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Best ever Menston Show? Final post on this site?

Krizzler Cree with her painting which won best young person's entry and the Barbara Hannam Trophy

Krizzler Cree with her painting, which was judged best young person’s entry in show, and the Barbara Hannam Trophy

The 42nd Menston Village Show, held in the Kirklands Community Centre on Saturday 9 September was “the best show ever” said Show President Sue Rix as she thanked the crowds attending, the entrants who had earlier braved appalling weather to bring their entries, the hardworking committee and ‘town cryer’ Elisa Mowe who presented the trophies, before introducing the trophy winners.

Wandering from exhibit to exhibit two things were striking: the wonderful flower displays and arrangements but, even more remarkable, the astounding creativity and practical abilities of local youngsters. Baking, models, needlework, Lego constructions, art, odd creations with fruit and vegetables, floating flowers – all demonstrated an extraordinary ability. The only disappointment was that there seemed to be no entries in the class to write a prose piece or a poem; perhaps it was the given theme, WW1, which was not maybe appropriate for young writers. Not setting a theme, following the example of local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe in its young poets’ competition last year, would surely have produced some accomplished entries. There was some excellent handwriting though.

As usual on this site, you can view the pictures in the gallery below larger, as a slide show, by clicking on any one of them.

Youngsters’ trophy winners

Barbara Hannam Trophy for best children’s entry: Krizzler Cree

Fred Marcham Cup for needlework/embroidery: Lily Edwards

Junior Photography Cup: E Zigmund

Children’s cups for Floral Art, Novelty and Baking

Age 6 and under: Sophie Wilson

Age 7 to 10: Lucy McNabb

Age 11 to 14: Rebecca Shaw

Children’s handicrafts cups

Age 6 and under: Ben Richardson and Charlie Whelan (joint winners)

Age 7 to 10: Ronnie Barker and Emelyn McCann (joint winners)

Age 11 to 14: Lily Edwards and Owen Sage (joint winners)

Adult trophy winners

Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy for best in show: Brian Parker

Fawcett Trophy for overall winner: Julie Wilks

Derek Bond Trophy for fruit and vegetables: Barry Atkinson

Fred Ashton Trophy for flowers: Geoff Lomas

Rose Wood Trophy for best single rose: Andrew Sage

Wharfedale Fuchsia Society Trophy: Brian Parker

Joan Pullan Cup for flower arrangement: Elizabeth Loy

Handicrafts Cup: Julie Wilks

Photography Cup: Muriel Sage

Final Post on this site?

This site was originally set up when the ‘official’ Menston website was not working and repeated declarations it would be working “soon” were not fulfilled. By the time the ‘official’ site was working sufficient followers of this site had requested that it continue as it took a completely different, more journalistic, approach, often took a campaigning stance (eg about inappropriate development), was not ‘censored’, offered the possibility to comment, could offer better coverage of village events like the village show with – when appropriate – a photo gallery, and a running village events diary.

Things have changed. Campaigning on inappropriate development has the Menston Action Group site (though disappointingly it doesn’t seem to offer readers the ability to comment). Facebook, despite its superficiality and tendency to descend into meaningless ‘comment’ and so called ‘wit’, not to mention the appalling English which is a feature of many posts, has not only taken over some of the ‘campaigning’ role but also that of publicising some village events though it can only report on them in a limited way.

The above all developed over a period when ill health of the creator/author/editor of this site meant that posts became erratic. It was first said that an attempt would be made to maintain the diary and coverage of major events but the former relied on the author trawling the village for news, which he is no longer able to do. It was decided to change the direction of the site, using it to feature the many remarkable people to whom Menston is home. However, the author was to be a superb other blogger living in the village. She finally decided she was unable to do it so this plan was put on hold.

This plan has not been entirely abandoned but although it may be possible to resurrect the idea of featuring remarkable villagers, written by the site editor, perhaps about one a month, it would be merited only if news of forthcoming events was submitted reliably, in a format making it easy to transfer information to this site’s listing. So far requests to event organisers have generally had no effect.

So, it’s possible this will be the final post on this site.

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Magnificent flowers and superb junior entries at Menston Show

A number of innovations in the classes, especially acceptance of 15/16 year olds who in previous years had to compete against adults, attracted some wonderful entries to the 41st annual Menston Show last Saturday.

Some of the prize and trophy winners at the 41st Menston Show

Some of the prize and trophy winners

As usual on this website, clicking on any picture in the montage below will show all pictures larger, with captions, as a slide show.

