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Your first step should be to have a look at the information sheets we provide here.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for or think you might require more in depth support please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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19 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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19 July 2019

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Vital Signs Focus Group
Wednesday 31st July @ 3pm

This year Community Action: MK is organising a focus group to support the community consultation programme as part of the Vital Signs 2019 project, which is run by MK Community Foundation. Anyone living, working or volunteering in Milton Keynes is welcome to come along.

The focus group will take place on Wednesday 31st July at 3pm at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP and will run for up to 1.5hours. Please register by completing this form online – once registered, we will contact you to confirm the details.

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July 25th Leadership Development Meeting

ella Foundation

ella forums invite you to attend as their guest, the launch of our new Milton Keynes Leadership Development Group on July 25th, 2019, kindly hosted by and at the offices of the MK Community Foundation.

This new ella forums MK Group is a peer mentoring and experiential learning group specifically designed to inspire and develop the leaders of Social Enterprises and Charities to grow their organisation. We will come together for monthly meetings to hear the latest thinking from guest speakers, share best practice and participate in a problem/opportunity resolution clinic.

When: Thursday 27th June 2019 9.30am-2.00pm
Where: Margaret Powell House 401/407 Midsummer Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3BN
What next: To reserve your place please click here to register.

Email phil@ella-forums.org for further details or visit our website ella-foundation.org

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BLMK NHS Long Term Plan

Thank you for helping hundreds have their say on the NHS Long Term Plan in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

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More money should be spent on providing better access to health and community services, with flexible support available around the clock – according to hundreds of people who took part in a region-wide survey. The findings, published in a report by the county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, reveal nearly 1000 people believe more needs to be done to improve access to GP appointments for people who work full time.

Read more about what people would do to change services in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

Station Square MK

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.
The closing date for feedback is Sunday 4th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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24 HOUR LITTER PICK – McDonald’s Milton Keynes July 24th

After months of planning, McDonald’s in Milton Keynes have announced more information on our biggest Love Where You Live event yet, with our annual 24-hour litter picking event taking place on Wednesday 24 July! Now, we are calling for as many volunteers as possible to turn out during the 24-hour period to make the event their biggest and most productive litter pick yet, and we’d like you to register here if you would like to get involved!

BBC Three Counties People Awards

The BBC is inviting nominations for its Three Counties People Awards to celebrate the exceptional people of Beds, Herts and Bucks. The awards are held to recognise those outstanding people who always go the extra mile, who care about their community or who consistently give up their time to help others. Examples of categories are Young Achiever, Carer, Volunteer, 999 and Diversity & Equality. The ceremony takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on 25 September. For more details on the awards and how to nominate, please visit the awards section of the BBC website.

Let’s Talk Loneliness Campaign

Let's Talk Loneliness

Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all at some point in our lives. In January 2018, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Foundation, the UK Government announced a programme of work to tackle loneliness. The following October, the Government launched its Loneliness Strategy , which committed to tackling the stigma of loneliness and promoting the importance of social connections. And from this, the #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign was born, to encourage everyone to start the conversation and say it’s OK to feel lonely and it’s okay to talk about it.

This website brings together organisations, resources and inspirational stories that are united in a shared aim, to get more people talking about loneliness. Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Board members for The Stables Events Ltd.

We are looking for Board members to join the Trustees of The Stables Events Ltd – the charity responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and other major cultural events.

The Festival was founded in 2010 and has gone on to become a much-loved and celebrated biennial event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Transforming Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces, the Festival has a growing reputation for commissioning new work and presenting UK premieres.

As we approach the 2020 Festival we are looking for Trustees with particular experience in developing, directing and supporting major Festivals and events.
More information: https://stables.org/about-us/job-vacancies

Calling all volunteers!

Heritage MK are working together and with Milton Keynes Council to help the residents and visitors of Milton Keynes connect with the history of the UK’s most successful New Town.

Although Milton Keynes new town heritage itself is only half a century old, there is a rich history of people living in the area of the city. From the Victorians to the Romans and even the Stone-Age, promoting this rich history is the work that the member organisations of Heritage MK specialise in.

In 2019, we have three exciting projects in conjunction with the Council asking for volunteers. These are:

  • New Town Heritage Explorers – Exploring our unique buildings, places and spaces through events and activity creating a national case study for Milton Keynes as a leading new town reinventing itself and planning for its next fifty years.
  • MK Skate – Social history research, city centre trail, and a major exhibition about the important role Milton Keynes has played in UK skateboarding culture. The project will also showcase and preserve the amazing archive three generations have collected for the city.
  • A Festival of Creative Urban Living – www.afcul.org. An amazing set of installations on Midsummer Boulevard East at the heart of the City Centre, celebrating ‘The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable’. The Festival Programme will take place from 27 September to 13 October and will ask people to show the world what is great about ‘MK’ and what they would like to see for its future, starting with the reshaping of the city centre.

