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Menstonbury – a superb Menston night with a wealth of local talent

Although posts on this blog are generally suspended it was said that perhaps some ‘big events’ might be featured. Menstonbury, Menston’s own mini (in size only) music festival on 17 June at Kirklands certainly rates as a ‘big event’, so here are a few ‘snaps’ from the night.  As most who know the author of this post will know, he favours monochrome for recording this type of event but if anyone wants a copy of one of the monochrome pix in colour just drop an email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com quoting the number (hover over any picture to see the number) and it’ll be emailed to you.

Some of the appreciative crowd at the Menstonbury event

Thanks are due to Barbara Kennedy and her Menston Preschool team who organised the event, brilliantly, to Emma Nabarro-Steel who pulled together the astounding array of local musical talent, to Adam Nabarro-Steel who did an amazing job with the complex sound arrangements (and managed to switch himself on too with some stunning bass guitar), to all the musicians who performed and gave us such a great night, to Kirsty Richardson and her assistants in the kitchen for the superb food and to the bar staff who kept us well lubricated. Not least thanks to all who bought a ticket and attended to make this event truly memorable.

At danger of being labelled as ‘sexist’, apart from the array of local talent on the stages what an array of ‘talent’ (to use a no-longer fashionable term) we have in Menston, beautiful women, many of them parents or former parents of pre-school children. Sexist? It was a female who made the remark to the author of this post!

As usual on this site, click any picture in the gallery below to see them larger as a slide show.

No promises on when the next post will be but there will be an attempt to update the events and organisations listings where new information has been sent in as soon as possible.

50th birthday exhibition for Menston Art Club this weekend

This year’s Menston Art Club exhibition and sale, on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th of May, at the Kirklands Community Centre, is a special one. It is 50 years ago that Richard Bayer, tutor, mentor and friend of David Hockney, generally regarded as the greatest living artist today, led a small team to set up the club. One member of that team, Ann Carr, is still a member of the club and paints and exhibits regularly.

The Doges palace in Venice by John Ridyard

box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details.Another ‘special’ this year is a silent auction. Bids for the beautiful framed pastel of ‘The Doges Palace in Venice’ (pictured above) by John Ridyard, president of the Club, will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Psoriasis Association. Bids will be taken throughout the exhibition.

Selfie portraits produced in charcoal by children ages 3 and 4 at Menston Preschool will be exhibited in the cafe area.

Ann Wade (Chair), Pat Hargreaves and Judy Illingworth, each with one of their works

Ann Wade, Chair of the club, Pat Hargreaves, Membership Secretary, and Judy Illingworth

Each member of the club can exhibit up to three framed works and a portfolio of up to 12 unframed works.

The exhibition is open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Admission is free. As usual, a varied selection of members’ paintings and crafts will be for sale.

A café will be serving food and drinks; there will also be a cake stall and a raffle.

Further information about the club can be found on its website.