Pepperhill & Stanton School: MK Lightning Ice Hockey Tickets

Do you and your family fancy seeing the MK Lightning ice hockey match at Planet Ice on Saturday 21st January 2017.


If the answer is ‘Yes!’, then please book your tickets through Stanton School and have a fantastic evening’s entertainment, followed by the opportunity to take to the ice after the match for a skate. The after match skating is free of charge, but any skate hire will cost £2.20 per person, payable on the night in the reception area of the rink from the 1st period break.

These have arranged before and they have only ever had positive feedback. As half the ticket price paid goes back to the school, the event is a school fundraiser too!

There is a simple process to follow:                            

  • Please complete your ticket needs in the attached form, and send them back to school with your payment. To check the deadline for this please contact Stanton School
  • Your names and ticket numbers are then forwarded to the venue; you simply turn up by 6.30pm at the latest: Planet Ice Milton Keynes, 1 South Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 1DL: and collect your tickets from our ticket collection gazebo , in  the car park just outside our main reception.
  • The match starts at 7pm. Visit: for details.
  • Cost: per family ticket (4 people) £10, per adult £5  and per child £3

All tickets must be paid for in advance to the school, and not on the door.

The School hopes that as many families as possible will support this event and enjoy an exciting game too!


For any further details please contact Stanton School on 01908 221 242.

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The October Bytes Festival at The National Museum of Computing

img_1579During Half Term the MK:Smart (Our MK) team from CA:MK and the OU, went along to The National Museum of Computing for a day delivering activities for the Museums guests. We had a great day meeting lots of people and seeing what the museum has to offer (including trying out the Oculus Rift (Virtual Reality) pictured right).


The Our MK team offered families 2 activities:

1. Trying out our Energy Map which is being created as part of the CAPE Project. We asked people to guess the heat loss of some iconic MK buildings and their solar potential and then check out the answers on the map. The map will be coming soon to the public via the CAPE website.

2. An App Design competition, which challenged young people to come up with an app that could solve a city problem. Some of the fantastic entries can be seen below, and we’ll be announcing our winner in the coming week!

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The next Bytes Festival will be held in the Christmas Holidays – find out more on the Museums Website –




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New Living Wage rates announced

Here are Community Action: MK we are proud to be supporting the Living Wage scheme, and being an accredited Living Wage Employer.

Please see below the updated Living Wage rates, which have just been released by the Living Wage Foundation.

To find out more about the Living Wage campaign in Milton Keynes that is led by Citizens:mk, visit their website at:, where you can find a list of the MK-based accreddited Living Wage employers.

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Watch this short film to find out the impact of the Living Wage campaign.

For the most up to date news from the Living Wage Foundation join us on Twitter & Facebook @LivingWageUK and use #LivingWage.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Aldous

We’re sharing stories about amazing volunteers giving their time in Milton Keynes. This spotlight is on Brian Aldous, who volunteers at The National Museum of Computing. Brian has won a trophy as part of MK Volunteer Awards 2016 under the ‘Longevity’ category. 

Brian looks after the Archive at the National Museum of Computing. He is responsible for managing a small team of other committed volunteers, but for the most part works independently to catalogue, store and digitalise their archive which aims to become a renounced centre for the research of computer history.

Brain works tirelessly and often solitarily to preserve this important archive as a resource for the future. He also does this mostly at his own expense. The archive is not only a useful resource for the museum but a key part of their development, which is required to move the museum towards accreditation as a national museum. The work is often physical and repetitive (such as scanning items), but Brian is very committed to the project. He also researches all the necessary copyright and other legislation, and archiving standards to ensure the museum is doing everything correctly.

Brian is in his 80s, but his commitment to volunteering at the National Museum of Computing and to the archive project is unwavering.

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Interested in volunteering? Get involved in with lots of roles available via Community Action: MK. Search our bank of MK Volunteering roles now to find your place and explore the brand new Volunteering Platform for Milton Keynes – Volunteer Connect

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New Volunteering Platform for Milton Keynes

Community Action: MK, the centre for volunteering, is launching Volunteer Connect, a new website where you can find over 300 volunteer roles available in Milton Keynes.


Volunteer Connect is a great way to promote volunteering roles and is a hub for local people to get involved in volunteering. Volunteer Connect will enable organisations to; keep details up to date, promote new roles, manage & track volunteers, and view volunteer profiles to find the perfect volunteer.

For local people interested in volunteering, they’ll be able to; create a profile, search for suitable volunteer roles, see invitations to roles that match their skills and interests and receive updates about new roles. Alongside this Community Action: MK will also continue to provide information and advice via their drop-in sessions every Thursday 10 am -12 noon at Acorn House, 1:1 appointments and in their monthly Bulletin which lists all the latest volunteer roles.

Interested? You can visit Volunteer Connect to find a volunteering role now or for organisations register here


For advice or support contact us on 01908 661623 or on

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Family Halloween Fun

This Half Term families in Milton Keynes are being encouraged to get on the Redways to explore Campbell park and combine using their smartphones with the great outdoors for some family Halloween fun!


Download the ‘Mobile Adventures’ app and complete the game by exploring Campbell Park to find the spooky characters. As you find each Halloween themed character your phone will set your family team challenges and quizzes to gain you points and unlock the location. The top 3 family teams with the highest point’s tallies after half term will receive £100 each in high street vouchers.

Funded through Our MK and MK Public Health in conjunction with the MK Physical Activity Alliance, the game has been coordinated by Leap – the Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks & MK.

Chris Gregory, Senior Development Manager at Leap, commented:

For any families who were hit or even missed the Pokemon craze, this is the next best thing. Combining family time and outdoor activity by using the fantastic network of Redways to explore Campbell park.

“Perfect for families with children in school years 3 to 6, its also a great way to have some Halloween fun as a family.

The free Mobile Adventures app can be downloaded on Apple and Android mobile devices from their respective app stores. To play the game enter code: 669017711863

It’s important to stay safe and have fun this Half Term, game users are encouraged to travel in groups, play in daylight hours and be aware of their surroundings. The game can be played until the end of November 2016, when the winning teams will be contacted.


Got an idea like this? You could apply for Our MK funding to get your idea off the ground. Deadline for funding is 30th October 2016. Visit for more details.



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