Dahlias made a big comeback, as did flowers generally following a summer which did not favour fruit and vegetables. Show stalwart Elizabeth Loy picked up two cups despite finding time to again mount her guessing game with animal, vegetable, mineral specimens; “I think I found five future geologists”, she said.

Junior entries showed a wide range of creativity and skill and best in show went to a superb bit of baking by Olivia Ashworth Ellis with her focaccia bread with olives and home grown rosemary. Handicrafts, both junior and adult, displayed tremendous skill.

Burley’s Dougie Ascough was back to scoop the fruit and vegetable trophy, share the flower trophy with Raymond Pollard for magnificent dahlias, and again take the overall show winner trophy.

Another innovation was to ask Barnoldswick town crier, Elisa Mowe, to present the trophies in her full regalia. Elisa, who spent much of her life in Guiseley, will be moving back to Menston to live soon.

Thanks to sponsors and donors

The show owes much to many donations from Menston businesses, including members of the Menston Business Association and the two sponsors, Menston estate agents Ribston Pippin, and Shipley Paint (Manor Coating Systems). Show President Sue Rix also paid tribute to the team of volunteers, including the show committee, who work tirelessly to make the show a success and invited anyone interested to join them to contact her.

Results

Full results for all classes can be found by clicking on the Menston Show Results logo in the right hand column.

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.

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.

Menston Village Show 2015 Results

Elizabeth Loy with her intriguing collection of things animal, mineral and vegetable

Elizabeth Loy with her intriguing collection of things animal, mineral and vegetable

Frances Johnson with her arrangement and trophy

‘Best in Show’ was the flower arrangement ‘Menston Show 40th Birthday’ by Frances Johnson, who now holds the Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy.

Though the number of entries on the 40th Menston Show, 2015, was down on last year, due in part at least to the dismal summer weather, “the standard was very high, causing some problems for the judges in choosing winners”, commented Show President Sue Rix introducing the prize giving. In fact some trophies were awarded jointly to more than one entrant.

Long-serving show committee member Elizabeth Loy brought a fascinating display of things animal, vegetable and mineral and asked visitors to say what they were. A beetle the size of a sparrow, a giant starfish and a less unusual spray of yew were alongside a spray of gypsophilia which, Elizabeth told us, was commonly called ‘baby’s breath’, and so featured appropriately in flower arrangements on the theme ‘Royal baby’. Elizabeth took the Joan Pullan cup for flower arrangement.

Four year old Beatrice wth her book, prize in show sponsors Ribston Pippin's competition

Four year old Beatrice, who won her prize in show sponsors Ribston Pippin’s competition, with the estate agent’s director Lisa

Emily with her cup

Emily Pugh won the cup for her picture entered in the new -pre-school class

Under 5s competing

It was lovely to see some ‘tiny tots’ competing and there were at least two prize winners under 5 years old: Emily Pugh won the newly introduced picture competition for pre-schoolers and with it a children’s cup; a prize for under 5s in the competition run by Show sponsors Ribston Pippin went to four years old Beatrice.

‘Best in Show’, the Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy, went to Frances Johnson for a wonderful flower arrangement on the theme ‘Menston Show 40th birthday’, set in a planter full of a variety of things found in other show classes.

Though vegetables were a bit sparse it was good to see some very ugly potatoes which, ugly they may be, but for taste most more usually-shaped potatoes cannot compete, as one lucky bidder at the after show produce auction can attest as he had them for dinner the same evening (guess who!). The auction is a great opportunity to get some fresh home-grown produce rather than runner beans from Spain, tomatoes from Holland, etc, etc.

Call to join show committee

A surprising revelation by Sue Rix in her thanks, which included those for the other show sponsor Manor Coating Systems of Shipley: the show committee, which meets just four times a year, still has founding members, from 40 years ago, serving. New recruits will be welcomed, she said.

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40TH MENSTON VILLAGE SHOW RESULTS

for all the results from the 2015 show.

Click any picture too see it larger, as part of a slide show of all the pictures below (pictures are copyright Petronela Prisca and Roger Livesey but Menston residents are welcome to grab them for family use).

Lots to do in Menston this weekend – Alan Ayckbourn, Village Show and Beer & Cider Festival

Correction: the Alan Ayckbourn play is next week – Friday 18th (as was correctly listed under ‘Events’).

