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Menston WW1 commemorations take off in September; 39th Menston Village Show less than 3 weeks away

September sees a number of important events in Menston. The 39th Menston Village Show is on Saturday 6th of the month, with some interesting innovations being introduced by the recently formed Menston Business Association, and there are a number of events which are part of the village’s commemorations of the First World War.

WW1 commemorations

Poppy1Following the “very moving” vigil service at the Parish church on 4 August, which began Menston’s commemorations of the First World War, the next major activities will be on Saturday 6 September at the Menston Show, where youngsters between 7 and 14 are being asked to design and enter a poster for the commemorations. Also, in the new ‘Young people’s activity zone’ at the Show, which has various activities with prizes, sponsored by the Menston Business Association, one of the activities will be to compose a short poem (5 or 6 lines) with a WW1 theme against a background of a display of poems and extracts from well-known WW1 poets.

The first time the flag outside the Community Centre will be flown at half mast to mark a Menston resident being killed in the war will be on 12 September, remembering Bertram Stairmand. On 14 September at 4.00pm there will be a memorial service at the High Royds chapel on Buckle Lane, when a stone plaque naming the High Royds staff who died will be dedicated, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Bradford and other dignitaries.

Neil Hanson talk ‘The Unknown Soldier’

A fascinating talk on the theme of ‘The Unknown Soldier’ will be given by Neil Hanson on Friday 19 September in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm. The theme is the title of a critically acclaimed book by the Ilkley author, the book being described by the New York Times as “An unforgettable picture of life in the hottest sectors of the Western Front”. Entry will be free but donations will be very much welcomed.

The producers, the Fleece, of ‘1914 – Over by Christmas’ at the Parish Church on Saturday 11 October evening have been doing a lot of research into Menston’s WW1 history so what promises to be a fascinating production will have many references to Menston’s experiences. Tickets are £10.

Judith Knaggs and Dale Smith are still looking for people interested in making the visit to WW1 sites in 2015.  The organisation meeting on 19 August heard that so far 18 people have expressed an interest. For more details go to the previous post on this site. A decision has to be made by October this year. The next meeting of the organising group is at the very appropriate High Royds memorial chapel in Buckle Lane, on 14 October at 7.30pm. All are welcome and to give their ideas.

Menston Village Show

The Menston Show poster, designed by Anna Middleton

The Menston Show poster, designed by Anna Middleton

The 39th Menston Village Show is almost upon us – less than three weeks to go says the countdown in the right sidebar of this site. Activities for youngsters have been boosted with a ‘Young people’s activity zone’, with competitive activities – with prizes – for 7 to 11 years old and 12 to 17 years old. However, as always there are a lot of classes to enter in the general show for youngsters up to 14. Full details of all the classes and other details can be found by going to the Menston Village Show pages on this site.

The poster advertising the show has recently appeared around the village. It was entered for the usual competition at last year’s show and Anna Middleton came out top of the class. This year the traditional ‘Design the poster for next year’s show’ has been replaced by a challenge to design a poster for Menston’s WW1 commemorations.

Entries to the show have to be delivered to the Community Centre between 10.00 and 11.30am on 6 September. The Show is open to the public from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

 

‘Buy Local’ for Menston?

The first of occasional contributions from grumpytyke

Is Menston following the trend and seeing more and more people buying at local independent shops and buying less at the big supermarkets? I know of one or two Menston residents who are.

The Ilkley Business Forum is organising a ‘Buy Local’ event in November, recently inviting shops in Ilkley to back it by joining the forum. Chair of the forum, Vera Woodhead, says that the same initiative may be repeated in other areas within the LS29 postal area, including Menston.

However, good though this initiative is, going to shop in Ilkley – which has the benefit of a large number of ‘tourist’ visitors – isn’t going to keep the shops in Menston viable. Couldn’t the shops in our village get together and drum up a similar initiative? Maybe the ones which are part of large organisations – the Coop and Londis – could put some money into it.

As far as food is concerned, we have an independent bakery, greengrocer and delicatessen, but for how much longer if they are not sufficiently patronised?

Menston viilage delicatessen Solo

Menston village Fruit and Vegetable shopMenston village bakery shopWouldn’t it be good to add a butcher? Only a couple of weeks ago I was suggesting to Binns in Bradford market, who have a shop in Saltaire which sells the same excellent quality meat at a much, much higher price, that they open a butcher shop in Menston. If they did it would have to be more expensive than in Bradford city, I was told.

Of course! To some extent pricing is a matter of turnover so local independent shops have to charge more. But if they are well patronised then the prices can be pitched  a little lower. Having said that, avoiding the inconvenience of going into Bradford or Leeds (and the unpleasantness of the former), or even Guiseley, is worth a premium. And don’t forget the three excellent Menston free-range egg producers, whose prices compare very favourably with ‘similar’ (but nowhere near as tasty!) eggs from the supermarkets.

While on the subject of ‘shopping local’ I am wondering whether the long-promised new ‘official’ website for the village is being developed by a company in Exeter – just about as ‘unlocal’ as you could get. I could be wrong as the situation seems very confusing. Googling Menston brings up two sites – menston.org and menstonvillage.org. Is the menstonvillage, which looks very similar to the ‘old’ one, the new one? There’s no explanation on either site. However, if the new site is being developed way down south, much as I like Devon I’m not sure they can really cotton on to a Yorkshire culture.

I’m not suggesting that the authors of menstonvillagewharfedale.com should have done it – I know they wouldn’t have wanted to – but there are many excellent fairly local web development companies; I’m not aware of any in Menston (send info for this site’s business list if there are!) but there are certainly many within Yorkshire.

Although I’m concerned about the truly independent village shops, the Coop and Londis should be patronised too, of course, but it’s the independents who have to rely totally on their own efforts, do not benefit from any bulk buying and couldn’t invest the close on half  a million the Coop spent on its recent refit which really need our support.

So, let’s patronise our local shop keepers, especially the independent ones, and other local businesses; they are part of what makes Menston, Menston.

grumpytyke