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Menstonbury – a superb Menston night with a wealth of local talent

Although posts on this blog are generally suspended it was said that perhaps some ‘big events’ might be featured. Menstonbury, Menston’s own mini (in size only) music festival on 17 June at Kirklands certainly rates as a ‘big event’, so here are a few ‘snaps’ from the night.  As most who know the author of this post will know, he favours monochrome for recording this type of event but if anyone wants a copy of one of the monochrome pix in colour just drop an email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com quoting the number (hover over any picture to see the number) and it’ll be emailed to you.

Some of the appreciative crowd at the Menstonbury event

Thanks are due to Barbara Kennedy and her Menston Preschool team who organised the event, brilliantly, to Emma Nabarro-Steel who pulled together the astounding array of local musical talent, to Adam Nabarro-Steel who did an amazing job with the complex sound arrangements (and managed to switch himself on too with some stunning bass guitar), to all the musicians who performed and gave us such a great night, to Kirsty Richardson and her assistants in the kitchen for the superb food and to the bar staff who kept us well lubricated. Not least thanks to all who bought a ticket and attended to make this event truly memorable.

At danger of being labelled as ‘sexist’, apart from the array of local talent on the stages what an array of ‘talent’ (to use a no-longer fashionable term) we have in Menston, beautiful women, many of them parents or former parents of pre-school children. Sexist? It was a female who made the remark to the author of this post!

As usual on this site, click any picture in the gallery below to see them larger as a slide show.

No promises on when the next post will be but there will be an attempt to update the events and organisations listings where new information has been sent in as soon as possible.

Art exhibition & French street food this week in Menston

Although in general posts on this site are currently suspended it was said that major events would, if possible, be covered. The twice a year exhibition by the Menston Arts Club surely falls into this category; perhaps a French street food event at the Menstone does not but as the page is open for the first it would be a pity to miss the opportunity to prompt you to go to sample some ‘real food’ and celebrate with 2/3 of French voters their presidential election result.

Art exhibition and sale

The exhibitions by the Menston Arts Club, in May and November, are always worth a visit. The talent on display is astounding and there’s always the chance to pick up a piece of art or craft for yourself or for a present.

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‘Two glasses of red’, a pastel by Christine Thomas, was voted favourite by visitors to the exhibition at this time last year

This year the first exhibition is on 13 and 14 May, as usual at Kirklands Community Centre, between 10:30am and 5:00pm on the Saturday, 10:30am and 4:30pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

Along with the extensive display of paintings, there will also be a craft stall and a cafe providing lunches; the homemade cakes are always delicious.

The Autumn 2017 exhibition will be held on 18 and 19 November.

French street food

Truffle fries , Tarte Flambée with various toppings (an Alsace pizza), and more substantial meals plus deserts at the Menstone club, Farnley Road, on Friday from 5pm till “when it’s gone”. No need to book. There’s a children’s menu too. The host is Kirsty Richardson, aka Très bon Raymond. Kirsty is cooking.

There are ‘veggie’ things but I’ll opt for the navarin of lamb with homemade bread and spring vegetables, £7 (£10 large). The desserts, Apple Rose Tarte, Chocolate Tarte, Vanilla Crème brûlée look irresistable

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 the full menu

for all the options and prices.

You don’t need to be a member of the Menstone, all the street food will be served in biodegradable disposable containers and cutlery so you can stand up, sit down or takeaway as long as you buy a drink from the bar while you’re waiting.

Are Bradford council officers blind, deaf, daft or … ? Superb art exhibition. Menston library volunteer?

Are ‘officers’ at Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council blind, deaf, daft or is something else operating? It’s a pity some weren’t taken by the scruff of the neck to accompany stalwart campaigner Alan Elsegood on his tour of the village, recording the floods, this week. Would they still have insisted that neither they nor other authorities “have found any clear evidence to suggest that the two sites flood or water courses and combined sewers cannot cope”. Probably! Of course the fact that some of the flooding was caused by leaves blocking drains is likely to be used as an explanation, rather than the underlying causes and the drains themselves.

Nuff said. A letter to the local Press from Menston Community Association Chair Steve Ellams is up on the Menston Action Group website so no need for more here.

Art exhibition best ever?

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General view on last weekend’s art exhibition by Menston Arts Club was “the best exhibition for years!” A good turnout of visitors despite the weather and many paintings were sold. The café was busy and the craft stall and the cake stall sold out very quickly.

The ‘vote for your favourite painting’ was again popular following its introduction at the May exhibition. The favourite was ‘Moon Lighting’  by Judy Illingworth (picture) . Her painting was one of those sold at the exhibition.

Not too early to put the next exhibition in your diary –  13-14th May 2017. It’s already under the Events menu.

Sadly not enough votes for cricket club scheme

Although Menston Cricket Club got almost 3,000 votes for funding from Aviva for a tearoom extension and new roof it wasn’t enough. It’s a pity as the extension would have given the village another valuable venue for events. The club reckoned it needed about 5,000 votes so, with 10 votes each, it required around 500 villagers to cast their ten votes.

