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Portraits with some Irish charm – new Menston business. More eggs2iPads awards photos

A unique family portrait, from baby to a family group, can make an ideal present for a special occasion. A charming young Irish woman, Laura Crane, who moved to Menston about two years ago, is offering to create a lovely pencil portrait as she adds a home-based business to her activities as a freelance graphic designer.

Two of Laura's recent commissioned pencil portraits

Two of Laura’s recent commissioned pencil portraits

Laura, from Belfast, graduated in graphic design from Leeds University but settled in the UK rather than return to Northern Ireland and worked for a while in a graphic design company. More recently she decided to branch out on her own as a freelance designer but friends and family, for whom she had done her pencil portraits, suggested that others might like the opportunity to commission such a portrait. So now there’s Kokoro Portraits in Menston.

Laura works from a photograph, which can be emailed or sent to her or she will call on anyone in Menston who is interested. Depending on size and complexity, and of course her work load, a small portrait (eg about A5) can usually be done in between a couple of days and a week; larger ones (eg about A3) may take a little longer.

You can contact Laura by email at: kokoroportraits@gmail.com or by phone on 0759 645 3704 during the working week. If she is not available to take the call, or outside working hours, leave a message and she will call you back.

More photos from the eggs2iPads awards presentations

Sorry these are a bit later than intended. See the previous post for the full story. As usual, clicking on any picture will display them as a slide show.

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Great teenage ‘teachers’ team awarded

There was a wonderful turnout to support our great teenage teaching team as they received award certificates for ‘Outstanding Community Service’ from Chair of the Menston Community Association at a ceremony at the Menstone club in Farnley Road on Thursday.

Youngsters, our fab teaching team, l to r: Joe Woollin, Adam France, Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder, Sam Craske, Shaun Street, Rowan Winn. Adults: Tony Joint, one of the adult MCA supervisors, Quentin Mackenzie Chair of the MCA, and JognHutchinson, Worshipful Master of the Olicana Lodge

Youngsters, our fab teaching team, l to r: Joe Woollin, Adam France, Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder, Sam Craske, Shaun Street, Rowan Wynn. Adults: Tony Joint, one of the adult MCA supervisors, Quentin Mackenzie Chair of the MCA, and John Hutchinson, Worshipful Master of the Olicana Lodge

‘Students’ who attend the ‘eggs2iPads’ weekly sessions on Thursdays to learn to use internet on iPads and the like, parents of the ‘teachers’, sponsors including the Olicana Lodge Ilkley and the local Scout leaders (many of the ‘teachers’ are Explorers), who have been so supportive of the project, were all in attendance. Another sponsor, Menston’s own computer wizz, Fixit Computers (Attila Darvasi) could not attend as he was looking after the local Beavers. Representatives of Menston Cares and our vicar Rev Ruth Yeoman, all of whom have been very supportive, were welcome guests too.

The sessions are currently suspended for a winter break as requested by the elderly ‘students’, but will resume in March, as before at 5-6pm each Thursday at the Menstone club in Farnley. Road.

Although the project was initiated as one attempt to tackle potential elderly isolation in the village, by helping them to contact distant family and friends using internet, many ‘students’ have delved into other aspects of using internet and iPads, including games, photography, etc, and all have said they really value one unique aspect of the project: the weekly meeting with our wonderful representatives of a much younger generation.

We are currently recruiting more young ‘teachers’ (12-17) so we can rota them as several have GCSEs this year, and of course elderly ‘students’ (at the moment 60 to 90!). If you know of either who may be interested please email menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. (We were delighted to welcome Rosie Ogden, like Sam a student at Bradford Grammar, at the presentation, a likely future ‘teacher’). Thank you too to Rowan’s mother, Kate, who offered to help sometimes as an adult supervisor at sessions (we always have at least one DBS cleared adult in attendance for ‘safeguarding’ for both our ‘vulnerable’ groups, though all the ‘teaching’ is done by the youngsters).

