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Exciting news from Menston – the blog, food and ballet

Menston mum Becky Bond, blogger extraordinary, BBC Radio Leeds producer, columnist and occasional feature writer for the Yorkshire Post, and a valued member of Menston-based writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe, is joining the editorial team of this site/blog. Followers of Becky’s own blog will know she has a unique writing talent, witty and often hilarious, described by the founder of this site – a former journalist – as “one of the three best writers I have ever worked with”.

Regular posting on this blog was interrupted some time ago by health problems and suspended altogether early this year other than occasional posts about “major events”. It was intended to keep the events and other listings up to date but these suffered too. This will now be remedied as far as possible though it does depend on people emailing details of their events or new/changed businesses to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. If you sent something for the listings earlier than, say, beginning of April and it hasn’t yet appeared please resend.

So, beginning very soon, posts written by Becky will appear about once a month and she will be introducing herself briefly within her first post. Becky will be completely free to choose her own subjects and how she treats them. The best way not to miss her posts is to ‘follow’ this site; WordPress users will know how, others just click the button at top right and enter their email address (which will not be public nor disclosed).

Occasional posts by the original author of this site will continue (as ‘webmaster’ he’ll continue to be responsible for the ‘mechanics’, listings, etc); posts will continue to be strictly about Menston (as defined in ‘About’) its people and organisations or matters affecting them. Businesses and organisations will only be listed if based in Menston and posts about them will only appear if there is genuine ‘news’ about them – ie no surreptitious advertising. Although comments will continue to be uncensored any attempt to use them for commercial advertising, as often the case on the village Facebook group, will not appear.

Solo delicatessen

Menston delicatessen Solo, Main Street

No longer solo but will continue to be ‘très bon’ for sure

After 13 years serving the village in the Solo delicatessen and coffee shop, Gareth and Audra Andrews are handing over the business to Kirsty Richardson, who as ‘Très Bon Raymond – Kirsty is Cooking‘ is already well known to many villagers. The ‘grand opening’ is on 11 July but more about this in a future post. One of the changes will be a new manager, Jilly Geering; a sad loss for the Menstone which she has turned into a real, much appreciated, ‘community facility’ but hopefully this will continue.

Much more about this, Kirsty and her plans in a future post very soon.

After 21 years Menston’s ballet/dance school moves from Kirklands to the Parish Room

Miss Stephanie as she is fondly known to current and former students, who teaches ballet/dance in Menston, has turned out many top, award-winning dancers in the 21 years she has been serving our village and (some for even longer) other localities in West Yorkshire with her unique, very professional tuition. She has also given her young dancers unique opportunities, like dancing before a capacity crowd in Wembley Stadium and, coming in July this year, at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and of course participation in some wonderful annual shows.

Bradford Council, with their usual unappreciative arrogance, recently ‘moved’ the ballet classes from the main hall at Kirklands to a totally unsuitable upstairs room in the old building. Fortunately a new very suitable location was found in the Parish Room at St John’s Parish Church so Menston’s ballet/dance classes will continue on Tuesdays – late afternoon/early evening except in school holidays. This may turn out to be no bad thing as many villagers are against taking over Kirklands from Bradford Council – the financial burden would be enormous – so it may cease to function at all as a community centre.

Latest accomplishment by one of Stephanie’s students is the award of a scholarship by the British Ballet Organisation (now known as bbodance – one of the leading dance examination boards in the United Kingdom which provides an examination syllabus in classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance) to 12 year old Jenny Horsfall. Having seen her dance for the first time in the class at the Parish Room, the author of this blog, a follower and fan of ballet since well before the years of Fonteyn and Nureyev, predicted great things for her. So much joy and beautiful movement in her dancing with the unique, knowledgeable encouragement from ‘Miss Stephanie’.


Another success story is 18 year old Nic Cain who has been followed on this blog for about four years, though ‘Miss Stephanie’ has been teaching him for 14.  Another Menston student we predicted would achieve great things having seen him dance frequently in class and in the annual shows, Nic has just been funded to attend Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom from September.

