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Smiles at four Menston businesses, bakery, child care, Body Sanctuary & writing. Support MAG

Support the Menston Action Group, fighting inappropriate development in Menston, at the High Court in Leeds, 10.30am, Monday 19 January, or join the party on the 9.21 train from Menston (click this for more information)

It’s almost Panto time in Menston (Aladdin, 19-21 February) but there are already plenty of smiles to greet you at some new or changed businesses in Menston.

Smiles at the Village Bakery

A smiling welcome from the new owner of the Village Bakery, and two cheerful helpers Kate and William

A smiling welcome from the new owner of the Village Bakery, and two cheerful helpers Kate and William

Trish, with her cheerful, efficient assistants Kate and William when they are not at school, has taken over the Village Bakery. A newcomer to shopkeeping, Trish doesn’t intend to change very much in the short term: she’ll be selling the same locally-baked bread, the sandwich menu is the same, though she may introduce one or two new ones, and the only problem with the cakes is which ones to choose.

Living in Cookridge, Trish has to cross the Chevin every morning to open up but the snow this weekend didn’t dampen the cheerful greeting.

Welcome to Menston!

The Railway Children arrive in Menston

The Railway Children logo

The school run made easy, for parents of children of primary school age and younger, has come to Menston with the arrival of ‘The Railway Children’ at Menston Station, in what was formerly the coffee shop and 1875 Indian restaurant.

Zandra with the colourful Railway Children sign

Zandra Monroe-Cochrane, who formerly ran Cleaseby Kindercare in the village, with the Railway Children sign of the relocated business. A founder member of the Menston Business Association, Zandra had her new logo and sign designed by another MBA member, JGL Design (www.jgl-design.co.uk)

What a transformation! A delightful reception with Scandinavian all-weather suits hanging ready to ensure an outing, rain or shine, and photo-named trays for belongings, entered by way of the booking hall with a parent’s fingerprint – no strangers get in here.

Upstairs is a bright, colourful play, ‘work’, sleep area packed with toys and activities, designed with gated areas so that siblings can be together or separate as they wish. Primary school children dropped off earlier are taken to school via the safe route along the ‘ginnel’, then brought back after school to join the early years and pre-schoolers. Then they have a sit-down, locally-prepared meal learning not only independence but, eg, how to count (sausages!).

Places are limited: 14 pre-school, 14 primary school, maximum. For more information call Zandra on 0795 416 6653.

SOU – a mix of martial arts, meditation and fitness, at the Body Sanctuary

Another completely new activity for Menston is ‘SOU training’, which is taking place at the Body Sanctuary (42 Cleaseby Road) on Tuesdays. More about this activity, brought to us by Antonio Ferreira from Portugal, can be found at http://soutraining.wordpress.com/ where you’ll find all you need to know, including prices. The word ‘sou’ is from ‘I am’ in Portugese, when used to address concepts that are permanent and intrinsic to a person’s nature, as in “I am a human being” – “Eu sou um ser humano”.

Other regular activities and events at the Body Sanctuary are meditation, therapies, healing, group meetings and workshops and Shakti Dance once a month, a relaxed event for women to connect together and let go of emotional tension. Call Kalyani on 0795 203 6326 for more details.

Extraordinary writing – a job from Luxembourg

Another Menston business with good news is Extraordinary Writing (http://extraordinarywriting.net), set up in December last year to offer news and feature writing, and production of complete newsletters, to businesses and other organisations. Writer Roger Livesey says “I wasn’t really looking for work until the next financial year, having recently retired from ’employment’, but if anything interesting turns up in the meantime I may take it; this job from a company in Luxembourg was to write two magazine features, about on-board WiFi on long distance coaches in Europe. To be researched and written by 10 January, it was sufficiently interesting so I took it on”.

Teapot didn’t tickle people enough

Sadly, the Tickled Teapot cafe in Croft Park, set up last year after the greengrocer closed, shut its doors on Christmas Eve.

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Menston businesses buy local campaign backed by Philip Davies MP

Menston’s member of Parliament, Philip Davies MP, has offered support for the ‘buy local’ campaign to be launched by the recently constituted group of Menston local businesses (see minutes of the first meeting of the group in a newly created section on this site: click the ‘Menston Shop Local Campaign’ button at the top of the right sidebar).

