New, ‘different’ play group at High Royds Social Club

A different kind of playgroup started up last week at the High Royds Social Club. Run by Baildon Bouncy Castles, the group welcomes mums, dads and childminders with children of four years old and under. The group meets every Tuesday from 12.30 to 2.30pm.

Three year old Layla, who went to the first session last week, says “It’s great. I liked the ball pool”.

1_1_stickypost-page001Apart from ball pool there’s a bouncy castle, soft play area, rockets, ride on toys and more as well as a sensory inflatable dome.

Adults running the group are DBS cleared and carry full insurance.

Prices are £3 for parent and first child, £2 per child after . Childminders pay £2 per child, with registration letter .

Just drop in or call 0798 078 8208  or freephone 0800 612 5815.

Bereavement Care more accessible, Menston in Bloom working hard, great post on village Facebook group, video not to miss

After more than a decade of service after founding the Menston & Burley in Wharfedale Bereavement Care support group, Margaret Christelow (she is still involved) handed over leadership  to former GP Sue Kennedy.  Since then there have been a few changes, one important one being a point of contact which does not involve contacting counsellors at home so availability is more sure.

The group now has three fully trained counsellors among the eight active members, all of whom have enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) accreditation (and are insured through Menston Cares). An important development is that about half the members are not affiliated to a church and so it is hoped that people who do not go to church will feel more comfortable approaching the group if they need some support following death of a loved one. The group meets three times a year with one training session.

The point of contact, 01943 864405, is St Mary’s Parish Centre which will pass a query on to the bereavement group. Alternatively, there is usually a member of the group at the Cornerstone cafe in Menston’s Main Street from 10am till noon each Tuesday.

It’s worth mentioning that the Menston Horizon Group, for those living with loss,  meets on the last Friday of each month at the Parish Rooms behind St John’s Church from 10am till 11am. Contact is Sue Navias, tel 875466.

Menston in Bloom hard at work

Menston in Bloom volunteers at work on 3o January 2016

Braving the biting wind the Menston in Bloom volunteers were out out in force and busy on Saturday, ensuring we have a blooming fabulous Spring and Summer whatever the weather. They are always looking for more volunteers to help at the occasional sessions. Contact Gemma Kelmanson, email gem22min@icloud.com. Many thanks to Petronela Prisca for braving the wind to get the photo.

Some imminent ‘events’ to note

Although sessions will not resume until March after a winter break, the Menston Community Association eggs2iPads project is looking for more youngsters between 12 and 17 to join the teaching team. Details under the Events menu (10 March). Next Writers Club meeting at the Menstone on 6 February has the theme ‘Valentine’. All writers welcome. Details under the Events menu. And the watercolours class at the Kirklands Community Centre needs another two or three members to continue. The next session is at 9.35am on 4 February. Again details under Events.

FB Celebration not castigation, please

It was great to see so many ‘Likes’ on Lucy Hooton‘s post on the Facebook Menston Village Group, calling for fewer moans and more celebration of why most Menstonites love so much living here. Many people dislike Facebook groups as they so often descend into gripe shops and once or twice the Menston FB looked in danger of doing that, despite Charlie Barnes’s best efforts. Hopefully Lucy’s timely post will ensure it remains back on track. Did you see Miles Charlesworth‘s great video he posted to the group? If not, worth a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mjzxrVWjGQ&app=desktop .

 

Portraits with some Irish charm – new Menston business. More eggs2iPads awards photos

A unique family portrait, from baby to a family group, can make an ideal present for a special occasion. A charming young Irish woman, Laura Crane, who moved to Menston about two years ago, is offering to create a lovely pencil portrait as she adds a home-based business to her activities as a freelance graphic designer.

Two of Laura's recent commissioned pencil portraits

Two of Laura’s recent commissioned pencil portraits

Laura, from Belfast, graduated in graphic design from Leeds University but settled in the UK rather than return to Northern Ireland and worked for a while in a graphic design company. More recently she decided to branch out on her own as a freelance designer but friends and family, for whom she had done her pencil portraits, suggested that others might like the opportunity to commission such a portrait. So now there’s Kokoro Portraits in Menston.

