Events Programme 2017 Christmas Lights
Stony Stratford
Time Entertainer Where
Throughout the day Street Market High Street
On and off throughout the day The Mummers High Street
Throughout the day The Concrete Circus Market Square
10:00 Start Stony Stratford Story Stroll Corner next to St Mary & St Giles Church
10:30 'till 12:30 Brackley Morris Men
Queens Oak
Royal Oak

New Moon
High Street
in front of Odell's
11:30 'till 2:30 Santa's Grotto Library
12:20 One Foot in the Groove Market Square
12:30 Rashiqa (Belly Dancing)
High Street
1:05 Roddy Clenaghan Market Square
1:30 'till 3:30 Rose & Castle
Royal Oak
Red Cuthbert

High Street
in front of Odell's
1:40 Blackout Market Square
2:00 The Bardic Launch Library
2:25 Adrian Stranik Market Square
2:55 5 Men Not Called Matt Market Square
3:40 Streetlight Market Square
4:45 Lantern Procession Arrives
with DJ Dave Tomlin
Market Square
4:55 Countdown Market Square
5:00 Switch On
Poem by Stony Bard and Junior Bards
Thanks to sponsors
Market Square
5:10 Carol Singing with Acabellas
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Market Square
Stony Stratford Mummers

Stony Stratford Mummers was formed when a group of dedicated folkies decided that they would entertain those in the local hostelries at Christmas time. A group of friends went round the pubs singing Christmas Carols and one year late they decided to perform a Mummers play. It was in the year 1973 that Stony Stratford Mummers was born. Apart from a one year break in the late 1980’s Stony Mummers have performed every year since its inception. Their performance schedule in the winter always starts when the town holds its annual ‘Switching on of the Lights’ celebration which heralds the start of the winter festivities at the end of November or beginning of December.
For further information, see their web site:

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Concrete Circus


Concrete Circus, based in Milton Keynes, is intended as a non-profit making, permanent youth circus skills workshop aimed at people aged 6 (Year 2) to 18 (Year 13). It is tutor led and all tutors are CRB checked and have valid Public Liability Insurance. They also run workshops in schools and for youth groups.

Nigel Roder, a qualified teacher and a juggling performer and circus skills instructor, leads a small team of well qualified and experienced specialist instructors as well as a group of parent helpers.

The aim is to teach lots of different circus skills to a performable level. These skills include stilt-walking, tightrope, juggling, diablo and much, much more. There will be lots of opportunities for children to have a go at some of these circus skills during the afternoon (up until 3.30pm). So why not bring your children along and let them have a go – it’s free.


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The Bardic Trials

It's the Stony Stratford Christmas Lights Switch On once again, and as usual that means Posing Poets and Strutting Storytellers will be taking over the top floor of the Library to bring the best and the bizarre of Bardic talents from the spoken word world.

An afternoon packed with family entertainment to celebrate launching the search for the new Bard of Stony Stratford 2018 will surely inspire the next Bard to step forward. Are You Bard Enough?

Refreshments available. Free Entry

2pm 'till 4pm 2nd December 2017 Stony Stratford Library, Church Street.

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One Foot in the Groove


One Foot in the Groove were formed in 2016/17 to play contemporary Blues and Rock from artists such as Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Healey etc. With some soulful ballads, classics and originals thrown in for good measure, the band has both electric and acoustic sets and is used to playing both indoors and out and can provide varied musical sets for different locations and events.

Although a new project, the members are very experienced and have played at most of the venues in the Milton Keynes area and even further afield as Northants and Hemel Hempstead. They currently perform or have performed with Funktionality, After The Lights, Blueprint Band, JoJo and the Mojos, Minor Prophets, Switch, Down South and at Festivals like Stony Live and FragFest.


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Dave Tomlin

DJ and disco music for all special occasions. DJ Dave T is your man. Based in London and Northampton, he covers the London area, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. DJ Dave's music ranges from 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, the latest chart, r'n'b ,hip hop, funky house, old skool and any style you request.

Having dj'ed for over 10 years, Dave has experience choosing the right music for the right occasion and likes to inspire everyone to get up and dance.

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Roddy Clenaghan

Roddy is a stalwart of the Milton Keynes music scene, working as a solo performer, in a duo with guitarist Andy Fenton, and occasionally in special projects like The Dylan Band. He has a distinctive voice and a more than competent guitar style, interpreting the work of contemporary songwriters. This year he has been performing as far away as Liverpool and Hungary but today he is back on more familiar territory to entertain us on the Market Square.

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A four piece rock band
with numbers from the '70s to the present day by
Bryon Adams, ZZ Top, R.E.M., Midnight Oil, Foo Fighters,
Tom Petty, U2, Rolling Stones, Golden Earing, Bon Jovi
and many more

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Adrian Stranik

Adrian sings Americana-tinged laments, Psychedelic Bluegrass, Country-Noir, and existential cowboy songs.


Adrian Stranik’s first ever solo acoustic appearance was at Café Vivaldi’s, New York City ten years ago, performing some of the songs that would eventually appear on his demo album Skeletons. Since then fronting the bands The Silver Brazilians and The Broadway Twisters have taken priority, and it’s only now that he’s gotten back to stripping overloaded favourites and unleashed secrets down to the chassis. Back to basics – back the acoustic guitar!

‘Skeletons’ – a collection of twelve songs from a marathon afternoon session in October is available to download from iTunes now.


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5 Men Not Called Matt

The 5 Men is an a cappella group of varying numbers and genders (which belies their name) who perform shanties, sea songs and other lively folk songs encouraging their audience to sing along. They have had a busy and eventful year with lots of singing and drinking - the highlights being Falmouth International Shanty Festival in Cornwall, The Liverpool Shanty Festival and a number of local concerts. The “Not Called Matt” part of the name is a nod to their mentor, the late Matt Armour - a well known local hero.


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"Streetlight: a great 8 piece band with plenty of experience, style and professionalism. Playing music from the 60's, 70's, 80's right up to date".

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Santa's Grotto

11:30 am to 2:30 pm
In the Library, Church Street
Tickets £2.50 per child
Tcikets available from Odells before 2nd December
Raising money for Act Out & Act Up

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Stony Stratford Story Stroll 

Take a stroll retelling Stony Stratford’s Infamous History through story presented by professional storyteller, Red Phoenix. Walk will start  at 10am from the corner of Church Street and the High Street by St. Mary’s & St. Giles Church. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Cost is £2.50 - all monies go to “ACT OUT, ACT UP” which helps to build community, communications and confidence through the Arts.

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