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Wet but determined – Menston/Guiseley green belt protectors march. Strictly, come dancing in Menston

Banner inviting to honkAround 100 protesters, including the Chairman of the Menston Action Group (MAG) and a peacefully protesting contingent of dogs, gathered at the Menston/Guiseley boundary on the A65 in pouring rain on Sunday lunch time to bring to people’s attention the loss of Green Fields, the potential merging of Menston and Guiseley to be part of a Bradford/Leeds urban sprawl, and the lack of facilities to cope with yet more houses, if Ings Fields on the boundary are developed, . Passing motorists were invited to “hoot in you love green belt” and around half of passing cars did just that with gusto. After gathering where the Mire Beck crosses the road the bedraggled but cheerful and determined crowd walked up to Ings Lane, down to the proposed entrance into the housing development planned for Ings Fields, then back into Menston via the bridle path beyond St Mary’s school. Pictures, and more about the protest from yesterday’s post, below.

Strictly dancing – Tuesdays Kirklands

Ballroom dancing has joined the ballet classes at Menston’s Kirlands Community Centre on Tuesday evening, beginning of 14 April. Ballet classes for grade 4 to intermediate are well established from 6.00 to 7.15pm, turning out award winning dancers; most recently three students at the Menston classes being chosen to dance with English Youth Ballet in Giselle at St. George’s Hall, Bradford, in June.

The ‘Strictly’ classes are being brought to Kirklands by Sandra Beaumont, former UK champion and championship adjudicator. The new classes will cover Ballroom and Latin at 7.30pm, then Rock & Roll at 8.30pm, each Tuesday . There are some Tuesdays when Kirklands is not available for the dancing so consult the ‘Events’ listing to see if they have been arranged in another location.

PROTEST WALK TO SHOW LEEDS WHERE THE REAL MENSTON/GUISELEY BOUNDARY IS (click any picture to see larger as a slide show; text from post on 10 April)

If the Ings fields between Menston and Guiseley are developed then Menston and Guiseley will have merged!

Menston and Guiseley Greenbelt Protection Group had a day of action rally, walking the site under threat, which is just off the A65, behind the BP petrol station.

The rally was organised together with WARD (Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development). On this day Community Voice on Planning prepared a National day of action to protest at the loss of greenbelt between settlements which is leading to urban sprawl and a reduction in social standards across the nation.

We in Menston are one of many unique (and we are unique, aren’t we?)  communities which are threatened with becoming just part of an urban sprawl.

One of the major factors for preserving Green Belt according to Government guidelines is to maintain the distinctiveness of named settlements by keeping the greenbelt buffer between them. Building on the Ing fields, apart from the fact they are Green Belt, will effectively join the two settlements. If they are built on they are gone for good!

The walk was intended to show Leeds where the real Menston/Guiseley boundary is and should be preserved as a slice of green between the two settlements.

Recently Menston village was represented at the Inspectors examination in public of the Bradford Core Strategy for housing over the coming 15 years and much angst was raised by many communities around Bradford over the planning rules which state that Local Planning Authorities should be seen to cooperate over the development of their core strategies where these impact on neighbouring authorities. Those present could see the results of no such cooperation as sites are coming forwards for development across both sides of Menston that will result in the settlements of Guiseley and Menston becoming a single sprawl.

We may be forced to, once more, become victims of circumstances if the green space between Menston and Guiseley is further eroded and do remember that at the moment, this comes at the end of many years of heavy developments, where no additional communications or social infrastructure have been put in place.

The settlement boundaries between Menston and Guiseley need to be highlighted as Leeds’ planners have included Moorland Crescent and Bradford Road, Menston, in the major settlement extending from Guiseley, thus making the Ings Fields look like wonderful infill to them! This is a political boundary not a settlement or geographic boundary. The settlement boundary runs along the back gardens of Moorland Crescent Menston following Mire Beck.

The walk was organised by Liz Kirkpatrick at mandggpg@gmail.com, phone 01943 875640.

Busy Menston Saturday: Kirklands Community Centre, the Menstone, High Royds Social Club, a fighting team to Ilkley and getting ready for Menston in Bloom judging

Beth Street with the poster for the Soul Evening on 21 March, to raise money to build a school destroyed by typhoon HaiyanA lot to do this coming Saturday: an interesting youth snooker event begins at the Menstone in Farnley Road at 1pm, the last ‘Family Boogie’ of the season at the High Royds Social Club begins at 3pm and the day in Menston can be rounded off at the Soul Night at Kirklands Community Centre, beginning at 8pm. Meanwhile, some of the team working hard to protect Menston from inappropriate housing development will be going to a meeting in Ilkley where protection of both Wharfedale and Airedale will be the theme of discussions. You can also join the Menston in Bloom team for a ‘work session’ outside Kirklands at 9.30am.

