Community Life: Bucks Festival – Artisan Craft, Food and Drink in MK

Following the  success of the first festival earlier this summer, Bucks Festival are back on 23rd September with an Artisan Craft, Food and Drink Festival for the whole family.

This free event will take place at Westbury Arts Centre in Shenley Wood. The festival gives you the chance to listen to talented local performers whilst trying some of the best locally produced craft beer and artisan cuisine. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, as well as beautiful handmade crafts to admire or acquire.

This series of not-for-profit small business events has been organised to give a platform to emerging local businesses, providing them with a chance to promote their products.

The festival brings together makers and bakers, chefs and growers from in and around Milton Keynes alongside a programme of speakers covering health and well-being, localism and sustainability.

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If you have an idea for a project that could increase the sustainability of your own neighbourhood, community or a group, please visit the Our MK website, a dedicated crowdfunding campaign for Milton Keynes supported by Community Action: MK.








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Join in with Carbon Conversations

Sign up for your place at Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations will help you to explore key aspects of a personal carbon footprint and help you to identify actions you can take to reduce yours.

The new Carbon Conversations group is starting in Milton Keynes this September – book now by contacting Hilarie on or call 07773352495.

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To find out more about this and other low-carbon living initiatives in Milton Keynes, come along to the monthly meet-up of the Transition MK Group – Wednesday 6th September at ‘The Place to Eat’ cafe, 2nd floor in John Lewis, Central Milton Keynes.

The group meets at 6pm and meetings normally finish by 7pm – everyone interested is welcome to join in!


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Have you Signed up to CAPE? Why wait!

CAPE (Community Action Platform for Energy) is a one-stop website for all your energy needs. We have spoken about CAPE a lot recently because we believe in it. It is a website designed by partners across Milton Keynes to help you, the community members, save on your energy bills, help the environment, give you back control over energy usage and provide a place where, if you have an energy question, there is a knowledgeable and equally invested community waiting to help.

As part of our partnership in the CAPE project, Community Action: MK are helping spread the word about the CAPE platform in the communities.

The website is due to launch in a few weeks. Before then, we have been hosting field trials to meet, engage and answer questions from community members.

Our first field trial, the LED Light-bulb Swap, was successfully held at the Lakes Estate. The turnout was fantastic and lots of community members were able to understand what CAPE represented.


We now have a second field trial. Created by Michael Sheppard, the focus is on Off Grid Solar Lighting. This field trial is looking for participants who are keen to get involved and save on energy emissions and costs by utilising off hour energy.

If you are interested in signing up and learning more about Michael’s project, please visit:

Sign up, log in and become a member to remain involved and updated on any changes being made.

We look forward to your involvement.

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24th June: Fullers Slade MK50 Party

Come along to Spider Park in Fullers Slade on Saturday 24th June to take part in the local MK50 Party! 

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If you are interested in getting involved, please click here to contact the event’s organisers.

Community Action: MK and our friends at MK Community Energy Alliance are delighted to be part of the event – find out stall on the day!

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Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE) Trial to be held on 19 April 2017

On Wednesday 19 April, the team from Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE), will be running their first community field trial at an energy event on the Lakes Estate.

CAPE aims to give community members a ready-to-use tool to jump-start and scale-up energy projects, and to access opportunities for rapidly growing market for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. The website will be made available free of charge to residents, community groups, landlords and local businesses.

ledAt this field trial, community members of the Lakes Estate will be able to sign up to CAPE and join a new project run by the Milton Keynes Council to swap their light bulbs for LED lightbulbs.

Project members will then be able to follow any progress on the project, and discuss issues related to energy efficiency on the project forum.

It is the goal that this project will help Lakes residents lower their energy bills and contribute to tackling fuel poverty on the Lakes Estate. According to the Energy Saving Trust, by replacing all halogen downlighters with LED alternatives, you could save about £35 a year on electricity bills.

After running a few of these field trials and gathering feedback from communities, the team at CAPE are hoping to launch the live website later this year. To find out more visit 

If you would like to attend the field trial, please contact Jessica at

Whether you are an individual, a local group or a business interested in energy efficiency in Milton Keynes, and would like to get involved in CAPE, we want to hear from you! Register your interest here or e-mail us at:


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CAPE – Community Action Platform for Energy

CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy is a new project that Community Action: MK is a partner of.

The project is developing an interactive website that will allow citizens and communities in Milton Keynes to start and run projects that will make their energy use cheaper, more effective and more sustainable. It will make use of the latest technologies such as the internet, social media, satellite imaging and data matching.


The aim of the project is to enable an effective collaboration between the citizens and community groups, local authorities, and suppliers. This, as a result, will help to bring about a step change in energy distribution in Milton Keynes. In addition to this, the project has a real potential to achieve further goals, including:

  • Reducing  carbon footprint
  • Helping individuals and families out of fuel poverty
  • Supporting the local economy, including creating local jobs and engaging local suppliers
  • Generating profits that can be invested back into local communities
  • Increasing citizens’ understanding of  how energy is generated and how they consume it

Part-funded by Innovate UK, the project that will last eighteen months is being delivered as a collaborative initiative between Community Action: MK and a number of key partners: Smart Klub, The Open University, Milton Keynes Council, Tech Mahindra, Satellite Applications Catapult.


The role of Community Action: MK in this city-wide initiative is to engage and involve citizens and local community groups in Milton Keynes in the process of developing CAPE website and supporting them in organising their own community energy projects. To find out more about the roles of other CAPE partners, visit the website:

We are reaching out to local citizens and community groups and hubs across the city to seek feedback, ensuring that it is reflected in every stage of the project. To be part of this exciting project, whether you are an individual or a group interested in exploring the benefits of community energy, do get in touch with Anna on: or telephone: 01908 661 623.


Click below to find out more about a couple of initiatives related to CAPE project

MK Community Energy Alliance – an alliance of local organisations working towards accelerating community energy projects in Milton Keynes

Energage MK – a pilot project developing a Community Energy Champions Network in Milton Keynes

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This Saturday: 25 February – MK Community Energy Conference 2017

Free event exploring the past, present and future for sustainability and energy in Milton Keynes.

Please join us this Saturday at The Chrysalis Theatre – Camphill Milton Keynes, Japonica Lane, MK15 9JY.

Register here.

View the full programme here.


The event is organised by MK Community Energy Alliance. Click here to find out more.

The event is part of the MK50 programme of events and activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes. Click here to find out more.


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