More pictures from Thursday should be added to this post over the weekend so please come back.

 

Dementia friendly Menston? eggs2iPads break. Light up Menston. Monthly magazine stops

Although the events listing on this site has been kept pretty much up to date, as far as possible when information has been sent in (or things heard on the village grapevine), posts have been erratic, due principally to health problems. Hopefully posts will now become a little more regular. Remember, to ensure your event is listed under the Events menu (and the ‘Imminent events‘ list in the right column – this can take a while to appear after updating Events) email title, date, start/finish times, contact info, and ticket price if any, to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. This has become even more important due to the suspension of publication of ‘It’s the business‘ (see below).

How can we make Menston more dementia friendly?

Ideas for future activities to make Menston more dementia friendly were recorded on this Christmas tree

Dementia Friendly Menston ideas were recorded on this Christmas tree

About 35 people met at Kirklands on Tuesday afternoon to learn more about dementia and to begin a process of making Menston more ‘dementia friendly’. They learned a lot about dementia from specialist Dr Elizabeth Milwain (eg, symptoms which are just normal signs of old age and those which are early signs of a dementing condition) and then, in a couple of workshops, noted activities already found in the village then suggested what might be done in the future. If you could not get to the meeting but would like to be involved contact Jane Pratt at Menston Cares (876945) or Allyson Hargreaves (870528).

Let’s light up Menston for Christmas

Light up Menston posterThe paucity of Christmas lights in Menston, compared with neighbours Burley, has been a cause for complaint for years. However, such lights are extremely costly. Now there is a suggestion that our village could become much more festive if every householder lit up their own house in some way. To give even more incentive, estate agents Ribston Pippin and the Solo delicatessen have got together to offer a hamper for the best decorated house. There are now posters around the village giving more information. More information on some Christmas events under Events.

eggs2iPads project takes a winter break

Many of the elderly ‘students’ in the eggs2iPads project, which has been meeting weekly at the Menstone club with a team of teenage ‘teachers’ helping them to get on line using an iPad or other tablet, have said they do not like to leave home in the dark during winter months, even if they are accompanied or transport is provided. It has been decided that in this situation there will be a a winter break in the sessions after this week’s meeting, to be resumed in March next year. Some of the young ‘teachers’ are from St Mary’s high school, which has been recently been involved in a broadly similar project, but for school pupils, in South Africa (see below).

Bambisanani takes iPads to S Africa

iPads in use in Mnyakanya schoolThe Bambisanani Partnership, which links St. Mary’s School, Menston and Mnyakanya School in South Africa, has recently provided twelve hours of training for South African teachers to be able to use tablets to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum at Mnyakanya High School.

The computer giant Intel contributed to the training costs and thirty more tablets, provided by the Bambisanani Partnership, will arrive or have arrived at the school for students to use in lessons.

Chairman of the Bambisanani Partnership, David Geldart, who recently retired as an Assistant Head at the school, said: “This initial training and the tablets are a starting point for us. More training and hardware will hopefully follow but our goal is to establish full internet connectivity at Mnyakanya”.

Publication of monthly magazine suspended

Editions of 'Ot's the business' published this yearThe free monthly magazine which has been delivered to most households in Menston for the past several months, ‘It’s the business‘, will not now be published “until at the earliest March 2016” we have been told. The magazine not only had a Menston events listing under the heading ‘Community News’, compiled by the author of this site, but also a specific Menston page. These for the December edition were already done but unfortunately will not now appear. This site cannot match the information reaching most houses in Menston but apart from trying to ensure the Events listing here is even more complete and up-to-date consideration will be given to how this information can now be more effectively made available to those who do not have access to internet.

 

Eggs2iPads and Writers Club projects get going; young Menston talent at Summer Ball; we have a younger man on the Parish Council and another woman

Three of the 'eggs2iPads' project 'teachers': Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder and Shaun Street, having fun with an iPad

Three of the ‘eggs2iPads’ project ‘teachers’: Hattie Barnes, Luke Guzder and Shaun Street.

