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IPad project to support Menston elderly off to a good start, as is cheese club

Five of the 'teaching' team

The eggs2iPads project got off to a great start on Thursday evening at The Menstone club in Farnley Road; five enthusiastic, elderly ‘students’ turned up thanks to Menston Cares, which brought them, and the idea that this first session would be just a ‘get-to-know-you’ social occasion was quickly put aside. With the special welcome cake, from the Village Bakery of course, tea, coffee and other drinks consumed, iPads were quickly turned on and ‘teaching’ began.

The six strong teaching team, Adam (France), Hattie (Barnes), Joe (Woollin), Luke (Guzder), Sam (Craske) and Shaun (Street) were soon hard at work solving questions on the iPads and, sometimes, on other tablets brought by some of the students – Dorothy, Janet, Jean, John and Pat – and some supporters. The young team all attend local schools, St Mary’s Menston, Guiseley School and Bradford Grammar School. All are members of Menston’s Explorer Scouts.

Apart from the volunteer drivers who brought the elderly people, thanks are due to Menston Community Association members Sue Rix and Tony JointMenston Cares Chair and Officer Jane Pratt and Sue Lee, and Beth Street, who came to support, and Petronela Prisca who temporarily joined the ‘teaching team’ with her iPad 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Project 'logo' on T-shirts worn by the 'eggs2iPads' team, showing a photo of eggs on an iPad

Project ‘logo’ on T-shirts worn by the ‘eggs2iPads’ team

One question resolved was “Where do the eggs come in?”, the long project title being ‘Teaching grandmother, from eggs to iPads‘ (see below – surprisingly many had not heard the saying).

A fine evening of Yorkshire cheeses

First meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses Cheese club at the Menstone. Jeremy Benn or the left of the table, Caroline Bell on the right

First meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses Cheese Club at The Menstone. Jeremy Benn on the left of the table, Caroline Bell on the right. 10kg of Shepherd’s Purse cheeses behind.

The Menstone was also the venue later the same day for the first meeting of Wharfedale Fine Cheeses‘ Cheese Club, hosted by Jeremy Benn, founder of the local company. A packed downstairs at the club tucked in to about 10kg of cheese from Shepherd’s Purse cheeses of Thirsk following a great introduction from Caroline Bell, daughter of founder Judith Bell. Caroline gave a good explanation of the differences between the different blues, comparing them to well-known French creations like Roquefort.


For another approach to the above stories see the grumpytyke blog.


 

Don’t try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs (from www.phrases.org.uk)
Don’t offer advice to someone who has more experience than oneself.
These days this proverbial saying has little impact as few people have any direct experience of sucking eggs – grandmothers included (This may be true in the UK but is certainly not true in Romania where egg shells are decorated for Easter and many ‘suck eggs’- Editor).
It is quite an old phrase and is included in John Stevens’ translation of Quevedo’s Comical Works, 1707: “You would have me teach my Grandame to suck Eggs.”

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.

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.

 

History in the making as the Court of Appeal supports MAG on Derry Hill; St Mary’s Menston Bambisanani concert well worth a visit

Another historical milestone has been reached by the Menston Action Group (MAG), on behalf of all residents, in opposing inappropriate development in the village when the Court of Appeal allowed a MAG challenge concerning development on Derry Hill to go to Judicial Review. Full story below.

Concert at St Mary’s Menston on Friday well worth a visit

St Mary's Menston concert 9 May 2014St Mary’s Menston’s now annual concert to support its South African Bambisanani project is this coming Friday (24th April) and very well worth a visit. Last year’s concert was superb and many of the same artists, including the Leeds Youth Jazz & Rock Orchestra in which several St Mary’s students play, are featured. This orchestra will transport you back to the ‘big band’ era then take you on a journey to the rock & roll age. On the other hand, there will be some wonderful singing, both solo and choral, and the fun of a ukulele band.

Places can be reserved by calling in at St Mary’s, Pupils’ Reception, between 1.30pm and 2.00pm or turn up on the night. Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions).

