Tag Archives: Menston Car Show

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.

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.

Menston’s spectacular events – Vehicle Show and St Mary’s Menston ‘Nelson Mandela’ concert

Menston village saw two great events in the beginning of May Bank Holiday week, the vehicle show on Monday and a superb concert at St Mary’s Menston on Friday evening. Lots of pictures from both so they have each been given a page of their own. Click on the appropriate link to go to the associated page with, together, over 200 photographs of these memorable days.

Menston Vehicle Show 5 May 2014Click on the following link to go to the Menston Village Vehicle Show, 5 May 2014 page



St Mary's Menston concert 9 May 2014Click on the following link to go to the  St Mary’s Menston ‘Spirit of Madiba’ concert page.




PS. If you run a local business don’t forget the second meeting of the Menston business group on Wednesday evening. Details in ‘Imminent events’ calendar at the right and more under the ‘Events’ menu.

Apologies to followers of this blog who earlier received a spurious email informing them of  non-existent blog posting. After several hours preparing the photographs, the wrong ‘button’ was pushed. Sorry!

560 visitors to menstonvillagewharfedale site over the Vehicle Show weekend

Jowett coal merchant's car



It is very encouraging to see that visitors to the ‘alternative’ Menston village website, this website that is, http://menstonvillagewharfedale.com, numbered well over 500 over the Menston Vehicle Show weekend  – 70 on the Saturday, 200 on the Sunday and 291 on the morning of the show.

'Photographer' at the Menston Village Vehicle Show 2014Most of these clearly visited to get information on the show from the ‘show page‘ before coming to the event, though some took the opportunity to visit other pages on the site too with a total of 2,033 pages visited, ie an average of 3.6 pages per visit. It makes the considerable amount of time necessary to maintain this site worthwhile.

 More followers

1/10 scale model Tiger tankIt is also encouraging to see an increasing number of people ‘following’ the site, which means they get an email notification every time there is a new blog post. If you do not, just put your email address (it will not be publicised in any way) in the follow box at the top right. It’s more efficient than visiting the site on spec to see if there is something new.

Jaguar!The pre-show page will be augmented with a post-show page over this coming weekend – lots of pictures: cars, bikes, scooters, tank, organ, dogs and of course people. If you follow the site you’ll be notified when it’s posted. Meanwhile there are one or two small ‘tasters’ in this post.


Car Show with terriers, a Menston teashop, charity concert at St Mary’s, and a Tiger tank

Rockyracing2There’ll not only be four and two wheeled speed machines at the first Biennial Menston Vehicle Show on Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May, but some four-legged speedsters too as Terrier Racing comes to the village.

Anyone with a terrier, of any shape or size, is invited to come along and take part in the fun at 1.30pm at the Malt Shovel in the village centre. There will be rosettes and doggy toys and treats to be won.

The one to beat is Rocky, who lives in Menston, shown in the picture racing at the Nidderdale Show. It is understood that he has not been beaten in four years!

Tea shop in Menston

Tickled teapot cafeThe show will also be an opportunity to sample something else new, the new tea shop (now how right for Menston is that?). Named ‘The tickled teapot’, it will be open on the day serving not only tea (in teapots!) but lovely cakes, even things like panninis with salad, and it has a proper Italian espresso machine if you prefer coffee. If the weather’s good you can sit outside. It’s just off Main Street in Croft Park, where the greengrocer used to be until recently.

Plenty of other places will be open for refreshments of all kinds, including Solo at the top of the village, the Village Bakery right in the centre and, of course, the pubs and clubs.

Fab concert at St Mary’s

The Leeds Youth Jazz and Rock Orchestra, choir and musicians from St. Mary’s Menston and Benton Park high schools, should make for a great evening at 7.00pm on Friday 9 May at the Menston high school. Paying homage to Nelson Mandela in the ‘Spirit of Madiba’, the concert is to raise money for the school’s great Bambisanani project in South Africa. Details on how to get tickets are in the Events listing for 9 May.

Tiger tank

Menston’s Victorian drains meant ruling out a full-size tank at the Vehicle Show, though one was offered, but there’s a fascinating alternative: a 1/10th scale fully working model of a German Tiger tank. It doesn’t fire shells from its turret-mounted gun, just puffs of smoke, so there’s no need for St John’s Ambulance, though they will be at the show. The tank will most likely be outside the Menston Arms, together with the small classic cars and the Black Forest fairground organ.

All the details

For more details of the show, which takes place at various locations around the village from 11.00am, click the special Vehicle Show page here or the Show poster in the right sidebar.


Menston Vehicle Show; ‘Spanish Councillor’ to retire; new elderly tea parties coordinator

Vintage yellow Austin at the Jubilee show 2012The first Bi-annual Menston Village Vehicle Show is now only 24 days away (at the time of writing; see countdown on the right for days to go now). More details of the events, displays and venues have become available, the latest being that there will be Terrier racing in the paddock of the Malt Shovel pub.

As Menston’s “Spanish councillor”, Chris Greaves, announces his intention to ‘bow out’, we can welcome a newcomer taking over the Menston Group of Contact the Elderly, which arranges monthly Sunday afternoon teas for the elderly. Minutes of the April MCA meeting are now available. Click any of the links below to go directly to the story, or just scroll down.

Menston Vehicle Show

Not only vehicles – cars, motorbikes and even a Routemaster bus – will be on show at sites throughout Menston village on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May, but there’s a host of other activities too including Morris dancing, Terrier racing, a Black Forest fairground organ, a competition for the best decorated scooter, face painting, and more.