The project aimed at reducing loneliness for elderly people living alone, called ‘Teaching grandmother – from eggs to iPads‘ (eggs2iPads for short), gets underway this coming Thursday. Six elderly people will meet up with six teenagers to learn some of the mysteries of the internet and how to access them using an iPad.

Project sessions, under the umbrella of the Menston Community Association, will be at The Menstone club in Farnley Road at 5.00pm on Thursdays. The elderly people will be brought to The Menstone by volunteers from Menston Cares. The young ‘teachers’ are at the moment all Menston Explorer Scouts.

Once familiar with the iPad the ‘students’ will learn how to communicate with distant relatives using programs like Skype, how to search the World Wide Web for information, how to email if they wish and even how to shop on-line – or anything else they wish to learn. However, socialising with the young people on a regular basis is an equally important part of the venture.

The project has been helped financially by the Lloyds Bank Community Fund, the money from this organisation being used to buy two iPads. These are being supplemented with personal iPads from volunteers involved in the project. Later in the project, ‘students’ who wish to buy an iPad will be helped to set it up; those unable to buy one may be able to borrow an iPad for short periods at appropriate times.

More offers of help, from would-be ‘teachers’ (13 to 17 years old) or from people able to offer transport will be very welcome. All adults involved will be DBS cleared and one always in attendance at sessions. Requests to join the sessions, from elderly people living alone, will be welcome too. All enquiries should be made by email to Roger at menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com.

Talented young Menston singer/guitarist will open charity Summer Ball

Hattie Barnes, with her guitar, performing at the recent 'Bambisanani' concert at St Mary's Menston

Hattie Barnes performing at the recent ‘Bambisanani’ concert at St Mary’s Menston

Hattie Barnes, one of Menston’s talented young musicians who attends St Mary’s Menston, will open the Summer Ball organised to raise money to help rebuild schools destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. This black tie event at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, which includes a two-course meal and a live band, has been organised by Beth Street who organised a very successful similar event last year and the wonderful Soul Night at Kirklands earlier this year.

For tickets for the ball, £25 each, contact Beth Street on 0771 978 5986.

Writers Club off to a good start in Menston

The first session in Menston of the recently formed Writers Club got off to a good start with two more Menston writers, from each end of the age spectrum, turning up.

As a result of the variety of members’ requirements from the club the sessions have been divided between Menston and Ilkley, though a session in Skipton is planned in June, and there will be three sessions a month, mostly on Saturdays.

During the sessions in Menston, at The Menstone club in Farnley Road,  members will chat generally about writing and exchange ideas but have the opportunity to read their own work, if they wish, to the others. The next two sessions in Menston are at 12.10 on Saturday 13 June and 18th July. Drinks and snacks are available from the bar during the sessions. Details are listed in the ‘Events’ pages of this site and flagged up at the appropriate time in the ‘Imminent events’ listing on the right.

The Ilkley sessions, currently planned to be in Cafe Nero, will combine an opportunity to chat with an opportunity to write; some will be limited to just writing. For more details contact the founder of the club, Ruxandra Busoiu, by email at rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

Parish Council ‘election’

We didn’t get an election for the Parish Council, which was a pity as we had no opportunity to signal support for some candidates, but we did get a younger man with children and a woman to replace former Cllr Sue Rix who stood down. So thank you to Lilias Mcculloch and Philip Moore for adding two very active campaigners to the Council.

It’s a pity that, given the wonderful turnout and demonstration of ‘community’ on Tour de Yorkshire day, there were not many more nominations so we could have had an election. As it was there were only seven nominations, the number of ‘seats’ currently on the Council, so no election. Does that tell us something about the community’s view of the relevance of the Parish Council?

There have been rumours that perhaps the number of seats could be increased to nine and another two active campaigners seconded on. That can surely only be a good thing.

