Category Archives: General information

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.

Parish Council Elections – nominate! Fundraising: Soul Night success & by bike to Milan with St. Mary’s; Menston Cares info and contacts

Brass at the Soul evening. See below

Brass at the Soul evening. See below

The deadline for nominating someone for election to the Parish Council is 4pm Thursday 9th April. The elections are on Thursday 7th May.

This is your last chance to elect a Parish Council more representative of the population of Menston for the next four years – some younger Councillors and more women Councillors. To make things easier:

Nomination Papers Download of a Word document which you can print.

Parish Councillor – job description  It’s a pdf document

Click here for information on submitting a nomination and the election timetable  This is a web page

Click here for Neighbourhood Forum 10 March ’15 Minutes

Menston Cares 2015 information leaflet

Menston is very fortunate in having a magnificent organisation which offers a wide range of support services for vulnerable adults.  Vital information about the services, and information about other local support organisations, is in the 2015-16 information leaflet, which includes more than 20 contacts. Click Menston Cares Leaflet 2015 to download the leaflet.

St Mary’s staff bike to Milan for st martin’s hospice

Over two days next week, Wednesday and Thursday, five members of staff at St Mary’s Menston will cycle in relay from Menston to Milan – 1350km – in aid of St Martin’s hospice for children and young people, one of the school’s charities. You can donate by going to

Tom Hamill, Harry Leigh, Domenic Manfredi, Tom Pringle and Giles Wilkes aim to cover the distance from Menston to Milan on stationary road bikes donated by Nuffield Health in Guiseley​. Each member of the team will cycle 270km and row 10km in order to match the 1350km distance.

The challenge will take place in the Pupil Reception area of the school and begins on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 April. The team will then cycle throughout the night and into the following day, aiming to finish before their 24 hour deadline.

Soul Night success – £1645.26 raised

The Soul Night at the Kirklands Community Centre last Saturday evening has been reported as “a fantastic night’ with tickets sold out by Saturday morning, so caretaker Vicky was rearranging tables and chairs to accommodate many more people than originally expected.

The dance floor was crowded with the Soul Surgeons on top form and Sally’s Army Choir was much appreciated. There are some photos from the night at the bottom.

The £1645.26 raised will go towards rebuilding one of the five classrooms still needed by a school in the Philippines following the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan at the end of 2013.

Organiser Beth Street is now busy organising a Summer Ball for the same cause, as last year. It’s at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, on 6th June. Tickets are £25 and can be reserved by calling Beth on 0771 978 5986.

Sally's Army Choir

Sally’s Army Choir

Sally's Army Choir and guests

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
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

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.

Total contempt for Menston residents displayed by Chair of BMDC Regulatory and Appeals Committee

If there was any doubt about the contempt in which Bradford Councillors hold Menston residents, demonstrated again and again throughout the four years saga on the inappropriate development planned at Bingley Road and Derry Hill in the village, a letter from the Chair of the Regulatory and Appeals Committee in reply to a letter from the village Parish Council surely puts it beyond doubt.

Letter from Cllr Warburton, Chair of the BMDC Regulatory and Appeals Committee, in response to letter from  Menston Parish Council

Letter from Cllr Warburton, Chair of the BMDC Regulatory and Appeals Committee, in response to letter from Menston Parish Council

The letter, in response to the Menston ‘Duty of Care’ letter  sent by the Parish Council on 27th October and published on this website 7 November, ignoring mis-spellings including even the name of the Parish Council Chairman who signed the Menston letter, displays a contempt almost beyond belief. The reply was circulated to residents attending last week’s Menston Parish Council meeting.

The letter will be debated at the Menston Community Association meeting on Wednesday 4 December, 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. All Menston residents of voting age are members of the association and are invited to attend.

Menston village flooding – BMDC gobbledygook?

The Menston Action Group (MAG) has recently issued an update and is asking for support at the meeting with Bradford Council Planning on 10 October (meet on 13.02 train Menston to Bradford). To see the full update click here.

“Gobbledygook” is how the latest version of Condition 10, circulated on 27 September, of proposed planning permission for a major housing development on Bingley Road, Menston,  has been described by several knowledgeable people concerned with this on-going saga. What they mean by that is that they think it is ambiguous and does not commit the developer to undertake effective flood avoidance works. It is to be considered by Bradford Planning at a meeting on 10 October.
As it is likely to be gobbledygook in its true sense to many readers, it should be explained that this condition is about works the developer must do to avoid increased flooding (see pictures and links to video clips below) in Menston village as a result of the development.

The latest version of condition 10, which relates to flood avoidance, in the planning application for housing on Bingley Road, Menston

The latest version of condition 10, which relates to flood avoidance, in the planning application for housing on Bingley Road, Menston

What flooding?

