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Merry Christmas Menston! Carols in the park, Christmas church services, Menston Christmas lights, writers’ club event in Ilkley library, St Mary’s Menston help bring internet to S African school

Wishing all Menston Villagers and other readers of this blog/site around the world the merriest of christmases and a peaceful and successful 2017.

This will be the last post of 2016 on the site, and possibly the final post on the site, for the reasons given in the post of 1 November (To be or not – continuing this site blog?), although the static information will remain.

Thank you to those people who did supply regular information of forthcoming events, other news and changes at village organisations and groups. Some amendments, from information received recently, may still to be made .

Changes to the static information will still be received and amendments made when possible. The author will in future be concentrating efforts on his personal ‘grumpytyke’ blog, where news about Menston is occasionally published when of interest to a wider audience (eg activities of the writers’ club ‘Writing on the Wharfe’ – see below).


Carols in the park

Villagers are invited to join in carol singing with Otley Brass Band in Menston Park from 10.30am on Saturday morning (17th Dec). There will be seasonal refreshments in the Scout hut (Low Hall Road) after the singing. The event, which is sponsored by Menston Parish Church, aims to help raise funds for a new Scout hut.

Light up Menston

Following a successful event last year householders are being invited to light up their houses with a prize for the best donated by Ribston Pippin. No details have been received but further information can no doubt be obtained from the village estate agent.

Writers’ club performs again in Ilkley

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In the wonderful setting of Ilkley library, following performance of ‘Winter Tales’, left to right: back row – Bob, Roger, Ruxandra, David, Catherine, Rich; front row – Alina, Emma, Dan, Becky. Sadly two valued members, Kelly and Marjorie, couldn’t make it. Photo by Adam Nabarro-Steel.

Following successful debut event at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe,  Menston based writers’ club ‘Writing on the Wharfe‘ (usually meets fortnightly on Saturday afternoons at the Menstone club in Farnley Road) had another very successful ‘performance’ of short stories, poems and music in Ilkley library on 10 December, the theme being ‘Winter Tales’. Further information about the club from the club’s founder, email rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk

St Mary’s Menston helps to bring internet to South African school

bambisananiinternetFollowing three year’s work and fundraising, internet has been brought to Mnyakanya School in South Africa, with which St Mary’s Menston high school works through the Menston based charity, the Bambisanani Partnership.  This is the latest phase of development to use computers and the internet to enhance teaching and learning in this remote rural school, which has large class sizes and relatively few resources.

Over the past two years, the St. Mary’s and the Bambisanani Partnership, has worked closely with South African officials to develop a comprehensive plan to utilise information technology to raise standards at the school and provide students with the necessary skills for the modern world. The plan initially involved providing training for teachers on integrating technology into their classroom teaching and introducing tablets to the school. Access to the internet now provides teachers and students with teaching and learning opportunities that would be taken for granted in the UK and indeed many schools in South Africa. The foundations have been laid for a more comprehensive ICT rollout at the school so that the entire school and, hopefully, the surrounding community begins to benefit.

Christmas church services

Details of Christmas services at Menston churches will be found under the ‘Events’ menu and should appear in the ‘Imminent events’ listing to the right.

Neighbourhood Forum – new Chair for MCA? 1st MCA village film show. 10 years of Bambisanani

Photo of St Mary's student reading with two South African pupils during a Bambisanani project visit to South Africa

Bambisanani, see below

If you are interested in our village and it’s future, it’s a good idea to attend the Neighbourhood Forum in the Kirklands Community Centre this (Tuesday) evening. More details under the Events menu.

An announcement expected at the forum is that following years of service in several village groups and the Parish Council, Quentin Mackenzie is standing down as Chair of the Menston Community Association. It is understood that Steve Ellams has offered to take on the role.

Also on the agenda will be a further announcement of the village film show (the wonderful Dame Maggie Smith in ‘The Lady in the Van‘) on 21 October, under the MCA umbrella, following sterling work by Tony Joint (who has also taken on leadership of the eggs2iPads project). Apart from selling tickets to the film show, Tony will be asking for more help with this pilot, and possible future, shows.

Bambisani – 10 years of an amazing project

In its tenth anniversary year, the astounding project begun at St Mary’s Menston, the Bambisanani Partnership, working with Mnyakanya School in South Africa, has ambitious plans to extend its work and influence. In addition to the annual exchanges reported on this site in the past, supporting students in need and the provision of a wide range of new learning activities in both schools, the charity is working with the University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University to develop leadership programmes with its own students in South Africa. At Mnyakanya the charity is currently working on the installation of Wi-Fi and computers to enhance teaching and learning in this remote rural area. It is also the aim to create a football pitch for the school and wider community on land nearby. The partnership’s long term relationship with Zulufadder Orphanage will be developed through the building of a new hostel for the most vulnerable of  children who need immediate care and accommodation.

It was in 2006 that David Geldart, then Director of Physical Education and Sport at St. Mary’s, visited South Africa as part of a British Council and Youth Sport Trust initiative to promote sport in the country’s most deprived areas. As a direct result of that visit, St. Marys and Mnyakanya High School in Kwa Zulu Natal developed a unique partnership using sport to inspire young people in both countries. The two schools named their collaboration the ‘Bambisanani Partnership’ – Bambisanani being the Zulu word meaning ‘working hand in hand’. The partnership has subsequently gained international acclaim for its pioneering and inspirational work using the power of sport to promote education, health, global citizenship, enterprise in one of South Africa’s poorest rural regions. Ten years on, the partnership has become a multi award winning charity chaired by David Geldart, now retired from St Mary’s, and led by Mrs Catherine Chattoe at St. Marys and Mrs P K Zondi in South Africa.