Mother’s Day – Village Bakery treats; get your event/activity listed in new Menston community magazine – deadline now; nominate some remarkable Menston women

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday (15th) so if you have not yet experienced the smiling welcome from new proprietor Patricia (Trish), and her delicious cakes, at the Village Bakery in the village centre, now’s your chance.

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Trish has made an enticing shop window display and has various gifts including a ‘Make your own – cookies in a jar’ kit, or there’s a ‘Cupcake in a cup and saucer’. Or just pick up a selection of cakes from those on display, or a pot of special jam.

If you want to order (drop in or phone 01943 874963) a special cake you can pick it up on the Sunday morning, up to 12.30 (or before Sunday of course), or maybe you’d like to take Mum for a sandwich, cake and a coffee.

You can even drop in and Trish will decorate a cake for you while you wait, though clearly it’s better to order in advance.

This entrepreneural mother (she’s recently added this, her first business, to caring for the family) was mentioned in yesterday’s post. As this was marking International Women’s Day, the bulk of that post is being reproduced below.

Deadline for April/May events

Another reminder, the deadline for getting events in the listing in the April edition of the new community magazine covering Menston is this coming Thursday – 12 March. Send details of events in April/May, and even further ahead, to roger.at.itb@gmail.com.

New Menston community magazine

The magazine was launched by two female entrepreneurs with two other women, all mothers and all from Haworth, so as last Sunday was International Women’s Day it’s a good reason to post a little more about the venture but also make some attempt in this post to acknowledge some of the remarkable women of Menston – volunteers and entrepreneurs. Let down by Royal Mail at the last minute, the March magazine was not distributed as widely in Menston as intended but the next edition should be delivered to every house in early April. For more about the Haworth team pictured below go to http://grumpytyke.com.

The team which has brought a new community magazine to Menston. Left to Right: Louise Atkinson, partner and graphic designer, Cathy Frobisher , Office Manager, Janet-Alison Arkwright , Partner and 'Sales Contributor', and Andrea Kerman, Sales Person, at the reception in their offices in Haworth, each holding the first edition of the new magazine.

The all-female team which has brought a new community magazine to Menston. Left to Right: Louise Atkinson, partner and graphic designer, Cathy Frobisher , Office Manager, Janet-Alison Arkwright , Partner and ‘Sales Contributor’; Andrea Kerman, Sales Person. In their office in Haworth.

The Menston community is nourished by a wide range of women residents, both volunteers and entrepreneureal business women. They are not all known to the webmaster of this site but if you know of any who have been overlooked in the list below (which is in no particular order) feel free to add them using the ‘Comment’ box at the bottom of this post.

Some Menston women

Sue Rix, Menston’s only woman Parish Councillor (maybe that can be rectified in the forthcoming PC elections: nominate someone) and involved in many village projects and activities

Sue Richmond, Chair of the Menston Village Show Committee, volunteer at Cornerstone and proprietor of the Bleach Mill B&B

Elizabeth Loy, former teacher at Prince Henry’s school, member of the Menston Village Show committee, teaches crafts and involved in other activities

Christine North, founder and Chairperson of the Menston Business Association, runs The Studio, Pilates and Fitness.

Charlotte Leeming, Menston’s own TV ‘celebrity’ and, in the opinion of many, one of the two best presenters on BBC Look North.

Charlotte Montague, Solicitor specialising in services to Menston’s elderly population who, with Jalna Jenkins, also helps to stage the occasional  film shows at the Methodist church. Jalna is also involved in other church activities, including those for young people.

Patricia (Trish) Heeney, new proprietor of the Village Bakery, added to her other job of caring for family, including two children.

Menston Cares female volunteers, too many to mention individually but ensuring Menston’s elderly are supported in many different ways.

Jenna Wood, who runs Sunday teas for the elderly as Menston Coordinator for Contact the Elderly.