Both MAG’s objections to Derry Hill development supported by Court of Appeal

Following Bradford Council’s approval of a scheme from Barratt Homes to develop 176 houses on fields off Derry Hill, Menston, the Menston Action Group challenged the decision in the Leeds Administrative Court and were given permission to go to Judicial Review on one of the two grounds on which they challenged the approval: the validity of the procedure adopted by Bradford Council when making their decision.

However, MAG were refused permission to proceed with their primary ground, which is based upon a much wider issue of whether the condition and sustainable drainage principles required Barratt to put forward a drainage scheme that addressed potential improvement of flooding issues around the Derry Hill site, including a nearby electricity substation that is prone to flooding.

Now, the Rt Hon Lord Justice Sullivan, sitting in the Court of Appeal, has decided  to allow the Judicial Review of the proposed development at the Derry Hill site in Menston to proceed on all grounds of challenge.

Alistair Kennedy, who is leading the team of solicitors from Schofield Sweeney, acting for MAG, said: “This is a fantastic result for MAG and the residents of Menston, who are desperately worried that the proposed development at Derry Hill will make flooding in Menston much worse. MAG also have very serious concerns about ongoing flooding of the electricity substation adjacent to the Derry Hill site and have raised health and safety concerns. For the Court of Appeal to acknowledge the wider importance of this challenge and give MAG the opportunity to bring all of their concerns before a full hearing of the Administrative Court is very encouraging”.

This is a historical decision which has far wider ramifications for other communities throughout the UK fighting inappropriate development.

Of course Barratt and Bradford Council have brought out the big guns to oppose MAG; it is a great pity that it is necessary to go to very costly litigation to oppose such development, especially when a referendum in the village produced such resounding opposition to the scheme but, although local residents raised over £100,000 to fight the Bradford Council decisions, now more money is required although Schofield Sweeney have done much work without charge.

Contributions to the fighting fund, payable to ‘Menston Action Group’, may be sent to or left at:

  • 3 Albany Row, Main Street
  • 4 West Winds (off Moor Lane)
  • 39 Hawksworth Drive
  • 2 Red House Gardens
  • Small Print, Main Street

More information and the Press Release issued by Schofield Sweeney on the Court of Appeal decision will be posted on the MAG website.

Parish Council Elections – nominate! Fundraising: Soul Night success & by bike to Milan with St. Mary’s; Menston Cares info and contacts

Brass at the Soul evening. See below

Brass at the Soul evening. See below

The deadline for nominating someone for election to the Parish Council is 4pm Thursday 9th April. The elections are on Thursday 7th May.

This is your last chance to elect a Parish Council more representative of the population of Menston for the next four years – some younger Councillors and more women Councillors. To make things easier:

Nomination Papers Download of a Word document which you can print.

Parish Councillor – job description  It’s a pdf document

Click here for information on submitting a nomination and the election timetable  This is a web page

Click here for Neighbourhood Forum 10 March ’15 Minutes

Menston Cares 2015 information leaflet

Menston is very fortunate in having a magnificent organisation which offers a wide range of support services for vulnerable adults.  Vital information about the services, and information about other local support organisations, is in the 2015-16 information leaflet, which includes more than 20 contacts. Click Menston Cares Leaflet 2015 to download the leaflet.

St Mary’s staff bike to Milan for st martin’s hospice

Over two days next week, Wednesday and Thursday, five members of staff at St Mary’s Menston will cycle in relay from Menston to Milan – 1350km – in aid of St Martin’s hospice for children and young people, one of the school’s charities. You can donate by going to www.justgiving.com/Menston-Milan.

Tom Hamill, Harry Leigh, Domenic Manfredi, Tom Pringle and Giles Wilkes aim to cover the distance from Menston to Milan on stationary road bikes donated by Nuffield Health in Guiseley​. Each member of the team will cycle 270km and row 10km in order to match the 1350km distance.

The challenge will take place in the Pupil Reception area of the school and begins on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 April. The team will then cycle throughout the night and into the following day, aiming to finish before their 24 hour deadline.

Soul Night success – £1645.26 raised

The Soul Night at the Kirklands Community Centre last Saturday evening has been reported as “a fantastic night’ with tickets sold out by Saturday morning, so caretaker Vicky was rearranging tables and chairs to accommodate many more people than originally expected.

