian Allen, one of lauded hip hop mob The Criminal Minds, passed away on December 30, 2023. His passing was unexpected, and he was taken too soon.

It’s perhaps not surprising that his friends have responded to the devastation in the most obvious of ways – with music, and lots of it.

“We first met at one of my Gauge gigs at The Pitz alongside Tuesday Strange and Able Mesh,” recalled Craig White, who became a friend and longtime collaborator of Spatts, “I was coming to the end of this industrial tinged project with Magic Alec, and Spatts stepped in and did a remix for us - from there SIR-VERE was born and we worked together on all the early band recordings.”

Fans can temper their sadness at Spatts’ loss by revelling in his work with a mighty feast of sounds just cut loose for you; Three EPs by The Secret Screens featuring SIR-VERE are yours to engage with.

My Dark Places, Mind Bomb and Brain Drain have been out for a couple of weeks now, and the long-players Relics 1 & 2 have just followed, all available through Worldsound/Virgin Music.

All of the tracks have been available previously, but in decidedly limited numbers.

“This is the first time the whole collection is available at the same time on the same label,” Craig told Pulse Music, “All 46 tracks have been remastered and a couple reworked from the demos I did with Spatts. It was a direct

collision of all our combined works into one big collective project showcasing our hip hop, breakbeat, twisted house, funk and lots of post punk vibes.”

These releases are part of a huge SIR-VERE catalogue reissue series through Virgin Music, with these particular choices being brought forward following the passing of Spatts.

We had fun and we laughed together. We both wanted to push boundaries in the electronic world and not be scared to throw all the styles into the pot.”

Craig reflects on his union with Spatts as a period of creativity that knew no bounds – there was no being held back when the two of them let their musical minds roam.

“We had fun and we laughed together. We both wanted to push boundaries in the electronic world and not be scared to throw all the styles into the pot,” Craig said, “His incredible ear for music was truly unique – he had the creative power to make whatever I threw at him musically, work.

“The Secret Screens will carry on pushing those boundaries and sonics of electronic music, with Spatts’ heartbeat at the core,’’ Craig promised, “The void he has left can never be filled. It’s still not real and I still think the phone may ring with him suggesting more ideas.

“I will always miss him, but will keep his legacy, his beats, and his soul alive in whatever we do.”

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Friends and collaborators - Spatts and Craig

Smells like a Nirvana tribute

Over at The Craufurd Arms this month, grab a pint and go check in with Cryw*nk on June 2, or how about The Smyths who celebrate 20 years of tributing with all of the ‘hits, fan favourites and hidden gems’ on June 7.

From a tribute to another Manc-y mob who are currently making their music heard; Loose Articles deliver ‘discordant, hypnotic repetition, tales of boozy nights out, and radical politics. They say their sounds speak ‘to all those determined to get through the age of austerity with tongue in cheek, pint in hand, and two feet firmly on the dance floor.’

We’re up for that, but surely half a pint is more sensible?!

Join the punked-up players on June 8.

Nirvana UK play tribute to the masters Grohl, Novoselic and Cobain on June 15 with the music that turned a generation.

If there’s Something in the Way, it’s guaranteed to be someone’s head, right?

Those who weren’t quick enough with their plastic pals will have missed out on tickets for Karnivool, who make only their second journey to Europe in nine years for their current brace of UK dates, part of their Tri Continental Drift tour.

They play here on June 16 – a day after they tackle the metal fest that is Download. It’ll be a warm one.

Mannequin Pussy sees out the month on June 28.

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At MK11, Mad Mods & Englishmen will be tackling tracks by The Who, The Small Faces, Spencer Davis, Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones... you get the sort of thing.

Not ‘just’ a cover band, these guys are an injection of the feel-good with the musical prowess to deliver some big songs.

Heed the early notice though – tickets for their last two dates have sold-out. If you want in for the show on June 8, you want to get on it now!

Pink Floyd tribute Simply Floyd plays on June 14. Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone. A little ear worm for you, right there. You’re welcome.

Cool vibes will roll when Oddisee visits the Kiln Farm haunt on June 15, bringing elements of jazz, funk and go-go together in his hip-hop rooted production which ‘tackle the human condition with unwavering conviction and candour.’

