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Milton Keynes Intergroup

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MEETING CODES for online meetings.
Please email the ECLO Greg H for any information and questions about available meetings online, so that we can try to stay together as a Fellowship during this difficult time, but still access our meetings locally and also see familiar faces.

READINGS LINKS
PREAMBLE
12 STEPS
12 TRADITIONS
PROMISES page 83

Bletchley Sunday 11am
896-5253-7174   
(NOTE: this has changed from 838-0639-4921)

Sunday Newport Pagnell Women's Bridge to Normal Living
657-579-7558
(email sundaynewport@gmail.com to request the password for this meeting only)

Stony Sunday 7pm
987-716-979
Click here for instant join during meeting

Bletchley Monday 8pm
450-956-511
Click here for instant join during meeting 

Heelands Tuesday 8pm
592-788-552
Click here for instant join during meeting 

Milton Keynes Stony Stratford Morning 11am
(75 minute meeting)
377-884-659
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Wednesday Wolverton 7pm
825-4522-9181
(NOTE: this has changed from 212-350-914 )  

Thursday Bletchley Tea Time 5pm
237-630-5844

Thursday Newport Pagnell 7pm
(note this is 30 minutes earlier than advertised on the AA website so that two different local groups do not overlap)
458-808-233

Thursday CMK 8pm
(note this is 30 minutes later than advertised on the AA website so that two different local groups do not overlap) 
394 865 920

Friday CMK 8pm
811-4575-6792
(NOTE: this has changed from 436-643-4576)

Saturday Newport Pagnell 12:30pm
894 7373 0237
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Milton Keynes Bletchley Saturday 6:30pm
859-6754-2906
(NOTE: this has changed from 436-643-4576 )  

Please request information to access these either by emailing local ECLO Greg H or by checking in with other members locally using different social media platforms.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:
Message from GSO:
"Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the General Service Office is experiencing a shortage of staff members who are working from home and/or unwell.  We are dealing with a high volume of enquiries and ask members to email the office at gso@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk rather than phoning."

This is the Intergroup page for the AA members of the Milton Keynes region of the UK.  If you are new to AA or want to more information on finding out about stopping drinking please download a quick pamphlet from the main website here or purchase a hardcopy of a full pack as (or for) a potential newcomer here.

The Local Helpline Telephone Number is 01865 242 373 for Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes

Read the August 2020 Coronavirus situation here

It is possible for each Group to Host their own meeting independently using the Intergroup Zoom licence and to use the full range of the systems features.  Deborah has run a workshop for on ine meeting hosts on this link and a video of this training is available in local social media.

LOCAL ONLINE MEETINGS AND FACE TO FACE MEETINGS STARTING AGAIN WILL HAVE ZOOM ACCESS SO PLEASE ACCESS THEM TO ENQUIRE ABOUT THAT.

Local members can email the local ECLO Greg H at ecomm.east@aamail.org to get additional or up to date information on local online meetings so that members could see familiar faces as well as being able to access meetings while there was a lockdown.  Thanks go to Daniel and Darren for their assistance with pioneering this way of staying in contact during the corona crisis.

As the prospect of being able to meet face face again is being available please read the GSO guidelines on starting up again here.

During the lockdown our local Interlope agreed that the online local Intergroup Meeting Space could be used by any local groups since the reason, or since all groups are autonomous they are welcome to host their own meetings this way and we would try to direct local members to groups hosting their own online meetings.  

Please email the ECLO Greg H for any information and questions about available meetings online, so that we can try to stay together as a Fellowship during this difficult time, but still access our meetings locally and also see familiar faces.

We suggested that groups stick to the same day of the week that they hold their normal meetings to that one is available locally at least each day but that we also try to stay as close to routine and by the AA Traditions as we can.  Please do read the Internet Safety guidelines and please email ecomm.east@aamail.org at least a day before meeting to request a password, although the whole email system is a bit overwhelmed at the minute so it might be easier to just call or text Greg H on 07595937111 as that way the local ECLO will get back to you more quickly.

Many meetings that are remaining open by hosting online meetings and the codes are above and if you have a desire to stop drinking, or supporting someone who has, then you are welcome to attend any of them.  Since AA's primary purpose is to say sober and help other alcoholics please confine any shares to your problems as they relate to alcoholism or please ask for guidance on sharing about other addictions.

