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Bowlers brave 
the elements 
BOWLERS picked the wrong day for the start of their new season, and players had to resort to waterproofs and spectators were glad of their umbrellas. However, since then, the weather has improved and members now look foward to a sunny and successful season

Go to SPORT/BOWLS for more pictures.


Peanuts leads Palm 
Sunday procession 

PEANUTS, Barbara Birchall's 34-year-old pony, is led by Fiona Bailey at the head of a Palm Sunday procession as it makes its way to  the Parish Church.  Peanuts has been part of Barbara's family since he was eight. He is still ridden by various village children, and will trot, canter and gallop but has given up jumping!

Go to Parish Church/news and events.

Appointment at
Parish Church

THE REVD. JONATHAN SINGH who has been named House for Duty priest in charge of Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard parishes. He is pictured here, surrounded by children, at the School's Easter service at the Parish Church.  

The announcement about the appointment reads:'Jennifer Barker, Maggie Wood, Louise Fields and Derek Packer, the parish representatives of St John Baptist Church, Bishop Monkton and St Leonard’s Church Burton Leonard, are delighted to announce the appointment of Rev Dr Jonathan Singh  as the house for Duty priest in charge of the two parishes. Jonathan will be combining his job at St Michael’s, Harrogate with his duties as our priest.  We are greatly looking forward to working with Jonathan in exploring new opportunities to take our faith and worship forward. In June/July (the date will be advised by the Bishop in due course) we hope you will join us in extending a very warm welcome to Jonathan, his partner and Bracken (the Dog) when they move into the vicarage and begin to share in the lives of both village communities'.

Go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events or SCHOOL


Spring flowers for

Mothering Sunday 

FLOWERS FOR MUM: Two young members of the band helping to distribute flowers to ladies in the congregation  at today's Mothering Day service at the Parish Church. 


How much is Mum worth?

Go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events for answer

Daisy takes her pony
for an outing
DAISY PAGE, aged 10, out for a ride today on her pony,
Millie, aged 12.  The two are great friends.


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

  • April Fool spoof

    The Lamb & Flag closed briefly on April lst. The plot was part of an elaborate April Fool spoof which shocked the village - and the landlord! The conspirators are pictured here.

  • 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.

  • Girls at Palace

    Georgina Letts and Emma Archbold received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards from the Duke of Edinburgh at St James's Palace.

  • Monty called up

    This cute puppy has just become Maureen and Andrew Kinnear's latest recruit as blind dog trainee. He follows in the paw marks of Teddy and Hans, who have now moved on to active service.

  • Welcome signs

    New signs have been installed at the Village Hall and in the Queen Elizabeth ll Field. The signs were purchased using a £500 grant won by Fields in Trust.

  • Village vandalism

    Vandals have been causing a trail of damage round the village, including spraying benches, lamposts, gable ends and damaging cars. It is believed the culprits are now known. 

  • National award won

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

  • Future of shop

    The idea of re-opening our Village Shop as a community shop is a non starter with a 'disappointing' response from villagers to the idea, an Open Meeting of the Parish Council was told.

  • Unsung heroes

    A number of individuals and groups from the village have been nomninated for special mention for the work they have done for Bishop Monkton during the past year or so.  See who's been listed.

  • 2.5 million years old!

    This amazing picture of the night sky was taken by Chris Higgins from his back garden. It shows a galaxy of stars with the light we see actually 2.5 million years old!

This year's Hog Roast Day will
be held on Monday, May 26

A lot of hard work has gone into planning this year's Hog Roast and Fun Day which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday May 26.
There is a Tour de France/Yorkshire/Monkton theme and a yellow 'glow' to it this year. The Boat Race has  been rested for a year.
There are nearly all the usual attractions and entertainments.
For fuller details click photo above.


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-12.30 pm 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 a early as places are limited and this is always a very popular event!).

We have launched a new service to help organisers of public events in this village avoid having a date clashing with another event on the same day.
This follows several instances recently of events being organised, with all that involves, only for the organiser to find later that tickets are not selling because there is another event on the same day.
So, if you are organising a public event in Bishop Monkton, look first on our new calendar and make sure there is no clash.
Then send details and dates of any events you are planning so you can get in first!
Click on to WHAT'S ON/Avoiding clashes. 

We are sad to report the passing of David Brown, a long time parishioner of St John Baptist Parish Church.
David was a sideperson at the church and for many years played the Last Post at the annual Festival of Remembrance. He also worked tirelessly selling poppies each year.
His funeral will be held at St John Baptist Parish Church on Monday, April 28 at 11am.

Bishop Monkton cricketers started the season with an excellent 52 run victory at Thornton Le Moor.

Bishop Monkton 'A' team made a good start to their season despite going down to a narrow 12-8 away defeat to the league champions, Sheffield, in the first Yorkshire Division 1 match of the season.
Social croquet has also got under way a fortnight early due to the fine weather. The season opens officially on Sunday, with a carvery lunch at the Lamb & Flag.

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

The annual Church Parochial Meeting of St John Baptist Parish Church, Bishop Monkton will be held on Sunday 27 April 2014, starting at 10am. Churchwardens will also be elected at this meeting.
Go to CHURCH/News and events for more details.

Tennis gets back into full swing on our excellent village courts after Easter.
Jack Pullan from Ripon Tennis Centre will again be coaching juniors and adults on Monday evenings, and Dorothy Culshaw will be running 'drills and skills' on Monday afternoons. Wednesday will again be club night which offers social evenings for adults when all members can meet for a game.
For more details go to SPORT/Tennis. 

Penguins, albatrosses and icebergs punctuated the progress of Richard and Pat Field's recent journey round the southern tip of South America. See some of their photos of the wildlife in these parts.
Go to PICTURES/Photo of the Month

As you may know, we are gathering information about those local men who died in the Great War (1914-1918), and also those who fought in it and survived. This is part of a project to mark the centenary year of the start of the war.
We are already gathering information about Pte Ed Bowes who died in 1917 but now are keen to find out more about the others who died in the conflict, namely: Cpl William Heath (2nd W Yorks) Pte Robert Lowther (RCA) Pte John Richardson (12th W Yorks) Pte D Cussan (Rifle Brigade)
Any information about the above, or any other local men who fought and survived the war, should be sent to:

The Entertainments group puts on pantomimes, plays, sing-alongs and other entertainment throughout the year which we all enjoy. However, they urgently need new committee members to help  keep the shows going. The present Chairman, Richard Harper, has done a stalwart job over the last few years but now needs to step down. So they will also be looking to fill his role. 
Please Please contact Richard on 676039 or email:

Here are the week commencing collection dates for household waste and recycling items.
Grey (household landfill waste in grey topped wheely bin): Apr 14/28; May 12/26..
Green (black box and blue bag): Apr 7/21; May 5/19..
The collection of bins containing garden waste has now been resumed.
Easter collections: April 18 will be on Apr 17; Apr 25 will be on Apr 26.

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Editor: Richard Field

23 April 2014

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