Oddisee is wrapping up an extensive tour here in the Keynes, a trip that started in Adelaide at the start of last month and aside from taking him through Australia, the trek has visited New Zealand and Hong Kong (to name a couple) before running all over the UK.

Make this night a corker for him and fellow music man DJ Unown, who is out on the road with him.

The Great American Hootenanny on June 21& 22 will be bonkers busy with two days of plentiful action.

On the Friday: The Smashed in Pumpkins and Pearl Scam will be joined by local players Lurch in the venue, while in the bar, house band Francis will roll out the best in rock, pop and country.

Taking care of business on the Saturday will be something quite different – with a country DJ club night courtesy of Kickin’ It Country. Free cowboy hats and cornhole, and confetti showers are promised. You simply park the motor, erm we mean horse, and let your cowboy boots lead the way!

In the bar, Rock and Grohl will play the best of Foos, Nirvana and QOTSA.

Feeling peckish?

The menu is crammed, and there’s a bourbon bar, shot paddles and picklebacks to boot. Oh, and boozy ice cream floats. It’s enough to melt your resolve to stay sober! Are yee-haaavin it?!

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Torus ‘geti’ a yeti to star in their new video!

Torus recently issued their new singleAvalanche is their first release since they cut loose the Sail EP back in 2022. In the video for the banging rocker –also featuring their label mates The Blue Stones – the band are chased around various ski slopes by the ‘famous Yeti of Hemel Hempstead.’ Not be confused with the elusive Yeti of Milton Keynes. Obviously.

“What’s more fun than being chased around by a yeti? Waking up at 4am to be chased around by a yeti,” frontman Alfie Glass promised.

Torus play the following dates this month: Subside, Birmingham – June 4

Disorder, Manchester – June 5

Make Noise Studios, Sheffield – June 6

Voodoo Daddys, Norwich – June 7

Tooting Tram & Social, London – June 14

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Moving mountains with their new single – Torus Pic - Tom Ford Oddisee – MK11, June 15

Belt up for a

More than two decades since the delightful Chitty Chitty Bang Bang first premiered at the London Palladium, a brand-new scrumptious production will hit the stage of Milton Keynes Theatre for a flying visit in July.

Ian Fleming wrote the book more than 50 years ago, and the version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soon coming to town will be an amalgamation of his original story, the film version by Roald Dahl, and the previous stage production.

“For me, Chitty is like an old friend,” said director Thom Southerland, “I used to watch it as a child and was in fact in the audience at the very first preview of the Palladium production, so it’s a show that has always stuck with me and it now feels very special to be putting my own stamp on it.”

fantasmagorical show!

Olivier-nominee Adam Garcia is taking on the role of Caractacus. A stage favourite, he has previously delivered the goods in Saturday Night Fever and Kiss Me, Kate, and on the big screen his appearances include Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express and Coyote Ugly

The role of Grandpa Potts will be played by Liam Fox, who spent a fair amount of time supping in The Woolpack - well, he did appear in more than 1000 episodes Emmerdale, after all. He also has a long list of other TV credits – from Cold Feet and Corrie to Dinnerladies and Clocking off Charlie Brooks is the Child Catcher, and she knows a thing or two about playing a villain – having made the role of Janine Butcher one of soap-land’s best known baddies.

It’s a solid cast, but just how do you set about bringing a fresh look to such a beloved show?

Those songs are superb too, of course, with the new material joining the award-winning title song and other Sherman Brothers penned aces including Hushabye Mountain and Truly Scrumptious

“One thing we definitely won’t be changing, though, is Chitty herself,” Thom promised, “She will be as spectacular as ever and I can’t wait to see her take flight.”

Audiences are in for a treat, the director promises: “This is a wildly entertaining show which all the family can enjoy. It has beautifully lavish sets and costumes, phenomenal special effects and, in my opinion, one of the greatest musical scores ever written.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have this team in the rehearsal room. It’s been a total joy...We have a phenomenal cast who are really helping to create a unique retelling of this story on stage.”

There is much that could be written about the wonder of this show, but if Thom had to pick just three words, which three would they be?

“...extravagant, joyful and, dare I say, fantasmagorical!”

