New events format; new business; quizzes and talent at The Menstone

If you consult the ‘Events’ list regularly (and you should if you want to know what’s going on in Menston) you will see the format change from 1 October. There are two reasons for this:

Make it easier to read for elderly people, and others, with a sight problem. Make it easier to exchange information with the events listing in the free local community magazine ‘It’s the business’ – same Editor.

Welcome to a new business – bike repairs

Hopey Bicycle Repairs is the name of a new (appropriate) business in Menston – a mobile bicycle mechanic. Chris Hopey, based at 15 Whernside Court, is offering the service around Yorkshire. Phone 0796 042 4348.

The Menstone fun quiz

Too late for this month’s Fun Quiz at The Menstone club in Farnley Road but plenty of time to get a team together for the next one. They are at 8.00pm on the last Thursday of each month, which means the next one should be on 29 October. Teams of six. Entry £1. You don’t need to be a member of the club to enter a team, or in fact to use the club as a comfortable place to have a coffee, tea or something stronger especially as the weather is getting cooler. It’s open 11.30am until 11pm. There’s also an ‘Open mike’ night on the last Sunday of the month – not karaoke but some real talent encouraged with musicians to accompany if required.

Free choir concert

Menston’s excellent ladies’ choir, Ladies Please, is giving a concert at Abbeyfield this Friday evening, 7.30pm. It’s free. Sorry for the late notice.

Menston Village Show 2015 Results

Elizabeth Loy with her intriguing collection of things animal, mineral and vegetable

Elizabeth Loy with her intriguing collection of things animal, mineral and vegetable

Frances Johnson with her arrangement and trophy

‘Best in Show’ was the flower arrangement ‘Menston Show 40th Birthday’ by Frances Johnson, who now holds the Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy.

Though the number of entries on the 40th Menston Show, 2015, was down on last year, due in part at least to the dismal summer weather, “the standard was very high, causing some problems for the judges in choosing winners”, commented Show President Sue Rix introducing the prize giving. In fact some trophies were awarded jointly to more than one entrant.

Long-serving show committee member Elizabeth Loy brought a fascinating display of things animal, vegetable and mineral and asked visitors to say what they were. A beetle the size of a sparrow, a giant starfish and a less unusual spray of yew were alongside a spray of gypsophilia which, Elizabeth told us, was commonly called ‘baby’s breath’, and so featured appropriately in flower arrangements on the theme ‘Royal baby’. Elizabeth took the Joan Pullan cup for flower arrangement.

Four year old Beatrice wth her book, prize in show sponsors Ribston Pippin's competition

Four year old Beatrice, who won her prize in show sponsors Ribston Pippin’s competition, with the estate agent’s director Lisa

Emily with her cup

Emily Pugh won the cup for her picture entered in the new -pre-school class

Under 5s competing

It was lovely to see some ‘tiny tots’ competing and there were at least two prize winners under 5 years old: Emily Pugh won the newly introduced picture competition for pre-schoolers and with it a children’s cup; a prize for under 5s in the competition run by Show sponsors Ribston Pippin went to four years old Beatrice.

‘Best in Show’, the Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy, went to Frances Johnson for a wonderful flower arrangement on the theme ‘Menston Show 40th birthday’, set in a planter full of a variety of things found in other show classes.

Though vegetables were a bit sparse it was good to see some very ugly potatoes which, ugly they may be, but for taste most more usually-shaped potatoes cannot compete, as one lucky bidder at the after show produce auction can attest as he had them for dinner the same evening (guess who!). The auction is a great opportunity to get some fresh home-grown produce rather than runner beans from Spain, tomatoes from Holland, etc, etc.

Call to join show committee

A surprising revelation by Sue Rix in her thanks, which included those for the other show sponsor Manor Coating Systems of Shipley: the show committee, which meets just four times a year, still has founding members, from 40 years ago, serving. New recruits will be welcomed, she said.



for all the results from the 2015 show.

Click any picture too see it larger, as part of a slide show of all the pictures below (pictures are copyright Petronela Prisca and Roger Livesey but Menston residents are welcome to grab them for family use).

Menston Village Show 2015 Results

Come back to this post later, Monday, for photographs and commentary.

Meanwhile click


for all the results from the 2015 show

Any name spelling errors please email Any disputes on results please email Show Secretary Andrew Sage: .

Lots to do in Menston this weekend – Alan Ayckbourn, Village Show and Beer & Cider Festival

Correction: the Alan Ayckbourn play is next week – Friday 18th (as was correctly listed under ‘Events’).

A ‘big’ weekend in Menston to finish the summer – autumn begins a week on Wednesday. Alan Ayckbourn theatre at Highroyds on Friday evening; the 40th Menston Village Show on Saturday; a Beer & Cider Festival at The Menstone on Friday and Saturday. All these have been in the ‘Events’ listing on this site so this is just a last-minute reminder.

