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A Menston favourite singer-songwriter launches album

Just two days before opening the Ilkley Literature Festival ‘Fringe’ show of local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe, one of Menston’s favourite singer-songwriters – Emma Nabarro-Steel – launched her album ‘Leaving a Space‘. It will be no surprise to visitors to the Menstone club for the monthly ‘open mike’ night that it is just beautiful. The album can be downloaded from streaming sites like Spotify, or ordered as a CD – see below.

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Emma performing during an ‘open mike’ night at the Menstone club

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Emma, who is a member of the writers’ club as a writer of lyrics, will be performing a couple more of her songs amid short stories, poems and story-telling with pictures from other members during an hour long presentation at the Ilkley Playhouse on Monday evening (3 October, 9pm). As with all ‘Fringe’ events, entry to the show is free.

There’ll be poems from Marjorie Hanbridge (known in the club as ‘Menston’s own Pam Ayres’) and David Machin (well known to children at Menston Primary School), short stories from Becky Bond, Kelly McCarthy-Wright, Dan Brassington, and club founder Ruxandra Busoiu, a very short short story and some very short ‘poems’ (haiku) from Roger Livesey, and a narration around the superb street photography (all shot in Shipley market place) by Bob Hamilton. The show will end with audience members being invited to write the last line of a short story, hence the show title: ‘Help! We’ve lost the plot …’.

To order Emma’s CD go to: http://emmanabarrosteel.bandcamp.com/album/leaving-a-space

If you’d like a taster, go along to the show on Monday evening.

For more details about the writers’ club, email rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk or come along to the show and speak to Ruxandra and other club members in the bar after the show.

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Great teenage ‘teachers’ team awarded

There was a wonderful turnout to support our great teenage teaching team as they received award certificates for ‘Outstanding Community Service’ from Chair of the Menston Community Association at a ceremony at the Menstone club in Farnley Road on Thursday.

Youngsters, our fab teaching team, l to r: Joe Woollin, Adam France, Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder, Sam Craske, Shaun Street, Rowan Winn. Adults: Tony Joint, one of the adult MCA supervisors, Quentin Mackenzie Chair of the MCA, and JognHutchinson, Worshipful Master of the Olicana Lodge

Youngsters, our fab teaching team, l to r: Joe Woollin, Adam France, Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder, Sam Craske, Shaun Street, Rowan Wynn. Adults: Tony Joint, one of the adult MCA supervisors, Quentin Mackenzie Chair of the MCA, and John Hutchinson, Worshipful Master of the Olicana Lodge

‘Students’ who attend the ‘eggs2iPads’ weekly sessions on Thursdays to learn to use internet on iPads and the like, parents of the ‘teachers’, sponsors including the Olicana Lodge Ilkley and the local Scout leaders (many of the ‘teachers’ are Explorers), who have been so supportive of the project, were all in attendance. Another sponsor, Menston’s own computer wizz, Fixit Computers (Attila Darvasi) could not attend as he was looking after the local Beavers. Representatives of Menston Cares and our vicar Rev Ruth Yeoman, all of whom have been very supportive, were welcome guests too.

The sessions are currently suspended for a winter break as requested by the elderly ‘students’, but will resume in March, as before at 5-6pm each Thursday at the Menstone club in Farnley. Road.

Although the project was initiated as one attempt to tackle potential elderly isolation in the village, by helping them to contact distant family and friends using internet, many ‘students’ have delved into other aspects of using internet and iPads, including games, photography, etc, and all have said they really value one unique aspect of the project: the weekly meeting with our wonderful representatives of a much younger generation.

We are currently recruiting more young ‘teachers’ (12-17) so we can rota them as several have GCSEs this year, and of course elderly ‘students’ (at the moment 60 to 90!). If you know of either who may be interested please email menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. (We were delighted to welcome Rosie Ogden, like Sam a student at Bradford Grammar, at the presentation, a likely future ‘teacher’). Thank you too to Rowan’s mother, Kate, who offered to help sometimes as an adult supervisor at sessions (we always have at least one DBS cleared adult in attendance for ‘safeguarding’ for both our ‘vulnerable’ groups, though all the ‘teaching’ is done by the youngsters).

