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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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Bleach Mill charity day

Bleach Mill House charity day

Don’t forget the annual charity day at Bleach Mill House, again raising money for 10 year old Charlotte Wormald, this year specifically for a special suit costing around £1,000 which helps Charlotte to have a more comfortable day. Pop down and have a word with Charlotte, a delightful little girl despite her problems. Great home-made cakes, tea, coffee and cordials. Every penny raised goes to the cause.

Events listings and static info to be maintained; blog posts suspended

As advised earlier, blog posts on this site are suspended for the time being, though major village events may be covered as in the past.

If you would like to know when there is a new post on the site you can ‘follow’ by clicking the follow button at top right and receive a notification by email. Your email will not be published.

Events and Imminent Events listings will be maintained if information is received in time and in a suitable format – email menstonvillagewharfedale@gmail.com – along with static information like contact details for organisations, village businesses and the like. These will be updated over the near future, beginning with the Events listings.

Further details on contributing information will be found by clicking the ‘Contribute‘ menu.

The ability to comment on and/or ‘like’ postings and pages will continue.

Farewell Rev Ruth. The last post

Hristosainviat1_5038_pcIt is, I think, appropriate that this may be the final post on this site (but an attempt will be made to maintain the Events and Imminent Events listings if information is received in time and in a suitable format – email menstonvillagewharfedale@gmail.com – along with static information like contact details for organisations, village businesses and the like). Some major village events may be covered in a post but it’s not certain.

Rev Ruth Yeoman is leaving Menston Parish, after about 14 years, to take up a part time post not too far away, in Baildon. A feature of Ruth’s time in Menston has been her support of so many village organisations and individuals, whether of the Anglican faith, another, or none. Her final Sunday service at St John’s will be on the 15th January.

However, you can pop in to say goodbye to her at the Menstone Club in Farnley Road on Monday 9 Jan, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. So let’s give her a good send-off.

Whether you are of the Anglican faith or not, even if you have no interest in religion at all, you might like to fill in a survey, prepared by Church Warden Roger Banister, which aims to find out how the church might better serve the community. You will find the survey by clicking on:

short survey

It is aimed at all Menston residents whether interested in “religion” or not. It won’t take long and can be anonymous.

Derry Hill & Bingley Rd developments abandoned; Art exhibition & other news

BattleThanks to the untiring efforts of many Menstonites, and donations from many more, Menston Action Group (MAG) is celebrating that former plans to develop on Derry Hill and Bingley Road are not going ahead. The developers have ‘given up’ and planning permissions have expired. As I said in the previous post, since the MAG website became more active this site has not generally covered village housing development in such detail as in the past but, as this is written, a Press statement issued yesterday is not on the MAG site so it is published in full HERE. Let’s hope that now proposals for more sensible development, eg housing for older people to downsize without leaving the village, in more sensible locations, come forward.

Art and crafts exhibition

Christine Thomas with her painting 'Rwo glasses of red'The next exhibition of the Menston Arts Club is on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th November at the Kirklands Community Centre, 10.30 till 5.00 on Saturday and 10.30 till 4.00 on Sunday. There is always an astounding display of art from local artists at the club’s twice a year exhibitions and the November one is a great opportunity to look for Christmas presents among the painting and crafts.

Entry is free but there are great cakes and drinks on sale and you can vote for your favourite picture; at the exhibition earlier this year the most popular picture was ‘Two glasses of red’ by Christine Thomas (pictured).

Events to be updated later

Following the previous post saying that closure of this site is being considered unless more information about forthcoming events is emailed to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com and there is more reaction to posts in the way of ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ some information has been received though the information has come from organisations which have always kept us informed. The Events listings and Imminent Events will be updated a little later than this post, hopefully today (Wednesday 9th).

 

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).

Guided tour of St John’s churchyard – new page on this site

approach2_5120_gThe weather was not kind for the ‘open afternoon’ at the Parish Church of St John’s on Sunday so although inside activities like the cream teas seemed to be well supported, fewer people braved the rain to take the informative guided walks round the churchyard. However, an excellent guide was produced for the day and this is the basis of a new page on this site so you can take an informed tour at a time to suit you and the weather.

The ‘inside’ pictures below were taken during the open afternoon but the photos of the different sections of the churchyard were taken on an early sunny (Tuesday) morning – to be recommended.

The excellent leaflet with a plan of the churchyard,box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details. explaining each section, is the basis for the new page to this website. It will remain under the ‘Community’ menu heading; if you go down to ‘churches’ a link to the churchyard page will ‘pop out’ – if you click on this you will go to the page with the ‘tour guide’. As usual on this site, if you click on any picture in the gallery below you will see all of them larger in a slide show.

The open afternoon of the churchyard, which is maintained by a dedicated hard-working team of volunteers, was very appropriately on Rogation Sunday, when the church traditionally offers prayers for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who work on the land. During Evensong, which followed the open afternoon, Revd Ruth explained this but also mentioned that it was Easter Sunday for the Orthodox church, hence the picture of her cracking a red egg, following a tradition followed throughout Romania on Easter Sunday.