Volunteering takeover of Menston library?

The recent ‘extra’ newsletter from the Menston Community Association has a form for those interested in volunteering at Menston library when Bradford council ceases to run it. Lots of possible roles are there to choose but a surprising omission is just helping on the counter to date stamp books, receive returns etc. If you haven’t received the newsletter you should be able to pick up a form at the library.

 

Art exhibition next weekend. Vote for ‘new’ community venue. Barratt to continue chasing misplaced Menston development? Call to support Menston businesses.

Picture of MCA newsletter and MBA leafletTwo leaflets dropped in my letter box this past weekend: one seems to signify that the Menston Community Association (MCA) is taking up the cudgels again to battle against inappropriate development after dropping out of involvement for the past year or more; another from the  Menston Business Association suggests that if we each spent £5 a week with Menston businesses the local economy would benefit by over £1 million.

Click the above links to go to a discussion on each of the these (or just scroll down) but first:

Menston Arts Club art and crafts exhibition and sale

I’m reluctant to mention Christmas in November but the Menston Arts Club’s November exhibition of art and crafts on 19th and 20th, next weekend, in the Kirkland’s Community Centre is a good chance to find some Christmas presents and support some Menston artists. Entry is free and the exhibition will be open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.00pm on Sunday. Refreshments will be available with a café serving “delicious” home made cakes, lunches and beverages. (As usual on this site, click any picture below to see them larger as a slide show).

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite painting; this was a popular activity at the exhibition in May this year.

Following the successful exhibition in May a cheque for £100 was presented to Menston Pre-School for their contribution to the exhibition; they painted ‘selfies’ which were used to decorate the café area.


Menston Cricket Club is seeking funding for a new community venue, ie a tearoom extension, and a new roof, from Aviva. Proposed projects get money depending on votes received. Cast your votes (you get 10) before 18 November.
Click to go to voting site


Barratt to continue fight?

It seems that at least Barratt has not given up on building its host of little boxes on the Derry Hill fields. According to the Yorkshire Post in an article following the Press release from the MCA (the basis of the recent leaflet), a Barratt spokesman has said “Barratt Developments has a contractual position on the site and remains committed to the project at this stage. We are awaiting the Supreme Court verdict on the ongoing judicial review proceedings before progressing our planning strategy for the site.”

This is hardly surprising. Barratt has invested a lot of money in proposals to develop the site and rumours have it that not only Barratt, but several individuals, stand to lose considerable sums if the development does not go ahead. MCA has said the fight will continue and is appealing for funds for the Menston Action Group for this purpose .

Of course the ongoing legal arguments are only around the subject of flooding. They do not consider at all the inadequacy of infrastructure – transport, education, health, etc – to support a large number of additional homes in the village, or the destruction of the countryside.

Where to spend £5/week to support Menston?

The latest leaflet from the Menston Business Assocation, which lists 36 members, just over half of the businesses based in Menston, suggests that if each Menston adult spends £5 a week with Menston businesses then the local economy would benefit by £1 million (presumably over a year). However, there is a problem for many people to spend this as there are relatively few retail businesses.

The major shops, the coop and now Sainsbury’s, in which it would be easy to spend £5 a week, are not local businesses, but part of large chains. Ladies’ hairdressers abound and I guess their clients spend more than that but we see people on the village Facebook page recommending salons in Guiseley and elsewhere. We did have a greengrocer most recently but not enough villagers spent that £5 (I did!) so it closed.

Here’s an idea for the Menston Community Association: what about a project to set up a community owned community store in Menston, similar to Dales examples in Clapham (http://claphamvillagestore.co.uk) or Burton (http://www.burtonshop.co.uk)? Of course we already have a Post Office, around which these examples are based, but worth exploring? 

Neighbourhood Forum – new Chair for MCA? 1st MCA village film show. 10 years of Bambisanani

Photo of St Mary's student reading with two South African pupils during a Bambisanani project visit to South Africa

Bambisanani, see below

If you are interested in our village and it’s future, it’s a good idea to attend the Neighbourhood Forum in the Kirklands Community Centre this (Tuesday) evening. More details under the Events menu.

An announcement expected at the forum is that following years of service in several village groups and the Parish Council, Quentin Mackenzie is standing down as Chair of the Menston Community Association. It is understood that Steve Ellams has offered to take on the role.

Also on the agenda will be a further announcement of the village film show (the wonderful Dame Maggie Smith in ‘The Lady in the Van‘) on 21 October, under the MCA umbrella, following sterling work by Tony Joint (who has also taken on leadership of the eggs2iPads project). Apart from selling tickets to the film show, Tony will be asking for more help with this pilot, and possible future, shows.

Bambisani – 10 years of an amazing project

In its tenth anniversary year, the astounding project begun at St Mary’s Menston, the Bambisanani Partnership, working with Mnyakanya School in South Africa, has ambitious plans to extend its work and influence. In addition to the annual exchanges reported on this site in the past, supporting students in need and the provision of a wide range of new learning activities in both schools, the charity is working with the University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University to develop leadership programmes with its own students in South Africa. At Mnyakanya the charity is currently working on the installation of Wi-Fi and computers to enhance teaching and learning in this remote rural area. It is also the aim to create a football pitch for the school and wider community on land nearby. The partnership’s long term relationship with Zulufadder Orphanage will be developed through the building of a new hostel for the most vulnerable of  children who need immediate care and accommodation.

