About

Note that this website does not represent any organisation or company so does not have ‘members’ or ‘clients’ and does not therefore collect data about such people.

As with all posts/pages on this blog, other than those appearing under the ‘menston community association’ menu heading and links from it, any opinions expressed or implied are those of the blog EDITOR unless otherwise stated.

How to contact the site Editorcan be found under the ‘Contribute’ menu heading.

Menston is a village in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, close to the small towns of Ilkley and Otley, on the southern slopes of the river Wharfe valley. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, only a five minutes walk from the village centre to the west or east; a few more minutes in a car to the north.

For a larger scale map of the Diocesan Parish click here. The civil parish is more compact, extends further to the east but less to the west. This website considers Menston to cover the areas of both ‘parishes’ but also to include the development around the former High Royds hospital, known popularly locally as ‘Menston’, and St Mary’s Menston high school, although both of these are outside of the parish boundaries.

A striking feature of the village is its sense of community and a walk down the main street will mean a great number of “good morning”s or similar greetings.

Menston in Wharfedale map

The Diocesan Parish of Menston in relation to the spa town of Harrogate and the two major cities of Bradford and Leeds

Menston Civil Parish boundary.

Menston Civil Parish boundary.

Ideally, this blog is updated frequently, usually at least once a fortnight, so it should be worth a regular visit. Those who are logged in to a WordPress account (ie have a WordPress blog of their own) will know they are able just to click a ‘Follow’ button to get notification of new entries. Those who do not can enter their email address at the top of the right hand column to follow and get email notifications. Their email address is not made public. Similarly, they can elect to be informed of new ‘comments’ on posts.

The authors of this blog, husband and wife and both keen photographers – one a former journalist and avid blogger, the other a teacher (of history) – have lived in Menston for over 5 years (at November 2016) and thought the village merited an ‘informal’ site, and most importantly to include a blog so that people can comment and enter into discussions about village matters; which we will be encouraging all residents or others with a connection to the village to contribute in this way. The easiest way to do this is to submit a ‘comment’  – at the bottom of every blog or a page; although they are ‘approved’ before publication, this is only to prevent ‘spam’ appearing and all comments, positive or negative, are approved providing they are not obscene, libellous or otherwise illegal.

We also have lists of businesses and community organisations, with a very short text, as we’re very keen to support local shops, businesses and community groups in the village. We hope to maintain a regularly updated list of forthcoming events but this depends to some extent on those organising them letting us have details (see how under ‘Contribute’).

Although most posts are written by the authors, the occasional guest post from others may be considered, subject to editing.

We have a section, under the menu heading of ‘Jobs’, for people looking for someone to do a small job – gardening, handyman, etc – and another for people looking to do something, eg babysitting or whatever. There is no charge to have something listed here. However, it is not intended to be a place to advertise long-term full or part-time employment.

4 responses to “About

  1. Why is this website anonymous? – suppose you’ve got something to hide!

    • Really silly comment coming from an ‘anonymous’ commenter. It is no more anonymous than menston.org; the name of the site is at the top of it. I wonder if you live in Menston (which the site is exclusively for/about). If do you, do you get out in the village or what stone do you live under? The posts are not necessarily written by a single person but pretty well anyone active in the village knows who the so-called ‘webmaster’ is.

  2. Good Morning
    I have fallen into the error of posting a comment in anger.
    Please will you edit my post regarding the letter received by Peter Finley removing the references to:- Clowns, Billy Smarts Circus, and packing your bags Coco.
    As I feel now these comments are a misuse of your excellent site

  3. Pingback: Menston village, Wharfedale, Yorkshire – new site under construction | menstonvillagewharfedale

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