A ‘big’ weekend in Menston to finish the summer – autumn begins a week on Wednesday. Alan Ayckbourn theatre at Highroyds on Friday evening; the 40th Menston Village Show on Saturday; a Beer & Cider Festival at The Menstone on Friday and Saturday. All these have been in the ‘Events’ listing on this site so this is just a last-minute reminder.

Menston Village Show

Toddlers are awed by the onions display at the 2014 show

The under fives can compete For the first time this year

As usual the annual Menston Village Show is in the Kirklands Community Centre on Saturday. Entries for the over 80 classes must be delivered to the main hall between 10.30 and 11.30 (absolute latest). The hall is closed for judging between noon and 2pm. Public viewing is between 2pm and 4pm with prize/trophy presentations beginning at about 3.30pm. Some of the displayed produce will be auctioned about 4pm.

Full details of all the classes, and an entry form, can be found on this site by clicking the ‘Menston Village Show button’ towards the bottom of the right hand column.

As well as the usual raffle, tombola and refreshments served through the opening hours, an innovation this year is a class for under fives.

Alan Ayckbourn at Highroyds

Though born in London, Sir Alan Aychbourn has become a ‘Yorkshire playwright’ as all but four of his 70 plays have had their first performance in Scarborough.

This Friday’s performance by the ‘Happy to be here’ theatre company at the Highroyds Sports and Social Club is of ‘Sugar Daddies’. Still time to get a ticket or you can buy them on the door. Details under ‘Events’. At £8 a ticket, £6 concessions, it’s a bargain.

Beer and Cider Festival

The Menstone club in Farnley Road has a Beer and Cider Festival running over Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 11pm each day. Lots of beers to try and meals or snacks if you wish, including cheese and biscuits from Wharfedale Fine Cheeses. Well worth a wander down after the Village Show.

High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden Open Day

The High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden will be open, with members of the management committee available to answer questions, from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday there will be an interdenominational service in the chapel at 4pm.

Menston Show, Menston ballet students in Giselle, strawberry tea with Menston in Bloom and still places for the Summer Ball or for elderly to enjoy iPads with youngsters

Run up to the 40th Menston Village Show has begun; all the details are now on this website, with a few new classes for entry. The Show box in the right hand column, clicking it will take you to all the details, will be a permanent feature on the site from now until Show day, 12 September.

The second session of the ‘eggs2iPads‘ project is at The Menstone club on Thursday tea-time. If you know an elderly, potentially isolated villager who would enjoy this weekly meeting with some great teenagers, get in touch either by email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com or phone Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945

Menston ballet students in Giselle

Niamh ? and April ? who will be dancing in Giselle on Friday and Saturday evenings

Niamh Cater and April Lever who will be dancing in Giselle on Friday and Saturday evenings

Three superb events on Saturday this week. First, Menston ballet class students Niamh Cater, 13, and April Lever, 11, will be dancing in Giselle with the English Youth Ballet at St George’s Hall on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Niamh is also  Ballet Scholar with the British Ballet Organization. Unfortunately another two Menston students invited to dance in the production had to pull out because of GCSE exams. For more information on the ballet weekly sessions at the Kirklands Community Centre email Stephanie at menston@btapacademy.co.uk.

Strawberry tea and plant sale

Saturday afternoon is an occasion to go for a strawberry tea with Menston in Bloom and pick up a few plants for the garden; let’s hope the weather is kinder than last year for this annual fund-raising event. Tea will be served between 2pm and 4pm at 23 Park Road. Entry, which includes the strawberry tea, is £2.50. Children are free and there will be creative table activities for them.

Summer Ball

Hattie Barnes

Hattie Barnes

A good way to round off Saturday will be to don the gladrags and go to the Summer Ball  on 6th June evening at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley. There are still some tickets for this grand black tie event, staged by Menston charity Angels for Children, which raises money to help rebuild schools in the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. From 7.30pm till late, the ticket price of £25 includes a two course dinner, there’s a live band for dancing and the evening will be opened by talented Menston musician Hattie Barnes. For tickets call Beth Street on 0771 978 5986 or for more information on the charity go to  http://www.angelsforchildren.org.uk.

Cooking fun for kids – English picnic theme

Planning a picnic? Let the kids do the work after a session with Mighty Chefs at Menston Cricket Club from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. This coming Saturday’s session has an English picnic theme. Contact http://www.mightychefs.co.uk