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Happy birthday, Harish!

It's pass the parcel time at Harish's fourth birthday party held at Bishop Monkton Village Hall yesterday. He and his Mum Hanu and Dad Raj are among  recent newcomers to the village, having moved here from Leeds. 'We love Bishop Monkton. It's such a lovely place to live,' say Hanu. And Harish and Dad couldn't agree more! 

'It was a day I'll never forget'

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.

Go to NEWS/At The Palace.


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 Wednesday night's 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.


Fabric Fund reaches £27,500

To date the amazing total of £27,500 has been raised by the Parish Church's Fabric Fund. This has come from donations from both individuals and village organisations. It is hoped work can start soon on the first phase of the repair work.

For full report go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events.


A busy day at the School

This was such a busy day for our School.  First Stray FM Radio's Breakfast Show was broadcast live from the school, and in the afternoon there was a large turnout of parents to watch the annual sports day  and  enjoy a picnic lunch on the Village Playing Fields. To add to all this the School Flag fluttered proudly over the Village Hall!


Lamb & Flag mystery solved

We asked the question who painted this picture of the Lamb & Flag and how it turned up on a Cambridge Market stall.  Clare Royds was quick to provide an answer. The painting she told us was by Alan Matthews, a well-known local painter who used to hold local art classes and who previously owned an art shop opposite Ripon Cathedral.  The shop closed when Alan moved away. Thanks too the other villagers who also identified Alan as the painter of this work. 



Village ladies in March for Men 

Three Bishop Monkton ladies, Lee Higham, Naomi Waddington and Pip Breen marched 10k in Saturday's sweltering heat to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. If you would like to support them please donate to their Just Giving page. 

Go to and search for Lee Higham or by Clicking here


All Stitched Up!

The Ladies of Bishop Monkton Stitchers are busy as ever. They are currently making hundreds of tiny vests which will be used as bunting in Ripon when riders in the World Cycle Championships pass through at the end of September.  Here are some of the ladies in the group with the result of all their recent hard work.

Read more by going to NEWS/Double project.


RAF Log Book
records bombing
raids in 1943

The Log Book complete with the blotting paper Alec used.

This week most of us have been watching events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 but, as far as we know, no Bishop Monkton servicemen took part in that operation. However we do know that Flt Lt Alec Renton, son of Mr and Mrs C. B. Renton of Fernleigh, Bishop Monkton, was on active service elsewhere in Europe a year earlier.  An RAF Log Book, now a treasured part of the Local History Group’s growing Village Archive, shows that during June 1943 he was making almost nightly raids in his Lancaster bomber over such targets as Dusseldorf, Cologne and Wuppertal, and on each sortie carrying bombs with one of them weighing 4,000lb.  Later that year Alec received the DFM (Distinguished Flying Medal) at Buckingham Palace. After the war he was a director of Bishop Monkton Paper Mill. 

For a growing number of details and photographs from the past go to BishopMonktonYesterday (via LINKS).


Congratulations from The Queen

A card Netta will always treasure.

Over 80 guests crowded the Village Hall on Sunday afternoon 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. Today read our special report and photographs recalling parts of Netta’s long life in Bishop Monkton, starting with the time she caught measles here 98 years ago!

Click here for Netta's story.


Bumper Hog Roast realises £2,500

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 has paid off - the event raised a whopping £2,500 for Village Hall funds.

Now read Gerald's round up of the day.

Click on NEWS/Bumper Hog Roast.


See more pictures and a video below or 

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Piggies set a crackling pace

They're off: The 12.30 at Bishop Monkton is watched by large enthusiast crowd.

Now watch a video of the second race  -

For Gerald's round-up of the day click on NEWS/Bumper Hog Roast .


  • 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. 

  • Nature resereve

    Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has opened a brand new nature reserve called Ripon City Wetlands, which is situated just south of Ripon (neighbouring Ripon Racecourse) and has already attracted thousands of wetland birds, including rare avocets. 

  • Local history

    Over 60 villagers crowded into the Village Hall for an open meeting of Bishop Monkton Local History Group. The 'class' heard a talk about the group's new website, details about the village's Conservation area and a briefing about the group's forthcoming programme of events. 

  • Abseiling feat

    Christine Ewalt, pictured above abseiling in New Zealand, has abseiled down Ripon Cathedral  to raise money for the Fabric Fund at St John the Baptist Church.  A sponsor form can be found at the back of the Church.

  • Croquet winners

    Bishop Monton Croquet Club joined clubs across Britain in celebrating National Croquet Day. Kneale Kimber and Sara MacPherson are pictured after receiving prizes in a progressive doubles competition from Club Chairman Richard Field.