Laura works from a photograph, which can be emailed or sent to her or she will call on anyone in Menston who is interested. Depending on size and complexity, and of course her work load, a small portrait (eg about A5) can usually be done in between a couple of days and a week; larger ones (eg about A3) may take a little longer.

You can contact Laura by email at: kokoroportraits@gmail.com or by phone on 0759 645 3704 during the working week. If she is not available to take the call, or outside working hours, leave a message and she will call you back.

More photos from the eggs2iPads awards presentations

Sorry these are a bit later than intended. See the previous post for the full story. As usual, clicking on any picture will display them as a slide show.

Great teenage ‘teachers’ team awarded

There was a wonderful turnout to support our great teenage teaching team as they received award certificates for ‘Outstanding Community Service’ from Chair of the Menston Community Association at a ceremony at the Menstone club in Farnley Road on Thursday.

Youngsters, our fab teaching team, l to r: Joe Woollin, Adam France, Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder, Sam Craske, Shaun Street, Rowan Winn. Adults: Tony Joint, one of the adult MCA supervisors, Quentin Mackenzie Chair of the MCA, and JognHutchinson, Worshipful Master of the Olicana Lodge

Youngsters, our fab teaching team, l to r: Joe Woollin, Adam France, Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder, Sam Craske, Shaun Street, Rowan Wynn. Adults: Tony Joint, one of the adult MCA supervisors, Quentin Mackenzie Chair of the MCA, and John Hutchinson, Worshipful Master of the Olicana Lodge

‘Students’ who attend the ‘eggs2iPads’ weekly sessions on Thursdays to learn to use internet on iPads and the like, parents of the ‘teachers’, sponsors including the Olicana Lodge Ilkley and the local Scout leaders (many of the ‘teachers’ are Explorers), who have been so supportive of the project, were all in attendance. Another sponsor, Menston’s own computer wizz, Fixit Computers (Attila Darvasi) could not attend as he was looking after the local Beavers. Representatives of Menston Cares and our vicar Rev Ruth Yeoman, all of whom have been very supportive, were welcome guests too.

The sessions are currently suspended for a winter break as requested by the elderly ‘students’, but will resume in March, as before at 5-6pm each Thursday at the Menstone club in Farnley. Road.

Although the project was initiated as one attempt to tackle potential elderly isolation in the village, by helping them to contact distant family and friends using internet, many ‘students’ have delved into other aspects of using internet and iPads, including games, photography, etc, and all have said they really value one unique aspect of the project: the weekly meeting with our wonderful representatives of a much younger generation.

We are currently recruiting more young ‘teachers’ (12-17) so we can rota them as several have GCSEs this year, and of course elderly ‘students’ (at the moment 60 to 90!). If you know of either who may be interested please email menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. (We were delighted to welcome Rosie Ogden, like Sam a student at Bradford Grammar, at the presentation, a likely future ‘teacher’). Thank you too to Rowan’s mother, Kate, who offered to help sometimes as an adult supervisor at sessions (we always have at least one DBS cleared adult in attendance for ‘safeguarding’ for both our ‘vulnerable’ groups, though all the ‘teaching’ is done by the youngsters).

More pictures from Thursday should be added to this post over the weekend so please come back.

 

Carol services and other Christmas events

Carol services at St John’s Parish Church and the Methodist Church today; on Christmas Eve at SS John Fisher & Thomas More, Burley. Details, and of other Christmas services, under ‘Events’.

Christmas events at the Menstone club

Open acoustic mike this evening (Sunday); from 8pm at the Menstone club in Farnley Road. Turkey knock-out pool tomorrow evening (Monday); 6.30pm start. Reindeer hunt for children, map for hunting from 11.30am to 3pm, then things back at the club. Christmas Eve evening the club is open for drinks. Then on Christmas Day open for drinks from 11.00am to 3pm. More info under ‘Events’ or call Jill on 878114.

