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Some dates for your diary; successful 50th birthday art exhibition

Although most have been in the Events listing for some time now, it’s worth reminding people of some important Menston events, or events related to Menston groups or people, coming up in the next month or so.

Flamenco Festival Leedsbox with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details., 27-28 May. Writing on the Wharfe, the local writers’ club which usually meets at the Menstone club, is making a group visit
Saltaire Arts Trail, 28-30 May, Menston artists, including Justin Leeming, are exhibiting
Fun Day and Car Show, Menston Cricket Club, 29 May
Queen’s birthday celebration dance, 11 June, Kirklands
Bleach Mill House charity day, 25 June
Charity Musical Evening for Wharfedale Refugees, Menstone club, 9 July

Menston Arts Club 50th birthday exhibition

Christine Thomas with her pastel 'Two glasses of red', voted favourite by visitors

‘Two glasses of red’, a pastel by Christine Thomas, was voted favourite by visitors to the exhibition

With around 500 visitors over the two days, possibly more, the 50th birthday exhibition of the Menston Arts Club last weekend was a great success. Over 142 pictures were exhibited by 47 club members, together with 39 portfolios. In all 26 framed pictures, and 61 pictures from members’ portfolios were sold.

A pastel of the Doges Palace in Venice, by and donated by club president John Ridyard (see previous post), was bought in a secret auction by a club member, proceeds going to the Psoriasis Association.

The exhibition was opened at a Friday preview evening by local Look North presenter Charlotte Leeming.

As usual, the pictures below can be seen larger, with captions as a slide show, by clicking on any one.

Photos by Frank Jukes and Fran Philby.

For more information on Menston Arts Club go to www.menstonartsclub.org.uk.

50th birthday exhibition for Menston Art Club this weekend

This year’s Menston Art Club exhibition and sale, on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th of May, at the Kirklands Community Centre, is a special one. It is 50 years ago that Richard Bayer, tutor, mentor and friend of David Hockney, generally regarded as the greatest living artist today, led a small team to set up the club. One member of that team, Ann Carr, is still a member of the club and paints and exhibits regularly.

The Doges palace in Venice by John Ridyard

box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details.Another ‘special’ this year is a silent auction. Bids for the beautiful framed pastel of ‘The Doges Palace in Venice’ (pictured above) by John Ridyard, president of the Club, will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Psoriasis Association. Bids will be taken throughout the exhibition.

Selfie portraits produced in charcoal by children ages 3 and 4 at Menston Preschool will be exhibited in the cafe area.

Ann Wade (Chair), Pat Hargreaves and Judy Illingworth, each with one of their works

Ann Wade, Chair of the club, Pat Hargreaves, Membership Secretary, and Judy Illingworth

Each member of the club can exhibit up to three framed works and a portfolio of up to 12 unframed works.

The exhibition is open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Admission is free. As usual, a varied selection of members’ paintings and crafts will be for sale.

A café will be serving food and drinks; there will also be a cake stall and a raffle.

Further information about the club can be found on its website.

Art exhibition, two car shows, summer fair and more coming

Menston Vehicle Show 5 May 2014The first Menston car show was a resounding success and, being in the village centre, was great for the village too, with multiple locations encouraging visitors to walk around the village. It was good for village businesses too, some of which stayed open.

So it’s sad that the organisers decided that it was too much hassle to organise it in the same way again and moved it to the Menston Cricket Club ‘fun day’ with a limit of 25 invited vehicles. This will, however, be a great addition to the fun day.

Menston Vehicle Show 5 May 2014Maybe the Malt Shovel has saved the day for motor and motorcycle fans with a charity event only a week later which, supporting Yorkshire Ambulance, includes a vehicle show.

Much more imminent is the twice a year art exhibition by the Menston Art Club, next weekend.
More in the future is the annual Summer Fair in July.
Then there’s the Menston Show, now in its 40th year, on 10 September.

box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details.

14 and 15 May. Menston Art Club Exhibition and Sale. At the Kirklands Community Centre, 10.30am till 5pm on Saturday, 10.30am till 4.30pm Sunday.

29 May. 11am to 5pm. Fun day at Menston Cricket Club on Bradford Road. Apart from a car show, there’s karaoke, bouncy castle, dog racing, egg chucking, wellie chucking, face painting, tug of war and more. Two bars too.

