Category Archives: Village Information Centre

To be or not – continuing this site/blog?

Picture of tin can and string for communication

Acknowledgement to ITworld

Postings on this site/blog have become somewhat irregular for some time, mainly due to the health of the author. Even the event listings are not and have not been as complete or as up to date as in the past, much of this due to not receiving news of events directly by email (see below – incomplete information particularly affects the ‘Imminent events‘ listing in the right column) in a situation where the author has not been able to trawl notice boards etc or chase village organisations as in the past (apologies to those who have sent information but it has not appeared; sometimes this is health interfering, sometimes lack of space, sometimes it is judged not be be of wide enough interest). In this situation stopping publication of this site is being considered but, having mentioned the dilemma – it is obviously a lot of work, all voluntary of course – to many village friends, many in positions of influence in some village organisations and groups, there have been strong requests to keep it going.

Discussions

The deterioration in health coincided with the Menston Action Group site becoming more active and in this situation it was decided to generally leave the battle against inappropriate development to them so, when mentioned, the mention was brief and a link was usually given to the MAG site. This immediately cut the discussion on this site, which used to be quite lively, to very little.

One unique feature of the site was this discussion, often prompted by posts which advanced an opinion, not necessarily on inappropriate development. In theory the opinion was usually anonymous, being signed ‘grumpytyke’, the name of the author’s personal blog, though most people knew who the author was. More recently the real name has been added in ‘About’.

Facebook

Another factor has been the increased popularity of the Menston Village Facebook group. Many people in the village seem to understand Facebook and favour it; few seem to understand how to interact with a blog.

With all the above in mind it has been decided to continue this site/blog for the time being but to attempt to return to having regular opinion to which readers can react, either by adding a ‘like’ or a comment.

Decision

A decision will be made over the next two or three months whether to continue publishing the site, this depending on:

  • The number of followers who register (or who are already registered) with the site
  • The number of ‘likes‘ given to posts on the site
  • The number of ‘comments‘ made on posts on the site (they are not edited, other than for style, or censored, unless obscene, illegal, potentially libellous or a personal ‘attack’ on someone).
  • The emails received (to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com) containing info on forthcoming events (date, start time and estimated finish time, location, who or which organisation/group is organising, costs if any, and contact for more info, tickets, etc, are vital, together with brief details of the event). For events, the info must be emailed at least one week before the event but to be sure it appears in time to be useful much more in advance than that. For post event or other news it should be received immediately following the event, ie it should be ‘news’.
  • The number of visits to the site and to particular posts (before the health problems and resulting irregular posting the site averaged about 5,000 visits a month and over its lifetime so far has had about 35,000 visitors from all over the globe).

Livening up of the Parish Council? England rugby’s head coach Stuart Lancaster at St Mary’s. Who’s getting free cupcakes? Bleach Mill House charity day. And …

St Mary's Menston sports award winner Ciaran Hammond with England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster; see below

St Mary’s Menston sports award winner Ciaran Hammond with England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster; see below

The rumoured ‘enhancement’ of the ‘new’ Parish Council seems to have happened; Steve Ellams, seasoned campaigner against inappropriate housing development, has been co-opted to join Councillor Philip Moore with some kind of planning brief and Alan Elsegood, also seasoned greenfield preservist, has joined to add his airport noise expertise to that of new Councillor Lilias McCulloch. Future Parish Council meetings promise to be more lively than in the past so could be worth a visit to the next. Add to that the rumoured withdrawal of Barratt from the forthcoming Judicial Review proceedings and maybe we can for the first time see positive signs of saving Menston from the disgracefully careless activities of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Menston Action Group is looking for more money for legal fees to keep the battle going.

Click the following to see a Report on aircraft noise Alan has produced for the Council.

Waiting for winners and cupcakes

Owner of the Village Bakery Trish and helper Sue (from Bleach Mill House) outside the bakery with the entries to the shop's Fathers' Day competition on display in the window

Owner of the Village Bakery Trish (right) and helper Sue (from Bleach Mill House) with the entries to the shop’s Fathers’ Day competition on display

The Village Bakery’s Fathers’ Day children’s drawing competition closed to entries on Monday and the winner will be announced on Friday. All entrants will be entitled to collect a free cupcake. Suggestion for a Fathers’ Day present? A chocolate cake would go down well with most, but get your order in to Trish early.