Christine in her businesses woman role; at her desk at the The Studio, Menston

Christine in her businesses woman role; at her desk at the The Studio, Menston

Christine Minchella, who runs The Studio, Menston Pilates and fitness business and who called the first meeting of the group, met the MP on Friday 25 April at his invitation to discuss how he might help. This followed publicity about the group on this site and in the three local papers – the Wharfedale Observer, the Wharfe Valley Times and the Telegraph & Argus.

Christine said after the meeting: “Philip Davies was very supportive and told me of the local business survey he had carried out in Menston as part of a wider survey across his constituency. The major problems identified by Menston businesses in this survey were parking and the high level of rates“.

Among the offers of help was the possible use of the MP’s volunteers to distribute Menston businesses publicity material when they were distributing his information leaflets etc in Menston.

Christine also discussed with the MP the possibility of opening up the direct road from the High Royds development to Bingley Road, Menston, to better integrate the High Royds community with Menston village. At the moment the necessity for them to go via the A65 inevitably diverts them to Guiseley.

Philip Davies supporting local business in Bingley - a new look shop opening in January this year (T&A photo)

Philip Davies supporting local business in Bingley – a new look shop opening in January this year (T&A photo)

Following the meeting, Philip Davies told this ‘blog’: “I warmly welcome this new Shop Local campaign in Menston.  Local shops are a key part of the local community, and it is therefore essential for local people to use them to allow them to survive and flourish.  I hope this campaign will help people appreciate and support the wide range of local businesses that are available in Menston.”

The next meeting of the group, at which it is hoped a name for the group and next actions will be decided, is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 14 May in the upstairs room of the The Fox pub on Bradford Road. The campaign is not just about shops but about raising awareness and support for all the 70 or so businesses based in Menston (see lists under the ‘Businesses’ menu) so representatives of any Menston business are very welcome to attend and give their views (contact details for more information in the ‘Events’ listing for 14 May).

What do you think, as either a Menston business or a resident, of the campaign? Any comments on or suggestions for the local businesses group will be welcome. Use the comment box below.

 

Menston liked Soul; Morris dancers, new Mini and more Pilates coming

With a very successful charity evening entertainment demonstrating how all ages in Menston enjoy getting together, we can now look forward to the next ‘big’ event at the beginning of May, the Menston ‘classic’ car show. You’ll be able to see some Morris side moves at the show but if you fancy trying some but worry about back pain then a new Pilates course may have an answer. Click on any of the following links to go direct to the story, or just scroll down.

Menston takes to Soul music and food

Kirklands Community Centre was full to capacity on the evening of Saturday 15 March when about 130 people of all ages, mostly from Menston and Otley, came to enjoy an evening of Soul music, dancing and food.

Soul Surgeons on stage at the Menston Kirklands Community Centre

Soul Surgeons on stage at the Menston Kirklands Community Centre

The event was staged to raise money to help rebuild schools in the Philippines which were devastated by typhoon Haiyan last November, and the evening raised over £1,400.

Music was provided by the ‘Soul Surgeons‘ band and Otley’s ‘Sally’s Army‘. “It was a fantastic evening, the band was really great and it was good to see people of all ages in the capacity crowd” said Chairman of the Menston Community Association, Steve Ellams.

If you couldn’t get to the evening but would like to donate something to this worthwhile cause, contact organiser Beth Street on 0771 978 5986 or email babeth70@sky.com.

Morris dancing and new MINI at car show

Wayzgoose Morris side in action

Wayzgoose Morris side in action

We can’t say Morris ‘men’ as the Wharfedale Morris ‘side’, Wayzgoose, is made up of women and men, but this renowned group of Morris dancers will be a star attraction at the first bi-annual Menston Village Vehicle Show on 5 May, the early Spring Bank holiday. Wayzgoose has particularly close associations with Otley as many of its members live in the town and the name Wayzgoose refers to a traditional printing industry ‘feast’ day; Otley was, of course, the home of the famous Wharfedale Printing Press.

New Mini Cooper S

New Mini Cooper S

Another attraction at the Car Show will be the recently launched new MINI. If you are a classic Morris or Austin Mini fan (there are sure to be one or two of these at the show too) you may not consider the MINI a ‘classic’ vehicle but for certain the new Coopers, with uprated power, are ‘performance’ vehicles, another of the promised categories at the show. Just which MINI will be at the show isn’t yet certain; watch this space.

