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Menston liked Soul; Morris dancers, new Mini and more Pilates coming

With a very successful charity evening entertainment demonstrating how all ages in Menston enjoy getting together, we can now look forward to the next ‘big’ event at the beginning of May, the Menston ‘classic’ car show. You’ll be able to see some Morris side moves at the show but if you fancy trying some but worry about back pain then a new Pilates course may have an answer. Click on any of the following links to go direct to the story, or just scroll down.

Menston takes to Soul music and food

Kirklands Community Centre was full to capacity on the evening of Saturday 15 March when about 130 people of all ages, mostly from Menston and Otley, came to enjoy an evening of Soul music, dancing and food.

Soul Surgeons on stage at the Menston Kirklands Community Centre

Soul Surgeons on stage at the Menston Kirklands Community Centre

The event was staged to raise money to help rebuild schools in the Philippines which were devastated by typhoon Haiyan last November, and the evening raised over £1,400.

Music was provided by the ‘Soul Surgeons‘ band and Otley’s ‘Sally’s Army‘. “It was a fantastic evening, the band was really great and it was good to see people of all ages in the capacity crowd” said Chairman of the Menston Community Association, Steve Ellams.

If you couldn’t get to the evening but would like to donate something to this worthwhile cause, contact organiser Beth Street on 0771 978 5986 or email babeth70@sky.com.

Morris dancing and new MINI at car show

Wayzgoose Morris side in action

Wayzgoose Morris side in action

We can’t say Morris ‘men’ as the Wharfedale Morris ‘side’, Wayzgoose, is made up of women and men, but this renowned group of Morris dancers will be a star attraction at the first bi-annual Menston Village Vehicle Show on 5 May, the early Spring Bank holiday. Wayzgoose has particularly close associations with Otley as many of its members live in the town and the name Wayzgoose refers to a traditional printing industry ‘feast’ day; Otley was, of course, the home of the famous Wharfedale Printing Press.

New Mini Cooper S

New Mini Cooper S

Another attraction at the Car Show will be the recently launched new MINI. If you are a classic Morris or Austin Mini fan (there are sure to be one or two of these at the show too) you may not consider the MINI a ‘classic’ vehicle but for certain the new Coopers, with uprated power, are ‘performance’ vehicles, another of the promised categories at the show. Just which MINI will be at the show isn’t yet certain; watch this space.

Back ache target of new Pilates courses

Although based in Otley, Wharfedale Pilates also runs courses in Menston at The Studio in Cleasby Road, which was covered in the previous post about the courses for mothers-to-be (contact details in the business listings here).

Wharfedale Pilates, run by qualified modern Pilates instructor Jan Bryce, is starting a new class  specifically focusing on the prevention of back pain – so for anyone suffering from or wanting to avoid back pain. Jan says that the new exercise programme can provide back pain relief and help to prevent back pain in the future.  The classes will be held in Menston and Otley, both daytimes and evenings, and will cater for both beginners and people with experience of Pilates. For more information contact Jan on 0777 096 0739.

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Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases and a great 2014; message from Menston Community Association Chairman

No controversy, no arguments this week. It’s Christmas so we want to do no more than wish all Menston followers of this blog, and any who just drop in, a very happy time. We’re promised a wet, rather than a white, Christmas so below there’s a little reminder of just how lovely our Wharfedale village looks when covered with the white stuff (click on any picture to see the mosaic as a slide show).

While you’re reminiscing, you can listen to a lovely carol which will probably be new to most of you. Just click on it – it should open in a new window so you can leave it playing and come back to read the rest of this post.

Romanian carol – Vitleem colo-n jos (‘Down there in Bethlehem’)

Chairman of the Menston Community Association, Steve Ellams, has dropped a Christmas message on to the MCA page, click here to read it. And don’t forget the first meeting of the New Year, on Wednesday 8 January, when things will really begin to move on several projects from the car show to more notices around the village.

Merry Christmas!

Menston village – our new site takes off

The second of occasional contributions from grumpytyke

Today grumpytyke‘s commenting on:

  • Are younger adults in Menston less community minded?

  • New Menston site takes off

  • Menston village pub lunch a bargain

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news flash!

The promised News flash. this site is looking for two young aspiring journalists to keep it up to date for young people in menston. If you’re interested click here for further details!

