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Are Bradford council officers blind, deaf, daft or … ? Superb art exhibition. Menston library volunteer?

Are ‘officers’ at Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council blind, deaf, daft or is something else operating? It’s a pity some weren’t taken by the scruff of the neck to accompany stalwart campaigner Alan Elsegood on his tour of the village, recording the floods, this week. Would they still have insisted that neither they nor other authorities “have found any clear evidence to suggest that the two sites flood or water courses and combined sewers cannot cope”. Probably! Of course the fact that some of the flooding was caused by leaves blocking drains is likely to be used as an explanation, rather than the underlying causes and the drains themselves.

Nuff said. A letter to the local Press from Menston Community Association Chair Steve Ellams is up on the Menston Action Group website so no need for more here.

Art exhibition best ever?

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General view on last weekend’s art exhibition by Menston Arts Club was “the best exhibition for years!” A good turnout of visitors despite the weather and many paintings were sold. The café was busy and the craft stall and the cake stall sold out very quickly.

The ‘vote for your favourite painting’ was again popular following its introduction at the May exhibition. The favourite was ‘Moon Lighting’  by Judy Illingworth (picture) . Her painting was one of those sold at the exhibition.

Not too early to put the next exhibition in your diary –  13-14th May 2017. It’s already under the Events menu.

Sadly not enough votes for cricket club scheme

Although Menston Cricket Club got almost 3,000 votes for funding from Aviva for a tearoom extension and new roof it wasn’t enough. It’s a pity as the extension would have given the village another valuable venue for events. The club reckoned it needed about 5,000 votes so, with 10 votes each, it required around 500 villagers to cast their ten votes.

Volunteering takeover of Menston library?

The recent ‘extra’ newsletter from the Menston Community Association has a form for those interested in volunteering at Menston library when Bradford council ceases to run it. Lots of possible roles are there to choose but a surprising omission is just helping on the counter to date stamp books, receive returns etc. If you haven’t received the newsletter you should be able to pick up a form at the library.

 

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Computers aren’t that clever when it comes to flooding

Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE FRS FREng

Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE FRS FREng

Professor David Rhodes told a packed house at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday evening (more than 100 present) that Bradford MDC had given planning permission for housing developments on Derry Hill and Bingley Road on the basis of false information.

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The problem is that the computer model used by BMDC, and other local authorities, grossly underestimates the volume of water involved in the kind of weather events experienced in Menston recently. In the case of the January 2008 floods the volume of water was underestimated by an order of magnitude; in a later event the volume of water was about six times that predicted by the computer model. A member of the audience who seemed to have some knowledge of computer modelling seemed to confirm this, saying: “The computer model is inevitably wrong because it is working without sufficient data”.

WotWboxProfessor Rhodes said he had been able to estimate the approximate volume of water involved by estimating depth etc and speed of water coming down into Menston from video clips taken by members of the Menston Action Group. This made good sense from Prof Rhodes’s explanation.

100,000 cubic metres of water

Based on Prof Rhodes’s observation not only was diverting the water coming down the slopes into Menston impractical because of the volume and flow rates involved, but to store the water from the January 2008 event would have required a holding tank with a capacity of 100,000 cubic metres. Apart from cost, to have such a quantity stored above Menston would be extremely dangerous.

Prof Rhodes told the audience that the estimates used by flood risk authorities, like BMDC, were wrong because they accounted only for rain water falling on the ground, but the actual volume involved was far higher because of water coming out of the ground. In this situation, had the houses been built on the proposed sites in Menston, water would have been coming up under the houses causing a great deal of damage. It is no wonder that another expert, giving evidence to BMDC, when asked if he would buy a house on one of these sites, said absolutely not.

Victorian engineers had an answer

In earlier times, ground water had been pumped out into reservoirs. Victorian engineers did it to supply water to the former hospital at Highroyds; later a similar system was used to supply water to Menston residents. Both these systems were abandoned so now the ground water was available to flood Menston.

Prof Rhodes’s novel solution

Professor Rhodes said he had a solution. Basically this would involve horizontally boring deep in the ground where water accumulates and having permeable pipes there into which the water could drain, these flowing out into existing water courses which could handle the continuous flow involved. He suggested that this solution would cost only tens of thousands of pounds. What is more, he said that such a system of horizontal pipes could encircle Ilkley Moor to alleviate wider flooding problems, though this would cost tens of millions.

Dementia friendly Menston? eggs2iPads break. Light up Menston. Monthly magazine stops

Although the events listing on this site has been kept pretty much up to date, as far as possible when information has been sent in (or things heard on the village grapevine), posts have been erratic, due principally to health problems. Hopefully posts will now become a little more regular. Remember, to ensure your event is listed under the Events menu (and the ‘Imminent events‘ list in the right column – this can take a while to appear after updating Events) email title, date, start/finish times, contact info, and ticket price if any, to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. This has become even more important due to the suspension of publication of ‘It’s the business‘ (see below).

How can we make Menston more dementia friendly?