Back ache target of new Pilates courses

Although based in Otley, Wharfedale Pilates also runs courses in Menston at The Studio in Cleasby Road, which was covered in the previous post about the courses for mothers-to-be (contact details in the business listings here).

Wharfedale Pilates, run by qualified modern Pilates instructor Jan Bryce, is starting a new class  specifically focusing on the prevention of back pain – so for anyone suffering from or wanting to avoid back pain. Jan says that the new exercise programme can provide back pain relief and help to prevent back pain in the future.  The classes will be held in Menston and Otley, both daytimes and evenings, and will cater for both beginners and people with experience of Pilates. For more information contact Jan on 0777 096 0739.

Women’s Day; mums-to-be praise local Pilates; more awards for St Mary’s Menston; responding to Bradford’s long-term plan

Logo for International Women's Day, 8 MarchToday is International Women’s Day so a good day to recognise that many Menston local community organisations, from the churches to organisations like Menston Cares, depend for the most part on women. There is also a significant number of Menston businesses run by women. Yet we have only one woman Parish Councillor and only one active female member on the committee of the Menston Community Association. Isn’t it time to change that? There can be a Parish Council election in May 2015; the next MCA AGM, at which officers can be elected, is in November this year.

Three stories in today’s post, two of them featuring the gender appropriate for today. Click on the link below to go directly to the story, or just scroll down.

Mums-to-be recommend pilates

“It’s great having something local”, says Ruth, one of eight mums-to-be attending pre-natal Pilates sessions at Menston’s own Pilates studio. “It helped me with posture and walking, and relieved some of the aches I was feeling as a result of pregnancy”, says Hannah, another of the group.

The classes began about four weeks ago and are limited to eight people at a session so that each can have individual attention from proprietor and qualified modern Pilates trainer Christine North-Minchella. There is already a waiting list but as each mum-to-be has her baby a place is vacated.

Menston village Pilates studio with Christine North-Minchella with a model of the spine

Menston Village Pilates centre; Christine North-Minchella in the studio with the model of a spine used to show how Pilates can help aleviate back pain

The rise in obesity and the resulting increase of diabetes in pregnancy has prompted NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and RCOG (the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) to recommend safe exercise during pregnancy. Pilates is known to be gentle and safe so ideal for exercise when pregnant, says Christine. It also tackles one of the major problems for women during pregnancy – back ache; 70% of women suffer this during pregnancy. Pilates strengthens the back and abdominals and is safe exercise right up to the last week. And after birth, it helps with bending and picking up baby. Many of the women intend to return for post-natal sessions after the birth.

“There’s a social element too”, says another mum-to-be, Ruth, “It’s good to meet other expectant mums with similar feelings”. Aimee says she learns things “which I can then do at home”. Or, Catherine says, “It gives an hour every week when you can be calm and focus on yourself”. “I’d really recommend it”, says Shelley; “it’s relaxing and keeps you active”.

The Studio is a purpose-equipped facility behind an imposing house near the bottom of Cleasby Road. Telephone 879816 or email christine@pfetraining.co.uk

Leeds Sports Awards for St Mary’s teacher and students

A St Mary’s Menston student, Isobel Palmer, former student Sarah Lawn, and teacher Barbara Pounder, were all honoured at this year’s Leeds Sports Awards at the end of February (click a picture to see it larger with caption).

Barbara Pounder was honoured for her Services to Physical Education and Sport. In addition to Barbara’s contribution to the St. Mary’s curricular and extra-curricular programme, her outstanding work developing young leaders and her significant contribution to the school’s work in South Africa (the Bambisanani Partnership) were also noted. Special mention was given to the SOS Club (Sport on Saturday), which has been run by Barbara for the past fourteen years and provides young disabled people with the opportunity to participate in sport.

St. Mary’s student Isobel Palmer received a Young Achiever Award in the Young Disability Sportsperson of the Year category. Former St Mary’s student Sarah Lawn was recognised for her outstanding achievement in football, both participating and officiating, as Leeds City College Sports Personality of the Year.

Would Sinehlanhla Fortunate Qwane of Eshowe, S Africa, please send an email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com and give us a return email address so that her recent message (comment on the Bambisanani article last year) can be answered.