 

Menstonbury – a superb Menston night with a wealth of local talent

Although posts on this blog are generally suspended it was said that perhaps some ‘big events’ might be featured. Menstonbury, Menston’s own mini (in size only) music festival on 17 June at Kirklands certainly rates as a ‘big event’, so here are a few ‘snaps’ from the night.  As most who know the author of this post will know, he favours monochrome for recording this type of event but if anyone wants a copy of one of the monochrome pix in colour just drop an email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com quoting the number (hover over any picture to see the number) and it’ll be emailed to you.

Some of the appreciative crowd at the Menstonbury event

Thanks are due to Barbara Kennedy and her Menston Preschool team who organised the event, brilliantly, to Emma Nabarro-Steel who pulled together the astounding array of local musical talent, to Adam Nabarro-Steel who did an amazing job with the complex sound arrangements (and managed to switch himself on too with some stunning bass guitar), to all the musicians who performed and gave us such a great night, to Kirsty Richardson and her assistants in the kitchen for the superb food and to the bar staff who kept us well lubricated. Not least thanks to all who bought a ticket and attended to make this event truly memorable.

At danger of being labelled as ‘sexist’, apart from the array of local talent on the stages what an array of ‘talent’ (to use a no-longer fashionable term) we have in Menston, beautiful women, many of them parents or former parents of pre-school children. Sexist? It was a female who made the remark to the author of this post!

As usual on this site, click any picture in the gallery below to see them larger as a slide show.

No promises on when the next post will be but there will be an attempt to update the events and organisations listings where new information has been sent in as soon as possible.

Art exhibition & French street food this week in Menston

Although in general posts on this site are currently suspended it was said that major events would, if possible, be covered. The twice a year exhibition by the Menston Arts Club surely falls into this category; perhaps a French street food event at the Menstone does not but as the page is open for the first it would be a pity to miss the opportunity to prompt you to go to sample some ‘real food’ and celebrate with 2/3 of French voters their presidential election result.

Art exhibition and sale

The exhibitions by the Menston Arts Club, in May and November, are always worth a visit. The talent on display is astounding and there’s always the chance to pick up a piece of art or craft for yourself or for a present.

Christine Thomas with her creation 'Two glasses of red'

‘Two glasses of red’, a pastel by Christine Thomas, was voted favourite by visitors to the exhibition at this time last year

This year the first exhibition is on 13 and 14 May, as usual at Kirklands Community Centre, between 10:30am and 5:00pm on the Saturday, 10:30am and 4:30pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

Along with the extensive display of paintings, there will also be a craft stall and a cafe providing lunches; the homemade cakes are always delicious.

The Autumn 2017 exhibition will be held on 18 and 19 November.

French street food

Truffle fries , Tarte Flambée with various toppings (an Alsace pizza), and more substantial meals plus deserts at the Menstone club, Farnley Road, on Friday from 5pm till “when it’s gone”. No need to book. There’s a children’s menu too. The host is Kirsty Richardson, aka Très bon Raymond. Kirsty is cooking.

There are ‘veggie’ things but I’ll opt for the navarin of lamb with homemade bread and spring vegetables, £7 (£10 large). The desserts, Apple Rose Tarte, Chocolate Tarte, Vanilla Crème brûlée look irresistable

Click

 the full menu

for all the options and prices.

You don’t need to be a member of the Menstone, all the street food will be served in biodegradable disposable containers and cutlery so you can stand up, sit down or takeaway as long as you buy a drink from the bar while you’re waiting.

Art exhibition next weekend. Vote for ‘new’ community venue. Barratt to continue chasing misplaced Menston development? Call to support Menston businesses.

Picture of MCA newsletter and MBA leafletTwo leaflets dropped in my letter box this past weekend: one seems to signify that the Menston Community Association (MCA) is taking up the cudgels again to battle against inappropriate development after dropping out of involvement for the past year or more; another from the  Menston Business Association suggests that if we each spent £5 a week with Menston businesses the local economy would benefit by over £1 million.

Click the above links to go to a discussion on each of the these (or just scroll down) but first:

Menston Arts Club art and crafts exhibition and sale

I’m reluctant to mention Christmas in November but the Menston Arts Club’s November exhibition of art and crafts on 19th and 20th, next weekend, in the Kirkland’s Community Centre is a good chance to find some Christmas presents and support some Menston artists. Entry is free and the exhibition will be open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.00pm on Sunday. Refreshments will be available with a café serving “delicious” home made cakes, lunches and beverages. (As usual on this site, click any picture below to see them larger as a slide show).