Menston Village Show

Toddlers are awed by the onions display at the 2014 show

The under fives can compete For the first time this year

As usual the annual Menston Village Show is in the Kirklands Community Centre on Saturday. Entries for the over 80 classes must be delivered to the main hall between 10.30 and 11.30 (absolute latest). The hall is closed for judging between noon and 2pm. Public viewing is between 2pm and 4pm with prize/trophy presentations beginning at about 3.30pm. Some of the displayed produce will be auctioned about 4pm.

Full details of all the classes, and an entry form, can be found on this site by clicking the ‘Menston Village Show button’ towards the bottom of the right hand column.

As well as the usual raffle, tombola and refreshments served through the opening hours, an innovation this year is a class for under fives.

Alan Ayckbourn at Highroyds

Though born in London, Sir Alan Aychbourn has become a ‘Yorkshire playwright’ as all but four of his 70 plays have had their first performance in Scarborough.

This Friday’s performance by the ‘Happy to be here’ theatre company at the Highroyds Sports and Social Club is of ‘Sugar Daddies’. Still time to get a ticket or you can buy them on the door. Details under ‘Events’. At £8 a ticket, £6 concessions, it’s a bargain.

Beer and Cider Festival

The Menstone club in Farnley Road has a Beer and Cider Festival running over Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 11pm each day. Lots of beers to try and meals or snacks if you wish, including cheese and biscuits from Wharfedale Fine Cheeses. Well worth a wander down after the Village Show.

High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden Open Day

The High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden will be open, with members of the management committee available to answer questions, from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday there will be an interdenominational service in the chapel at 4pm.

Menston Events listing updated

Petronela about to begin the Sunday breakfast in the 'garden' at Bleach Mill House (this isn't the 'full'; there's sausages, black pudding, tomatoes etc if you want them!).

Sunday breakfast waiting at Bleach Mill House (there’s more if you want it!).

More detailed post soon – just about awake now (trip was 7,000+ km not 5,000 as stated in previous post). We seem to have brought the sun back with us and began a beautiful day yesterday (Sunday) with breakfast with Sue and Simon at Bleach Mill House. Beautiful walk and great, tasty (and very large!) truly free-range eggs (no ‘stamped’ nonsense – ’twas like being back in Romania!). Of course we bought a dozen for home.

The Events listing was updated, as far as known, this morning. Please advise of anything missing with email to

DON’T FORGET THE VILLAGE SHOW – this coming Saturday at Kirklands, public opening 2-4pm. For full details click the ‘Village Show’ button at the bottom of the righthand column.

Normal service soon – back after a month

Lofty the campervan back in his Menston home

Lofty the campervan back in his Menston home

Apologies for the month’s absence; ‘normal service’ will be resumed very soon.

Recovering from a 5,000 kilometre trip to, around and back from Romania over the past month.

Lofty the campervan is back in his spot in Menston and we are enjoying the wonderful ‘green’ views from our windows in this lovely village in which we are lucky enough to live.

Don’t forget the village show on Saturday 12th, full details on the pages accessed by clicking the Menston Village Show button on the right.

Awake, and back, soon!



Defibrillator training Sat morning; Bleach Mill House charity day breaks record; eggs2iPads project takes a summer break

There’s now a defibrillator readily available in the village and a drop in training session on the use of it has been arranged on Saturday morning, 18 July, between 9.00am and 11.00am at the Methodist Church in Main Street. The defibrillator is mounted on the outside wall of the church, on the car park side. This can be a life-saver if you know how to use it. More details on the Menston Methodist website.

Bleach Mill House break their record on the annual charity day

Congratulations to Sue and Simon at Bleach Mill House: their annual charity day last Saturday (11th July) beat their previous record for the amount of money raised. The total was £708! The funds raised at this year’s charity day go to Charlotte Wormald, who has severe cerebral palsy. She was at the event to greet guests with a smile.

Don’t forget that throughout the rest of the year money is raised at the venue for the Teenage Cancer Trust so you can pop down for a tea/coffee and cake, or a breakfast, and support this worthwhile charity at the same time. You can also buy really free-range eggs from the handsome speckled hens while you’re there.

Elderly learning to use internet will resume September

The eggs2iPads (Menston Community Association) project, in which a team of 14/15 year olds are teaching elderly, potentially isolated Menston residents how to use internet on an iPad or other ‘tablet’ to contact distant family and friends, now has a summer break, resuming in early September. The weekly one-hour meetings at The Menstone club are as much a cross-generational ‘social’ as a learning session and all the ‘students’ attending so far have said how much they enjoy this aspect.

Nevertheless, they have been learning and there was great excitement recently when one of the ‘students’ related how they had been ‘video’ chatting, on ‘Facetime’, with grandchildren and other family in Canada and New Zealand.

If you know of an elderly person who might like to come to the sessions when they resume just email or telephone Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945. If the person needs transport Menston Cares might be able to help.