Bradford Core Strategy – less than four weeks to respond

Residents who attended the traffic ‘consultation’ last week had the opportunity to see a copy of the Bradford ‘Core Strategy Development Plan Document – Publication Draft’) and its supporting ‘Evidence’ documentation and talk to Alan Elsegood and Steve Ellams about it. They also would have seen the form which had to be completed to ‘object’ to the plan and if this was not enough to put people off then the massiveness of the documents they were required to comment on certainly would. What is more, the bases on which any objection can be raised are limited to three (the ‘soundness’ of the plan, the legal compliance of the plan, and the ‘duty to cooperate’); most people would not be able to make a challenge on the basis of the last two of these.

As a result, it is nigh on impossible for most people to make any meaningful response at all, certainly not within the short time period allowed. You might wonder whether that is the whole idea.

We are fortunate in having one resident who has been prepared to go through this pile of documentation – days of work – and draw up some very sound objections, mostly on one of the bases upon which it can be challenged – that it is ‘not sound’.

Tireless campaigner for the village and former chairman of the Menston Community Association, Alan Elsegood, has now gone through this Brazilian forest of paper and drawn up detailed arguments against the plan, mostly on the basis that they are ‘not sound’ but also on not meeting the ‘duty to cooperate’ (eg with Leeds re the High Royds development or the road infrastructure).

It was impossible, within the time available, to organise a way for all residents to see Alan’s objections and append their supporting signatures, so Alan has sent them to the Menston Parish Council in the hope that they will be incorporated into a vigorous response on behalf of the electors of Menston.

The final submission by the Parish Council will be examined with interest.

Happy New Year Menston – some good news to begin

Wishing a Happy New Year to all Menston residents, and especially to the faithful who ‘follow’ this blog (if you do not just click the ‘Follow’ box on the right and enter your email address, then you will be informed every time there is a new post); it’s great to begin the year with some good news.

BMDC to be held to account?

The incompetents (or are they supremely competent at seeming incompetent?) in Bradford Council who are bent on destroying our village may be held to account it seems; as reported just before Christmas, the Local Authority Ombudsman seems to have agreed that BMDC may well not have behaved in an acceptable manner as far as the applications to build unsuitable housing in unsuitable locations in Menston is concerned. The Ombudsman has agreed that there is sufficient evidence to merit an investigation; click this phrase to see the bones of the letter from them here.

Our MP Philip Davies has thrown down the gauntlet again by objecting to the latest application to build yet more houses off Bingley Road and, as reported towards the end of last year, is still endeavouring to get an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on the unacceptable activities of BMDC as far as Menston is concerned. You can make an objection on line; click on this sentence to go to the relevant section of the BMDC website.

An up-to-date summary of the situation on the inappropriate housing developments in the village has been prepared by seasoned campaigner, former Chairman of the Menston Community Association (now Secretary), Alan Elsegood. You can see the summary by clicking on this phrase; it will no doubt be a major item for discussion at the first 2014 meeting of the Menston Community Association on Wednesday 8th January evening.

Click on this paragraph for the Agenda for the meeting.

Local heroes?

This prompts a suggestion: Alan must surely merit the accolade of ‘Local Community Hero’; nominations are being sought for the SHIPLEY AREA COMMUNITY HEROES AWARDS 2013 – 2014. The closing date for nominations is 31 January and there may be others in Menston, young and not so young (there are four categories), who you might wish to nominate. More information from the Admin team at Shipley Area Coordinator’s Office on 01274 437146, or e-mail
shipleyareaneighbourhoodforums@bradford.gov.uk
As this is part of BMDC perhaps Alan’s nomination is unlikely to be accepted, but wouldn’t it be  good idea to embarrass them with a large number for him?

Promoting local businesses

Another item on the 8 January agenda is connected to promoting local businesses and especially support of local shops and ‘consumer’ businesses. Let’s mention one which has just become evident to this website: Croft Park seems to have become a centre for personal care with three hair and two other ‘beauty salons’.

Logo for Relax&Revive

Logo for Relax&Revive

Relax & Revive is the name of a salon at number 11. Run by Alison Bloor, it specialises in “holistic and sports massage, beauty treatments including reflexology, Indian head massage, pregnancy massage and facials”. The business will now be added to the businesses listings but there is more information on the website at www.relaxandrevive.org.