Teechers at Highroyds

A reminder that there’s another great theatre production at the Highroyds Sports & Social Club on 26 June. The John Godber play ‘Teechers’ with the ‘Happy to be here theatre company’ promises a good night out for a bargain price. Ticket details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Rugby Union Head Coach at St. Mary’s

England Rugby Union Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, visited St Mary’s Menston on Tuesday to present this year’s annual Jamie Payne-Ross Award “For Outstanding Achievement in Sport for a Year 8 Boy”. What an event for the school in this Rugby World Cup year! Stuart is currently preparing the England team for the World Cup.

Photo with Mrs Hammond, award winner Ciaran Hammond's mother; Catherine Hammond Ciaran’s sister; Colleen Payne-Ross; Adam Payne-Ross; Ciaran Hammond; Mr Hammond (Ciaran’s father); Stuart Lancaster, England Rugby Union Head Coach; David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher; Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader, PE and Sport; Megan Casey, School Rugby Ambassador); Darren Beardsley, Headteacher.

L to r: Mrs Hammond, award winner Ciaran Hammond’s mother; Catherine Hammond, Ciaran’s sister; Colleen Payne-Ross; Adam Payne-Ross; Ciaran Hammond; Mr Hammond (Ciaran’s father); Stuart Lancaster, England Rugby Union Head Coach; David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher; Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader, PE and Sport; Megan Casey, School Rugby Ambassador; Darren Beardsley, Headteacher.

The Award was presented to Ciaran Hammond. It is presented annually at the school in memory of Jamie Payne-Ross, who died in a tragic accident in December 1993. The Award is for outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (12-13 year old) and was presented to the school by Jamie’s mother Colleen and elder brother Adam. Previous presenters have included the Kaiser Chiefs.

Assistant Headteacher, David Geldart said: “Stuart clearly recognised how important this is to the school community and had no hesitation in agreeing to present the prestigious award. His presentation to the students was truly inspirational.”

Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader of PE and Sport at the school said: Ciaran brings to life the St. Mary’s values and epitomises everything which is good about the school. He will always give his best, irrespective of the activity and will support and encourage others around him. The only thing which surpasses his talent is his compassion and empathy for his fellow competitors. Ciaran is a member of the school’s John Paul II Foundation for Sport Leadership Academy and has already demonstrated outstanding ability in this area. Ciaran is an all-round sportsman with a desire to act upon any advice given. He is indeed a worthy winner of this award.”

Year 8 students Finlay Jezzard and Sam Clifford-Hassan provided musical performances during the event.

Support Charlotte with a slap-up tea!

Poster for the Bleach Mill House charity day in July, showing Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald which the day will support

Poster for the Bleach Mill House charity day in July, showing Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald which the day will support

This year’s Bleach Mill House (BMH) charity event will be raising funds for Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, now eight years old, who has a very severe form of cerebral palsy. Charlotte needs a lot of specialised equipment and regular specialised treatment to continue to improve her mobility and other abilities, all very costly, so let’s help BMH hostess Sue Richmond to her aimed for record for money made on the day. It’s not too early to put the date – Saturday 11 July, 10 till 4 – in your diary now. Apart from the annual charity day Sue raises money throughout the rest of year for the Teenage Cancer Trust so a regular visit down one of the most beautiful of Menston’s walks for tea, coffee and cakes, or a full English breakfast with ‘double yolkers’, will help Sue set her hoped for other record.

New Village Notice Board

Photo of the new Menston Community Association noticeboard, utside the library, which is gradually coming together. Notices of future events in Menston or by Menston organisations (max A4) can be posted in the right hand pane; leave them at Smallprint, Solo or Ribston & Pippin.

The new Menston Community Association notice board, outside the library, is gradually coming together. Notices of future events in Menston or by Menston organisations (max A4) can be posted in the right hand pane; leave them at Smallprint, Solo or Ribston Pippin.

