Latest Local News from in and around Milton Keynes

With so many news stories from local businesses, charity groups, clubs, our local MP’s and societies it is hard to keep up with all the happenings.

Here is a collection of the stories we have received and were unable to print in yourlocalflyer

Milton Keynes Lightning – Statement

Your Local Flyer have been sponsors for the club since the beginning of the 17-18 season. There are members of the YLF team who have lived and breathed Ice Hockey from a young age, and have followed the team from beginning to end.

The current situation that the club is in saddens us deeply. We used to have a strong bond with the club, and Sarah-Jayne could not have done any more for us. She would organise our tickets for games, supply us with adverts monthly and communicated with us efficiently and very professionally. It is such a shame to see her go.

Whereas today, The Moodys have not been in any form of contact regarding advertising. Although we understand and appreciate that this is not a key priority for them at the moment, it is a matter of principle. 

The details that have come to light recently shocks and disgusts us all. And we do not feel that it is going to be amended any time soon.

We have thoroughly enjoyed being sponsors of MKL for the last two seasons, but like all great things, it must come to an end. 

 

We regret to state that we will not be renewing our sponsorship for the upcoming season.

 

Your Local Flyer

MK dad’s big little walk to celebrate defying doctors’ prognosis

A Freshfields dad is celebrating five years on from his diagnosis with an aggressive brain tumour by organising a Big Little Walk of Hope with his young family.

Out of the blue, Tom Meager, then 26, had a seizure while working out at Pure Gym, Winter Hill. After the devastating diagnosis, Tom was given a survival prognosis of three to five years. His wife Tanya was then 14 weeks pregnant with their daughter Sienna, now aged four.

Tom, who works as a car mechanic, said: “It is such a great feeling to be fit and well and to have reached this significant five-year milestone. And we are delighted to have the added bonus of our miracle son Roman, born 10 months ago after doctors told us I would be infertile following my radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.

To celebrate all my scans being clear to date, we will be taking part in the Brain Tumour Research charity’s Big Little Walk of Hope and we are inviting friends and family to join us, including Sienna’s little friends at Huggles childcare.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet, historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

The Big Little Walk will be held across the UK on 24 May, the last day before the summer half-term, although if this is not suitable, another date in May or June can be chosen. It is particularly aimed at little people up to the age of 12 in schools and pre-schools, giving them the opportunity to make big steps towards finding a cure for brain tumours while discovering more about the environment, enjoying fresh air and gaining exercise outdoors. 

Paula Rastrick, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research in the Central region, said: “We’re delighted that Tom is doing so well five years on and that the family are celebrating by organising a Big Little Walk of Hope in Milton Keynes.

“With Big Little Walk of Hope, we are calling on families, pre-schools and schools to create a simple walk around an outdoor area which could be through a local woodland, along a river or nature trail, around a park or even laps around a school field. Our website has some useful ideas for families and teachers alike which you’ll see once you’ve completed your registration.

“By signing up to participate in a Big Little Walk of Hope, you will be helping us raise awareness of the fact that less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years, compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. We cannot allow this situation to continue so please join in the fun and help fund the fight against brain tumours.”

Funds raised will develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK where scientists are focused in improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.

For more information and to register for materials, including a lesson plan and sponsorship forms, go to www.braintumourresearch.org/big-little-walk

Random acts of kindness at intu Milton Keynes for LoveMK Day

On #LoveMK Day (Thursday 2 May), intu Milton Keynes will be sharing the love with a day packed full of random acts of kindness – this year’s theme.

Throughout the day, excited members of the intu team will be handing out goody bags to lucky shoppers stuffed with freebies, including free parking. Plus, some have pockets full of coins to play the Fun Ball machine, which spills out a whole manner of prizes and treasures.

The fun doesn’t stop there as lunch could be on intu Milton Keynes on this day. As you’re queuing to pay for your Pret, Wrapchic, Kokoro, Starbucks or other, you could get a tap on the shoulder and a friendly intu face will buy your meal for you.

