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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.

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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.

Another great Bambisanani concert at St Mary’s. Beware, Victorian Highroyds inmates at large?

WotWboxThe now annual concert at St Mary’s Menston, to raise money for the Bambisanani Partnership project visit to Mnyakanya School in South Africa and work in that country by the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO), provided a great night out on Friday. Individual talent from the school, including solo singers but also duos and trios in close harmony and some impressive piano were backed up by the school’s ukulele orchestra and, of course, the LYJRO.

Click on any individual picture to see it larger in a slide show of them all.


Victorian Highroyds inmates at large?

Reports received suggest that ghost stories about Highroyds may be true. Two teenage hobby photographers visiting the estate recently to get photographs of the impressive architecture were set upon, at least verbally, by a haridan and a couple of male supporters.

Others suggest that the ‘ghosts’ were in fact just jobsworth employees who hold the view that all teenagers must be up to no good. If so, they need to get out and see the superb work many of our local youngsters are doing, including those involved in the above concert and the project which it supports.

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.

 

St Mary’s Menston Bambisanani concert 2015 – a wonderful evening

_DSC2800_edThis year’s concert at St Mary’s Menston, on 24 April, at which the school’s young musicians join the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO) and the Madrigal singing group, provided the astounding music we have become used to and for the biggest audience ever. If you missed it you’ll have to wait until next year to get the best £5’s worth of entertainment you’ll find.

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The concert raises money for St Mary’s Menston’s ‘Bambisanani Parnership’ project in South Africa and for the LYJRO visit to that country where they also work with South African children.

Below are a few links to video clips which hopefully give some idea of the talent of the youngsters involved. Quality isn’t the best, mostly because of the inexperience of the video ‘camera man’. The video clip links are followed by a large gallery of photographs taken on the night.

Leeds Youth Jazz & Rock Orchestra Plus
Madrigal
Lia Stephan
Harriet Barnes
Ukulele band
More big band, blues
Dancing
Finale

The following photographs were taken by Petronela and Roger, who retain copyright; they may be used freely but please credit them to this website. Click any picture to see them all larger as a slide show.

 

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!

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.