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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945. If the person needs transport Menston Cares might be able to help.
Sheila Glennie, 35 years a chorister at St John’s, with her medal (see below)
The final session of the Menston Community Association eggs2iPads project, before a summer break, is next Thursday (16 July), a little longer than the usual 5-6pm hour as it will be a bit of party. In this project some of Menston’s elderly, potentially ‘isolated’, people are meeting weekly at The Menstone club with a team of great 14-15 year olds, ostensibly to learn how to talk to distant friends and relatives on Skype, Facetime, etc on a tablet like an iPad, but the weekly cross-generations meeting is just as important. The sessions will resume in September. If you know someone who might like to join in email email@example.com or call Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945.
Saturday charity day at Bleach Mill House
Don’t forget the Bleach Mill House ‘charity day’ tomorrow, 10am to 4pm. Tea/coffee and cakes, all proceeds for Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald who has severe cerebral palsy and needs regular specific treatment and specialised equipment.
Medal for St John’s chorister
Chorister at the Parish Church, Sheila Glennie, recently received a medal from the Royal Society of Church Music for her amazing 35 years singing at St John’s. It was presented to Sheila by vicar Rev Ruth Yeoman during an evensong service at the church. Shiela is also a long-standing member and former Leader of the Mothers’ Union. More on Sheila in the August edition monthly magazine ‘It’s the Business‘. It is understood that early distribution problems with this new Menston magazine have been largely resolved and it should be in most Menston homes early in August.
Judicial Reviews re Derry Hill and Bingley Road
The Judicial Review for the proposed housing development on Derry Hill is scheduled for 15/16 July (the developer has withdrawn from the proceedings leaving just Bradford Council to contest) and now another Judicial Review for the proposed development on Bingley Road by Chartford Homes has been granted, date as yet unknown. More information as and when available on the Menston Action Group website.
Unique signed football shirt and sporting event tickets to be auctioned
There’s an exciting auction being run by St Mary’s Menston to support their Bambisanani project, a partnership between the Menston school and one in one of the most deprived areas of South Africa. For many people the top item will be a Manchester United shirt signed by the team which won ‘The Treble’ in 1999. It’s got a suggested price of over £500. Some other interesting signed football shirts are to be auctioned too. Other items up for grabs are tickets for major events such as Ascot Racing, British Super Bikes and a British Touring Cars race day. More information on the auction, on www.bambisananipartnership.org. Bids must be received by mid-day on Monday 13 July.
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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 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.
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
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.
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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
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
Very 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for details.
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If 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/
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