Category Archives: Menston Community Association

Derry Hill & Bingley Rd developments abandoned; Art exhibition & other news

BattleThanks to the untiring efforts of many Menstonites, and donations from many more, Menston Action Group (MAG) is celebrating that former plans to develop on Derry Hill and Bingley Road are not going ahead. The developers have ‘given up’ and planning permissions have expired. As I said in the previous post, since the MAG website became more active this site has not generally covered village housing development in such detail as in the past but, as this is written, a Press statement issued yesterday is not on the MAG site so it is published in full HERE. Let’s hope that now proposals for more sensible development, eg housing for older people to downsize without leaving the village, in more sensible locations, come forward.

Art and crafts exhibition

Christine Thomas with her painting 'Rwo glasses of red'The next exhibition of the Menston Arts Club is on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th November at the Kirklands Community Centre, 10.30 till 5.00 on Saturday and 10.30 till 4.00 on Sunday. There is always an astounding display of art from local artists at the club’s twice a year exhibitions and the November one is a great opportunity to look for Christmas presents among the painting and crafts.

Entry is free but there are great cakes and drinks on sale and you can vote for your favourite picture; at the exhibition earlier this year the most popular picture was ‘Two glasses of red’ by Christine Thomas (pictured).

Events to be updated later

Following the previous post saying that closure of this site is being considered unless more information about forthcoming events is emailed to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com and there is more reaction to posts in the way of ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ some information has been received though the information has come from organisations which have always kept us informed. The Events listings and Imminent Events will be updated a little later than this post, hopefully today (Wednesday 9th).

 

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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.

Menston Show next Saturday; eggs2iPads restarts 15 Sep, Highroyds memorial garden open

Back again following a long summer break. Making a start updating the site are all the details of the forthcoming Menston Show, the 41st, next Saturday. The show has its own set of pages, giving full details of all the classes which can be entered. There are quite a few changes from previous years, particularly in the ‘junior’ section.  Especially noteworthy is that 15 and 16 year olds no longer have to compete with adults in some classes, notably in some art, baking and handicrafts classes. The detailed pages can be accessed from a link under the Events menu, or by clicking the image in the right hand column under the countdown, or here.

As in recent previous years, it is hoped all the results from the Show, with photographs, will be published on this website on Sunday 11 September.

Eggs2iPads

Sessions of the eggs2iPads project, in which older members of the Menston community get together with a team of teenagers to learn about accessing internet and other ‘apps’ on tablets like the iPad, Kindle Fire or others, are due to start again after a summer break on Thursday 15 September at the Menstone club in Farnley Road. As before, the sessions are from 5pm to 6pm.

Emmot, so far our youngest 'teacher', with three students

Emmot, so far our youngest ‘teacher, explains

The project , which has been highly praised not only locally but nationally and even internationally, is run under the umbrella of the Menston Community Association. However, it needs some more help. Roger Livesey, who launched the project and has led it since inception, has said that due to health he can no longer lead it though he hopes to attend many sessions. His role has been taken over by Tony Joint who has been one of the adult supervisors for the past year, but one or two more are needed. With two ‘vulnerable’ groups attending, an adult with DBS clearance is always present. It is not necessary to attend every week and if someone does not have DBS clearance it can be arranged.

Some more teenage ‘teachers’ would also be welcomed; again it is not necessary to be able attend every week. Anyone from 12 to 17 will be welcomed.

More details of the sessions for any elderly person who would welcome meeting regularly with a great team of young people, or anyone who would like to volunteer to join the teaching’ team or as a supervisor, contact:

Tony Joint, email tonyjoint73@hotmail.com, tel 0771 131  0272 or Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 01943 876949.

Memorial Chapel and Garden open as part of the 2016 Heritage Days

The High Royds Memorial Garden and Chapel, on Buckle Lane, will be open for some periods during 8 to 11 September as part of the Heritage Open Days 2016 promoted by the Leeds Civic Trust. More details from Chairman of the ‘Friends’, Ron Sweeney, on info@itcworld.org, or Secretary Quentin Mackenzie, tel 01943 876625.

