Category Archives: Menston Youth

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.

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Hunt for Menston & Burley young writers

The poster publicising the competitionThe hunt for young poets and short story writers in Menston and Burley begins on Monday 18 April when our local writers’ club, which celebrated its first year of existence recently by adopting the name ‘Writing on the Wharfe‘, opens a competition to find talented young writers living in the two neighbouring villages. The aim is to announce ‘Menston & Burley Young Poet of the Year‘ and ‘Menston and Burley Young Short Story Writer of the Year‘ at the Menston Summer Fair on Saturday 2 July.

Youngsters between 6 and 17 years old have until a closing date of 4 June to submit a poem of up to 30 lines, or a short story of up to 1,500 words (there are no minimum lengths). Names of the writers will be removed before submission to a panel of judges who will award first, second and third places in four age categories in each of two classes of writing – poetry and short stories. The four age categories are 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12 – 15 years, 16-17 years. A ‘Young Writer of the Year’ will be chosen in each class – poetry and short stories – from the first places in each of the four age categories.

The names of the two young writers of the year will be announced at the Menston Summer Fair, when certificates for first, second and third places in each age category will be presented. Awarded entries in each of the eight categories will be displayed at the Fair and the two ‘Young Writers of the Year’ will be given the opportunity to read their submissions to visitors to the fair; if they do not wish to do so they will be read by a member of the writers’ club.

All the awarded submissions will be published on this website.

Details of the competition will be displayed on village notice boards and made available to schools attended by pupils living in Menston and Burley. Entry forms are available for downloading on this website – click the Writing on the Wharfe logo in the right column to go the the club page, then click the link to download the entry form. Printed entry forms will be available at libraries in the two villages, where entries typed on paper can be left. However, submission by email is preferred, the email address to which they should be sent being writingonthewharfe@gmail.com.

The Writing on the Wharfe club members meet fortnightly on Saturdays, usually at the Menstone Club in Menston (1pm) but occasionally at other venues (see under the ‘Events‘ menu), especially when the weather is good. Members at the moment include purely amateur writers from poets to singer songwriters but also professionals including working and retired journalists and a radio producer. Ages range from mid 20s to over 80.

New members are welcome; there are no membership fees. For more information contact founder of the club, Ruxandra Busoiu, email rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

Competition to find Menston/Burley ‘Young Writers’; flooding solutions; High Royds memorial garden development; St John’s graveyard open afternoon

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Now one year old, the writers’ club which meets regularly at the Menstone club has adopted a new name to reflect its local base – Writing on the Wharfe – and will, within the next week, announce a competition to name ‘Young Menston & Burley Poet of the Year‘ and ‘Young Menston & Burley Short Story Writer of the Year‘. The competition will be open to young writers – six to 17 years old in various age categories, living in either Menston or Burley in Wharfedale (ie, living in post codes LS29 6xx or LS29 7xx. The two chosen young writers of the year, and winners in each age category (6-8, 9-11, 12-15, 16-17), will be announced at the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July at Menston Primary School.

Full details will be published on this site, posters will be displayed in Menston and Burley and schools, primary and high, attended by students living in Menston and Burley  will receive information within the next week or so. Watch this site.

The competition will open for entries on Monday 18 April and close for entries on Saturday 4 June.

Members of the Writing on the Wharfe club were treated to a short recital of flamenco guitar music and brief explanations of some flamenco styles by local guitarist and tutor Samuel Moore at the most recent meeting and will be making a group visit to the forthcoming Leeds Flamenco Festival in May.

A way to reduce flooding in Menston and elsewhere?

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

A novel solution to reduce flooding will be presented at a public meeting, by local campaigner Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE, FRS, FR Eng, at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm, 26 April. The meeting, organised by Menston Parish Council, is open to all. Professor Rhodes has, of course, given expert evidence at local enquiries and meetings on housing development in Menston and at a court hearings instigated by the Menston Action Group.

Open day at St John’s Churchyard

There will be an open afternoon at St John’s Parish Church churchyard on 1 May, with lots of activities including some for children. See the entry under ‘Events’.

Poster for open afternoon at St John's churchyard

High Royds memorial garden meeting

Poster publicising meeting of High Royds Memorial Garden committee

It’s Wembley for Menston dance class; free concert at Kirklands

Wish luck to this wonderful team of youngsters who are students in the weekly ballet/dance classes at Menston’s Kirklands Community Centre with ‘Miss Stephanie’ (Stephanie Clements) of Bradford Theatre Arts (BTA).

Set for Wembley, the Menston class team, left to right: back row; Kenix Lee, Emma Oxford, Ketie Quinn, Victoria Pickles, Sam Foster, Niamh Cater, Caitlin Brister; front row: Josephine Gibbs, Madeleine Wolfenden, Mollie Foster, Emma Townsend, April Lever, Megan Dobbin.