Rachel Holder, runs her own Human Resources business in Menston, Purple Frog, and is Co-Chair of the Friends of Menston Primary School.

Rev Ruth Yeoman, vicar at the Menston Parish Church

Zandra Monroe-Cochrane, Secretary of the Menston Business Association who runs the new Railway Children children’s centre at Menston railway station; formerly ran Cleasby Kindercare.

Kalyani Dakini, who runs the Meditation Centre in Cleasby Road.

Beth Street, involved in several youth activities but very active raising money to rebuild a school destroyed by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The latest is the Soul Night at the Kirklands Community Centre on 21 March. A repeat of the very popular similar event last year.

There are many more remarkable women living in or contributing to community life in Menston. Please add any more you know of using the comment box below (or click ‘Leave a comment’ if you’re on the home page).

Reminders: Neighbourhood Forum; new community magazine Menston events/activities listing deadline; celebrate Menston women

The Neighbourhood Forum, now run by the Parish Council, is this evening (Tuesday 10 March); a reminder, though it’s been in the Events listing here for while. Another reminder, the deadline for getting events in the listing in the April edition of the new community magazine covering Menston is this coming Thursday – 12 March. Send details of events in April/May, and further ahead, to roger.at.itb@gmail.com.

Start of the Menston section of the new community magazine 'It's the business', which covers LS29

Start of the Menston section of the new community magazine ‘It’s the business’, which covers LS29

The magazine was launched by two female entrepreneurs with two other women, all mothers and all from Haworth, so as last Sunday was International Women’s Day it’s a good reason to post a little more about the venture but also make some attempt in this post to acknowledge some of the remarkable women of Menston – volunteers and entrepreneurs. Let down by Royal Mail at the last minute, the March magazine was not distributed as widely in Menston as intended but the next edition should be delivered to every house in early April. For more about the Haworth team go to http://grumpytyke.com.

The team which has brought a new community magazine to Menston. Left to Right: Louise Atkinson, partner and graphic designer, Cathy Frobisher , Office Manager, Janet-Alison Arkwright , Partner and 'Sales Contributor', and Andrea Kerman, Sales Person, at the reception in their offices in Haworth, each holding the first edition of the new magazine.

The all-female team which has brought a new community magazine to Menston. Left to Right: Louise Atkinson, partner and graphic designer, Cathy Frobisher , Office Manager, Janet-Alison Arkwright , Partner and ‘Sales Contributor’; Andrea Kerman, Sales Person. In their office in Haworth.

The Menston community is nourished by a wide range of women residents, both volunteers and entrepreneureal business women. They are not all known to the webmaster of this site but if you know of any who have been overlooked in the list below (which is in no particular order) feel free to add them using the ‘Comment’ box at the bottom of this post.

Some Menston women

Sue Rix, Menston’s only woman Parish Councillor (maybe that can be rectified in the forthcoming PC elections: nominate someone) and involved in many village projects and activities

Sue Richmond, Chair of the Menston Village Show Committee, volunteer at Cornerstone and proprietor of the Bleach Mill B&B

Elizabeth Loy, former teacher at Prince Henry’s school, member of the Menston Village Show committee, teaches crafts and involved in other activities

Christine North, founder and Chairperson of the Menston Business Association, runs The Studio, Pilates and Fitness.

Charlotte Leeming, Menston’s own TV ‘celebrity’ and, in the opinion of many, one of the two best presenters on BBC Look North.

Charlotte Montague, Solicitor specialising in services to Menston’s elderly population who, with Jalna Jenkins, also helps to stage the occasional  film shows at the Methodist church. Jalna is also involved in other church activities, including those for young people.

Patricia (Trish) Heeney, new proprietor of the Village Bakery, added to her other job of caring for family, including two children.

Menston Cares female volunteers, too many to mention individually but ensuring Menston’s elderly are supported in many different ways.

Jenna Wood, who runs Sunday teas for the elderly as Menston Coordinator for Contact the Elderly.

