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An important date for your diary

THIS YEAR'S Annual Open Parish Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 29, starting at 7pm.

The meeting, moved to the Village Hall because of an expected large attendance,  will hear speeches from a number of speakers talking about key local issues. Also attending the meeting will be our new Parish Councilor and hopefully a new Parish Clerk.

For details of speakers go to PARISH COUNCIL/Open Meeting.


Red hearts for Valentine's Day

DELICIOUS CAKES decorated with red hearts were among the delicacies on offer at the Parish Church's Valentine Coffee and Cake Morning. There was a record turn out of 66 for this special occasion, the largest since the popular monthly Friday morning get togethers were started in May 2014.  Ready to start serving them out is Sue Short.

For more go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events.


Three nominated for Council

For more details click on PARISH COUNCIL


Over the Moon

BACKYARD ASTRONOMER Chris Higgins took the attached photo last Saturday night.  It is of a region of the Moon between Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) and Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity) which  are separated by a large ridge of mountains called the Apennines. Chris has annotated the picture to show the landing site of the first ever man-made landing on the Moon which was Luna 2 (USSR) and also nearby the landing spot for Apollo 15 (USA) in 1971.  He has labelled the big craters with their diameter to give a sense of scale!

For enlarged photo go to PICTURES/Picture of the Month.


Local History Group hits the headlines

THE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group is reported in this way in the current Ripon Gazette.  Research projects are already under way. Anyone wishing to join the Group should contact


New Mine Hosts

GARY CROSS and Lesley Johnson are the new lease holders of The Masons Arms and have some exciting plans gastronomically and 'for returning the communuity spirit' to the pub.

Click on PEOPLE to read what they are planning.


Dan Wright is back

DAN WRIGHT and family are back from Germany and within hours of stepping off the ferry yesterday were meeting up with old friends at The Masons Arms. Our picture shows Dan, son Jack, 9,  and wife Nikki.

Click on PEOPLE to read more.


Sign of the times 

TURNING BACK THE CLOCK: John Simpson, one of almost 40 villagers who attended the inaugural meeting of the new Local History Group, shows off the old Victorian Post Office sign which graced the front of his house, The Limes, more than 100 years ago.  How many other villagers have historical treasures like this hidden away in a drawer or attic?  

Full report of meeting go to ORGANISATIONS/Local History Group.


Traffic calming plans revealed

READ how the developers plan to install traffic calming measures on the stretch of Knaresborough Road abutting the new Kebbell Homes development.

For full report go to KEBBLE HOMES/Traffic calming.


Gardening Club gets the go-ahead

KEEN TO GROW: The new Bishop Monkton Gardening Club got the go-ahead after almost 30 local people turned up for an inaugural meeting held on Thursday evening.

For latest club news click on GARDENING CLUB.



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RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Tally ho!

    THE YORK & AINSTY NORTH HUNT visited Bishop Monkton stopping for a stirrup cup and cake at The Lamb & Flag.  They were welcomed by a large crowd of hunt supporters, followers and villagers. 

  • Year of progress

    GERALD SHERVINGTON, Chairman of the Village Hall and Playing Fields Committee, reports on a  year of notable achievements at the annual meeting of the group at the Village Hall. 

  • Bethlehem visit

    RICHARD FIELD reports from Bethlehem when preparations were well in hand to celebrate Christmas at The Church of the Nativity. The silver star, pictured above, marks the spot where Jesus was born. 

  • Yorkshire champions

    BISHOP MONKTON Croquet Club's Level Play team are current Yorkshire Champions in that League. Here Andrea Widdison receives the shield from Yorkshire Federation Chairman Anna Giraud. 

  • National winner

    DAVID WIDDISON, a member of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, receives the National A Level Tournament Cup after beating off fierce competition from players with national and world rankings in this prestigious event.  

  • We will remember them

    RECIPIENTS of boards mounted with parts of a crashed RAF plane and dug up from its 1943 crash site and brought over from Germany for presentation as part of November's Remembrance Day service at Bishop Monkton Church.  

  • Goodbye Jonathan

    Warm  tributes were paid to Jonathan Singh, who has departed after having been priest here for the past two and a half years. He received a number of gifts and good wishes for his future at St Leonard's Hospice in York. 

  • Record auction

    CASHIER Martin Minett looks shocked when he finds that this year's action broke attendance and profit records, making over £3,000 for imrprovements to Village Hall security, and attracting the largest turnout for 10 years. Can't wait for next year!

  • Overall winner

    Anne Bettridge receives the trophy as Overall Winner at the Produce, Arts & Crafts Show from Show Organiser Chris Procter. She narrowly beat Pauline Beecroft for the top award.  The event attracted entries in 95 classes across eight different categories. 

  • Blithe Spirit

    The  cast of Blithe Spirit who brought pleasure to large and enthusiastic audiences. A tremendous lot of preparation, hard work and rehearsal went into this Noel Coward production and everyone involved in it is to be congratulated and thanked.  

  • Girls show how

    GIRL FOOTBALLERS from Bishop Monkton School were runners-up in the grand final of the regional Y5/6 competition held at Rossett School, Harrogate. This is just one of the recent sporting successes at our School.


