Category Archives: Menston schools

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.

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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.

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

Two Menston charities with big events today; Summer Fair next Saturday

The annual charity day at Bleach Mill House is today, cakes and drinks in a lovely setting from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

All money raised will again go to Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, who has cerebral palsy.

Poster for the charity day at Bleach Mill House with a picture of Charlotte

Summer Fair 2 July

Lots going on at the Menston Summer Fair on Saturday 2 July. It will be opened by Look North presenter Charlotte Leeming at 2.00pm and this will be followed by announcement of the names of Menston & Burley Young Poet of the Year and  Menston & Burley Young Short Story Writer of the Year, chosen by local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe. Awards of trophies and certificates later in the afternoon, with a lot of entries on display.

Poster for the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July

Charity Ball

It’s not too late to get a ticket to the Charity Ball this evening (Saturday 25 June), organised by Menston charity Angels for Children. For details go to Events.

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!

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.

Another great Bambisanani concert at St Mary’s. Beware, Victorian Highroyds inmates at large?

WotWboxThe now annual concert at St Mary’s Menston, to raise money for the Bambisanani Partnership project visit to Mnyakanya School in South Africa and work in that country by the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO), provided a great night out on Friday. Individual talent from the school, including solo singers but also duos and trios in close harmony and some impressive piano were backed up by the school’s ukulele orchestra and, of course, the LYJRO.

Click on any individual picture to see it larger in a slide show of them all.


Victorian Highroyds inmates at large?

Reports received suggest that ghost stories about Highroyds may be true. Two teenage hobby photographers visiting the estate recently to get photographs of the impressive architecture were set upon, at least verbally, by a haridan and a couple of male supporters.

Others suggest that the ‘ghosts’ were in fact just jobsworth employees who hold the view that all teenagers must be up to no good. If so, they need to get out and see the superb work many of our local youngsters are doing, including those involved in the above concert and the project which it supports.