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite painting; this was a popular activity at the exhibition in May this year.

Following the successful exhibition in May a cheque for £100 was presented to Menston Pre-School for their contribution to the exhibition; they painted ‘selfies’ which were used to decorate the café area.


Menston Cricket Club is seeking funding for a new community venue, ie a tearoom extension, and a new roof, from Aviva. Proposed projects get money depending on votes received. Cast your votes (you get 10) before 18 November.
Click to go to voting site


Barratt to continue fight?

It seems that at least Barratt has not given up on building its host of little boxes on the Derry Hill fields. According to the Yorkshire Post in an article following the Press release from the MCA (the basis of the recent leaflet), a Barratt spokesman has said “Barratt Developments has a contractual position on the site and remains committed to the project at this stage. We are awaiting the Supreme Court verdict on the ongoing judicial review proceedings before progressing our planning strategy for the site.”

This is hardly surprising. Barratt has invested a lot of money in proposals to develop the site and rumours have it that not only Barratt, but several individuals, stand to lose considerable sums if the development does not go ahead. MCA has said the fight will continue and is appealing for funds for the Menston Action Group for this purpose .

Of course the ongoing legal arguments are only around the subject of flooding. They do not consider at all the inadequacy of infrastructure – transport, education, health, etc – to support a large number of additional homes in the village, or the destruction of the countryside.

Where to spend £5/week to support Menston?

The latest leaflet from the Menston Business Assocation, which lists 36 members, just over half of the businesses based in Menston, suggests that if each Menston adult spends £5 a week with Menston businesses then the local economy would benefit by £1 million (presumably over a year). However, there is a problem for many people to spend this as there are relatively few retail businesses.

The major shops, the coop and now Sainsbury’s, in which it would be easy to spend £5 a week, are not local businesses, but part of large chains. Ladies’ hairdressers abound and I guess their clients spend more than that but we see people on the village Facebook page recommending salons in Guiseley and elsewhere. We did have a greengrocer most recently but not enough villagers spent that £5 (I did!) so it closed.

Here’s an idea for the Menston Community Association: what about a project to set up a community owned community store in Menston, similar to Dales examples in Clapham (http://claphamvillagestore.co.uk) or Burton (http://www.burtonshop.co.uk)? Of course we already have a Post Office, around which these examples are based, but worth exploring? 

Neighbourhood Forum – new Chair for MCA? 1st MCA village film show. 10 years of Bambisanani

Photo of St Mary's student reading with two South African pupils during a Bambisanani project visit to South Africa

Bambisanani, see below

If you are interested in our village and it’s future, it’s a good idea to attend the Neighbourhood Forum in the Kirklands Community Centre this (Tuesday) evening. More details under the Events menu.

An announcement expected at the forum is that following years of service in several village groups and the Parish Council, Quentin Mackenzie is standing down as Chair of the Menston Community Association. It is understood that Steve Ellams has offered to take on the role.

Also on the agenda will be a further announcement of the village film show (the wonderful Dame Maggie Smith in ‘The Lady in the Van‘) on 21 October, under the MCA umbrella, following sterling work by Tony Joint (who has also taken on leadership of the eggs2iPads project). Apart from selling tickets to the film show, Tony will be asking for more help with this pilot, and possible future, shows.

Bambisani – 10 years of an amazing project

In its tenth anniversary year, the astounding project begun at St Mary’s Menston, the Bambisanani Partnership, working with Mnyakanya School in South Africa, has ambitious plans to extend its work and influence. In addition to the annual exchanges reported on this site in the past, supporting students in need and the provision of a wide range of new learning activities in both schools, the charity is working with the University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University to develop leadership programmes with its own students in South Africa. At Mnyakanya the charity is currently working on the installation of Wi-Fi and computers to enhance teaching and learning in this remote rural area. It is also the aim to create a football pitch for the school and wider community on land nearby. The partnership’s long term relationship with Zulufadder Orphanage will be developed through the building of a new hostel for the most vulnerable of  children who need immediate care and accommodation.