Learn how our defibrillator can save a life

Last time you visited the Village Hall did you see a yellow cabinet on the wall outside the main door? If so, you may have wondered what it is used for.
The answer is that it holds a defibrillator, a useful piece of equipment which can be used if and when anyone using the hall or the playing field suffers a heart attack.
If you are interested to learn more about our defibrillator, how it is used and by whom, you can find out by attending a special briefing at the Village Hall on Saturday, March 4, running from 10am until 12 noon.
Anyone from Bishop Monkton is welcome to attend this event. If you can't spare the full two hours, you are welcome to drop in for a shorter time. You will still learn a lot.

Chance to meet Farming Minister

Farmers and others in the agricultural industry are invited to meet the Farming Minister, George Eustice MP when he visits Skipton Auction Market on Thursday, March 16 to give a speech and answer questions from the audience.
If you wish to attend this event please do so before Friday March 10 by e-mailing with 'George Eustice Event' in the subject line.
Council minutes expedited
Here's good news for those of you who like to read the minutes of the latest Parish Council meeting on this website.
Previously you have had to wait to read them until they are signed off at the next meeting. This meant that the reports of discussions and decisions did not appear for a month and so lacked immediacy. 
But now the process is being accelerated, so we plan in future to publish them within a week or 10 days of the meeting to which they relate, and the first accelerated minutes now appear on the PARISH COUNCIL page.  It should however  be noted that the minutes published still need formally to be adopted at the following meeting.We compliment the Parish Council for this new arrangement.  Good for transparency. Good for our readers.
To read latest minutes click on PARISH COUNCIL/Minutes.
Have your say!
Parish Council metings now include a 15 minute slot for Public Participation.  If you wish to raise any matter concerning anything on the agenda this is your chance to speak up.
The next opportunity to participate comes at the next meeting of the Parish Council at the Methodist Church Schoolroom on Tuesday, March 7 at 6pm.
Certain conditions apply to participation.
To read these go to PARISH COUNCIL/Participation.

Phone box back?

The Parish Council has told BT that it would welcome the re-instatement of the phone box on  Boroughbridge Road.
The reasons given were that the mobile phone reception in the village was poor, usage in the case of an emergency and the possible need for visitors to the village for a phone if they did not carry a mobile of their own.
Want a job?
The Lamb & Flag is on the lookout for part-time staff to work at weekends waiting at table, serving in the bar or helping in the kitchen. Applicants, who must be 18 or over, should contact Trevor or Carol on 677322.
Memories are made of this!

Everyone living in Bishop Monkton Parish is now an associate member of  newly-formed Bishop Monkton Local History Group (so that probably includes YOU!).
Now we're looking for your help with three of the four projects we have already aunched.
The first, led by Richard Field, is to track down those villagers who were born in  the village or have lived here for 30, 40, or 50 and more years.
Once we find who qualifies, we plan to invite them to join us at one of several little informal gatherings over tea and biscuits, and ask them  to recall their memories of the village years ago.  What they tell us will be recorded and this will form the basis of a new Village Archive we are creating.
So, if you qualify as a long-time resident (or want to recommend a relative or friend) and are willing to take part, please contact Richard on the phone (677795) or send him an e-mail to
Some of you may wish to tell us about people now departed who played an important role in the village years ago. This will mean they, too, are not forgotten.
This way you will be helping make history yourself and ensuring others have a lasting legacy, too.
Live in a former pub or shop?
If you live in a house which was once a pub or a shop, David Banks, Leader of the Local History Group, would like to hear from you.
He is heading two project groups trying to find more about old pubs and shops which once existed in the village, and would welcome any details about them, regardless of whether or not you live in what used be one of them.If you have something to tell him, please call him on 677906 or e-mail him at

Croquet Club to host Yorkshire tournaments

Bishop Monkton Croquet Club is to stage and host two new Yorkshire croquet tournaments. A singles event will be held on June 21 and a doubles event  on September 12.
This will be part of the club's exciting plans the 10th anniverary year of the club and was announced at the club's annual dinner at The Guy Fawkes Inn, Scotton.
For presentation of awards click on CROQUET CLUB/Club news 2017.

Cricket season opens on April 22

Bishop Monkton Cricket Club's season opens on Saturday, April 22 with a home match against Thornton Le Moor and followed by a home match against South Kilvington on Saturday, April 29.
The first Wednesday League match is on May 3 against Wath & Melmerby. 

Mamma Mia! treat

Here's a chance to attend a Mamma Mia! movie and dress up for the occasion!
The event is being organised by Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group at the Village Hall on Saturday, February 25 starting at 7 30pm.
The event is now a sell out. Look out on this website for pictures of the event after it takes place.
Dramatic sighting

Read how a group of villagers saw something truly remarkable in the sky over the village earlier this month.To read the first astronomy column of the New Year go to ASTRONOMY column/January 2017.

Warm Praise for
Life Savers

There is more warm praise for the work done by Bishop Monkton Life Savers, a small but dedicated team which provides a first response service if anyone in the village suffers a heart attack.
Dave Jones, of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, has written to say: 'Can I just say a massive thank you for the amount of cover you give from such a small team. It really is amazing'.
The team includes six first responders (including two new recruits this month) and three co-ordinators. The team is always on the lookout for new recruits.
Anyone interested should call Richard Field (677795), Roger Baker (676238) or Alison Holley (677854)

£5,000 raised for cancer charity 

The Bishop Monkton Calendar Boys calendar project has now raised almost £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. A few calendars are still available from The Lamb & Flag.
For more go to NEWS/Calendar Boys.


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25 February, 2017

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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
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