More pictures from Thursday should be added to this post over the weekend so please come back.

 

A Menston welcome for the Tour de Yorkshire; Writers Club to meet in Menston; don’t forget to vote locally on Thursday; Art Show next weekend

Some of the crowds gathered alongside Menston Park and up Bingley Road waiting for the Tour de Yorkshire riders

What a Menston turnout for the Tour de Yorkshire! It did the village proud but pointed again to the ineffectiveness of the Parish Council in representing the people of our wonderful community. More about this below in the context of the forthcoming election on Thursday 7 May. (Thanks to Sue Rix for the picture).

Art Show

The first of Menston Arts Club‘s two annual shows is next weekend – Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 May at the Community Centre. There’s no entry charge and you might find an appealing picture to enhance a wall. Details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Writers Club

Ruxandra Busoiu, founder of the new Writer's Club, which will meet at The Menstone

Ruxandra Busoiu, founder of the new Writers Club, which will meet at The Menstone (pic by Bob Hamilton)

Writers and would-be writers of any genre are invited to come to a meeting of a new Writers Club, formed in Ilkley but which will be meeting every other Saturday lunchtime in Menston, at The Menstone club in Farnley Road. The next meeting will be on Saturday 16 May (the next on 30th) at 12.00 upstairs at The Menstone. It’s a small, informal friendly group with a wide age range, currently from early 20s to over 70s. There’s no agenda at the moment and no fees. It’s not a ‘writing course’, no lessons – just a group with an interest in writing who meet up for a chat and swap ideas. Sometimes when the weather’s good we might retire to Menston Park.

The Menstone serves drinks – coffee and tea, beer and others and offers snacks like Paninis so if you want to make it a lunch meeting, not just a lunchtime meeting, you can.

The group was set up by Ruxandra Busoiu, a young behavioural psychologist  who graduated from Bradford University and has been working for the NHS. She now lives in Ilkley. One member of the group has had a book published though it’s not a novel. Two have been working journalists. Three aspire to write a novel. Some write poetry and short stories but don’t want to write a novel. And, of course, one writes this blog (and some others). So whatever writing you do, published or not, or want to do, you’ll be welcome.

Just turn up on a Saturday 16 May lunchtime if you wish; if you prefer to make contact before just email  rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

The election

Thursday 7 May we have three elections in Menston – national, district and parish.

No comment here about the national election other than to note that Philip Davies has been a very good local representative who has often gone against his own party for something he believes in and has worked extraordinarily hard for Menston. So, many who are of other political persuasions may well feel they should vote for him on that basis.

If only party politics could be eradicated from the district council.

As far as the Parish Council is concerned, we do have one woman nominated. Lilias Mcculloch has long been a force in the battle against undue noise from airport operations so it will be good to have a female with her energy and perseverance on the council, especially as Sue Rix stood down after a very energetic term in office. A substantial number of votes for Lilias would show she is appreciated by the community.

Unfortunately, as there were no nominations for other women or younger men, we will inevitably be stuck with the old team for another four years. The Tour de Yorkshire gave an insight into what we can expect there.

Last year, when it was suggested at a Parish Council meeting that the village should do something to mark the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, it was said that as it was not passing through Menston nothing would be done. Some might think that was reasonable, some not. But it is embarrassing that when such an event is to come to us the same lethargic, do nothing attitude prevailed. What an opportunity missed to put Menston on the map, as other village communities like Addingham or Hunmanby did.

It was wonderful to see such a large part of our community, of all ages, coming together along Bingley Road; the community atmosphere was wonderful; special thanks to a few individuals who did do something – bunting, the wonderful comic figure, etc.

But no thanks to the Parish Council. The massive turnout illustrated well just how unrepresentative of the community the council have been.

There is a way out. The self-elected Council could ‘adopt’ others to the Council, as happened with the only female member in the past. But some younger people, and more women, would have to put themselves forward.

‘Buy Local’ for Menston?

The first of occasional contributions from grumpytyke

Is Menston following the trend and seeing more and more people buying at local independent shops and buying less at the big supermarkets? I know of one or two Menston residents who are.