Each project will require a number of volunteers from researchers, transcribers, events coordinator, exhibition stewards, visitor hosts to photographers, filmmakers, cycle tour guides and much, much more. For more information, or to sign up your interest, go to the Heritage MK volunteers website at:
https://heritagemk.volunteermakers.org

MK Community Foundation:
Philanthropy Manager – Full Time

MK Community Foundation are looking for an exceptional Philanthropy Manager with experience in developing high-impact relationships with donors and grant beneficiaries.

Can you contribute to the success of the MK Community Foundation through cultivating new and stewarding existing supporters? Find out more

Spinal Injuries Association:
Support Care and Data Coordinator and Trusts and Partnerships Assistant

The Spinal Injuries Association is the leading national charity supporting individuals who sustain damage to the spinal cord, often resulting in paralysis. 

Supporter Care and Data Coordinator (Maternity Cover)
With a can-do attitude, a caring approach and attention to detail, you will support the Individual Giving & Membership Manager in delivering a first class engagement experience to our members and supporters, putting your strong CRM management expertise to good use whilst delivering excellent supporter care.
Find out more

Trusts and Partnerships Assistant (Part-time)
Charitable trusts are very important to SIA and account for around £400,000 of our annual income. They provide much-needed financial support, without which we wouldn’t be able to deliver our vital services for spinal cord injured people. We’re seeking a Trusts and Partnerships Assistant who will support SIA’s trust fundraising activity.Trusts and Partnerships Assistant (Part-time)
Find out more

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MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019
MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 

Home Office – Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund

Max. Value: £ 30,000
Grants are available to voluntary and community sector groups for community projects in England and Wales which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 2018-2022

Max. Value: £ 15,000
Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.

NHS Blood and Transplant – BAME Community Investment Scheme

Max. Value: £ 10,000
Grants to local community and faith/belief-based organisations for projects in England and Wales that positively engage local communities in organ donation, address myths and barriers, and increase support for organ donation among black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.

Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science – European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)

Max. Value: Discretionary
Support is available for facilities, resources and services that are used by research communities to conduct research and foster innovation. In particular, grants support activities that foster the innovation potential of research infrastructures, for example, by reinforcing partnerships with industry, transfer of knowledge and other dissemination activities, use of research infrastructures by industrial researchers, and involvement of industrial associations in consortia or in advisory bodies.

Free Let’s Fish! – Milton Keynes Learn to Fish Sessions

Wed, 24 July 2019 10:00 – 16:30
Held by the Canal and River Trust

Get off the tablet and on to the towpath! Whether you have fished before or have always wanted to try, come and learn to fish from our team of professional, fully qualified angling coaches. (All the bait and equipment is provided, so all you need to do is book in and turn up on the day.) Find out more and register here

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

Dyslexia Training Workshops

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Board members for The Stables Events Ltd

Come and join our award-winning team of volunteers!

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We are looking for Board members to join the Trustees of The Stables Events Ltd – the charity responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and other major cultural events.

The Festival was founded in 2010 and has gone on to become a much-loved and celebrated biennial event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Transforming Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces, the Festival has a growing reputation for commissioning new work and presenting UK premieres.

As we approach the 2020 Festival we are looking for Trustees with particular experience in developing, directing and supporting major Festivals and events.

More information: https://stables.org/about-us/job-vacancies

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15 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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15 July 2019

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CVS Free Workshops

Dates for free workshops:

  • Outcomes and Impact – Wednesday 17 July, 6.30pm to 9pm at CVS, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA. This free workshop will help you to make clear links to your aims, outcomes and activities in your funding applications. Many funders now require you to do this, and if you’re not, or not doing it well, it could affect your chances of success. Click here. 
  • Committee Skills Workshop – Tuesday 30 July, 10.30am to 1.30pm at Community Room, Arrow Close, Luton LU3 3LS. This interactive workshop covers: committee roles; having effective meetings; and the tasks involved in running an organisation – including planning and budgeting. With practical examples to try out and plenty of time to ask questions, the session is ideal for new committees or ones that want to review how they are doing. Click here. 
  • Trustee Skills Workshop – Wednesday 31 July, 6pm to 9pm at CVS, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA. Whether you’re a new trustee or an existing one who wants a refresher, this workshop is for you. We will cover the Charity Commission’s newest guidance including the 6 main trustee duties, with some useful case studies, along with plenty of time to ask questions. Click here. 