The garden has recently had considerable work done as a result of funding received and the efforts of volunteers, including some pupils from St Mary’s Menston. It is hoped to feature this beautiful spot in Menston in a future post on this website.

Eggs2iPads breaks for summer – MCA needs help

As has become a tradition, the final session of the eggs2iPads project before  a summer break until 15 September was a bit of a celebration, with snacks and a cake as well as a final opportunity to get advice on using iPads and other tablets.

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Rosie Ogden, who lives in Ilkey, is a student at Bradford Grammar School and joined the young team of ‘teachers’ earlier this year, was presented with a certificate for her “Outstanding Community Service”. The certificate was presented on behalf of the Menston Community Association by leader of the project, Roger Livesey.

Roger said he was sorry to announce that due to health he was no longer able to lead the project as he had since he began it in early 2015, though he hoped to be able to continue to attend the majority of sessions as one of the obligatory DBS accredited adult supervisors. For the immediate future MCA member Tony Joint, who has been one of the adult supervisors over the past year, will act as project leader.

In this situation, MCA is appealing for some additional adult supervisors but also  for help with other projects under its ‘umbrella’ (see below). No IT or computer expertise is necessary; that is supplied by our young ‘teachers’. If adult volunteers do not already have DBS clearance, as is necessary in the eggs2iPads project as it works with two vulnerable groups – the elderly and the young – it can be obtained for them.

NB. Click any picture above to see larger as a slide show with captions.

Sessions are normally from 5pm until 6pm each Thursday at The Menstone club in Farnley Road. There are no formal lessons, no charges and currently the ages of ‘students’ range from about 60 to 90 years. The young ‘teachers’ currently range from 13 to 17. The project currently has three tablets for the use of students if they do not have their own – an iPad and two Kindle Fire.

As far as is known, this is the only project in Menston which brings together the two widely spaced generations on a regular basis, something much appreciated by both. Sessions are as much a social occasion as a learning environment.

For more information about this project contact Tony Joint, telephone 0771 131 0272, or Jane Pratt at Menston Cares on 01943 876945.

Other MCA projects needing helpers

Several village projects are run under the ‘umbrella’ of the Menston Community Association, which is a registered charity. Among those needing a little support, apart from the eggs2iPads project described above, are:
Village film shows
Menston Newsletter
Notice Board maintenance

If you can help, contact Quentin MacKenzie, Chair of MCA, on 01943 876625.

Note. The Events listing on this site and the ‘imminent events’ calendar in the right hand column is not likely to be updated frequently, if at all, during the summer holiday period.

It’s Wembley for Menston dance class; free concert at Kirklands

Wish luck to this wonderful team of youngsters who are students in the weekly ballet/dance classes at Menston’s Kirklands Community Centre with ‘Miss Stephanie’ (Stephanie Clements) of Bradford Theatre Arts (BTA).

Set for Wembley, the Menston class team, left to right: back row; Kenix Lee, Emma Oxford, Ketie Quinn, Victoria Pickles, Sam Foster, Niamh Cater, Caitlin Brister; front row: Josephine Gibbs, Madeleine Wolfenden, Mollie Foster, Emma Townsend, April Lever, Megan Dobbin.

Set for Wembley, the Menston class team. Left to right – back row: Kenix Lee, Emma Oxford, Katie Quinn, Victoria Pickles, Sam Foster, Niamh Cater, Caitlin Brister – front row: Josephine Gibbs, Madeleine Wolfenden, Mollie Foster, Emma Townsend, April Lever, Megan Dobbin.

This weekend they have completed 16 hours of rehearsal for an appearance at the Wembley Stadium on 16th April and did the same a couple of weeks ago. They will be dancing to the voice of Grammy Award winner Foxes in what is set to be the biggest ever mass movement dance with a singer. They have been rehearsing with another 27 or so dancers from other BTA classes and 20 from the Emma Pilling Dance Academy in Swinton to make a Yorkshire contingent of 60. They will join well over 1000 dancers from all corners of the UK on April 16th. The Guinness book record for this type of event currently stands at 546 dancers. The mass dance will be before a capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium for the big annual Saracens ‘derby’ rugby match.

