23 January 1967


Milton Keynes designated as a New Town/ The Founders

Development of Milton Keynes began following its formal designation as a new town on January 23rd. Its purpose was to help alleviate London’s chronic housing problem. Continue reading “23 January 1967”

27 January


Holocaust Memorial Day

I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor
Continue reading “27 January”

6 February


Any place I hang my hat is home

Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth set up the Stables in 1969, a live music venue in the garden of their house. Their influence is felt all over the world.  Continue reading “6 February”

24 February


World Thinking Day

Since 1926 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have celebrated this day with changing annual themes affecting girls and young women around the world.

worldthinkingday.org

1 March


St David’s Day

All a Creu gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen. In these stones horizons sing. A traditional celebration day of the Welsh

museumwales.ac.uk/en/275/

7 March


World Maths Day

With Alan Turing, Bletchley Park, sacred geometry, Hanslope Park, design of grid roads, the Open University, birth of computing – Milton Keynes is made of maths. Continue reading “7 March”

8 March


International Women’s Day

“One should honour women. Women are heaven, women are truth. Women are the supreme first of transformation. Women are Buddha, women are religious community. Women are the perfection of wisdom.” Candamahoroshama Tandtra.  Continue reading “8 March”

13 March


Christ the Cornerstone Church

In 1992 HM The Queen attended the opening of Christ the Cornerstone Church, the first city centre ecumenical church in the UK. The Archbishop of Westminster preached at the service – the first time a Roman Catholic had preached to the monarch since Henry VIII’s days.

15 March


National Skipping Day

Skipping was a Good Friday tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. “In Brighton, skipping took place towards the end of Lent on Long Rope Day which was the local name for Good Friday. Continue reading “15 March”

17 March


St Patrick’s Day

AN • GHAOTH • ANIAR • BÍONN • SÍ • FIAL.
The west wind is a generous wind. 
Milton Keynes has a large local Irish community that support this day.

irishcentremk.com/

22 March


World Water Day

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu. We are lucky in Milton Keynes to have so much water to admire, play and enjoy.

unwater.org/

March


Shrove Tuesday

The Olney Pancake Race has been run since 1445. The ringing of the Town Crier’s Bell starts the 415 yard race at 11.55 am. The winner receives a Kiss of Peace from Verger, Vicar or Rector. Olney, the home of the pancake race!

olneypancakerace.org/

5 April


Father of Loud

A tribute to a local man Jim Marshall OBE, the Father of Loud. He was the founder and chairman of Marshall Amplification plc, one of the most recognised brands in music. Continue reading “5 April”

23 April


St George’s Day

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. William Shakespeare. A traditional day to celebrate England. Gordon Young said “this is one evocative line about England!”

stgeorgesday.com

26 April


William Cowper Day

William Cowper was a nationally renowned and respected poet living in Olney, who changed how poetry was written and enjoyed during the 18th Century.  Continue reading “26 April”

27 April


Meditation Day

“Meditation here may think down hours to moments. Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head, and learning wiser grow without his books.” William Cowper, 18th Century Poet.  Continue reading “27 April”

28th April


Worker’s Memorial Day

Remember the dead. Fight for the living. The purpose behind Worker’s Memorial Day is to remember those killed through work and ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

29 April


International Dance Day

This day is a celebration day for those who can see the value and importance of the art form ‘dance’, recognising its value to people and the individual.

international-dance-day.org/

1 May


May Day

For spring picnics and Morris dancing. May Day is the day when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter.

projectbritain.com/mayday.htm

10 May


Pangea Day

In 1986, having made the film The Fourth Protocol in Bradwell Common and Heelands, Michael Caine presented Summerfield School with a video camera to say thanks for letting the production team park at the school. Continue reading “10 May”

24 May


Heartwarming Day

John Wesley was an English Anglican cleric and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, founded Methodism. John Wesley visited Stony Stratford on a number of occasions in the 1770s, preaching beneath a great elm tree in the Market Square. Continue reading “24 May”

15 June


Albert French

Age 16, killed in action, Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium. ‘A’ Company, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Born 22 June 1899, New Bradwell.  Continue reading “15 June”

21 June


Summer Solstice / Solar Day

Midsummer Boulevard is aligned with the rising sun on the summer solstice and The Milton Keynes Rose sits on this line.  Continue reading “21 June”

June


Knit in Public Day

From old to young, enjoyed by all. Knitting is the process of using two or more needles to loop yarn into a series of interconnected loops in order to create a finished garment or some other type of fabric.

facebook.com/WorldWideKnitinPublicDaytheOfficialSite/

1 July


International Joke Day

Local comedy clubs, the Stables and MK Theatre are all great vendors of mirth in Milton Keynes. MK Theatre of Comedy regularly presents stage versions of TV shows.  Continue reading “1 July”

