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Lots to do in Menston this weekend – Alan Ayckbourn, Village Show and Beer & Cider Festival

Correction: the Alan Ayckbourn play is next week – Friday 18th (as was correctly listed under ‘Events’).

A ‘big’ weekend in Menston to finish the summer – autumn begins a week on Wednesday. Alan Ayckbourn theatre at Highroyds on Friday evening; the 40th Menston Village Show on Saturday; a Beer & Cider Festival at The Menstone on Friday and Saturday. All these have been in the ‘Events’ listing on this site so this is just a last-minute reminder.

Menston Village Show

Toddlers are awed by the onions display at the 2014 show

The under fives can compete For the first time this year

As usual the annual Menston Village Show is in the Kirklands Community Centre on Saturday. Entries for the over 80 classes must be delivered to the main hall between 10.30 and 11.30 (absolute latest). The hall is closed for judging between noon and 2pm. Public viewing is between 2pm and 4pm with prize/trophy presentations beginning at about 3.30pm. Some of the displayed produce will be auctioned about 4pm.

Full details of all the classes, and an entry form, can be found on this site by clicking the ‘Menston Village Show button’ towards the bottom of the right hand column.

As well as the usual raffle, tombola and refreshments served through the opening hours, an innovation this year is a class for under fives.

Alan Ayckbourn at Highroyds

Though born in London, Sir Alan Aychbourn has become a ‘Yorkshire playwright’ as all but four of his 70 plays have had their first performance in Scarborough.

This Friday’s performance by the ‘Happy to be here’ theatre company at the Highroyds Sports and Social Club is of ‘Sugar Daddies’. Still time to get a ticket or you can buy them on the door. Details under ‘Events’. At £8 a ticket, £6 concessions, it’s a bargain.

Beer and Cider Festival

The Menstone club in Farnley Road has a Beer and Cider Festival running over Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 11pm each day. Lots of beers to try and meals or snacks if you wish, including cheese and biscuits from Wharfedale Fine Cheeses. Well worth a wander down after the Village Show.

High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden Open Day

The High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden will be open, with members of the management committee available to answer questions, from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday there will be an interdenominational service in the chapel at 4pm.

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.