Welcome to the Menston village website

Menston is a thriving community with lots going on. Villagers can submit news and diary items via the menu on the left. Please check information on your club or organisation and let us know of any updates via the 'Contact Us' option in the Home Menu on the left or via mailto:MCAMenston@gmail.com.com

Latest news:

Ringing for VJ Day 75: 11am Saturday 15th August

Even with our modest single bell St John’s intends to mark this anniversary of Victory over Japan Day by ringing 75 times after two minutes’ silence have been observed to commemorate the final end of the Second World War.

Whilst VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and the Commonwealth’s principle fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – more than 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented.” – https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/vjday/


 Reopening of Cornerstone Café

Cornerstone Café hopes to be open again by September! An actual opening date is not being released in order to manage initial numbers.  For those who don’t know, Cornerstone is a community café adjoining Menston Methodist Church on Main Street, opposite the Malt Shovel.

It will be open every day except Wednesday and Sunday, from 9 am to 1.30 pm during the week and 9 am to 12 noon on Saturdays. It serves freshly ground coffee, teas, cold drinks, cakes, soup and sandwiches, paninis, bacon butties and a vegetarian/vegan option.

If you have been to Cornerstone before, you will notice some changes. First of all they have used the shutdown for a refurbishment with a new colour scheme and flooring. Of course it has also been necessary to become Covid secure and, as part of this, they are providing extra outdoor seating.

They look forward to seeing you!

 01943 871909 (answerphone out of hours)


Menston Library is OPEN again!

Monday         10.30 to 12.00

Wednesday    10.30 to 12.00

Thursday       14.30 to 16.00

No appointment needed

Books can be returned and pre-ordered books collected from the table in the library foyer.

Children between 4 and 14 can register for the Summer Reading Challenge and obtain a free goody bag.

Jigsaws can be returned and new ones taken out.

All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours for your safety.

Books can be pre-ordered online (you are advised to make sure that the book you want is located in a library that is open!) and they will normally be ready to collect from Menston within  a week as long as no one else has requested them. (Unfortunately the normal Bradford Library email or telephone alert to advise you that the book has arrived is currently switched off so you will need to call in or phone to check).

Alternatively you can just call in and staff will pull out a selection of books for you or, better still, phone the library on 01943 876539 to save having to wait around.  

All books are collected from the table in the foyer or put them back into quarantine. An answerphone is available out of hours.

Please see the Library section on this website by clicking on Local Services above and selecting Library (last on the list).

Reopening of St John's Church

Weekly public worship has resumed in the St John's building with a short, simple service of the word at 4pm on Sunday. This is a first step back towards normality, and the church leadership will keep reviewing the situation and making changes as appropriate over the summer months.

This service will be limited to 30 people within the church building, maintaining physical distancing measures, and any overflow will be directed to the parish room where the speaker system will be used to enable people there to take part in the service. The church building will  still be open for private prayer on Wednesday from 10 to 5pm and from 10am on Sunday, but will close for the rest of the day after the 4pm service. Normal hygiene measures (sanitiser on entry and exit, etc.) will be in place, and a register will be kept of those who attend for the purposes of government contact tracing. 

 Menston Churches during Lockdown

While churches have remained closed for services the Methodists have been finding creative ways to facilitate worship and pastoral care.  Details of links to online worship and other resources are available on www.menstonmethodist.org.uk and additional resources are provided on the Menston Methodist Facebook page.

At St John’s Parish Church there are also prayer and reflection resources here which are updated most days, as well as craft ideas and other news and information. It is also possible to hear a short virtual Daily Prayer service by clicking on this link here to the St John’s YouTube channel .  If you know someone without internet access, they can also access this service by phoning 01943 666875 at the same cost as a normal call.

Rethinking Main Street after Lockdown

Did you enjoy the relative tranquility of our village centre during lockdown? MCA and Climate Action Menston would like your views on an on-line survey that takes you along Main Street from east to west. You can access the survey by clicking on this link and then press NEXT and insert your comments at the bottom of the sections where you would like to see improvements. Then, if you would like further information from Climate Action Menston, please supply your contact details on the last page of the survey.  

Kirklands Community Trust

 Since 1st April 2018, Kirklands Community Centre is managed by the Kirklands Community Trust. If you are interested in booking a room at Kirklands, you can call in between 8.30 and 12.30 Monday to Friday, phone 01943 874335 (answering machine) or email kirklandsct@gmail.com

Further information about the Trust is available under the Local Services heading above.  

Menston in Bloom

The work done by the 'Bloomers' around the village is much appreciated by us all, and there are lots of plans for Menston in Bloom this year. Full details can be found under the 'Organisations' heading above, in the 'About Menston in Bloom' section. New volunteers are always most welcome. 

Menston Community Association

To read the agenda and minutes for any MCA meeting, and to view 'Menston News', the MCA newsletter, click on the 'Community Association' link above. There is also a new section on Climate Change.  

Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden

The Spring 2018 newsletter is available to read here. 

The Summer 2018 newsletter is available to read here.

Voluntary help is always welcome, as is financial support. See newsletter for further details. 

To keep up to date with all the latest news regarding The Memorial Garden and Wood, please visit our website:  https://menstonmemorialgarden.wordpress.com/

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