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Paul prepares for
tough challenge

PAUL HEAP has been training hard for months to be ready to take part in what is regarded as the world's toughest one day endurance event in July. He is raising money for Scope, a charity which aims  to make this country a place where disabled people can have similar opportunities to everyone else.
Go the NEWS/People in the news.

It was money
for old rope!

THE OLD DAYS when Bishop Monkton was an industrial centre, and was literally making money for old rope!
Go to VILLAGE ARCHIVE/week 4 picture.

BMEG rejuvenated

WE'LL BE BACK: We can expect more fine productions like Gosforth's Fete which was staged at the Village Hall last November. Recently the future of the Entertainments Group was in some doubt but on Monday a crowded meeting turned out to support a plan to rejuvenate the group with the appointment of a new Chairman and Committee and an exciting programme of  future events being planned.
Go to ENTERTAINMENTS for Roger Baker's report.

Happy 100th birthday!

MRS CUSWORTH, who once ran the old Village Stores and who lived in four different houses in Bishop Monkton, has just celebrated her 100th birthday at the Goole care home where she now lives.


Waste bins removed
after being abused

TWO WASTE BINS in the Village Hall grounds, which were wrongly filled with brown cardboard, have now been removed from the site after intervention by the Parish Council. The bins used to collect glass for re-cycling bins will, however, be retained because these generate money for use in the village.


Congregation of over 100
attend Easter Day service

A CONGREGATION of over 100 attended Easter Day service at Bishop Monkton Parish Church. The Choir and Band performed amid a display of beautiful Easter flowers.
For more more go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events.
Passover Meal and
 Last Supper

CHURCHES TOGETHER marked Passover and the Lord's Supper with a Seder Meal at the Methodist Church.
For more go to PARISH or METHODIST CHURCH/news and events.

Continuing our new series

We're in charge!

DECISION MAKERS:  Members of the Committee of the Methodist Youth Club which meets each Friday evening at the Village Hall.  The Club is the second organisation to be featured in our new series, Village Hall Users.
Go to VILLAGE HALL USERS/Methodist Youth Club.


Yes, we now know the

names of our seven pubs

SOBERING CHALLENGE: This village once had seven pubs. We asked if you could name these pubs and got a good response, and now know the names of all seven.
Go to VILLAGE ARCHIVE/Week 3 picture.


Making full use of

our Village Hall

STARTING SOON:  Our Village Hall now gets around 800 bookings a year, with a huge variety  of organisations keeping it buzzing year round.  In a new series we will feature some of these groups which include Morris dancers, a community orchestra, ballroom dancers, a youth club, a keep fit group, a bridge group, pilates classes, Life Savers and eight table tennis groups to mention just a few of them. 

Log on regularly so as not to miss any of them.  


Where were you on

28 January 2005?

TEN YEARS AGO: On 28 January 2005, hundreds of us converged on the then new Village Hall to witness its official opening. Here is part of the crowd listening to Richard Houseman make one of the opening speeches. Were you there?
COMING SOON: A special feature to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of our then new Village Hall. Watch out for it!




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GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Super efficient co-ordinator

    Isobel Wilson,  who has been Village Hall Bookings Co-ordinator for the past  four years and who is stepped down at the end of April, receiving warm thanks and a presentation from Gerald Shervington.  

  • Plans await decision

    This new proposal for the layout of the development off Knaresborough Road, adjacent to the Village Hall and Playing Fields, awaits a decision from Harrogate BC Planning.

  • Markenfield Hall

    MARKENFIELD HALL is a hidden gem on our doorstep but some of us in the village have still never visited it.  You'll have a chance to put matters right in May. 

  • Not for the faint hearted!

    Steeplejacks have been checking the tower of the Parish Church - not a job for the faint hearted!.  The tower is checked every five years to ensure the structure is safe.

  • Art gallery closes

    FLASHBACK to June 2007 - just one of scores of delightful exhibitions staged at the Hield Gallery and hosted by Unity Hield over the years. Now, sadly, the gallery is to close. 

  • School sporting success

    Our school continues to achieve many sporting successes, including cross country, netball and gymnastics.