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don’T forget the parish council meeting, thursday 29 August and following planning committee meeting

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New site takes off

Just two weeks since this site was launched and it’s already had over 250 different visitors and almost 2,000 visits, and it’s yet to be indexed by Google.

Menston village website visitor map

Visitors to the website over the 2 weeks since launch have come from six countries apart from the UK

Surprisingly though, some visitors have not just been local or even just from the UK but include some from Belgium, Bermuda, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United States.

Followers have been building more slowly, probably as there seem to be few WordPress bloggers (or bloggers at all) in Menston so they need to subscribe to ‘follow’ by email. But it’s the only way to keep up with the news, by getting a notification each time there is a new posting. The same seems to apply to comments: quite a few via email to menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com – all positive so far – but few using the ‘comment’ box at the bottom of each post and page. As there will be a new post not more than twice a week your email box will not be bunged up by us.

Why are younger adults less community minded – or so it seems?

In the ‘About’ page for this site there is a comment about the many greetings you will get on a walk down Main Street. However, there is a distinct split in the reactions according to age, more so with males. I wonder why this is.

A Menston resident contributor has also commented that he would like to see more ‘younger’ people getting involved in village activities, commenting “Just a bit conscious that there are a lot of elderly groups in the village but less for ‘younger’ people, especially those which encourage activity & social interaction”.

I know of social activities proposed where the positive response has been far greater from people over about 30 than from those less than this. It’s not a matter of them having children as children have been welcome and events have been timed to suit them.

Returning to the ‘greetings’, in my experience most people over about 30 who are met on Main Street will exchange a greeting, and many women who are younger. But when it comes to younger men, it is noticeable that many will positively avoid eye contact, even when greeted. Why is this?

In praise of a Yorkshire ‘English’ Sunday pub lunch

If you like a traditional Sunday lunch, and I do: roast – beef, lamb or pork – Yorkshire pud, roast spuds and a few veg. But if you don’t want to cook, a visit to the Malt Shovel in the village centre is recommended, especially as it won’t hurt your pocket very much. £5.50 for two courses – main and either soup or sweet of the day.

Menston village pub Malt Shovel menu board

Menston village pub Malt Shovel menu board

None of the other village pubs can match that, in fact few anywhere. You can of course add a sweet if you opt for the soup including, eg, that favourite hot chocolate fudge cake and cream/ice-cream. And there are alternatives to the roast, including pies and lasagne. Last orders for lunch are at 1.45pm.

It’s good old-fashioned Yorkshire cooking like my grandmother used to do, except that the veg are not cooked to death as hers always were.

In fact you can eat lunch at the Malt Shovel any day of the week and the menu extends to more than a ‘roast dinner’.

‘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

Menston village, Wharfedale, Yorkshire – new website

This blog for Menston village was created on 26 July 2013 but ‘went public’ on 8 August. There will be posts (news, or sometimes an opinion piece from ‘columnist’  grumpytyke which you can comment on) about once a week. You can comment on any post, and read any comments posted, by clicking at the bottom right of the page on:

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The structure and the content for the ‘static’ pages  – eg ‘Shops’ or ‘Churches’ – is now more or less complete though may be added to or augmented over the days and weeks as new information becomes available; the Events pages will of course be updated regularly. The ‘static’ pages are accessed from the top menu;  you can comment on these too.

Why not ‘follow’ this blog to be informed each time something new is added. It will be about once a week so you will not be flooded with things.

NEWS FLASH

Menston village coop on reopening day

The Menston coop is open again (8 August). Brighter, more spacious. Welcome back.

There is an About page with a little more information. Each top menu heading has a general page with links to pages on each subject, which can also be accessed directly by the sub-menu headings.

If there is anything you feel is missing which you think should be there, or you’ve spotted an error, please let us know as explained under ‘Contribute’.

If you run a club, a group or any community activity, are planning an event in the village, or any other news about the village or its residents, let us know. Again, for more details on how go to the menu item ‘Contribute’.

If you ‘follow’ this blog you can be informed every time there is a new post. Our aim is a new post about once a week so you won’t be overburdened. You can follow this blog by inserting your email address at the top right of the right hand column; however, if you are logged in to a WordPress account – so have a blog of your own – you should see a ‘Follow’ button, in which case just click it.

Next contribution from grumpytyke, Sunday: ‘Buy local’ for Menston?