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A Menston welcome for the Tour de Yorkshire; Writers Club to meet in Menston; don’t forget to vote locally on Thursday; Art Show next weekend

Some of the crowds gathered alongside Menston Park and up Bingley Road waiting for the Tour de Yorkshire riders

What a Menston turnout for the Tour de Yorkshire! It did the village proud but pointed again to the ineffectiveness of the Parish Council in representing the people of our wonderful community. More about this below in the context of the forthcoming election on Thursday 7 May. (Thanks to Sue Rix for the picture).

Art Show

The first of Menston Arts Club‘s two annual shows is next weekend – Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 May at the Community Centre. There’s no entry charge and you might find an appealing picture to enhance a wall. Details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Writers Club

Ruxandra Busoiu, founder of the new Writer's Club, which will meet at The Menstone

Ruxandra Busoiu, founder of the new Writers Club, which will meet at The Menstone (pic by Bob Hamilton)

Writers and would-be writers of any genre are invited to come to a meeting of a new Writers Club, formed in Ilkley but which will be meeting every other Saturday lunchtime in Menston, at The Menstone club in Farnley Road. The next meeting will be on Saturday 16 May (the next on 30th) at 12.00 upstairs at The Menstone. It’s a small, informal friendly group with a wide age range, currently from early 20s to over 70s. There’s no agenda at the moment and no fees. It’s not a ‘writing course’, no lessons – just a group with an interest in writing who meet up for a chat and swap ideas. Sometimes when the weather’s good we might retire to Menston Park.

The Menstone serves drinks – coffee and tea, beer and others and offers snacks like Paninis so if you want to make it a lunch meeting, not just a lunchtime meeting, you can.

The group was set up by Ruxandra Busoiu, a young behavioural psychologist  who graduated from Bradford University and has been working for the NHS. She now lives in Ilkley. One member of the group has had a book published though it’s not a novel. Two have been working journalists. Three aspire to write a novel. Some write poetry and short stories but don’t want to write a novel. And, of course, one writes this blog (and some others). So whatever writing you do, published or not, or want to do, you’ll be welcome.

Just turn up on a Saturday 16 May lunchtime if you wish; if you prefer to make contact before just email  rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

The election

Thursday 7 May we have three elections in Menston – national, district and parish.

No comment here about the national election other than to note that Philip Davies has been a very good local representative who has often gone against his own party for something he believes in and has worked extraordinarily hard for Menston. So, many who are of other political persuasions may well feel they should vote for him on that basis.

If only party politics could be eradicated from the district council.

As far as the Parish Council is concerned, we do have one woman nominated. Lilias Mcculloch has long been a force in the battle against undue noise from airport operations so it will be good to have a female with her energy and perseverance on the council, especially as Sue Rix stood down after a very energetic term in office. A substantial number of votes for Lilias would show she is appreciated by the community.

Unfortunately, as there were no nominations for other women or younger men, we will inevitably be stuck with the old team for another four years. The Tour de Yorkshire gave an insight into what we can expect there.

Last year, when it was suggested at a Parish Council meeting that the village should do something to mark the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, it was said that as it was not passing through Menston nothing would be done. Some might think that was reasonable, some not. But it is embarrassing that when such an event is to come to us the same lethargic, do nothing attitude prevailed. What an opportunity missed to put Menston on the map, as other village communities like Addingham or Hunmanby did.

It was wonderful to see such a large part of our community, of all ages, coming together along Bingley Road; the community atmosphere was wonderful; special thanks to a few individuals who did do something – bunting, the wonderful comic figure, etc.

But no thanks to the Parish Council. The massive turnout illustrated well just how unrepresentative of the community the council have been.

There is a way out. The self-elected Council could ‘adopt’ others to the Council, as happened with the only female member in the past. But some younger people, and more women, would have to put themselves forward.

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Menston “The best village in Yorkshire” says new Business Association; BMDC election candidates answer questions

The sign which greets visitors approaching Menston from the A65, from which the logo of the newly formed association was derived

The sign which greets visitors approaching Menston from the A65, from which the logo of the newly formed association was derived

Adopting the name Menston Business Association, a logo based on the sign seen as the village is entered from the A65, and a declaration that Menston is ‘The best village in Yorkshire‘, a new grouping of Menston businesses has been launched, among its aims being mutual support and promoting the use of local shops, tradesmen and other businesses to the residents of the village.

Election Week: Next week is election week and candidates for the Wharfedale Ward of Bradford Council, which of course includes Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale, have answered some questions relevant to Menston, these being published on this site today.

Click the appropriate link below for the full story.

Menston Business Association

Answers from Wharfedale Ward candidates
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Menston Business Association

Meeting on 14 May, representatives of businesses based in the village chose an MBA committee of five led by initiator of the group, Christine North-Minchella of The Studio in Cleasby Road as Chair Person. Other members are Andy Greer,  Ribston Pippin Estate Agents; Nick Cahill, Plumbing and Gas Engineer; Marc Hill, Menston Co-op; Zandra Monre-Cochran – Kindercare (Cleasby Road); Roger Livesey, Webmaster menstonvillagewharfedale.com, as Ex-officio Publicity Officer.

A section of this site has now been allocated to the MBA, this being accessed by clicking the logo at the top of the right sidebar, from the menu item under ‘Businesses’ (or by clicking MBA here). Future activities, minutes of meetings, etc will all be published in the MBA section as well as, when appropriate, blog posts such as this one.

Apart from name, logo and the strap line ‘The best village in Yorkshire’ (to be used on all literature from the association), a membership fee of £1/week was agreed, and production of a leaflet to be distributed to all households in Menston, including High Royds.

In fact, High Royds is so closely associated with Menston although it is not now administratively linked, the MBA is intending to campaign for removal of the ‘fence/gate’ on the direct road to the Bingley Road mini-roundabout, which currently ‘cuts off’ the village for vehicular traffic. Philip Davies MP is already on board in this endeavour and has promised to follow it up, after MBA Chair Person Christine spoke to him about it.

Founder (now Secretary) of the Burley and District Chamber of Trade (BADCOT) , Roger Charnley, was warmly welcomed to the 14 May meeting and offered some valuable advice based on experience of 11 years since the foundation of BADCOT. He said the neighbouring organisation would offer whatever support they could in making the MBA the kind of success which BADCOT has achieved. Among those successes is the Christmas market, which now attracts 2-3,000 people.

Networking was identified by Roger as a major advantage of an organisation like BADCOT and MBA. This advantage has already been seen operating in just the two meetings which MCA has had, with business being put by members with others. In this context any Menston-based business is welcome to join the association and attend future meetings (date and venue of which will be announced on this site as and when they are known).

Parking and imposition of double yellow lines were raised as one of the major problems for businesses, shops especially, in Menston. Some members believe that residential parking permits and short-time visitor parking bays are part of the answer. Members were advised to come to the next Neighbourhood Forum at Kirklands Community Centre and raise the issue, as Simon D’Vali, Principal Traffic & Highways Engineer at BMDC, is due to attend.