Category Archives: Menston groups

Defibrillator training Sat morning; Bleach Mill House charity day breaks record; eggs2iPads project takes a summer break

There’s now a defibrillator readily available in the village and a drop in training session on the use of it has been arranged on Saturday morning, 18 July, between 9.00am and 11.00am at the Methodist Church in Main Street. The defibrillator is mounted on the outside wall of the church, on the car park side. This can be a life-saver if you know how to use it. More details on the Menston Methodist website.

Bleach Mill House break their record on the annual charity day

Congratulations to Sue and Simon at Bleach Mill House: their annual charity day last Saturday (11th July) beat their previous record for the amount of money raised. The total was £708! The funds raised at this year’s charity day go to Charlotte Wormald, who has severe cerebral palsy. She was at the event to greet guests with a smile.

Don’t forget that throughout the rest of the year money is raised at the venue for the Teenage Cancer Trust so you can pop down for a tea/coffee and cake, or a breakfast, and support this worthwhile charity at the same time. You can also buy really free-range eggs from the handsome speckled hens while you’re there.

Elderly learning to use internet will resume September

The eggs2iPads (Menston Community Association) project, in which a team of 14/15 year olds are teaching elderly, potentially isolated Menston residents how to use internet on an iPad or other ‘tablet’ to contact distant family and friends, now has a summer break, resuming in early September. The weekly one-hour meetings at The Menstone club are as much a cross-generational ‘social’ as a learning session and all the ‘students’ attending so far have said how much they enjoy this aspect.

Nevertheless, they have been learning and there was great excitement recently when one of the ‘students’ related how they had been ‘video’ chatting, on ‘Facetime’, with grandchildren and other family in Canada and New Zealand.

If you know of an elderly person who might like to come to the sessions when they resume just email menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com or telephone Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945. If the person needs transport Menston Cares might be able to help.

Summer Fayre with scarecrows, Poets & Preachers, Lizzie loses her locks for children with cancer and others, Bleach Mill House charity day

Don’t forget the Summer Fayre and scarecrow hunt at Menston Primary School today (Saturday). It’s a damp, misty morning but the BBC forecast is for a bit of sun by this afternoon. Let’s hope so but it’s worth a visit whether sunny or not.

Poets and preachers at the Parish Church

Sunday evening, there’s an interesting ‘Songs of Praise’ service at St John’s Parish Church. It has the theme ‘Poets and Preachers‘ and all will be welcome to join in the singing and learn something about the authors. The service begins at 6.00pm.

Lizzie loses her long locks for children with cancer

Lizzie Street and mother Beth, showing their hair to be donated for making wigs for children with cancer, and their shortened locks and some of the treats Lizzie is taking to give to children in the Philippines

Lizzie Street and mother Beth with their shortened locks and some of the treats Lizzie is taking to give to children in the Philippines

Seven year old Menston youngster Eliza (she prefers Lizzie!) Street had her beautiful long locks cut off on Thursday, not only to donate them for making wigs for children with cancer (Little Princess Trust) but also to raise money for the Menston charity her mum Beth founded to help rebuild schools destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Beth had her hair cut too for the same causes.

Lizzie's and Beth's hair before cutting

Before

They are leaving together on Monday 6 July for the Philippines where they will not only donate the money raised by Angels for Children (eg from the Soul Night at Kirklands and the Summer Ball at the Craiglands Hotel earlier this year) but also a lot of medical equipment. Lizzie is taking treats to give to children.

It’s not too late to make a donation. Go to the Menston charity’s website.

Charity day at Bleach Mill House

Charlotte Wormald during specialised treatment in the Czech Republic

Charlotte Wormald during specialised treatment in the Czech Republic

Don’t forget another charity event next Saturday, 11 July. All proceeds from the annual charity event at Bleach Mill House will this year go to Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, who has severe cerebral palsy. Go and have some tea or coffee and cakes beween 10am and 4pm and help hosts Sue and Simon Richmond to raise a record amount this year.

Bleach Mill House raises money throughout the year to support the Teenage Cancer Trust and will also be aiming for a record for this year for this too. Pop down for a full English breakfast with double-yolker eggs from the magnificent speckled hens on another day (or tea and cakes), to help make 2015 a record year for this ongoing fundraiser too.

