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Find out more about new housing plans for village

The Parish Open Meeting at the Village Hall on Wednesday, March 29 will provide villagers with the opportunuity to find out a lot more about plans for new housing developments in the village.

Details will be given by a team of senior officials from Harrogate Housing Association who will also be glad to answer questions from the floor.

Housing topics to be covered will include:

How it is decided what affordable housing is required  for an area
What is actually being built in terms of affordable and co-owned housing
What is the criteria for this housing
What is the process and timescales
Future ongoing support and maintenance
Speakers from Harrogate Housing Association attending are
Angela Aldis, Operations Manager, and Steven Brook, Chief  Executive, and also Jenny Wood, Development Manager Housing, from Harrogate Borough Council.

Other local topics will also be discussed during the meeting.

All villagers and welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 7pm.

For 2017 agenda and 2016 minutes click on PARISH COUNCIL/*Agenda 2017.

Consultation on building sites 

The Harrogate Borough Council Local Plan, which includes seven potential housing sites in Bishop Monkton, will be subject to a further six week consultation in July.

At the last meeting of Bishop Monkton Parish Council Councillor Tony Garnett updated the current position following earlier discussion of the draft Local Plan.  At that stage the Parish Council had not been asked to consult. The several 'green spaces' it had put forward had not been adopted for inclusion.

District Councillor Ian Galloway said over 20,000 replies had been received following  the initial consulation. It was landowners and their agents who had put forward potential sites for development, not Parish Councils.

It is still possible to make comments on the plans as there is no cut-off and nothing has been rubber stamped, he stressed. In July the Parish Council will ensure details of the Local Plan, and its local implications, are widely publicised.

To read minutes of the latest Parish Council meeting click on PARISH COUNCIL.


Sheepish finalists

FINALISTS in the Sheep Racing event oganised as a Bowling Club fund-raiser at the Village Hall. So who won?

Click on NEWS/sheep races to find out!


Quiz cliffhanger

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. So who won in the end?

For answer click on NEWS/Easy-Peasy Quiz.


Ben Cairns wins

Council election

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

Ben tells us why he wanted to become a Councillor. Go to PARISH COUNCIL.


Ready just in case

TWENTY FIVE volunteers received training at the Village Hall in the use of the Village Hall defibrillator. They now know what to do if someone suffers a heart attack while at the hall or using the playing fields.


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 on Saturday evening.

For more details go to ENTERTAINMENTS/Mamma Mia!


Traffic calming plans revealed

READ how the developers plan to install traffic calming measures on the stretch of Knaresborough Road abutting the new Kebbell Homes development.

For full report go to KEBBLE HOMES/Traffic calming.



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  • Tally ho!

    THE YORK & AINSTY NORTH HUNT visited Bishop Monkton stopping for a stirrup cup and cake at The Lamb & Flag.  They were welcomed by a large crowd of hunt supporters, followers and villagers. 

  • Year of progress

    GERALD SHERVINGTON, Chairman of the Village Hall and Playing Fields Committee, reports on a  year of notable achievements at the annual meeting of the group at the Village Hall. 

  • Bethlehem visit

    RICHARD FIELD reports from Bethlehem when preparations were well in hand to celebrate Christmas at The Church of the Nativity. The silver star, pictured above, marks the spot where Jesus was born. 

  • Yorkshire champions

    BISHOP MONKTON Croquet Club's Level Play team are current Yorkshire Champions in that League. Here Andrea Widdison receives the shield from Yorkshire Federation Chairman Anna Giraud. 

  • National winner

    DAVID WIDDISON, a member of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, receives the National A Level Tournament Cup after beating off fierce competition from players with national and world rankings in this prestigious event.  

  • We will remember them

    RECIPIENTS of boards mounted with parts of a crashed RAF plane and dug up from its 1943 crash site and brought over from Germany for presentation as part of November's Remembrance Day service at Bishop Monkton Church.  

  • Goodbye Jonathan

    Warm  tributes were paid to Jonathan Singh, who has departed after having been priest here for the past two and a half years. He received a number of gifts and good wishes for his future at St Leonard's Hospice in York. 

