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30th Birthday Tea Party!

On Saturday 13th October, service users and volunteers old and new, along with some carefully selected guests, gathered together at the Oak Tree Centre in Shenley Brook End to celebrate 30 years of the Reader Service.

It was wonderful to share the afternoon with so many friends, including an appearance from the local mayor!


We had a fantastic rendition of a specially written poem from Pauline Shears and live music was provided by Fadin’ Shoes.









As usual thank you to all the wonderful helpers who assisted with the greeting arrivals, serving refreshments and selling raffle tickets and to Martin Lycett for his technical support






Well done to Tracy and a huge thanks to Paula and the committee who worked so hard to pull everything together.  Here’s to another 30 years!!

Goodbye Karen & Hello Tracy!

It has been all change here at the Reader Service this month.  After 7 years, our lovely Karen Preece is retiring and we obviously wish her well and give her our heartfelt thanks for all the hard work, tea, cake and sympathy she has bestowed on so many of us over  her time here.

Her final words to us are:

“Hello Everyone,

It was lovely to see so many of you at our recent AGM (over 100 people) and from a personal point of view to be able to say goodbye to many of our members.  Paula presented me with a gorgeous gold necklace, earrings, a beautiful plant and tokens from money you had so kindly sent to her for a retirement present.  Thank you so much for your generosity, it was unexpected and I was totally overwhelmed.  Thank you as well for all the wonderful cards and email messages.  I have loved my time at the Reader Service and have met such wonderful people and I shall miss you very much but I feel due to family circumstances it is the right time to retire.  We have a new Service Coordinator beginning on 3 September called Tracy Harold.  She is looking forward to joining us and meeting all of you.  I officially finish on 23 August and am off on my holiday.  The office will be closed next week but if you have an emergency, please call Paula Suchy on 01908 662261.  Thank you so much for all your help and support; it has been a wonderful experience working for the Reader Service.

With very best wishes,

Karen x”

Of course we will miss Karen and wish her all the best in the future.  We now welcome Tracy as our new Service Coordinator:

“I am so pleased to be able to write to you all to introduce myself as the new Service Co-ordinator for the Milton Keynes Reader Service.  I live locally with my husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.  I previously worked for Milton Keynes Hospital and Milton Keynes NHS Community Services as their Voluntary Services Manager.  I joined on Monday 3rd September, so it is very early days, but it hasn’t taken long to understand how amazing the Reader Service is.  I look forward to getting to know all of you during the months ahead. For those of you coming to the 30th Birthday Anniversary Tea in October, I will see you there.”  

We wish Tracy all the best in her new role and I know that everyone will do their best to make the transition as painless as possible as the Reader Service continues to serve VIPs in our area.

Promoting The Reader Service

Terry Calvert, one of our Board members has been out and about raising awareness of our cause:

He was interviewed on the Roundabout Show with Stuart Moore on Secklow Sounds on Thursday 2 Aug to promote the Scrabble Sessions and MKRS’ 30th anniversary.




Following our success last year, MKR were invited to enter a team in the St Mary’s Church, Woughton-on-the-Green, charity quiz on Saturday 4 Aug. We could not repeat last year’s win,but we still came a respectable 4th and the evening raised £430 for local charities.

AGM Report & Karen’s Goodbye!

Over 100 service users and volunteers attended the AGM on Saturday 28th July at our new venue of the Oaktree Centre in Shenley Brook End.  There was a lovely atmosphere and the necessary business was swiftly dealt with before the ubiquitous tea, coffee and cakes were enjoyed by all.

Please have a quick look at the gallery for the highlights!

A few tears and lots of good wishes were expressed for Karen Preece at her impending retirement.  She wishes to express her heartfelt thank you to everyone for the kind words and gifts.

We obviously all wish her well in the future and thank her for all her hard work and kindness as the Reader Service Coordinator for the past 7 years.

More about her successor soon!





Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Quiz Night last month – it was a fabulous evening and after expenses has raised about £450 for the service!

Don’t forget the AGM on Saturday at the Oak Tree Centre in Shenley Brook End – come along and find out how we are doing and indulge in the tea, coffee and cakes afterwards.

Calling all Scrabble Players!  We are holding 3 challenge events next month for you to come along and pit your talents at “Bluffing & Blocking” as you strive to get your “Doubles and Triples” into play.  The events are being held at 3 local libraries: Kingston on the 7th, Central MK on the 14th and Bletchley on the 23rd.  Each event is running from 11am to 3pm and all are welcome!