Survey: returning the local centre and swimming pool to Galley Hill residents

At a recent GHRA monthly meeting the committee agreed to go ahead and enquire with MKC about the possibility of restoring the Local Centre and Swimming Pool to community use.

GHRA need to establish how much support we have within the community and would like to survey each Court to obtain the residents views.

The Court reps have been out and about knocking on doors but may have missed you if you were out so if you have not given your Court rep your thoughts please use this form.

Thank you for your views

The Galley Hill Residents Association Committee

****Stony Stratford LANTERN PROJECT NEWSFLASH***

Christmas****LANTERN PROJECT NEWSFLASH***
The wait is finally over…the theme for this year’s ‘Stony Stratford Lockdown Lantern Project’ is Christmas at Home!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no Switch-On Day this year, so we are teaming up with the Stony Community Advent Calendar project to bring your family a special artistic opportunity. We will be selling lantern kits (on-line sales only) for you to create a lantern or a window scene to decorate your front window – you could even do both!

The streets of Stony Stratford, Galley Hill and Fullers Slade will be allocated a number to represent each day of Advent, but this year we will be asking you to have all your lanterns and window displays lit up from 1st December for everyone to enjoy throughout the festive month. Look out for a Lantern Leaflet through your door at the beginning of October, Lantern Kits will be available to buy on-line from Monday 12 October. There will be 2 sessions for you to collect your kit/s from York House on 14 & 15 November. More details and on-line link to follow.
Please share this post, let’s bring some Christmas cheer after a difficult year.
Join the Stony Stratford Lantern Project Facebook Group for latest updates.

A thank You To MK Community Foundation

MK Community Foundation Logo

The GHRA Committee would like to thank the MK Community Foundation for their generous funding to buy tablet computers for the residents of Galley Hill to use. The money has been used to purchase tablets which will be loaned to GH residents who would like to stay in touch with relatives or friends further afield. Thanks to the MK Community Foundation we have been able to afford several tablet computers for this purpose.

Thank you from the GHRA Committee, and residents of Galley Hill.

Jobs available in Kiln Farm

“Arts Gateway MK is the nearest arts organisation to Fullers Slade and, being on Kiln Farm.   For two years we`ve been at 20 Burners Lane, the large sand-coloured building on Pitfield, 200m south of Millers Way, where we provide 75 studios for all sorts of creatives.  We have around a dozen recently completed and available if any parish creatives have a full or part-time creative practice and would like their own workspace in our creative family. 

We`ve just posted two short-term jobs at https://www.artsgatewaymk.org/category/opportunities/.   Unusually for us, they`re paid.  If anyone has, or knows someone who has experience in helping small charities (organisation capacity and fund-raising), to help us make a difference, the closing date is 10th July.

Galley Hill Residents Association Awarded Gold Level Accreditation

Thanks to the hard working guys and girls behind the scenes GHRA has been awarded a Gold Accreditation by Milton Keynes Council. Key members of the committee have been working hard to put all the pieces in place to receive this award, and a cash grant which accompanies it which will be used to help the community in Galley Hill.

Here is the certificate we have received

Gold-Certificate-

Well done to everyone who helped to achieve this award

Useful resources And Links For Milton Keynes Residents – Corona Virus

In these uncertain times we at the GHRA would like to remind everyone that the most crucial piece of advice right now is to STAY INDOORS as much as possible. We at the GHRA have ceased all meetings, and cancelled any events we had planned for the foreseeable future, in line with current government rulings. We also wanted to point you to some useful information to help you stay informed and safe in the current pandemic crisis, so please follow the links below.

Community Action MK Supporting the voluntary and community sector of Milton Keynes – helpful information on how best to find help or offer help in your local community

The Food Bank is operating a helpline for people who can not get to the 3 serving stations to find out their options for receiving food parcels.  This line is open now  01908 565852.  Please can you promote this any way possible for them.

To update you if you are not already aware, they are still asking for food donations which people can give when they visit supermarkets.  They are also asking for money so will be ramping up their grant applications.   The Food Bank is moving into Saxon Court for three months, MKC staff are being redeployed to work there.  They do not need extra volunteers but we have been directing people who we know and trust and want to help to GP Surgeries to act as runners.

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/your-council-and-elections/coronavirus-how-you-can-help Milton Keynes Council and MK Community Foundation are launching a special appeal fund, MK Emergency Response Appeal, to which people can donate to support MK charities and community groups helping to support vulnerable people through the coronavirus outbreak.

MK-Good-neighbour-guide

Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp get the latest government information delivered to your Whatsapp inbox and stay informed.

Mental health
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak  
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Kooth is a website that children and young people can use to get advice, support and guidance for any problem. They can connect to this anonymous and free service which is available every day via their laptop, tablet or smartphone at www.kooth.com 
Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme, proven to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and give you more energy during the day. You can learn more about who Sleepio is suitable for here.


Carers MK have postponed all groups, workshops, activities etc. until they can re-start face to face services again. Carers can still contact them during the operational hours of 9-5 Monday – Friday, although they will offer some flexibility if a carer needs a call a bit later than this. 01908 231703
They are asking all carers registered with them to share their email address if they have one. This will help keep them informed of service changes via a Carers MK monthly e-bulletin.

Physical Activity
Have a look at the NHS Fitness Studio which is packed full of tips and videos.
Connect Health provides a first tier physiotherapy service in Milton Keynes. Their website has section that patients can access to help them get information on how to manage many musculoskeletal conditions.

General Health & Wellbeing
5 Ways to Wellbeing are a great way to think about steps you can take to maintain and improve your health and wellbeing. More information is available here.

 Stony Stratford Town Council now have a Coronavirus Information and  Support section in the Town Council website.  http://www.stonystratford.gov.uk/community/coronavirus-information-and-support

We hope this helps, please stay safe, stay 2 metres apart and stay indoors as much as possible.
The GHRA Committee

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