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EL Magazine MAR-APR 2018 PROOF SINGLE 13.2.18

Essentially Local offers a directory of local businesses and services which encourages the community around Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford and Wolverton to shop local. You'll find articles, useful information, reader offers and a competition. There is something for every age group. Read on to find out more.

Leisure An Oasis of

Leisure An Oasis of Wildlife From derelict allotment to an oasis of wildlife and nature - Wolverton’s Community Orchard. It’s over 15 years since the rubbish was cleared and the site developed. What a transformation! The site now offers an allotment, sensory garden, wildlife area, over 50 varieties of trees and an amazing Dragon Earth Sculpture, created by two local artists and students from the Radcliffe School. There is also a fantastic refurbished Victorian Railway carriage, used during fundraising events. The Community Orchard is open to everyone to enjoy, or join gardening days on Tuesdays from 9.30am-3.00pm (weather permitting) and take a tour to hear about the history of the site. Could you share your skills with the Community Orchard? To find out more about getting involved with this friendly community-led venture get in touch with Chairperson Yvonne 01908 320405 A Floral Diamond Anniversary Stony Stratford Floral Club are celebrating their Diamond Anniversary this year. The club is affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS). They hold workshops on arrangements, floral demonstrations, as well as outings to gardens and horticultural and flower shows. Their Diamond Anniversary visits include the much-admired Old Vicarage garden at East Ruston, Norfolk and Ickworth and there are two special demonstrations, both at Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes: A Sparkling Affair by Alan Smith and Lee Berrill, Tuesday 15 May (£10 in advance or £12 on the door). Berries, Blooms and Baubles by renowned National Demonstrator Jonathan Moseley, Wednesday 28 November (£15 in advance or £18 on the door). Meet - first Tuesday every month, Russell Street School Hall, Stony Stratford. Annual membership - £40, Visitors at Russell Street meetings £8. Call Sue 01908 564453, Judy 01908 569429 or Rose 07507 780316. Growing People The Urb Farm with its trainees and volunteers grows chemical free, seasonal, fresh fruit, veg, salad & flowers for the local community. Trainees work towards qualifications, as well as developing self-confidence, social and functional skills. They are part of Milton Keynes Christian Foundation, which creates opportunities for people and communities and works with people from all cultures and backgrounds. The Urb Farm works with local people - welcoming schoolchildren, parent and baby groups, elderly residents, children and young people with complex learning needs and nature lovers in general. To visit contact Florie florence.bryant@mkchristianfoundation.co.uk Join their veggie mail ordering scheme for fresh produce. Reply tothe weekly email with what you’d like and collect your order between 4-6pm, Thursday & 4-5pm, Friday from Foundation House, The Square, Wolverton. veggie.mail@mkchristianfoundation.co.uk 22 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers

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