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A successful 2019 and more exciting developments in the pipeline

At the AGM of the Village Hall & Playing Fields on Thursday, December 5 , our Chairman, Gerald Shervington, outlined the developments at the hall and playing fields together with the progress and successes of the various affiliated clubs and users of the hall during the last year.  

Mervyn Beecroft (Treasurer) explained that our income was keeping just ahead of expenditure, though good reserves are necessary as the building is now 15 years old and maintenance work is needed.  Funds must also be available for any replacement of vital maintenance equipment as well as for new projects and progressing the hall, such as the veranda at the front of the pavilion and broadband/wifi.  Bookings are fairly healthy but a review of the rates and rentals are in hand to ensure that they are at market levels.  

The three principal officers are willing to stand again and were thanked by Bob Upton for all of their negotiations with Kebbell (and the ensuing benefits) and also for their ongoing involvement, particularly Lesley Shervington who ably undertakes both the role of Secretary and the very demanding Bookings Co-ordinator work.  The meeting was attended by less than 15 with about 10 being committee members - a rather disappointing turn out!  

For more details go to NEWS/Successful year.


   Christingle Service sees start of Advent

To start our Advent Celebrations a delightful Christingle Service was led by the Rev. Ruth Parry who challenged us all to look forward to the coming of Jesus and marvel in his world

God’s world of many wonders and many problems that Jesus came to save and to give hope to its people. We shared the meaning of the Christingle and delighted in ‘Spreading the Light’ as we lit the candles till the church glowed with warmth and hope.

During the after service coffee we were surprised to be told that this year’s Christingle Service was the latest in over 20 years of us starting Advent in this way with this hopeful and reflective service' 


The Village is alive with the Sound of Music


Bishop Monkton’s newest group, Singing for Fun, is keeping the village alive with the Sound of Music. Started in September and led by Angie Archbold, the group now has 45 people registered, and gets a regular attendance of between 35 and 40 singing a variety of songs to suit everyone. Catherine Jennings plays the piano and Tina Harper takes care of the refreshments. The group, which because of the support it has received, will now continue on a permanent basis, meets on a Thursday evening each month in the Chapel Schoolroom. Its next meeting is on 9 January 2020 - for more dates Click here

To find out more about the group contact Angie on 677834.


Awarded a medal 100 years ago 

A hundred years ago John Lee, who was born in Bishop Monkton, received a Merchantile Marine Medal as shown in this certificate loaned to us by Bishop Monkton Local History Group. Does anyone have any knowledge of the Lee family in the village?


Wreaths laid at Remembrance Service

Wreaths at this year's joint Remembrance Day service at St John Parish Church were laid in front of the altar instead of outside at the War Memorial which is the norm. The change was necessary because there is still a temporary exclusion zone outside the front of the church because of the danger of falling masonry. The wreaths were to be moved to the front of the War Memorial after the service.

For full report go to NEWS/Remembrance Day.  

Sound of the past

The Old Smithy at work in Bishop Monkton years ago. Since then the same building has become a garage, a shop and is now transformed into a private dwelling house

For more go to LOCAL HISTORY/From the Past. 


Making waiting for the bus more comfortable

The observant, and the weary, will have noticed the renovated circular seat at the bus stop in the centre of the village. The work was done by Gordon Horrod, pictured, who moved to the village last year. Gordon owned a sawmill in Cumbria, later moving to France with his wife Jane where they refurbished several properties before they returned to the UK and to Bishop Monkton. Repairing the seat around the tree was tricky but ‘on trend’ in this enlightened age of environmentally friendly repairs rather than wholesale replacement.


A warm farewell for The Rev. Sheila

Villagers from both Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard gathered in the Village Hall to say farewell to Rev. Sheila and her husband Andy. Bishop Helen-Anne (pictured left) thanked Sheila for her hard work over the past two years. Gifts from both villages were presented to the couple. Rev. Sheila explained that she and Andy wished to be nearer their family and to spend more time together and this had contributed to their decision to move back to Taunton.  We all wish Sheila and Andy well in their retirement. 