Set for Wembley, the Menston class team. Left to right – back row: Kenix Lee, Emma Oxford, Katie Quinn, Victoria Pickles, Sam Foster, Niamh Cater, Caitlin Brister – front row: Josephine Gibbs, Madeleine Wolfenden, Mollie Foster, Emma Townsend, April Lever, Megan Dobbin.

This weekend they have completed 16 hours of rehearsal for an appearance at the Wembley Stadium on 16th April and did the same a couple of weeks ago. They will be dancing to the voice of Grammy Award winner Foxes in what is set to be the biggest ever mass movement dance with a singer. They have been rehearsing with another 27 or so dancers from other BTA classes and 20 from the Emma Pilling Dance Academy in Swinton to make a Yorkshire contingent of 60. They will join well over 1000 dancers from all corners of the UK on April 16th. The Guinness book record for this type of event currently stands at 546 dancers. The mass dance will be before a capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium for the big annual Saracens ‘derby’ rugby match.

The 60 strong Yorkshire contingent going to Wembley, rehearsing with a dance coach from Proex, which currently holds the Guiness book record for mass dance, in the Kirklands Community Centre on Sunday morning.

The 60 strong Yorkshire contingent going to Wembley, rehearsing with a dance coach from Proex, which currently holds the Guiness book record for mass dance, in the Kirklands Community Centre on Sunday morning.

The Menston class is this year celebrating 20 years in the village, run by ballet examiner Stephanie Clements who founded BTA. Other than in school holidays there are classes every Saturday morning for beginners and lower grades and Tuesday evening classes for more advanced, Grade 4 and above. The classes are usually listed under Events on this site. Many youngsters come to the Menston classes from elsewhere in the Bradford area and asked why they say: “It’s fun but we work to get our grades”; “We get opportunities like this dancing at Wembley which we would not get anywhere else”; “We make friends outside of where we live”; “There is great camaraderie in this class and always support from the others”.

Free ‘thank you’ concert

Not to be missed is a concert with the Harrogate Male Voice Choir on Saturday 16th April, 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall on Main Street. It has been arranged by the Menston Action Group as, the group says, a thank you to the people of Menston for their support. It’s free, including refreshments.

Snooker ace and young teachers top the bill at the Menstone club; Easter events; Writers Club news

Another great evening at the Menstone club on Thursday with six times world snooker champion Steve Davis entertaining youngsters first then older enthusiasts later. BBC Look North covered the event with, appropriately, Menston’s own superb presenter, Charlotte Leeming, reporting with her usual infectious enthusiasm.

Don’t forget the Open Acoustic Mike evening at the club this coming Sunday, 8pm start. Great opportunity to hear some superb local talent, and it’s free.

Some exciting news from the Writers Club, soon. Watch this space.

More young women join iPad ‘teachers’ 

Eggs2iPads project teachers, left to right, Kezia Hollings, Hattie Barnes and Rosie Ogden outside the Menstone club

Eggs2iPads project teachers, left to right, Kezia Hollings, Hattie Barnes and Rosie Ogden.

However, it wasn’t the only milestone event at the Menstone on that night. The teenage teaching team in the Menston Community Association’s eggs2iPads project moved closer to gender equality with now three delightful young ladies in the team. Hattie Barnes has been in the team from the start almost a year ago and has rarely missed a session. Kezia Hollings joined her last week and already is looking an ‘old hand’ and this week they were joined by Rosie Ogden. The team’s young men have also recently been augmented by Emmot Hollings, now our youngest teacher at 13, and Josh Geering, 15.

We now have about 18 ‘students’ from the older generation. Although the project began with the idea of helping to tackle potential elderly isolation by showing members of the older generation how to contact distant family and friends using, eg, Skype, on an iPad or other tablet, it has become much more. The ‘students’ say they really enjoy this unique opportunity to meet up with youngsters once a week and what they are doing on internet now extends from taking advantage of the Waitrose ‘favourites’ on-line shopping scheme and, of course emailing, to playing games and following up hobbies by searching for information using Goggle and the like. It’s quite a surprise to see elderly ladies enjoying games like Candy Crush!

The sessions are weekly at the Menstone on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm, except in school holidays and new ‘teachers’ and ‘students’ are welcome. Either email menston.village,wharfedale@gmail.com or phone Jane Pratt on Menston 876945. There are no ‘formal’ classes, no fees, you don’t have to commit to coming every week, and a coffee, tea or other drinks are available at very reasonable prices from the bar.

Easter events

Among Easter events of which we are aware are the Menstone’s annual Easter egg hunt next Friday, 25 March, an Easter coffee morning at the Methodist Church Hall and a messy church for youngsters and Easter services in the church, see under Events menu for more details of these. There must be more but persuading village organisations to submit details of their events (to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com) is continuing to prove difficult.

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 .