Welcome to Essentially Local, your community magazine for the Milton Keynes area.

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Step into Slo-Mo at Essentially Social Networking

Sign up and join us at the July Essentially Social Networking…
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Mental Health Problems in 80% Small Business Owners

Firstly small business owners suffered from the pandemic and…
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Report the Pothole – Make a Claim

Potholes are worse than ever and while you might think you…
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Local Mental Health For Young People

Mental Health problems for young people have steadily…
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Stony Stratford Platinum Jubilee Pudding Competition

For the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch take part in the…
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Moorgate Farm Shop Opens This Friday

Susan Gorst, of Moorgate Farm, Potterspury, is opening her new…
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Ever Been To a ‘Night at the Dogs’

Towcester Racecourse can offer everything from pizza…
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WIN a Box of 12 Delicious Cupcakes

Enter this word search competition for a chance of winning…
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Call for Loving People to Rehome Rabbits

Lots of lovely animals at RSPCA Milton Keynes and North…
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Making Lasting Memories for Your Pets

Losing your beloved pets is never easy, each one is a…
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Fun, Exercise and Friendship at Stony Bowls Club

Stony Bowls Club Open Day 10.30am - 3.30am, Monday, 2 May 2022 From…
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Put Stony Open Gardens 2022 in your Diary Today!

After a break of three years, we are delighted to announce that…
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MÓTUS Dance Brings Hofesh Schecter Company to MK

MÓTUS Dance, the Milton Keynes based dance company is bringing…
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Bringing MKDT’s Sleeping Beauty to Life

Dancers are bringing MKDT's Sleeping Beauty to Life, If you…
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The Summer of Moo is coming to MK!

Local charity, Willen Hospice, is delighted to launch the ‘Summer…
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Add Value To your home

The colour that you paint your home could add to its value but…
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The Big Plastic Count – Sign up

If you are anything like me, you'll have come to hate using plastic.…
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Hot Cross Bun Recipe

I love this Paul Hollywood Hot Cross Bun recipe, I have tried…
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Book 27 April – Stony Stratford Annual Town Meeting

The Stony Stratford Annual Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday,…
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Local National Trust Events In Bucks and South Northants

 The National Trust Events in properties around Bucks and South…
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Communities Forming Lasting Friendships

On alternate years, Wolverton and Ploegsteert, Belgium take turns…

Bucks People and Landscapes

AMAZING NEW Discover Bucks Galleries is opening 11am, 2 April…
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Join the Willen Hospice Easter Teddy Bear Hunt

Join the Willen Hospice Easter Teddy Bear Hunt over half term. 4-18…
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Don’t Let Your Child Become A Statistic

Every year, over 2 million children under the age of 15 experience…
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Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt at Milton Keynes Museum

The annual egg hunt is returning to bring an egg-cellent Easter…
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Calling All SMEs to Get Essentially Social!

Sign up and join us at the April Essentially Social @Brewery…
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Milton Keynes Business Achievement Award Winners

The Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards took place this…
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6 Beautiful Blossoms in Bucks, Berks and Oxon

This top guide to 6 beautiful blossoms and where to see them…
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Platinum Jubilee Party’s Are Announced in Wolverton

Wolverton and Greenley's Town Council are planning some fabulous…
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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Comes To MK

Everybody's Talking about Jamie is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre…
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Job Opportunity – Think Food Wolverton

Think Food Café in the heart of Wolverton has just announced…
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When Apparent Truthful Statements are Misleading

When someone uses truthful statements to mislead you they are…
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The Hidden Danger that is Carbon Monoxide

We're celebrating Science Week and here are a few interesting…
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Fiver Fest Comes to Town

Leighton Buzzard's locals and visitors are in for a treat! Yes,…
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10 Ways to Help you Stop Smoking – No Smoking Day

It's that time of year again! And, will National No Smoking…
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When Micro-Chips Are Good For You

I bet you didn't know that chips can be good for you?  Well…
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Prevent Domestic Abuse Now

Domestic abuse is a criminal act and we must all do more to prevent…
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Give Your Bike A Service

