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Forging ahead

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.

The old shops of the village is the subject of a  project now being carried out by the Bishop Monkton Local History Group. Watch out for more details soon. 


100 years ago ... 

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

At day break on April 9th 1917 (100 years ago on Sunday) 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.


More memories

A SEVENTH GROUP of long-time villagers met yesterday to reminisce about the old days in Bishop Monkton. The emphasis this time was the Parish Council over the years and the story behind the creation of our new Village Hall and the big fund raising effort that accompanied it.

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


New milky way

IVY HOUSE Farm, one of the only surviving working farms in Bishop Monkton, has gone high tec with the installation this week 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. The farm has a herd of 200 Friesian cows. Farmer David Simpson is seen here in front of the new silo after its installation.


Farm memories

OUR FARMING HERITAGE: A team of villagers who spent much of their the lives working on Bishop Monkton farms sat down together at David Simpon's Ivy House Farm on Wednesday to reminisce about their life on the land.  They recalled that in the Thirtees the village had over 20 working farms and farming was the major form of employment available.



Council new team

NEW TEAM: The new Parish Council team shows, from left: Emma Oates, Tony Garnett,  Pam Brown,  Ben Cairns, Jane Fowler (Chairman),  David Taylor (Clerk) and Steve Verrill.

GO to PARISH COUNCIL for latest Council news.


Goodbye lunch

MEMBERS of  the Wednesday morning Table Tennis Club group bade farewell to  two of its members, Chris and Brenda O'Gorman, at a lunch at the Masons Arms on Wednesday. The couple are leaving Bishop Monkton to move to a new home near Darlington. We will miss them.


Ready for medical emergency 

TWELVE MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club practised CPR  as part of a first-aid course intended to make them ready to cope with various medical emergencies which might occur in the future. The course was run by Yorkshire Ambulance Service at the Village Hall on Saturday.


3 proposed sites for building

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, and many more about future housing plans, were divulged at a crowded Parish Open Meeting at the Village Hall on Wednesday evening.  

For more details go to NEWS/ new houses.


A noticeable improvement

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.



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RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Mothering Sunday

    MOTHERING SUNDAY could also be called 'Cherish Sunday' because we all should cherish each other', Stuart Newsome told a crowded congregation at the Mothering Sunday service at Parish Church. 

  • Ben elected

    BEN CAIRNS scored a comfortable win in the election to find a replacement Parish Councillor to succeed Richard Harper who had earlier resigned.  Ben won 65% of the 266 votes cast.  

  • New Clerk

    DAVID TAYLOR, the new Parish Clerk at Bishop Monkton is also Clerk for Grantley & Sawley and Azeley. In becoming Clerk for three local councils he is emulating Keith Pettit, the previous Clerk.

  • Sheep racing

    FINALISTS in the Sheep Racing event oganised as a Bowling Club fund-raiser at the Village Hall. So who won?  Click picture on left to find out.

  • Dancing Queens

    BJORN (Shervington) after presenting prizes to the two best dressed ABBA Dancing Queens, namely Bron Upton (winner) and Angie Archbold (runner-up) at a fabulously lively and colourful showing of Mamma Mia! and sing song (plus moussaka) at the Village Hall  

  • Quiz cliff hanger

    AFTER 10 rounds of challenging questions there was a tie between Alternative Facts and Universally Challenged for the winning place in the village's Easy-Peasy Quiz.  

  • Golden Wedding

    FLASHBACK 50 YEARS: John and Judy Hague married on a snowy Easter Tuesday in 1967  at Erdington, Sutton Coldfield, which is Judy’s home town. On the same day in 2017 they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary.  


£1,123 towards treatment for Aiden

A total of £1,123 was raised at the weekend towards paying for treatment for four-year-old Aiden Bell who was born with cerebal palsy.
A total of £623 was raised at a coffee morning held at Millner Hill Farm and a further £500 came from Dobrila's Spiritual Group.
The little boy  needs stemcell treatment costing £25,000 to help him see, talk and walk.
Dobrila wishes to thank everyone who supported this local  fund-raising initiative. 'Aiden needs a lot more, but this is a start', she said.

Funeral service

The funeral of Julie Bray, a long standing resident of the village and former Church Warden at St. John Baptist Church, will b held at St. John's Parish Church on Wednesday, May 3 at 1pm.
A great start
Bishop Monkton began the season in fine style on Saturday with a 51 run victory over  old rivals Thornton Le Moor. After losing the 4th Division title on the final game of the season to them  three years ago, Monkton exacted revenge.
Thornton Le Moor finished bottom of Division 2 last season to rejoin  Monkton in the 3rd Division.
For full report go to CRICKET/Match reports.

Croquet nailbiter
Bishop Monkton Level Play team snatched a late narrow win by 11 - 9 against Ecclesall (Sheffield) in the opening Yorkshire League match of the season.
The home club, current champions, were trailing at the midway stage but pulled off a strong final round
to snatch victory.
Go to CROQUET CLUB/Results 2017 for more details.
On national shortlist
Bishop Monkton Croquet Club was shortlisted to the last three from a wide entry in a national competition to find the club which had made 'the most outstanding progress during the past two years'.
Our club was praised for 'its vigorous, far-sighted and energetic leadership and its commitment to continuous development'.
The winner was Cheam Croquet Club.

Helpers needed
House-to-house collectors are urgently needed ahead of Christian Aid Week (May 14-20) for Bishop Monkton. Could you spare a few hours of your time for this worthwhile cause?
The envelopes are posted one day and collected a few days later.
If you can help please phone Jane Taplin on 677340.

Another singalong
The Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group has announced that it will be staging another movie singalong, this time to the movie, The Sound of Music. It comes after the success of Mamma Mia, and will be put on at the Village Hall on Saturday, September 2.

Get your own Newsletter

Here's a new way to ensure you keep up with the latest news of what's been achieved by your Parish Council.
To get their regular Newsletter all you need to do is send an e-mail to the Clerk at putting 'Newsletter'in the subject line. They will then place your name on their mailing list.
The Newsletter will also continue also to be published on this website.

New Church Warden

Cheryl Salmon was appointed as a new Church Warden at the annual meeting of the Parochial Church Council.  She succeeds Jennifer Barker who is stepped down from the role.
The other Church Warden will be John Eden who agreed to stay on for another year.

Have your say!
Parish Council meetings 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.
Certain conditions apply to participation. 
To read these go to PARISH COUNCIL/Participation.
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.
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. 

Click below to find what the local weather has in store.
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30 April, 2017

Visits to site since launch in 2005:

Log ins yesterday: 175

Site launch:
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(day of new Village Hall opening).
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435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors:
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