Please always be aware of the dangers of trying to retain anonymity doing this and for hints and suggestions on Internet safety please visit this page about this on the AA website here and make sure your settings are as anonymous as possible and a guide has been put together by members of the Fellowship to help people make the most of Zoom, protect individual anonymity and to prevent the meeting from being hijacked. Download it here (updated 4th April 2020)

Obviously all meetings are autonomous but please please let's all try to keep things as consistent as possible, particularly if there is a newcomer wanted to access online meetings locally and let us know if you'd like your meeting added here by emailing ecomm.east@aamail.org   



TRADITION SEVEN PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE TO:

MILTON KEYNES INTERGROUP
30-15-53 (sort code)
00790503 (acc numb)
ideally with the reference ONLINE MEETINGS 

Also as a Fellowship please be aware that some members locally do not have internet access or don't feel comfortable being involved with meetings this way so please do check in with them during this difficult time.

Please also be aware of the Chat Now Service 
that you can access at
https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/members/service/disciplines/electronic-communications/chat-now-service and is always looking for responders!

READINGS LINKS

PREAMBLE
12 STEPS
12 TRADITIONS
PROMISES page 83

EFFECT ON LOCAL MEETINGS

GSO recommends that all Groups take heed of the latest Government guidance on public gatherings and if required make alternative arrangements for meetings.

Some suggestions can be found at the following web page which will be updated throughout the crisis Corono Virus News

Face to face eetings in the Milton Keynes area should not be taking place for the foreseeable future.

  • Due to the new guidelines from the govenemment, local face to face meetings should not be taking place for the foreseeable future, both for the safety of their group and venue closure, but also in light of GSO guidance
  • Closures are due to venues closing, but also the safety of the nation in the current circumstances and new restrictions.
  • GSO is updating meeting locations and status as we are informed of changes - please email your meeting status to Group Information - groupinformation@gsogb.org . All changes will be added to the meetings details tab/ link of each meeting on the Meeting Finder. There is no need to submit Pink Forms for these changes. The more we are informed by groups of changes, the better information we can provide.
Read the statement from the General Service Office and Electronics Sub-Committee below.

The spiritual substance of anonymity is sacrifice. Because A.A's Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realise that the sacrificial spirit - well symbolised by anonymity - is the foundation of them all. It is A.A.'s proved willingness to make these sacrifices that gives people their high confidence in our future - From Tradition Twelve, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

GSO recommends that all Groups take heed of the latest Government guidance on public gatherings and if required make alternative arrangements for meetings.  

Some suggestions can be found at the following web page which will be updated throughout the crisis https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/Members/Coronavirus-News

We are updating meeting locations and status as we are informed of changes - please email your meeting status to groupinformation@gsogb.org.uk. All changes will be added to the meetings 'details' tab/ link of each meeting on the Meeting Finder. There is no need to submit ‚??Pink Forms‚?? for these changes. The more we are informed by groups of changes, the better information we can provide  Due to the current situation GSO requests please do not call the offices in York, London or Glasgow but rather email gso@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk for general enquiries. We will respond as soon as we are able

Yours in fellowship



Please call Greg H on 07595 937111 if you are aware of any additional information on local issues so we can keep this as up to date as possible for local members, ask at local groups to make people aware of this local site www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/Members/Regional-&-Local-Websites/eastern-region/Milton-Keynes-Intergroup to keep us all up to date of any news.

You can also access a global list of meetings taking place around the clock here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ppR8JE2J4NUt-7pgugvIp0qc653gFQzB/view but you'll have to have Zoom downloaded, but meeting codes are listed alongside the descriptions at different times during the day and obviously note none of these meetings are run locally.

Obviously all meetings are autonomous and some meetings are organising their own meetings this way but please let's all keep it as consistent as possible, particularly if there is a newcomer wanted to access online meetings locally.

Also as a Fellowship please be aware that some members locally do not have internet access or don't feel comfortable being involved with meetings this way so please do check in with them during this difficult time.




With things the way they are this might be useful substitute for everyone that's struggling to stay connected with the Fellowship.  Some local meetings are using technology to overcome not being able to meet face to face and additional assistance with these can be found on the AA website here.

Please be advised that although one of our Traditions is that 'Anonymity is the spiritual foundations of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities" and the Internet can be a minefield of potentially breaking your own, or perhaps more importantly, someone else's anonymity.  This is particularly true of websites or programs that have 'cookies' or other programs that act beyond your intentions that might inadvertently do this.  For hints and suggestions on Internet safety please visit this page about this on the AA website here.





