Summer Fayre with scarecrows, Poets & Preachers, Lizzie loses her locks for children with cancer and others, Bleach Mill House charity day

Don’t forget the Summer Fayre and scarecrow hunt at Menston Primary School today (Saturday). It’s a damp, misty morning but the BBC forecast is for a bit of sun by this afternoon. Let’s hope so but it’s worth a visit whether sunny or not.

Poets and preachers at the Parish Church

Sunday evening, there’s an interesting ‘Songs of Praise’ service at St John’s Parish Church. It has the theme ‘Poets and Preachers‘ and all will be welcome to join in the singing and learn something about the authors. The service begins at 6.00pm.

Lizzie loses her long locks for children with cancer

Lizzie Street and mother Beth, showing their hair to be donated for making wigs for children with cancer, and their shortened locks and some of the treats Lizzie is taking to give to children in the Philippines

Lizzie Street and mother Beth with their shortened locks and some of the treats Lizzie is taking to give to children in the Philippines

Seven year old Menston youngster Eliza (she prefers Lizzie!) Street had her beautiful long locks cut off on Thursday, not only to donate them for making wigs for children with cancer (Little Princess Trust) but also to raise money for the Menston charity her mum Beth founded to help rebuild schools destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Beth had her hair cut too for the same causes.

Lizzie's and Beth's hair before cutting

Before

They are leaving together on Monday 6 July for the Philippines where they will not only donate the money raised by Angels for Children (eg from the Soul Night at Kirklands and the Summer Ball at the Craiglands Hotel earlier this year) but also a lot of medical equipment. Lizzie is taking treats to give to children.

It’s not too late to make a donation. Go to the Menston charity’s website.

Charity day at Bleach Mill House

Charlotte Wormald during specialised treatment in the Czech Republic

Charlotte Wormald during specialised treatment in the Czech Republic

Don’t forget another charity event next Saturday, 11 July. All proceeds from the annual charity event at Bleach Mill House will this year go to Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, who has severe cerebral palsy. Go and have some tea or coffee and cakes beween 10am and 4pm and help hosts Sue and Simon Richmond to raise a record amount this year.

Bleach Mill House raises money throughout the year to support the Teenage Cancer Trust and will also be aiming for a record for this year for this too. Pop down for a full English breakfast with double-yolker eggs from the magnificent speckled hens on another day (or tea and cakes), to help make 2015 a record year for this ongoing fundraiser too.

 

Winner of Village Bakery Fathers’ Day competition; charity concert tonight; Menston classic car at Harewood; help tidy Menston for ‘in bloom’ judging

Katie Pratt's winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Katie Pratt’s winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Congratulations to Katie Pratt on being chosen as the winner of the Village Bakery’s Fathers’ Day drawing competition. A lot of thought and work obviously went into her drawing. Lucky Dad!

All entrants were able to collect a free cupcake yesterday.

Prince Henry’s charity musical performance

A late reminder that there’s a musical performance this evening at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, supporting Menston charity Angels for Children. At 7.00pm, the event features Prince Henry’s senior performance students. Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions), on the door or from http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/phgstickets.

Menston village classic MG gets 2nd

Daimler Dart, Steve Ellams' MG TD and an MG A at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car & Vehicle Rally.

The MG TD  shown in the middle in the picture at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car and Vehicle Rally at Harewood House got a ‘runner up’ in the sports car category. Menston owner Steve Ellams says he got a ‘third’ when he attended the show with this MG 21 years ago so is hoping for a win at the show in 2036 though he’s worried about being able to get into and out of the car at 84! The picture also shows a “stunning” Daimler Dart and MG A.

Menston in Bloom judging

Strawberry teas waiting to go at the Menston in Bloom annual eventVery windy but nevertheless much better weather than last year for Menston in Bloom‘s annual strawberry tea and plant sale, this year at the Mackenzies’ in Park Road. The picture shows strawberry teas waiting to go out – delicious!

The Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be in Menston on 10 July so it’s not too early to be tidying wherever you can. There are sure to be more formal ‘work sessions’ before judging day and any help will be very welcome. Email Gemma Kelmanson (gemmaspace@tiscali.co.uk ) for details.

 

Livening up of the Parish Council? England rugby’s head coach Stuart Lancaster at St Mary’s. Who’s getting free cupcakes? Bleach Mill House charity day. And …

St Mary's Menston sports award winner Ciaran Hammond with England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster; see below

St Mary’s Menston sports award winner Ciaran Hammond with England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster; see below

The rumoured ‘enhancement’ of the ‘new’ Parish Council seems to have happened; Steve Ellams, seasoned campaigner against inappropriate housing development, has been co-opted to join Councillor Philip Moore with some kind of planning brief and Alan Elsegood, also seasoned greenfield preservist, has joined to add his airport noise expertise to that of new Councillor Lilias McCulloch. Future Parish Council meetings promise to be more lively than in the past so could be worth a visit to the next. Add to that the rumoured withdrawal of Barratt from the forthcoming Judicial Review proceedings and maybe we can for the first time see positive signs of saving Menston from the disgracefully careless activities of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Menston Action Group is looking for more money for legal fees to keep the battle going.

Click the following to see a Report on aircraft noise Alan has produced for the Council.

Waiting for winners and cupcakes

Owner of the Village Bakery Trish and helper Sue (from Bleach Mill House) outside the bakery with the entries to the shop's Fathers' Day competition on display in the window

Owner of the Village Bakery Trish (right) and helper Sue (from Bleach Mill House) with the entries to the shop’s Fathers’ Day competition on display

The Village Bakery’s Fathers’ Day children’s drawing competition closed to entries on Monday and the winner will be announced on Friday. All entrants will be entitled to collect a free cupcake. Suggestion for a Fathers’ Day present? A chocolate cake would go down well with most, but get your order in to Trish early.

Teechers at Highroyds

A reminder that there’s another great theatre production at the Highroyds Sports & Social Club on 26 June. The John Godber play ‘Teechers’ with the ‘Happy to be here theatre company’ promises a good night out for a bargain price. Ticket details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Rugby Union Head Coach at St. Mary’s

England Rugby Union Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, visited St Mary’s Menston on Tuesday to present this year’s annual Jamie Payne-Ross Award “For Outstanding Achievement in Sport for a Year 8 Boy”. What an event for the school in this Rugby World Cup year! Stuart is currently preparing the England team for the World Cup.

Photo with Mrs Hammond, award winner Ciaran Hammond's mother; Catherine Hammond Ciaran’s sister; Colleen Payne-Ross; Adam Payne-Ross; Ciaran Hammond; Mr Hammond (Ciaran’s father); Stuart Lancaster, England Rugby Union Head Coach; David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher; Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader, PE and Sport; Megan Casey, School Rugby Ambassador); Darren Beardsley, Headteacher.

L to r: Mrs Hammond, award winner Ciaran Hammond’s mother; Catherine Hammond, Ciaran’s sister; Colleen Payne-Ross; Adam Payne-Ross; Ciaran Hammond; Mr Hammond (Ciaran’s father); Stuart Lancaster, England Rugby Union Head Coach; David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher; Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader, PE and Sport; Megan Casey, School Rugby Ambassador; Darren Beardsley, Headteacher.

The Award was presented to Ciaran Hammond. It is presented annually at the school in memory of Jamie Payne-Ross, who died in a tragic accident in December 1993. The Award is for outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (12-13 year old) and was presented to the school by Jamie’s mother Colleen and elder brother Adam. Previous presenters have included the Kaiser Chiefs.

Assistant Headteacher, David Geldart said: “Stuart clearly recognised how important this is to the school community and had no hesitation in agreeing to present the prestigious award. His presentation to the students was truly inspirational.”

Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader of PE and Sport at the school said: Ciaran brings to life the St. Mary’s values and epitomises everything which is good about the school. He will always give his best, irrespective of the activity and will support and encourage others around him. The only thing which surpasses his talent is his compassion and empathy for his fellow competitors. Ciaran is a member of the school’s John Paul II Foundation for Sport Leadership Academy and has already demonstrated outstanding ability in this area. Ciaran is an all-round sportsman with a desire to act upon any advice given. He is indeed a worthy winner of this award.”

Year 8 students Finlay Jezzard and Sam Clifford-Hassan provided musical performances during the event.

Support Charlotte with a slap-up tea!

Poster for the Bleach Mill House charity day in July, showing Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald which the day will support

Poster for the Bleach Mill House charity day in July, showing Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald which the day will support

This year’s Bleach Mill House (BMH) charity event will be raising funds for Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, now eight years old, who has a very severe form of cerebral palsy. Charlotte needs a lot of specialised equipment and regular specialised treatment to continue to improve her mobility and other abilities, all very costly, so let’s help BMH hostess Sue Richmond to her aimed for record for money made on the day. It’s not too early to put the date – Saturday 11 July, 10 till 4 – in your diary now. Apart from the annual charity day Sue raises money throughout the rest of year for the Teenage Cancer Trust so a regular visit down one of the most beautiful of Menston’s walks for tea, coffee and cakes, or a full English breakfast with ‘double yolkers’, will help Sue set her hoped for other record.

New Village Notice Board

Photo of the new Menston Community Association noticeboard, utside the library, which is gradually coming together. Notices of future events in Menston or by Menston organisations (max A4) can be posted in the right hand pane; leave them at Smallprint, Solo or Ribston & Pippin.

The new Menston Community Association notice board, outside the library, is gradually coming together. Notices of future events in Menston or by Menston organisations (max A4) can be posted in the right hand pane; leave them at Smallprint, Solo or Ribston Pippin.

A great time at the Angels’ Summer Ball

_DSC6272_edIf the pictures below are any indication then everyone seemed to have a great time at the Summer Ball organised by the Menston-based charity ‘Angels for Children‘ at the Craiglands Hotel last Saturday.

Some of the many pictures taken (© Petronela Prisca) are shown below – click any one to see them all larger as a slide show – but if you’d like to see all the pictures (there are more!) then come back to this site this coming weekend when there should be a link to them all.

Opened by talented young Menston singer-guitarist Hattie Barnes, the evening included dinner, dancing and games.

Angels for Children, run by Beth Street who, as you will see manages to keep smiling while working her socks off, is raising money to rebuild schools in the Philippines which were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. If you could not make the ball but would like to make a donation go to the charity’s website: http://www.angelsforchildren.org.uk/

Menston Show, Menston ballet students in Giselle, strawberry tea with Menston in Bloom and still places for the Summer Ball or for elderly to enjoy iPads with youngsters

Run up to the 40th Menston Village Show has begun; all the details are now on this website, with a few new classes for entry. The Show box in the right hand column, clicking it will take you to all the details, will be a permanent feature on the site from now until Show day, 12 September.

The second session of the ‘eggs2iPads‘ project is at The Menstone club on Thursday tea-time. If you know an elderly, potentially isolated villager who would enjoy this weekly meeting with some great teenagers, get in touch either by email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com or phone Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945

Menston ballet students in Giselle

Niamh ? and April ? who will be dancing in Giselle on Friday and Saturday evenings

Niamh Cater and April Lever who will be dancing in Giselle on Friday and Saturday evenings

Three superb events on Saturday this week. First, Menston ballet class students Niamh Cater, 13, and April Lever, 11, will be dancing in Giselle with the English Youth Ballet at St George’s Hall on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Niamh is also  Ballet Scholar with the British Ballet Organization. Unfortunately another two Menston students invited to dance in the production had to pull out because of GCSE exams. For more information on the ballet weekly sessions at the Kirklands Community Centre email Stephanie at menston@btapacademy.co.uk.

Strawberry tea and plant sale

Saturday afternoon is an occasion to go for a strawberry tea with Menston in Bloom and pick up a few plants for the garden; let’s hope the weather is kinder than last year for this annual fund-raising event. Tea will be served between 2pm and 4pm at 23 Park Road. Entry, which includes the strawberry tea, is £2.50. Children are free and there will be creative table activities for them.

Summer Ball

Hattie Barnes

Hattie Barnes

A good way to round off Saturday will be to don the gladrags and go to the Summer Ball  on 6th June evening at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley. There are still some tickets for this grand black tie event, staged by Menston charity Angels for Children, which raises money to help rebuild schools in the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. From 7.30pm till late, the ticket price of £25 includes a two course dinner, there’s a live band for dancing and the evening will be opened by talented Menston musician Hattie Barnes. For tickets call Beth Street on 0771 978 5986 or for more information on the charity go to  http://www.angelsforchildren.org.uk.

Cooking fun for kids – English picnic theme

Planning a picnic? Let the kids do the work after a session with Mighty Chefs at Menston Cricket Club from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. This coming Saturday’s session has an English picnic theme. Contact http://www.mightychefs.co.uk

IPad project to support Menston elderly off to a good start, as is cheese club

Five of the 'teaching' team

The eggs2iPads project got off to a great start on Thursday evening at The Menstone club in Farnley Road; five enthusiastic, elderly ‘students’ turned up thanks to Menston Cares, which brought them, and the idea that this first session would be just a ‘get-to-know-you’ social occasion was quickly put aside. With the special welcome cake, from the Village Bakery of course, tea, coffee and other drinks consumed, iPads were quickly turned on and ‘teaching’ began.

The six strong teaching team, Adam (France), Hattie (Barnes), Joe (Woollin), Luke (Guzder), Sam (Craske) and Shaun (Street) were soon hard at work solving questions on the iPads and, sometimes, on other tablets brought by some of the students – Dorothy, Janet, Jean, John and Pat – and some supporters. The young team all attend local schools, St Mary’s Menston, Guiseley School and Bradford Grammar School. All are members of Menston’s Explorer Scouts.

Apart from the volunteer drivers who brought the elderly people, thanks are due to Menston Community Association members Sue Rix and Tony JointMenston Cares Chair and Officer Jane Pratt and Sue Lee, and Beth Street, who came to support, and Petronela Prisca who temporarily joined the ‘teaching team’ with her iPad 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Project 'logo' on T-shirts worn by the 'eggs2iPads' team, showing a photo of eggs on an iPad

Project ‘logo’ on T-shirts worn by the ‘eggs2iPads’ team

One question resolved was “Where do the eggs come in?”, the long project title being ‘Teaching grandmother, from eggs to iPads‘ (see below – surprisingly many had not heard the saying).

A fine evening of Yorkshire cheeses

First meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses Cheese club at the Menstone. Jeremy Benn or the left of the table, Caroline Bell on the right

First meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses Cheese Club at The Menstone. Jeremy Benn on the left of the table, Caroline Bell on the right. 10kg of Shepherd’s Purse cheeses behind.

The Menstone was also the venue later the same day for the first meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses‘ Cheese Club, hosted by Jeremy Benn, founder of the local company. A packed downstairs at the club tucked in to about 10kg of cheese from Shepherd’s Purse cheeses of Thirsk following a great introduction from Caroline Bell, daughter of founder Judith Bell. Caroline gave a good explanation of the differences between the different blues, comparing them to well-known French creations like Roquefort.


For another approach to the above stories see the grumpytyke blog.


 

Don’t try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs (from www.phrases.org.uk)
Don’t offer advice to someone who has more experience than oneself.
These days this proverbial saying has little impact as few people have any direct experience of sucking eggs – grandmothers included (This may be true in the UK but is certainly not true in Romania where egg shells are decorated for Easter and many ‘suck eggs’- Editor).
It is quite an old phrase and is included in John Stevens’ translation of Quevedo’s Comical Works, 1707: “You would have me teach my Grandame to suck Eggs.”