 

Winner of Village Bakery Fathers’ Day competition; charity concert tonight; Menston classic car at Harewood; help tidy Menston for ‘in bloom’ judging

Katie Pratt's winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Katie Pratt’s winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Congratulations to Katie Pratt on being chosen as the winner of the Village Bakery’s Fathers’ Day drawing competition. A lot of thought and work obviously went into her drawing. Lucky Dad!

All entrants were able to collect a free cupcake yesterday.

Prince Henry’s charity musical performance

A late reminder that there’s a musical performance this evening at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, supporting Menston charity Angels for Children. At 7.00pm, the event features Prince Henry’s senior performance students. Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions), on the door or from http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/phgstickets.

Menston village classic MG gets 2nd

Daimler Dart, Steve Ellams' MG TD and an MG A at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car & Vehicle Rally.

The MG TD  shown in the middle in the picture at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car and Vehicle Rally at Harewood House got a ‘runner up’ in the sports car category. Menston owner Steve Ellams says he got a ‘third’ when he attended the show with this MG 21 years ago so is hoping for a win at the show in 2036 though he’s worried about being able to get into and out of the car at 84! The picture also shows a “stunning” Daimler Dart and MG A.

Menston in Bloom judging

Strawberry teas waiting to go at the Menston in Bloom annual eventVery windy but nevertheless much better weather than last year for Menston in Bloom‘s annual strawberry tea and plant sale, this year at the Mackenzies’ in Park Road. The picture shows strawberry teas waiting to go out – delicious!

The Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be in Menston on 10 July so it’s not too early to be tidying wherever you can. There are sure to be more formal ‘work sessions’ before judging day and any help will be very welcome. Email Gemma Kelmanson (gemmaspace@tiscali.co.uk ) for details.

 

A great time at the Angels’ Summer Ball

_DSC6272_edIf the pictures below are any indication then everyone seemed to have a great time at the Summer Ball organised by the Menston-based charity ‘Angels for Children‘ at the Craiglands Hotel last Saturday.

Some of the many pictures taken (© Petronela Prisca) are shown below – click any one to see them all larger as a slide show – but if you’d like to see all the pictures (there are more!) then come back to this site this coming weekend when there should be a link to them all.

Opened by talented young Menston singer-guitarist Hattie Barnes, the evening included dinner, dancing and games.

Angels for Children, run by Beth Street who, as you will see manages to keep smiling while working her socks off, is raising money to rebuild schools in the Philippines which were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. If you could not make the ball but would like to make a donation go to the charity’s website: http://www.angelsforchildren.org.uk/

IPad project to support Menston elderly off to a good start, as is cheese club

Five of the 'teaching' team

The eggs2iPads project got off to a great start on Thursday evening at The Menstone club in Farnley Road; five enthusiastic, elderly ‘students’ turned up thanks to Menston Cares, which brought them, and the idea that this first session would be just a ‘get-to-know-you’ social occasion was quickly put aside. With the special welcome cake, from the Village Bakery of course, tea, coffee and other drinks consumed, iPads were quickly turned on and ‘teaching’ began.

The six strong teaching team, Adam (France), Hattie (Barnes), Joe (Woollin), Luke (Guzder), Sam (Craske) and Shaun (Street) were soon hard at work solving questions on the iPads and, sometimes, on other tablets brought by some of the students – Dorothy, Janet, Jean, John and Pat – and some supporters. The young team all attend local schools, St Mary’s Menston, Guiseley School and Bradford Grammar School. All are members of Menston’s Explorer Scouts.

Apart from the volunteer drivers who brought the elderly people, thanks are due to Menston Community Association members Sue Rix and Tony JointMenston Cares Chair and Officer Jane Pratt and Sue Lee, and Beth Street, who came to support, and Petronela Prisca who temporarily joined the ‘teaching team’ with her iPad 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Project 'logo' on T-shirts worn by the 'eggs2iPads' team, showing a photo of eggs on an iPad

Project ‘logo’ on T-shirts worn by the ‘eggs2iPads’ team

One question resolved was “Where do the eggs come in?”, the long project title being ‘Teaching grandmother, from eggs to iPads‘ (see below – surprisingly many had not heard the saying).

A fine evening of Yorkshire cheeses

First meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses Cheese club at the Menstone. Jeremy Benn or the left of the table, Caroline Bell on the right

First meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses Cheese Club at The Menstone. Jeremy Benn on the left of the table, Caroline Bell on the right. 10kg of Shepherd’s Purse cheeses behind.