Harvest Festival at Parish Church


The Parish Church was beautifully decorated for the All Age Harvest Festival with lovely displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables both outside and inside the church.Traditional Harvest hymns were sung and  the service was led by The Rev. Sheila and Stuart Newsome. Our lower picture shows four of the church's younger generation reading Harvest prayers.  On the theme of thanksgiving and giving, the base of the font was piled high with tins of food which were later to be distributed to those in need.


Venturing back into the big glad world

Helen Bagnall with one of the three baby hedgehogs she has fostered back to health before they are released back into the wild. 

For full story click on NEWS/Back to the Wild. 


Timetable fixed for urgent Church repairs

The wonderful sum of £33,269 has now been raised for the Parish Church's Fabric Fund which means that urgent repair work needed to make the Church tower safe and the roof watertight will be able to start in March 2020 and should be completed by May.  For several months the front entrance to the church has been out of use and entry has been through a rear door. Plans for the longer term repairs to the roof and the future use of the buildings are now being worked out.


Could you join our team and perhaps save a life?

Two long-time members of Bishop Monkton Life Savers, David Banks and Jonathan Beer, receiving training from Yorkshire Ambulance Trainer Neil Marsay at a recent meeting of local community first responders at the Village Hall.The Bishop Monkton team is in urgent need of additional members to join the team. If you would welcome a challenge and wish to do a great community service, contact Life Saver Co-ordinator Richard Field on or tel. 677795. He will explain more a about what the voluntary job involves.  Newcomers to the village would be particularly welcomed.


  • Croquet honour

    Richard and Pat Field have stepped down from their roles as Chairman and Secretary of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club.  In appreciation of their roles in being instrumental in founding the club in 2007 and helping build it up since then,each was  awarded Life Membership of the Club

  • £1,500 for fund

    Rory Richold, pictured here outside the Santiago Cathedral at the end of her walk on the pilgrims' way, raised £1,500 for our Parish Church Fabric Fund. She wishes to thank all the people who sponsored her so generously.

  • £1,500 for fund

    Rory Richold, pictured here outside the Santiago Cathedral at the end of her walk on the pilgrims' way, raised £1,500 for our Parish Church Fabric Fund. She wishes to thank all the people who sponsored her so generously.

  • Stitchers raise £600

    The Stitchers held a very successful Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Chapel Schoolroom which raised £600. Thanks go to Lesley Taylor who arranged the event and all who helped run it.

  • £500 for Workshops

    A cheque for £500 being presented to support the work of the Jenny Ruth Workshops by young Archie and Max Roe. The magnificent sum was raised at a Summer Lunch held at the Bishop Monkton Methodist Church Schoolroom.

  • 1943 RAF log book

    This 1943 log book recording bombing raids over Germany in 1943 is the first in a series of historical items which have been sent to us and which will be passed on to the Local History Group for possible inclusion in the Village Archive they are building up.

  • Group outings

    Bishop Monkton Local History Group has organised some fascinating outings this year. Click photo to read about where they have been and what they have seen.

  • At the Palace

    Margaret Lodge enjoyed 'a day I will never forget' when she attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party following her award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to our community.

  • DIY triumph

    The remarkable story of how Bishop Monkton auctioneer Richard Harper (with no previous building experience) undertook the extend his iconic 300-year-old Grade 2 listed cottage. 

  • 100th birthday

    Over 80 guests crowded the Village Hall for a party to honour Netta Park who was celebrating her 100th birthday - and she did it in style, thanks to her good  friends at the Methodist Church. She was proud to receive a card from The Queen.

  • £2,500 raised

    Gerald Shervington takes a well earned sit down beside the beck just about 12 hours after he and others started at 4am getting the hog ready for roasting. But all the hard work paid off - the event raised a whopping £2,500 for Village Hall funds.


Emerging from croquet hibernation!

Most members of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club are currently in deep hibernation counting the days until the start of the new season in the spring.
But Richard and Pat Field (pictured above) found a way of continuing to play daily in the sunshine on their recent long sea voyage from South Africa to Australia.
‘The rolling of the ship just added a new challenge - and a good excuse for missing the hoops’, said Richard.
The couple are now home again..


