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Meet Sophie Walker, leader Women’s Equality Party, in Menston

Superb recent photo of Sophie by Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur

So much positive feedback coming from everywhere Sophie Walker, leader of the  Women’s Equality Party, has spoken during her campaign to be elected MP for the Shipley constituency, which of course includes Menston. Really looking forward to hear her at the Menstone, Farnley Road, this evening (Wed 31 May, 7.00pm).

An added bonus, ‘Tres bon Raymond, Kirsty is cooking’, is bringing some ‘snacks’.

Are Bradford council officers blind, deaf, daft or … ? Superb art exhibition. Menston library volunteer?

Are ‘officers’ at Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council blind, deaf, daft or is something else operating? It’s a pity some weren’t taken by the scruff of the neck to accompany stalwart campaigner Alan Elsegood on his tour of the village, recording the floods, this week. Would they still have insisted that neither they nor other authorities “have found any clear evidence to suggest that the two sites flood or water courses and combined sewers cannot cope”. Probably! Of course the fact that some of the flooding was caused by leaves blocking drains is likely to be used as an explanation, rather than the underlying causes and the drains themselves.

Nuff said. A letter to the local Press from Menston Community Association Chair Steve Ellams is up on the Menston Action Group website so no need for more here.

Art exhibition best ever?

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General view on last weekend’s art exhibition by Menston Arts Club was “the best exhibition for years!” A good turnout of visitors despite the weather and many paintings were sold. The café was busy and the craft stall and the cake stall sold out very quickly.

The ‘vote for your favourite painting’ was again popular following its introduction at the May exhibition. The favourite was ‘Moon Lighting’  by Judy Illingworth (picture) . Her painting was one of those sold at the exhibition.

Not too early to put the next exhibition in your diary –  13-14th May 2017. It’s already under the Events menu.

Sadly not enough votes for cricket club scheme

Although Menston Cricket Club got almost 3,000 votes for funding from Aviva for a tearoom extension and new roof it wasn’t enough. It’s a pity as the extension would have given the village another valuable venue for events. The club reckoned it needed about 5,000 votes so, with 10 votes each, it required around 500 villagers to cast their ten votes.

Volunteering takeover of Menston library?

The recent ‘extra’ newsletter from the Menston Community Association has a form for those interested in volunteering at Menston library when Bradford council ceases to run it. Lots of possible roles are there to choose but a surprising omission is just helping on the counter to date stamp books, receive returns etc. If you haven’t received the newsletter you should be able to pick up a form at the library.

 

Magnificent flowers and superb junior entries at Menston Show

A number of innovations in the classes, especially acceptance of 15/16 year olds who in previous years had to compete against adults, attracted some wonderful entries to the 41st annual Menston Show last Saturday.

Some of the prize and trophy winners at the 41st Menston Show

Some of the prize and trophy winners

As usual on this website, clicking on any picture in the montage below will show all pictures larger, with captions, as a slide show.

Dahlias made a big comeback, as did flowers generally following a summer which did not favour fruit and vegetables. Show stalwart Elizabeth Loy picked up two cups despite finding time to again mount her guessing game with animal, vegetable, mineral specimens; “I think I found five future geologists”, she said.

Junior entries showed a wide range of creativity and skill and best in show went to a superb bit of baking by Olivia Ashworth Ellis with her focaccia bread with olives and home grown rosemary. Handicrafts, both junior and adult, displayed tremendous skill.

Burley’s Dougie Ascough was back to scoop the fruit and vegetable trophy, share the flower trophy with Raymond Pollard for magnificent dahlias, and again take the overall show winner trophy.

Another innovation was to ask Barnoldswick town crier, Elisa Mowe, to present the trophies in her full regalia. Elisa, who spent much of her life in Guiseley, will be moving back to Menston to live soon.

Thanks to sponsors and donors

The show owes much to many donations from Menston businesses, including members of the Menston Business Association and the two sponsors, Menston estate agents Ribston Pippin, and Shipley Paint (Manor Coating Systems). Show President Sue Rix also paid tribute to the team of volunteers, including the show committee, who work tirelessly to make the show a success and invited anyone interested to join them to contact her.

Results

Full results for all classes can be found by clicking on the Menston Show Results logo in the right hand column.

Menston Summer Fair Sat 2 July

One of Menston’s two big annual ‘shows’ opens tomorrow, Saturday 2nd July, at 2pm, on the field of Menston Primary School (entrance on St Peter’s Way). This year the Menston Summer Fair is organised by the Parish Church and money raised will go to local community projects and some overseas.

There are several innovations in a packed programme from 2pm until 4.30pm. Several sessions of music with Menston favourites Blue Hurricane, Morris dancing from Otley’s Buttercross Bells, teas and ice cream throughout the show, a raffle and displays by Scouts and Guides. There’s a cakes and cards stall, and bric a brac. Among things for children there’s a wishing well, children’s tombola, football, face painting, other children’s games, book stall, plant stall, story telling in the Open the Book tent, and a display of entries to ‘Menston & Burley Young Writers Challenge’ on the Writing on the Wharfe stand.

The overall schedule is:

2.00pm Opening by Look North Presenter Charlotte Leeming (dais)

2.05pm Announcement of names of Menston & Burley Young Writer and Young Poet of the Year (dais)

2.10 – 2.40pm  Music from Hurricane Blue (dais)

2.30pm Open the Book session (story telling tent)

2.40 – 3.00pm Morris Dancing, Buttercross Belles (playground)

2.45pm  Open the Book session (story telling tent)

3.00 – 3.40pm  Hurricane Blue (dais)

The young writer prize; there is a similar young poet prize3.30pm  Menston & Burley Young Writer/Poet trophies, prizes and certificates presented by Writing on the Wharfe writers’ club, with reading of top entries (story telling tent)

3.40 – 4.00pm  Morris Dancing, Buttercross Belles (playground)

4.00pm  Draw results announced (dais)

4.10 – 4.30pm  Hurricane Blue (dais)

4.30pm  Fair close

To see where everything is click Plan of the Fair

Are there really more young writers in Burley than Menston?

