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Menston plants a tree to celebrate the 90th birthday of our Queen

One of the local Beaver pack takes his turn to help to plant the tree

A red-twigged lime now stands in Menston Park, organised by Menston in Bloom  to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Following the formal planting by Cllr Dale Smith, the local Beavers pack got stuck in to complete the job.

The ceremony was rounded off by the assembled villagers singing the National Anthem then Happy Birthday. The sun continued to shine as we went home feeling that it was a job well done.

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PS. Don’t forget the annual Bambisanani concert at St Mary’s Menston on Friday evening. Always an excellent night with talented local young musicians playing to support an excellent cause. See under ‘Events’.

Startup for eggs2iPads, dog walking, “hooligans”, support children with cancer – Candlelighters event, tree planting in the park

The weekly eggs2iPads sessions, at which our teenage team of ‘teachers’ introduce the older generation to the mysteries of iPads and other tablets, internet and anything else they would like to know, began again on 10th March after a winter break. See more below.
(Click any of the pictures below to see them larger as a slide show).

Young entrepreneur dog walker, support children with cancer, “hooligans” and tree planting

Another young Menston entrepreneur has set up a business – dog walking

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Kelly Shaw loves to be outside and says she doesn’t mind any weather if she’s dressed appropriately. In February she left Primary School teaching and set up her business, dog walking, from her home on Derry Hill. The business is called Over the Hills Dog Walking. As the business name suggests, Kelly uses the hills, fields and moors of the wonderful countryside around Menston to give her charges a full hour walk. Kelly also offers limited accommodation for dogs in her own home. You can contact her on Menston number 510782 or mobile 0788 405 3985.

Acrobatic scooter aces in the park; not “hooligans”

Miles6_3451_pc_gIt’s a pity so many teenagers are labelled ‘hooligans’ because of the behaviour of a small number. Protesting that it’s not so, Menston teenager Miles posted an excellent video on Facebook protesting that enjoying doing acrobatics on scooters did not make him and his friends hooligans. During a chat and photo session at the ‘skate park’ in Menston Park, with the idea of doing a story about him on this website, Miles said he was a keen photographer and has chosen to do GCSE in photography this year.

He’s hoping for some better Spring and Summer weather so he can visit the skate park rather more frequently as he finds it a welcome break from ‘swotting’ for GCSE. When the weather’s bad he has to go to inside parks in Leeds or Halifax. Miles makes a lot of videos, one a week as it seems to be his major hobby. You can see one showing some of his acrobatics in Menston park at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxr65DEVO4

Tree planting in Menston park

The hard working team from Menston in Bloom, which keeps our village ‘blooming beautiful’ and gets us prizes, was out on Saturday morning planting trees in the park. The team have regular working sessions in gardens and planters which they maintain across the village and could always do with some more help. Some of the sessions are at times when some younger helpers could join them. If you can join in at some future sessions email Gemma Kelmanson at gem22min@icloud.com.

Support children with cancer at event at the Menstone club

Many charities are now finding the Menstone club in Farnley Road a great place to hold a charity event and an increasing number of village groups are using this wonderful community facility for meetings – among them the eggs2iPads sessions of the Menston Community Association, the Writers Club and the quarterly meetings of scout leaders. It’s a warm, comfortable, friendly place with free WiFi and, apart from meetings, it’s a great place to drop in for a tea or coffee at very reasonable prices, or something stronger from the bar including a good range of beers on draft. And it has some great events, including the monthly Fun Quiz and the Open Acoustic Mike nights, as well as things for children like an Easter egg hunt (coming up). You do not have to be a member to use it (though if you go regularly the member discount will probably make it worth the small membership fee). It’s open from 11.30 in the morning, is licensed to serve alcohol till 11pm (but licensed to 11.30pm for you to drink it).

The latest charity event to be arranged at the club is to support children with cancer, and their parents, through the wonderful charity Candlelighters. It’s on Friday 8 April and being organised by Michelle Pattison, whose eight year old son Owen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia just before Christmas 2014. For over 18s only, the event will cater for 100 guests so give Michelle a call soon to get a ticket, on 0754 401 7433. It looks as though it’ll be a great night, see the poster above.

