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Helping Maisie and Rose on their way

A COFFEE MORNING to help Maisie Heap and Rose Cottrell raise the money they need to go on a World Challenge to Ecuador next year, raised a wonderful £427. Here Issy Way (far left) and Rebecca Archbold (far right) hand cheques to the young adventurers.  The event was organised by Bishop Monkton Methodist Youth Club with thanks to all those who supported the event.

More details will appear later on the YOUTH PAGE.


Club celebrates its 10th anniversary 

MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club celebrating the club's 10th anniversary during National Croquet Day.They toasted the club in bubbly and enjoyed a specially made anniversary cake.

For longer report go to CROQUET CLUB/club news 2017.


How Gerald escaped from crashed car

LARGE CROWDS watched Gerald Shervington being cut free from a 'crashed car' in a Fire Brigade demonstation at our Hog Roast day. 'It was a terrifying experience', Gerald admitted afterwards.          Photos: Pamela Brown


Go to NEWS/It's scary!


When village had its own vineyard

George and Juliet Bray

Did you know that Bishop Monkton once had its own vineyard?

It was developed by the late George Bray when he and his wife, Juliet, lived at The Chestnuts, before his death in 1985. Juliet died earlier this year.

George grew 92 vines of the Gewurztraminer variety. Not surprisingly he counted wine making and tasting among his hobbies.

This fascinating detail emerges in a tribute to George and Juliet Bray which their daughter Rose Sutcliffe has written for inclusion in our In Memoriam column.

To read full tribute go to IN MEMORIAM.


Pilgrim's progress

MARATHON MAN John Smith  is continuing to make good progress on his 850km  pilgrims' trail from southern France to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. We hope to hear from him shortly saying he has arrived safely at the end of the long, long walk.

For more go to NEWS/On the Camino. 


A blessing for 8-week-old Gateley

MAUREEN KINNEAR took her new trainee guide dog, eight-week-old Gateley to church on Sunday. While Maureen was taking communion and holding Gateley, The Revd. Christopher Cornwell laid his hands on the puppy's head for a symbolic blessing. 


Honour for Pip

PIP GARSIDE, one of the original founders of the charity Speak With IT was nominated for a Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award 2017  in the Community Impact category.  Nominees in this category will have made an outstanding contribution to their local community, either as an individual or as part of a business.  This may have been achieved through fund raising for local causes, raising awareness for important issues or tackling social challenges in their area. Pip attended a glittering lunch on Friday at The Royal Armouries in Leeds attended by over 400 people.  Her husband Peter, her daughter Jane and other Trustees of the Charity accompanied her.  

For full report go to NEWS/ Honour for Pip.


A trip down Memory Lane

NETTA PARK, now aged almost 98, reminisces with Rodney Wilson about the old days in the village in the eighth 'Down Memory Lane' recording session which took place yesterday. The recording made will form part of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group's Village Archive which is now being built up.

For all group pictures go to LOCAL HISTORY GROUP/Memory Lane. 


Seeking a name for our new road


The authorities are looking for a name for the new road which will be constructed on the Kebbell Homes Estate. You are invited to suggest a name, and to comment on some of the names already put forward.  The montage above shows half a dozen existing village road names which must, in their time, have required a similar consultation.

For how to submit your ideas go to NEWS/new road 


100 years ago ... 

Angie Archbold, who wrote the report below, lays flowers on the War Memorial.

At day break on April 9th 1917 (just over 100 years ago) Canadian and British  forces stormed Vimy Ridge. Many men were killed during the battle that followed. One of them was Private 3485 Edwin Bowes.Today his family honour the ultimate sacrifice he made that day so that future generations could live freely and at peace. Edwin lived with his family of farmers at Laurel Bank Farm. Today his descendants still live in this beautiful village that he once left and to which he never returned.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.



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  • On the Camino

    MARATHON MAN John Smith, who has already finished seven marathons on seven different continents, is planning a new challenge. At the end of May will start to tackle the 800km Pilgrims' walk from southern France to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

  • New houses

    THE THREE SITES  in Bishop Monkton which are in the draft allocation for housing within the Local Plan which will be subject to a further six week consultation period starting in July. These details were divulged at a crowded Parish Open Meeting.  

  • Pub bottle bank

    THE LAMB & FLAG Bottle Bank, with money from the weekly meat raffle,was found to contain just short of a whopping £1,500 for Village Hall and Playing Field funds when opened. Thew proceeds go to support village activities.

  • New milky way

    IVY HOUSE Farm, one of the only surviving working farms in Bishop Monkton, has gone high tec with the installation of a new bulk milk silo which will hold 15,000 litres of milk. Apart from providing greatly improved cooling and cleaning systems, the new silo will mean that in future milk collections from the farm can be reduced from daily to once every two days bringing big savings. 

