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 email: MCAMenston@gmail.com

Latest news:

Menston Helpline during January Lockdown

Menston Helpline continues on 01943 874335 for anyone who needs practical help or moral support from our volunteers.

Consultation Closes on 15th January on Bradford's Financial Plan

Bradford Council has updated its budget plan for 2021-2 and would like to have your views on its proposals to increase spending in order to support the district’s recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. Details of the headline areas where the money will be invested, the proposed 1.99% increase in Council Tax, and the closing of a £12 million funding gap by the use of council reserves, can be read here

The consultation enables you to express any concerns about the proposals and suggest improvements or alterations.  The form also asks for some confidential details but there is a “Prefer not to say” option. You can access the form here 

New Website for Bradford Foodbanks

Inn Churches have launched a new website to act as a one-stop shop for food support in Bradford - https://bradfordfoodbanks.org.uk/

The new site allows individuals and referral agencies to find their nearest foodbank and how to get or make a referral and also lists meal provision for people who are homeless.

More information – including how to donate - is available on the Inn Churches website - https://innchurches.co.uk/2020/11/24/find-a-foodbank/ 


For information about preserving the Malt Shovel, Menston as a pub.

Thank you to all those who expressed interest of support. The working group of 3 Menston Parish Councillors and 3 other village residents have put a lot of time into working out the best way of protecting the pub and we would like to update you on the current situation.

It has always been the case that the next owner of the Malt Shovel will be whoever the current owners decide to sell to, so the aim was for an attractive bid to be made by an organisation that would ensure that it remained a pub for the long term.

The working group worked mainly towards a community ownership model that would have required a huge fundraising effort across the village and probably was beyond its capacity.

More recently the opportunity arose to support a private bid which was to be made by a small group of Menston residents who share the aims of improving and preserving the Malt Shovel, and who already had the necessary funds available. Very importantly, if successful in buying the pub this group would invest in renovations and keep it open but also if they later find that not to be sustainable they have agreed that the community, through the Parish Council, would have the first refusal on buying the property at that point. This satisfied the Parish Council that their bid was the most hopeful way of keeping the pub a pub for the long term and subsequently no separate community bid will be made. The Parish Council has given its support to this private initiative.

We now watch and hope that this private bid, which was lodged in the last week, will be successful.

Thank you again for your interest

Gordon, Jamie and Dale 

 A New Online Group - Being There

One of the by-products of the Covid lockdown restrictions is that people of all ages have felt loneliness and anxiety. St John’s has formed what is hoped to be a peer led support group called Being There – because everyone needs to know there is someone there.

You can see the poster with more details here


Our library is open - pre-order and collect, and then 

stay at home and read! 

Menston Community Library continues to offer a safe pre-order service for Books, Audio Books and Jigsaws, including children's picture books. These can be collected from the Covid-19 secure entrance foyer at the times listed below.  For further details please see the Library section on this website by clicking on Local Services above and selecting Library (last but one on the list).

Opening Hours:

Monday         10.30 to 12.00  

Wednesday    10.30 to 12.00

Thursday       14.30 to 16.00

No appointment needed. Pre-order on-line, by phoning 876539 or by e-mail. 

 Menston Community Association 

Please click on the Community Association link above to read the latest update and the 2019-2020 Report and Accounts in the agenda and minutes section. You can also find here the MCA newsletter "Menston News" and a section on Climate Change.   

 Reopening of Cornerstone Café

Cornerstone Café reopened on 7th September!  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) 

 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 Centre has reopened

Having played a crucial role in supporting the community during lockdown, Kirklands is now open again as a Covid-19 Secure location with special conditions of hire in place.  Once local restrictions have been lifted, further progress can be made.  Please see the Kirklands section of this website by clicking on Local Services above. 

 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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