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Exciting news from Menston – the blog, food and ballet

Menston mum Becky Bond, blogger extraordinary, BBC Radio Leeds producer, columnist and occasional feature writer for the Yorkshire Post, and a valued member of Menston-based writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe, is joining the editorial team of this site/blog. Followers of Becky’s own blog will know she has a unique writing talent, witty and often hilarious, described by the founder of this site – a former journalist – as “one of the three best writers I have ever worked with”.

Regular posting on this blog was interrupted some time ago by health problems and suspended altogether early this year other than occasional posts about “major events”. It was intended to keep the events and other listings up to date but these suffered too. This will now be remedied as far as possible though it does depend on people emailing details of their events or new/changed businesses to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. If you sent something for the listings earlier than, say, beginning of April and it hasn’t yet appeared please resend.

So, beginning very soon, posts written by Becky will appear about once a month and she will be introducing herself briefly within her first post. Becky will be completely free to choose her own subjects and how she treats them. The best way not to miss her posts is to ‘follow’ this site; WordPress users will know how, others just click the button at top right and enter their email address (which will not be public nor disclosed).

Occasional posts by the original author of this site will continue (as ‘webmaster’ he’ll continue to be responsible for the ‘mechanics’, listings, etc); posts will continue to be strictly about Menston (as defined in ‘About’) its people and organisations or matters affecting them. Businesses and organisations will only be listed if based in Menston and posts about them will only appear if there is genuine ‘news’ about them – ie no surreptitious advertising. Although comments will continue to be uncensored any attempt to use them for commercial advertising, as often the case on the village Facebook group, will not appear.

Solo delicatessen

Menston delicatessen Solo, Main Street

No longer solo but will continue to be ‘très bon’ for sure

After 13 years serving the village in the Solo delicatessen and coffee shop, Gareth and Audra Andrews are handing over the business to Kirsty Richardson, who as ‘Très Bon Raymond – Kirsty is Cooking‘ is already well known to many villagers. The ‘grand opening’ is on 11 July but more about this in a future post. One of the changes will be a new manager, Jilly Geering; a sad loss for the Menstone which she has turned into a real, much appreciated, ‘community facility’ but hopefully this will continue.

Much more about this, Kirsty and her plans in a future post very soon.

After 21 years Menston’s ballet/dance school moves from Kirklands to the Parish Room

Miss Stephanie as she is fondly known to current and former students, who teaches ballet/dance in Menston, has turned out many top, award-winning dancers in the 21 years she has been serving our village and (some for even longer) other localities in West Yorkshire with her unique, very professional tuition. She has also given her young dancers unique opportunities, like dancing before a capacity crowd in Wembley Stadium and, coming in July this year, at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and of course participation in some wonderful annual shows.

Bradford Council, with their usual unappreciative arrogance, recently ‘moved’ the ballet classes from the main hall at Kirklands to a totally unsuitable upstairs room in the old building. Fortunately a new very suitable location was found in the Parish Room at St John’s Parish Church so Menston’s ballet/dance classes will continue on Tuesdays – late afternoon/early evening except in school holidays. This may turn out to be no bad thing as many villagers are against taking over Kirklands from Bradford Council – the financial burden would be enormous – so it may cease to function at all as a community centre.

Latest accomplishment by one of Stephanie’s students is the award of a scholarship by the British Ballet Organisation (now known as bbodance – one of the leading dance examination boards in the United Kingdom which provides an examination syllabus in classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance) to 12 year old Jenny Horsfall. Having seen her dance for the first time in the class at the Parish Room, the author of this blog, a follower and fan of ballet since well before the years of Fonteyn and Nureyev, predicted great things for her. So much joy and beautiful movement in her dancing with the unique, knowledgeable encouragement from ‘Miss Stephanie’.


Another success story is 18 year old Nic Cain who has been followed on this blog for about four years, though ‘Miss Stephanie’ has been teaching him for 14.  Another Menston student we predicted would achieve great things having seen him dance frequently in class and in the annual shows, Nic has just been funded to attend Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom from September.

 

Events listings and static info to be maintained; blog posts suspended

As advised earlier, blog posts on this site are suspended for the time being, though major village events may be covered as in the past.

If you would like to know when there is a new post on the site you can ‘follow’ by clicking the follow button at top right and receive a notification by email. Your email will not be published.

Events and Imminent Events listings will be maintained if information is received in time and in a suitable format – email menstonvillagewharfedale@gmail.com – along with static information like contact details for organisations, village businesses and the like. These will be updated over the near future, beginning with the Events listings.

Further details on contributing information will be found by clicking the ‘Contribute‘ menu.

The ability to comment on and/or ‘like’ postings and pages will continue.

Farewell Rev Ruth. The last post

Hristosainviat1_5038_pcIt is, I think, appropriate that this may be the final post on this site (but an attempt will be made to maintain the Events and Imminent Events listings if information is received in time and in a suitable format – email menstonvillagewharfedale@gmail.com – along with static information like contact details for organisations, village businesses and the like). Some major village events may be covered in a post but it’s not certain.

