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.

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