“We have seen LoveMK day grow year after year and it’s something we always get involved in and put smiles on people’s faces,” said Kirsty McGiff marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes. “Throughout the year we give surprise and delights for our shoppers, but on LoveMK day, there are even more surprises and plenty of delights around each corner.”

Bobby Bubbles, the intu Milton Keynes mascot, will also be making an appearance on the mall to give little ones a big high five (or high ‘four’ for a frog).

Find out more about intu Milton Keynes at www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes

Skyline Taxis acquires Z Cars

A company from Milton Keynes has announced a takeover of Z Cars, a Northampton-based taxi firm.

The acquisition is the fourth for Skyline Taxis in just 18 months, which has seen it expand into Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

Managing Director of Skyline Taxis, Gav Sokhi, has confirmed that the deal will see 20 drivers and office staff move over from Z Cars to Skyline Taxis and that additional jobs will be created in Northampton.

“We are delighted to announce this latest acquisition,” said Gav. “Z Cars has a great team of dedicated staff who are highly experienced in the industry and we welcome them into the Skyline family.

”This latest deal is part of Skyline’s wider expansion plans, which will see the company invest further in Northampton in the coming weeks and months and create even more driving jobs.

“We’ve invested heavily in Northampton recently and we’re seeing excellent growth in this area week on week as a result,” reveals Gav. “And, as we grow, our coverage grows, which improves our response times across Northampton and the surrounding villages. We would like to invite any Northampton taxi drivers looking for work to come in and have a cuppa with us and discuss driving with the Skyline team.

”As part of the deal, Z Car Customers will benefit from a faster service, have access to Skyline’s VIP fleet of Mercedes, Audi and Tesla vehicles, and will receive a 10% discount when booking through the Skyline’s Android and iPhone apps.

For more information about Skyline Taxis, visit www.skylinetaxis.co.uk

Milton Keynes wants to see ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ on this year’s #LoveMK Day

Destination Milton Keynes (DMK), the official tourism organisation for MK, is holding the 7th annual #LoveMK Day on Thursday 2nd May 2019. 

The aim of the day is not only to promote Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination but also to harness the pride that many people have in their city, and this year they really want to spread the love, by encouraging people across MK to do ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ on  the day. This doesn’t have to be anything huge; you could bake a cake for work colleagues, mow your next-door neighbour’s lawn or buy the person behind you in the Starbucks queue a coffee.

Destination MK and partners throughout the city will be asking the MK Twitter community to use the hashtag #LoveMK on all their tweets on 2nd May to try and get it trending in the UK, as it has done for the past six years. And why not get creative – how can you show your love for MK? Maybe create a banner, get your school involved, paint your face, knit a jumper – anything you can use #LoveMK on! 

Everyone can get involved, you can download the #LoveMK poster from the Destination MK website, or just get creative with the hashtag and photograph yourselves spreading the love.

Carys Underwood, Marketing Manager at DMK, said “Every year the MK social media community really gets behind #LoveMK Day and this year’s ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ theme aims to harness that support and make it really tangible, why not get involved and help spread the love?” 

On the day you can also follow @DestinationMK for your chance to win prizes as they run ’12 competitions in 12 hours’ where you could win by just using the hashtag.

You can download the #LoveMK Day poster from their website and get your photo taken to show your support, tweet it to @DestinationMK and they’ll RT and add it to their Facebook gallery.

To find out more about Destination Milton Keynes or #LoveMK Day go to www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call 01908 688293.

It’s time to get wet and wild with the return of Aqua Parcs, Willen Lake

With hopes of a summer like 2018, there’s great news for outdoors fans as Aqua Parcs at Willen Lake announces its return for 2019.

Opening on Saturday 4 May, the team are back for the summer months with the promise that the park is even bigger and better this year, with new obstacles, slides and surprises.

Aqua Parcs was already one of the biggest inflatable water courses in the country, but this year it’s just got a whole lot bigger says owner, Joe Grix. “We’ve looked at what worked last year and what didn’t work so well and made changes to the course to make it even better. Plus, there are some exciting new obstacles and we’re the first to have them in Milton Keynes.”