Rev Ruth Yeoman is leaving Menston Parish, after about 14 years, to take up a part time post not too far away, in Baildon. A feature of Ruth’s time in Menston has been her support of so many village organisations and individuals, whether of the Anglican faith, another, or none. Her final Sunday service at St John’s will be on the 15th January.

However, you can pop in to say goodbye to her at the Menstone Club in Farnley Road on Monday 9 Jan, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. So let’s give her a good send-off.

Whether you are of the Anglican faith or not, even if you have no interest in religion at all, you might like to fill in a survey, prepared by Church Warden Roger Banister, which aims to find out how the church might better serve the community. You will find the survey by clicking on:

short survey

It is aimed at all Menston residents whether interested in “religion” or not. It won’t take long and can be anonymous.

Competition to find Menston/Burley ‘Young Writers’; flooding solutions; High Royds memorial garden development; St John’s graveyard open afternoon

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Now one year old, the writers’ club which meets regularly at the Menstone club has adopted a new name to reflect its local base – Writing on the Wharfe – and will, within the next week, announce a competition to name ‘Young Menston & Burley Poet of the Year‘ and ‘Young Menston & Burley Short Story Writer of the Year‘. The competition will be open to young writers – six to 17 years old in various age categories, living in either Menston or Burley in Wharfedale (ie, living in post codes LS29 6xx or LS29 7xx. The two chosen young writers of the year, and winners in each age category (6-8, 9-11, 12-15, 16-17), will be announced at the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July at Menston Primary School.

Full details will be published on this site, posters will be displayed in Menston and Burley and schools, primary and high, attended by students living in Menston and Burley  will receive information within the next week or so. Watch this site.

The competition will open for entries on Monday 18 April and close for entries on Saturday 4 June.

Members of the Writing on the Wharfe club were treated to a short recital of flamenco guitar music and brief explanations of some flamenco styles by local guitarist and tutor Samuel Moore at the most recent meeting and will be making a group visit to the forthcoming Leeds Flamenco Festival in May.

A way to reduce flooding in Menston and elsewhere?

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

A novel solution to reduce flooding will be presented at a public meeting, by local campaigner Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE, FRS, FR Eng, at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm, 26 April. The meeting, organised by Menston Parish Council, is open to all. Professor Rhodes has, of course, given expert evidence at local enquiries and meetings on housing development in Menston and at a court hearings instigated by the Menston Action Group.

Open day at St John’s Churchyard

There will be an open afternoon at St John’s Parish Church churchyard on 1 May, with lots of activities including some for children. See the entry under ‘Events’.

Poster for open afternoon at St John's churchyard

High Royds memorial garden meeting

Poster publicising meeting of High Royds Memorial Garden committee

Startup for eggs2iPads, dog walking, “hooligans”, support children with cancer – Candlelighters event, tree planting in the park

The weekly eggs2iPads sessions, at which our teenage team of ‘teachers’ introduce the older generation to the mysteries of iPads and other tablets, internet and anything else they would like to know, began again on 10th March after a winter break. See more below.
(Click any of the pictures below to see them larger as a slide show).

Young entrepreneur dog walker, support children with cancer, “hooligans” and tree planting

Another young Menston entrepreneur has set up a business – dog walking

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Kelly Shaw loves to be outside and says she doesn’t mind any weather if she’s dressed appropriately. In February she left Primary School teaching and set up her business, dog walking, from her home on Derry Hill. The business is called Over the Hills Dog Walking. As the business name suggests, Kelly uses the hills, fields and moors of the wonderful countryside around Menston to give her charges a full hour walk. Kelly also offers limited accommodation for dogs in her own home. You can contact her on Menston number 510782 or mobile 0788 405 3985.

Acrobatic scooter aces in the park; not “hooligans”

Miles6_3451_pc_gIt’s a pity so many teenagers are labelled ‘hooligans’ because of the behaviour of a small number. Protesting that it’s not so, Menston teenager Miles posted an excellent video on Facebook protesting that enjoying doing acrobatics on scooters did not make him and his friends hooligans. During a chat and photo session at the ‘skate park’ in Menston Park, with the idea of doing a story about him on this website, Miles said he was a keen photographer and has chosen to do GCSE in photography this year.

He’s hoping for some better Spring and Summer weather so he can visit the skate park rather more frequently as he finds it a welcome break from ‘swotting’ for GCSE. When the weather’s bad he has to go to inside parks in Leeds or Halifax. Miles makes a lot of videos, one a week as it seems to be his major hobby. You can see one showing some of his acrobatics in Menston park at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxr65DEVO4

Tree planting in Menston park

The hard working team from Menston in Bloom, which keeps our village ‘blooming beautiful’ and gets us prizes, was out on Saturday morning planting trees in the park. The team have regular working sessions in gardens and planters which they maintain across the village and could always do with some more help. Some of the sessions are at times when some younger helpers could join them. If you can join in at some future sessions email Gemma Kelmanson at gem22min@icloud.com.

