Remember this -
a year ago?
Were you there watching competitors pass not far from here in the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France? What a scorcher! What a day to remember!
Photo: Chris Higgins
The Tennis Ball, a popular village social event in the past, is set to return to The Village Hall on Saturday, September 26. Watch out for more details nearer the time.
Chance to see
a Blue Moon!
Later this month you will have a chance to see a Blue Moon!
All is explained in Chris's Backyard Astronomy latest column.
Go to ASTONOMY/July column
Two Bishop Monkton couples had a surprise meeting at the opera at a Hampshire stately home over the weekend.
While looking round the big house at Grange Park after seeing a performance of Samson and Delila Richard and Pat Field were delighted by chance to run into Mike and Sue Short who were also having a night out at the opera. Both couples were visiting respective members of their families who live in the area.
Heading the League
Bishop Monkton Crouqet Club's two teams in Division 1 of the Yorkshire League are currently heading the table, with the 'B' team marginally ahead of the 'A'; team.
The club has also so far had an unbeaten run in a series of friendlies played with impressive wins against Ripon, Ben Rhydding and The Dales.
800 bikes coming
The Ripon Triathlon will see over 800 bikes come through the village along Knaresborough Road AT SPEED on Saturday 11th July between 2 and 5pm.
There will be marshals at the notorious Hungate/Moor Road crossroads and at the junction near the church. However villagers should be vigilant.
There will also be a one way road closure in the direction heading towards the Ripon by-pass from 12 noon until the last bike comes through. Last year one villager ignored this and was rude to the marshal. The police will prosecute anyone who breaches the road closure order and all marshals have been briefed to get registration
numbers of offenders. Residents in Knaresborough Road, Melrose Road, Meadowcroft Road and Hungate will receive a leaflet giving details of the closure.
The number of visitors to this website since it began on 29 January 2005 recently 07:03:28 quarter of a million figure. During the 10 years it has been run, the site has attracted an average of over 500 visitors a week and the editor has worn out seven keyboards!
The site currently has 28 different sections providing readers with access to almost 90 pages.
Could any other UK village community website beat our size or throughput?
Hat trick for Henry
Henry Worrall got a hat trick and finished with 6 for 26 in his team's latest match against Pannal 2nds in the Nidderdale League Division 3. The team has now acheived three wins in a row.
Go to CRICKET/match reports.
Carole hits target
Carole Minett successfully completed the Race for Life on Sunday in Harrogate with her daughter Kirsty.By so doing, she raised £500 for cancer research.
Carole took part this year after a break of a few years (during which time she had a hip and knee replaced) because she has a close friend undergoing cancer treatment.
Could YOU help?
Bishop Monkton Life Savers, a village service which provides early response if any villager suffers a heart attack or serious breathing problems, is holding a recruitment drive this month.
This vital service relies on a small group of volunteers who are trained by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and who take turns each month to provide cover in case of an emergency call out.
If YOU would like to know more about the group, or consider joining them, please call Richard Field on 677795.
Go ahead for plan
Plans to build 18 houses on an area of land between Knaresborough Road and the village playing fields was given the go ahead by Harrogate Borough Council Planning Department on Thursday.
The approval came despite reservations expressed by Bishop Monkton Parish Council. They felt the two extra accesses leading from the site on to the Knaresborough Road could result in traffic accidents.
American Independence Day was on Saturday, July 4.
Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group staged a special film night featuring Grease with an accompanying sing-along, hot dogs, popcorn, candy, ices and a bar. Some of those attending dressed up and came along to sing and swing!
£1,228 for Christian Aid
A total of £1,228.30 was raised for Christian Aid during the recent collection in the village. The organisers have sent thanks to those who helped and villagers who donated.
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Editor: Richard Field
6 JULY 2016
Visitors to site since launch in 2005:
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 250,000 visitors:
On 20 June 2015
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