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Business Association meeting postponed; still time for Menston pantomime; WW1 battlefields tour

The meeting of the Menston Business Association, scheduled for 26 February, has been postponed – new date to be confirmed – until Chair Christine North has recovered sufficiently from recent surgery.

We all wish Christine a rapid recovery.

Troupe of dancers from Menston ballet/dancing classes at Kirklands. Details of classes under 'Events'

Troupe of dancers from the regular Menston ballet/dancing classes at Kirklands, performing for the first time in the Menston pantomime. Details of classes under ‘Events’

Still time to see the panto

Opening night for this year’s panto was last night – Thursday – but there are still three opportunities to take in this Menston tradition. Staged by Menston Thespians, there are performances at 7.15pm on Friday and Saturday and a 2.00pm matinee on Saturday.

It’s at the Kirklands Community Centre. Tickets are £8, children £6, available by phoning 01943 872016 or 01943874855

Poppy picture with annotation 'Lest we forget'WW1 battlefields tour

There are still a few places left on the Menston tour of the WW1 battlefields in September. For six days from 13 to 18 September, there will be specialist guides and participants will be staying at the Novotel Ypres, a few minutes walk from the Menin Gate. The cost of the tour is £499, a £50 deposit being required at booking. To book or for more information contact either Judith Knaggs (david@timewarpband.co.uk) or Dale Smith (dale.smith@bradford.gov.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 .

No Menston housing development decision yet; young dancers working hard for Menston panto; Menston ladies choir looking for singers

A large mural at Menston Primary Schoolwith some of the pupils who helped to create it

Children at Menston Primary School have been enjoying the mural they created before Christmas with Justin Leeming from Menston graphic design company JGL Design

No decision yet following the Leeds High Court hearing on 19 January at which Menston Action Group were asking for a Judicial Review for what the organisation claims are illegal actions by Bradford Council in granting permission for new housing development on Derry Hill in Menston. The hearing lasted all day and the judge indicated that he needed more time to study the submissions before making a judgement.

Some of the MAG members and other Menston residents at Menston Station on their way to the Leeds High Court where MAG is seeking a Judicial Review. They are displaying the poster warning potential house purchasers of the flood risk should houses be built on the proposed Derry Hill and Bingley Road sites

Some of the MAG members and other Menston residents at Menston Station on their way to the Leeds High Court where MAG was seeking a Judicial Review. They are displaying the poster warning potential house purchasers of the flood risk should houses be built on the proposed Derry Hill and Bingley Road sites. Click the picture to read the warning from Lord Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency.

Dance treat promised at Menston panto

Youngsters from the Menston ballet/dance classes held weekly at the Kirklands Community Centre have been working hard for their appearance for the first time in the annual Menston pantomime (Aladdin, 19-21 February, see Events listing).

A tuesday evening class; older dancers with teacher Stephanie Clements who has choreographed the pantomime dance sequences

A tuesday evening class; older dancers with teacher Stephanie Clements who has choreographed the pantomime dance sequences. Lessons for little ones are on Saturday mornings

There were not enough youngsters from the Menston classes to make up both an older group and a group of ‘sunbeams’ so Stephanie Clements, who runs Bradford Theatre Arts (BTA) classes in other locations as well as Menston, is bringing some of the best dancers from these other classes too to take part. Beautiful dancing in the pre-Christmas BTA Show at the Bradford Playhouse (for some video clips click here) indicated the Menston audience is in for a treat. For more information on the classes go to http://bradfordtheatrearts.webs.com/  or phone Stephanie on 0798 671 3203.

Menston choir seeking altos and sopranos

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Menston ladies choir, Ladies Please, is looking for more singers to join them, specifically they are seeking two altos and two sopranos. The choir would welcome any lady who loves to sing; the ability to read music is not an absolute criterion although it would help; the choir does have some ladies who sing ‘by ear’.

Some of the Ladies Please members with the musical director, reader for a concert

Some of the Ladies Please members with the musical director, Arnold Boddy, ready for a concert

The choir meets weekly on Thursday evenings to rehearse in the Fairfax Club, Main Street, Menston from 7.30pm. Musical Director is Arnold Boddy, who formed the choir, and the choir is supported at some rehearsals and at all concerts by accompanist, Mike Nicholas.

Performances are mainly to support the raising of funds for a charity or to bring entertainment to those who can no longer get out and about; although the choir meets private requests from time to time such as singing at weddings. They mainly perform in the Wharfedale and Bradford area. Charities are encouraged to get in touch if they would like the choir to come and support your event. There is no charge and over the years Ladies Please has helped raise about £10,000 for a number of different charities, most recently The Children’s Society.

As this year is the choir’s 10th anniversary it is hoping to have a special Gala Concert. Watch this site for details when available.

Any ladies possibly interested in joining the choir can contact the secretary via the website: www.ladiespleasechoir.org

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.