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Are there really more young writers in Burley than Menston?

One of the 'young writers' trophies, being crafted by Menston wood craftsman Adam Cockerill for the Writing on the Wharfe club

One of the ‘young writers’ trophies, being crafted by Menston wood craftsman Adam Cockerill for the Writing on the Wharfe club. The top scroll will be golden, engraved with the club name. Name plaques will be added each year, the first being for 2016.

Now come on Menston, we understand that at the moment there are more entries from Burley than from Menston to become either ‘Young Writer of the Year‘ or ‘Young Poet of the Year‘. The competition to have one of two trophies similar to the above gracing two young person’s homes for a year is not, of course meant to be a competition between Menston and Burley but this is a Menston website! The competition is open to all young people between 6 and 17 years old living in postcode LS29. All you have to do is write a short story of up to maximum 1,500 words (no minimum) or a poem of maximum 30 lines (no minimum).

Closing date to receive entries is this coming Friday, 17 June. By email no later than 10.00pm, to writingonthewharfe@gmail.com. Typed entries can be left in boxes in Menston, Burley and Ilkley public libraries (where entry forms can also be found) up until noon on 17 June, when they will be collected.

For full details click YOUNG WRITERS or the Writing on the Wharfe box in the right column.

Young Writer of the Year and Young Poet of the Year will be announced, and the trophies presented, at the Menston Summer Fair on 2nd July, along with certificates for all entrants.

Come on, give the panel of judges, made up of both professional and amateur writers, something to think about!

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Young writers to be named; Queen’s birthday dance; new Menstone bar ‘Grand opening’; Bleach Mill charity day; Dementia friendly Menston

There’s still time for youngsters between 6 and 17 years old to submit an entry to local writers’ club ‘Writing on the Wharfe‘ competition to find ‘Young poet of the year’ and ‘Young short story writer of the year’ as the closing date has been extended until 17th June due to the recent half term holiday. There are two super trophies, to be presented at the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July, held for a year, each of which will have a youngster’s name on, and certificates for all. For full details click YOUNG WRITERS or the Writing on the Wharfe box in the right column.

Queen’s 90th birthday celebration dance

Although it has been listed under ‘Events‘ for some time now, it’s worth a prompt as there’s still time to get tickets for the dance at the Kirklands Community Centre –  arranged as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in the village  – 11 June. So the theme is red, white and blue! With a popular village-based band, Time Warp, and supper included in the £15 ticket, it should be a good night. There is of course a bar. Starts at 7.30pm and will go on “until late”.

For a ticket telephone 876625 or 0793 906 3120 or call in at Ribston Pippin estate agents.

New Menstone bar ‘opening’ on 19th June

If you haven’t yet visited the Menstone club in Farnley Road since the revamp (you do not have to be a member to use the facilities but you get a discount if your are) you could use the planned ‘Grand Opening‘ of the ‘new’ bar – to be known as ‘Hunters Bar’, on Friday 17th June, from 6.30pm, as a good excuse. The club always was a comfortable, friendly place to meet for a coffee or tea or something stronger but the redecoration and new furniture seems to have made it even more ‘cosy’.

No booking is necessary to go to the ‘Grand Opening’. There will be live music from 8pm and ‘posh dogs’ from Delicasolo – hot dogs with a lux difference – will be available if you’re feeling peckish. Wine and a good range of beers have always been available but a recent addition is a range of 18 different gins, just in time for summer.

If you cannot make it on the 17th then the club is open from 11.30am to 11.00pm so you can pop in any time, though there are many special events. Regulars are the monthly Fun Quiz (next one on Thursday 30 June) and the monthly Acoustic Open Mike night, loads of talented local musicians and singers, the next of these being on Sunday 19th June (you could take Dad!).

A special event later is the Menston Musicians Charity Night, to support War Child through Wharfedale Refugee Response. It’s on the evening of Saturday 9th July. More later on this site but it will be popular so get your tickets now, from Paul Davy on 874765 or Charlotte Montague on 0771 404 3650, or email pauldavy7@hotmail.com. Tickets £10, including food.

Charity Day at Bleach Mill House

Another reminder of this annual occasion, this year on 25th June, 10am until 4pm, on one of the loveliest of Menston walks, down Bleach Mill Lane to Bleach Mill House, to blow the diet with delicious cake and a tea or coffee. On this special day a Menston youngster in need of support receives all the proceeds of the day and this year it is nine years old Charlotte Wormald who has cerebral palsy. On other days through the year proceeds from refreshments, and the ‘very free range eggs’ you can pick up while there, go to support teenagers with cancer.

Making Menston more Dementia Friendly

Latest move to make Menston more dementia friendly is an event aimed at giving more Support for Carers. There is a free drop-in session on Thursday, 14th July, 2pm to 4pm, at the Kirklands Community Centre, Menston.

There will be speakers from the Alzheimers Society and Carer’s Resource and several information and activity stalls. A cream tea will be served.

Some dates for your diary; successful 50th birthday art exhibition

Although most have been in the Events listing for some time now, it’s worth reminding people of some important Menston events, or events related to Menston groups or people, coming up in the next month or so.