4 June. Outside charity event in the Malt Shovel car park. Vintage cars, motor cycles and other events including bouncy castle. Free entry but a wheelie bin at the side of the pub for donations. Should be some local musical talent performing too. Proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

2 July. 2pm till 4.30pm, Menston Primary School.
Menston Summer Fair will be at Menston Primary School from 2 pm – 4:30 pm on 2 July and this year is organised by St John’s Church. The fun event, with lots of traditional stalls and games, will be opened by Charlotte Leeming . Morris dancers will be performing with music from Hurricane Blue. Winners of local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe Young Writers’ competitions announced, trophies and certificates awarded and winning pieces read. Proceeds to three charities (more about them in future posts)

10 September. Menston Show, Kirklands Community Centre. 2pm to 4 pm. All the usual classes and trophies and perhaps a few more. As usual, all the details of classes, entries forms, etc, will be published on this site well before the show.

Competition to find Menston/Burley ‘Young Writers’; flooding solutions; High Royds memorial garden development; St John’s graveyard open afternoon

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Now one year old, the writers’ club which meets regularly at the Menstone club has adopted a new name to reflect its local base – Writing on the Wharfe – and will, within the next week, announce a competition to name ‘Young Menston & Burley Poet of the Year‘ and ‘Young Menston & Burley Short Story Writer of the Year‘. The competition will be open to young writers – six to 17 years old in various age categories, living in either Menston or Burley in Wharfedale (ie, living in post codes LS29 6xx or LS29 7xx. The two chosen young writers of the year, and winners in each age category (6-8, 9-11, 12-15, 16-17), will be announced at the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July at Menston Primary School.

Full details will be published on this site, posters will be displayed in Menston and Burley and schools, primary and high, attended by students living in Menston and Burley  will receive information within the next week or so. Watch this site.

The competition will open for entries on Monday 18 April and close for entries on Saturday 4 June.

Members of the Writing on the Wharfe club were treated to a short recital of flamenco guitar music and brief explanations of some flamenco styles by local guitarist and tutor Samuel Moore at the most recent meeting and will be making a group visit to the forthcoming Leeds Flamenco Festival in May.

A way to reduce flooding in Menston and elsewhere?

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

A novel solution to reduce flooding will be presented at a public meeting, by local campaigner Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE, FRS, FR Eng, at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm, 26 April. The meeting, organised by Menston Parish Council, is open to all. Professor Rhodes has, of course, given expert evidence at local enquiries and meetings on housing development in Menston and at a court hearings instigated by the Menston Action Group.

Open day at St John’s Churchyard

There will be an open afternoon at St John’s Parish Church churchyard on 1 May, with lots of activities including some for children. See the entry under ‘Events’.

Poster for open afternoon at St John's churchyard

High Royds memorial garden meeting

Poster publicising meeting of High Royds Memorial Garden committee

It’s Wembley for Menston dance class; free concert at Kirklands

Wish luck to this wonderful team of youngsters who are students in the weekly ballet/dance classes at Menston’s Kirklands Community Centre with ‘Miss Stephanie’ (Stephanie Clements) of Bradford Theatre Arts (BTA).

Set for Wembley, the Menston class team, left to right: back row; Kenix Lee, Emma Oxford, Ketie Quinn, Victoria Pickles, Sam Foster, Niamh Cater, Caitlin Brister; front row: Josephine Gibbs, Madeleine Wolfenden, Mollie Foster, Emma Townsend, April Lever, Megan Dobbin.

Set for Wembley, the Menston class team. Left to right – back row: Kenix Lee, Emma Oxford, Katie Quinn, Victoria Pickles, Sam Foster, Niamh Cater, Caitlin Brister – front row: Josephine Gibbs, Madeleine Wolfenden, Mollie Foster, Emma Townsend, April Lever, Megan Dobbin.

This weekend they have completed 16 hours of rehearsal for an appearance at the Wembley Stadium on 16th April and did the same a couple of weeks ago. They will be dancing to the voice of Grammy Award winner Foxes in what is set to be the biggest ever mass movement dance with a singer. They have been rehearsing with another 27 or so dancers from other BTA classes and 20 from the Emma Pilling Dance Academy in Swinton to make a Yorkshire contingent of 60. They will join well over 1000 dancers from all corners of the UK on April 16th. The Guinness book record for this type of event currently stands at 546 dancers. The mass dance will be before a capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium for the big annual Saracens ‘derby’ rugby match.