The dance floor was crowded with the Soul Surgeons on top form and Sally’s Army Choir was much appreciated. There are some photos from the night at the bottom.

The £1645.26 raised will go towards rebuilding one of the five classrooms still needed by a school in the Philippines following the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan at the end of 2013.

Organiser Beth Street is now busy organising a Summer Ball for the same cause, as last year. It’s at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, on 6th June. Tickets are £25 and can be reserved by calling Beth on 0771 978 5986.

Sally's Army Choir

Sally’s Army Choir

Sally's Army Choir and guests

Pantomime; Dr Who visits Menston; Queen at St Mary’s; another community site for Menston; Philip Davies joins Leeds MPs in housing protest

Poster advertising Menston Aladdin pantomime 19-21 FebruaryPanto week  – Aladdin – this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and an afternoon matinee on Saturday. More details, including how to get tickets, under Events. For the first time this year there will be dancers from the ballet classes held in Kirklands on Tuesday afternoon/evenings and Saturday mornings; more details of these classes too in ‘Events‘, where they are listed. For the classes, contact menston@btapacademy.co.uk.

Apologies for the confusing times/dates for the panto in the ‘Imminent events’ on the right. It’s a Google thing. When Menston organisations do not send in details an event might be put in without a time; Google then decides it’s midnight. When the actual time is subsequently known, no way of deleting the ‘midnight performance’ has yet been found.

Another useful community site for Menston?

Have you seen the new Streetlife community site which has a page for the area “local to Menston” (www.streetlife.com)? It seems to aim to serve the same purpose as the ‘Menston village group’ on Facebook but it could be very useful for people who dislike Facebook intensely so do not go on it. You just sign up and say what area you are interested in. It doesn’t seem to understand that Menston and Guiseley are quite different so you get some Guiseley stuff when looking for Menston, but it’s a small price to pay. Recent items included someone looking for a lost cat, someone wanting to know where they could get tickets for the panto, some give-aways, and objections to the new proposal for a wind turbine.

Preserve us from even larger local authorities!

We are aware of course that the battle to preserve a way of life in Menston is not unique and the problems with large local authorities are not confined to Bradford. Aireborough MPs took up the issue recently in the House of Commons, among them our own MP Philip Davies: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2015-02-03a.49.1 The complaints about Leeds City Council – from ignored to ignorance – sound only too familiar.

Grumpytyke says: Do we believe that creating even larger regional authorities, as proposed for ‘the north’ or Yorkshire, will bring more “local decision making”. Of course it will not; it will just mean more jobs for would-be politicians. What we need is real local decision making, ie, when the people of Menston vote overwhelmingly against a proposal which they know very well will destroy their village, it should not be over-ruled by some regional authority like Bradford, let alone one for ‘Yorkshire’. What we need is more power for the Parish Council; if it had power then capable people would stand for election to it, people would vote for them, and we would have true ‘local decision making’. As it is, I suspect that the forthcoming Parish Council elections will be ignored by most residents, as past ones have so the PC just re-elects itself.

Menston schools in pre-holiday energy

Pictures at the end; click any one to see them larger as a slide show

Menston schools pulled the stops out in the period leading up to half term. On the back of excellent GCSE etc results St. Mary’s rightly proclaimed their success with a “We are outstanding” banner across the front of the school. However, it’s not only about excellent results in the classroom or producing the right ticks for Ofsted, but the excellence carried through into another of the school’s superb shows ‘ ‘We will rock you’, based on the songs of Queen.

Meanwhile, Menston Primary was busy hosting an important guest, none other than Dr Who, who arrived to a red and orange goo-spattered playground in Tardis. Ominously, a Dalek arrived too (but the school is still there!). Dr Who was interested to hear what was ‘interesting’ about Menston, and the pupils were keen to tell him, having considered the question as part of their lessons. The parents have not been idle either, backing Menston in Bloom and Wharfedale Naturalists to create a willow tunnel in the school field.

10th anniversary for Menston in Bloom

Over the past ten years Menston in Bloom’s dedicated volunteers have planted bulbs, trees, shrubs and flowers throughout the village and been rewarded with awards in Yorkshire in Bloom and we have all benefitted from a beautiful village. The Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be visiting early in April so preparations must begin. The group’s first work party session is on Saturday, 21 February and you can meet up with them at 9.30am outside of Kirklands. If you cannot make that you can contact the group by email at menstoninbloom@gmail.com .

