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Exciting news from Menston – the blog, food and ballet

Menston mum Becky Bond, blogger extraordinary, BBC Radio Leeds producer, columnist and occasional feature writer for the Yorkshire Post, and a valued member of Menston-based writers’ club Writing on the Wharfe, is joining the editorial team of this site/blog. Followers of Becky’s own blog will know she has a unique writing talent, witty and often hilarious, described by the founder of this site – a former journalist – as “one of the three best writers I have ever worked with”.

Regular posting on this blog was interrupted some time ago by health problems and suspended altogether early this year other than occasional posts about “major events”. It was intended to keep the events and other listings up to date but these suffered too. This will now be remedied as far as possible though it does depend on people emailing details of their events or new/changed businesses to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com. If you sent something for the listings earlier than, say, beginning of April and it hasn’t yet appeared please resend.

So, beginning very soon, posts written by Becky will appear about once a month and she will be introducing herself briefly within her first post. Becky will be completely free to choose her own subjects and how she treats them. The best way not to miss her posts is to ‘follow’ this site; WordPress users will know how, others just click the button at top right and enter their email address (which will not be public nor disclosed).

Occasional posts by the original author of this site will continue (as ‘webmaster’ he’ll continue to be responsible for the ‘mechanics’, listings, etc); posts will continue to be strictly about Menston (as defined in ‘About’) its people and organisations or matters affecting them. Businesses and organisations will only be listed if based in Menston and posts about them will only appear if there is genuine ‘news’ about them – ie no surreptitious advertising. Although comments will continue to be uncensored any attempt to use them for commercial advertising, as often the case on the village Facebook group, will not appear.

Solo delicatessen

Menston delicatessen Solo, Main Street

No longer solo but will continue to be ‘très bon’ for sure

After 13 years serving the village in the Solo delicatessen and coffee shop, Gareth and Audra Andrews are handing over the business to Kirsty Richardson, who as ‘Très Bon Raymond – Kirsty is Cooking‘ is already well known to many villagers. The ‘grand opening’ is on 11 July but more about this in a future post. One of the changes will be a new manager, Jilly Geering; a sad loss for the Menstone which she has turned into a real, much appreciated, ‘community facility’ but hopefully this will continue.

Much more about this, Kirsty and her plans in a future post very soon.

After 21 years Menston’s ballet/dance school moves from Kirklands to the Parish Room

Miss Stephanie as she is fondly known to current and former students, who teaches ballet/dance in Menston, has turned out many top, award-winning dancers in the 21 years she has been serving our village and (some for even longer) other localities in West Yorkshire with her unique, very professional tuition. She has also given her young dancers unique opportunities, like dancing before a capacity crowd in Wembley Stadium and, coming in July this year, at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and of course participation in some wonderful annual shows.

Bradford Council, with their usual unappreciative arrogance, recently ‘moved’ the ballet classes from the main hall at Kirklands to a totally unsuitable upstairs room in the old building. Fortunately a new very suitable location was found in the Parish Room at St John’s Parish Church so Menston’s ballet/dance classes will continue on Tuesdays – late afternoon/early evening except in school holidays. This may turn out to be no bad thing as many villagers are against taking over Kirklands from Bradford Council – the financial burden would be enormous – so it may cease to function at all as a community centre.

Latest accomplishment by one of Stephanie’s students is the award of a scholarship by the British Ballet Organisation (now known as bbodance – one of the leading dance examination boards in the United Kingdom which provides an examination syllabus in classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance) to 12 year old Jenny Horsfall. Having seen her dance for the first time in the class at the Parish Room, the author of this blog, a follower and fan of ballet since well before the years of Fonteyn and Nureyev, predicted great things for her. So much joy and beautiful movement in her dancing with the unique, knowledgeable encouragement from ‘Miss Stephanie’.


Another success story is 18 year old Nic Cain who has been followed on this blog for about four years, though ‘Miss Stephanie’ has been teaching him for 14.  Another Menston student we predicted would achieve great things having seen him dance frequently in class and in the annual shows, Nic has just been funded to attend Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom from September.

 

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