In Chitty Chitty Bang Bang you will meet absent-minded inventor Caractacus Potts who restores a broken-down old racing car with the help of his children Jemima and Jeremy. Soon the family discover the car has magical powers, and along with the delectable Truly Scrumptious, they end up on a hilarious fantastical adventure to far-off lands.

“Although this is a story that is very well-known and loved by audiences, there are also aspects of the original story which are lesser known and which we will be showcasing in our version,” Thom explained, “Of course, our show will still have all the wonderful parts that we remember from the film. Caractacus Potts will still have his bamboo stick to dance to Me Ol’ Bamboo, and we will be dancing through Scrumptious’s Sweet Factory to Toot Sweets, but we will also be bringing something that feels fresh and new within this story and have even added some new songs.”

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Bully beaters, mind-mangling

and a twinkle-toed twosome

Our regular dip into the world of theatre on our doorstep –Pulse’s Sammy Jones has the best of the bunch for you...

Funny man and chat show host Clive Anderson (June 6) will be pulling up a pew, and delivering the live version of his hit podcast, My Seven Wonders at Wavendon venue, The Stables

Previous guests have included Stephen Fry, John Bishop and Omid Djalili. Who will he be nattering with this time?

I’d take a guess that it won’t be Barry Gibb. If you are old enough, you’ll remember that car crash of an interview.

One of the stars from the nation’s best loved teen sitcoms will be taking your questions, when 15 Years of The Inbetweeners: In Conversation with Joe Thomas arrives on June 12.

The blue comedy, about four socially awkward pals making their way through adolescence, was a small screen blast and broke records –it was Channel 4’s most-watched show ever. Joe will give a great insight into the super successful show, which will bring its own laughs.

Arguably the most-colourful night of the month will be at the hands of ‘Britain’s funniest redhead’ La Voix (June 22) with music and side-splitting comedy in oversized portions.

Ashley Blaker (June 28) presents Normal Schmormal. This new stand-up show, based on his best-selling book, is all about the joys of raising children with special needs.

‘Between endless meetings, countless therapists, public humiliations, failed playdates, surreal monologues and occasional violence, it’s certainly not what anyone would call a ‘normal’ household – but would Ashley want it any other way?’’

Across town, if you are quick you can catch The Syndicate (until June 1) at Milton Keynes Theatre

Based on the comedy drama by the late, great Kay Mellor, this witty delivery stars Kay’s daughter Gaynor Faye (who also takes on the role of director), Corrie actress Brooke Vincent and Emmerdale’s Samantha Giles.

Five supermarket workers hit the big time with a lottery win, and right when their livelihoods are under threat.

About Jamie (June 10-15), and the star of the show is one of our very own; Kenyesian turned West End sensation, Ivano Turco. Strictly ace turned stage stepper Kevin Clifton, and X-Factor’s Sam Bailey both return to the new city in the smash-hit, too. A slice of positivity about beating the bullies, overcoming prejudice and stepping into the spotlight.

Who cares out about fitting in? Just be uniquely you! It’s a great show, and with this cast it’ll surely be prime for a standing ovation night after night.

Will the share of £24million enrich them in every which way, or will their nightmares become a reality? One thing is for sure, you’ll be in for a rich night of entertainment if you book for this – and book for it you should. Writing of Kay’s pedigree is in a league of its own.

An evening of laugh-filled magic and mindbending silliness that will leave you gasping for breath is the promise with the arrival of Mind Mangler, a mind-bending new comedy. Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer are responsible for this, and they have previous form; The Play That Goes Wrong and the BBC series that followed were from their creative collaborations.

The Mind Mangler is attempting a spectacular return with his acclaimed twoman solo show. Witness hilarious feats of mentalism spiral into chaos as this member of the tragic circle attempts to read your mind, mind, mind...

We told you about it last month, but the curtain finally rises on Everybody’s Talking

Bonnie & Clyde (June 18-22) follows, and then things move on with Brian Conley, but there’s a lot of love in MK for the panto pro, and tickets to see him are rarer than hen’s teeth. The same goes for Rhod Gilbert, who presents The Giant Grapefruit (June 27), proof that this funny business ain’t funny if you don’t move your butts quickly for tickets!

Twinkle-toed mischievous pair Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice (June 29) follow the major success of their Him and Me tour with a new live stint, Together!

