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3 important Menston meetings and two ‘consultations’; Cleasby Road street party; Menston Show details and entry form

There’s a lot going on in Menston next week; three important meetings and another two consultations to follow. At least one Menston ‘mini-community’ has managed to turn the Jubilee street party into an annual event, and St Mary’s Menston is in the news again with an Assistant Head being appointed a trustee of a leading Vatican charity. Finally, full details of this year’s Menston Show have just become available (some classes are different, with more than one nod to the ‘Grand Depart’). Click any of the links below to go directly to the story, or just scroll down to read them all.

STOP PRESS: House of Commons Adjournment Debate.  Philip Davies MP. Planning Issues in the Shipley Constituency. 9.30am onwards Thursday 5 June. Philip has 15 minutes to state our case! (added 2 June).

Dangerous junction: Main Street/Bingley Road

Idiots’ junction: the majority of traffic coming down Bingley Road does not slow down. Neighbourhood Forum/MCA meeting

Menston Neighbourhood Forum

The next Menston Neighbourhood Forum, which as usual is combined with the monthly meeting of the Menston Community Association, is at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday 3 June evening (click the following link for an outline AGENDA). Important for many residents is that the Bradford Council Traffic Officer Simon D’Vali is due to be present to discuss traffic issues. Among these is likely to be the situation at the mini-roundabout where Main Street joins the Bingley Road, at which drivers coming down Bingley Road fail to slow down, let alone stop, crossing the junction as though no mini-roundabout exists. The newly-formed Menston Business Association (see below) is campaigning to have the road down from High Royds opened to traffic to better integrate the new complex with the village.

Menston WW1 commemoration events

Poppy1The second meeting to discuss possible activities in Menston to commemorate the First World War over the four year period from August this year until November 2018 will be at the High Royds Memorial Chapel on Wednesday 4 June evening. Notes on the first meeting in April, at which there were many suggestions for activities, ranging from trips to the battlefields to research by Menston schoolchildren into relatives involved in the war, have been circulated to those attending the first meeting and can be found HERE. The Agenda for the 4 June meeting can be found HERE. Of course all residents with an interest in the commemoration events are invited to attend the Wednesday evening meeting.

Menston Business Association meeting

Menston Business Association logo_gnThe newly-formed Menston Business Association will take the opportunity of the Neighbourhood Forum to introduce itself more widely to Menston residents before its next meeting on Friday 6 June (at The Studio, 9a Cleasby Road) to which anyone running a shop or business based in Menston is invited. Of special interest at the moment is the proposal to move the Post Office from its present location to the Londis shop at the junction of Cleasby Road and Main Street. Siting it at this busy junction is far from ideal from many points of view but the Post Office is saying it will either be there or nowhere. There is a consultation to which residents can contribute until 26 June. Comments can be emailed to comments@postoffice.co.uk. You may also be able to pick up a form at the Menston Post Office.

Walk and cycle route consultation

A two day consultation event on the proposed walking and cycle route – the ‘Wharfedale Greenway‘ – connecting Menston with Pool in Wharfedale, Otley and Burley-in-Wharfedale via the former railway line – will be staged in the Menston Methodist Church Hall on both Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 June, from 10.00am to 8.00pm. The deadline for submitting written comments is 30 June. 

One Jubilee street party has become an annual event

Alison and Glenn Brookes, hosts for the 2014 Cleasby Road street party.

Angela and Glenn Brookes, hosts for the 2014 Cleasby Road street party.

At least one of the many Menston street parties arranged to celebrate the Jubilee two years ago has become an annual event and on Saturday 31 May many residents of Cleasby Road came together again for an open air ‘picnic’. Residents have been taking it in turn to host the event and this year is was taken on by Glenn and Angela Brookes who opened up their rear garden to a large number of guests. The weather was kind enough to be dry so the marquee was probably not necessary although the sun was rather too shy for the end of May.

The trampoline kept the children occupied

The trampoline kept the children occupied

Are there any other Menston locations which have scheduled a street party this year? We’d love to know. The closest we have found is the ‘Big Lunch’ scheduled for today (1 June) by St John’s Parish Church, which has been in the ‘Events’ listing for a while now. Are there any more to come which could be added to the listing and the ‘Imminent events’ calendar?

Menston teacher Trustee of Vatican Foundation

David Geldart, Trustee of JP2F4S

David Geldart, Trustee of JP2F4S

David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher at St. Mary’s Menston, has been appointed a Trustee of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S).

JP2F4S was launched by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Britain in 2010 and is inspired by Saint John Paul’s enthusiasm for sport and the unique potential that it offers to enhance physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development in individuals and to be a force for good in communities and wider society.

Eight years ago David founded the acclaimed Bambisanani Partnership in South Africa which uses the power of sport to develop education, health, leadership and global citizenship.

Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann, the Foundation’s Chief Executive said: “We are delighted that David has been appointed to the Foundation. He has a wealth of strategic and operational experience and has gained an international reputation for his work in Physical Education and Sport. David has held key public appointments at national level with Sport England and the Departments of Education and Health”.