It’s a pity to hear that someone tried to have this event stopped. Fortunately they didn’t succeed.

Eggs2iPads

Following a winter break the eggs2iPads sessions at the Menstone club was off to a great start on 10 March with 16 “students”, including two new ‘enrollers’, and eight teenage ‘teachers’, including three new ones (see pictures above). Although this Menston Community Association project was begun to help tackle potentially elderly isolation by showing elderly people how to communicate with distant family and friends using internet on a tablet, it has now become much more and our elderly students say that they value one of its unique aspects, the weekly get together with the young people, just as much as what they learn about getting on internet (or all sorts of other possibilities on iPads and other tablets, including games, photography, etc).

Sessions are on Thursdays between 5pm and 6pm at the Menstone, except during school holidays. There are no charges, new ‘students’ (and new ‘teachers’) are welcome, and we can offer a lift to those who need it. Contact Roger by email – menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com – or Jane Pratt of Menston Cares, tel 876945, for more information.

Bereavement Care more accessible, Menston in Bloom working hard, great post on village Facebook group, video not to miss

After more than a decade of service after founding the Menston & Burley in Wharfedale Bereavement Care support group, Margaret Christelow (she is still involved) handed over leadership  to former GP Sue Kennedy.  Since then there have been a few changes, one important one being a point of contact which does not involve contacting counsellors at home so availability is more sure.

The group now has three fully trained counsellors among the eight active members, all of whom have enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) accreditation (and are insured through Menston Cares). An important development is that about half the members are not affiliated to a church and so it is hoped that people who do not go to church will feel more comfortable approaching the group if they need some support following death of a loved one. The group meets three times a year with one training session.

The point of contact, 01943 864405, is St Mary’s Parish Centre which will pass a query on to the bereavement group. Alternatively, there is usually a member of the group at the Cornerstone cafe in Menston’s Main Street from 10am till noon each Tuesday.

It’s worth mentioning that the Menston Horizon Group, for those living with loss,  meets on the last Friday of each month at the Parish Rooms behind St John’s Church from 10am till 11am. Contact is Sue Navias, tel 875466.

Menston in Bloom hard at work

Menston in Bloom volunteers at work on 3o January 2016

Braving the biting wind the Menston in Bloom volunteers were out out in force and busy on Saturday, ensuring we have a blooming fabulous Spring and Summer whatever the weather. They are always looking for more volunteers to help at the occasional sessions. Contact Gemma Kelmanson, email gem22min@icloud.com. Many thanks to Petronela Prisca for braving the wind to get the photo.

Some imminent ‘events’ to note

Although sessions will not resume until March after a winter break, the Menston Community Association eggs2iPads project is looking for more youngsters between 12 and 17 to join the teaching team. Details under the Events menu (10 March). Next Writers Club meeting at the Menstone on 6 February has the theme ‘Valentine’. All writers welcome. Details under the Events menu. And the watercolours class at the Kirklands Community Centre needs another two or three members to continue. The next session is at 9.35am on 4 February. Again details under Events.

FB Celebration not castigation, please

It was great to see so many ‘Likes’ on Lucy Hooton‘s post on the Facebook Menston Village Group, calling for fewer moans and more celebration of why most Menstonites love so much living here. Many people dislike Facebook groups as they so often descend into gripe shops and once or twice the Menston FB looked in danger of doing that, despite Charlie Barnes’s best efforts. Hopefully Lucy’s timely post will ensure it remains back on track. Did you see Miles Charlesworth‘s great video he posted to the group? If not, worth a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mjzxrVWjGQ&app=desktop .

 

Winner of Village Bakery Fathers’ Day competition; charity concert tonight; Menston classic car at Harewood; help tidy Menston for ‘in bloom’ judging

Katie Pratt's winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Katie Pratt’s winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Congratulations to Katie Pratt on being chosen as the winner of the Village Bakery’s Fathers’ Day drawing competition. A lot of thought and work obviously went into her drawing. Lucky Dad!

