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June 2019

Who Are Those Folk on the Green?

Dancing at Folk on the Green

It’s not widely advertised, but on one Sunday each June Horsefair Green in Stony Stratford is closed to vehicles, a stage is erected, and Folk on the Green begins.

It was the 47th Folk on the Green this year, and ten acts performed on the stage, including students from the MK Rock School. Stalls sold jewellery, beer, or tea and coffee, or you could have your face painted. There were food stalls, and an ice cream van.

Congregation members of the Stony Stratford Community Church gave out free bottles of water; their church is on Horsefair Green. Folk sat and listened, or got up to dance, or bumped into friends they hadn’t seen for a while; I did. Children ran about.

For a change, I concentrated on taking photos of the audience, not the musicians. There are some very interesting people attending this festival.

Well done to all the volunteers who took so much trouble to produce this fine event. It’s free entry, but the festival cost over £6,500 to hold this year; volunteers come round asking for donations during the day. I’m looking forward to next year’s event.

Two girls talking

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Happy Birthday to the Wanderer!

Last week the North Bucks Wanderer had its first birthday, so in celebration of this milestone, I’ve selected some of the highlights from the last twelve months. There’s a link to each post in the heading. The photos here are from the posts, but might not be the first one you'll see. Enjoy!

Ludgershall Bike Night


On the first Monday in July last year, just about every sort of bike you can imagine was parked up alongside the High Street, in the ancient village of Ludgershall. There was over a quarter mile of motorcycles, plus a huge variety of bikes parked on The Green.

There were also a few, er, non motorcycle vehicles, but they were still quite interesting. Lots of photos at the link.

This year’s bike night hasn’t been widely advertised, but as far as I can see, it will be on Monday 1st July, from 5pm to 10pm. It’s a charity event, and proceeds will be to the local Air Ambulance. Ludgershall is near Brill, not far of the A41. Just turn up.

Life on Mars in Aylesbury

Detail  Earthly Messenger statue 01

Why is there a sculpture of David Bowie in Aylesbury, under the archway of the old Corn Exchange at the bottom corner of the Market Square? you’ll want to go and see it after you’ve read this post.

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Stony Goes Live

Here’s some of the highlights from last week’s 21st Stony Live festival. It was eight days of live events; music, drama, comedy, art, and more. I saw quite a few bands, lots of people and quite a few vehicles, and these are some of the photos I took. This year I tried to take photos of the audience, having photographed those bands before and got some good results. It’s been a fine week.

IMG_0269Not really part of Stony Live, but the closing moments of a football match in The Fox and Hounds on the first Saturday of the festival.

IMG_0271Bad Hombre in The Old George, on the first Saturday. I’d not intended to take photos that night, but, “Always carry a camera”

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Wandering For a Whole Year.

_IMG0908K3My nephew’s birthday cake. 18 years have gone by quickly, and I am unable to dangle him upside down these days like I used to, as he’s now bigger than I am.

The North Bucks Wanderer is one year old this week! I wanted to show you some of my favourites from the last twelve months, but I’m holding that post over until next week, because today I’m showing you quite a few photos from Stony Live, Stony Stratford’s eight day live music, entertainment, and events festival.

Many blogs runs out of steam early, with perhaps half a dozen posts before the author runs out of steam. In contrast there’s been over sixty posts on the North Bucks Wanderer. Why not take a tour through the archives to pick your own favourites, then come back next week to see if they match my choices?

_IMG0011K3Another nephew’s birthday cake, which also marked a match where the other Manchester team was soundly beaten. As a City supporter he refused to eat any of the cake on the United side. On this subject, if you are in Stony Stratford, the Macintyre coffee shop does very nice cakes.

Waving to Tibet

The Tibetan flag was due to be raised at the Buddhist temple at Willen in Milton Keynes, for the sixth year in a row. It’s a protest event, because the flag can’t be raised in Chinese occupied Tibet; it’s been illegal to do so since 1959. I went to see what was happening.


It was a gloriously sunny day when I arrived at the temple, to find the shrine room full of worshippers. But I stayed outside, where the owners of Tibetan terriers had brought their dogs. They were waiting for the flag to be raised. Children ran around, and I saw them climbing the steep slope that leads to the Peace Pagoda.

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