  • Shop disappears

    With the old school in the foreground, behind a huge crane dismantles the last of the village shop. Earlier the building was also a garage and before that was the village blacksmiths.The site will be used for new houses. 

  • Ripon Ride

    ALMOST 600 cyclists took part in the Ripon Rotary Ride, starting and finishing at Bishop Monkton Village Hall. In  between times participants took part in a 100km ride. Around £38,000 was raised for Dementia Forward, Scleroderma Research and charities supported by Ripon Rotary. Sixty members of Ripon Rotary Club and associates did a great job marshalling the event. 

  • New noticeboards

    ONE OF THE TWO impressive new noticeboards which have been erected in the village. One is outside the Mechanics' Institute and the other is on Boroughbridge Road near Lawnfield.  The planning and erection of the boards has been carried out by Parish Councillors Tony Garnett and Steve Verrill. 

  • Safari supper

    THIRTY FOUR villagers took part in a superbly organised and most enjoyable Safari Supper. Participants hosted guests to one course at their home and then moved on to other locations for the following courses. The event involved months of meticulous planning by Sue and Mike Short but it was well worth while, having raised £460 for Parish Church funds.  


Canadians visit village WW2 air crash site
A Canadian family visited Bishop Monkton on Wednesday to see the site of the WW2 air crash site a few hundred yards from  the present Village Hall.
Ian Wilson and his wife, Mary-Jo, and sons, Spencer,17, and Duncan,14, called in at the Village Hall to see the plaque which commemorates the death of the air crew, including  Ian's  great uncle.
Hugh Wallace was navigator in a bomber which crashed on15 April 1944 a short distance from its home base.
All the crew perished.
Ian's parents visited the village in 1979 and met villager Keith Whitfield who had witnessed the crash. Ian's father and Keith became firm friends and the two communicated regularly before their deaths in 2005.
Ian and his family were hoping to talk to someone who might remember the crash or be able to tell them anything about it.
If anyone can help, please contact and he will pass on details to the family.

Club hosts Yorkshire tournament
Bishop Monkton Croquet Club hosted its first external tournament on Wednesday when a Yorkshire Federation Grade C singles events was held at the club.
In the final Bishop Monmton member Patrick Davey lost to Jane Bailey of the Ben Rhydding Club.
For more details go to CROQUET/club news 2017.

National debut
Bishop Monkton Croquret Club made its debut in national competitions this week.  In the Murphy Shield, after an earlier win against Durham, a team travelled to Ashby De La Zouch to meet a strong team of 3 handicappers.
For result go to CROQUET/2017 results.

Good news for local motorists 
Moor Road has been undergoing  long awaited repairs, filling potholes, reinforcing the verges and completely relaying the worst parts. Diversions have been in place.
For the past year this stretch of road has been one of the worst roads in the district. Now it will become one of the best!

New job for MP
Julian Smith,
our local MP, has been appointed by the Prime Minister as Government Deputy Chief Whip.

Chris Higgins's Backyard Astronomy column
resumes shortly. Look our for it!

Hog Roast raised
a wonderful £1,923

This year's Hog Roast, despite at one time threatening to be a wash out, raised a remarkable £1,923 which will go to Village Hall funds.
A donation was sent to the Manchester Arena fund. 

Garden visit is re-scheduled
Bishop Monkton Gardening Club has rescheduled its visit to Littlethorpe Manor to replace the one called off because of poor weather.. This will now take place on Thursday June 29.
The visit is open to both members and non members at a cost of £10.50 for members and £14 for non-members, to include a guided tour of the garden with the head gardener,  followed by light refreshments.
If you would like to join the visit, then please get in contact with Colin Hunter - tel 676795 or e-mail


Simon's ride for charity

Simon Evans, a regular player with Bishop Monkton cricket team, will be cycling the 100 miles in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey to help raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer. He is hoping some of his friends will sponsor him.
Simon's grandfather had bowel cancer towards the end of his life. That's why Simon is keen to support a charity which gives people with bowel cancer help, hope and reassurance; and to  promote greater awareness of the symptoms and the key message that bowel cancer can be beaten.
Simon is hoping to raise £500. Donations can be made by going to


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23 June, 2017

Visits to site since launch in 2005:

Log ins yesterday: 219

Site launch:
29 January 2005
(day of new Village Hall opening).
Record one day visitors:
435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors:
4,152 on June 2012
Reached 333,333 hits: 6 15pm on Friday, 30 Sept 2016

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