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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

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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.

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!

Young writers to be named; Queen’s birthday dance; new Menstone bar ‘Grand opening’; Bleach Mill charity day; Dementia friendly Menston

There’s still time for youngsters between 6 and 17 years old to submit an entry to local writers’ club ‘Writing on the Wharfe‘ competition to find ‘Young poet of the year’ and ‘Young short story writer of the year’ as the closing date has been extended until 17th June due to the recent half term holiday. There are two super trophies, to be presented at the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July, held for a year, each of which will have a youngster’s name on, and certificates for all. For full details click YOUNG WRITERS or the Writing on the Wharfe box in the right column.

Queen’s 90th birthday celebration dance

Although it has been listed under ‘Events‘ for some time now, it’s worth a prompt as there’s still time to get tickets for the dance at the Kirklands Community Centre –  arranged as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in the village  – 11 June. So the theme is red, white and blue! With a popular village-based band, Time Warp, and supper included in the £15 ticket, it should be a good night. There is of course a bar. Starts at 7.30pm and will go on “until late”.

For a ticket telephone 876625 or 0793 906 3120 or call in at Ribston Pippin estate agents.

New Menstone bar ‘opening’ on 19th June

If you haven’t yet visited the Menstone club in Farnley Road since the revamp (you do not have to be a member to use the facilities but you get a discount if your are) you could use the planned ‘Grand Opening‘ of the ‘new’ bar – to be known as ‘Hunters Bar’, on Friday 17th June, from 6.30pm, as a good excuse. The club always was a comfortable, friendly place to meet for a coffee or tea or something stronger but the redecoration and new furniture seems to have made it even more ‘cosy’.

No booking is necessary to go to the ‘Grand Opening’. There will be live music from 8pm and ‘posh dogs’ from Delicasolo – hot dogs with a lux difference – will be available if you’re feeling peckish. Wine and a good range of beers have always been available but a recent addition is a range of 18 different gins, just in time for summer.

If you cannot make it on the 17th then the club is open from 11.30am to 11.00pm so you can pop in any time, though there are many special events. Regulars are the monthly Fun Quiz (next one on Thursday 30 June) and the monthly Acoustic Open Mike night, loads of talented local musicians and singers, the next of these being on Sunday 19th June (you could take Dad!).

A special event later is the Menston Musicians Charity Night, to support War Child through Wharfedale Refugee Response. It’s on the evening of Saturday 9th July. More later on this site but it will be popular so get your tickets now, from Paul Davy on 874765 or Charlotte Montague on 0771 404 3650, or email pauldavy7@hotmail.com. Tickets £10, including food.

Charity Day at Bleach Mill House

Another reminder of this annual occasion, this year on 25th June, 10am until 4pm, on one of the loveliest of Menston walks, down Bleach Mill Lane to Bleach Mill House, to blow the diet with delicious cake and a tea or coffee. On this special day a Menston youngster in need of support receives all the proceeds of the day and this year it is nine years old Charlotte Wormald who has cerebral palsy. On other days through the year proceeds from refreshments, and the ‘very free range eggs’ you can pick up while there, go to support teenagers with cancer.

Making Menston more Dementia Friendly

Latest move to make Menston more dementia friendly is an event aimed at giving more Support for Carers. There is a free drop-in session on Thursday, 14th July, 2pm to 4pm, at the Kirklands Community Centre, Menston.

There will be speakers from the Alzheimers Society and Carer’s Resource and several information and activity stalls. A cream tea will be served.

Some dates for your diary; successful 50th birthday art exhibition

Although most have been in the Events listing for some time now, it’s worth reminding people of some important Menston events, or events related to Menston groups or people, coming up in the next month or so.

Flamenco Festival Leedsbox with link to writers' clun 'Writing on the Wharfe' page with 'Young writers' ...' competition details., 27-28 May. Writing on the Wharfe, the local writers’ club which usually meets at the Menstone club, is making a group visit
Saltaire Arts Trail, 28-30 May, Menston artists, including Justin Leeming, are exhibiting
Fun Day and Car Show, Menston Cricket Club, 29 May
Queen’s birthday celebration dance, 11 June, Kirklands
Bleach Mill House charity day, 25 June
Charity Musical Evening for Wharfedale Refugees, Menstone club, 9 July

Menston Arts Club 50th birthday exhibition

Christine Thomas with her pastel 'Two glasses of red', voted favourite by visitors

‘Two glasses of red’, a pastel by Christine Thomas, was voted favourite by visitors to the exhibition

With around 500 visitors over the two days, possibly more, the 50th birthday exhibition of the Menston Arts Club last weekend was a great success. Over 142 pictures were exhibited by 47 club members, together with 39 portfolios. In all 26 framed pictures, and 61 pictures from members’ portfolios were sold.

