Tag Archives: Typhoon Haiyan

Summer Fayre with scarecrows, Poets & Preachers, Lizzie loses her locks for children with cancer and others, Bleach Mill House charity day

Don’t forget the Summer Fayre and scarecrow hunt at Menston Primary School today (Saturday). It’s a damp, misty morning but the BBC forecast is for a bit of sun by this afternoon. Let’s hope so but it’s worth a visit whether sunny or not.

Poets and preachers at the Parish Church

Sunday evening, there’s an interesting ‘Songs of Praise’ service at St John’s Parish Church. It has the theme ‘Poets and Preachers‘ and all will be welcome to join in the singing and learn something about the authors. The service begins at 6.00pm.

Lizzie loses her long locks for children with cancer

Lizzie Street and mother Beth, showing their hair to be donated for making wigs for children with cancer, and their shortened locks and some of the treats Lizzie is taking to give to children in the Philippines

Lizzie Street and mother Beth with their shortened locks and some of the treats Lizzie is taking to give to children in the Philippines

Seven year old Menston youngster Eliza (she prefers Lizzie!) Street had her beautiful long locks cut off on Thursday, not only to donate them for making wigs for children with cancer (Little Princess Trust) but also to raise money for the Menston charity her mum Beth founded to help rebuild schools destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Beth had her hair cut too for the same causes.

Lizzie's and Beth's hair before cutting


They are leaving together on Monday 6 July for the Philippines where they will not only donate the money raised by Angels for Children (eg from the Soul Night at Kirklands and the Summer Ball at the Craiglands Hotel earlier this year) but also a lot of medical equipment. Lizzie is taking treats to give to children.

It’s not too late to make a donation. Go to the Menston charity’s website.

Charity day at Bleach Mill House

Charlotte Wormald during specialised treatment in the Czech Republic

Charlotte Wormald during specialised treatment in the Czech Republic

Don’t forget another charity event next Saturday, 11 July. All proceeds from the annual charity event at Bleach Mill House will this year go to Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, who has severe cerebral palsy. Go and have some tea or coffee and cakes beween 10am and 4pm and help hosts Sue and Simon Richmond to raise a record amount this year.

Bleach Mill House raises money throughout the year to support the Teenage Cancer Trust and will also be aiming for a record for this year for this too. Pop down for a full English breakfast with double-yolker eggs from the magnificent speckled hens on another day (or tea and cakes), to help make 2015 a record year for this ongoing fundraiser too.


A great time at the Angels’ Summer Ball

_DSC6272_edIf the pictures below are any indication then everyone seemed to have a great time at the Summer Ball organised by the Menston-based charity ‘Angels for Children‘ at the Craiglands Hotel last Saturday.

Some of the many pictures taken (© Petronela Prisca) are shown below – click any one to see them all larger as a slide show – but if you’d like to see all the pictures (there are more!) then come back to this site this coming weekend when there should be a link to them all.

Opened by talented young Menston singer-guitarist Hattie Barnes, the evening included dinner, dancing and games.

Angels for Children, run by Beth Street who, as you will see manages to keep smiling while working her socks off, is raising money to rebuild schools in the Philippines which were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. If you could not make the ball but would like to make a donation go to the charity’s website: http://www.angelsforchildren.org.uk/

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

Fairtrade, Soul, awards for St Mary’s and Menston ‘traffic management’

Battling the attempted destruction of our village by Bradford Council is not the only thing going on in Menston nor the only thing occupying the Menston Community Association. Click on any of the links below to go directly to the story.

Fairtrade Fortnight

The St Mary's team display the Fairtrade status award.

The Fairtrade team display their Fairtrade status award. L-r:- Catherine Garrett (Acting Headteacher), Isobel Tysoe, Thomas Rothwell (Acting Headteacher), Felicity Hemming, Stuart Andrew MP, Jack Tunnecliff, Caitlin
Grady, Benedict Kershaw, Louise Oddy, Marienn Collins, David Geldart (Assistant Headteacher)

St. Mary’s Menston were awarded Fairtrade Schools Status in February, the award being presented to the school by Stuart Andrew MP in a special assembly in February to mark the beginning of Fairtrade fortnight. To qualify for the award, the school had to meet five set goals:

  • to set up a Fairtrade student group
  • to adopt a Fairtrade Policy
  • teach Fairtrade lessons
  • sell Fairtrade products
  • actively campaign for Fairtrade

The school had a series of activities to raise awareness of Fairtrade products including a “Crossbar Challenge”, quiz, bun sales, creative writing and prayer workshops.