  • Bird ringers gathering

    Over 90 bird ringers from across the North of England and the Midlands attended a Conference held at Bishop Monkton Village Hall. 


Helpers needed
for big 20th
Hog Roast

Exciting plans are already well advanced for the village's 20th annual Hog Roast which this year will be on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25. 

Various innovations will be introduced for this special day of fun and celebrations.

The Village Hall Committee would like to ask all households to bake a cake for the cake stall. We also need people to help out during the day and with  setting up and taking down at the end of the day.
Teas: Help needed to serve on an hourly shift basis in  the chapel, we also need people  to bake cakes - Interested parties to speak to Lesley Shervington 677564.
Setting up and taking down at the end of the day: If you can help please call Gerald Shervington 07799-644121
Bookstall: 3-4 people are required to man the ever popular bookstall.

For a preview of what's coming click on the photo above - and be amazed! 


600 hawthorn
saplings planted

Six hundred hawthorn saplings have been planted around the side of the playing fields facing the planned new building site where it is expected some 20 new houses will be built within the coming year.
The planting was undertaken by a team including Mervyn Beecroft, Bob Upton, Mike Jackson and Peter Clarke and completed in around a couple of days.
The hawthorn hedge which will emerge will provide a suitably rural divide between the estate and the sports field.


Our secret
lives exposed!

The so-called Official UK Infidelity Index 2015 reveals on line that 358 people in the Bishop Monkton area are having an affair.  Last year the number was 239, according to the report.
It just makes you wonder how we find time for all that table tennis, bowls and croquet!

Soccer triumph for
Bishop Monkton
Congratulations to Bishop Monkton FC on winnng Division 3 of the Claro Sunday Football League.
The team's success was convincing, winning 12, drawing one and only losing two of the 15 matches played.
During these 15 matches they scored 64 goals and conceded only 25.
They achieved a points tally of 37, well ahead of the runners up, Harold Styan who finished with 25 points,.Now Bishop Monkton FC has a cup to show for its successful season, and members of the team have medals. Well done all round!


Gearing up for
the summer

All of Bishop Monkton sports clubs which play in the summer are gearing up for the new season.
The Cricket Club will start the season with a new captain and there are various changes on the Committee.  The season starts on April 18 with an away match to Markington. The first home game is on Saturday, April 25 against Whixley.
The Bowling Club is looking forward to another successful season, and play will get under way in the near future.  It is hoping to repeat some of the successes it achieved last season.
The Tennis Club has a meeting at the Mason's Arms at 8pm on Tuesday, March 24 open to anyone who is interested in tennis and the future of the Bishop Monkton Club. It is hoped fuller use will be made of the village's excellent courts during the coming seasaon.,
The Croquet Club will start its season on Sunday, April 26, but already work is under way on getting the lawns into good condition.  The club hopes to have two teams playing in the Yorkshire League and has already organised a number of friendly matches.
See separate sections for all these clubs where news and match reports will be updated regularly throughout the season.


Feather in their cap
ishop Monkton Croquet Club finished as runners-up in a national competition to find the club which had made the most impressive progress during the past two years. The club was just pipped by High Wycombe Croquet Club in this competition for The Townsend Award which attracted entries from  across the country.

Exciting times ahead
This year is going to be an exciting one for our village with several special anniversaries to be marked with special events and features.
For more details go to NEWS/Exciting year ahead.

Thanks from MP
Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, read about the popularity of our outside table tennis table on the playing field, and how disappointed we were when a box, containing bats and balls and left under the table for people to use, was vandalised.
He has now sent the Table Tennis Club a donation and asked that the money be spent on providing a replacement box, which can be filled with bats and balls, and left under the table again as soon as the better weather returns.

A new box containing bats and balls has now been placed under the table and is available for use by anyone who fancies a go.


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Editor: Richard Field


18 APRIL 2016

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 
Reached 200,000: 27 May 2014
End of 2013:   182,475
End of 2014:   222,494
Visitors in 2014: 40,019
Record one day visitors: 435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors: 4,152 on June 2012
To reach 250,000 visitors: 1 September 2015 (est)
Target by end of 2015: 260,000