St Mary’s WW1 blog; Menston village events; BMDC ‘stopped’ by Minister Pickles; video of the Menston Vehicle Show 2014 and we ask “who let the dogs out?”

StMarysvisit2St Mary’s Menston high school, celebrating its 50th year this year, is looking for comments from the Menston community on “Why it is important we remember the Great War 100 years on”.

The school has created an interesting blog to record these comments. This includes a short on-line form which Menston residents can fill out with their own comments, these being  added to the illuminating comments already there. Click the link below to go to the blog and form:

St Mary’s Menston WW1 blog

St Mary'svisit1In September this year St Mary’s pupils visited some of the WW1 battlefields, a visit they described as “emotional”. You can see some more photographs from the visit by clicking the flickr link below:

Flickr photos

The Menston Business Association has a general members’ meeting on Friday 21 November at the Menstone club in Farnley Road (7.00pm). An agenda will be posted on the MBA section of this site as soon as it is known but the meeting will be part business (first part) then a social.

Chartford Homes stopped as Main Street gas holes flood

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has instructed Bradford Council not to approve the application by Chartford Homes to build houses on Bingley Road; meanwhile he will decide whether the application should be referred to him for a decision. Click the following to see the letter re Chartford Homes to BMDC. He has made a similar instruction for the proposed Bingley Micklefield development.

We await now to see if action is taken by the Minister about the other proposed developments in Menston, at Bingley Road and Derry Hill. The flooding of holes dug on Main Street for gas supply has added yet another piece of evidence showing that these latter developments, if allowed to go ahead, will cause a lot of Menston homes problems with flooding. Not to mention – again – that transport, education and medical infrastructures cannot support such a massive increase in population in Menston.

Buzz and Woody’s final toy story adventure will be shown in the film  at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 15 November. It’s free. More details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Menston Arts Club is having one of its two annual exhibitions at the Kirlands Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday 15/16 November. Entry is free, but art and craft will be on sale. More details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Menston vehicle show and terrier racing

Great video now on Youtube showing the 2014 Menston Vehicle Show. Click the link below (it’s about 10 minutes).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGGmT_BCOUM

If you are feeling down and need a lift, have a laugh with Menston residents asking “Who let the dogs out?” for the terrier racing on the same day (about 3 minutes).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzKyJSonbYk

 

Normal service soon – meanwhile, give blood

Apologies that due to a number of difficulties, including a health problem, this website has not been kept up to date in recent times. Normal service should be resumed very soon. Meanwhile:

Poster re giving blood, Menston, 25 November

Menston Village Show; children come out tops

Where1_1370046thmb_96Maria Sage, 13 years old, managed to beat all the adults and score the most points for her entries at the Menston Village Show on Saturday 6 September, taking the Fawcett Trophy awarded to the overall winner. She won three other trophies for entries in her age category, taking the cups for photography, handicrafts and flower arranging.

Click for answers to MBA Show quizzes

Click any picture in the gallery below to see them larger, with captions, as a slide show.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABest in Show was taken by D Ascough with wonderful entries of dahlias, and best children’s entry in show was won by Charlie Hooton with a superb miniature garden, complete with greenhouse.

Click the following link to the Menston Show pages (or click the show button in the right side-bar) to see all the prize and trophy results. You will also find a link to a list of all the prize winners in the Menston Business Association (MBA) ‘Young People’s Activity Zone’.

In the MBA young people’s activity zone, the most popular activities were a property game to match people and cartoon characters with their houses, staged by estate agents Ribston Pippin, and a mini toy supermarket for under sevens, staged by Cleasby Kindercare and sponsored with produce by the Menston Coop.

Identifying places in Menston from photographs taken around the village fascinated some children (and perplexed even more adults) though no-one identified them all and no-one managed to correctly translate to English the date in Roman numerals on the old primary school building.

Identifying leaves from locally growing trees, assembled by Elizabeth Loy, also attracted some young contenders though none managed to get them all right, the top score being ten of 12.

Top prizes of vouchers to spend in Menston’s Solo delicatessen and coffee shop were won by Rebecca Shaw (1st, £12.50), Dylan Britchford (2nd, £7.50), Imogen Baker (3rd, £5). All the MBA prizes and accompanying certificates can be collected from Solo.

Answers to the ‘Where in Menston’ and ‘Menston History’ quizzes in the MBA ‘zone’ are now on this site here; the ‘Identify the leaves’ answers, with photos of the leaves, will be on the site soon, so visit again. In fact, why not ‘follow’ this site by entering your email address in the box towards the top of the right side bar and you’ll get an email notification of each new post, usually not more than one a week.

Menston Village Show – new activities, with prizes, for youngsters and 84 competitive classes in all

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Menston Show report, with lots of pictures, will be posted, with winners in the MBA ‘Young people’s activity zone’, by Monday 8 September; prizes are at Solo. For full results from Menston Show now, click the Show button at the right.

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15 year old Anna Middleton with the poster she designed

This year’s Show poster was designed by Anna Middleton, then 14 years old. The competition this year is to design a poster for Menston’s WW1 ccommemorations.

Only a few days to the Menston Village Show, Saturday 6 September, which this year has not only the usual 84 competitive classes, including 21 for contestants 14 years and under, but another six competitive activities for youngsters from 7 to 17 years in a ‘Young People’s Activity Zone’, organised by the recently-formed Menston Business Association (MBA). There is also a non-competitive activity for younger children at a mini toy supermarket in ‘the zone’, which is in the annexe leading from the main hall of the Kirklands Community Centre to the Children’s Centre. The ‘zone’ will be open during the public open hours of the Show – 2pm to 3.30-4.00pm.

Prizes and certificates

Competitions in the zone include a ‘Where in Menston was this photograph taken?’; Menston history quiz; How many step-ups can you do in one minute?; Write a short (5/6 lines) poem with a World War 1 theme; Identify leaves from local trees/plants; Match property types with who might live in them.

The Menston Business Association logoAll the competitive activities in the ‘zone’ have small cash prizes and certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each of the age groups 7 to 11 years and 12 to 17 years. For top scores over all the six activities there are prizes of vouchers to spend in the Solo Delicatessen on Main Street: £12.50 first prize, £7.50 second prize and £5 third prize. These are sponsored by Solo and prizes for individual activities and the activities themselves are sponsored by a number of Menston businesses: Nick Cahill Plumbing & Gas Engineers; Martin James Property Services; David Wright painting and decorating; Ian Cunningham Heating and Gas; Aspire To Be beauty salon; Ribston Pippin estate agents; Justin Leeming photography and design; The Studio Pilates; Cleasby Kindercare; Menston Co-op.

Show details and entries

Full details of the show, including all the classes which can be entered, can be seen by clicking HERE or the Menston Village Show ‘button’ in the right column. In the Show pages you’ll find a link to a downloadable entry form or you can pick up a schedule and entry forms from the Menston library or various village shops (entries must be delivered to the Hall between 10.15 and absolute latest 11.30 on the morning of the Show).

The Show is open to the public from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, entry for adults is 50p, 7-14 years 25p, ending with an auction of Show exhibits at 4 o’clock.

Menston WW1 commemorations take off in September; 39th Menston Village Show less than 3 weeks away

September sees a number of important events in Menston. The 39th Menston Village Show is on Saturday 6th of the month, with some interesting innovations being introduced by the recently formed Menston Business Association, and there are a number of events which are part of the village’s commemorations of the First World War.

WW1 commemorations

Poppy1Following the “very moving” vigil service at the Parish church on 4 August, which began Menston’s commemorations of the First World War, the next major activities will be on Saturday 6 September at the Menston Show, where youngsters between 7 and 14 are being asked to design and enter a poster for the commemorations. Also, in the new ‘Young people’s activity zone’ at the Show, which has various activities with prizes, sponsored by the Menston Business Association, one of the activities will be to compose a short poem (5 or 6 lines) with a WW1 theme against a background of a display of poems and extracts from well-known WW1 poets.

The first time the flag outside the Community Centre will be flown at half mast to mark a Menston resident being killed in the war will be on 12 September, remembering Bertram Stairmand. On 14 September at 4.00pm there will be a memorial service at the High Royds chapel on Buckle Lane, when a stone plaque naming the High Royds staff who died will be dedicated, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Bradford and other dignitaries.

Neil Hanson talk ‘The Unknown Soldier’

A fascinating talk on the theme of ‘The Unknown Soldier’ will be given by Neil Hanson on Friday 19 September in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm. The theme is the title of a critically acclaimed book by the Ilkley author, the book being described by the New York Times as “An unforgettable picture of life in the hottest sectors of the Western Front”. Entry will be free but donations will be very much welcomed.

The producers, the Fleece, of ’1914 – Over by Christmas’ at the Parish Church on Saturday 11 October evening have been doing a lot of research into Menston’s WW1 history so what promises to be a fascinating production will have many references to Menston’s experiences. Tickets are £10.

Judith Knaggs and Dale Smith are still looking for people interested in making the visit to WW1 sites in 2015.  The organisation meeting on 19 August heard that so far 18 people have expressed an interest. For more details go to the previous post on this site. A decision has to be made by October this year. The next meeting of the organising group is at the very appropriate High Royds memorial chapel in Buckle Lane, on 14 October at 7.30pm. All are welcome and to give their ideas.

Menston Village Show

The Menston Show poster, designed by Anna Middleton

The Menston Show poster, designed by Anna Middleton

The 39th Menston Village Show is almost upon us – less than three weeks to go says the countdown in the right sidebar of this site. Activities for youngsters have been boosted with a ‘Young people’s activity zone’, with competitive activities – with prizes – for 7 to 11 years old and 12 to 17 years old. However, as always there are a lot of classes to enter in the general show for youngsters up to 14. Full details of all the classes and other details can be found by going to the Menston Village Show pages on this site.

The poster advertising the show has recently appeared around the village. It was entered for the usual competition at last year’s show and Anna Middleton came out top of the class. This year the traditional ‘Design the poster for next year’s show’ has been replaced by a challenge to design a poster for Menston’s WW1 commemorations.

Entries to the show have to be delivered to the Community Centre between 10.00 and 11.30am on 6 September. The Show is open to the public from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

 

Menston WW1 trip to Flanders; St Mary’s Menston pupils make 8th visit to South Africa in school’s 50th year; Menston films project on hold

St Mary's Menston pupil Olivia Leonard with a Zulu child

St Mary’s Menston pupil Olivia Leonard with a Zulu child

Judith Knaggs and Dale Smith are asking for possible interest in visiting WW1 sites in Belgium in 2015; St Mary’s pupils make their 8th trip to South Africa in the school’s 50th year; Menston films project on back burner for the moment. Click any link below to go to more information, or just scroll down.

Menston visit to WW1 battlefields and graves

Poppy1Judith Knaggs and Dale Smith, who are leading organisation of Menston’s commemorations of the First World War, are asking for expressions of interest in a trip to Flanders and Northern France in September 2015. They stress that this is not a request for a firm commitment but just an indication of interest so that likely numbers can be assessed. The intention is to make a 5 day trip with Dalesman Coaches, beginning on Sunday 13 September 2015, to visit a number of cemeteries where men from Menston who fought in WW1 are buried and also visit some of the battlefields, eg the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Arras and Passschendale. The cost is £599 per person which will include coach and ferry travel from Menston via Hull and Zeebrugge, hotel accommodation and entrance to museums. Single rooms will have a supplementary charge.

Interest, including possible numbers in your party, should be communicated either to Judith or Dale, email Judith at david@timewarpband.co.uk or Dale at dale.smith@bradford.gov.uk. All messages will be acknowledged.

St Mary’s make eighth South Africa project visit in school’s 50th year

This year St Mary’s Menston will be celebrating 50 years of providing education in Menston, having opened its doors to pupils in 1964. Celebrations begin in with an Open Day and a garden party for former pupils in October and continue throughout the next academic year. Go to the programme on the school website for more details including how to book to attend a garden party and an anniversary ball.

David Geldart presenting Minister Counsellor, Dumisani Ntuli with a painting from one of St Mary's students, Sara Riley, which symbolises the work of the Bambisanani Partnership,at a Leeds Civic Reception to celebrate the 'Life and Legacy' of Nelson Mandela

David Geldart presenting Minister Counsellor, Dumisani Ntuli with a painting from one of St Mary’s students, Sara Riley, which symbolises the work of the Bambisanani Partnership, at a Leeds Civic Reception to celebrate the ‘Life and Legacy’ of Nelson Mandela.

This 50th year saw the eighth visit to South Africa by a team of pupils as part of the internationally acclaimed Bambisanani (a Zulu word meaning ‘working hand in hand’) project with a high school in one of the most deprived areas in S Africa, with one in three adults infected by HIV/AIDS, 90% unemployment and an adult illiteracy rate greater than 60%. The school serves a vast area and many students walk two hours to and from school each day. The full story can be read in an excellent article written by the project’s founder, Assistant Headmaster David Geldart.

In June this year fourteen Sixth Form students, three members of staff and a business sponsor, visited Mnyakanya School in the Nkandla region of Kwa Zulu Natal to develop the collaborative work between the two schools and wider community, which is referred to as the Bambisanani Partnership. The Bambisanani Partnership uses sport as a catalyst to promote education, leadership, health and global understanding.

This visit was led by physical education teacher Barbara Pounder, supported by Catherine Chattoe and Giles Wilkes from St. Mary’s and Roisin Serridge from Cardinal Maritime, one of a number of business sponsors of the partnership.

St Mary's Menston pupils and teachers at the Bambisanani Partnership school in South Africa

St Mary’s Menston pupils at the Bambisanani Parnership school in South Africa

The students were: Beth Cotton, Anna Evans, Myles Hanlon, Megan Haskins, Helena Hunt, Megan Ireton-Bourke, Olivia Leonard, James Smith, Emily Sutcliffe, Eleanor Thompson, Beth Tindall, Caroline Turnbull, Karl Verspyck and Jonathan Vincent.

St Mary's Menston pupils Bethany Tindall and Eleanor Thompson in the classroom with Zulu children

St Mary’s Menston pupils Bethany Tindall and Eleanor Thompson in the classroom with Zulu children

An important aspect of this year’s visit was to consolidate the relationship with the well-resourced and highly successful Eshowe High School, situated approximately an hour away from Mnyakanya. To that end, five students from Eshowe were invited to join the Bambisanani Leadership Programme for the week with St. Mary’s and Mnyakanya students. During the visit, St. Mary’s students, supported by Eshowe students, mentored twenty Mnyakanya students through the Bambisanani Leadership Course. An aspect of the course was for students from all three schools to jointly organise and deliver a Cricket, Rugby and Rounders Festival as well as a Reading Festival for eighty four children from Ntolwane Primary School.

Awards

A number of very special annual awards were also presented at an assembly in memory of two young men that have died in recent years. Four years ago, Laurie McCauley from Otley sadly died. Laurie was passionate about sport and literature and his family donated two special awards in these areas to be presented annually at Mnyakanya School to support the partnership. The awards are referred to as ‘Laurie’s Legacy’ and this year the Most Improved Footballer Award was won by Sikhakhane Sanela Steve and the Creative Writing Award by Zitha Nomvelo. At the ceremony, Zitha said: “It is a great honour to win this special award. Laurie’s awards inspire learners at Mnyakanya”.

Another annual award was also presented in memory of Sbonelo Magwaza, a Mnyakanya student who also died three years ago. Sbonelo was an outstanding young leader who, a year before his death, had successfully completed the Bambisanani Leadership Award. In tribute to Sbonelo, each school now presents an annual Sbonelo Magwaza Award for Outstanding Leadership. The award this year was won by Shange Siphesihle. Two other awards were introduced this year.

A first for South African partner school

As a result of links with St. Mary’s, this year Mnyakanya School became the first school in South Africa to be accepted into the John Paul II Foundation for Sport. The Foundation presented Mnyakanya with special awards for “Helping Others Achieve Their Potential” and “The True Spirit of Sport”. These were won by Mzobe Zothani and Shandu Nondumiso respectively.

Menston films

The project to bring regular film shows to Menston has had to be ‘put on the back burner’ by proposer Roger Livesey, unless someone is willing to move it forward, due to health problems. The amount he can do, and mobility, is limited so he has had to restrict involvement in various village projects, one of which is the ‘Teaching grandmother – from eggs to iPads’ for which he is trying to keep the impetus going.

MCA in crisis; your votes needed for important Menston community project; Menston Business Association prepares for more activities; Menston WW1 commemorations firming up

The Menston Community Association is in crisis with no one stepping up to take on the roles of Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary. The project for Menston youngsters to teach elderly residents to use internet to easily communicate with relatives and friends afar –  ‘Teaching grandmother – from eggs to iPads’ – has been shortlisted from over 2,500 applications for funding by Lloyds Bank; now it needs your votes (in September/October). The recently formed Menston Business Association, now with a full committee, is preparing for more activities following the summer break. Arrangements for four years of activities in Menston commemorating the First World War, beginning on 4 August this year, continue to be firmed up. Click any of the links below for more information, or just scroll down.

MCA in crisis

No positive way forward came out of the meeting of the Menston Community Association on 2 July and, in particular, there were no offers to take on the roles vacated by Steve Ellams as Chair and Alan Elsegood as Vice-Chair and acting Secretary. A letter was received from Menston resident Roger Livesey saying that he had intended to offer to take on a temporary role until the AGM but a sudden health problem now prevented this. It is of course vital that the situation is communicated to all members, that is all Menston residents of voting age, calling for nominations for these and other committee roles for an election at the Annual General Meeting later this year. Currently the only communication medium which reaches all residents is the quarterly newsletter Menston News and at the moment the production and distribution of this is uncertain. Various options for the continuation of the MCA were discussed at the meeting and as one suggestion was merger of the MCA in some way into the Parish Council, these discussions will continue at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 24 July (see Events).

Teaching grandmother

After several rebuffs from potential funders for the project for young people in the village to introduce elderly villagers to some aspects of internet, for example using Skype to talk to distant friends or relatives and perhaps shopping on-line, has been short-listed for funding by the Lloyds Bank Community Fund, from around 2,500 applications nationally. How much funding will now depend on a public vote in September/October so project lead Roger Livesey is asking all residents to vote for the project; details of how to do so will be communicated when voting opens. The project is intended to use iPads as most elderly people do not want to accommodate computer boxes, monitors, etc and to buy sufficient iPads we need to come out top, or near it, in the voting.

Menston Business Association

The Menston Business Association (MBA) now has a full committee with Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and other committee members. The committee proposed to the Menston Village Show organising group that MBA members might mount some activity around the village to coincide with the show and this was accepted by the show group. What this activity might be is due to be discussed at the next MBA committee meeting, scheduled for Friday 1 August; at the time of making this post venue could not be confirmed.