Support children with cancer at event at the Menstone club

Many charities are now finding the Menstone club in Farnley Road a great place to hold a charity event and an increasing number of village groups are using this wonderful community facility for meetings – among them the eggs2iPads sessions of the Menston Community Association, the Writers Club and the quarterly meetings of scout leaders. It’s a warm, comfortable, friendly place with free WiFi and, apart from meetings, it’s a great place to drop in for a tea or coffee at very reasonable prices, or something stronger from the bar including a good range of beers on draft. And it has some great events, including the monthly Fun Quiz and the Open Acoustic Mike nights, as well as things for children like an Easter egg hunt (coming up). You do not have to be a member to use it (though if you go regularly the member discount will probably make it worth the small membership fee). It’s open from 11.30 in the morning, is licensed to serve alcohol till 11pm (but licensed to 11.30pm for you to drink it).

The latest charity event to be arranged at the club is to support children with cancer, and their parents, through the wonderful charity Candlelighters. It’s on Friday 8 April and being organised by Michelle Pattison, whose eight year old son Owen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia just before Christmas 2014. For over 18s only, the event will cater for 100 guests so give Michelle a call soon to get a ticket, on 0754 401 7433. It looks as though it’ll be a great night, see the poster above.

It’s a pity to hear that someone tried to have this event stopped. Fortunately they didn’t succeed.

Eggs2iPads

Following a winter break the eggs2iPads sessions at the Menstone club was off to a great start on 10 March with 16 “students”, including two new ‘enrollers’, and eight teenage ‘teachers’, including three new ones (see pictures above). Although this Menston Community Association project was begun to help tackle potentially elderly isolation by showing elderly people how to communicate with distant family and friends using internet on a tablet, it has now become much more and our elderly students say that they value one of its unique aspects, the weekly get together with the young people, just as much as what they learn about getting on internet (or all sorts of other possibilities on iPads and other tablets, including games, photography, etc).

Sessions are on Thursdays between 5pm and 6pm at the Menstone, except during school holidays. There are no charges, new ‘students’ (and new ‘teachers’) are welcome, and we can offer a lift to those who need it. Contact Roger by email – menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com – or Jane Pratt of Menston Cares, tel 876945, for more information.

Portraits with some Irish charm – new Menston business. More eggs2iPads awards photos

A unique family portrait, from baby to a family group, can make an ideal present for a special occasion. A charming young Irish woman, Laura Crane, who moved to Menston about two years ago, is offering to create a lovely pencil portrait as she adds a home-based business to her activities as a freelance graphic designer.

Two of Laura's recent commissioned pencil portraits

Two of Laura’s recent commissioned pencil portraits

Laura, from Belfast, graduated in graphic design from Leeds University but settled in the UK rather than return to Northern Ireland and worked for a while in a graphic design company. More recently she decided to branch out on her own as a freelance designer but friends and family, for whom she had done her pencil portraits, suggested that others might like the opportunity to commission such a portrait. So now there’s Kokoro Portraits in Menston.

Laura works from a photograph, which can be emailed or sent to her or she will call on anyone in Menston who is interested. Depending on size and complexity, and of course her work load, a small portrait (eg about A5) can usually be done in between a couple of days and a week; larger ones (eg about A3) may take a little longer.

You can contact Laura by email at: kokoroportraits@gmail.com or by phone on 0759 645 3704 during the working week. If she is not available to take the call, or outside working hours, leave a message and she will call you back.

More photos from the eggs2iPads awards presentations

Sorry these are a bit later than intended. See the previous post for the full story. As usual, clicking on any picture will display them as a slide show.

New events format; new business; quizzes and talent at The Menstone

If you consult the ‘Events’ list regularly (and you should if you want to know what’s going on in Menston) you will see the format change from 1 October. There are two reasons for this:

Make it easier to read for elderly people, and others, with a sight problem. Make it easier to exchange information with the events listing in the free local community magazine ‘It’s the business’ – same Editor.

Welcome to a new business – bike repairs

Hopey Bicycle Repairs is the name of a new (appropriate) business in Menston – a mobile bicycle mechanic. Chris Hopey, based at 15 Whernside Court, is offering the service around Yorkshire. Phone 0796 042 4348.

The Menstone fun quiz

Too late for this month’s Fun Quiz at The Menstone club in Farnley Road but plenty of time to get a team together for the next one. They are at 8.00pm on the last Thursday of each month, which means the next one should be on 29 October. Teams of six. Entry £1. You don’t need to be a member of the club to enter a team, or in fact to use the club as a comfortable place to have a coffee, tea or something stronger especially as the weather is getting cooler. It’s open 11.30am until 11pm. There’s also an ‘Open mike’ night on the last Sunday of the month – not karaoke but some real talent encouraged with musicians to accompany if required.

Free choir concert

Menston’s excellent ladies’ choir, Ladies Please, is giving a concert at Abbeyfield this Friday evening, 7.30pm. It’s free. Sorry for the late notice.