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Menston businesses back James Bond night for Callum; house builders ignore planning conditions elsewhere in Bradford

The James Bond Casino Night, to support former St Mary’s Menston pupil Callum Hall in his fight to overcome the paralysis caused by stepping on a sea urchin, is now only two weeks away. It’s at the High Royds Social Club on 30 November.

James Bond silhouette

Menston businesses have given support, as have some in Guiseley, among them so far being:

  • Diva Hair Design,
  • Menston Fruit & Veg
  • Beauty Boutique
  • Peppermint Studio
  • Small Print
  • Sotheby Swim School
  • Rococo Boutique Spa
  • Outside the Box Personal Training
  • Charlotte Montague Solicitor
  • Wiseman’s Bakery Ltd
  • Nuffield Health
  • The Fox
  • Morrisons

Organiser Kate Sotheby says it’s still not too late to make a donation and she’s still looking for a main event sponsor to maximise the money which will go to Callum. Drop her an email at  kate_events@aol.co.uk .

Tickets, £10, can also be reserved by emailing Kate or bought from the Menston Post Office. Dress is ‘formal’; there will be a ‘Fizz’ reception, red carpet, pay to play casino, live music, DJ, bar and prize for the ‘Most glamorous guest’.

Builder not stopped from building despite contravening planning conditions

Picture of Menston Action Group supporter wearing his MAG campaigning T-shirt on the way up to Mt Everest

Derry Hill when the developers get at it? No, not enough water around! Menston Action Group supporter making his case on the way up to Mt Everest two years ago.

According to a report in Friday’s Telegraph & Argus, Bradford Council said that since receiving an ‘enforcement notice’ a building company which had started construction in Wilsden, in contravention of planning conditions, had “agreed to resolve the issues”. So, the council said, it would not stop construction. 

Harron Homes was given planning permission to build 82 houses on a greenfield site in April, despite strong local opposition from residents, ward councillors and MP Philip Davies. Sounds familiar?

Click to see the Telegraph & Argus report

So, it seems that Bradford Council do not require developers to meet planning conditions, but only to say that they will. The planning conditions for the Wilsden site were – you’ve guessed it – about drainage and flooding!

Menston glam evening for Callum; Menston restaurant up for Yorkshire award; Menston gets a column in the local free paper

Book now to be shaken and stirred in your glad rags in November; Menston’s cordon bleu Indian restaurant nominated for an award; Menston gets a column in the local Wharfe Valley TimesClick on any of the titles below to go direct to the story.

Raising money for Callum with James Bond
Menston’s Indian restaurant short-listed for an award
Menston events column in Wharfe Valley Times


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Poster for the James Bond Casino Night in Menston to raise money for Callum HallA glam evening to help Callum Hall

Menston residents will surely remember the terrible experience of former St Mary’s pupil Callum Hall, who stepped on a sea urchin while on holiday and is now paralysed from the waist down as a result.

Kate Sotheby, who lives in Menston, is determined to help and is organising a James Bond Casino Night charity event at the end of November at the High Royds Social Club. Money raised will go to the Callum Hall Trust to help with funding on-going physio and care, as well as equipment which the NHS does not provide.

Put 7.00pm, Saturday 30 November in your diary or, better, buy a ticket at Menston Post Office, High Royds Social Club or email Kate at kate_events@aol.co.uk. It sounds as though it will be great night, with a “fizz reception”, red carpet, pay to play casino, live music, a DJ and bar. Dress is ‘formal’ and there’s a prize for the “most glamorous guest”. Tickets are just £10.

Kate is looking for sponsors for the event, and people to donate prizes for the raffle and casino to ensure Callum receives as much money as possible; everything raised on the evening will go directly to him.

The evening will stay in the Events listing until it happens, so brief contact details will be there until the event if you need them.

According to the listing on this site there are about 70 businesses in Menston so it would not take much from each one to make a substantial contribution to Callum’s care. And they’ll get publicity at the event, on this site and elsewhere.

The 1875 shortlisted

Menston’s Indian restaurant over the booking hall at Menston railway station, the 1875, is one of four dining places in the county shortlisted for the ‘Deliciously Yorkshire Award’ for ‘Best use of local produce on a hotel or restaurant menu’. The winner will be announced and award made at an award ceremony with a superb dinner at the National Railway Museum in York on 25th September. Tickets, including the dinner, are £55. For further information go the the Deliciously Yorkshire website, or contact Manjinder at the 1875 restaurant, telephone 871811.

While you’re doing that you could book for one of the 1875’s ‘Christmas Party’ festive lunches or dinners. Devised and cooked by the restaurant’s Michelin Star trained Indian chefs, they are from £17.95 per person.

Menston events now featured weekly in Wharfe Valley Times

As part of a revamp of the local free paper, the Wharfe Valley Times, a weekly column featuring events in Menston and Otley has been introduced beginning with this week’s edition, dated Thursday 19 September.

Those ‘in the know’ might recognise the author as having just a bit of a connection with this website!