The Great War

When the sound
of gunfire echoed
round our village

TODAY we have posted the final parts
of our series about The Great War with an article, specially researched by Bill Flentje, about a huge rifle range which existed at Wormald Green between 1915 and 1918.  There is, however, nothing left of it today to remind us of the time when the sound of rifle fire resounded around Bishop Monkton almost on a daily basis.
Also posted is our Conclusion to the series, with additional material provided by some of our readers. 
These and all other items in the series can be accessed by going to the navigation column on the left of this page and clicking on THE 1914-18 WAR and then on the item which is of interest to you.
We intend to keep the series up on the website for at least a month so that more people will have an opportunity to read it.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to gather all the information to present a unique picture of Bishop Monkton between 1914 and 1918 and something of what happened to our brave men in the battlefields of France and Flanders.

They paraded with
sticks and pikes

TWO BROTHERS, the grandfather and great uncle of Naomi Waddington, joined up on the same day and got consecurive registration numbers. At first they drilled in civilian clothes with sticks or pikes for rifles in a scene like one from Dad's Army.
Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Like a scene from Dad's Army.

Now also posted are war stories about family members of Pip and Peter Garside (go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Blinded by mustard gas),  and Malcolm and Eileen Scholey (go to THE 1914-18 WAR/ 500 bathed naked in the sea and Buried Alive - then dug out). 
Also now on site are stories about Chris Procter's great uncle (go to THE 1914-18 WAR/He died in a hail of machine gun bullets) and Richard Field 's father (go toTHE 1914-18 WAR/The dog which sat in for a missing officer).

Why he lied about
his war injury

ARTHUR HIGGINS (arrowed), in camp at Ripon, later fought at the Battle of the Somme, was injured and repatriated, and later lied about his injury to get his civilian job back.

Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Why he lied about his injury.

Sketches and
words of wisdom

WRY HUMOUR: An extract from an album containing sketches and words of wisdom by soldiers at Ripon Camp while waiting to go to the front.
Click on THE 1914-18 WAR/ Bringing back the wounded to read recollections of Rowland Simpson's war.

He lay injured in
'No Man's Land'


VAL ELLIS-BEECH'S father, Eric Winterburn, fought in the Great War in the Royal Marines. At one stage he was badly injured and lay for three days and nights in 'No Man's Land' before being rescued but not before gangrene had set in, resulted in his right leg having to be amputated a few inches below the hip.

To read his full story go to THE 1914 - 18 war/Part 4: Injured in 'No Man's Land'.

The 54 who left
the village 
join the war

THREE BOWES BROTHERS were among the 54 Bishop Monkton men who left the village to fight in the Great War. They are John, Dave and Edwin.  Edwin was killed in 1917 but the other two returned after the war.
Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/ The 54 who went to war to read more.

The village the
volunteers left
behind in 1914

THE VILLAGE THEY LEFT BEHIND. This is Ing's Farm, one of 20 working farms in the village in 1914 when The Great War broke out.

Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Bishop Monkton in 1914 to read more about the village the young men left behind when they went off to war.


Angie remembers 
her great uncle


ANGIE ARCHBOLD lays a wreath on the grave of her great uncle, Private Edwin Bowes who died in the Great War.  She and her family have recently visited the Tilloy British Cemetery in Tilloy-les- Mofflaines, Pas de Calais, at a significant moment. It was the 100th anniversary of the date when Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914.

Other news

Trophy won for the
Best Pub float

TREVOR AND CAROL dressed up to ride on their float in the St Wilfred's Day Procession in Ripon where they won the trophy for Best Pub Float.
Go to NEWS/Latest news for more pictures and details.

Both Presidents at
the same time

PRESIDENTIAL COUPLE:  Rodney and Isobel Wilson are currently Presidents of both the  Rotary Club  and Inner Wheel of Ripon for 2014/15, repeating a rare 'double act' previously accomplished by Rodney's parents in 1966/67.
Go to NEWS/People in the News to read more.



To access recent news 
stories click on one of the
photos below.

GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • New preiest licensed

    James, the Area Bishop of Ripon,  licensed The Revd Dr. Jonathan Singh as priest in the parishes of Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard at  a Celebration of Ministry at Bishop Monkton Parish Church. 

  • New Parish priest

    Our new Parish priest The Revd. Dr. Jonathan Singh pictured meeting  Pope (now Saint) John Paul ll.
    Click picture on left to read 
    Jonathan's answers to 20 specially selected questions we asked him.

  • Moment of Triomphe!

    Emma and Steve Oates with other local cyclists rode 300 miles over five days to Paris to arrive almost at the same time as Le Tour de France riders. The local cyclists raised over £5,000 for the Bardet-Biedl Society. 

  • £2,000 from Hog Roast

    Over £2,000 was raised from this year's highly successful Hog Roast Day.  Large crowds attended the day which took place in warm sunshine. The theme this year was based on Le Tour de Yorkshire.

  • 'Outstanding' school

    Bishop Monkton Church of England Primary School is celebrating the success of a recent church school inspection which judged the school as “Outstanding” in all areas.