The Menstone was also the venue later the same day for the first meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses‘ Cheese Club, hosted by Jeremy Benn, founder of the local company. A packed downstairs at the club tucked in to about 10kg of cheese from Shepherd’s Purse cheeses of Thirsk following a great introduction from Caroline Bell, daughter of founder Judith Bell. Caroline gave a good explanation of the differences between the different blues, comparing them to well-known French creations like Roquefort.


For another approach to the above stories see the grumpytyke blog.


 

Don’t try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs (from www.phrases.org.uk)
Don’t offer advice to someone who has more experience than oneself.
These days this proverbial saying has little impact as few people have any direct experience of sucking eggs – grandmothers included (This may be true in the UK but is certainly not true in Romania where egg shells are decorated for Easter and many ‘suck eggs’- Editor).
It is quite an old phrase and is included in John Stevens’ translation of Quevedo’s Comical Works, 1707: “You would have me teach my Grandame to suck Eggs.”

Eggs2iPads and Writers Club projects get going; young Menston talent at Summer Ball; we have a younger man on the Parish Council and another woman

Three of the 'eggs2iPads' project 'teachers': Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder and Shaun Street, having fun with an iPad

Three of the ‘eggs2iPads’ project ‘teachers’: Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder and Shaun Street.

The project aimed at reducing loneliness for elderly people living alone, called ‘Teaching grandmother – from eggs to iPads‘ (eggs2iPads for short), gets underway this coming Thursday. Six elderly people will meet up with six teenagers to learn some of the mysteries of the internet and how to access them using an iPad.

Project sessions, under the umbrella of the Menston Community Association, will be at The Menstone club in Farnley Road at 5.00pm on Thursdays. The elderly people will be brought to The Menstone by volunteers from Menston Cares. The young ‘teachers’ are at the moment all Menston Explorer Scouts.

Once familiar with the iPad the ‘students’ will learn how to communicate with distant relatives using programs like Skype, how to search the World Wide Web for information, how to email if they wish and even how to shop on-line – or anything else they wish to learn. However, socialising with the young people on a regular basis is an equally important part of the venture.

The project has been helped financially by the Lloyds Bank Community Fund, the money from this organisation being used to buy two iPads. These are being supplemented with personal iPads from volunteers involved in the project. Later in the project, ‘students’ who wish to buy an iPad will be helped to set it up; those unable to buy one may be able to borrow an iPad for short periods at appropriate times.

More offers of help, from would-be ‘teachers’ (13 to 17 years old) or from people able to offer transport will be very welcome. All adults involved will be DBS cleared and one always in attendance at sessions. Requests to join the sessions, from elderly people living alone, will be welcome too. All enquiries should be made by email to Roger at menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com.

Talented young Menston singer/guitarist will open charity Summer Ball

Hattie Barnes, with her guitar, performing at the recent 'Bambisanani' concert at St Mary's Menston

Hattie Barnes performing at the recent ‘Bambisanani’ concert at St Mary’s Menston

Hattie Barnes, one of Menston’s talented young musicians who attends St Mary’s Menston, will open the Summer Ball organised to raise money to help rebuild schools destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. This black tie event at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, which includes a two-course meal and a live band, has been organised by Beth Street who organised a very successful similar event last year and the wonderful Soul Night at Kirklands earlier this year.

For tickets for the ball, £25 each, contact Beth Street on 0771 978 5986.

Writers Club off to a good start in Menston

The first session in Menston of the recently formed Writers Club got off to a good start with two more Menston writers, from each end of the age spectrum, turning up.

As a result of the variety of members’ requirements from the club the sessions have been divided between Menston and Ilkley, though a session in Skipton is planned in June, and there will be three sessions a month, mostly on Saturdays.

During the sessions in Menston, at The Menstone club in Farnley Road,  members will chat generally about writing and exchange ideas but have the opportunity to read their own work, if they wish, to the others. The next two sessions in Menston are at 12.10 on Saturday 13 June and 18th July. Drinks and snacks are available from the bar during the sessions. Details are listed in the ‘Events’ pages of this site and flagged up at the appropriate time in the ‘Imminent events’ listing on the right.

The Ilkley sessions, currently planned to be in Cafe Nero, will combine an opportunity to chat with an opportunity to write; some will be limited to just writing. For more details contact the founder of the club, Ruxandra Busoiu, by email at rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

Parish Council ‘election’

We didn’t get an election for the Parish Council, which was a pity as we had no opportunity to signal support for some candidates, but we did get a younger man with children and a woman to replace former Cllr Sue Rix who stood down. So thank you to Lilias Mcculloch and Philip Moore for adding two very active campaigners to the Council.