The Ilkley Business Forum is organising a ‘Buy Local’ event in November, recently inviting shops in Ilkley to back it by joining the forum. Chair of the forum, Vera Woodhead, says that the same initiative may be repeated in other areas within the LS29 postal area, including Menston.

However, good though this initiative is, going to shop in Ilkley – which has the benefit of a large number of ‘tourist’ visitors – isn’t going to keep the shops in Menston viable. Couldn’t the shops in our village get together and drum up a similar initiative? Maybe the ones which are part of large organisations – the Coop and Londis – could put some money into it.

As far as food is concerned, we have an independent bakery, greengrocer and delicatessen, but for how much longer if they are not sufficiently patronised?

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Menston village Fruit and Vegetable shopMenston village bakery shopWouldn’t it be good to add a butcher? Only a couple of weeks ago I was suggesting to Binns in Bradford market, who have a shop in Saltaire which sells the same excellent quality meat at a much, much higher price, that they open a butcher shop in Menston. If they did it would have to be more expensive than in Bradford city, I was told.

Of course! To some extent pricing is a matter of turnover so local independent shops have to charge more. But if they are well patronised then the prices can be pitched  a little lower. Having said that, avoiding the inconvenience of going into Bradford or Leeds (and the unpleasantness of the former), or even Guiseley, is worth a premium. And don’t forget the three excellent Menston free-range egg producers, whose prices compare very favourably with ‘similar’ (but nowhere near as tasty!) eggs from the supermarkets.

While on the subject of ‘shopping local’ I am wondering whether the long-promised new ‘official’ website for the village is being developed by a company in Exeter – just about as ‘unlocal’ as you could get. I could be wrong as the situation seems very confusing. Googling Menston brings up two sites – menston.org and menstonvillage.org. Is the menstonvillage, which looks very similar to the ‘old’ one, the new one? There’s no explanation on either site. However, if the new site is being developed way down south, much as I like Devon I’m not sure they can really cotton on to a Yorkshire culture.

I’m not suggesting that the authors of menstonvillagewharfedale.com should have done it – I know they wouldn’t have wanted to – but there are many excellent fairly local web development companies; I’m not aware of any in Menston (send info for this site’s business list if there are!) but there are certainly many within Yorkshire.

Although I’m concerned about the truly independent village shops, the Coop and Londis should be patronised too, of course, but it’s the independents who have to rely totally on their own efforts, do not benefit from any bulk buying and couldn’t invest the close on half  a million the Coop spent on its recent refit which really need our support.

So, let’s patronise our local shop keepers, especially the independent ones, and other local businesses; they are part of what makes Menston, Menston.

grumpytyke

Menston village, Wharfedale, Yorkshire – new website

This blog for Menston village was created on 26 July 2013 but ‘went public’ on 8 August. There will be posts (news, or sometimes an opinion piece from ‘columnist’  grumpytyke which you can comment on) about once a week. You can comment on any post, and read any comments posted, by clicking at the bottom right of the page on:

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The structure and the content for the ‘static’ pages  – eg ‘Shops’ or ‘Churches’ – is now more or less complete though may be added to or augmented over the days and weeks as new information becomes available; the Events pages will of course be updated regularly. The ‘static’ pages are accessed from the top menu;  you can comment on these too.

Why not ‘follow’ this blog to be informed each time something new is added. It will be about once a week so you will not be flooded with things.

NEWS FLASH

Menston village coop on reopening day

The Menston coop is open again (8 August). Brighter, more spacious. Welcome back.

There is an About page with a little more information. Each top menu heading has a general page with links to pages on each subject, which can also be accessed directly by the sub-menu headings.

If there is anything you feel is missing which you think should be there, or you’ve spotted an error, please let us know as explained under ‘Contribute’.

If you run a club, a group or any community activity, are planning an event in the village, or any other news about the village or its residents, let us know. Again, for more details on how go to the menu item ‘Contribute’.

If you ‘follow’ this blog you can be informed every time there is a new post. Our aim is a new post about once a week so you won’t be overburdened. You can follow this blog by inserting your email address at the top right of the right hand column; however, if you are logged in to a WordPress account – so have a blog of your own – you should see a ‘Follow’ button, in which case just click it.

Next contribution from grumpytyke, Sunday: ‘Buy local’ for Menston?