Mnyakanya High School, situated in the rural remote Nkandla region of Kwa Zulu Natal, is in one of the most deprived areas of South Africa with high rates of HIV/AIDS, unemployment and adult illiteracy. The area has one of highest rates of AIDS orphans in the world. Class sizes are in excess of 60 and the school has very limited resources. Despite all this ,Mnyakanya provides an oasis of hope in the area and many students walk two hours, each way, for the opportunity to receive an education.

https://menstonvillagewharfedale.com/menston-parish-church-report

It is not usual to publish information as received on this site. News received or of which we become aware, if reported, is published at the editor’s discretion in the style of the site. However, we are happy to make an exception with this report which was inadvertently omitted from the recently distributed Menston News. Click the link above to read it.

Guided tour of St John’s churchyard – new page on this site

approach2_5120_gThe weather was not kind for the ‘open afternoon’ at the Parish Church of St John’s on Sunday so although inside activities like the cream teas seemed to be well supported, fewer people braved the rain to take the informative guided walks round the churchyard. However, an excellent guide was produced for the day and this is the basis of a new page on this site so you can take an informed tour at a time to suit you and the weather.

The ‘inside’ pictures below were taken during the open afternoon but the photos of the different sections of the churchyard were taken on an early sunny (Tuesday) morning – to be recommended.

The excellent leaflet with a plan of the churchyard,box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details. explaining each section, is the basis for the new page to this website. It will remain under the ‘Community’ menu heading; if you go down to ‘churches’ a link to the churchyard page will ‘pop out’ – if you click on this you will go to the page with the ‘tour guide’. As usual on this site, if you click on any picture in the gallery below you will see all of them larger in a slide show.

The open afternoon of the churchyard, which is maintained by a dedicated hard-working team of volunteers, was very appropriately on Rogation Sunday, when the church traditionally offers prayers for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who work on the land. During Evensong, which followed the open afternoon, Revd Ruth explained this but also mentioned that it was Easter Sunday for the Orthodox church, hence the picture of her cracking a red egg, following a tradition followed throughout Romania on Easter Sunday.

Menston WW1 commemorations take off in September; 39th Menston Village Show less than 3 weeks away

September sees a number of important events in Menston. The 39th Menston Village Show is on Saturday 6th of the month, with some interesting innovations being introduced by the recently formed Menston Business Association, and there are a number of events which are part of the village’s commemorations of the First World War.

WW1 commemorations

Poppy1Following the “very moving” vigil service at the Parish church on 4 August, which began Menston’s commemorations of the First World War, the next major activities will be on Saturday 6 September at the Menston Show, where youngsters between 7 and 14 are being asked to design and enter a poster for the commemorations. Also, in the new ‘Young people’s activity zone’ at the Show, which has various activities with prizes, sponsored by the Menston Business Association, one of the activities will be to compose a short poem (5 or 6 lines) with a WW1 theme against a background of a display of poems and extracts from well-known WW1 poets.

The first time the flag outside the Community Centre will be flown at half mast to mark a Menston resident being killed in the war will be on 12 September, remembering Bertram Stairmand. On 14 September at 4.00pm there will be a memorial service at the High Royds chapel on Buckle Lane, when a stone plaque naming the High Royds staff who died will be dedicated, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Bradford and other dignitaries.

Neil Hanson talk ‘The Unknown Soldier’

A fascinating talk on the theme of ‘The Unknown Soldier’ will be given by Neil Hanson on Friday 19 September in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm. The theme is the title of a critically acclaimed book by the Ilkley author, the book being described by the New York Times as “An unforgettable picture of life in the hottest sectors of the Western Front”. Entry will be free but donations will be very much welcomed.

The producers, the Fleece, of ‘1914 – Over by Christmas’ at the Parish Church on Saturday 11 October evening have been doing a lot of research into Menston’s WW1 history so what promises to be a fascinating production will have many references to Menston’s experiences. Tickets are £10.

Judith Knaggs and Dale Smith are still looking for people interested in making the visit to WW1 sites in 2015.  The organisation meeting on 19 August heard that so far 18 people have expressed an interest. For more details go to the previous post on this site. A decision has to be made by October this year. The next meeting of the organising group is at the very appropriate High Royds memorial chapel in Buckle Lane, on 14 October at 7.30pm. All are welcome and to give their ideas.

Menston Village Show

The Menston Show poster, designed by Anna Middleton

The Menston Show poster, designed by Anna Middleton

The 39th Menston Village Show is almost upon us – less than three weeks to go says the countdown in the right sidebar of this site. Activities for youngsters have been boosted with a ‘Young people’s activity zone’, with competitive activities – with prizes – for 7 to 11 years old and 12 to 17 years old. However, as always there are a lot of classes to enter in the general show for youngsters up to 14. Full details of all the classes and other details can be found by going to the Menston Village Show pages on this site.

The poster advertising the show has recently appeared around the village. It was entered for the usual competition at last year’s show and Anna Middleton came out top of the class. This year the traditional ‘Design the poster for next year’s show’ has been replaced by a challenge to design a poster for Menston’s WW1 commemorations.

Entries to the show have to be delivered to the Community Centre between 10.00 and 11.30am on 6 September. The Show is open to the public from 2.00 to 4.00pm.