Moves, wit and wonder with the widesmiled duo, who will perform twice due to demand. Tickets are running low. Cha-cha-cha to the box office with urgency.

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(Left to right) Ashley Blaker, Clive Anderson and Joe Thomas La Voix Mind Mangler
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Vivienne Westwood:

A Personal Collection

Until June 9

If you haven’t already, you’ve still got a few days to check this bash, showcasing a small part of an extensive personal collection featuring Vivienne’s outfits from her careerdefining collections.

Grand Dame of fashion:

Singing for the Brain

Monday, June 3, 10.30am-12.15pm and 2pm-3.45pm Sessions using singing to bring people with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating activity at Heron’s Lodge Guide Centre, Loughton Lodge.

Check in before attending: or 01908 232612

MK Gallery Art Club: Ages 5-8 Tuesdays, June 4 – Tuesday, July 16, 4pm

Creative weekly after-school workshops that aim to promote and nurture children’s love of art in a non-competitive, creative environment. Running during term time only. Art attack:

World-class Jazz live in Olney

Tuesday June 4th

Enjoy music from the great Jazz era - Ellington, Basie, Sinatra and beyond — live from top award-winning artists. June’s special guest Julian Marc Stringle was voted top clarinettist in 2019 UK Jazz Awards. Also playing internationally recognised Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends.

Entrance only £15.00, great food and drinks at affordable prices. 8.00pm - 10.30 pm. Call 01604 858549 for tickets and pre-order food on 01234 711348

Olney Jazz Club (Carlton House Club), High Street, Olney, MK46 4BB

Blues Jam

Wednesday, June 5, 6.30pm (music from 7.30pm)

Fancy getting together with likeminded people and cranking out some tunes? Amplifiers and backline provided, just bring your sticks, basses, guitars and more. Songs will be used as a base for each jam, but there will be plenty of opportunity to improvise.

One, two, three, four:

D-Day 80 – Lighting of the Beacon Thursday, June 6, 7pm

Join Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council at Milton Keynes Museum in Wolverton for an evening of entertainment, music and food, and the lighting of the beacon to pay tribute to all of those who took part in D-Day, 80 years ago. The beacon will be lit at 9.15pm. All are welcome.

Never forget:

Clive Anderson’s My Seven Wonders Thursday, June 6, 8pm

Clive visits the new city as he tours to deliver the live version of his hit podcast.

Jive Talkin’:

Bluey’s Big Play

Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9, various times

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! A chance to see one of TVs biggest stars for little people.

Play time:

D-Day with speaker Richard Gibbons Thursday, June 6, 10.30am-midday

Richard will deliver a fascinating insight into the build-up to D-Day, the plans for the invasion, landings, the campaign in the Bocage, and the aftermath.

History brought to life:

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Enjoy a right Royal day out at the Victorian Weekend – June 8 & 9

Bingo Loco

Friday, June 7, 6pm

A night of bingo madness with hilarious hosts, DJs delivering the best of 90s and 00s music, confetti showers, dance offs, lip synch battles and prizes aplenty. Two little ducks:

Open Gardens Weekend

Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, 11am-4pm

Visit the tranquil flower garden and summer house garden at Olney’s Cowper & Newton Museum. Blooming marvellous:

Victorian Weekend

Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, 10.30am-4.30pm

Meet HM Queen Victoria, explore the toys of old, interact with the Ragged Victorians, take part in school lessons and washing days, baking and entertainment and so much more from the era.

A fun packed weekend of history. Step back in time:

Mad Mods & Englishmen

Saturday, June 8, 8pm

Expect a night packed with tracks from The Who, The Kinks, Spencer Davis, The Jam and plenty more. With lots of oomph.