Classic Austin Healey. View of the engineIt will all be part of the first Bi-annual Menston Village Vehicle Show.
And, of course, pubs, shops and various other locations and stalls will be open with refreshments from ice creams to pie and peas. For a detailed run down of what’s on, with lots of photographs, click here or on the mini poster in the right side bar to go to the page with all the details.

Chris Greaves will not fight May election

Cllr Chris Greaves

Cllr Chris Greaves

Wharfedale councillor Chris Greaves, who lived in Menston, was a former chairman of Metro and was elected as a Tory but deserted to The Independents in 2011, has written a letter to the Press saying that he will not stand for election in May. Cllr Greaves now lives in Spain.
In his letter he says that he is “delighted to read that Steve Ellams has decided to stand as an Independent in the Wharfedale ward.  I have known Steve for some twenty years, and his work to try to save Menston’s green fields has been tireless”. For the full text of Cllr Greaves’s letter click here.

Young Jenna to organise Sunday tea parties for elderly in menston

New coordinator for the Menston Group of Contact the Elderly, which arranges Sunday afternoon tea parties in people’s homes for elderly residents in the village, has a new coordinator, who is looking for more volunteers to host the parties and to drive the guests to the parties.

Jenna Wood has recently returned to her home town of Otley and taken up the voluntary post of ‘Coordinator’ in Menston for the national charity. Parties for six guests are arranged in people’s homes once a month on Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm and volunteer drivers take the guests to tea and home again. Jenna is looking for more volunteers in both roles. To be suitable for hosting a party there must be a downstairs toilet and very few steps to reach the tea table.

Prior to returning to Otley, Jenna was at university in Newcastle and while she was there set up and ran a Contact the Elderly group in the Geordie city.

If you would like to volunteer in either role, or just to know more, contact Jenna on 01943 467014 or 0783 798 5703 or email her at jennawood@outlook.com.

Bradford Council housing proposals “illegal”, “insane” and “uninsurable” claim Menston village residents

Illegal“, “Insane” and “Uninsurable” were words used to describe housing developments on greenfield sites, and associated ‘traffic calming’ works, proposed by Bradford Council (BMDC) for Menston along Bingley Road, by speakers at the 8 January meeting of the Menston Community Association (MCA).

Minutes of 8 January 2014 meeting (posted 16 Jan). Click this sentence for link on MCA intro page

Yet again there was a ‘complaint’ at the 8 Jan meeting from a Parish Councillor that he had been unable to find/access the minutes of the previous meeting. Yet again it was pointed out that the minutes were up on this site shortly after being received from the (currently ‘acting’) Secretary – in this case Christmas Eve morning, ie more than two weeks before the 8 Jan meeting. It is very frustrating when this site endeavours, and generally succeeds, to get information posted promptly that people say they are ‘unable’ to find minutes, etc.


Traffic ‘calming’ proposals

Residents wanted to know why they were not supposed to hear about the traffic calming proposals, following complaints from the BMDC traffic planning officer after a Parish Councillor had let the cat out of the bag by circulating the proposals. Another Parish Councillor present at the meeting failed to convince the residents that they should not yet have heard about them. In fact, he was questioned on why previously agreed plans had been abandoned and asked to put this question at a forthcoming meeting with BMDC to discuss the plans. However, another speaker pointed out that the housing developments should not go ahead at all so the traffic measures were irrelevant.


The housing developments themselves were claimed to be “illegal” under Common Law and would be opposed on this basis, another speaker said. They were also illegal under European law another resident added.

NB. Various documents relating to the above will be added to the site at a later date.

Notice boards: Cllr Sue Rix reported that, following her suggestion at the previous meeting that there was a need for more and better noticeboards in the village, work was progressing in a small working group. Various suggestions were made, among them inclusion of a village map. These will all be taken into account with the aim of having a firm, costed proposal to present to the next (February) meeting.

Car Show: following some discussion about the proposed car show on 5 May, it transpires that this is intended to be a ‘village only’ show, with vehicles from the village being displayed at sites around the village. Various other suggestions made at the meeting are therefore not relevant.

Children’s Centre: Cllr Sue Rix reported that she had been to a meeting which, in BMDC style, had not been ‘advertised’ until the last minute; she only found out about it by accident and staff had been given only 48 hours notice. She urged residents to get objections to closure in very quickly..

Neighbourhood Forum/MCA meeting: The next Neighbourhood Forum, which will also be the February MCA meeting, is on Tuesday 4 February in the main hall of the Kirklands Community Centre. In the first half of the meeting the agenda will include proposals for supporting local business, proposals for better communications within the village including the proposed MCA notice boards, an update re the Children’s Centre, proposals for the village Car Show and for 2014 Christmas lights and accompanying festivities in the village. The second half of the forum will be devoted to the proposed housing developments on Bingley Road and Derry Hill, accompanying plans for managing road traffic in the village, and of course the latest situation re fighting these proposals.

Grumpytyke asks:

Did you see the BBC1 Countryfile programme on Sunday evening? Covering extensively housing developments on greenfield land in Surrey, in some ways similar to Menston, both David Cameron and Nick Boles were shown assuring viewers that they had no intention to cover greenfields with housing! Personally I do not now believe a word which comes out of their mouths, on this or any other subject. Which presents me with a dilemma. I would like to vote of our MP, Philip Davies, who does seem to be working hard on our behalf, but how can I do that when he is a member of the political party represented by these two? Nick Boles did, however, make a valid point, saying that local councils could be more likely to get housing they wanted where they wanted, and avoid inappropriate development, by developing a ‘local plan’. Menston has not done that. Whether expecting small Parish Councils to make such a plan is realistic is a valid question, but our neighbours Burley seem to have managed it. When are the next Parish Council elections?