A pastel of the Doges Palace in Venice, by and donated by club president John Ridyard (see previous post), was bought in a secret auction by a club member, proceeds going to the Psoriasis Association.

The exhibition was opened at a Friday preview evening by local Look North presenter Charlotte Leeming.

As usual, the pictures below can be seen larger, with captions as a slide show, by clicking on any one.

Photos by Frank Jukes and Fran Philby.

For more information on Menston Arts Club go to www.menstonartsclub.org.uk.

Hunt for Menston & Burley young writers

The poster publicising the competitionThe hunt for young poets and short story writers in Menston and Burley begins on Monday 18 April when our local writers’ club, which celebrated its first year of existence recently by adopting the name ‘Writing on the Wharfe‘, opens a competition to find talented young writers living in the two neighbouring villages. The aim is to announce ‘Menston & Burley Young Poet of the Year‘ and ‘Menston and Burley Young Short Story Writer of the Year‘ at the Menston Summer Fair on Saturday 2 July.

Youngsters between 6 and 17 years old have until a closing date of 4 June to submit a poem of up to 30 lines, or a short story of up to 1,500 words (there are no minimum lengths). Names of the writers will be removed before submission to a panel of judges who will award first, second and third places in four age categories in each of two classes of writing – poetry and short stories. The four age categories are 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12 – 15 years, 16-17 years. A ‘Young Writer of the Year’ will be chosen in each class – poetry and short stories – from the first places in each of the four age categories.

The names of the two young writers of the year will be announced at the Menston Summer Fair, when certificates for first, second and third places in each age category will be presented. Awarded entries in each of the eight categories will be displayed at the Fair and the two ‘Young Writers of the Year’ will be given the opportunity to read their submissions to visitors to the fair; if they do not wish to do so they will be read by a member of the writers’ club.

All the awarded submissions will be published on this website.

Details of the competition will be displayed on village notice boards and made available to schools attended by pupils living in Menston and Burley. Entry forms are available for downloading on this website – click the Writing on the Wharfe logo in the right column to go the the club page, then click the link to download the entry form. Printed entry forms will be available at libraries in the two villages, where entries typed on paper can be left. However, submission by email is preferred, the email address to which they should be sent being writingonthewharfe@gmail.com.

The Writing on the Wharfe club members meet fortnightly on Saturdays, usually at the Menstone Club in Menston (1pm) but occasionally at other venues (see under the ‘Events‘ menu), especially when the weather is good. Members at the moment include purely amateur writers from poets to singer songwriters but also professionals including working and retired journalists and a radio producer. Ages range from mid 20s to over 80.

New members are welcome; there are no membership fees. For more information contact founder of the club, Ruxandra Busoiu, email rbusoiu@yahoo.co.uk.

Competition to find Menston/Burley ‘Young Writers’; flooding solutions; High Royds memorial garden development; St John’s graveyard open afternoon

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Samuel Moore playing flamenco at a recent meeting of Writing on the Wharfe

Now one year old, the writers’ club which meets regularly at the Menstone club has adopted a new name to reflect its local base – Writing on the Wharfe – and will, within the next week, announce a competition to name ‘Young Menston & Burley Poet of the Year‘ and ‘Young Menston & Burley Short Story Writer of the Year‘. The competition will be open to young writers – six to 17 years old in various age categories, living in either Menston or Burley in Wharfedale (ie, living in post codes LS29 6xx or LS29 7xx. The two chosen young writers of the year, and winners in each age category (6-8, 9-11, 12-15, 16-17), will be announced at the Menston Summer Fair on 2 July at Menston Primary School.

Full details will be published on this site, posters will be displayed in Menston and Burley and schools, primary and high, attended by students living in Menston and Burley  will receive information within the next week or so. Watch this site.

The competition will open for entries on Monday 18 April and close for entries on Saturday 4 June.

Members of the Writing on the Wharfe club were treated to a short recital of flamenco guitar music and brief explanations of some flamenco styles by local guitarist and tutor Samuel Moore at the most recent meeting and will be making a group visit to the forthcoming Leeds Flamenco Festival in May.

A way to reduce flooding in Menston and elsewhere?

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

Emeritus Prof David Rhodes

A novel solution to reduce flooding will be presented at a public meeting, by local campaigner Emeritus Professor David Rhodes CBE, FRS, FR Eng, at the Kirklands Community Centre on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm, 26 April. The meeting, organised by Menston Parish Council, is open to all. Professor Rhodes has, of course, given expert evidence at local enquiries and meetings on housing development in Menston and at a court hearings instigated by the Menston Action Group.

Open day at St John’s Churchyard

There will be an open afternoon at St John’s Parish Church churchyard on 1 May, with lots of activities including some for children. See the entry under ‘Events’.

Poster for open afternoon at St John's churchyard

High Royds memorial garden meeting

Poster publicising meeting of High Royds Memorial Garden committee