Santa is coming

Santa’s sleigh starts from High Royds Drive tomorrow (Monday) at 5.45pm. On Tuesday starts from Ellar Gardens , finishing on the Homestead estate. All money goes to Scouts and two local children’s charities.

Dementia friendly Menston? eggs2iPads break. Light up Menston. Monthly magazine stops

Although the events listing on this site has been kept pretty much up to date, as far as possible when information has been sent in (or things heard on the village grapevine), posts have been erratic, due principally to health problems. Hopefully posts will now become a little more regular. Remember, to ensure your event is listed under the Events menu (and the ‘Imminent events‘ list in the right column – this can take a while to appear after updating Events) email title, date, start/finish times, contact info, and ticket price if any, to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. This has become even more important due to the suspension of publication of ‘It’s the business‘ (see below).

How can we make Menston more dementia friendly?

Ideas for future activities to make Menston more dementia friendly were recorded on this Christmas tree

Dementia Friendly Menston ideas were recorded on this Christmas tree

About 35 people met at Kirklands on Tuesday afternoon to learn more about dementia and to begin a process of making Menston more ‘dementia friendly’. They learned a lot about dementia from specialist Dr Elizabeth Milwain (eg, symptoms which are just normal signs of old age and those which are early signs of a dementing condition) and then, in a couple of workshops, noted activities already found in the village then suggested what might be done in the future. If you could not get to the meeting but would like to be involved contact Jane Pratt at Menston Cares (876945) or Allyson Hargreaves (870528).

Let’s light up Menston for Christmas

Light up Menston posterThe paucity of Christmas lights in Menston, compared with neighbours Burley, has been a cause for complaint for years. However, such lights are extremely costly. Now there is a suggestion that our village could become much more festive if every householder lit up their own house in some way. To give even more incentive, estate agents Ribston Pippin and the Solo delicatessen have got together to offer a hamper for the best decorated house. There are now posters around the village giving more information. More information on some Christmas events under Events.

eggs2iPads project takes a winter break

Many of the elderly ‘students’ in the eggs2iPads project, which has been meeting weekly at the Menstone club with a team of teenage ‘teachers’ helping them to get on line using an iPad or other tablet, have said they do not like to leave home in the dark during winter months, even if they are accompanied or transport is provided. It has been decided that in this situation there will be a a winter break in the sessions after this week’s meeting, to be resumed in March next year. Some of the young ‘teachers’ are from St Mary’s high school, which has been recently been involved in a broadly similar project, but for school pupils, in South Africa (see below).

Bambisanani takes iPads to S Africa

iPads in use in Mnyakanya schoolThe Bambisanani Partnership, which links St. Mary’s School, Menston and Mnyakanya School in South Africa, has recently provided twelve hours of training for South African teachers to be able to use tablets to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum at Mnyakanya High School.

The computer giant Intel contributed to the training costs and thirty more tablets, provided by the Bambisanani Partnership, will arrive or have arrived at the school for students to use in lessons.

Chairman of the Bambisanani Partnership, David Geldart, who recently retired as an Assistant Head at the school, said: “This initial training and the tablets are a starting point for us. More training and hardware will hopefully follow but our goal is to establish full internet connectivity at Mnyakanya”.

Publication of monthly magazine suspended

Editions of 'Ot's the business' published this yearThe free monthly magazine which has been delivered to most households in Menston for the past several months, ‘It’s the business‘, will not now be published “until at the earliest March 2016” we have been told. The magazine not only had a Menston events listing under the heading ‘Community News’, compiled by the author of this site, but also a specific Menston page. These for the December edition were already done but unfortunately will not now appear. This site cannot match the information reaching most houses in Menston but apart from trying to ensure the Events listing here is even more complete and up-to-date consideration will be given to how this information can now be more effectively made available to those who do not have access to internet.

 

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.