Building News: Phase 2

You can donate to the Phase 2 Building Fund via bank transfer and PayPal – details can be found on the Giving page of this website. If you wish to give by cash or cheque, please hand in directly to the Oak Tree Centre.

Family Christmas Fayre 2022

The smell of freshly made popcorn, homemade cakes, and a BBQ, filled the air in and around the Oak Tree Centre as Shenley Christian Fellowship hosted its annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th November 2022. We received 500 people through the doors with games to play, films to watch, faces to be painted, and lots of stalls to buy Christmas gifts from, not to mention local band ‘Cat & The Lockdown Dogs’ who performed throughout the afternoon. It was a very successful fundraising initiative for the building project and was supported by many volunteers from the church, led by the Roger Goodship and the Christmas Fayre organising team. The Christmas season is officially kicked off!

Family Christmas Fayre 2021

What a blessing it was to be able to put on a very festive Christmas Fayre at the Oak Tree Centre! After missing out on the opportunity last year because of Covid, it was obvious how happy the church community – as well as friends, family and locals, were to get together once again.

From warm welcomes by festive-clad volunteers to an abundance of tasty and pretty goods on offer from stallholders, there was no shortage of Christmas spirit all around. It was a great opportunity to catch up with each other and reach out to visiting faces (some of which were painted beautifully).

There was the irresistible smell of barbequed hot dogs drifting in from outside, mixing with the warmth of hot drinks and live music inside. No shortage of fun for the children with Santa’s Sleigh, live nativity performances and games to entertain young and old alike.

We raised over £1000, which will go towards phase 2 of the Oak Tree Centre development. A massive thank you to Roger Goodship for organising the event and to one and all who helped before, on and after the day to make it such a great success!

New Cross Sculpture Erected at The Oak Tree Centre

Thursday 5th November might be fireworks night for many, but the erection of a three-quarter ton cross sculpture at the Oak Tree Centre on that day will also now be seen in the night sky. The cross, over 3 metres high, now graces the front entrance to the building in Shenley Brook End. It was designed by a member of the congregation of the church and has arms outstretched and curved round, indicating the welcoming nature of Shenley Christian Fellowship, the church that owns the building. The Oak Tree Centre is used by an average of 1200 people per week (pre-pandemic) with a mix of church activities, community groups and activities for children and families. It has recently had to close as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown but will re-open to groups as soon as the lockdown allows.

Senior Pastor Rev. Ross Dilnot said: “This stunning sculpture is the finishing touch to mark the presence of the church here in the community of Shenley Brook End – a symbol of hope to them, the city and the world!”


Work on the second phase of the building project is intended to start in a few years’ time. Planning permission was awarded back in 2015 for the whole project (including the cross sculpture) and this will complete the building to be over 1,100m² in size. Sports facilities and a youth area will be included in the second phase. An additional 33 car parking spaces will be added on the Wallinger Drive side of the site and a new entrance to the existing car park made.

Summer Car Boot Sale 2021

A warm and sunny Saturday morning in July saw the return of our popular car boot sale, which raises money for phase 2 of the Oak Tree Centre.  It was the most successful car boot sale event that we’ve ever run, with the highest turnout of community people and a plethora of stalls selling everything from records to clothes, and toys to foot spas.  With the delicious BBQ food available and music, it culminated in a most enjoyable and successful morning.  A total of £544 was raised.

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Family Christmas Fayre 2019

Festive lights, Christmas crafts, and seasonal goodies were all on offer at our Family Christmas Fayre 2019, which was officially opened this year by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Sam Crooks!  We had record numbers attending – 567 people came through the doors to begin the festive season and the atmosphere was positively joyous!  The Winter Wonderland was – as always, a huge success, and of course, there was our special guest – Santa himself!  He was visited in his Grotto by lots of children, who all received a present.  The Arts One choir entertained us with beautifully sung carols throughout the afternoon, and with delicious hot food, wonderful homemade cakes and great coffee available, the whole event was a resounding success.  Over £2000 was raised – a fantastic achievement, which will go towards phase 2 of the Oak Tree Centre development.

MK Marathon 2019

Some SCF “Superstars” again ran the 26.2 mile Milton Keynes Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, to raise money for Phase 2 of the Oak Tree Centre. Thankfully it was not as hot as last year’s event and they all managed to complete the course in good time. Congratulations and thanks to Richard Clark, Jan Clift and Konrad & Chrisann Meij.

Grand Summer Car Boot Sale

Our Grand Summer Car Boot Sale was a great morning with various stalls and people coming to sell and buy all sorts of goods. Amongst the variety of items on offer was the opportunity to take a ride in a precious vintage car. This event took place to raise money for the 2nd phase of the Oak Tree Centre. One person said, “These events are vital not only to raise funds for this exciting project but also to meet and spend time with people in our community.”

Saturday Night is Music Night!

There’s nothing like an enjoyable evening of food and music.  And that’s exactly what happened at the Oak Tree Centre on 30th March 2019.  People gathered to enjoy an evening of good food and a variety of music, including some people’s own compositions that they’d written, contemporary music and worship music.  Different musicians took part and demonstrated their skills to a grateful audience.  These “Music Nites” take place on the last Saturday of the month and the proceeds raised from the evening go towards the building fund for Phase 2 of the Oak Tree Centre.