One of the 'young writers' trophies, being crafted by Menston wood craftsman Adam Cockerill for the Writing on the Wharfe club

One of the ‘young writers’ trophies, being crafted by Menston wood craftsman Adam Cockerill for the Writing on the Wharfe club. The top scroll will be golden, engraved with the club name. Name plaques will be added each year, the first being for 2016.

Now come on Menston, we understand that at the moment there are more entries from Burley than from Menston to become either ‘Young Writer of the Year‘ or ‘Young Poet of the Year‘. The competition to have one of two trophies similar to the above gracing two young person’s homes for a year is not, of course meant to be a competition between Menston and Burley but this is a Menston website! The competition is open to all young people between 6 and 17 years old living in postcode LS29. All you have to do is write a short story of up to maximum 1,500 words (no minimum) or a poem of maximum 30 lines (no minimum).

Closing date to receive entries is this coming Friday, 17 June. By email no later than 10.00pm, to writingonthewharfe@gmail.com. Typed entries can be left in boxes in Menston, Burley and Ilkley public libraries (where entry forms can also be found) up until noon on 17 June, when they will be collected.

For full details click YOUNG WRITERS or the Writing on the Wharfe box in the right column.

Young Writer of the Year and Young Poet of the Year will be announced, and the trophies presented, at the Menston Summer Fair on 2nd July, along with certificates for all entrants.

Come on, give the panel of judges, made up of both professional and amateur writers, something to think about!

Guided tour of St John’s churchyard – new page on this site

approach2_5120_gThe weather was not kind for the ‘open afternoon’ at the Parish Church of St John’s on Sunday so although inside activities like the cream teas seemed to be well supported, fewer people braved the rain to take the informative guided walks round the churchyard. However, an excellent guide was produced for the day and this is the basis of a new page on this site so you can take an informed tour at a time to suit you and the weather.

The ‘inside’ pictures below were taken during the open afternoon but the photos of the different sections of the churchyard were taken on an early sunny (Tuesday) morning – to be recommended.

The excellent leaflet with a plan of the churchyard,box with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details. explaining each section, is the basis for the new page to this website. It will remain under the ‘Community’ menu heading; if you go down to ‘churches’ a link to the churchyard page will ‘pop out’ – if you click on this you will go to the page with the ‘tour guide’. As usual on this site, if you click on any picture in the gallery below you will see all of them larger in a slide show.

The open afternoon of the churchyard, which is maintained by a dedicated hard-working team of volunteers, was very appropriately on Rogation Sunday, when the church traditionally offers prayers for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who work on the land. During Evensong, which followed the open afternoon, Revd Ruth explained this but also mentioned that it was Easter Sunday for the Orthodox church, hence the picture of her cracking a red egg, following a tradition followed throughout Romania on Easter Sunday.

Computers aren’t that clever when it comes to flooding

Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE FRS FREng

Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE FRS FREng

Professor David Rhodes told a packed house at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday evening (more than 100 present) that Bradford MDC had given planning permission for housing developments on Derry Hill and Bingley Road on the basis of false information.

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The problem is that the computer model used by BMDC, and other local authorities, grossly underestimates the volume of water involved in the kind of weather events experienced in Menston recently. In the case of the January 2008 floods the volume of water was underestimated by an order of magnitude; in a later event the volume of water was about six times that predicted by the computer model. A member of the audience who seemed to have some knowledge of computer modelling seemed to confirm this, saying: “The computer model is inevitably wrong because it is working without sufficient data”.

WotWboxProfessor Rhodes said he had been able to estimate the approximate volume of water involved by estimating depth etc and speed of water coming down into Menston from video clips taken by members of the Menston Action Group. This made good sense from Prof Rhodes’s explanation.

100,000 cubic metres of water

Based on Prof Rhodes’s observation not only was diverting the water coming down the slopes into Menston impractical because of the volume and flow rates involved, but to store the water from the January 2008 event would have required a holding tank with a capacity of 100,000 cubic metres. Apart from cost, to have such a quantity stored above Menston would be extremely dangerous.

Prof Rhodes told the audience that the estimates used by flood risk authorities, like BMDC, were wrong because they accounted only for rain water falling on the ground, but the actual volume involved was far higher because of water coming out of the ground. In this situation, had the houses been built on the proposed sites in Menston, water would have been coming up under the houses causing a great deal of damage. It is no wonder that another expert, giving evidence to BMDC, when asked if he would buy a house on one of these sites, said absolutely not.

Victorian engineers had an answer

In earlier times, ground water had been pumped out into reservoirs. Victorian engineers did it to supply water to the former hospital at Highroyds; later a similar system was used to supply water to Menston residents. Both these systems were abandoned so now the ground water was available to flood Menston.

Prof Rhodes’s novel solution

Professor Rhodes said he had a solution. Basically this would involve horizontally boring deep in the ground where water accumulates and having permeable pipes there into which the water could drain, these flowing out into existing water courses which could handle the continuous flow involved. He suggested that this solution would cost only tens of thousands of pounds. What is more, he said that such a system of horizontal pipes could encircle Ilkley Moor to alleviate wider flooding problems, though this would cost tens of millions.