  • Le Tour de Yorkshire

    Riders speed round the bend as they approach Wormald Green during the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de FRance as it passed near Bishop Monkton.

    Now go to PICTURES/Leading the way: PICTURES/Bird's eye view : PICTURES/More of your photos


Over 800 have already logged on to this site to read about the part Bishop Monkton played in The Great War and the brave men who took part in that horrendous conflict. We expect more than 1,00 people will read it before the series is removed.
Today we conclude the series with a fascinating article about a large rifle range which existed at Wormald Green between 1915 and 1918. After the war in 1921 all the buildings and fittings were removed and sold, and then the groiund was restored to its original agricultural use. There is now nothing to show of what once echoed to the sound of gunfire as thousands of recruits from Ripon camps were prepared for the battle ahead..
Today we also publish a Conclusion to the series, which includes credits for all those who helped us produce the series and also gives sources of reference for those who wish to do follow-up research.

Gerald Shervington,
Chairman of the Village Hall and QE2 Field. has received a nice letter of thanks from North Yorkshire Police for making the Village Hall and other facilities available to police and other emergency services during the Tour de France.
The Tour de France director has said the Yorkshire Grand Depart was the 'grandest' in the 111 year history of the race. It is estimated 2.,5 million people lined the route as the race passed through Yorkshire.

Police are keen to talk to anyone who witnessed a collision between a bicycle and a car at the village's notoriously dangerous crossroads on Thursday, July 3 at around 6pm. A 15-year-old girl received serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.
Police are particularly keen to talk to a woman who was seen walking a dog near the scene of the accident, or anyone else who witnessed the collision.
Anyone who thinks they can help police is asked to contact Traffic Constable Andy MacLeod by dialling 101 and selecting option 2 or e-mailing him on andy.macleod@north quoting 12140109240.

A planning application has been lodged with Harrogate Borough Council for the erection of two buildings to house four holiday units and erection of a temporary dwelling house to provide manager's accommodation together with provision of an access road, parking and landscape works. 
The development is planned in open land almost opposite the Cornmill at grid reference 433747 466694 on the Boroughbridge Road, Bishop Monkton.
Details of the application appear on the Harrogate BC website (planning ref: 14/02506/FUL) and comments on it are required by August 24.
It is thought that the accommodation offered, if approved, would be mostly for cyclists using the existing cycle route and walkers.
Bishop Monkton Bowling Club is to be congratulated on winning both the Bateman and Dalesman Leagues this season - the first time they have pulled off this notable 'double'.
For more details go to SPORTS/Bowls.

A novel village-wide event, The Great Bishop Monkton Garage Sale, is being organised on Monday, August 25 running from 9am to 12 noon.
Residents are invited to erect stalls outside their homes, in driveways or gardens and offer a range of goods for sale.  Maps will be available free from the Parish Church gates to direct customers to the stalls which will be dotted around the village. It is hoped there will be at least a dozen stalls operating.
Profits will go to participating stall holders each of whom, will be asked to make a reasonable donation from it to church funds.
To get your stall on the map you need to register with Alan Ebbutt via or tel 01765 676461 by Monday, August 18.

It is now only a short time until our Produce and Art & Craft Show, which will take place at the Village Hall on Sunday, August 31.
Closing date for entries is Tuesday, August 26. They should be sent to Orchard Lodge, Main Street.
If you need a schedule or entry form, please contact Colin Hunter on 676795.
We will publish a report afterwards with lists of winners and photographs of the show.

Julian Smith
MP is holding surgeries in September, November and December in Ripon. Bishop Monkton residents are welcome to attend.
Go to WHAT'S ON/ Coming events. 

The Manager of The Moody Cow, Martin Spalding, has advised us that he is willing to allow local villagers to use their car park so as to make easier use of the public transport from the nearby bus stop to Ripon, or to Harrogate and Leeds or beyond.
Thanks, Martin.

A hundred hawthorne saplings are to be planted on the boundary of the Bishop Monkton Queen Elizabeth ll Field opposite the new estate before the winter.
Another development is that a new storeroom has been constructed this month at a cost of £12,000. This building will be used for storing heavy equipment which will free off space in the existing  store.
It is also planned to add a new concrete path round the side of the hall.

Plans are now well advanced for this year's summer Holiday Club run by the Methodist Church. Entitled " Megaminds", it is for children aged 5-11 and is from 26-29th August from 10 am to12.30pm daily at Bishop Monkton Village Hall.
Crafts, music, drama, games, stories and much more! It is free of charge but the organisers rely on a voluntary contribution to cover costs.
Contact Vicky Wild 01765 676832 or email to ensure a place (advisable to book early as places are limited and this is always a very popular event!).

Here are the week commencing collection dates for household waste and recycling items.
Grey (household landfill waste in grey topped wheely bin): June 9/23. Jul 7/21.
Green (black box and blue bag): June 2/16/30. July 14/28.

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Editor: Richard Field

20 August 2014

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 
Reached 200,000: 27 May 2014
End of 2013:   182,475
Visitors in 2013: 31,297
Record one day visitors: 435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors: 4,152 on June 2012
Target by end of 2014: 210,000