You Really Got Me:

Handmade & Vintage event

Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, shopping centre hours

Shop more than 100 stalls of antique, handmade, unique gifts at Middleton Hall in centre:mk

What will you find?:

Green Living Fair

Sunday, June 9

An inspiring day dedicated to ecoconsciousness and environmental actions. From composters to weavers, gardeners to ethical craft stalls, explore a variety of eco-friendly products and services that promote sustainability. Green for all:

Sister Act

Monday, June 10 – Saturday, June 15

Corrie’s Wendi Peters returns to the Derngate in this musical centered on disco diva Deloris, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder.... Heavenly revival:

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Monday, June 10 – Saturday, June 15

West End sensation, Milton Keynes raised star Ivano Turco is in the lead role of this critically acclaimed musical. You Don’t Even Know It:

Denton & District Garden Club

Monday, June 10, 7pm

Helen Picton of Old Court Nurseries will talk about ‘Daisy Days’. She will bring plants for sale and there will be a raffle and home-made refreshments. The talk is free to members, and £3 for visitors. All are welcome.

The AGM will preceded the talk, which will begin at 7.30pm

Blooming great: Call 01604 890875 or email

Hugh Budden & The Blue Chords

Tuesday, June 11

Joyous swing, jump, jive, rock n roll and funk with soul.

Harmonica heaven:

Johnny Hates Jazz

Friday, June 14, 8pm

The band responsible for 80s hits including Shattered Dreams are out on their first ever headline tour! Turn Back The Clock:

Kickin’ It Country

Saturday, June 15, 8pm

A rip roaring Nash bash of country anthems – with free cowboy hats! Parton would be proud:

Meet Bluey

Saturday, June 15

The star of children’s TV is visiting Milton Keynes Museum to meet some of her army of fans, with appearances throughout the day. Ee, we’re so excited:

June Highlights

Johnny Hates Jazz

Friday 14 June, 8pm

For the first time since 1988, Johnny Hates Jazz are embarking on a headline tour of the UK and overseas. With a brand-new show, surrounded by world-class musicians, they’re ready to captivate audiences across the globe once again.

Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Thursday 20 June, 8pm

The Slambovians’ deep connection with audiences and exciting live shows are legendary. Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett and The Waterboys may flavor the musical mix, but the Slambovians’ musicianship and songwriting stand on its own.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Sunday 23 June, 7pm

The world-famous brass band perform a programme of classic repertoire, including music from the film Brassed Off, alongside some newer works and entertaining solos.

Zog & The Flying Doctors

Tuesday 25 –

Thursday 27 June

Join us for more exciting tales of the ever-keen Zog! Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffeler. Suitable for ages 3+.

The Stables Wavendon

Milton Keynes MK17 8LU

Box office: 01908 280800

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D-Day 80 - Lighting of the Beacon on June 6

A Perfect Day Festival

Sunday, June 16

James Arthur headlines Delapre Park with a sterling cast of Northamptonshire talents; Mae Stephens, Billy Lockett, Andy Crofts, Charlotte Carpenter and Balter. It will be perfect:

Verity Bromham Band

Sunday, June 16, 8pm

Between them, they have more than a century of recording and touring years, and now John Verity and Del Bromham are joining forces to deliver a broad selection of their favourite rock classics. Tune in:

Celebrate Father’s Day at Stanwick Lakes

Sunday, June 16

Whether you want to take a walk around the lakes, enjoy a trip to the theatre or munch a lunch on site, Stanwick Lakes is ready and waiting. Treat your dad:

Singing for the Brain

Monday, June 17, 10.30am-12.15pm and 2pm-3.45pm

Sessions use singing to bring people with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating activity at Heron’s Lodge Guide Centre, Loughton Lodge. Check in before attending: or 01908 232612

Tea & Talks – Philip Manfield

Tuesday, June 18, 2pm-3pm Dr Izabela Robinson will discuss the life of Philip Manfield and his contribution to shoemaking in Northampton, focusing on his work and legacy.

Sole trader:

Bonnie & Clyde

Tuesday, June 18 – Saturday, June 22

Two small-town kids from the middle of nowhere become the biggest folk heroes in all of America. Doesn’t end well though. Hold up:

The Last Naval Hero with Roy Smart

Thursday, June 20, 10.30am-midday

Learn about the story of David, 1st Earl Beatty, who rose from humble Royal Naval Cadet to First Sea Lord, and his controversial part in the greatest battle in maritime history. His life in the Shires, marital strife, immense riches, and scandal!

