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Young writers to be named; Queen’s birthday dance; new Menstone bar ‘Grand opening’; Bleach Mill charity day; Dementia friendly Menston

There’s still time for youngsters between 6 and 17 years old to submit an entry to local writers’ club ‘Writing on the Wharfe‘ competition to find ‘Young poet of the year’ and ‘Young short story writer of the year’ as the closing date has been extended until 17th June due to the recent half term holiday. There are two super trophies, to be presented at the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July, held for a year, each of which will have a youngster’s name on, and certificates for all. For full details click YOUNG WRITERS or the Writing on the Wharfe box in the right column.

Queen’s 90th birthday celebration dance

Although it has been listed under ‘Events‘ for some time now, it’s worth a prompt as there’s still time to get tickets for the dance at the Kirklands Community Centre –  arranged as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in the village  – 11 June. So the theme is red, white and blue! With a popular village-based band, Time Warp, and supper included in the £15 ticket, it should be a good night. There is of course a bar. Starts at 7.30pm and will go on “until late”.

For a ticket telephone 876625 or 0793 906 3120 or call in at Ribston Pippin estate agents.

New Menstone bar ‘opening’ on 19th June

If you haven’t yet visited the Menstone club in Farnley Road since the revamp (you do not have to be a member to use the facilities but you get a discount if your are) you could use the planned ‘Grand Opening‘ of the ‘new’ bar – to be known as ‘Hunters Bar’, on Friday 17th June, from 6.30pm, as a good excuse. The club always was a comfortable, friendly place to meet for a coffee or tea or something stronger but the redecoration and new furniture seems to have made it even more ‘cosy’.

No booking is necessary to go to the ‘Grand Opening’. There will be live music from 8pm and ‘posh dogs’ from Delicasolo – hot dogs with a lux difference – will be available if you’re feeling peckish. Wine and a good range of beers have always been available but a recent addition is a range of 18 different gins, just in time for summer.

If you cannot make it on the 17th then the club is open from 11.30am to 11.00pm so you can pop in any time, though there are many special events. Regulars are the monthly Fun Quiz (next one on Thursday 30 June) and the monthly Acoustic Open Mike night, loads of talented local musicians and singers, the next of these being on Sunday 19th June (you could take Dad!).

A special event later is the Menston Musicians Charity Night, to support War Child through Wharfedale Refugee Response. It’s on the evening of Saturday 9th July. More later on this site but it will be popular so get your tickets now, from Paul Davy on 874765 or Charlotte Montague on 0771 404 3650, or email pauldavy7@hotmail.com. Tickets £10, including food.

Charity Day at Bleach Mill House

Another reminder of this annual occasion, this year on 25th June, 10am until 4pm, on one of the loveliest of Menston walks, down Bleach Mill Lane to Bleach Mill House, to blow the diet with delicious cake and a tea or coffee. On this special day a Menston youngster in need of support receives all the proceeds of the day and this year it is nine years old Charlotte Wormald who has cerebral palsy. On other days through the year proceeds from refreshments, and the ‘very free range eggs’ you can pick up while there, go to support teenagers with cancer.

Making Menston more Dementia Friendly

Latest move to make Menston more dementia friendly is an event aimed at giving more Support for Carers. There is a free drop-in session on Thursday, 14th July, 2pm to 4pm, at the Kirklands Community Centre, Menston.

There will be speakers from the Alzheimers Society and Carer’s Resource and several information and activity stalls. A cream tea will be served.

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!