The 60 strong Yorkshire contingent going to Wembley, rehearsing with a dance coach from Proex, which currently holds the Guiness book record for mass dance, in the Kirklands Community Centre on Sunday morning.

The 60 strong Yorkshire contingent going to Wembley, rehearsing with a dance coach from Proex, which currently holds the Guiness book record for mass dance, in the Kirklands Community Centre on Sunday morning.

The Menston class is this year celebrating 20 years in the village, run by ballet examiner Stephanie Clements who founded BTA. Other than in school holidays there are classes every Saturday morning for beginners and lower grades and Tuesday evening classes for more advanced, Grade 4 and above. The classes are usually listed under Events on this site. Many youngsters come to the Menston classes from elsewhere in the Bradford area and asked why they say: “It’s fun but we work to get our grades”; “We get opportunities like this dancing at Wembley which we would not get anywhere else”; “We make friends outside of where we live”; “There is great camaraderie in this class and always support from the others”.

Free ‘thank you’ concert

Not to be missed is a concert with the Harrogate Male Voice Choir on Saturday 16th April, 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall on Main Street. It has been arranged by the Menston Action Group as, the group says, a thank you to the people of Menston for their support. It’s free, including refreshments.

Menston Village Show 2015 Results

Elizabeth Loy with her intriguing collection of things animal, mineral and vegetable

Elizabeth Loy with her intriguing collection of things animal, mineral and vegetable

Frances Johnson with her arrangement and trophy

‘Best in Show’ was the flower arrangement ‘Menston Show 40th Birthday’ by Frances Johnson, who now holds the Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy.

Though the number of entries on the 40th Menston Show, 2015, was down on last year, due in part at least to the dismal summer weather, “the standard was very high, causing some problems for the judges in choosing winners”, commented Show President Sue Rix introducing the prize giving. In fact some trophies were awarded jointly to more than one entrant.

Long-serving show committee member Elizabeth Loy brought a fascinating display of things animal, vegetable and mineral and asked visitors to say what they were. A beetle the size of a sparrow, a giant starfish and a less unusual spray of yew were alongside a spray of gypsophilia which, Elizabeth told us, was commonly called ‘baby’s breath’, and so featured appropriately in flower arrangements on the theme ‘Royal baby’. Elizabeth took the Joan Pullan cup for flower arrangement.

Four year old Beatrice wth her book, prize in show sponsors Ribston Pippin's competition

Four year old Beatrice, who won her prize in show sponsors Ribston Pippin’s competition, with the estate agent’s director Lisa

Emily with her cup

Emily Pugh won the cup for her picture entered in the new -pre-school class

Under 5s competing

It was lovely to see some ‘tiny tots’ competing and there were at least two prize winners under 5 years old: Emily Pugh won the newly introduced picture competition for pre-schoolers and with it a children’s cup; a prize for under 5s in the competition run by Show sponsors Ribston Pippin went to four years old Beatrice.

‘Best in Show’, the Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy, went to Frances Johnson for a wonderful flower arrangement on the theme ‘Menston Show 40th birthday’, set in a planter full of a variety of things found in other show classes.

Though vegetables were a bit sparse it was good to see some very ugly potatoes which, ugly they may be, but for taste most more usually-shaped potatoes cannot compete, as one lucky bidder at the after show produce auction can attest as he had them for dinner the same evening (guess who!). The auction is a great opportunity to get some fresh home-grown produce rather than runner beans from Spain, tomatoes from Holland, etc, etc.

Call to join show committee

A surprising revelation by Sue Rix in her thanks, which included those for the other show sponsor Manor Coating Systems of Shipley: the show committee, which meets just four times a year, still has founding members, from 40 years ago, serving. New recruits will be welcomed, she said.



for all the results from the 2015 show.

Click any picture too see it larger, as part of a slide show of all the pictures below (pictures are copyright Petronela Prisca and Roger Livesey but Menston residents are welcome to grab them for family use).

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.