Talk it out:

Glenn Moore & Pierre Novellie

Thursday, June 20, 7.30pm

Two funny fellas combine for one night of humour as they deliver an Edinburgh Fringe preview at The Royal Theatre. You avin’ a laugh?:

Smashed In Pumpkins & Pearl Scam

Friday, June 21, 8pm

Grunge-y tribute night with sterling tracks aplenty – from Alive to Bullet With Butterfly Wings Why Go:

Sophie Duker & Susan Riddell

Friday, June 21, 7.30pm

Last night it was the fellas, and this time it’s the girls turning frowns upside down when they present their Edinburgh Fringe previews, again at The Royal Theatre.

Have you heard the one about...:

G4 - 20th Anniversary

Friday, June 21, 7.30pm

The UK’s No.1 vocal harmony group and original X-Factor stars celebrate a double decade in the limelight with a spectacular anniversary show. Kings of Popera:

The Little Jazz Mass Bob Chilcott Benedicite Andrew Carter Nene Sinfonia

The Choir of All Saints CEVA

Primary School, Northampton Directed by Thomas Moore

Saturday, 22nd June at 6.30pm

St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, NN1 4RY

Tickets: Adults: £16.50, Under 16s £6. Available via our website (no booking fee) or on the door

Midsummer magic -

An evening tour of the Garden Saturday, June 22, 7pm-8pm

Join the volunteer garden team leaders for a special tour of the Cowper & Newton Museum flower garden and summer house garden and explore the history. Limited spaces. Petal power:

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Here’s an event creating a buzz! Cupcake decorating for youngsters – June 29 Blues Boy Kings – bringing the hooks to Bletchley Blues Club on June 25

La Voix

Saturday, June 22, 8pm

Britain’s funniest redhead swings into town with her most ambitious show to date. Time for glam:

My Little Vintage & Handmade Summer Fair

Sunday, June 23, 10am - 4pm Turvey House, Turvey, Beds MK43 8EL

Browse decorative antiques, vintage treasures, and artisan makers. Refreshments available, and there’s free onsite parking. £4 entry. Well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Retro treasures:

Zog & the Flying Doctors

Tuesday, June 25, Wednesday, June 26 & Thursday, June 27, various times

Another roar-some adventure, based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best selling sequel to Zog. Up, up and away:

Blues Boy Kings

Wednesday, June 25

Rocking blues trio from Lincolnshire, who will play a lot of tunes that you know, and a few of their own.

Stage kings:

Another Bloody Murder

Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29

A brand new whodunnit drawing on the best capers of country house detective stories, with a twist, blending mystery traditions with downright farce. It’s got the lot too – adult themes, comedy violence, partial nudity and sexual references!

Dead funny:

Kids Club: Bumblebee Cupcakes

Saturday, June 29, 11am-4pm

Little folks can create a buzz by decorating cupcakes or cookies with yellow and black icing, outside M&S Food Hall at centre:mk. Free. Sting free nibbles:

Win a nice night out watching Nik

Festival season is approaching, and Nik Kershaw is gearing up for the summer sessions with a brace of warm-ups including a date at Northampton Roadmender - and we’ve got a pair of tickets up for grabs to the show.

The man responsible for smash hits including Wouldn’t It Be Good, The Riddle and Dancing Girls will appear at the venue on Friday, July 12, although there is the promise of ‘a distinct lack of dance moves, lasers, pyrotechnics, jazz hands or anything remotely to do with show business.’

Simply, that’s because there is no need for any - Nik’s music does the talking and he is still accompanied by a top band and sounding as great as ever.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets to see Nik live, just complete this title: I Won’t Let The Sun.....

Email your answer to along with your name, address and a contact telephone number. In the subject box: Kershaw comp

Danesborough Chorus presents

Will Todd Mass in Blue and other jazz classics

Saturday 29th June 7.30pm

St Mary’s Parish Church, Woburn

Danesborough Chorus presents a jazz-themed summer concert with soprano Hilary Cronin and the Jessica Bullen Jazz Quartet conducted by Ian Smith.

