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New storage
shed goes up

IMPROVED STORAGE for mowers and other heavy
equipment for use on the Queen Elizabeth ll Field will be
provided by this large shed which is now being built
behind the Village Hall lounge.

Over 900 compete
in local Triathlon

COMPETITORS speed towards Bishop Monkton crossroads during the Ripon Triathlon. The event involved cycling, swimming and running. 
Go to NEWS/Triathlon .
Capturing thrill of
theTour de France 

ROUND THE BEND:  Basil Birchall's picture captures all the thrlll and excitement of the Tour de France as riders speed round the bend as they approach Wormald Green on Saturday. This is the first of a wonderful selection of photographs taken by our readers during the weekend.

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

Thanks to everyone who sent their photos of Le Tour.

Super day ends
with big BBQ

THE DAY The Tour de France came to Bishop Monkton's doorstep ended fittingly with a giant BBQ with fun and games on the Village Playing Fields.  Lots of people got roped in for the tugs o' war!
Go to Le BBQ (listed on left) for report and more pictures.


Bishop licences
our new priest 

A SOLEMN MOMENT as James, the Area Bishop of Ripon  prepares to licence 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 on Thursday night. 
Go to PARISH CHURCH/Licensing of Jonathan Singh for full report and pictures.



How we welcomed
the Tour de France

POLKA DOT HOUSE: Dene Cottage was transformed into a Tour de France tour de force, with polka dots on the walls, tree decorations and an old Tour de France child's bicycle.

Moira and Tony Martin created this yellow bike which is now perched at a jaunty angle near the village sign on Moor Road approach.  Earlier Moira had planted some French marigolds to support the event  but they got eaten by the rabbits. The bike proved more resilient. 

One of three multi-coloured bikes which now adorn the front of Laurel Bank Farm      

The Lamb & Flag had twin yellow bicycles as part of its welcome.



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GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • '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.

  • 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.

  • Croquet Club milestone

    Almost 60 members and guests watch Bishop Monkton Croquet Club Vice Chairman John Hague reach new heights by fitting a specially made croquet themed weather vane on top of the clubhouse.

  • Funds for Youth Club

    YOUTH CLUB members get together to say a big 'thank you' to Pauline Beecroft who raised £110 for their funds by selling  plants she has grown and sold.

  • Vicarage garden party

    Held on a lovely summer's day and the Church Garden Party in The Vicarage gardens was a quintessential English occasion. 

  • A budding Henry Moore?

    LOCAL ARTIST Zillah Horner was pleased to spot a work of creative play in the beck oppposite her house. I am delighted that we have artistic, imaginative children in our village that use their environment to the full, she says.

  • £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.

  • Last sad farewell

    The Parish Church was packed for the funeral of Bernard Knowles, who provided a great community service through the village shop he built up and developed over many years, who died after a long fight against cancer. He is pictured here with his loyal wife, Mary, who survives him. 

  • Honouring the war dead

    This year marks the centenary of the start of The Great War (1914 - 1918).  Read about the way we plan to mark the occasion in Bishop Monkton.

  • Richard Hammond story

    We asked the name of the TV presenter who once lived in Bishop Monkton. Yes, Zillah Horner was first to give the right answer. It was Richard Hammond. 

  • National award won

    Mervyn Beecroft and Richard Field were at Lord's cricket ground to receive a national award on behalf of the village for having 'Britain's Best Loved Playing Field'.

The Great War and those from Bishop Monkton who fought in it will be remembered in the coming days and weeks.  The commemoration will start with a World War One Memorial Service at the Parish Church at 6pm on Sunday August 3.
Following on, this website will relate the Bishop Monkton involvement in full in a five part series, which will be launched at precisely 11am on Monday, August 4 - the exact moment 100 years on from when Great Britain declared war in 1914. 
Some amazing stories of the bravery and endurance experienced by local men in France and Flanders will only be available on this website with parts of their story unfolding on almost every day over a fortnight.


This website has been researching the details of those local men who died in the Great War and also those who fought and survived.
This is the final call for information about anyone in the village who had a member of their family who took part in the Great War (1914-18). We already have a number of stories to recount, but would welcome more. Contact Richard Field on or tel. 01765 677795.

The girl who was badly injured at the Bishop Monkton crossroads on July 3 is Jenny Unwin from Burton Leonard.
Pam Dyson, the owner of Cascades, who has experience with "Help for Heroes", is starting a fund- raising campaign for her and her family.
Jenny is coming up to her 16th birthday, and as a start, Pam is hoping that as many people as possible will send her a birthday card. These can be delivered to Cascades for passing on to Jenny.

An early morning walker round the playing fields has reported to us that someone had thrown a couple of table tennis bats on to the croquet lawn and slung another couple over the fence on to the bowling green. A fifth one was thrown on to  the cricket pitch.  All the balls had been 'ground down' and rendered useless. 
It sad that someone finds pleasure in ruining a facility that was provided for the enjoyment of the whole community.
Clearly someone is in denial that our playing field deserves the title of 'The UK's best loved playing field'


a Oates, who competed in the recent Ripon Triathlon which brought 900 cyclists through Bishop Monkton, wants to thank those willagers who  helped run the event as marshals or in other ways.
The event generated over £3,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and a further £4,000 was shared between local communmity groups, including Bishop Monkton Village Hall, the village Youth Club and the Scouts. 
Bishop Monkton competitors included Emma Oates and Paul Heap as individuals while Matt and Liz Morrell, Michelle Way, Lesley Shervington and Gary Jenner took part in teams.
Also go to NEWS/Triathlon.

Emma and Steve
 together with a bunch of cyclists connected to The Bardet-Biedl Society, cycled from London to Paris, at the end of last week and arrived on Sunday, July 27  to coincide with the final stage of Le Tour de France. They followed the Sustrans Avenue Verte route. This ihas been a sponsored event to raise money for the charity.
Donations can still be made by visiting or by texting LMBB01 £5 to 700070.

North Yorkshire U15s cricketers won a keenly fought and high scoring match using Bishop Monkton's excellent faciltiies. For report go to CRICKET.


This month's Church Coffee morning went 'yellow' on the eve of the Tour de France passing nearby
the next day.
Rory Richold arrived on a yellow bike, while in the church 50 villagers enjoyed freshly made coffee (or tea) and a selection of home made cakes.

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 will be 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.


Scores of villagers from Bishop Monkton used a spectacular short cut to reach a vantage point at the garage bend near Wormald Green to watch the Tour de France cyclists passing. One of them, Basil Birchall, spotted the walk as a photo opportunity.
Go to PICTURES/photo of the month

At least four Bishop Monkton couples are celebrating their Golden Wedding aniversaries this year.
We will not name them in case they wish to maintain their privacy but we send them our congratulations all the same.
Two of the couples were at Ripon Cathedral for a special Golden Wedding Service attended by 40 couples marking their Golden Wedding anniversary and 14 their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

For the latest Bulletin for Business from Harogate Borough Council go to

Plans are in progress 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 from10 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!).

The organisers of the village Produce Show need two or three new people to come on to the committee to help them organise the Produce Show. Could any one who is interested please contact Chris Procter (tel. 676366) or email

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

29 July 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