To book any of the courses above, email info@cvsbeds.org.uk giving the name of the person attending and the organisation that they are representing.

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Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

Station Square MK

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

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CA:MK development officers, Julie and Josan, attended the MK Futures 2050 exhibition, ‘Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050‘, in Middleton Hall on Thursday 4th July, all about the future of Milton Keynes. Look East (West) interviewed them both on what they thought of the growth of MK. It was aired at 6:30 pm that evening. Josan talked about her desire to see Milton Keynes grow inclusively, while Julie spoke about the challenges and opportunities the fast growing city offers residents.

Summer Networking Event 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who came to Our Summer Networking Event last Friday 5th July. It was brilliantly attended by new and old friends from the Voluntary and Community Sector. It was great to share information about the growth of Milton Keynes and enjoy seeing some real life examples on our CMK walking tours!
Read more here

24 HOUR LITTER PICK – McDonald’s Milton Keynes July 24th

After months of planning, McDonald’s in Milton Keynes have announced more information on our biggest Love Where You Live event yet, with our annual 24-hour litter picking event taking place on Wednesday 24 July! Now, we are calling for as many volunteers as possible to turn out during the 24-hour period to make the event their biggest and most productive litter pick yet, and we’d like you to register here if you would like to get involved!

At 10am on Wednesday 24 July, volunteers will congregate at the Xscape branch of McDonald’s before heading off on a 24-mile route around Milton Keynes, taking in well over 20 city estates in the process. The group is set to be the biggest in the event’s history!
REGISTER HERE

GSK IMPACT Awards

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The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

2020 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open for applications. View the application guidelines and find out how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 23 September 2019.
Find out more

Community Boat Trip

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Following six very successful seasons with the John Bunyan Boat on the River Great Ouse at Bedford, Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway volunteers are planning to run a small passenger boat on the Grand Union Canal, based at the new Campbell Wharf Marina in the centre of Milton Keynes.
Find out more

New parliamentary group launches to increase philanthropic giving

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group has launched with the aim of increasing philanthropic giving in the UK. The APPG on Philanthropy and Social Investment held its first meeting on Monday in Parliament, where the group published a report outlining its priorities.
Find out more

BBC Three Counties People Awards

The BBC is inviting nominations for its Three Counties People Awards to celebrate the exceptional people of Beds, Herts and Bucks. The awards are held to recognise those outstanding people who always go the extra mile, who care about their community or who consistently give up their time to help others. Examples of categories are Young Achiever, Carer, Volunteer, 999 and Diversity & Equality. The ceremony takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on 25 September. For more details on the awards and how to nominate, please visit the Awards section of the BBC website.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Carers Milton Keynes Volunteer Therapist

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Qualified therapists in massage or reflexology required for a couple of hours a month to deliver relaxation treatments to unpaid family carers at our offices based in Margaret Powell House. 
In house volunteer training will be provided and all roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Massage table and reflexology chair will be provided for treatments. Travelling expenses and parking reimbursed to volunteers.
Find out more

Calling all volunteers!

Heritage MK are working together and with Milton Keynes Council to help the residents and visitors of Milton Keynes connect with the history of the UK’s most successful New Town.

Although Milton Keynes new town heritage itself is only half a century old, there is a rich history of people living in the area of the city. From the Victorians to the Romans and even the Stone-Age, promoting this rich history is the work that the member organisations of Heritage MK specialise in.

In 2019, we have three exciting projects in conjunction with the Council asking for volunteers. These are:

  • New Town Heritage Explorers – Exploring our unique buildings, places and spaces through events and activity creating a national case study for Milton Keynes as a leading new town reinventing itself and planning for its next fifty years.
  • MK Skate – Social history research, city centre trail, and a major exhibition about the important role Milton Keynes has played in UK skateboarding culture. The project will also showcase and preserve the amazing archive three generations have collected for the city.
  • A Festival of Creative Urban Living – www.afcul.org. An amazing set of installations on Midsummer Boulevard East at the heart of the City Centre, celebrating ‘The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable’. The Festival Programme will take place from 27 September to 13 October and will ask people to show the world what is great about ‘MK’ and what they would like to see for its future, starting with the reshaping of the city centre.