Tickets: event/613360

The Billing Fayre

Saturday, June 29, 1 - 5pm

Pop along for live music, stalls, bouncy castle, ice cream van, a bar and various refreshments at the family event, which will also see Northampton branch of Guide Dogs visiting with some of their clever canines. Entry is free. Fun for all: NN3 9EF

The Parlor Sessions

Saturday, June 29

Where Two Rivers Meet delivers music from Andy Hunt, Howling Bee and The Leon Hudston Band, in the tranquil setting of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Newport Pagnell. Celebrate the sounds:

Cirque: The Greatest Show

Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30

Everyone’s favourite West End and Broadway hits combine with breathtaking, amazing performances, incredible contortionists, and thrilling feats of agility and flair. A variety spectacular:

Greenleys Turns 50

Sunday, June 30, 10.30am-4pm

Fifty years after the first person moved into the Greenleys Estate, Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council hosts an anniversary celebration at MK Museum. Living Archive will present photographic exhibitions, free games and activities will run, and the event will include music, food stalls and a beer tent. All are welcome. Memories:

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Ihad had a great idea while down the pub the other night, and on sober reflection, I feel it warrants serious consideration: especially as it could make me very rich.

HS2 is still ongoing. As the arguments for and against it continue to rage, I note that it doesn’t serve Northampton or Milton Keynes. I am sure some commuters eager to save a dozen minutes to their destinations will be happy to spend an extra hour or more commuting to the nearest station. However, given the unpredictability of such a commute on local roads, perhaps a train into London will facilitate better access to HS2 and be less time consuming?

Back to the pub. A question had come to me after the first pint or three. How does HS2 benefit our area (and more specifically, Northampton and Milton Keynes)? It was then that the great idea (or errant pool ball) struck me. Super-quick travel between the two places would benefit everyone. That argument, originally made in favour of HS2, must be equally valid for a NorthamptonMilton Keynes link. Businesses and people would share in the generated wealth. Everyone could buy bigger cars.

Naturally, a suitable name had to be given to the enterprise. As I downed my fourth (or was it fifth?) pint of Old Irksome, I had realised there was, or had been, an HS3. The following day, while recovering from a mysterious headache, checking revealed that the term, ‘HS3’ has been attached to a variety of links and formats covering an area up north. However, no one had used, HS4

A straight route is shorter and faster. At the Milton Keynes end it makes sense to terminate near Milton Keynes Central. That would

entail the demolition of a few dozen houses in Bradwell, Bancroft, Blue Bridge and a bit of New Bradwell near Wolverton. In Northampton, in keeping with the idea of linking to the existing railway station, the proposal only requires a small part of the town centre to be demolished, but Delapré Abbey would have to go. On the plus side, the University of Northampton campus would hardly be touched.

Of course, so that we all eventually get to buy bigger cars and enjoy greater business success in the area, the project would need to be properly funded and lead by the correct person. That leader would have to focus solely on our area so as to realise the goal and maximise

HS2 is still ongoing. As the arguments for and against it continue to rage, I note that it doesn’t serve Northampton or Milton Keynes.

all the benefits it will surely bring.

We need someone who will ignore all the objections from the NIMBYs living in the path of the line. I can do that. I also know a couple of chaps with shovels. A bloke living down the road from me has a lump hammer, which looks like a miniature sledgehammer. Therefore, I think we are good to go!

All we need do next is agree my remuneration. Somewhere in the region of £400 million seems reasonable. I’ll supply my Caymans account number when I get the nod…


Clues Across

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Ghostly (5)

Cacophony (3) 12. Channel island (6)

Rapid (5)

Existed (4)

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Farmhouse (6) Pitch (3) Scrounge (5) Model (7) Diminutive (4) Betrothal (8)
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Manage (4) Uplift (5) Drenches (5) Craft technique (3-3) Item of jewellery (7) Momentary (8) Incense holder (6) Loose carpet (3) Large jug (4) Quick route (5,3) Bellow (4) Make happy (7) Second of two (6) Hostelry (3) Departure (6) Texan battle site (5)
Yawns (5) Hades (4)

Flavour of the Times - There’s quite a feel-good factor as this month opens. There’s lots of communication going on – a bit too much, actually – at least in the first fortnight, and friendly feelings are definitely there. Saturn, however, is the party pooper in the mix, which means that you can’t really just throw all caution to the winds and abandon your responsibilities. Don’t overindulge at parties because you need to show some subtlety towards others at this time, and the influence of Neptune, particularly mid-month, could cause insensitivities if you are not careful. Beware of foot-in-mouth tendencies with unwise comments because some people may be more vulnerable than you thought! The month ends on a more caring note as the sun moves into Cancer from the 20th.