Thanks to Martin
Martin Minett kindly stood in for Richard while he was away by posting new stories and pictures on this site. Many thanks, Martin.
By the way, there is  no truth in the rumour that Richard and Pat are moving from the village.
When asked by a friend recently where and when they were moving and where they were going they were totally nonplussed. They have no such plans. They are happy to be staying put, they assure us.

On the boule!

Boules will be added to the sports available on
Bishop Monkton Playing Fields next year.
Go to NEWS/Successful year.


Mark makes his mark

Mark, their seventh Guide Dog puppy, has joined Andrew and Maureen Kinnear at their home.
. £370 was raised for Guide Dogs at the recent Coffee Morning. Maureen  wishes to thank everyone who helped or attended the event.


Beck cleaning

On behalf of the village our thanks go  to the "20 men" who on Tuesday, December 4, removed the foliage. tree branches and debris from the beck. This year two farm trailer loads were removed leaving an uninterrupted flow so essential to resist flooding as well as preserving this beautiful village we have the privilege to live in. Many thanks lads the three hours you spent will benefit all of us - Roger Baker (co-ordinator)
Spud & Pud lunch 

A record 50 tickets were sold for this event on Monday, November 18, and we were again treated to some very nice spuds and fillings, followed by delicious puddings. The event raised £353 (including some additional donations) for the TASC Madagascar charity that supports a school in Madagascar. A very big thank you must go to all who supported the lunch and also go to those who donated the food and to the team of workers who prepared and delivered the lunch. In particular to Angie Archbold who led and co-ordinated the team.

Safari Supper

Over 40 people attended the Safari Supper in the village on November 16. The weather for people moving between houses was discouraging - drizzle - but everyone completed their Safari and came together for coffee and cheese at Sue and Mike Short’s house at the end of the evening. The event is held to raise funds for the church and takes place every second year... newcomers to the village may like to look out for the event in 2021 

Secret Wartime Britain 
Local author Colin Philpott will be giving a fascinating talk entitled ‘Secret Wartime Britain’ on Thursday, January 16 at  7.30pm at Bishop Monkton Village Hall.
In it he will  take his audience on a virtual tour of some of the thousands of hidden sites which existed across Britain during the Second World War, including many from Yorkshire. 
The talk is part of an ongoing programme of talks and outings being presented by Bishop Monkton Local History Group.
Tickets for Colin’s talk are £5 (free to members of Bishop Monkton Local History Group) and they are still available so please call Annabel Alton on 01765 676538 or e-mail her at
Clothing for refugees

Ripon City of Sanctuary have written thanking Bishop Monkton people who have contributed clothes for refugees over the last four years.
Clothes passed through Isobel and Rodney Wilson have been taken to Allhallowgate Methodist Church in Ripon to pool with many other local contributors. Over 100 car loads have then been delivered to Centres in Hull (mostly by our own Chris Procter) and Wakefield.
As winter approaches there is a particular need for clean,quality warm clothing and especially men’s shoes. New underwear, including socks, are very welcome, but not bedding. More information from Chris (676366) or Isobel (677625)


Getting us in the Christmas mood
Friends of Bishop Monkton School are early in getting us in the Christmas mood.
They held a  Christmas Fayre at the Village Hall on December 1, and  they will then be organising Christmas by the Christmas Tree in the centre of the village on December 17, with mince pies to follow at the Lamb & Flag.
See also WHAT'S ON

The future of our Church building to be discussed
As reported elsewhere on this page the urgent repairs to the tower and making the roof watertight are now scheduled to go ahead between March and May next year.
Now attention is turning to the longer-term repairs to the roof and future wider role of the building.This matter will be looked at by a new group which has been formed, comprising representatives of both the Church community and the wider village. While accepting that the Church will always be primarily a place of worship, it is also felt the building could also be used more widely in other ways for the benefit of the whole community.

For fuller report go to PARISH CHURCH/News and events OR read in Parish Magazine.


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