Four immediate actions as Menston businesses come together; outcomes of Menston Community Association 2 April meeting

Menston local business representatives came together on Friday evening to explore ways of encouraging support by the village community. With representatives of the Menston Community Association (MCA) and two Councillors present, the meeting agreed on some immediate measures, learned of the proposed MCA ‘Village Information Centre’ project and agreed another meeting on Wednesday 30 April to take things forward and to agree on a name for the grouping.

A rough idea of the kind of community information board envisaged in the MCA Village Information Centre project, incorporating areas for a village map showing places of interest, walks and local businesses, an area to publicise community organisations and their activities, and an area for official MCA communications.

A rough idea of the kind of community information board envisaged in the MCA Village Information Centre project, incorporating areas for a village map showing places of interest, walks and local businesses, an area to publicise community organisations and their activities, and an area for official MCA communications.

Use it or lose it

Ideas from a bag carrying a stark ‘Use it or lose it’ message to local business ‘fayres’ were proposed and discussed at the initial ‘exploratory’ meeting of local business representatives on Friday evening. Coordinated by local business woman Christine Minchella, the meeting – which attracted 18 people – was held at her premises, The Studio, in Cleasby Road. Snacks were provided by Solo delicatessen and catering.

Introductions. The meeting began with each business introducing itself, this demonstrating the range of business activities in the village, from tradesmen like plumbers and electricians to graphic artists, an estate agent, printers and, of course, shops and pubs.

By the end of the evening four short-term concrete actions had been agreed:

  • a simple listing of local businesses in the forthcoming MCA ‘Menston News’ publication (due in May). Roger Livesey agreed to make the listing he had compiled for the business listings on this web site available in an accessible form
  • another meeting, to take things forward, on Wednesday 30 April (venue etc will be posted on this site when known)
  • production of some kind of flyer promoting support of local businesses. Investigation of how to distribute such a flyer effectively
  • to seek ideas for a name for the loose ‘confederation’ of local Menston businesses proposed, for discussion at the next meeting

MCA ‘Village Information Centre’: Sue Rix explained the intention of the MCA ‘Village Information Centre’ on which she and Roger Livesey had been working in a small MCA working group with other ad hoc members. We were very fortunate in having a skilled cartographer in the village, Alison Manson, who was working on production of a detailed village map, Sue said. Sue was currently seeking permission from the landlords, Bradford Council, to erect the board outside the library, alongside the Parish Council notice board. It was hoped that eventually this central information point would be supplemented by other information boards around the village.

Would local business people be willing to pay to appear on the Village Information Centre board(s)? Representatives of local businesses are invited to say by making a ‘comment’ below (anonymously if you wish).

The meeting discussed the success of the Burley and District Chamber of Trade, which had some Menston business members. However, it was felt that Menston needed its own grouping on a similar basis although this could perhaps become affiliated with the Burley group in some way suggested Cllr Dale Smith. MCA Chairman Steve Ellams said that the MCA was now a member of the Burley organisation.

Ombudsman enquiry into Bingley Road development – MCA meeting

The Local Authority Ombudsman seems to be having further thoughts following the initial dismissive response. The Ombudsman now says that  the material about the flooding and drainage evidence and witness statement from  Prof Rhodes had never been received from MCA Chairman Steve Ellams. This prompted an intervention from Philip Davies MP.

It had been pointed out that the planning panel had never seen the evidence statement by Prof Rhodes yet in the Ombudsman report so far it is stated they had seen all they required to make an informed judgement!

Bradford Core Strategy draft. The April MCA meeting was told that the Parish Council had produced their Bradford representation, 22 statements which, says Steve Ellams, is good. Alan Elsegood sent others and Dr Ellams sent a representation on behalf of the MCA. There have also be submissions from WARD and Phil Moore sent one for the Menston Action Group.

Cllr Dale Smith introduced some suggestions for the commemoration of the First World War and a meeting has been arranged for Monday 14th April at the Methodist church, 7.30pm, to discuss.

Car Show. A full update on the Menston Vehicle Show is expected in the very near future and will be featured here when available.