All entrants were able to collect a free cupcake yesterday.

Prince Henry’s charity musical performance

A late reminder that there’s a musical performance this evening at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, supporting Menston charity Angels for Children. At 7.00pm, the event features Prince Henry’s senior performance students. Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions), on the door or from http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/phgstickets.

Menston village classic MG gets 2nd

Daimler Dart, Steve Ellams' MG TD and an MG A at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car & Vehicle Rally.

The MG TD  shown in the middle in the picture at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car and Vehicle Rally at Harewood House got a ‘runner up’ in the sports car category. Menston owner Steve Ellams says he got a ‘third’ when he attended the show with this MG 21 years ago so is hoping for a win at the show in 2036 though he’s worried about being able to get into and out of the car at 84! The picture also shows a “stunning” Daimler Dart and MG A.

Menston in Bloom judging

Strawberry teas waiting to go at the Menston in Bloom annual eventVery windy but nevertheless much better weather than last year for Menston in Bloom‘s annual strawberry tea and plant sale, this year at the Mackenzies’ in Park Road. The picture shows strawberry teas waiting to go out – delicious!

The Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be in Menston on 10 July so it’s not too early to be tidying wherever you can. There are sure to be more formal ‘work sessions’ before judging day and any help will be very welcome. Email Gemma Kelmanson (gemmaspace@tiscali.co.uk ) for details.

 

Menston Show, Menston ballet students in Giselle, strawberry tea with Menston in Bloom and still places for the Summer Ball or for elderly to enjoy iPads with youngsters

Run up to the 40th Menston Village Show has begun; all the details are now on this website, with a few new classes for entry. The Show box in the right hand column, clicking it will take you to all the details, will be a permanent feature on the site from now until Show day, 12 September.

The second session of the ‘eggs2iPads‘ project is at The Menstone club on Thursday tea-time. If you know an elderly, potentially isolated villager who would enjoy this weekly meeting with some great teenagers, get in touch either by email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com or phone Jane Pratt of Menston Cares on 876945

Menston ballet students in Giselle

Niamh ? and April ? who will be dancing in Giselle on Friday and Saturday evenings

Niamh Cater and April Lever who will be dancing in Giselle on Friday and Saturday evenings

Three superb events on Saturday this week. First, Menston ballet class students Niamh Cater, 13, and April Lever, 11, will be dancing in Giselle with the English Youth Ballet at St George’s Hall on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Niamh is also  Ballet Scholar with the British Ballet Organization. Unfortunately another two Menston students invited to dance in the production had to pull out because of GCSE exams. For more information on the ballet weekly sessions at the Kirklands Community Centre email Stephanie at menston@btapacademy.co.uk.

Strawberry tea and plant sale

Saturday afternoon is an occasion to go for a strawberry tea with Menston in Bloom and pick up a few plants for the garden; let’s hope the weather is kinder than last year for this annual fund-raising event. Tea will be served between 2pm and 4pm at 23 Park Road. Entry, which includes the strawberry tea, is £2.50. Children are free and there will be creative table activities for them.

Summer Ball

Hattie Barnes

Hattie Barnes

A good way to round off Saturday will be to don the gladrags and go to the Summer Ball  on 6th June evening at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley. There are still some tickets for this grand black tie event, staged by Menston charity Angels for Children, which raises money to help rebuild schools in the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. From 7.30pm till late, the ticket price of £25 includes a two course dinner, there’s a live band for dancing and the evening will be opened by talented Menston musician Hattie Barnes. For tickets call Beth Street on 0771 978 5986 or for more information on the charity go to  http://www.angelsforchildren.org.uk.

Cooking fun for kids – English picnic theme

Planning a picnic? Let the kids do the work after a session with Mighty Chefs at Menston Cricket Club from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. This coming Saturday’s session has an English picnic theme. Contact http://www.mightychefs.co.uk

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 .