Rachel Holder, runs her own Human Resources business in Menston, Purple Frog, and is Co-Chair of the Friends of Menston Primary School.

Rev Ruth Yeoman, vicar at the Menston Parish Church

Zandra Monroe-Cochrane, Secretary of the Menston Business Association who runs the new Railway Children children’s centre at Menston railway station; formerly ran Cleasby Kindercare.

Kalyani Dakini, who runs the Meditation Centre in Cleasby Road.

Beth Street, involved in several youth activities but very active raising money to rebuild a school destroyed by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The latest is the Soul Night at the Kirklands Community Centre on 21 March. A repeat of the very popular similar event last year.

There are many more remarkable women living in or contributing to community life in Menston. Please add any more you know of using the comment box below.

Menston community heroes; local businesses get together; more awards for St Mary’s Menston; Menston Vehicle Show almost here

Menston volunteers, including one working with elderly residents and two teenagers who also like to work with the older generations, were recognised as ‘Community Heroes‘ at a ceremony in Saltaire last week. St. Mary’s Menston pupils have collected yet more awards, won a dance competition, smiled through the worst the Lake District weather can offer and nominated ‘Ambassadors’ to take the school’s sports message out to the wider community. Menston local businesses are getting together to explore what can be done to promote local business. And the first bi-annual Menston village Vehicle Show is almost here (see the ‘poster’ in the right hand column). Click on any of the links below to go directly to each story in full, or just scroll down. Click on any picture to see it at full size.

Shirley Thompson of Menston Cares, Community Hero, right, with Jane Pratt and James Brown

Shirley Thompson of Menston Cares, Community Hero, right, with Jane Pratt and James Brown, at the awards ceremony in the Victoria Hall, Shipley

Kieran & Bradley Jackson of Menston - 'Outstanding Community Heroes'

Kieran & Bradley Jackson of Menston – ‘Outstanding Community Heroes’ (T&A Bradford photo).

THANK YOU to the increasing number of local organisations sending thanks for the publicity given to their events and activities. Send in events information as early as possible then it will surely appear in the ‘Imminent Events’ column as the date gets near, and don’t forget that to be informed each time there is a new post on this site just click the ‘Follow’ button on the right and enter your email address. 

community heroes

‘Community Heroes’ nominated from all over the Shipley area, from the Wharfedale, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Baildon, Shipley, Windhill and Wrose wards, met at a function at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire last week to learn who had been selected and those who were thought to be ‘top’ in their categories, ie ‘Outstanding Community Heroes’. The call for nominations was mentioned in the New Year post on this site.

Outright winners of the under 21 category, so named as ‘Outstanding Community Heroes’, were 13 years old Menston twins Bradley and Kieran Jackson. They were nominated for their voluntary work with a number of Menston organisations, especially those working with older people.

Menston Cares is a vital community group in the village and its Befriending and Visiting activities are led by Shirley Thompson. Shirley collected an award as a ‘Community Hero’ at the Saltaire ceremony, being accompanied by colleagues Jane Pratt and James Brown.

Local businesses to meet about encouraging support

Local businesses are to hold an exploratory meeting to look at ways of encouraging local people to use their local businesses, a vital segment of the local community. It is often said “Use it or lose it” and the consequences of not using local businesses have been only too clear recently when Menston lost its independent greengrocer, despite the fact that the produce there was fresher and no more costly, often even cheaper, than alternative sources. Perhaps part of the problem is that local businesses do not communicate with the local community enough, or not well enough. Part of the proposed MCA village notice board project is intended to help, but by itself it will not be enough.

A meeting of local business people on Friday 4 April is intended to explore ways of doing a better job of communicating what local businesses have to offer and what the advantages of using them are. The meeting will take place at The Studio, 9a Cleasby Road, at 6.30pm on Friday. Any representative of a local businesses will be welcome to attend but it would be a good idea to contact Christine on 01943 879816 or email christine@pfetraining.co.uk, if only because some light snacks will be provided so it will be good to know how many people are coming.