The 60 strong Yorkshire contingent going to Wembley, rehearsing with a dance coach from Proex, which currently holds the Guiness book record for mass dance, in the Kirklands Community Centre on Sunday morning.

The 60 strong Yorkshire contingent going to Wembley, rehearsing with a dance coach from Proex, which currently holds the Guiness book record for mass dance, in the Kirklands Community Centre on Sunday morning.

The Menston class is this year celebrating 20 years in the village, run by ballet examiner Stephanie Clements who founded BTA. Other than in school holidays there are classes every Saturday morning for beginners and lower grades and Tuesday evening classes for more advanced, Grade 4 and above. The classes are usually listed under Events on this site. Many youngsters come to the Menston classes from elsewhere in the Bradford area and asked why they say: “It’s fun but we work to get our grades”; “We get opportunities like this dancing at Wembley which we would not get anywhere else”; “We make friends outside of where we live”; “There is great camaraderie in this class and always support from the others”.

Free ‘thank you’ concert

Not to be missed is a concert with the Harrogate Male Voice Choir on Saturday 16th April, 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall on Main Street. It has been arranged by the Menston Action Group as, the group says, a thank you to the people of Menston for their support. It’s free, including refreshments.

Snooker ace and young teachers top the bill at the Menstone club; Easter events; Writers Club news

Another great evening at the Menstone club on Thursday with six times world snooker champion Steve Davis entertaining youngsters first then older enthusiasts later. BBC Look North covered the event with, appropriately, Menston’s own superb presenter, Charlotte Leeming, reporting with her usual infectious enthusiasm.

Don’t forget the Open Acoustic Mike evening at the club this coming Sunday, 8pm start. Great opportunity to hear some superb local talent, and it’s free.

Some exciting news from the Writers Club, soon. Watch this space.

More young women join iPad ‘teachers’ 

Eggs2iPads project teachers, left to right, Kezia Hollings, Hattie Barnes and Rosie Ogden outside the Menstone club

Eggs2iPads project teachers, left to right, Kezia Hollings, Hattie Barnes and Rosie Ogden.

However, it wasn’t the only milestone event at the Menstone on that night. The teenage teaching team in the Menston Community Association’s eggs2iPads project moved closer to gender equality with now three delightful young ladies in the team. Hattie Barnes has been in the team from the start almost a year ago and has rarely missed a session. Kezia Hollings joined her last week and already is looking an ‘old hand’ and this week they were joined by Rosie Ogden. The team’s young men have also recently been augmented by Emmot Hollings, now our youngest teacher at 13, and Josh Geering, 15.

We now have about 18 ‘students’ from the older generation. Although the project began with the idea of helping to tackle potential elderly isolation by showing members of the older generation how to contact distant family and friends using, eg, Skype, on an iPad or other tablet, it has become much more. The ‘students’ say they really enjoy this unique opportunity to meet up with youngsters once a week and what they are doing on internet now extends from taking advantage of the Waitrose ‘favourites’ on-line shopping scheme and, of course emailing, to playing games and following up hobbies by searching for information using Goggle and the like. It’s quite a surprise to see elderly ladies enjoying games like Candy Crush!

The sessions are weekly at the Menstone on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm, except in school holidays and new ‘teachers’ and ‘students’ are welcome. Either email menston.village,wharfedale@gmail.com or phone Jane Pratt on Menston 876945. There are no ‘formal’ classes, no fees, you don’t have to commit to coming every week, and a coffee, tea or other drinks are available at very reasonable prices from the bar.

Easter events

Among Easter events of which we are aware are the Menstone’s annual Easter egg hunt next Friday, 25 March, an Easter coffee morning at the Methodist Church Hall and a messy church for youngsters and Easter services in the church, see under Events menu for more details of these. There must be more but persuading village organisations to submit details of their events (to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com) is continuing to prove difficult.

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.