Each project will require a number of volunteers from researchers, transcribers, events coordinator, exhibition stewards, visitor hosts to photographers, filmmakers, cycle tour guides and much, much more. For more information, or to sign up your interest, go to the Heritage MK volunteers website at:
https://heritagemk.volunteermakers.org

Willen Hospice: Community Fundraiser

35 hours per week – includes evenings and weekends
£21,000 – £23,000 pro rata per annum

As part of our wider dedicated Fundraising team, you will proactively work with our two community fundraisers to deliver an effective community fundraising programme. The programme generates vital income for the hospice by engaging with supporters and volunteers in a range of community settings.
Find out more

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MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Community Grants up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019

MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 
Find out more

Space to Connect Fund launched – new £1.6 million partnership with the Co-op Foundation

The Space to Connect Fund is a £1.6 million partnership with the Co-op Foundation to help community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate. This Fund builds on the Government’s commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of its Loneliness Strategy. 

The Fund is now open for applications, with grants of up to £50,000 available across England. The invitation to tender is also now open to become our ‘Space to Connect’ Evaluation and Learning partner. Up to £160,000, including VAT, is available and we aim for the contract to start in October 2019 and run until June 2021.

The closing date for tender responses is midday on Friday 30 August 2019.

Wolverton Summer Festival
14th July 2019 12-8pm

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Transition Town Milton Keynes film night 15th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes invite you to their next film night.
15 July 19:00-21:30

Transition Town MK Quiz Night

QUIZ with CURRY SUPPER (Veggie option)
SATURDAY 20th JULY AT 7.00 p.m
Simpson Village Hall MK6 3AD

Proceeds to TRANSITION TOWN MK 

£12.p.p.  £6.00 without food –  Raffle prizes gratefully accepted

 If you need a soft chair please bring a cushion along
Please park along Simpson Road if you are able to walk up to the hall

Bring your own drink – teas served – maximum 8 people on a table 
Please book your place with Miss Quiz – missquiz@sky.com

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Carers Milton Keynes Volunteer Therapist

What We Do

Carers MK

Carers MK exists entirely to support the health and wellbeing of individuals who are caring for someone who cannot manage without them due to illness, physical disability, frailty, learning disability, mental health issues, addiction or additional needs.

We support carers from all backgrounds including young carers, parents of children with a disability or an additional need, carers from the black and minority ethnic community (BAME), older carers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) carers.

Volunteer therapist

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Qualified therapists in massage or reflexology required for a couple of hours a month to deliver relaxation treatments to unpaid family carers at our offices based in Margaret Powell House. 
In house volunteer training will be provided and all roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Massage table and reflexology chair will be provided for treatments. Travelling expenses and parking reimbursed to volunteers.


Find out more

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: Willen Hospice Community Fundraiser

35 hours per week – includes evenings and weekends
£21,000 – £23,000 pro rata per annum

As part of our wider dedicated Fundraising team, you will proactively work with our two community fundraisers to deliver an effective community fundraising programme. The programme generates vital income for the hospice by engaging with supporters and volunteers in a range of community settings.

We are looking for a creative person who is also an excellent communicator, with strong organisation and administration skills. You will provide end to end stewardship to our vital supporters, you will co-ordinate volunteers, and help raise the profile of our Hospice as you support community events and campaigns.

You will need a high level of computer literacy as you will be required to keep records updated and attain reports from our CRM database.

The nature of the role will require evening and weekend work – time in lieu will be honoured for out of hours working and flexible working can be accommodated.

In return we offer generous annual leave entitlement starting at 35 days pro rata (inclusive of statutory and bank holidays) and increases with length of service, free onsite parking, pension scheme, and enhanced maternity, adoption and sick pay provision.

Find out more

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Find out about the new Festival of Creative Urban Living and how you can get involved…

Please RSVP to Ursula bedsunited.afcul@gmail.com

Details of A Festival Of Urban Living:
Get Involved Information Evening

Tuesday 16th July 6- 7.30pm
MK Gallery Project Space, MK9 3QA

Meet raumlaborberlin who are co-curating the festival, transforming Midsummer Boulevard, bringing together; artists, architects, designers, urban planners, thinkers, creatives and many others to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more.

Find out about BEDS UNITED a unique project which aims to celebrate the huge diversity of city, inviting our citizens to host a festival guest for one night only. Sign Up HERE

Find out about other projects including BIKE SCHOOL which will promote and celebrate cycling in many ways. Bike School will rise to the challenge of making MK the Greenest city yet. 

More about the Festival A Festival of Urban Living Sep 26 – 13 Oct Join us on Facebook Twitter #Creativeurban Instagram

Copyright © 2019 A Festival of Creative Urban Living, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
A Festival of Creative Urban LivingMilton Keynes CouncilCivic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate EastMilton Keynes, MK9 3EJUnited Kingdom

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