Ideas for future activities to make Menston more dementia friendly were recorded on this Christmas tree

Dementia Friendly Menston ideas were recorded on this Christmas tree

About 35 people met at Kirklands on Tuesday afternoon to learn more about dementia and to begin a process of making Menston more ‘dementia friendly’. They learned a lot about dementia from specialist Dr Elizabeth Milwain (eg, symptoms which are just normal signs of old age and those which are early signs of a dementing condition) and then, in a couple of workshops, noted activities already found in the village then suggested what might be done in the future. If you could not get to the meeting but would like to be involved contact Jane Pratt at Menston Cares (876945) or Allyson Hargreaves (870528).

Let’s light up Menston for Christmas

Light up Menston posterThe paucity of Christmas lights in Menston, compared with neighbours Burley, has been a cause for complaint for years. However, such lights are extremely costly. Now there is a suggestion that our village could become much more festive if every householder lit up their own house in some way. To give even more incentive, estate agents Ribston Pippin and the Solo delicatessen have got together to offer a hamper for the best decorated house. There are now posters around the village giving more information. More information on some Christmas events under Events.

eggs2iPads project takes a winter break

Many of the elderly ‘students’ in the eggs2iPads project, which has been meeting weekly at the Menstone club with a team of teenage ‘teachers’ helping them to get on line using an iPad or other tablet, have said they do not like to leave home in the dark during winter months, even if they are accompanied or transport is provided. It has been decided that in this situation there will be a a winter break in the sessions after this week’s meeting, to be resumed in March next year. Some of the young ‘teachers’ are from St Mary’s high school, which has been recently been involved in a broadly similar project, but for school pupils, in South Africa (see below).

Bambisanani takes iPads to S Africa

iPads in use in Mnyakanya schoolThe Bambisanani Partnership, which links St. Mary’s School, Menston and Mnyakanya School in South Africa, has recently provided twelve hours of training for South African teachers to be able to use tablets to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum at Mnyakanya High School.

The computer giant Intel contributed to the training costs and thirty more tablets, provided by the Bambisanani Partnership, will arrive or have arrived at the school for students to use in lessons.

Chairman of the Bambisanani Partnership, David Geldart, who recently retired as an Assistant Head at the school, said: “This initial training and the tablets are a starting point for us. More training and hardware will hopefully follow but our goal is to establish full internet connectivity at Mnyakanya”.

Publication of monthly magazine suspended

Editions of 'Ot's the business' published this yearThe free monthly magazine which has been delivered to most households in Menston for the past several months, ‘It’s the business‘, will not now be published “until at the earliest March 2016” we have been told. The magazine not only had a Menston events listing under the heading ‘Community News’, compiled by the author of this site, but also a specific Menston page. These for the December edition were already done but unfortunately will not now appear. This site cannot match the information reaching most houses in Menston but apart from trying to ensure the Events listing here is even more complete and up-to-date consideration will be given to how this information can now be more effectively made available to those who do not have access to internet.

 

Judicial Reviews re Menston housing; ‘party’ before summer break for eggs2iPads; 35 years singing at St John’s; Bleach Mill House charity day; Man United signed shirt up for grabs

Sheila Glennie with her medal outside Menston Parish Church

Sheila Glennie, 35 years a chorister at St John’s, with her medal (see below)

The final session of the Menston Community Association eggs2iPads project, before a summer break, is next Thursday (16 July), a little longer than the usual 5-6pm hour as it will be a bit of party. In this project some of Menston’s elderly, potentially ‘isolated’, people are meeting weekly at The Menstone club with a team of great 14-15 year olds, ostensibly to learn how to talk to distant friends and relatives on Skype, Facetime, etc on a tablet like an iPad, but the weekly cross-generations meeting is just as important. The sessions will resume in September. If you know someone who might like to join in email menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com or call Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945.

Saturday charity day at Bleach Mill House

Don’t forget the Bleach Mill House ‘charity day’ tomorrow, 10am to 4pm. Tea/coffee and cakes, all proceeds for Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald who has severe cerebral palsy and needs regular specific treatment and specialised equipment.

Medal for St John’s chorister

Chorister at the Parish Church, Sheila Glennie, recently received a medal from the Royal Society of Church Music for her amazing 35 years singing at St John’s. It was presented to Sheila by vicar Rev Ruth Yeoman during an evensong service at the church. Shiela is also a long-standing member and former Leader of the Mothers’ Union. More on Sheila in the August edition monthly magazine ‘It’s the Business‘. It is understood that early distribution problems with this new Menston magazine have been largely resolved and it should be in most Menston homes early in August.

Judicial Reviews re Derry Hill and Bingley Road

The Judicial Review for the proposed housing development on Derry Hill is scheduled for 15/16 July (the developer has withdrawn from the proceedings leaving just Bradford Council to contest) and now another Judicial Review for the proposed development on Bingley Road by Chartford Homes has been granted, date as yet unknown. More information as and when available on the Menston Action Group website.