A competent seamstress in Menston?

Another listing on this site which has not been used as much as hoped is that seeking people to do small jobs or those offering to do them. A new one is looking for a competent seamstress to make some loose covers for an an old ‘Lazyboy’ chair. More information on the ‘Jobs’ pages.

Two Menston businesses innovate – a world first; a modern approach to Pilates

Menston village restaurant scores a world first – English Sunday lunch with Indian flavours

In Menston village, a traditional Sunday lunch with hints of Indian haute cuisine cooking? It was launched last Sunday by Menston’s only dine-in Indian restaurant, The 1875 at Menston railway station. (Read more below)

Menston restaurant '1875' owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the 'Excellence in Customer Service' award from Kate Hardcastle

Menston restaurant ‘1875’ owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ award from Kate Hardcastle

Modern Pilates the basis of Menston business make-over

A long-established Menston village ‘fitness’ business has recently had a make-over as The Studio to highlight its ‘Modern Pilates’ training, both for people who wish to engage in Pilates exercises and for the training of ‘modern Pilates’ trainers. (Read more below)

Menston village Pilates studio with Christine North-Minchella with a model of the spine

Menston Village Pilates centre; Christine North-Minchella in the studio with the model of a spine used to show how Pilates can help alleviate back pain

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1875Award_thmbMENSTON VILLAGE RESTAURANT SCORES A WORLD FIRST – ENGLISH SUNDAY LUNCH WITH INDIAN FLAVOURS (continued from above)

This interesting innovation was launched at The 1875 restaurant with a ‘VIP’ lunch on Sunday 11 August, at which the list of local business people was headed by Kate Hardcastle, among other things a Business Woman of the Year, Mum of the Year and who this year became a director of Bradford Bulls.

August could be the time to try this different Sunday lunch as there’s a special offer until the end of the month: a booking for two brings one free starter from the ‘a la carte’ menu; a booking for four gets you one free main course. The basic price is £9.99 (£6.99 for under 10s). On Tuesday to Saturday evenings there is an ‘Early bird’ menu for £9.95, 5.30 to 6.45pm (closed Mondays and Sunday evenings).

The 1875 uses local produce if possible and all meat and poultry for all dishes are sourced in Yorkshire. The Sunday lunch (12.30 to 3.30pm) menu will vary around the ‘roast of the day’ – pork, lamb, chicken or beef and other seasonal joints – all served with Indian sides and trimmings. Vegetarian options are served too.

As the main roast varies it would be a good idea to check what it will be on the Sunday you wish to eat there in case you do not eat some meats.

Owner of the 1875, Manjinder Singh Sarai, says “we genuinely don’t know anywhere else in the UK, nor in the world, that is offering this”. The menus are created by Michelin Star trained chef, Vivek Singh Kashiwale.

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Pilates_1000327_ed2_thmbMODERN PILATES THE BASIS OF MENSTON BUSINESS MAKE-OVER (continued from above)

The Studio, discreetly tucked behind a large house at 9a Cleasby Road, is run by specialist personal trainer Christine North-Minchella BSc PGCE YMCA. With a small but bright and airy studio, it caters for eight clients at one time who can also rest and socialise over a coffee in the garden in good weather or the adjacent conservatory when it’s not so good. Parking is no problem even when the road is cluttered with commuters’ cars as its own car park inside the gate caters for eight vehicles.

Christine specialises in Pilates for older adults and women who are pregnant, catering also for people with osteoporosis or following hip or knee replacements. The small groups mean “I can give individual attention to each person in the studio”, she says.

She will only train with ‘modern Pilates’, commenting that “Joseph Pilates, were he alive now with modern knowledge, would agree that some of his exercises are now contra-indicated”. These are not used in modern Pilates as taught by Christine.

Pilates exercises of this kind can also help with back pain problems, she says, citing participants in the courses who say they have become a ‘new person’ as a result of the Pilates.

The Studio also runs courses in ‘Modern Pilates’ for Pilates instructors/teachers. Not only Pilates however, there are personal trainers, general fitness courses and small group yoga.

Long term residents of Menston may remember 9 Cleasby Road as a veterinary practice, so there has been a business there for more than a quarter of a century. The Studio caters now strictly for people, but maybe pets could benefit from Pilates too; who knows?