CONVENTIONS
For information on Conventions and the Milton Keynes Convention please click here.

SHARE MAGAZINE
Share is the AA magazine for England and Wales, written for members - a meeting between meetings.  These magazines contain personal information (telephone numbers) and so are not on sale in a public forum, but it is available by post and email.

To subscribe either phone GSO (General Service Office) on 01904 644 026 or email aashare@gsogb.org.uk or for more information visit here.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Milton Keynes Intergroup usually organises a summer picnic which was discussed at our last Intergroup meeting on Saturday 7 March 2020

Everyone is welcome and also a lot of service positions may have no lengthily sobriety requirements, whereas most Intergroup Service Positions in Intergroup or Region usually require a year or more continuous sobriety, so please do contact Leo on 07512 711 616 or email ecomm.east@aamail.org if you're interested in service to help us strengthen and grow our local Fellowship.


It's a long way off but...
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.  New Year's Eve has got to be one of the most difficult times of the year for a lot of people and when people stop drinking they often wonder what they might do at times like this.  So for the past few years members of Milton Keynes Intergroup have organised a 'strictly no drugs or alcohol' event at York House, London Road, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ, with a disco and raffle and meetings up until midnight when we see in a new year!

Numbers are always limited so please do register your interest or even desire to help out by calling Greg H on 07595 937111 or email ecomm.east@aamail.org

INTERGROUP VACANCIES

For a list of current Intergroup Officer vacancies and details of upcoming Intergroup meetings, please see the MK Intergroup Meetings section here.  But also please be aware that most meetings are having to close for the foreseeable future so please do make sure you speak to someone before attending any, or if you're a group member please ensure there are some volunteers to safely meet any potential newcomers.

The list below indicates all meetings within this Intergroup. To search for specific meetings, please use our Meeting Finder.

Great Linford Living Sober Monday

The Little Bookshop (behind the Co-op), Great Linford Local Centre, St Leger Drive
Time: 19.30 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK14 5HA

Milton Keynes Big Book Friday

Christ the Cornerstone Church, 330 Saxon Gate West.
Time: 20.00
Postcode: MK9 2ES

Milton Keynes Big Book Step Wednesday

Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate.
Time: 20.00 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK9 2ES

Milton Keynes Bletchley Morning Online Sunday

Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley
Time: 11.00 - duration 1hr 15mins
Postcode: MK3 6BJ

Milton Keynes Bletchley Online Monday

Bletchley Old People's Rest Centre, Westfield Rd.
Time: 20.00 - duration 1hr 30mins
Postcode: MK2 2RA

Milton Keynes Bletchley Saturday Six Thirty Saturday

Whaddon Way Church (Rm 3 Upstairs), Beaverbrook Ct, Bletchley
Time: 18.30 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK3 7JS

Milton Keynes Bletchley Tea Time Online Thursday

Bletchley Rest Centre, Westfield Rd, Bletchley.
Time: 17.00 - duration 1hr 30mins
Postcode: MK2 2RA

Milton Keynes Daily Reflection Thursday

Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate
Time: 19.30 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK9 2ES

Milton Keynes Heelands Tuesday

Heelands Meeting Place, Glovers Lane, Heelands
Time: 20.00 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK13 7LW

Milton Keynes Stony Stratford Sunday

York House, London Road, Stony Stratford
Time: 19.00
Postcode: MK11 1JQ

Milton Keynes Stony Stratford Morning Online Wednesday

York House, London Rd, Stony Stratford, (Upstairs Rm)
Time: 11.00 - duration 1hr 15mins
Postcode: MK11 1JQ

Milton Keynes Wolverton Wednesday

Milton Keynes Christian Foundation Building, Aylesbury St, Wolverton
Time: 19.00 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK12 5HX

Newport Pagnell Women's Bridge to Normal Living Sunday

St Bede's Church, High St
Time: 12.30 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK16 0ED

Newport Pagnell: Bill & Bob's Excellent Adventure Thursday

St Bede's Church, High Street, Newport Pagnell
Time: 19.00
Postcode: MK16 0ED

Newport Pagnell: Bill & Bob'S Excellent Adventure Saturday

St Bede's Church, High Street, Newport Pagnell.
Time: 12.30 - duration 1hr
Postcode: MK16 0ED