  • Record auction

    CASHIER Martin Minett looks shocked when he finds that this year's action broke attendance and profit records, making over £3,000 for imrprovements to Village Hall security, and attracting the largest turnout for 10 years. Can't wait for next year!

  • Overall winner

    Anne Bettridge receives the trophy as Overall Winner at the Produce, Arts & Crafts Show from Show Organiser Chris Procter. She narrowly beat Pauline Beecroft for the top award.  The event attracted entries in 95 classes across eight different categories. 

  • Blithe Spirit

    The  cast of Blithe Spirit who brought pleasure to large and enthusiastic audiences. A tremendous lot of preparation, hard work and rehearsal went into this Noel Coward production and everyone involved in it is to be congratulated and thanked.  

  • Girls show how

    GIRL FOOTBALLERS from Bishop Monkton School were runners-up in the grand final of the regional Y5/6 competition held at Rossett School, Harrogate. This is just one of the recent sporting successes at our School.

  • Hidden treasures

    John Simpson, one of almost 40 villagers who attended the inaugural meeting of the new Local History Group, shows off the old Victorian Post Office sign which graced the front of his house, The Limes, more than 100 years ago.  How many other villagers have historical treasures like this hidden away?  

Unity's plea to Sir David

Bishop Monkton artist and naturalist Unity Hield has sent an impassioned letter to Sir David Attenborough to raise her concern about the sad decline in British wildlife.
She is especially concerned about the alarming decline in our hedgehogs, bees, butterflies and song birds.
She asks Sir David to use his influence to urge the government outlaw the use of poisonous chemicals in gardening products, to ban the shooting of hares and also to act to  stop the widespread slaughter of song birds in such places as Malta.
Go to NEWS/Wildlife plea to read letter in full.
David to represent England
David Widdison, a member of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, is to represent England in the European Championships in Cadiz in May.
David, who only took up croquet six years ago, has since won the club's men's singles championship four times. His wife, Andrea, is also an accomplished player.
'We are delighted by David's latest triumph, and are pleased for the club to bask in some reflected glory,' commented Club Chairman Richard Field.

New Parish Clerk is appointed

David Taylor, who lives in Ripon, has been appointed the new Bishop Monkton Parish Clerk. He started his new job on Monday, March 13 when he took over from Keith Pettitt who is standing down because of new commitments
David can be contacted by telephone on 07951 648056.
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.

Group is growing

The newly-formed Bishop Monkton Gardening Club now has 27 paid-up members.
Its first meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, March 30 with a talk about 'Victorian Food Gardening'. This is for members only.

Garden Waste 
Good news for gardeners! The collection of garden refuse has now resumed so don't forget to put it out on your next re-cycling date!
Interview groups are taking shape
The newly-formed Bishop Monkton Local History Group has now got four projects well under way.In one project Richard Field is organising for groups of long-time residents to sit down together for a chat and to reminisce about the old days in the village. Their voices will be recorded and the recordings will form part of the new Village Archive.
Individuals who have lived in the village for many years are currently being approached and invited to take part in one or other of the group interviews. If YOU have vivid memories of the village years ago and would like to be included please call Richard on 677795.
Go to LOCAL HISTORY GROUP to read what else the Group is working on.
Looking for a grant?
North Yorkshire Police are offering funding to support community initiatives which benefit the community and its residents.
The monies made available come from the auction of property which has either been siezed or confiscated as part of criminal investigations and which, despite their best efforts, the Police have been unable to return to the righful owners.
To find out more about this funding opportunity go to


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.
Table tennis safety
Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be providing basic first-aid training for volunteers from all eight groups which play each week at the Village Hall on Saturday, April 1.  This move follows several accidents which have occurred from falls during play.
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.
Panto plans for 2018
The Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group is already planning for the next panto - in 2018!
Anyone interested in taking pary, either on or off stage, is invited to attend a planning meeting at the Village Hall on Thursday, April 6 starting at 7 30pm. Interested? Then call Tina 676039 or Angie 677834.
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. 

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Editor: Richard Field, BCAc

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23 March, 2017

Visits to site since launch in 2005:


Site launch:
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 333,333 hits: 6 15pm on Friday, 30 Sept 2016
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