Menston Show DeTails – all classes

Full details of the Menston Show, to be staged as usual at the Kirklands Community Centre, Saturday 6 September, have been released by the organising committee. As last year, details of all the entry classes together with an entry form which can be downloaded and printed can be found on this website by clicking the Menston Show link here, the link at the top of the Events listing or the Show ‘button’ in the right sidebar . The link button in right hand side bar will be a permanent feature on the site until the Show. As last year, we will endeavour to publish all the prize and trophy winners as soon as possible after the show. Last year we managed it by the next day.

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Menston businesses buy local campaign backed by Philip Davies MP

Menston’s member of Parliament, Philip Davies MP, has offered support for the ‘buy local’ campaign to be launched by the recently constituted group of Menston local businesses (see minutes of the first meeting of the group in a newly created section on this site: click the ‘Menston Shop Local Campaign’ button at the top of the right sidebar).

Christine in her businesses woman role; at her desk at the The Studio, Menston

Christine in her businesses woman role; at her desk at the The Studio, Menston

Christine Minchella, who runs The Studio, Menston Pilates and fitness business and who called the first meeting of the group, met the MP on Friday 25 April at his invitation to discuss how he might help. This followed publicity about the group on this site and in the three local papers – the Wharfedale Observer, the Wharfe Valley Times and the Telegraph & Argus.

Christine said after the meeting: “Philip Davies was very supportive and told me of the local business survey he had carried out in Menston as part of a wider survey across his constituency. The major problems identified by Menston businesses in this survey were parking and the high level of rates“.

Among the offers of help was the possible use of the MP’s volunteers to distribute Menston businesses publicity material when they were distributing his information leaflets etc in Menston.

Christine also discussed with the MP the possibility of opening up the direct road from the High Royds development to Bingley Road, Menston, to better integrate the High Royds community with Menston village. At the moment the necessity for them to go via the A65 inevitably diverts them to Guiseley.

Philip Davies supporting local business in Bingley - a new look shop opening in January this year (T&A photo)

Philip Davies supporting local business in Bingley – a new look shop opening in January this year (T&A photo)

Following the meeting, Philip Davies told this ‘blog’: “I warmly welcome this new Shop Local campaign in Menston.  Local shops are a key part of the local community, and it is therefore essential for local people to use them to allow them to survive and flourish.  I hope this campaign will help people appreciate and support the wide range of local businesses that are available in Menston.”

The next meeting of the group, at which it is hoped a name for the group and next actions will be decided, is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 14 May in the upstairs room of the The Fox pub on Bradford Road. The campaign is not just about shops but about raising awareness and support for all the 70 or so businesses based in Menston (see lists under the ‘Businesses’ menu) so representatives of any Menston business are very welcome to attend and give their views (contact details for more information in the ‘Events’ listing for 14 May).

What do you think, as either a Menston business or a resident, of the campaign? Any comments on or suggestions for the local businesses group will be welcome. Use the comment box below.

 

Menston liked Soul; Morris dancers, new Mini and more Pilates coming

With a very successful charity evening entertainment demonstrating how all ages in Menston enjoy getting together, we can now look forward to the next ‘big’ event at the beginning of May, the Menston ‘classic’ car show. You’ll be able to see some Morris side moves at the show but if you fancy trying some but worry about back pain then a new Pilates course may have an answer. Click on any of the following links to go direct to the story, or just scroll down.

Menston takes to Soul music and food

Kirklands Community Centre was full to capacity on the evening of Saturday 15 March when about 130 people of all ages, mostly from Menston and Otley, came to enjoy an evening of Soul music, dancing and food.

Soul Surgeons on stage at the Menston Kirklands Community Centre

Soul Surgeons on stage at the Menston Kirklands Community Centre

The event was staged to raise money to help rebuild schools in the Philippines which were devastated by typhoon Haiyan last November, and the evening raised over £1,400.

Music was provided by the ‘Soul Surgeons‘ band and Otley’s ‘Sally’s Army‘. “It was a fantastic evening, the band was really great and it was good to see people of all ages in the capacity crowd” said Chairman of the Menston Community Association, Steve Ellams.

If you couldn’t get to the evening but would like to donate something to this worthwhile cause, contact organiser Beth Street on 0771 978 5986 or email babeth70@sky.com.

Morris dancing and new MINI at car show

Wayzgoose Morris side in action

Wayzgoose Morris side in action

We can’t say Morris ‘men’ as the Wharfedale Morris ‘side’, Wayzgoose, is made up of women and men, but this renowned group of Morris dancers will be a star attraction at the first bi-annual Menston Village Vehicle Show on 5 May, the early Spring Bank holiday. Wayzgoose has particularly close associations with Otley as many of its members live in the town and the name Wayzgoose refers to a traditional printing industry ‘feast’ day; Otley was, of course, the home of the famous Wharfedale Printing Press.

