Category Archives: Menston churches

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.

 

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.

Menston Summer Fair Sat 2 July

One of Menston’s two big annual ‘shows’ opens tomorrow, Saturday 2nd July, at 2pm, on the field of Menston Primary School (entrance on St Peter’s Way). This year the Menston Summer Fair is organised by the Parish Church and money raised will go to local community projects and some overseas.

There are several innovations in a packed programme from 2pm until 4.30pm. Several sessions of music with Menston favourites Blue Hurricane, Morris dancing from Otley’s Buttercross Bells, teas and ice cream throughout the show, a raffle and displays by Scouts and Guides. There’s a cakes and cards stall, and bric a brac. Among things for children there’s a wishing well, children’s tombola, football, face painting, other children’s games, book stall, plant stall, story telling in the Open the Book tent, and a display of entries to ‘Menston & Burley Young Writers Challenge’ on the Writing on the Wharfe stand.

The overall schedule is:

2.00pm Opening by Look North Presenter Charlotte Leeming (dais)

2.05pm Announcement of names of Menston & Burley Young Writer and Young Poet of the Year (dais)

2.10 – 2.40pm  Music from Hurricane Blue (dais)

2.30pm Open the Book session (story telling tent)

2.40 – 3.00pm Morris Dancing, Buttercross Belles (playground)

2.45pm  Open the Book session (story telling tent)

3.00 – 3.40pm  Hurricane Blue (dais)

The young writer prize; there is a similar young poet prize3.30pm  Menston & Burley Young Writer/Poet trophies, prizes and certificates presented by Writing on the Wharfe writers’ club, with reading of top entries (story telling tent)

3.40 – 4.00pm  Morris Dancing, Buttercross Belles (playground)

4.00pm  Draw results announced (dais)

4.10 – 4.30pm  Hurricane Blue (dais)

4.30pm  Fair close

To see where everything is click Plan of the Fair

Art exhibition, two car shows, summer fair and more coming

Menston Vehicle Show 5 May 2014The first Menston car show was a resounding success and, being in the village centre, was great for the village too, with multiple locations encouraging visitors to walk around the village. It was good for village businesses too, some of which stayed open.

So it’s sad that the organisers decided that it was too much hassle to organise it in the same way again and moved it to the Menston Cricket Club ‘fun day’ with a limit of 25 invited vehicles. This will, however, be a great addition to the fun day.

Menston Vehicle Show 5 May 2014Maybe the Malt Shovel has saved the day for motor and motorcycle fans with a charity event only a week later which, supporting Yorkshire Ambulance, includes a vehicle show.

Much more imminent is the twice a year art exhibition by the Menston Art Club, next weekend.
More in the future is the annual Summer Fair in July.
Then there’s the Menston Show, now in its 40th year, on 10 September.

box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details.

14 and 15 May. Menston Art Club Exhibition and Sale. At the Kirklands Community Centre, 10.30am till 5pm on Saturday, 10.30am till 4.30pm Sunday.

29 May. 11am to 5pm. Fun day at Menston Cricket Club on Bradford Road. Apart from a car show, there’s karaoke, bouncy castle, dog racing, egg chucking, wellie chucking, face painting, tug of war and more. Two bars too.

4 June. Outside charity event in the Malt Shovel car park. Vintage cars, motor cycles and other events including bouncy castle. Free entry but a wheelie bin at the side of the pub for donations. Should be some local musical talent performing too. Proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

2 July. 2pm till 4.30pm, Menston Primary School.
Menston Summer Fair will be at Menston Primary School from 2 pm – 4:30 pm on 2 July and this year is organised by St John’s Church. The fun event, with lots of traditional stalls and games, will be opened by Charlotte Leeming . Morris dancers will be performing with music from Hurricane Blue. Winners of local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe Young Writers’ competitions announced, trophies and certificates awarded and winning pieces read. Proceeds to three charities (more about them in future posts)

10 September. Menston Show, Kirklands Community Centre. 2pm to 4 pm. All the usual classes and trophies and perhaps a few more. As usual, all the details of classes, entries forms, etc, will be published on this site well before the show.

Guided tour of St John’s churchyard – new page on this site

approach2_5120_gThe weather was not kind for the ‘open afternoon’ at the Parish Church of St John’s on Sunday so although inside activities like the cream teas seemed to be well supported, fewer people braved the rain to take the informative guided walks round the churchyard. However, an excellent guide was produced for the day and this is the basis of a new page on this site so you can take an informed tour at a time to suit you and the weather.

The ‘inside’ pictures below were taken during the open afternoon but the photos of the different sections of the churchyard were taken on an early sunny (Tuesday) morning – to be recommended.

The excellent leaflet with a plan of the churchyard,box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details. explaining each section, is the basis for the new page to this website. It will remain under the ‘Community’ menu heading; if you go down to ‘churches’ a link to the churchyard page will ‘pop out’ – if you click on this you will go to the page with the ‘tour guide’. As usual on this site, if you click on any picture in the gallery below you will see all of them larger in a slide show.

The open afternoon of the churchyard, which is maintained by a dedicated hard-working team of volunteers, was very appropriately on Rogation Sunday, when the church traditionally offers prayers for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who work on the land. During Evensong, which followed the open afternoon, Revd Ruth explained this but also mentioned that it was Easter Sunday for the Orthodox church, hence the picture of her cracking a red egg, following a tradition followed throughout Romania on Easter Sunday.