It’s a pity that, given the wonderful turnout and demonstration of ‘community’ on Tour de Yorkshire day, there were not many more nominations so we could have had an election. As it was there were only seven nominations, the number of ‘seats’ currently on the Council, so no election. Does that tell us something about the community’s view of the relevance of the Parish Council?

There have been rumours that perhaps the number of seats could be increased to nine and another two active campaigners seconded on. That can surely only be a good thing.

A Menston welcome for the Tour de Yorkshire; Writers Club to meet in Menston; don’t forget to vote locally on Thursday; Art Show next weekend

Some of the crowds gathered alongside Menston Park and up Bingley Road waiting for the Tour de Yorkshire riders

What a Menston turnout for the Tour de Yorkshire! It did the village proud but pointed again to the ineffectiveness of the Parish Council in representing the people of our wonderful community. More about this below in the context of the forthcoming election on Thursday 7 May. (Thanks to Sue Rix for the picture).

Art Show

The first of Menston Arts Club‘s two annual shows is next weekend – Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 May at the Community Centre. There’s no entry charge and you might find an appealing picture to enhance a wall. Details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Writers Club

Ruxandra Busoiu, founder of the new Writer's Club, which will meet at The Menstone

Ruxandra Busoiu, founder of the new Writers Club, which will meet at The Menstone (pic by Bob Hamilton)

Writers and would-be writers of any genre are invited to come to a meeting of a new Writers Club, formed in Ilkley but which will be meeting every other Saturday lunchtime in Menston, at The Menstone club in Farnley Road. The next meeting will be on Saturday 16 May (the next on 30th) at 12.00 upstairs at The Menstone. It’s a small, informal friendly group with a wide age range, currently from early 20s to over 70s. There’s no agenda at the moment and no fees. It’s not a ‘writing course’, no lessons – just a group with an interest in writing who meet up for a chat and swap ideas. Sometimes when the weather’s good we might retire to Menston Park.

The Menstone serves drinks – coffee and tea, beer and others and offers snacks like Paninis so if you want to make it a lunch meeting, not just a lunchtime meeting, you can.

The group was set up by Ruxandra Busoiu, a young behavioural psychologist  who graduated from Bradford University and has been working for the NHS. She now lives in Ilkley. One member of the group has had a book published though it’s not a novel. Two have been working journalists. Three aspire to write a novel. Some write poetry and short stories but don’t want to write a novel. And, of course, one writes this blog (and some others). So whatever writing you do, published or not, or want to do, you’ll be welcome.

Just turn up on a Saturday 16 May lunchtime if you wish; if you prefer to make contact before just email  rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

The election

Thursday 7 May we have three elections in Menston – national, district and parish.

No comment here about the national election other than to note that Philip Davies has been a very good local representative who has often gone against his own party for something he believes in and has worked extraordinarily hard for Menston. So, many who are of other political persuasions may well feel they should vote for him on that basis.

If only party politics could be eradicated from the district council.

As far as the Parish Council is concerned, we do have one woman nominated. Lilias Mcculloch has long been a force in the battle against undue noise from airport operations so it will be good to have a female with her energy and perseverance on the council, especially as Sue Rix stood down after a very energetic term in office. A substantial number of votes for Lilias would show she is appreciated by the community.

Unfortunately, as there were no nominations for other women or younger men, we will inevitably be stuck with the old team for another four years. The Tour de Yorkshire gave an insight into what we can expect there.

Last year, when it was suggested at a Parish Council meeting that the village should do something to mark the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, it was said that as it was not passing through Menston nothing would be done. Some might think that was reasonable, some not. But it is embarrassing that when such an event is to come to us the same lethargic, do nothing attitude prevailed. What an opportunity missed to put Menston on the map, as other village communities like Addingham or Hunmanby did.

It was wonderful to see such a large part of our community, of all ages, coming together along Bingley Road; the community atmosphere was wonderful; special thanks to a few individuals who did do something – bunting, the wonderful comic figure, etc.

But no thanks to the Parish Council. The massive turnout illustrated well just how unrepresentative of the community the council have been.

There is a way out. The self-elected Council could ‘adopt’ others to the Council, as happened with the only female member in the past. But some younger people, and more women, would have to put themselves forward.