Soul Night at Kirklands

It’s still not too late to get a ticket to the Soul Night at Kirklands; this event went down very well last year with the Soul Surgeons and Sally’s Army Choir entertaining, drinks and a chilli supper if you want it, all in a great cause – to rebuild a school destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines at the end of 2013. Call Beth on 0771 978 5986 for tickets, £10, or you can buy at the door (starts at 8pm and goes on till 11pm) if you can get in!

Youth snooker at the Menstone

Beginning at 1pm on Saturday, there will be snooker pro plus coaches at the Menstone to celebrate the juniors who have taken part in the Paul Hunter Foundation snooker coaching. You will be able to watch the juniors play and there will be opportunities for juniors to join one of the forthcoming snooker coaching programmes to be run from the club.

Club coach, David Horrix, says that snooker is growing in popularity and the Menstone is on its way to becoming the number one club in the area for juniors.

You can just turn up at the Menstone between 1pm and 3pm or for more information contact David on 0751 921 0021.

Family Boogie at High Royds

Last chance this ‘season’, before the summer break, to take the kids along to the High Royds Social Club at the top of High Royds Drive, between 3pm and 5pm, for “adult music in a child-friendly setting”. It’s organised for families who want to have fun with their pre-school children but older siblings are welcome too. There’s a reasonably priced licensed bar, hot/cold drinks and snacks, free parking, baby change and food preparation facilities. It’s all free but a  £5 donation suggested, all of which goes to Save the Children. For more information email John at johnrobertparkinson@yahoo.co.uk.

Menston in Bloom work sessions before 31 March visit

Work sessions to make Menston look its best before a visit from Yorkshire In Bloom judges, Phillip Young and Joanne Morris, will be on Saturday morning and Monday (23rd) morning; for both meet outside Kirklands at 9.30am. Any help will be greatly appreciated, as would any tidying and litter picking around your street.

The judges are visiting on 31st March. They will be shown not only the lovely colourful planters throughout the village, but also the parks and open spaces, the churchyards, Meadowlea Children’s Home and the station, amongst other areas.

Planning Issues and Localism:  Is it Working?

A team from Menston will be attending a public meeting in Ilkley, about planning, housing, infrastructure and localism and the impact on local communities, organised by Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development (WARD) at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley, beginning a 1pm on Saturday. Several local MPs and Councillors will be attending and there’s a BBC style ‘Question Time’ at 3pm to end proceedings. Everyone is welcome and there’s no charge to attend.

Our MP, Philip Davies, will be there, together with Stuart Andrew MP and Greg Mullholland MP. Other MPs have been invited. Speakers include Ilkley Ward Councillor Anne Hawkesworth.

For more information contact Steve Ellams, Special Projects Officer for WARD, s.ellams1@btinternet.com, mobile 0795 086 8379 or 01943 872607.

Pantomime; Dr Who visits Menston; Queen at St Mary’s; another community site for Menston; Philip Davies joins Leeds MPs in housing protest

Poster advertising Menston Aladdin pantomime 19-21 FebruaryPanto week  – Aladdin – this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and an afternoon matinee on Saturday. More details, including how to get tickets, under Events. For the first time this year there will be dancers from the ballet classes held in Kirklands on Tuesday afternoon/evenings and Saturday mornings; more details of these classes too in ‘Events‘, where they are listed. For the classes, contact menston@btapacademy.co.uk.

Apologies for the confusing times/dates for the panto in the ‘Imminent events’ on the right. It’s a Google thing. When Menston organisations do not send in details an event might be put in without a time; Google then decides it’s midnight. When the actual time is subsequently known, no way of deleting the ‘midnight performance’ has yet been found.

Another useful community site for Menston?

Have you seen the new Streetlife community site which has a page for the area “local to Menston” (www.streetlife.com)? It seems to aim to serve the same purpose as the ‘Menston village group’ on Facebook but it could be very useful for people who dislike Facebook intensely so do not go on it. You just sign up and say what area you are interested in. It doesn’t seem to understand that Menston and Guiseley are quite different so you get some Guiseley stuff when looking for Menston, but it’s a small price to pay. Recent items included someone looking for a lost cat, someone wanting to know where they could get tickets for the panto, some give-aways, and objections to the new proposal for a wind turbine.

Preserve us from even larger local authorities!