Flamenco Festival Leedsbox with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details., 27-28 May. Writing on the Wharfe, the local writers’ club which usually meets at the Menstone club, is making a group visit
Saltaire Arts Trail, 28-30 May, Menston artists, including Justin Leeming, are exhibiting
Fun Day and Car Show, Menston Cricket Club, 29 May
Queen’s birthday celebration dance, 11 June, Kirklands
Bleach Mill House charity day, 25 June
Charity Musical Evening for Wharfedale Refugees, Menstone club, 9 July

Menston Arts Club 50th birthday exhibition

Christine Thomas with her pastel 'Two glasses of red', voted favourite by visitors

‘Two glasses of red’, a pastel by Christine Thomas, was voted favourite by visitors to the exhibition

With around 500 visitors over the two days, possibly more, the 50th birthday exhibition of the Menston Arts Club last weekend was a great success. Over 142 pictures were exhibited by 47 club members, together with 39 portfolios. In all 26 framed pictures, and 61 pictures from members’ portfolios were sold.

A pastel of the Doges Palace in Venice, by and donated by club president John Ridyard (see previous post), was bought in a secret auction by a club member, proceeds going to the Psoriasis Association.

The exhibition was opened at a Friday preview evening by local Look North presenter Charlotte Leeming.

As usual, the pictures below can be seen larger, with captions as a slide show, by clicking on any one.

Photos by Frank Jukes and Fran Philby.

For more information on Menston Arts Club go to www.menstonartsclub.org.uk.

50th birthday exhibition for Menston Art Club this weekend

This year’s Menston Art Club exhibition and sale, on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th of May, at the Kirklands Community Centre, is a special one. It is 50 years ago that Richard Bayer, tutor, mentor and friend of David Hockney, generally regarded as the greatest living artist today, led a small team to set up the club. One member of that team, Ann Carr, is still a member of the club and paints and exhibits regularly.

The Doges palace in Venice by John Ridyard

box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details.Another ‘special’ this year is a silent auction. Bids for the beautiful framed pastel of ‘The Doges Palace in Venice’ (pictured above) by John Ridyard, president of the Club, will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Psoriasis Association. Bids will be taken throughout the exhibition.

Selfie portraits produced in charcoal by children ages 3 and 4 at Menston Preschool will be exhibited in the cafe area.

Ann Wade (Chair), Pat Hargreaves and Judy Illingworth, each with one of their works

Ann Wade, Chair of the club, Pat Hargreaves, Membership Secretary, and Judy Illingworth

Each member of the club can exhibit up to three framed works and a portfolio of up to 12 unframed works.

The exhibition is open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Admission is free. As usual, a varied selection of members’ paintings and crafts will be for sale.

A café will be serving food and drinks; there will also be a cake stall and a raffle.

Further information about the club can be found on its website.

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.

Computers aren’t that clever when it comes to flooding

Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE FRS FREng

Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE FRS FREng

Professor David Rhodes told a packed house at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday evening (more than 100 present) that Bradford MDC had given planning permission for housing developments on Derry Hill and Bingley Road on the basis of false information.

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The problem is that the computer model used by BMDC, and other local authorities, grossly underestimates the volume of water involved in the kind of weather events experienced in Menston recently. In the case of the January 2008 floods the volume of water was underestimated by an order of magnitude; in a later event the volume of water was about six times that predicted by the computer model. A member of the audience who seemed to have some knowledge of computer modelling seemed to confirm this, saying: “The computer model is inevitably wrong because it is working without sufficient data”.

WotWboxProfessor Rhodes said he had been able to estimate the approximate volume of water involved by estimating depth etc and speed of water coming down into Menston from video clips taken by members of the Menston Action Group. This made good sense from Prof Rhodes’s explanation.

100,000 cubic metres of water

Based on Prof Rhodes’s observation not only was diverting the water coming down the slopes into Menston impractical because of the volume and flow rates involved, but to store the water from the January 2008 event would have required a holding tank with a capacity of 100,000 cubic metres. Apart from cost, to have such a quantity stored above Menston would be extremely dangerous.

Prof Rhodes told the audience that the estimates used by flood risk authorities, like BMDC, were wrong because they accounted only for rain water falling on the ground, but the actual volume involved was far higher because of water coming out of the ground. In this situation, had the houses been built on the proposed sites in Menston, water would have been coming up under the houses causing a great deal of damage. It is no wonder that another expert, giving evidence to BMDC, when asked if he would buy a house on one of these sites, said absolutely not.

Victorian engineers had an answer

In earlier times, ground water had been pumped out into reservoirs. Victorian engineers did it to supply water to the former hospital at Highroyds; later a similar system was used to supply water to Menston residents. Both these systems were abandoned so now the ground water was available to flood Menston.

Prof Rhodes’s novel solution

Professor Rhodes said he had a solution. Basically this would involve horizontally boring deep in the ground where water accumulates and having permeable pipes there into which the water could drain, these flowing out into existing water courses which could handle the continuous flow involved. He suggested that this solution would cost only tens of thousands of pounds. What is more, he said that such a system of horizontal pipes could encircle Ilkley Moor to alleviate wider flooding problems, though this would cost tens of millions.

Menston plants a tree to celebrate the 90th birthday of our Queen

One of the local Beaver pack takes his turn to help to plant the tree

A red-twigged lime now stands in Menston Park, organised by Menston in Bloom  to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Following the formal planting by Cllr Dale Smith, the local Beavers pack got stuck in to complete the job.

The ceremony was rounded off by the assembled villagers singing the National Anthem then Happy Birthday. The sun continued to shine as we went home feeling that it was a job well done.

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PS. Don’t forget the annual Bambisanani concert at St Mary’s Menston on Friday evening. Always an excellent night with talented local young musicians playing to support an excellent cause. See under ‘Events’.