Category Archives: Menston in Bloom

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’.
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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.

Bereavement Care more accessible, Menston in Bloom working hard, great post on village Facebook group, video not to miss

After more than a decade of service after founding the Menston & Burley in Wharfedale Bereavement Care support group, Margaret Christelow (she is still involved) handed over leadership  to former GP Sue Kennedy.  Since then there have been a few changes, one important one being a point of contact which does not involve contacting counsellors at home so availability is more sure.

The group now has three fully trained counsellors among the eight active members, all of whom have enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) accreditation (and are insured through Menston Cares). An important development is that about half the members are not affiliated to a church and so it is hoped that people who do not go to church will feel more comfortable approaching the group if they need some support following death of a loved one. The group meets three times a year with one training session.

The point of contact, 01943 864405, is St Mary’s Parish Centre which will pass a query on to the bereavement group. Alternatively, there is usually a member of the group at the Cornerstone cafe in Menston’s Main Street from 10am till noon each Tuesday.

It’s worth mentioning that the Menston Horizon Group, for those living with loss,  meets on the last Friday of each month at the Parish Rooms behind St John’s Church from 10am till 11am. Contact is Sue Navias, tel 875466.

Menston in Bloom hard at work

Menston in Bloom volunteers at work on 3o January 2016

Braving the biting wind the Menston in Bloom volunteers were out out in force and busy on Saturday, ensuring we have a blooming fabulous Spring and Summer whatever the weather. They are always looking for more volunteers to help at the occasional sessions. Contact Gemma Kelmanson, email gem22min@icloud.com. Many thanks to Petronela Prisca for braving the wind to get the photo.

Some imminent ‘events’ to note

Although sessions will not resume until March after a winter break, the Menston Community Association eggs2iPads project is looking for more youngsters between 12 and 17 to join the teaching team. Details under the Events menu (10 March). Next Writers Club meeting at the Menstone on 6 February has the theme ‘Valentine’. All writers welcome. Details under the Events menu. And the watercolours class at the Kirklands Community Centre needs another two or three members to continue. The next session is at 9.35am on 4 February. Again details under Events.

FB Celebration not castigation, please

It was great to see so many ‘Likes’ on Lucy Hooton‘s post on the Facebook Menston Village Group, calling for fewer moans and more celebration of why most Menstonites love so much living here. Many people dislike Facebook groups as they so often descend into gripe shops and once or twice the Menston FB looked in danger of doing that, despite Charlie Barnes’s best efforts. Hopefully Lucy’s timely post will ensure it remains back on track. Did you see Miles Charlesworth‘s great video he posted to the group? If not, worth a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mjzxrVWjGQ&app=desktop .