5 July 1953


First Tea Bag Day

The first tea bag produced in Britain from Tetley’s factory in Osborne Street, Bletchley.  The tea bag was brought to Britain by Tetley, who produced them in the UK for the first time in 1953 in Bletchley. By 1968, Tetley tea bag sales had soared to 5,000 tonnes a year.

tetley.co.uk/about-us/history
mkheritage.co.uk/mkha/mkha

10 July 1992


Formation of the Parks Trust

The Parks Trust is the reason why we have such beautiful parks and green spaces here in Milton Keynes. Campbell Park is one of the many areas of green space managed and maintained by The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that looks after over 6,000 acres of parks, woodlands and lakes across Milton Keynes.

theparkstrust.com

14 July


Disability Awareness Day

We must all be aware of the barriers this world can place for people with disabilities and work together for access for all, for sport, living, working and play.  Continue reading “14 July”

18 July


Mandela Day

We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela. One of the world’s modern fathers, we must remember what he taught us.

mandeladay.com/

1 August


Lammas

Lammas Day (“loaf-mass”), the festival of the wheat harvest, is the first harvest festival of the year.  On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide. Continue reading “1 August”

6 August


Hiroshima Day

After World War II, most of Hiroshima was rebuilt, though one destroyed section was set aside as a reminder of the effects of the atomic bomb. In Milton Keynes, Hiroshima Day is remembered at the Peace Pagoda at Willen. Continue reading “6 August”

7 August


MK Dons Day

First competitive football game played as MK Dons. MK Dons 1 – Barnsley 1. Attendance: 4,720. Our local team, “Come on you Dons!”

mkdons.com/

17 September 1838


Wolverton Railway Day

During the Victorian era, trains had to be inspected every 50 miles. The first passenger train from London to Birmingham therefore had to stop at Wolverton. Back then, the 112 and a half mile journey took five and a half hours. Continue reading “17 September 1838”

18 September


Bletchley Park Day

‘Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party’ resulted in the Government Code & Cypher School (GC&CS) opening at Bletchley Park. This was the date that ‘Captain Ridley’s shooting party’ arrived at Bletchley Park in 1938 – a cover name for the first visit by the Government Code & Cipher School, and others from MI6. Continue reading “18 September”

21 September 1980


International Day of Peace

Inauguration of the first Peace Pagoda in the Western Hemisphere on 21st September 1980 in Milton Keynes. A day celebrated in many ways in MK.

peaceoneday.org/

4 October


World Animal Day

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened. Anatole France. Milton Keynes has farms, stables, sanctuaries and pets all to be loved and cared for.

pdsa.org.uk/
rspca.org.uk/

16 October


World Food Day

First we eat, then we do everything else. M.F.K. Fisher
Whilst we are surrounded by countryside growing food, we still have people going hungry. Hunger is not just a third world problem. Even in our prosperous new city of Milton Keynes, there are many people living on the edge of poverty.

worldfoodday.org/
mkfoodbank.org.uk/

October


World Hospice Day

Willen Hospice registered with the Charity Commission, October 1975. Based at a peaceful lakeside location in Milton Keynes, Willen Hospice is an independent charity offering specialist care to individuals with life limiting illnesses. Continue reading “October”

4 November


Diesel Engine Day

Bletchley-based Herbert Akroyd-Stuart was granted US patent No. 439702 for the first engines operated by the explosion of mixtures of combustible vapour or gas and air, three years before Rudolf Diesel’s invention. Herbert Akroyd-Stuart is the father of the diesel engine.

enginemuseum.org/eoe.html

20 November


Computing Day

Rebooting of the Harwell Dekatron at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park. Also known as the WITCH, it is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest original working digital computer. Milton Keynes is the home of computing.

tnmoc.org/

30 November


St Andrews Day

The rose of all the world is not for me. I want for my part only the little white rose of Scotland that smells sharp and sweet – and breaks the heart. Hugh MacDiarmid. Traditionally celebrated by the Scots.

scotland.org/celebrate-scotland/st-andrews-day

November


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Whilst we see roadside tributes this is a safe place to remember those lost on the roads locally.

worlddayofremembrance.org/

1 December


World Aids Day

We must support and educate. This World AIDS Day, help put HIV stigma firmly in the past where it belongs, by joining the Not Retro, Just Wrong campaign.  Continue reading “1 December”

5 December 1991


Jack Trevor Story

Died in Milton Keynes, the first writer in residence. He came to Milton Keynes and never left. Jack Trevor Story (1917 – 1991) was a British novelist, publishing prolifically from the 1940s to the 1970s. Continue reading “5 December 1991”

10 December


Home Run / Human Rights Day

In celebration of the team’s back-to-back World Championships, Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber drove RB7s on the streets of Milton Keynes. The local area has been the heartland of motor racing for many years.

infiniti-redbullracing.com/event/home-run-milton-keynes

Diwali


Festival of Lights. Diwali is a Hindu festival which spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair

Links
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

Eid Al-Fitr


Festival of Breaking the Fast.

Eid Al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawwal