Easter fun, yet another award for a Menston charity worker, and the start of planning for four years of activities to commemorate the almost 400 Menston men and women who served in the First World War, 50 of whom lost their lives, are the subject of this post. Note also that the second meeting of the ‘local businesses group’ has now been postponed until 14 May and will be upstairs at the Fox (see Events listing). Click on the links below to go directly to the story, or just scroll down.
Easter fun at the Fox
A good excuse to get down to The Fox on Bradford Road on Easter Monday is there’s an Easter Family Fete so plenty for the kids to do, from 12.00 noon onwards. Entry is free. There’ll be live music and a DJ, decorated eggs and an egg hunt, face painting, bouncy castle and welly wanging (would you believe there are World Welly Wanging Championships in the village of Upperthorpe, where it originated, near Holmfirth). If you don’t become the new world champion you can console yourself with a cooling Pimms in the Pimms Marquee, a pint or a Yorkshire Dales ice cream. There’s a raffle too. Proceeds go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, another good reason to get down there.
Award for Contact the Elderly Menston coordinator
The new coordinator for the Contact the Elderly, Menston Group is to receive an award at a ceremony in London in May. Jenna Wood will receive a Marsh Christian Trust Award for her work in Newcastle, working in one group then setting up and working in another.
The Menston group organises monthly tea parties for elderly guests, the parties being held in people’s homes in the village. Jenna will have her first tea party as Menston coordinator on 4 May. Although her home town is Otley, Jenna is no stranger to Menston having been a pupil at St. Mary’s Menston before studying geography at Newcastle University. She’s hoping to be out with a stall at the Menston Vehicle Show on 5 May recruiting hosts and volunteer drivers as well as raising funds.
World War 1, village commemorations
A wide range of activities to commemorate the First World War, the 50 Menston men who lost their lives in it, and the 331 other men and 18 nurses from Menston who served, were discussed at the first meeting called by Cllr Dale Smith on Monday 14 April evening.
The commemorations are likely to begin with a candlelight vigil at the Parish Church on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of the war, 4 August. If you have ideas for activities over the four year period extending until 11 November 2018, contact Cllr Dale Smith or come to the next meeting on 4 June, venue to be confirmed.
All those who served are commemorated in the Lady Chapel of the Parish Church, and information about the 50 who lost their lives is to be found in the excellent book authored by Judith Knaggs, ‘For our tomorrow … ‘. The book was originally produced to raise money for the Menston War Memorial (now to be seen outside Kirklands) in 2008. The book is still available from Mrs Knaggs, £5, proceeds now going to the British Legion and other causes.