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Easter fun at the Fox; another Menston charity worker award; commemorating the Menston people who served in WW1

Romanian decorated eggs with caption 'Hristos a inviat!'

Hristos a inviat!

Easter fun, yet another award for a Menston charity worker, and the start of planning for four years of activities to commemorate the almost 400 Menston men and women who served in the First World War, 50 of whom lost their lives, are the subject of this post. Note also that the second meeting of the ‘local businesses group’ has now been postponed until 14 May and will be upstairs at the Fox (see Events listing). Click on the links below to go directly to the story, or just scroll down.

Easter fun at the Fox

welly wanging pictureA good excuse to get down to The Fox on Bradford Road on Easter Monday is there’s an Easter Family Fete so plenty for the kids to do, from 12.00 noon onwards. Entry is free. There’ll be live music and a DJ, decorated eggs and an egg hunt, face painting, bouncy castle and welly wanging (would you believe there are World Welly Wanging Championships in the village of Upperthorpe, where it originated, near Holmfirth). If you don’t become the new world champion you can console yourself with a cooling Pimms in the Pimms Marquee, a pint or a Yorkshire Dales ice cream. There’s a raffle too. Proceeds go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, another good reason to get down there.

Award for Contact the Elderly Menston coordinator

Jenna Wood, to be awarded for her work with Contact the Elderly

Jenna Wood, to be awarded for her work with Contact the Elderly

The new coordinator for the Contact the Elderly, Menston Group is to receive an award at a ceremony in London in May. Jenna Wood will receive a Marsh Christian Trust Award for her work in Newcastle, working in one group then setting up and working in another.

The Menston group organises monthly tea parties for elderly guests, the parties being held in people’s homes in the village. Jenna will have her first tea party as Menston coordinator on 4 May. Although her home town is Otley, Jenna is no stranger to Menston having been a pupil at St. Mary’s Menston before studying geography at Newcastle University. She’s hoping to be out with a stall at the Menston Vehicle Show on 5 May recruiting hosts and volunteer drivers as well as raising funds.

World War 1, village commemorations

Poppy1A wide range of activities to commemorate the First World War, the 50 Menston men who lost their lives in it, and the 331 other men and 18 nurses from Menston who served, were discussed at the first meeting called by Cllr Dale Smith on Monday 14 April evening.

The commemorations are likely to begin with a candlelight vigil at the Parish Church on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of the war, 4 August. If you have ideas for activities over the four year period extending until 11 November 2018, contact Cllr Dale Smith or come to the next meeting on 4 June, venue to be confirmed.

All those who served are commemorated in the Lady Chapel of the Parish Church, and information about the 50 who lost their lives is to be found in the excellent book authored by Judith Knaggs, ‘For our tomorrow … ‘. The book was originally produced to raise money for the Menston War Memorial (now to be seen outside Kirklands) in 2008. The book is still available from Mrs Knaggs, £5, proceeds now going to the British Legion and other causes.


Menston Vehicle Show; ‘Spanish Councillor’ to retire; new elderly tea parties coordinator

Vintage yellow Austin at the Jubilee show 2012The first Bi-annual Menston Village Vehicle Show is now only 24 days away (at the time of writing; see countdown on the right for days to go now). More details of the events, displays and venues have become available, the latest being that there will be Terrier racing in the paddock of the Malt Shovel pub.

As Menston’s “Spanish councillor”, Chris Greaves, announces his intention to ‘bow out’, we can welcome a newcomer taking over the Menston Group of Contact the Elderly, which arranges monthly Sunday afternoon teas for the elderly. Minutes of the April MCA meeting are now available. Click any of the links below to go directly to the story, or just scroll down.

Menston Vehicle Show

Not only vehicles – cars, motorbikes and even a Routemaster bus – will be on show at sites throughout Menston village on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May, but there’s a host of other activities too including Morris dancing, Terrier racing, a Black Forest fairground organ, a competition for the best decorated scooter, face painting, and more.

Classic Austin Healey. View of the engineIt will all be part of the first Bi-annual Menston Village Vehicle Show.
And, of course, pubs, shops and various other locations and stalls will be open with refreshments from ice creams to pie and peas. For a detailed run down of what’s on, with lots of photographs, click here or on the mini poster in the right side bar to go to the page with all the details.

Chris Greaves will not fight May election

Cllr Chris Greaves

Cllr Chris Greaves

Wharfedale councillor Chris Greaves, who lived in Menston, was a former chairman of Metro and was elected as a Tory but deserted to The Independents in 2011, has written a letter to the Press saying that he will not stand for election in May. Cllr Greaves now lives in Spain.
In his letter he says that he is “delighted to read that Steve Ellams has decided to stand as an Independent in the Wharfedale ward.  I have known Steve for some twenty years, and his work to try to save Menston’s green fields has been tireless”. For the full text of Cllr Greaves’s letter click here.

Young Jenna to organise Sunday tea parties for elderly in menston

New coordinator for the Menston Group of Contact the Elderly, which arranges Sunday afternoon tea parties in people’s homes for elderly residents in the village, has a new coordinator, who is looking for more volunteers to host the parties and to drive the guests to the parties.

Jenna Wood has recently returned to her home town of Otley and taken up the voluntary post of ‘Coordinator’ in Menston for the national charity. Parties for six guests are arranged in people’s homes once a month on Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm and volunteer drivers take the guests to tea and home again. Jenna is looking for more volunteers in both roles. To be suitable for hosting a party there must be a downstairs toilet and very few steps to reach the tea table.

Prior to returning to Otley, Jenna was at university in Newcastle and while she was there set up and ran a Contact the Elderly group in the Geordie city.

If you would like to volunteer in either role, or just to know more, contact Jenna on 01943 467014 or 0783 798 5703 or email her at jennawood@outlook.com.