Spring is in the air, if you are anything like me, you'll be…
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Barking Bags Heads to Crufts 2022

Crufts, the world's most famous dog show is back for…
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A Special Mother’s Day Treat

Whether, you are a mother or not, sometimes we…
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WIN a 30 Minute Massage

What could be better than winning a 30 minute massage…
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Insulate Your Home to Save Money and the Climate

The increased energy prices mean the average house could be paying…
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Invitation to join MK National Trust Association

MK National Trust Association may be the answer to your interest…
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Winter for Stony in Bloom

Winter for Stony in Bloom volunteers didn't stop them as they…
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Harry’s Rainbow Wonderland Ball Announced

Harry’s Rainbow announce their 10th Birthday ball to celebrate…
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Not Sure What Are Loan Sharks?

Obviously, loan sharks will make life worse. And as National…
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Save The Date – Red Nose Day 2022

March 18, 2022 sees the 33rd Comic Relief Red Nose Day! Like…
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Will You Support Fairtrade Fortnight?

At the end of February, Fairtrade Fortnight supporters…
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Commemorating Mary Sarre 1945-2021

Stony in Bloom is a completely voluntarily run group that is…
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Our Top 10 Reasons for Owning A Pet

We are not alone in knowing the benefits of owning a pet.  Since…
Real Bread Campaign

Treat yourself to Real Bread

Treat yourself to a loaf of real bread. I mean, what is not to…
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Should we Pay for Garden Green Waste Removal?

Around 65% of councils around the country are charging additional…
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When Delivery Goes Wrong

When a delivery goes wrong, it is hard to know what action to…
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St Claudine Day of Celebration at Thornton College

Thornton students were inspired by the story of St Claudine,…
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The Number of Roses to Show Your True Love

How will you find love this Valentine's Day with roses? If so,…
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Pamper Yourself with The Folly Soap Co

Karen Norgett of The Folly Soap Co is passionate about her pampering…
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What Random Acts of Kindness Will You Do?

Random Acts of Kindness bring recipients so much happiness.…
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Are you going Naked Today?

It's World Naked Day and it got me thinking about what…
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Sign Up to Get Essentially Social @BTH?

Sign up and join us at the first Essentially Social @Brewery…
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Euthymia Cakes is a Winner

This January, couples voted for local business Euthymia…
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Your Priority is Changing

Your priority is changing as the government is introducing changes…
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Apprenticeships – Have you Registered Your Interest?

Formal Education doesn't suit every young person. And…
Image showing a beautiful Polynesian beach island and crystal blue sea with a fisher boat that travellers may want visit if they book an overseas holiday in 2022

2022 – Should you Book an Overseas Holiday?

Whether you are a BREXITER or not one of the great things about…
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The Ultimate Guide to Moving Home

Many of us ponder whether we should consider moving home…
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Are Your Bored Of Feeling Unfit?

It's the New Year, 2022 and are you bored of feeling…

Do You Understand Pet Vaccinations?

Pet vaccinations are as important for our fury friends…
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Delicious Easy to Make Chocolate Spread Recipe

This delicious, easy-to-make chocolate spread recipe is perfect…
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November What’s On Milton Keynes

The November What's On Calendar Around Milton Keynes and South…
Anti-bullying week

Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word

This November it is Anti-Bullying Week. The theme 'One Kind Word' is…
Essentially Local Christmas Drawing Competition 2021

Shout-out – Christmas Drawing Competition 2021

It's our annual shout-out to Young Artists for the Christmas…

Consumers be aware when selling goods through social media

Trading Standards in Milton Keynes is aware of a new scam that is affecting consumers and a drop shipper in the local area

15 reasons to stay local

At Essentially Local we’ve always believed in supporting local and there are at least 15 reasons! Local brings economic, social, and environmental benefits to a community.

Illegal dog breeders charged

Are you one of the thousands of people who have enjoyed the company of a new puppy during a lockdown? Sadly, many new owners discovered too late that their puppies were born as a result of horrendous and often illegal puppy breeding and selling.