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Menston village school in South Africa; new weekday cycling group?; Village Show

Menston village’s top flight high school, St Mary’s, has been bringing joy to South African children through education; there’s a proposal for a weekday Menston cycling group; and … don’t forget the village show! Click on any of the titles below to go direct to the story.
Menston’s top school in South Africa
Weekday cycling group proposed
Menston Village Show

THIS SITE IS STILL LOOKING FOR TWO YOUNG ASPIRING JOURNALISTS TO KEEP IT UP TO DATE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MENSTON. WE’VE EXTENDED THE APPLICATION DATE TO 12 SEPTEMBER AS SCHOOLS WERE NOT ‘BACK’ TILL LATE LAST WEEK. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS!

St Mary's pupil Hannah Smith reading about football in South Africa

Hannah Smith reading about football in South Africa

St Mary’s in South Africa

Menston village is lucky enough to have a top-performing high school within its boundaries. However, there is little doubt that part of its excellent performance is due to the encouragement of pupils to take part in many inspiring ‘extra curricular’ activities.
For seven years groups of St Mary’s pupils have taken part in the ‘Bambisanani Partnership’ – Bambisanani being the Zulu word for ‘Working hand in hand’. This year 14 sixth form pupils visited Mnyakanya School in the deprived Nkandla region of Kwa Zulu Natal, supported by teachers and chairman of sponsor law firm Lupton, Fawcett, Lee and Priestley.

The students were: Lizzie Banks, Ryan Clarke, Kavindu Appuhamy, Patrick Connolly, Emily Fieldhouse, Elizabeth Garnett, Michael Jones, Freya O’Connor, Jade Rigby-Williams, James Riley, Hannah Smith, Chloe Tindale, Madeline Tysoe and Charles Walker. 

Whilst at Mnyakanya, St. Mary’s students also taught a range subjects and activities to students including: maths, science, history, chess, dance, football, rounders and netball. The St. Mary’s team brought with them much needed equipment for Mnyakanya School including books for the Bambisanani Library (opened three years ago), calculators, and resources for art, science and sport.

Click for a complete report, with more photographs, from St Mary’s Menston on this visit.

New Menston village cycling group
A Menston group of cyclists with a ride scheduled for every Wednesday evening and every other Sunday was noted in the most recent post on this blog. Now another group, meeting during a weekday, has been proposed.
Katie Henderson is suggesting a ride every Monday morning, the group meeting by the children’s play area in Menston park at 9.20am for a ride to depart promptly at 9.30. You can just turn up or contact Katie on 0776 671 1481.
Rides would be arranged to suit participants but the aim would be to return no later than 2pm, although at the beginning shorter rides may be proposed, depending who turns up and, of course, on the weather.

Menston Village Annual Show
It’s too late now to start growing the champion onion but it’s just the time to don the baking gloves and get your ‘Favourite cake’ made or put the finishing touches to your latest craft masterpiece – all possible entries in the many classes making up the 38th Annual Menston Show at the Kirlands Community Centre on Saturday 14 September. According to our count-down ‘widget’ in the right hand column, which has been ticking down since this site was launched, it is only 7 days to the show.
The show opens to ‘visitors’ at 2.00pm, but if you want to enter one of the show classes you will have to have your entry there before 11.30am. For full details of all the 80 classes go to the Menston Show pages under the Events menu heading, or just click here.

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Menston village – unwanted building, greenfield defence and bikers group

‘Approval’ of new village building by Bradford before those most adversely affected can present their case

One person can exert influence on Bradford Planning Department such that the Menston Parish Council receives a ‘recommendation’ that a building should go ahead before village residents most adversely affected have had a chance to put their objections to the Menston Planning Committee. This much became clear at the Parish Council meeting last evening (29 August).

View from upstairs bedroom of 129 Main Street

Present view from upstairs bedroom at 133 Main Street; a large house, with garage to the right side in this picture, is proposed for the very attractive garden in the foreground

If one person can exert such influence, is it any surprise that major housing developers can get Bradford planning department approval for destructive schemes such as Derry Hill and Bingley Road?  There may no longer be something rotten in the state of Denmark, but something is certainly smelling unpleasant in the Bradford Planning Department. 

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As with all posts/pages on this blog, any opinions expressed or implied are those of the blog author unless otherwise stated. It should be made clear that the articles  about the Parish Planning Committee meeting were written only as a result of proceedings at the meeting and none of the objectors had been spoken to or otherwise communicated with before they were written.

THIS SITE IS LOOKING FOR TWO YOUNG ASPIRING JOURNALISTS TO KEEP IT UP TO DATE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MENSTON. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS!

New petition to stop green belt building in Wharfedale

Menston Action Group (MAG) and Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development (WARD) committee member Dr Stephen (Steve) Ellams is launching a new petition demanding all green belt development be stopped in Wharfedale. The wording of the petition is:

We, the undersigned, recognising the success of previous governments’ greenbelt policies and the need to resist any relaxation of the current greenbelt boundaries, call on central and local government to respect the integrity of those boundaries, and refrain from any policy which would alter the specific areas in Wharfedale at present protected from development by those greenbelt policies.

The petition will first be presented to Menston residents in general at the Menston Village Show (14 September), when visitors will be invited to sign the petition, but you will be able to sign it before then at the Otley Car Show on Sunday 8 September.

If you would like to volunteer to seek signatures, and get a T-shirt to wear while you are doing it, contact Steve Ellam by email: s.ellams1@btinternet.com.

Menston cycling group

A group of cyclists from Menston, at the moment up to about ten participants, has been meeting every Wednesday, and every other Sunday, for the past eight months, cycling to Otley to join members of Otley Cycle Club for a run.

Menston cycling group meet up near the Park every Monday

Meeting every Wednesday evening at the junction of Low Hall Road and Leathley Avenue, the mixed Menston cycling group joins Otley Cycling Club every Wednesday evening.

The Wednesday run is usually about a couple of hours, often ending with a pint in a local hostelry. However, for newcomers runs can be as short as 5 miles. The group meets on Wednesdays at the mini-roundabout at the junction of Leathley Road and Old Hall Road at 6.40pm.

The Sunday meeting, every other week, is at 9.00am at the Buttercross in Otley for a longer run.

For more information call either Ann Howe on 0784 148 3610 or Nigel Cawthorne on 0758 210 0555, or just turn up at the meeting point on a Wednesday evening.