Chapel Open the 1st Sunday in June to October 2018



The Memorial Garden AGM was held last night with numbers down on last years meeting, but it was still an excellent evening with the committee re-elected with the addition of John Naylor and Emmerson Walgrove elected to the Management committee.

An informative talk was given by Helen Kemp CEO of Leeds Mind, on the Modern Community Approach to Mental HeathHele Kemp



Newsletter 12



After a short AGM to approve the accounts and elect the committee we have been fortunate in that Helen Kemp, the Chief Executive Officer of Leeds Mind will give a talk on public attitudes and how the modern community services are dealing with the problem of mental ill-health.

Tea and biscuits will be served and there will be ample opportunity for discussion and questions. We look forward to seeing you.



As we advised you in our last Newsletter we were honoured to receive a Community Award from the Duke of York last year. The volunteers were highly commended by the Duke for the work in restoring the Memorial Garden & Wood.

We are therefore doubly pleased to announce that together with the main site of the former High Royds Hospital the Memorial Garden & Wood is officially recognised by Historic England as being of Special Historic Interest.

The official notification is as follows

Landscape associated with the former High Royds Hospital, Bradford Road, Menston, West Yorkshire. List Entry Number 1001469.

“After receiving representations from the developers we considered removing the above site from the Register We have completed our assessment and Historic England has decided not to remove the site from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic in England.”

buckle lane memorial garden flower beds 17 sm (2)mapN.B Historic England is an executive non-departmental public body of the British Government sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It is tasked with protecting the historical environment of England by preserving and listing historic buildings, ancient monuments and advising central and local Government


Since we became the owners of the site in 2010 work has been carried out in three stages: Restoration of the graveyard; the Chapel and then in 2017 – the Wood. This has created what is now called 


An Oasis which is becoming increasingly important as the area becomes more and more developed.

In order to maintain and develop this peaceful site, further initiatives are under consideration. We are pleased to be able to support the Bat & Bird Boxes initiative organised by the Menston Community Association and funded by the Co-op Community Development fund.

As you may have read in the press, or heard at the meeting on March 27th, these boxes will be placed throughout the village including the Memorial Garden & Wood

bird boxes

Organisers and children pictured at  the recent well-attended Open Meeting to discuss and learn more about the initiative

sensory g

A further project which has been suggested is the creation of a Sensory Garden in a section of the three acre Memorial Garden & Wood.  

Sensory Gardens have been successfully introduced in other parts of the country and have proved to be a blessing to many people who are blind or partially sighted. They appeal to all five senses and are also beneficial for people suffering from other forms of sensory deprivation or Dementia.

 This project would require funding, which we are actively looking into. Professional advice is also being obtained. We have, for example contacted Alan Titchmarsh, who was born in Ilkley, for his advice. We are fortunate that all the paths in the garden already conform to official disabled standards. It is early days and comments or suggestions are always welcome.


As in previous years we will be holding an Open Day to which all are invited. Further details will be published nearer the time but in addition to refreshments there will be flowers and plants for sale at reduced prices.

hare houndsParking and toilet facilities will be available at the Hare & Hounds by courtesy of the management.

diary notesApril 25th – Kirklands – 7-30pm – Open Meeting & AGM – Guest Speaker – Helen Kemp – CEO – Leeds Mind

June 22ndLadies Please Concert –  Methodist Church Hall – 7-30am. Proceeds to the Memorial Garden.

July 14thMemorial Garden Open Day and Flower/Plant Sale. 10am to 4pm

September 15-16 – Heritage Open Days with Thanksgiving Service at 4pm on the Sunday. Further details will be published nearer the time


To maintain the garden and keep up the high standard which has attracted national as well as local attention requires many different gifts so thank you to all concerned. The contributions by standing order are very helpful and appreciated as are offers to help with the cleaning of the chapel or occasional weeding.



Historic England update

Landscape associated with the former High Royds Hospital.

Bradford Road, Menston, West Yorkshire

List Entry Number: 1001469

We have been considering removing the above site from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the site. Historic England has decided not to remove the site from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

However, as the result of this reassessment, the entry for this site has been amended. The updated version of the entry will be available on the National Heritage List for England from tomorrow. This List can be accessed through our website.

Please click on the link below to download a copy of our report, which sets out the principal reasons for this decision:

The Register in itself entails no additional statutory controls. The historic interest of a park or garden is, however, established as a material planning consideration, and the Register provides the key means by which sites of special historic interest are identified. It draws attention to the fact that the sites included should receive special consideration if changes or proposals for development are being contemplated.