Smiles at four Menston businesses, bakery, child care, Body Sanctuary & writing. Support MAG

Support the Menston Action Group, fighting inappropriate development in Menston, at the High Court in Leeds, 10.30am, Monday 19 January, or join the party on the 9.21 train from Menston (click this for more information)

It’s almost Panto time in Menston (Aladdin, 19-21 February) but there are already plenty of smiles to greet you at some new or changed businesses in Menston.

Smiles at the Village Bakery

A smiling welcome from the new owner of the Village Bakery, and two cheerful helpers Kate and William

A smiling welcome from the new owner of the Village Bakery, and two cheerful helpers Kate and William

Trish, with her cheerful, efficient assistants Kate and William when they are not at school, has taken over the Village Bakery. A newcomer to shopkeeping, Trish doesn’t intend to change very much in the short term: she’ll be selling the same locally-baked bread, the sandwich menu is the same, though she may introduce one or two new ones, and the only problem with the cakes is which ones to choose.

Living in Cookridge, Trish has to cross the Chevin every morning to open up but the snow this weekend didn’t dampen the cheerful greeting.

Welcome to Menston!

The Railway Children arrive in Menston

The Railway Children logo

The school run made easy, for parents of children of primary school age and younger, has come to Menston with the arrival of ‘The Railway Children’ at Menston Station, in what was formerly the coffee shop and 1875 Indian restaurant.

Zandra with the colourful Railway Children sign

Zandra Monroe-Cochrane, who formerly ran Cleaseby Kindercare in the village, with the Railway Children sign of the relocated business. A founder member of the Menston Business Association, Zandra had her new logo and sign designed by another MBA member, JGL Design (www.jgl-design.co.uk)

What a transformation! A delightful reception with Scandinavian all-weather suits hanging ready to ensure an outing, rain or shine, and photo-named trays for belongings, entered by way of the booking hall with a parent’s fingerprint – no strangers get in here.

Upstairs is a bright, colourful play, ‘work’, sleep area packed with toys and activities, designed with gated areas so that siblings can be together or separate as they wish. Primary school children dropped off earlier are taken to school via the safe route along the ‘ginnel’, then brought back after school to join the early years and pre-schoolers. Then they have a sit-down, locally-prepared meal learning not only independence but, eg, how to count (sausages!).

Places are limited: 14 pre-school, 14 primary school, maximum. For more information call Zandra on 0795 416 6653.

SOU – a mix of martial arts, meditation and fitness, at the Body Sanctuary

Another completely new activity for Menston is ‘SOU training’, which is taking place at the Body Sanctuary (42 Cleaseby Road) on Tuesdays. More about this activity, brought to us by Antonio Ferreira from Portugal, can be found at http://soutraining.wordpress.com/ where you’ll find all you need to know, including prices. The word ‘sou’ is from ‘I am’ in Portugese, when used to address concepts that are permanent and intrinsic to a person’s nature, as in “I am a human being” – “Eu sou um ser humano”.

Other regular activities and events at the Body Sanctuary are meditation, therapies, healing, group meetings and workshops and Shakti Dance once a month, a relaxed event for women to connect together and let go of emotional tension. Call Kalyani on 0795 203 6326 for more details.

Extraordinary writing – a job from Luxembourg

Another Menston business with good news is Extraordinary Writing (http://extraordinarywriting.net), set up in December last year to offer news and feature writing, and production of complete newsletters, to businesses and other organisations. Writer Roger Livesey says “I wasn’t really looking for work until the next financial year, having recently retired from ’employment’, but if anything interesting turns up in the meantime I may take it; this job from a company in Luxembourg was to write two magazine features, about on-board WiFi on long distance coaches in Europe. To be researched and written by 10 January, it was sufficiently interesting so I took it on”.

Teapot didn’t tickle people enough

Sadly, the Tickled Teapot cafe in Croft Park, set up last year after the greengrocer closed, shut its doors on Christmas Eve.