We are aware of course that the battle to preserve a way of life in Menston is not unique and the problems with large local authorities are not confined to Bradford. Aireborough MPs took up the issue recently in the House of Commons, among them our own MP Philip Davies: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2015-02-03a.49.1 The complaints about Leeds City Council – from ignored to ignorance – sound only too familiar.

Grumpytyke says: Do we believe that creating even larger regional authorities, as proposed for ‘the north’ or Yorkshire, will bring more “local decision making”. Of course it will not; it will just mean more jobs for would-be politicians. What we need is real local decision making, ie, when the people of Menston vote overwhelmingly against a proposal which they know very well will destroy their village, it should not be over-ruled by some regional authority like Bradford, let alone one for ‘Yorkshire’. What we need is more power for the Parish Council; if it had power then capable people would stand for election to it, people would vote for them, and we would have true ‘local decision making’. As it is, I suspect that the forthcoming Parish Council elections will be ignored by most residents, as past ones have so the PC just re-elects itself.

Menston schools in pre-holiday energy

Pictures at the end; click any one to see them larger as a slide show

Menston schools pulled the stops out in the period leading up to half term. On the back of excellent GCSE etc results St. Mary’s rightly proclaimed their success with a “We are outstanding” banner across the front of the school. However, it’s not only about excellent results in the classroom or producing the right ticks for Ofsted, but the excellence carried through into another of the school’s superb shows ‘ ‘We will rock you’, based on the songs of Queen.

Meanwhile, Menston Primary was busy hosting an important guest, none other than Dr Who, who arrived to a red and orange goo-spattered playground in Tardis. Ominously, a Dalek arrived too (but the school is still there!). Dr Who was interested to hear what was ‘interesting’ about Menston, and the pupils were keen to tell him, having considered the question as part of their lessons. The parents have not been idle either, backing Menston in Bloom and Wharfedale Naturalists to create a willow tunnel in the school field.

10th anniversary for Menston in Bloom

Over the past ten years Menston in Bloom’s dedicated volunteers have planted bulbs, trees, shrubs and flowers throughout the village and been rewarded with awards in Yorkshire in Bloom and we have all benefitted from a beautiful village. The Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be visiting early in April so preparations must begin. The group’s first work party session is on Saturday, 21 February and you can meet up with them at 9.30am outside of Kirklands. If you cannot make that you can contact the group by email at menstoninbloom@gmail.com .

A taster for the Menston panto – Aladdin. Ballet by Menston youngsters

A foretaste of what is to come in the Menston panto (at the Kirklands Community Centre in March), which this year is Aladdin. Dancing in the 2015 show is to be choreographed by the teacher who has been turning Menston youngsters into superb dancers for the past 20 years at Kirklands – Stephanie Clements of Bradford Theatre Arts. Make sure you get your tickets early – it’s always a sell out.

Chorus in performance of 'A Christmas Carol' by  Bradford Theatre Arts at the Bradford Playhouse, December 2014

The picture and short video clips here are a little bit of Christmas from some talented Menston pupils who, along with other Bradford Theatre Arts dance pupils from other parts of Bradford, presented a wonderful show based on the Charles Dickens favourite A Christmas Carol at the New Bradford Playhouse at the end of last week. Here’s a taster.

A joyful Christmas dance

Talented Menston dance pupils

More clips and pictures from the show will be posted on grumpytyke’s personal blog sometime over the holiday period.

Another Christmas present?

Front cover of Menston history booklet 'The Laundry Whites'Another late Menston Christmas present idea to add to the list in the previous post, suggested by Cllr Dale Smith.

A reprint of a booklet by Michael Ayrton recalling the days of White’s Laundry, another valuable part of Menston history. It’s available from Village News at £15.


Christmas events in Menston; Menston youngsters on stage

Lots of events in Menston in the run-up to Christmas, at the Primary School, at the two village churches including, of course, Christmas carol services and a Christingle Service, the chance to donate some toys for the children at Meadowlea, Menston’s childrens’ home, and Santa will be at the Menstone Club. There are several Christmas Fairs, including the one at Menston Primary School on St Nicholas’s Day. The next five events will appear in sequence in the ‘Imminent events’ calendar in the right column but for more details, contacts, etc, go to the Events menu heading.