Here are a couple of pictures, or to see video clip1, video clip 2 (if you listen carefully you will hear comments about the smell from sewerage brought up into the street), and video clip 3, click them.

Picture of flooding in Menston village

Flooding in Menston village

Picture of Flooding in fields in Menston village

Flooding in fields in Menston village

The latest situation will be outlined (and perhaps an explanation given of why the above is “gobbledygook”) at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Menston Community Association, on 8 October, at which officers for the coming year will be elected (click here for the full agenda). No villager should miss it!

Menston glam evening for Callum; Menston restaurant up for Yorkshire award; Menston gets a column in the local free paper

Book now to be shaken and stirred in your glad rags in November; Menston’s cordon bleu Indian restaurant nominated for an award; Menston gets a column in the local Wharfe Valley TimesClick on any of the titles below to go direct to the story.

Raising money for Callum with James Bond
Menston’s Indian restaurant short-listed for an award
Menston events column in Wharfe Valley Times


THIS SITE IS still LOOKING FOR TWO YOUNG ASPIRING JOURNALISTS TO KEEP IT UP TO DATE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MENSTON. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS! Two very promising young ladies signed up to do it but unfortunately parents didn’t agree, so we’re still lookinG


Poster for the James Bond Casino Night in Menston to raise money for Callum HallA glam evening to help Callum Hall

Menston residents will surely remember the terrible experience of former St Mary’s pupil Callum Hall, who stepped on a sea urchin while on holiday and is now paralysed from the waist down as a result.

Kate Sotheby, who lives in Menston, is determined to help and is organising a James Bond Casino Night charity event at the end of November at the High Royds Social Club. Money raised will go to the Callum Hall Trust to help with funding on-going physio and care, as well as equipment which the NHS does not provide.

Put 7.00pm, Saturday 30 November in your diary or, better, buy a ticket at Menston Post Office, High Royds Social Club or email Kate at It sounds as though it will be great night, with a “fizz reception”, red carpet, pay to play casino, live music, a DJ and bar. Dress is ‘formal’ and there’s a prize for the “most glamorous guest”. Tickets are just £10.

Kate is looking for sponsors for the event, and people to donate prizes for the raffle and casino to ensure Callum receives as much money as possible; everything raised on the evening will go directly to him.

The evening will stay in the Events listing until it happens, so brief contact details will be there until the event if you need them.

According to the listing on this site there are about 70 businesses in Menston so it would not take much from each one to make a substantial contribution to Callum’s care. And they’ll get publicity at the event, on this site and elsewhere.

The 1875 shortlisted

Menston’s Indian restaurant over the booking hall at Menston railway station, the 1875, is one of four dining places in the county shortlisted for the ‘Deliciously Yorkshire Award’ for ‘Best use of local produce on a hotel or restaurant menu’. The winner will be announced and award made at an award ceremony with a superb dinner at the National Railway Museum in York on 25th September. Tickets, including the dinner, are £55. For further information go the the Deliciously Yorkshire website, or contact Manjinder at the 1875 restaurant, telephone 871811.

While you’re doing that you could book for one of the 1875’s ‘Christmas Party’ festive lunches or dinners. Devised and cooked by the restaurant’s Michelin Star trained Indian chefs, they are from £17.95 per person.

Menston events now featured weekly in Wharfe Valley Times

As part of a revamp of the local free paper, the Wharfe Valley Times, a weekly column featuring events in Menston and Otley has been introduced beginning with this week’s edition, dated Thursday 19 September.

Those ‘in the know’ might recognise the author as having just a bit of a connection with this website!

Menston Village Show results; best wishes to our anti-greenfield development delegation; stop Wharfedale greenfield development petition gathers pace


Best wishes to our delegation, led by Cllr Dale Smith, TO BRADFORD MDC PLANNING DEPARTMENT ON MONDAY 16 September. The latest phase in fighting the inappropriate Housing development proposed for Menston’s green fields. Watch this space for an update when available


The 38th Annual Menston Village Show brought a host of entries in most classes though general opinion seemed to be that there were not as many entries in the children’s classes as in previous years. Major prizes went to:

Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy (Best in Show) awarded to:

E Loy

Barbara Hannam Trophy (Best Children’s Entry) awarded to:

L Henderson

Fawcett Trophy (Overall Winner) awarded to:

C Wilson

Click here for full prize and trophy results of the 38th Annual Menston Show, 14 September 2013

Results are taken from hand-written sheets provided by show officials. Any errors, or names spelt incorrectly, please let us know by email to and they will be corrected. The prize result pages will remain on the site until the next show, in 2014.

Stop greenfield development in Wharfedale; petition gathers pace

The petition against greenfield development in Wharfedale, mentioned in our post of 30 August, is gathering signatures fast. Over 250 people signed up at the Menston Village Show. For more information or if you’d like to help collect signatures, contact Steve Ellams, email