New Mini Cooper S

New Mini Cooper S

Another attraction at the Car Show will be the recently launched new MINI. If you are a classic Morris or Austin Mini fan (there are sure to be one or two of these at the show too) you may not consider the MINI a ‘classic’ vehicle but for certain the new Coopers, with uprated power, are ‘performance’ vehicles, another of the promised categories at the show. Just which MINI will be at the show isn’t yet certain; watch this space.

Back ache target of new Pilates courses

Although based in Otley, Wharfedale Pilates also runs courses in Menston at The Studio in Cleasby Road, which was covered in the previous post about the courses for mothers-to-be (contact details in the business listings here).

Wharfedale Pilates, run by qualified modern Pilates instructor Jan Bryce, is starting a new class  specifically focusing on the prevention of back pain – so for anyone suffering from or wanting to avoid back pain. Jan says that the new exercise programme can provide back pain relief and help to prevent back pain in the future.  The classes will be held in Menston and Otley, both daytimes and evenings, and will cater for both beginners and people with experience of Pilates. For more information contact Jan on 0777 096 0739.

Two Menston businesses innovate – a world first; a modern approach to Pilates

Menston village restaurant scores a world first – English Sunday lunch with Indian flavours

In Menston village, a traditional Sunday lunch with hints of Indian haute cuisine cooking? It was launched last Sunday by Menston’s only dine-in Indian restaurant, The 1875 at Menston railway station. (Read more below)

Menston restaurant '1875' owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the 'Excellence in Customer Service' award from Kate Hardcastle

Menston restaurant ‘1875’ owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ award from Kate Hardcastle

Modern Pilates the basis of Menston business make-over

A long-established Menston village ‘fitness’ business has recently had a make-over as The Studio to highlight its ‘Modern Pilates’ training, both for people who wish to engage in Pilates exercises and for the training of ‘modern Pilates’ trainers. (Read more below)

Menston village Pilates studio with Christine North-Minchella with a model of the spine

Menston Village Pilates centre; Christine North-Minchella in the studio with the model of a spine used to show how Pilates can help alleviate back pain

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1875Award_thmbMENSTON VILLAGE RESTAURANT SCORES A WORLD FIRST – ENGLISH SUNDAY LUNCH WITH INDIAN FLAVOURS (continued from above)

This interesting innovation was launched at The 1875 restaurant with a ‘VIP’ lunch on Sunday 11 August, at which the list of local business people was headed by Kate Hardcastle, among other things a Business Woman of the Year, Mum of the Year and who this year became a director of Bradford Bulls.

August could be the time to try this different Sunday lunch as there’s a special offer until the end of the month: a booking for two brings one free starter from the ‘a la carte’ menu; a booking for four gets you one free main course. The basic price is £9.99 (£6.99 for under 10s). On Tuesday to Saturday evenings there is an ‘Early bird’ menu for £9.95, 5.30 to 6.45pm (closed Mondays and Sunday evenings).

The 1875 uses local produce if possible and all meat and poultry for all dishes are sourced in Yorkshire. The Sunday lunch (12.30 to 3.30pm) menu will vary around the ‘roast of the day’ – pork, lamb, chicken or beef and other seasonal joints – all served with Indian sides and trimmings. Vegetarian options are served too.

As the main roast varies it would be a good idea to check what it will be on the Sunday you wish to eat there in case you do not eat some meats.

Owner of the 1875, Manjinder Singh Sarai, says “we genuinely don’t know anywhere else in the UK, nor in the world, that is offering this”. The menus are created by Michelin Star trained chef, Vivek Singh Kashiwale.

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Pilates_1000327_ed2_thmbMODERN PILATES THE BASIS OF MENSTON BUSINESS MAKE-OVER (continued from above)

The Studio, discreetly tucked behind a large house at 9a Cleasby Road, is run by specialist personal trainer Christine North-Minchella BSc PGCE YMCA. With a small but bright and airy studio, it caters for eight clients at one time who can also rest and socialise over a coffee in the garden in good weather or the adjacent conservatory when it’s not so good. Parking is no problem even when the road is cluttered with commuters’ cars as its own car park inside the gate caters for eight vehicles.

Christine specialises in Pilates for older adults and women who are pregnant, catering also for people with osteoporosis or following hip or knee replacements. The small groups mean “I can give individual attention to each person in the studio”, she says.

She will only train with ‘modern Pilates’, commenting that “Joseph Pilates, were he alive now with modern knowledge, would agree that some of his exercises are now contra-indicated”. These are not used in modern Pilates as taught by Christine.

Pilates exercises of this kind can also help with back pain problems, she says, citing participants in the courses who say they have become a ‘new person’ as a result of the Pilates.

The Studio also runs courses in ‘Modern Pilates’ for Pilates instructors/teachers. Not only Pilates however, there are personal trainers, general fitness courses and small group yoga.

Long term residents of Menston may remember 9 Cleasby Road as a veterinary practice, so there has been a business there for more than a quarter of a century. The Studio caters now strictly for people, but maybe pets could benefit from Pilates too; who knows?