Friday 25 February 2022

Valentine's Disco

On Monday 14th February, residents of Camphill Milton Keynes went to a Valentine's Disco at the Chrysalis Theatre.

A disco (music club, discothèquedisco club, or simply club) is an entertainment venue during nighttime comprising a dance floor, lightshow, and a stage for a disc jockey (DJ) where a DJ plays recorded music.

It's the day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love. The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was. The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".

Alex Fox

Friday 18 February 2022

Trip to Harry Potter Museum

On Wednesday 9th February, residents and staff from Camphill Milton keynes went to visit the Harry Potter Museum.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is a walkthrough exhibition and studio tour in Leavesden, southeast England, owned by Warner Bros. and operated by their Studio Tours division. It is located within Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, in Watford, in southwest Hertfordshire, and houses a permanent exhibit of authentic costumes, props and sets utilised in the production of the Harry Potter films, as well as behind-the-scenes production of visual effects. The tour is contained in Soundstages J and K, which were specially built for the attraction, and is separate from the studio's actual production facilities.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opened to the public in 2012 and has since welcomed up to 6,000 visitors a day during peak times. TripAdvisor reported that Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has been the highest-rated attraction worldwide every year since the tour opened.

Harry Potter was origionally a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Alex Fox

Friday 11 February 2022


Candlemass (also spelled Candlemas), also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Feast of the Holy Encounter, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is based upon the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke 2:22–40. In accordance with Leviticus 12, a woman was to be purified by presenting a lamb as a burnt offering, and either a young pigeon or dove as sin offering, 33 days after a boy's circumcision. It falls on 2 February, which is traditionally the 40th day (postpartum period) of and the conclusion of the Christmas-Epiphany season. While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them after Candlemas. On Candlemas, many Christians (especially Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists) also bring their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year; for Christians, these blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to himself as the Light of the world. An early Germanic variation of Candlemas was the origin for the modern American celebration of Groundhog Day.

Alex Fox

Friday 4 February 2022

Milton Keynes Museum

These are photographs of some of the residents and staff of Camphill Milton Keynes wearing Victorian costumes from The Chrysalis Theatre at the Street of Shops in Milton Keynes Museum in Wolverton and Greenleys.

As well as its collection of local shop front, the Museum has a a collection of display cabinets including a Boisellier’s and Cadbury’s dresser, a Jocob’s & Co Biscuit tin unit, and one from Stoney (sic) Stratford’s Cox & Robinson Chemist. Unusual artefacts in the shops include a 1924 Hoosier Kitchen Unit and a 1934 BTH Beehive refrigerator.

Alex Fox