It was in 2006 that David Geldart, then Director of Physical Education and Sport at St. Mary’s, visited South Africa as part of a British Council and Youth Sport Trust initiative to promote sport in the country’s most deprived areas. As a direct result of that visit, St. Marys and Mnyakanya High School in Kwa Zulu Natal developed a unique partnership using sport to inspire young people in both countries. The two schools named their collaboration the ‘Bambisanani Partnership’ – Bambisanani being the Zulu word meaning ‘working hand in hand’. The partnership has subsequently gained international acclaim for its pioneering and inspirational work using the power of sport to promote education, health, global citizenship, enterprise in one of South Africa’s poorest rural regions. Ten years on, the partnership has become a multi award winning charity chaired by David Geldart, now retired from St Mary’s, and led by Mrs Catherine Chattoe at St. Marys and Mrs P K Zondi in South Africa.

Mnyakanya High School, situated in the rural remote Nkandla region of Kwa Zulu Natal, is in one of the most deprived areas of South Africa with high rates of HIV/AIDS, unemployment and adult illiteracy. The area has one of highest rates of AIDS orphans in the world. Class sizes are in excess of 60 and the school has very limited resources. Despite all this ,Mnyakanya provides an oasis of hope in the area and many students walk two hours, each way, for the opportunity to receive an education.

https://menstonvillagewharfedale.com/menston-parish-church-report

It is not usual to publish information as received on this site. News received or of which we become aware, if reported, is published at the editor’s discretion in the style of the site. However, we are happy to make an exception with this report which was inadvertently omitted from the recently distributed Menston News. Click the link above to read it.

A Menston favourite singer-songwriter launches album

Just two days before opening the Ilkley Literature Festival ‘Fringe’ show of local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe, one of Menston’s favourite singer-songwriters – Emma Nabarro-Steel – launched her album ‘Leaving a Space‘. It will be no surprise to visitors to the Menstone club for the monthly ‘open mike’ night that it is just beautiful. The album can be downloaded from streaming sites like Spotify, or ordered as a CD – see below.

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Emma performing during an ‘open mike’ night at the Menstone club

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Emma, who is a member of the writers’ club as a writer of lyrics, will be performing a couple more of her songs amid short stories, poems and story-telling with pictures from other members during an hour long presentation at the Ilkley Playhouse on Monday evening (3 October, 9pm). As with all ‘Fringe’ events, entry to the show is free.

There’ll be poems from Marjorie Hanbridge (known in the club as ‘Menston’s own Pam Ayres’) and David Machin (well known to children at Menston Primary School), short stories from Becky Bond, Kelly McCarthy-Wright, Dan Brassington, and club founder Ruxandra Busoiu, a very short short story and some very short ‘poems’ (haiku) from Roger Livesey, and a narration around the superb street photography (all shot in Shipley market place) by Bob Hamilton. The show will end with audience members being invited to write the last line of a short story, hence the show title: ‘Help! We’ve lost the plot …’.

To order Emma’s CD go to: http://emmanabarrosteel.bandcamp.com/album/leaving-a-space

If you’d like a taster, go along to the show on Monday evening.

For more details about the writers’ club, email rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk or come along to the show and speak to Ruxandra and other club members in the bar after the show.

Menston writers debut, artist exhibits, at Ilkley festival; singer-songwriter album release

Menston will be well represented during the Ilkley Literature Festival, opening on Friday this week, by the local writers’ club which meets regularly at the Menstone club in Farnley Road, and by local artist and photographer Justin Leeming. The writers’ club, Writing on the Wharfe, will be doing a one hour ‘fringe’ show at the Playhouse on Monday 3 October, 9pm-10pm, featuring the short stories, poems, songs and photographs of members, five of whom live in Menston. They will also be asking audience members to write the final lines of a short story. All fringe events are free.

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Members of ‘Writing on the Wharfe’ following a meeting to finalise their programme for the ILF ‘fringe’. l to r: Becky Bond, David Machin, Emma Nabarro-Steel, Bob Hamilton, Ruxandra Busoiu, Roger Livesey, Marjorie Hanbridge, Kelly McCarthy-Wright. Another member, Dan Brassington, will be joining them for the fringe performance.

A couple of days before the show, on 1 October, Menston singer-songwriter Emma Nabarro-Steel will be launching her album Leaving a Space.  There’s a taster on youtube.

Justin will be exhibiting some of his paintings and prints, for sale, as part of the Art Trail which runs from Thursday 30 September to Sunday 2 October at venues throughout the town. Details on the website http://ilkleyarttrail.co.uk/.

Prints of the elephant trees, photographed by Justin

A favourite print of Justin’s, of the elephant trees, will be on sale