Aqua Parcs has also made the 2019 park suitable for ages six and up (previously from eight years old) and will be putting on dedicated junior sessions to ensure little ones can explore without a worry.

The spectacular inflatable course is in excess of 120 metres long, and boasts more than 30 obstacles – including the super-fast Figure-of Eight slide, Ninja Jump, the all new Diamond, Apex and more – details and pictures will be revealed nearer the opening date.

Entrepreneurs Kieron Murty and Joe Grix are responsible for bringing the on-lake adventure to Milton Keynes.

Kieron said: “We were thrilled with the reception to Aqua Parcs last summer. People came from far and wide to have fun on the water with the obstacles, and we want to give them even more smiles this time around. We’ve put together a course that will do just that, and we can’t wait for people to see the new sections.”

The gargantuan course doesn’t just offer fun in the sun, either – as an all-weather hub, it is the perfect place to make a splash come rain or shine. 2019 also sees the introduction of exclusive hire for parties, corporate days and for school trips.

Joe added: “This really is the ideal adventure for kids of all ages. At Aqua Parcs you can let your inhibitions go and have a truly terrific time. Milton Keynes, get ready to be wowed on water!”

Aqua Parcs is patrolled by trained lifeguards at each section, however participants must be able to swim 25m unaided and be aged 6+.

Wet suit hire is included within the £20 fee and each session lasts one hour. Once given the safety brief, participants swim 10 metres out to the park and can explore and get wet and wild!

Aqua Parcs will re-open on Saturday, May 4. For more information visit www.aquaparcs.co.uk

Connect with Aqua Parcs on social media at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AquaparcsUK
Twitter: @aquaparcs
Instagram: @aquaparcsuk

Local MP’s Honour At Signing Armed Forces Covenant At MK Dons

Mark Lancaster, the MP for Milton Keynes North, was honoured to sign the Armed Forces Covenant at MK Dons on Saturday (06/04).

Mark, who is also Minister of State for the Armed Forces, signed the Covenant alongside MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman prior to kick-off.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise to support the employment of the men and women who serve our country, and offer flexibility in leave for service spouses and partner before, during and after deployment.

MK Dons and Lincoln City both walked onto the pitch to a Guard of Honour from members of the Armed Forces and MK Dons’ SET’s disabilities teams, while there was also a half-time parade around the stadium.

Mark commented,

“It was an honour for me to sign the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the Ministry for Defence at Stadium MK this weekend.

“As a member of the Armed Forces myself and Minister of State for the Armed Forces it’s so pleasing to see so much support for servicemen and women from MK Dons and the city of Milton Keynes.

“The Dons are doing a wonderful job supporting our Armed Forces with their annual events, and alongside this they do so much for the wider community in MK.”

Gym launches mental health classes

One of MK’s newest gyms, énergie Fitness at Kiln Farm, has launched a new course of fitness classes specifically aimed at targeting mental health.

Teaming up with mental health and well-being expert, Paula Sweet, the gym now offers its members a five-week course where they can learn how to take steps to a more positive mind set and to a healthier more active life.

With qualifications in Hypnotherapy, NLP, Counselling and CBT, Paula has tailored a bespoke course for energie Fitness, Milton Keynes and uses a range of skills from relaxation techniques, mindfulness and hypnotherapy through the programme.

“We believe we’re the first gym in Milton Keynes to offer this service to help improve our members mental well-being as well as physical fitness,” says Rob Francis, owner of energie Fitness, MK. He added: “Mental illness is a growing concern and isn’t just happening to one type of person, it can affect people from all backgrounds, ages and social circles. It can take many forms, from stress at work to depression or anxiety. We are endeavouring to equip our members with the tools to help manage and reduce the incidence of these issues”.

“By providing this service we want to help people overcome barriers and lead a happier more fulfilling life.”