Menston classes in Kirklands turn out award winning dancers

Scholarship winning Menston schoolboy Nic Cain, practising with Molly Foster from East Morton during Menston dance classes at the Kirklands Community Centre

Scholarship winning Menston schoolboy Nic Cain, practising with Molly Foster from East Morton during Menston dance classes at the Kirklands Community Centre

Not in Menston, but with Menston youngsters attending dance classes in Menston taking part, is a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ staged by Bradford Theatre Arts (BTA) on 18, 19 and 20 December. The venue is the New Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany in the city. BTA’s 2013 Christmas production has been nominated for three Theatre Awards and students and teachers will be attending a champagne reception and Awards Ceremony at the Playhouse on Friday (5 Dec).

Tickets for this year’s performance later in December are available from the Playhouse booking office or go to http://www.bradfordplayhouse.org.uk.

The youngsters are from the Menston dance classes held in the Kirklands Community Centre every Tuesday afternoon and evening and Saturday mornings. These classes have been going for 20 years, are turning out award winning dancers and Menston youngsters are winning scholarships with the British Ballet Organisation (BBO), getting extra lessons with top professional ballet dancers. Nic Cain is the latest Menston youngster to get a BBO scholarship.

Stephanie Clements, who teaches the Menston classes, is founder and principal of Bradford Theatre Arts which also has classes in Bradford city and Eldwick in the Bradford area.

BTA Menston dance class students with teacher in the Kirklands Community Centre. L to r: Nic Cain (Menston, April Lever ( Leeds), Izzy Eades-Jones (Bradford), Maria Sage (Menston), Stephanie Clements (BTA Principal and teacher), Molly Foster (East Morton), Josephine Gibbs (Menston), Aimee Turnbull (Burley in Wharfedale)

BTA Menston dance class students with teacher in the Kirklands Community Centre. L to r: Nic Cain (Menston), April Lever ( Leeds), Izzy Eades-Jones (Bradford), Stephanie Clements (BTA Principal and teacher), Molly Foster (East Morton), Maria Sage (Menston), Josephine Gibbs (Menston), Aimee Turnbull (Burley in Wharfedale)

However, it is not only ballet which is taught, but modern dance and tap dancing too. To enrol in classes contact Stephanie by email, omatiggerific@gmail.com, telephone her on 0798 671 3203, or email BTA at bradfordtheatrearts@talktalk.com.

St Mary’s WW1 blog; Menston village events; BMDC ‘stopped’ by Minister Pickles; video of the Menston Vehicle Show 2014 and we ask “who let the dogs out?”

StMarysvisit2St Mary’s Menston high school, celebrating its 50th year this year, is looking for comments from the Menston community on “Why it is important we remember the Great War 100 years on”.

The school has created an interesting blog to record these comments. This includes a short on-line form which Menston residents can fill out with their own comments, these being  added to the illuminating comments already there. Click the link below to go to the blog and form:

St Mary’s Menston WW1 blog

St Mary'svisit1In September this year St Mary’s pupils visited some of the WW1 battlefields, a visit they described as “emotional”. You can see some more photographs from the visit by clicking the flickr link below:

Flickr photos

The Menston Business Association has a general members’ meeting on Friday 21 November at the Menstone club in Farnley Road (7.00pm). An agenda will be posted on the MBA section of this site as soon as it is known but the meeting will be part business (first part) then a social.

Chartford Homes stopped as Main Street gas holes flood

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has instructed Bradford Council not to approve the application by Chartford Homes to build houses on Bingley Road; meanwhile he will decide whether the application should be referred to him for a decision. Click the following to see the letter re Chartford Homes to BMDC. He has made a similar instruction for the proposed Bingley Micklefield development.

We await now to see if action is taken by the Minister about the other proposed developments in Menston, at Bingley Road and Derry Hill. The flooding of holes dug on Main Street for gas supply has added yet another piece of evidence showing that these latter developments, if allowed to go ahead, will cause a lot of Menston homes problems with flooding. Not to mention – again – that transport, education and medical infrastructures cannot support such a massive increase in population in Menston.

Buzz and Woody’s final toy story adventure will be shown in the film  at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 15 November. It’s free. More details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Menston Arts Club is having one of its two annual exhibitions at the Kirlands Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday 15/16 November. Entry is free, but art and craft will be on sale. More details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Menston vehicle show and terrier racing

Great video now on Youtube showing the 2014 Menston Vehicle Show. Click the link below (it’s about 10 minutes).


If you are feeling down and need a lift, have a laugh with Menston residents asking “Who let the dogs out?” for the terrier racing on the same day (about 3 minutes).



Normal service soon – meanwhile, give blood

Apologies that due to a number of difficulties, including a health problem, this website has not been kept up to date in recent times. Normal service should be resumed very soon. Meanwhile:

Poster re giving blood, Menston, 25 November