More awards for St Mary’s Menston

Winners of dance competition for second year. The 14-16 years old dance team from St. Mary’s Menston high school were overall winners at the recent Leeds Schools Dance Competition, the second year running the team has won

Winning dance team: Alicia Wilson (Choreographer), Chloe Williams, Devon Mitchell-McCann, Freya-Poppy Bowden and Gabriella Vento.

Winning dance team: Alicia Wilson (Choreographer), Chloe Williams, Devon Mitchell-McCann, Freya-Poppy Bowden and Gabriella Vento.

the competition. One of the school’s 11-14 year old teams came third in the competition.

Diana Awards for Menston pupils and their South African partners. Fourteen students from St. Mary’s Menston and twenty seven students from Mnyakanya High School in rural Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa have received the prestigious Diana Award for their collaboration through the Bambisanani Partnership (click here for more information on the Bambisanani project).

Diana Award winners at Mnyakanya school in S Africa, with which St Mary's works in the Bambisanani Partnership

Diana Award winners at Mnyakanya school in S Africa, with which St Mary’s works in the Bambisanani Partnership

St Mary's students with their Diana Award Certificates. L-R, back row, Chloe Tindale, Patrick Connolly, Elizabeth Garnett, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Walker, Kavindu Appuhamy, Emily Fieldhouse; front row, Ryan Clarke, Michael Jones, Madeline Tysoe, James Riley, Hannah Smith, Freya O’Connor, Jade Rigby-Williams.

St Mary’s students with their Diana Award Certificates. L-R, back row, Chloe Tindale, Patrick Connolly, Elizabeth Garnett, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Walker, Kavindu Appuhamy, Emily Fieldhouse; front row, Ryan Clarke, Michael Jones, Madeline Tysoe, James Riley, Hannah Smith, Freya O’Connor, Jade Rigby-Williams.

Over the past year, the Young Leaders from Mnyakanya School have volunteered to work in their community with the ‘Child Care’ organisation caring and supporting victims of abuse or those with HIV infection. The students have developed peer mentoring and community programmes as well as liaising with other agencies that can support the victims. For the past seven years the two schools have worked together as the Bambisanani Partnership, using sport as a catalyst to promote education, health, leadership and global citizenship.

Young Ambassadors. Eight ‘Young Ambassadors’ have recently been chosen by St. Mary’s to form a vital link with students and teachers in primary schools. Young Ambassadors are the most outstanding Sports Leaders in schools and are

Young Ambassadors Amelia Walsh, Gabriella Vento, Alaya Tyrell, Ella Humphreys, Elizabeth Westhead, Aidan Conlon, Alice Clayton (and not on photograph – Matthew Farmer)

Young Ambassadors Amelia Walsh, Gabriella Vento, Alaya Tyrell, Ella Humphreys, Elizabeth Westhead, Aidan Conlon, Alice Clayton (and not on photograph – Matthew Farmer)

selected due to their sporting talent, and more importantly, due to their exceptional commitment and ability as young leaders or volunteers. Becoming a Young Ambassador will enable the students to develop their leadership skills further.

Enduring Lake District weather. A group of year eight students from St. Mary’s recently endured adverse weather during their stay in the Lake District, including wind, rain and even snow, but took part in a full programme of activities designed to provide physical, social and team building experiences such as orienteering, rock climbing, rope challenges and raft building.

St Mary's year 8 pupils on Lake Ullswater on what looks like a better day

St Mary’s year 8 pupils on Lake Ullswater on what looks like a better day

The group enjoyed a week long residential visit to the Outward Bound Centre on the edge of Lake Ullswater.

Whilst in the Lake District, the group took part in the John Muir Award scheme, an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. The scheme encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.The Award Scheme is now to undertake a study which will look at how the ethos of the award is continued in school once students return from the visit, through such things as tutorials, assemblies and cross curricular learning.