It was in 2006 that David Geldart, then Director of Physical Education and Sport at St. Mary’s, visited South Africa as part of a British Council and Youth Sport Trust initiative to promote sport in the country’s most deprived areas. As a direct result of that visit, St. Marys and Mnyakanya High School in Kwa Zulu Natal developed a unique partnership using sport to inspire young people in both countries. The two schools named their collaboration the ‘Bambisanani Partnership’ – Bambisanani being the Zulu word meaning ‘working hand in hand’. The partnership has subsequently gained international acclaim for its pioneering and inspirational work using the power of sport to promote education, health, global citizenship, enterprise in one of South Africa’s poorest rural regions. Ten years on, the partnership has become a multi award winning charity chaired by David Geldart, now retired from St Mary’s, and led by Mrs Catherine Chattoe at St. Marys and Mrs P K Zondi in South Africa.

Mnyakanya High School, situated in the rural remote Nkandla region of Kwa Zulu Natal, is in one of the most deprived areas of South Africa with high rates of HIV/AIDS, unemployment and adult illiteracy. The area has one of highest rates of AIDS orphans in the world. Class sizes are in excess of 60 and the school has very limited resources. Despite all this ,Mnyakanya provides an oasis of hope in the area and many students walk two hours, each way, for the opportunity to receive an education.

https://menstonvillagewharfedale.com/menston-parish-church-report

It is not usual to publish information as received on this site. News received or of which we become aware, if reported, is published at the editor’s discretion in the style of the site. However, we are happy to make an exception with this report which was inadvertently omitted from the recently distributed Menston News. Click the link above to read it.

Menston Show next Saturday; eggs2iPads restarts 15 Sep, Highroyds memorial garden open

Back again following a long summer break. Making a start updating the site are all the details of the forthcoming Menston Show, the 41st, next Saturday. The show has its own set of pages, giving full details of all the classes which can be entered. There are quite a few changes from previous years, particularly in the ‘junior’ section.  Especially noteworthy is that 15 and 16 year olds no longer have to compete with adults in some classes, notably in some art, baking and handicrafts classes. The detailed pages can be accessed from a link under the Events menu, or by clicking the image in the right hand column under the countdown, or here.

As in recent previous years, it is hoped all the results from the Show, with photographs, will be published on this website on Sunday 11 September.

Eggs2iPads

Sessions of the eggs2iPads project, in which older members of the Menston community get together with a team of teenagers to learn about accessing internet and other ‘apps’ on tablets like the iPad, Kindle Fire or others, are due to start again after a summer break on Thursday 15 September at the Menstone club in Farnley Road. As before, the sessions are from 5pm to 6pm.

Emmot, so far our youngest 'teacher', with three students

Emmot, so far our youngest ‘teacher, explains

The project , which has been highly praised not only locally but nationally and even internationally, is run under the umbrella of the Menston Community Association. However, it needs some more help. Roger Livesey, who launched the project and has led it since inception, has said that due to health he can no longer lead it though he hopes to attend many sessions. His role has been taken over by Tony Joint who has been one of the adult supervisors for the past year, but one or two more are needed. With two ‘vulnerable’ groups attending, an adult with DBS clearance is always present. It is not necessary to attend every week and if someone does not have DBS clearance it can be arranged.

Some more teenage ‘teachers’ would also be welcomed; again it is not necessary to be able attend every week. Anyone from 12 to 17 will be welcomed.

More details of the sessions for any elderly person who would welcome meeting regularly with a great team of young people, or anyone who would like to volunteer to join the teaching’ team or as a supervisor, contact:

Tony Joint, email tonyjoint73@hotmail.com, tel 0771 131  0272 or Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 01943 876949.

Memorial Chapel and Garden open as part of the 2016 Heritage Days

The High Royds Memorial Garden and Chapel, on Buckle Lane, will be open for some periods during 8 to 11 September as part of the Heritage Open Days 2016 promoted by the Leeds Civic Trust. More details from Chairman of the ‘Friends’, Ron Sweeney, on info@itcworld.org, or Secretary Quentin Mackenzie, tel 01943 876625.

The garden has recently had considerable work done as a result of funding received and the efforts of volunteers, including some pupils from St Mary’s Menston. It is hoped to feature this beautiful spot in Menston in a future post on this website.

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.