Tag Archives: Menston Vehicle 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.

St Mary’s WW1 blog; Menston village events; BMDC ‘stopped’ by Minister Pickles; video of the Menston Vehicle Show 2014 and we ask “who let the dogs out?”

StMarysvisit2St Mary’s Menston high school, celebrating its 50th year this year, is looking for comments from the Menston community on “Why it is important we remember the Great War 100 years on”.

The school has created an interesting blog to record these comments. This includes a short on-line form which Menston residents can fill out with their own comments, these being  added to the illuminating comments already there. Click the link below to go to the blog and form:

St Mary’s Menston WW1 blog

St Mary'svisit1In September this year St Mary’s pupils visited some of the WW1 battlefields, a visit they described as “emotional”. You can see some more photographs from the visit by clicking the flickr link below:

Flickr photos

The Menston Business Association has a general members’ meeting on Friday 21 November at the Menstone club in Farnley Road (7.00pm). An agenda will be posted on the MBA section of this site as soon as it is known but the meeting will be part business (first part) then a social.

Chartford Homes stopped as Main Street gas holes flood

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has instructed Bradford Council not to approve the application by Chartford Homes to build houses on Bingley Road; meanwhile he will decide whether the application should be referred to him for a decision. Click the following to see the letter re Chartford Homes to BMDC. He has made a similar instruction for the proposed Bingley Micklefield development.

We await now to see if action is taken by the Minister about the other proposed developments in Menston, at Bingley Road and Derry Hill. The flooding of holes dug on Main Street for gas supply has added yet another piece of evidence showing that these latter developments, if allowed to go ahead, will cause a lot of Menston homes problems with flooding. Not to mention – again – that transport, education and medical infrastructures cannot support such a massive increase in population in Menston.

Buzz and Woody’s final toy story adventure will be shown in the film  at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 15 November. It’s free. More details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Menston Arts Club is having one of its two annual exhibitions at the Kirlands Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday 15/16 November. Entry is free, but art and craft will be on sale. More details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Menston vehicle show and terrier racing

Great video now on Youtube showing the 2014 Menston Vehicle Show. Click the link below (it’s about 10 minutes).


If you are feeling down and need a lift, have a laugh with Menston residents asking “Who let the dogs out?” for the terrier racing on the same day (about 3 minutes).



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.


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.