  • Friends of School

    Pupils at Bishop Monkton School trying out the 25 new iPads which were bought for them as a result of the big race day last year organised by The Beck Busters. A similar event is being planned this year for Sunday, September 15.

  • New party venue

    The impressive extension to the Village Hall pavilion is now almost completed. The potential future use for this large sitting out /viewing area is now obvious for all to see, and good use of it will be made in the coming summer.


Old Time dancing is back
Old Time dancing is back at the Village Hall.
A new programme of monthly events has started under the leadership of Keith Jackson, and will take place on the third Wednesday of each month.
At last night's Old Time and Social Sequence Dance about 40 participants took part. They came from a wide area of Yorkshire.
The new programme will take the place of the former Dance Sounds which ended last year.
Local Old Time dance enthusiasts are welcome to attend future events. Admission is £6 and this includes light refreshments. No need to book - just turn up!
For future programme go to WHAT'S ON.  

Feeling the heat

Expect a scorcher in Bishop Monkton TODAY (Tuesday)..
The temperature is expected to soar to 30 degrees C and at 5pm it is expected to feel like 35 degrees!
Hottest day yet. 
Click below on LOCAL WEATHER
Lucky  numbers
The Parish Church has launched its monthly draw to raise money for the Fabric Fund.
The lucky numbers in the July draw are: lst prize: ticket no 16; 2nd: number 46, third:number 11.
Back to Roman times
Members of the Local History Group will be visiting the old Roman Town of  Aldborough on Thursday, July 25.
This is the latest in a series of visits and outings being organised by the group, and this one  will conclude with a modern twist - lunch at The Ship Inn.


Our farming heritage recalled

A fascinating event is being provided by the Local History Group for Friday, August 9 when Margaret Simpson, from the well-known farming family, will lead a walk round the village pointing out the few remaining farms and the many other former farms now converted into private homes.
  The walk will take us through the village and will reveal how village and farming life was, back through the generations to the present day. Margaret will start at her own farm, Ivy House Farm at 10.30am and will no doubt give us some fascinating insights into the history of this farm The tour will end at 12 30pm.. Please wear sensible footwear. All welcome. 
See also WHAT'S ON
Lunch fillip!
Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's team playing on Tuesday in the Yorkshire Federation Handicap League looked as if they were going down to a miserable defeat when they trailed Sheffield  2-5 at the interval, but, after a good lunch, a revigourated home team came back to win all the remaining games, squeezing home on the final match of the day  as winners by 7-5.
For all croquet news click on CROQUET CLUB.
The big bang
Newby Hall's annual fireworks championships will take place between 9.45 an 10.55pm on Saturday, July 20.
Because the event is very noisy, local farmers might wish to move or secure livestock.
New Chairman
Chris Bagnall
has been elected Chairman of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group.
The group is moving from strength to strength, continuing its research, organising local walks and outings as well as modernising and updating its website, BishopMonktonYesterday.
To view site go to LINKS.

Council ideas for making our roads safer

The Parish Council says it is aware that many residents are concerned with the speed of vehicles driving through Bishop Monkton.
The Council is currently working with Councillor Harrison from North Yorkshire County Council to improve this. At present, the Council is researching effective speed calming measures including the following:
A speed matrix sign that can be moved to different sites in the village.
A mini roundabout at the junction
A Community Speedwatch Scheme
Realigning the lines at the junction
A STOP sign at the junction

The Council says: 'Please be assured that their aim is to improve the safety of local residents and are working on this as a matter of urgency'. 


To dog owners
David Banks has written to us today to say piles of dog mess left on the pavements  continues to be a problem on St John's Road, and probably elsewhere.
He asks all dog owners to be sure to pick up these messes when they occur.

Over £560 raised at Patronal Festival

A total of £560.90 was raised from a 'Let's Do Lunch' event and Gift Aid donations during the Patronal  Festival at the Parish Church.
The lunch event was a highlight of the day when a delicious summer meal was served by the team which also
lays on the popular monthly Friday morning coffee and cake mornings
See also PARISH CHURCH/News and events.

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What's On
Don't forget to regularly check What's On, Click here to keep you up to date with all of the forthcoming events.

Because the Parish Council does not wish us to include its agendas or minutes any more, it may be timely to remind readers that this information can still be obtained by going to the Council's own site by using the hyperlink which continues to be included on our widely used LINKS section and clicking on Parish Council.
LINKS is a useful facility on this site (with already over 9,000 'hits') for quick access to informative sites provided by the Parish Council, the School, the two Churches, the Local History Group and the Entertainments Group.
You can go to LINKS by scrolling down the navigation bar on the left of this page.


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