Unique signed football shirt and sporting event tickets to be auctioned

Framed Manchester United shirt, signed by the 199 teamThere’s an exciting auction being run by St Mary’s Menston to support their Bambisanani project, a partnership between the Menston school and one in one of the most deprived areas of South Africa. For many people the top item will be a Manchester United shirt signed by the team which won ‘The Treble’ in 1999.  It’s got a suggested price of over £500. Some other interesting signed football shirts are to be auctioned too. Other items up for grabs are tickets for major events such as Ascot Racing, British Super Bikes and a British Touring Cars race day. More information on the auction, on www.bambisananipartnership.org. Bids must be received by mid-day on Monday 13 July.

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.

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.

Mother’s Day – Village Bakery treats; get your event/activity listed in new Menston community magazine – deadline now; nominate some remarkable Menston women

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday (15th) so if you have not yet experienced the smiling welcome from new proprietor Patricia (Trish), and her delicious cakes, at the Village Bakery in the village centre, now’s your chance.

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Trish has made an enticing shop window display and has various gifts including a ‘Make your own – cookies in a jar’ kit, or there’s a ‘Cupcake in a cup and saucer’. Or just pick up a selection of cakes from those on display, or a pot of special jam.

If you want to order (drop in or phone 01943 874963) a special cake you can pick it up on the Sunday morning, up to 12.30 (or before Sunday of course), or maybe you’d like to take Mum for a sandwich, cake and a coffee.

You can even drop in and Trish will decorate a cake for you while you wait, though clearly it’s better to order in advance.

This entrepreneural mother (she’s recently added this, her first business, to caring for the family) was mentioned in yesterday’s post. As this was marking International Women’s Day, the bulk of that post is being reproduced below.

Deadline for April/May events

Another reminder, the deadline for getting events in the listing in the April edition of the new community magazine covering Menston is this coming Thursday – 12 March. Send details of events in April/May, and even further ahead, to roger.at.itb@gmail.com.

New Menston community magazine

The magazine was launched by two female entrepreneurs with two other women, all mothers and all from Haworth, so as last Sunday was International Women’s Day it’s a good reason to post a little more about the venture but also make some attempt in this post to acknowledge some of the remarkable women of Menston – volunteers and entrepreneurs. Let down by Royal Mail at the last minute, the March magazine was not distributed as widely in Menston as intended but the next edition should be delivered to every house in early April. For more about the Haworth team pictured below go to http://grumpytyke.com.

The team which has brought a new community magazine to Menston. Left to Right: Louise Atkinson, partner and graphic designer, Cathy Frobisher , Office Manager, Janet-Alison Arkwright , Partner and 'Sales Contributor', and Andrea Kerman, Sales Person, at the reception in their offices in Haworth, each holding the first edition of the new magazine.

The all-female team which has brought a new community magazine to Menston. Left to Right: Louise Atkinson, partner and graphic designer, Cathy Frobisher , Office Manager, Janet-Alison Arkwright , Partner and ‘Sales Contributor’; Andrea Kerman, Sales Person. In their office in Haworth.

The Menston community is nourished by a wide range of women residents, both volunteers and entrepreneureal business women. They are not all known to the webmaster of this site but if you know of any who have been overlooked in the list below (which is in no particular order) feel free to add them using the ‘Comment’ box at the bottom of this post.

Some Menston women

Sue Rix, Menston’s only woman Parish Councillor (maybe that can be rectified in the forthcoming PC elections: nominate someone) and involved in many village projects and activities

Sue Richmond, Chair of the Menston Village Show Committee, volunteer at Cornerstone and proprietor of the Bleach Mill B&B

Elizabeth Loy, former teacher at Prince Henry’s school, member of the Menston Village Show committee, teaches crafts and involved in other activities

Christine North, founder and Chairperson of the Menston Business Association, runs The Studio, Pilates and Fitness.

Charlotte Leeming, Menston’s own TV ‘celebrity’ and, in the opinion of many, one of the two best presenters on BBC Look North.

Charlotte Montague, Solicitor specialising in services to Menston’s elderly population who, with Jalna Jenkins, also helps to stage the occasional  film shows at the Methodist church. Jalna is also involved in other church activities, including those for young people.

Patricia (Trish) Heeney, new proprietor of the Village Bakery, added to her other job of caring for family, including two children.

Menston Cares female volunteers, too many to mention individually but ensuring Menston’s elderly are supported in many different ways.

Jenna Wood, who runs Sunday teas for the elderly as Menston Coordinator for Contact the Elderly.

Rachel Holder, runs her own Human Resources business in Menston, Purple Frog, and is Co-Chair of the Friends of Menston Primary School.

Rev Ruth Yeoman, vicar at the Menston Parish Church

Zandra Monroe-Cochrane, Secretary of the Menston Business Association who runs the new Railway Children children’s centre at Menston railway station; formerly ran Cleasby Kindercare.

Kalyani Dakini, who runs the Meditation Centre in Cleasby Road.

Beth Street, involved in several youth activities but very active raising money to rebuild a school destroyed by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The latest is the Soul Night at the Kirklands Community Centre on 21 March. A repeat of the very popular similar event last year.

There are many more remarkable women living in or contributing to community life in Menston. Please add any more you know of using the comment box below (or click ‘Leave a comment’ if you’re on the home page).