May 22 – June 21

The air almost feels electric this month. So many planets are in your sign that you are buzzing. If your social calendar is not full to bursting, I’d be very surprised. However (why is there always a ‘however’ lurking?), this year the caution would be that quality communication is better than quantity, so make it count when in conversations that matter.


June 22 – July 23

The full moon occurs in your chart just as the Sun goes into your sign, so that has some built-in challenges. This is all about the polarity between duty and responsibilities (such as your work life) on the one hand and connectedness on the other, to your family and home. Emotions need to be expressed, but do this in a considerate and caring way.


July 24 – August 23

You may like being the center of attention, but with several planets in Gemini this month, sharing and communicating with others is emphasized. It is perfectly possible to be a leader within the team, but you may have to do a bit more listening than you might otherwise do and bite your tongue at times. Chances are, though, you will learn something important!


August 24 – September 23

The first half of June will be sociable with lots being said with all those planets in communicative Gemini. This might feel rather overwhelming, and your capacity for analysis may lead you to (quite rightly in some cases) distrust and ignore a lot of it. Luckily, the sun changes signs into Cancer on the 19th, followed by the full moon, which will restore some balance.

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September 24 – October 23

It’s a generally agreeable month, and relationships should go fairly smoothly as long as you accept that it’s not a time for intensity and passion. Sure, there are some roadblocks along the way, and you may experience some limitations to what you thought you could achieve with a particular person you may have pinned your hopes on. It depends on what you want from them, I guess.


October 24 – November 22

You don’t really like trivialities, and this is a time when there is an awful lot of sociable chitchat, but you will probably conclude that most of it is just talk with no real substance. People will seem very ungrounded to you as you try to wrestle with the big issues of life and look for deep, meaningful conversations and genuine connections.


November 23 – December 22

It’s all a bit parochial this month, isn’t it? Everyone seems like a local gossip when you want to be jetting off to faraway lands. On the other hand, your local contacts and social groups are important, so try not to appear too offhand with them. Make time to be with your nearest and dearest later in the month when the sun goes into Cancer.


December 23 – January 20

The full moon will be in your sign around June 22nd, which will challenge you to be a bit more emotionally connected than you sometimes are. You may feel you need to let go of being so ‘solution-focused’ and spare time to look after anyone who may be feeling a bit vulnerable. It’s a relief to be beyond all that manic socialising that characterised the beginning of the month.

You are bound to be affected personally by some, if not all, of the massive changes taking place this year. Not everyone will be equally affected on a personal level, but you will certainly feel it if you are an Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, or Taurus.

An astrological reading of your birth chart can help you understand how these changes might affect you. To really understand what they mean for you during 2024, I would recommend that you consider booking a comprehensive personal astrological consultation with me. This is completely specific to


January 21 – February 19

Life is much more sociable now with a lot of talk, which generally agrees with you. Whether you make as much headway through all this chat is another matter, though. Pluto is going backwards now, which suggests that any successes may be some way off. It may be time to take stock and not expect much progress when it comes to making long-term plans until the autumn.


February 20 – March 20

Saturn is still in your sign and will be for a good while yet, but early June will leave you very confused about how you stand with things like love (or maybe money). The boundaries may feel very unclear, and any amount of talking may lead nowhere. But the full moon enables you to get more in touch with what is actually bothering you, so that might help.


March 21 – April 20

Bashing your head against a brick wall is always nice - when you stop, as the old joke goes! Mars goes into Taurus about 10 days into the month, which hopefully will stop any potentially selfdestructive tendencies you may have in their tracks. Sure, it still hurts, but you can probably get most of it out of your system by talking about it to someone.


April 21 – May 21

Just as you thought progress was being made and that people were dealing with problems in a systematic, practical way, someone opened a bottle of wine and everyone stopped for an extended chat. Like that’s going to get things done! (It works for the French, though!) Luckily, the full moon should get people back to work, and you can stop feeling like you need to be a slave driver!

you and your life. It will illuminate many things that you may not have considered up to now, and it will enable you to really take advantage of the positive energies and avoid the negative ones throughout the year.

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