Energie runs a unique ”émpower” programme which finds out about its members in detail, such as how much energy they have, how well they sleep and how well they cope with stress. This initial process, along with taking body measurements, weight, fat and muscle mass readings, allows the team to create a bespoke training program for their members’ needs.

The team then guide the members through their bespoke work out, provide PT consultations to train them and to make sure that the work out suits their needs and expectations. The members are then given food diaries so that the team can provide bespoke advice and guidance on changes that can be made to help complement the training.

It takes between four and six weeks before members are then reassessed with measurements and well-being factors all measured again.

“Everyone sees results”, says Rob. “In fact, we are so confident that our members will feel fitter, stronger and more healthy, that we guarantee that they will see results and all we ask from them is three half hour commitments a week!”

The mental well-being course compliments our empower programme brilliantly and is free to our Wow members, included in the membership. If you are interested to find out more call the gym on 01908 410760.

For more information about énergie Fitness MK visit www.energiefitness.com/milton-keynes

 

Icon, 1 Pitfield, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, MK11 3LW

Telephone: 01908 410760

MCDONALD’S ANNOUNCES THIRD MILTON KEYNES FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN AID OF RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES UK

Local McDonald’s franchise Kaizen Restaurants has today announced the return of the Kaizen Football Tournament, which will be held on Tuesday 30 July in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.  Now, local teams are invited to sign up for a day full of fun and football at the popular Power League facility in Walnut Tree.

On Tuesday 30 July, 50 teams from across the country will take to the field and fight it out for the annual Kaizen Trophy.  The tournament, which takes place at Power League in Milton Keynes, will kick off at 10am and run through until 4pm.  Male, female and mixed teams are welcome.  Refreshments will be available during the day and a raffle and charity auction will also take place in the afternoon.  

Ken Tomkins, franchise owner of Kaizen Restaurants, commented “Having seen for ourselves the incredible work done by the teams at Ronald McDonald Houses around the country, and with work now well underway on the new Ronald McDonald House in Oxford, we have been clear in our need to drive our fundraising efforts further than ever.”

Ken continued, “We’re really excited to see which team will win the third Kaizen Trophy on Tuesday 30 July, and hope teams from Milton Keynes and across the country will sign up to be part of the day’s activities!”

If your team are interested in registering to take part in the Kaizen Football Tournament, please contact Laura Chapman by email on laura.chapman@uk.mcd.com.  

Make sure you follow Kaizen Restaurants on social media to stay up to date with the Kaizen Football Tournament and other activity in the local community throughout the year.  You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching “KaizenMcDsMK”.

intu Milton Keynes breaks new ‘grounds’ with coffee shop waste

A coffee-ground-breaking initiative is being launched at intu Milton Keynes this week that will see coffee shop waste turned into compost.

Green-fingered gardeners are in luck as the centre starts offering free bags of coffee ‘waste’ for use as a natural garden fertiliser.

From this week, shoppers will be able to pick up bags of used coffee grounds from the Coffee Cart on the mall and take them home to boost plant growth in their garden.

intu Milton Keynes has introduced the initiative as part of its ongoing commitment to recycling within the centre and reducing its carbon footprint. Coffee waste will be collected daily from the centre’s retailers including, Starbucks, Pret and the Waterstones Café, then bagged, labelled and displayed on the Coffee Cart located on the mall.

Coffee grounds are a natural, long-term way to enrich soil and speed up the composting process, using waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. As they are high in nitrogen, coffee grounds can help with plant growth, particularly for acid-loving plants such as azaleas, hydrangeas, blueberries, and lilies, as well as root crops like carrots or radishes.

Shelley Peppard, general manager of intu Milton Keynes, said: “We are fully committed to recycling, sustainability and supporting the environment. Rather than send coffee waste to landfill, we thought this would be a good way to recycle it. Visitors to intu Milton Keynes are welcome to come and pick up a bag or two and use it to help nurture their gardens. We are very pleased to see the coffee waste going to good use, particularly as these businesses make a lot of cups of coffee each day!”

Find out more about intu Milton Keynes at www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes