Wolverton, Milton Keynes

IMG_3338Wolverton is a historic Victorian railway town situated within the conurbation of Milton Keynes. Wolverton has retained its distinct character and charm with its Victorian terraces, picturesque streets and town square. It has an ethnically diverse population with shops and restaurants to match and a strong and lively community in which Still Green members are keen to play a part. There are plenty of shopping and leisure facilities and good transport connections to central Milton Keynes as well as London (less than an hour on the train) and Birmingham (1.5 hours). The train station is 8 minutes walk from the Still Green site. Close by are allotments, the Grand Union Canal and open countryside with multiple cycle and walking paths.

The town of Milton Keynes is just 50 years old, it’s pioneering in spirit and has a history of community-led housing with several housing co-ops set up in the early years. 

Wolverton’s heritage includes:-

Wolverton Works. Wolverton was the first purpose-built railway town when it opened in 1838 and has the longest continuously open railway works in the world.

Explore Wolverton’s proud heritage by following the Heritage Walks: http://www.mktrails.org/wolverton.html and in Milton Keynes’ Living Archives https://www.livingarchive.org.uk/

MK Living Archive at: https://www.livingarchive.org.uk including the video and song “Now Wolverton’s a Place” https://www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/thewolverton-on-film-collection/week-33-now-wolvertons-a-place

Community spirit

Visit, or help out at, Wolverton’s Urb Farm https://www.facebook.com/growingpeople1/

and Wolverton Community Orchard (image courtesy of the Orchard) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolverton-Community-Orchard/339695696184156?hc_ref=ARQ2sY11oLw_ly6ORc0zpIdSXPiTDaH8T6xXQlk9W-wVRo8Haa8H8csWJseoQkH1BY4&pnref=story

Join with other Still Green members hoping to share one or more local allotments, not far from where we shall be living.

Café’s include two run by social enterprises: Bar Bar Black Sheep on the Square and Future Wolverton’s Old School Café, Bed and Breakfast, community centre and training-based enterprises in Old Wolverton. A Community Fridge operates from The Old Bath House Community Centre, helping to reduce food wastage through the sharing of surplus quality food by residents and businesses.

Future Wolverton is a membership-based organisation, focussing on local planning, the local economy and community energy https://futurewolverton.org/ 

Foundation House, at the top of the Square, is the home of MK Christian Foundation, which runs a range of community enterprises involving young people who have struggled with mainstream education and offers work experience supported by accredited training https://mkchristianfoundation.co.uk

Milton Keynes has a very active civil society – including Citizens:mk, Transition Town MK, a vigorous U3A, numerous choirs, orchestras, dance centres and two excellent museums (one the nationally known Bletchley Park, home of the World War Two codebreakers).

Shopping and leisure

Shop locally at the variety of independent stores in Wolverton as well as Tesco, Lidl and Asda supermarkets. More independent stores are planned within the Love Wolverton scheme.

Choose your sport: Wolverton Leisure Centre has a swimming pool, gym and exercise classes; there are tennis, bowls and cricket clubs, local yoga groups, dance groups and more. 

Milton Keynes has a lively arts scene – including not just the city centre theatre and The Gallery with its international exhibitions but also public art across the city, two multiscreen cinemas and independent film clubs, The Stables (the renowned music venue) and Arts Central (an incubator of young arts-based enterprise).

Getting into nature

Take time out to sit a while in one of Wolverton’s two recreation grounds, the Secret Garden on the canal side or in Love Wolverton’s ‘pocket park’.

Walk through the beautiful Ouse Valley Park and nature reserve or follow the Grand Union Canal out of Wolverton to visit the site of a Roman villa and Milton Keynes’ famous concrete cows!

Walking and cycling on the Redway paths through Milton Keynes’ very extensive parks, beside streams, the canal and lakes.

Places of worship

Milton Keynes is an inter-faith success story with the city centre Christ the Cornerstone Church, the Quaker Centre (where Still Green was born), a synagogue, Gurdwaras, a Hindu centre, mosques, a Buddhist temple, a stone circle beside Willen Lake (a Millennium project).