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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.

A Menston favourite singer-songwriter launches album

Just two days before opening the Ilkley Literature Festival ‘Fringe’ show of local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe, one of Menston’s favourite singer-songwriters – Emma Nabarro-Steel – launched her album ‘Leaving a Space‘. It will be no surprise to visitors to the Menstone club for the monthly ‘open mike’ night that it is just beautiful. The album can be downloaded from streaming sites like Spotify, or ordered as a CD – see below.

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Emma performing during an ‘open mike’ night at the Menstone club

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Emma, who is a member of the writers’ club as a writer of lyrics, will be performing a couple more of her songs amid short stories, poems and story-telling with pictures from other members during an hour long presentation at the Ilkley Playhouse on Monday evening (3 October, 9pm). As with all ‘Fringe’ events, entry to the show is free.

There’ll be poems from Marjorie Hanbridge (known in the club as ‘Menston’s own Pam Ayres’) and David Machin (well known to children at Menston Primary School), short stories from Becky Bond, Kelly McCarthy-Wright, Dan Brassington, and club founder Ruxandra Busoiu, a very short short story and some very short ‘poems’ (haiku) from Roger Livesey, and a narration around the superb street photography (all shot in Shipley market place) by Bob Hamilton. The show will end with audience members being invited to write the last line of a short story, hence the show title: ‘Help! We’ve lost the plot …’.

To order Emma’s CD go to: http://emmanabarrosteel.bandcamp.com/album/leaving-a-space

If you’d like a taster, go along to the show on Monday evening.

For more details about the writers’ club, email rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk or come along to the show and speak to Ruxandra and other club members in the bar after the show.

Menston writers debut, artist exhibits, at Ilkley festival; singer-songwriter album release

Menston will be well represented during the Ilkley Literature Festival, opening on Friday this week, by the local writers’ club which meets regularly at the Menstone club in Farnley Road, and by local artist and photographer Justin Leeming. The writers’ club, Writing on the Wharfe, will be doing a one hour ‘fringe’ show at the Playhouse on Monday 3 October, 9pm-10pm, featuring the short stories, poems, songs and photographs of members, five of whom live in Menston. They will also be asking audience members to write the final lines of a short story. All fringe events are free.

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Members of ‘Writing on the Wharfe’ following a meeting to finalise their programme for the ILF ‘fringe’. l to r: Becky Bond, David Machin, Emma Nabarro-Steel, Bob Hamilton, Ruxandra Busoiu, Roger Livesey, Marjorie Hanbridge, Kelly McCarthy-Wright. Another member, Dan Brassington, will be joining them for the fringe performance.

A couple of days before the show, on 1 October, Menston singer-songwriter Emma Nabarro-Steel will be launching her album Leaving a Space.  There’s a taster on youtube.

Justin will be exhibiting some of his paintings and prints, for sale, as part of the Art Trail which runs from Thursday 30 September to Sunday 2 October at venues throughout the town. Details on the website http://ilkleyarttrail.co.uk/.

Prints of the elephant trees, photographed by Justin

A favourite print of Justin’s, of the elephant trees, will be on sale

Music night line up; pic of Young Writer and Poet

YoungPoet:writerTeacher_6135_pHere are the Menston & Burley Young Writer and Young Poet of the Year, Lewis Boyle and Esther Killan, with their teacher at Burley and Woodhead CE Primary School. For results and links to entries to the Writing on the Wharfe young writers’ competition click

Menston & Burley Young Writers/Poets Challenge

or click the Writing on the Wharfe picture in the right hand column.

Menston Musicians for Charity

Not to be missed – The ‘Menston Musicians for Charity‘ night at the Menstone club – 7-11pm on 9th July. It’s raising money for War Child. Piictured are just some of the great Menston musicians performing tonight. The full lineup, as known at the mo’, is below.

Tickets are just £10, which includes food. Email pauldavy7@hotmail.com or telephone 874765 or 0771 404 3650.

Paul Davy, Keely Hodgson, Patrick Davy  Folky, bluesy, singer songwriter  Guitars and cello

Dean Bagnall, Matt Pugh  Soulful  Ukelele and violin

Nick Davy, Jonathan Harris  Acoustic alt-country  Vocal and guitar

Ryan Clarke  Indie rock,  britpop mod   Guitar

Martin Rix  Modern acoustic and jazz songbook  Guitars

Hattie Barnes  Folk, singer songwriter  Guitar

Kuimba Choir  South African and protest  Voices

Graeme Morrell  Folk Blues  Guitar

Emma Nabarro-Steel  Melodic singer songwriter with soul  Guitar and bass

John Early  Modern acoustic and jazz songbook  Guitars

Mark Kelmanson and Patrick Davy  Blues  Harmonica and guitar

Dave Willis   Indie rock  Guitar

Andy Buncall  Indie rock  Guitar

Keely Hodgson    Folk and gospel blues  guitars

The Harpoons  Acoustic versions of classic rock  Guitar, ukelele, bass

Young Writers/Poets results; not to be missed music night on Saturday 9 July

For results and links to entries to the Writing on the Wharfe young writers’ competition click

Menston & Burley Young Writers/Poets Challenge

or click the Writing on the Wharfe picture in the right hand column.

Menston Musicians for Charity

The ‘Menston Musicians for Charity‘ night at the Menstone club – 7-11pm on 9th July – is an event not to be missed. It’s raising money for War Child. Come back to this site later for a full rundown on the musicians playing.

Tickets are just £10, which includes food. Email pauldavy7@hotmail.com or telephone 874765 or 0771 404 3650.

 

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

Two Menston charities with big events today; Summer Fair next Saturday

The annual charity day at Bleach Mill House is today, cakes and drinks in a lovely setting from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

All money raised will again go to Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, who has cerebral palsy.

Poster for the charity day at Bleach Mill House with a picture of Charlotte

Summer Fair 2 July

Lots going on at the Menston Summer Fair on Saturday 2 July. It will be opened by Look North presenter Charlotte Leeming at 2.00pm and this will be followed by announcement of the names of Menston & Burley Young Poet of the Year and  Menston & Burley Young Short Story Writer of the Year, chosen by local writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe. Awards of trophies and certificates later in the afternoon, with a lot of entries on display.

Poster for the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July

Charity Ball

It’s not too late to get a ticket to the Charity Ball this evening (Saturday 25 June), organised by Menston charity Angels for Children. For details go to Events.