Local authorities are required to consult Historic England over any planning applications they receive which may affect sites graded I or II* on the Register. They are also directed to consult The Gardens Trust on applications which may affect any site on the Register regardless of grade. Additionally, the Register is used by many local planning authorities as the basis for relevant conservation policies in statutory development plans.

Any queries about the registration of the site should be addressed to this office. If you have any enquires concerning planning related matters or would like advice on management issues, please contact our Regional Landscape Architect.

It is made clear in the Register that the parks and gardens listed are not open to the public unless they are separately advertised.

October 2017

DOYCIA - Regen Centre - Oct. 2017

A LEARNING CURVE! Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden participated in a full day Conference at the Regen centre, Riccall, near York to contribute and learn from other Duke of York Award winners how best to serve the communities they live in.  Kevin Sharp DL, the Chairman of the Duke York’s Award Management Committee is pictured giving more details of the Trust and how it can help.
DOYCI - Regen Centre - 2017 - Small group
In addition to the plenary sessions and talks small focus groups met to discuss matters in more detail.

A Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving was held on Sunday the 10th of September in the Memorial Chapel when the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire presented the

Duke of York’s Community Initiative PlaquePlaque

The Chapel was full with some having to stand through the service as the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mrs Virginia Lloyd presented the plaque to Dr Ron Sweeney Chairman of The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden

DSC04860Dr Ron Sweeney Chairman of The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mrs Virginia Lloyd and Cllr Quentin Mackenzie Hon Secretary of The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden

The service was led by Revd Jason McCullagh

with Members of the Ladies Please Choir and organist Mike Nicholas leading the singing


Newsletter No 11


Saturday & Sunday 9/10th September

11-00 am to 1-00 pm & 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

buckle lane memorial garden flower beds 17 sm (2)



DOYCI B-W emblem (2)

The weekend will conclude with a Thanksgiving Service at 4pm on the Sunday at which Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Mrs Virginia A Lloyd, will present a special plaque to be placed on the Memorial Garden Gates to commemorate the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award.


You are cordially invited to attend.

Parking Arrangementshare hounds

The Manager of the Hare & Hounds, which is situated just across the road from the Memorial Garden, has kindly agreed for their car park and toilet facilities to be used free of charge if required.


Memorial Garden - rail link

Our Victorian forebears spared no expense or effort in order to build and maintain the building of the West Riding Pauper Mental Asylum. It needed a railway to transport all the materials required. So starting in 1883 they built a branch line from the former Midland Railway which had opened a station in  Menston in 1875.

This branch line continued to serve the Asylum until 1951. It is interesting to note that the first steam tank engine had inadequate power and was prone to slipping on the gradient up from the main line. Not to be deterred the line was electrified in 1897.

To commemorate this important development Steve Ellams, a member of the Friends Management team, with help from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, has constructed a memorial to this line which can be seen in its original position. An A board showing further photographs giving more details can be seen on site.railway


Anna Hope spoke to a packed house when she visited Menston to speak about a proposed film based on her book “The Ballroom” Such was the interest that even the large hall of the Methodist Church was too small and we had to move into the church itself to make room

.ann hope

Anna Hope pictured with

Hon. Secretary Quentin Mackenzie (left) and Chairman Ron Sweeney


Work with young people is all important and every opportunity is taken to give them a chance to participate. We are fortunate, and happy to have co-operated with schools/colleges/universities in helping to maintain the garden and spread the message of tolerance, help and understanding for all the many people with some form of mental ill-health.

The universities, colleges and schools we have collaborated with include::

leeds becketlb students

Leeds Beckett University students filming in the chapel (Summer 2017)


Archaeology students have paid several visits to study the layout of the Garden and with the latest electronic equipment have helped to map out the grounds.

st marys

St. Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy students have put in much work to tidy up the flower beds


A teenage look at mental health issues

Dixons/Allerton Academy produced a DVD “Lighten our Darkness”, with the help of Bradford Educational Department and the Friends, which helps to inform younger people of the importance of tolerance in dealing with mental health issues


With the help of Menston PrimarySchool, Bird and Bat Boxes are being planned to make the wood even more environmentally friendly.

techThis year Grange Technology College commissioned a film dealing with mental health issues. The filming in the Chapel and Garden took place recently and we are now looking forward to seeing the finished film.



We are happy to talk to Groups about the Garden/Chapel.. Conducted visits, in addition to the Open Days, can be made by arrangement.


With the help of a Tesco grant, voted for by local people, 2017 saw many improvements to the wood which surrounds the Memorial Garden. Tree felling, pruning, path laying, new fencing, steps and general husbandry have made a great difference. The three acre site has now been acclaimed as:oasisWoodland Path (2) Oct 2016md2

Three acres of tranquillity in a busy world.


If you would like to print the newsletter please use the link below

Newsletter 11 -Summer 2017