A community that worked together.
Menston Action Group (MAG) is to become dormant.
Over the past 12 years MAG has been a community that came together with an objective of
preserving a way of life for a village on the edge of urbanisation.
MAG was not just a committee or as sometimes seen, one man with specialised skills, but hundreds of neighbours and friends that offered their support, time and effort to champion our wish to live in our quiet village.
Looking back we wish to thank the 900 households that donated to funds and many more that gave cash support that remain anonymous. To the children that gifted their pocket money and the senior citizens that offered support from pensions, we are grateful.
Hundreds of people gave up thousands of hours and joined the working groups on roads, rail,transport, flooding, Schools and education and thousands turned out to vote in the village referendum. We wore T shirts and made banners, we had billboards in our gardens and windows and we marched in unison to City Hall more than once.
We raised funds through organising raffles and classic car shows and we caught the eye of the nationwith TV cameras and reporters closely following our efforts.
We spoke with MPs and government ministers and we challenged decisions in the courts.
Our efforts as a community helped neighbouring communities take heart to fight their own causes and communities close to us had favourable outcomes as a result of what we had done.
We are now expanding as a village and it is time to welcome our new neighbours and take our village forwards in a way that we as a community wish to shape.
The remaining funds are to be donated to our friends at Menston In Bloom so that a tree may be planted in our friendly village as a commemoration of the time the village came together. Like our community, this tree will also grow and add beauty and we hope, inspiration, well into the future.