A Quizzical Evening!

Friday 15th February saw a collection of minds gather to battle it out to win the Quiz Night at the Oak Tree Centre.  This popular fundraising event saw 80 people attend and enjoy the usual and unusual rounds of questions, including the traditional “roll a coin” game, with prizes donated by attenders of Shenley Christian Fellowship.  It was a fun-filled evening, full of banter, good food and a short presentation on phase 2 of the Oak Tree Centre.  A total of £513.56 was raised.  Thank you to all who supported the event.

The Oak Tree Centre Virtual Walkthrough

Below is a 3-minute virtual walkthrough of the Oak Tree Centre, created by Baart, Harries & Newall Architects in 2014.

Phase 1 of the Oak Tree Centre opened in September 2016 and hosts the many activities organised by Shenley Christian Fellowship, such as our popular weekly Parent and Toddler groups – Acorns and Little Acorns, and our weekly Friendly Faces Drop In.  The Oak Tree Centre also hosts all of our Community events, like our Victorian Christmas Fayre and Easter Eggstravaganza.  Our rooms and main hall are frequently booked by regular groups/external providers, like Slimming World, Grid City Fitness and Socatots, as well as being booked for parties, business meetings and various private functions.

Phase 2 has already received planning permission and work is intended to start on-site in a few years’ time.  Phase 2 will incorporate a major sports hall, which will double up as a 400-seater auditorium and also intends to have a youth centre area.  It will provide the opportunity for local people to come and play badminton, to rent the facility for larger events and to be hired by other organisations who wish to host their own gatherings.  It will be the ideal venue for concerts, drama productions and celebrations.

Dobbies MK Donates Plants to the Oak Tree Centre

Dobbies MK, through their ‘Helping Your Community Grow’ initiative, has once again donated plants to the Oak Tree Centre. Dobbies, who offer products, equipment, support and help to revamp any outdoor space, gave £400 worth of plants to make the area around the Centre a wonderful space to spend time. They work closely with community groups to ensure that what is provided meets the needs of recipients.
The donations were gratefully received and promptly planted around the Oak Tree Centre.

Members of the Hammett family ready to get stuck in with embedding some of the plants generously donated by Dobbies MK.

MK Marathon 2018

On Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, 4 SCF “Superstars” were among over 5000 others who ran the 26.2 mile MK Marathon on one of the hottest Bank Holiday weekends on record, with temperatures reaching 27º Celcius. A huge THANK YOU to Richard Clark, Harvey Moore and Konrad and Chrisann Meij, who finished in a spectacular time of 4hrs 28mins 30secs and raised over £1000 for Phase 2 of the Building Fund. A truly awesome, amazing achievement! Well done!

Community Fun Day!

On Saturday 25th February 2017 the newly built Oak Tree Centre had an additional 33 trees added to their grounds to complete the landscaping of the first phase of this £3 million community church development.  The community were all invited to help come and plant a tree and all children were given free sunflower plants to take away and grow at home.

There were a wide range of activities on offer for children, in addition to helping their parents plant the new trees and the morning included great new facilities for children and café users to try out in the courtyard.

The Oak Tree Centre café was open, offering hot lunches, coffees, teas, snacks and great cakes!

A delighted Jo Franceschini who runs our Acorns Children’s group for parents and babies/toddlers at the centre added:  “The project will make the space into a usable courtyard that will provide opportunities to offer activities for children that parents may not do so much at home.  Activities such as Messy Play, Water Play, crafts using materials found outdoors etc. Also, this safe outdoor area will be fantastic to encourage children to enjoy more physical activities that require more space than we can offer indoors.”

Having secured a grant of £5,400 from the DHL UK Foundation, a team of volunteers both from DHL and the church prepared the ground the day before for the planting of the trees.  A team also assembled the outdoor furniture for the newly developed courtyard as well as new planters.  This has created a really attractive new community space that is ideally located adjacent to Shenley Brook End School.

Shenley Christian Fellowship own and manage The Oak Tree Centre, and run a wide range of programmes for the community at the prestigious venue.  The Fellowship also use the facility for church meetings on Sunday mornings and evenings.

The Oak Tree Centre: Phase 2

Phase 2 has already received planning permission for a major sports hall, which will double up as a 400-seater auditorium.  It also intends to have a youth centre area on the southwestern side nearest Shenley Brook End school. This element is as a direct result of the outcomes of community door-to-door surveys carried out in the past within the districts of Westcroft and Shenley Brook End.  The need for youth facilities, particularly out-of-school hours was seen as one of the top requirements of any new community focussed building.  This will complement the work already undertaken by our youth staff members and volunteers.

Phase 2 will also have showers, toilet facilities, some storage for chairs and staging, two additional small meeting rooms and connecting corridors that will enclose the central courtyard feature.

It will provide the opportunity for local people to come and play badminton, to rent the facility for larger events and be a facility to other organisations who wish to host their own gatherings.  It will be ideal for concerts, drama productions and celebrations.  It will also be used by the church for our Sunday meetings, as our numbers grow.

At the same time, an extra 37 car parking spaces will be provided and a new entrance put in along Wallinger Drive to provide alternative access.