The Fairtrade Assessor said of the St. Mary’s application: “Congratulations, St. Mary’s! It is evident that you are working very hard to make Fairtrade a vital part of your school life and that the entire student and staff body are embracing it with great enthusiasm. Your hard work has paid off – I am very pleased to recommend you for approval and am excited to see what you do in the future.”

Fairtrade stall. There will be a Fairtrade stall on Saturday 8 March from 10 am to 12 noon at the Cornerstone cafe on Main Street as part of Fairtrade fortnight.

PhilipPines Typhoon

The Fairtrade Assessor said of St. Mary’s application:- "Congratulations, St. Mary's! It is evident that you are working very hard to make Fairtrade a vital part of your school life and that the entire student and staff body are embracing it with great enthusiasm. Your hard work has paid off - I am very pleased to recommend you for approval and am excited to see what you do in the future."

Poster for the event on Saturday 15 March to help schools in Philippines devasted by typhoon Haiyan

Schools in the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Some of the devastation can be seen in the poster here (click it to see it larger). There’s an opportunity to help and have a great evening at an event on Saturday evening, 15 March, at the Kirklands Community Centre, organised by Menston resident Beth Street.

Soul music, soul food (chilli and rice) and dancing are the recipe for the evening from 8.00 to 11.00pm. The Soul Surgeons will be providing the music. Sally’s Army, the ladies group from Otley, will be singing a varied programme of 50’s Classics from Elvis and the Poni-Tails to more modern numbers by Caro Emerald and Take That. All proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of schools in areas of the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

Tickets are just £10 for this great cause; to book or enquire contact Beth Street on 07719 785986 or email Babeth70@sky.com

St Mary’s night of trashion

St Marys year 13 students displaying the 'Trashion' they created

Fashion from trash was created and showed by St Mary’s students as part of studying the environment within the Religious Studies programme

St Mary’s Menston have been busy not only with Fairtrade. Valentine’s Day saw year 13 students mounting a ‘Trashion Show’ as part of ‘Creativity on Show’, ending a day considering the theme ‘The Environment’ as part of the Religious Studies programme. During the ‘runway’ fashion show, students modelled items of clothing made from recycled materials such as crisp packets and bin liners.

Mgr Vladimir Felzmann with St Mary's Sports Leaders

Mgr Vladimir Felzmann with St Mary’s Sports Leaders

Sport award. St. Mary’s Menston has become only the fifth school in the country to be accepted into the John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport. The John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport was launched by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to the UK in 2010. The Foundation is inspired by Pope John Paul’s own vision of sport’s unique potential to develop individuals and communities.

St. Mary’s was presented with a special certificate to mark the occasion by Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann, Chief Executive of the Foundation. Presenting the certificate, he said: “St. Mary’s epitomises the values of the John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport. The scope and influence of PE and Sport at St. Mary’s is vast, both within and beyond the school. This is a school that uses PE and Sport in the most positive way with its own students and in the wider community. The vision, commitment and outcomes are inspirational. 

Mr David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher, who has been at the forefront of Physical Education and Sport Development at the school for many years said: “This is a most significant accolade for all associated with the school. The Foundation honours the memory of Pope John Paul II who was a great advocate for all the positive attributes that sport can bring; we are totally committed to those values in our work at St. Mary’s, in the wider community and in our international work in South Africa, the BAMBISANANI PARTNERSHIP.

MCA meeting 5 March

The forthcoming village motor show (5 May), an update on the possibiity of regular film shows in Menston, the village information board project, and of course reactions to the traffic management scheme proposed for Menston are all on the agenda for the Menston Community Association meeting on Wednesday 5 March in the Methodist church hall, Main street. Click HERE for the MCA page and access to the full agenda.

Local business initiatives

Proposals for promoting support of local shops and businesses are moving forward on two fronts. Sue Rix, working in a personal capacity not as a Parish Councillor, will be presenting proposals of a small working group at the 5 March MCA meeting for more and better village information boards, which are intended to include information on local shops and businesses as well as local charities and groups and things like village walks.

Apart from the MCA initiative, some local businesses are planning to get together at the beginning of April to discuss a possible campaign and other measures to promote local business. If you’d like to be involved watch this web site for more details when available and drop an email expressing interest to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com.