Eggs2iPads and Writers Club projects get going; young Menston talent at Summer Ball; we have a younger man on the Parish Council and another woman

Three of the 'eggs2iPads' project 'teachers': Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder and Shaun Street, having fun with an iPad

Three of the ‘eggs2iPads’ project ‘teachers': Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder and Shaun Street.

The project aimed at reducing loneliness for elderly people living alone, called ‘Teaching grandmother – from eggs to iPads‘ (eggs2iPads for short), gets underway this coming Thursday. Six elderly people will meet up with six teenagers to learn some of the mysteries of the internet and how to access them using an iPad.

Project sessions, under the umbrella of the Menston Community Association, will be at The Menstone club in Farnley Road at 5.00pm on Thursdays. The elderly people will be brought to The Menstone by volunteers from Menston Cares. The young ‘teachers’ are at the moment all Menston Explorer Scouts.

Once familiar with the iPad the ‘students’ will learn how to communicate with distant relatives using programs like Skype, how to search the World Wide Web for information, how to email if they wish and even how to shop on-line – or anything else they wish to learn. However, socialising with the young people on a regular basis is an equally important part of the venture.

The project has been helped financially by the Lloyds Bank Community Fund, the money from this organisation being used to buy two iPads. These are being supplemented with personal iPads from volunteers involved in the project. Later in the project, ‘students’ who wish to buy an iPad will be helped to set it up; those unable to buy one may be able to borrow an iPad for short periods at appropriate times.

More offers of help, from would-be ‘teachers’ (13 to 17 years old) or from people able to offer transport will be very welcome. All adults involved will be DBS cleared and one always in attendance at sessions. Requests to join the sessions, from elderly people living alone, will be welcome too. All enquiries should be made by email to Roger at menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com.

Talented young Menston singer/guitarist will open charity Summer Ball

Hattie Barnes, with her guitar, performing at the recent 'Bambisanani' concert at St Mary's Menston

Hattie Barnes performing at the recent ‘Bambisanani’ concert at St Mary’s Menston

Hattie Barnes, one of Menston’s talented young musicians who attends St Mary’s Menston, will open the Summer Ball organised to raise money to help rebuild schools destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. This black tie event at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, which includes a two-course meal and a live band, has been organised by Beth Street who organised a very successful similar event last year and the wonderful Soul Night at Kirklands earlier this year.

For tickets for the ball, £25 each, contact Beth Street on 0771 978 5986.

Writers Club off to a good start in Menston

The first session in Menston of the recently formed Writers Club got off to a good start with two more Menston writers, from each end of the age spectrum, turning up.

As a result of the variety of members’ requirements from the club the sessions have been divided between Menston and Ilkley, though a session in Skipton is planned in June, and there will be three sessions a month, mostly on Saturdays.

During the sessions in Menston, at The Menstone club in Farnley Road,  members will chat generally about writing and exchange ideas but have the opportunity to read their own work, if they wish, to the others. The next two sessions in Menston are at 12.10 on Saturday 13 June and 18th July. Drinks and snacks are available from the bar during the sessions. Details are listed in the ‘Events’ pages of this site and flagged up at the appropriate time in the ‘Imminent events’ listing on the right.

The Ilkley sessions, currently planned to be in Cafe Nero, will combine an opportunity to chat with an opportunity to write; some will be limited to just writing. For more details contact the founder of the club, Ruxandra Busoiu, by email at rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

Parish Council ‘election’

We didn’t get an election for the Parish Council, which was a pity as we had no opportunity to signal support for some candidates, but we did get a younger man with children and a woman to replace former Cllr Sue Rix who stood down. So thank you to Lilias Mcculloch and Philip Moore for adding two very active campaigners to the Council.

It’s a pity that, given the wonderful turnout and demonstration of ‘community’ on Tour de Yorkshire day, there were not many more nominations so we could have had an election. As it was there were only seven nominations, the number of ‘seats’ currently on the Council, so no election. Does that tell us something about the community’s view of the relevance of the Parish Council?

There have been rumours that perhaps the number of seats could be increased to nine and another two active campaigners seconded on. That can surely only be a good thing.