VILLAGE NOTICEBOARDJonathan Beer, one of the responders
Bishop Monkton Life Savers, a small team of volunteer responders ready to go out if anyone in the village suffers a heart attack or suspected attack or has serious breathing problems, received a welcome boost this week.
In response to an appeal on this website, they heard from two villagers, one of whom has agreed to become the group's third co-ordinator, and from a previous responder who now wishes to re-join the team.
This is great news for the group which lately has struggling with a depleted team.
The two volunteers will mean that this valuable community service should now be secure again, although they still really need two or three more recruits to get back to full strength. Anyone interested in joining them should contact Richard Field on 677795.
GREAT WAR VICTIM'S
Due to an error in the official war records, our tribute to Robert Lowther, one of the five Bishop Monkton men who died in the Great War, was incorrect in our recent series on the war.
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The error was spotted by an Australian WW1 War researcher who e-mailed us this week to say that a confusion in the war pension records will have provided us with wrong information which confused two men with almost identical service numbers.
Robert Lowther's army career was further complicated by the fact that he emigrated to Australia in 1914 and prompty enlisted in an Australian regiment and returned to fight in The Somme where he died in 1916.
The tribute to Robert Lowther on this website has now been amended, as will the record in the Parish Church.
To read amended tribute go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Honouring Robert Lowther.
The go-ahead Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group is laying on some more rather special events.
This time they are offering the public not just a play, but a play plus music plus cheese and wine. Two evening events are planned for November 21 and 22.
For full details go to WHAT'S ON.
ART ON VIEW
Some lovely pictures of Bishop Monkton painted by Walter Horsnell are on display this week at Art in the Mill, Green Dragon Yard, off Castlethorpe, Knaresborough. They include pictures of the ford, and houses on St John's Road and some near the Church.
A number of villagers already own pictures painted by Walter - and this is a chance to view more or to buy one.
For more details go to www.artinthemill.co.uk
OLD GRUMP SOUNDS OFF
John Hague has earned himself quite a reputation lately for writing witty letters which get published in publications such as The i and The Oldie.
In his latest offering entitled 'Language in danger' he writes:
'Call me an old grump, but I was annoyed by two of your headlines on October 20.
On page 36 Karen Wright 'wishes she had £11m spare. Surely this should be 'a spare £11m' or '£11m to spare'.
Then on page 52 footballer Pocognoli 'learns off Dutch master'. It should be 'learns from Dutch master'.
Or is it me that's been brought up wrong' John concludes.
Our series about the Great War, telling the story of local men who took part in it, continues to cause a great deal of interest.
Two additional items about local participants in the war are about members of Rodney Wilson's family, and another is about Robert Hymas, one of five members of the Hymas family, who answered the call to fight for King and Country.
To read these reports go to THE 1914 - 18 war/additional items.
HELPING OUR SCHOOL
Another Bags2School collection is being aranged in the village.
A collection bag has been delivered through letterboxes, and you are invited to fill it with good quality adults' and children's clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys.
Bags will be weighed and the more they weigh the more money they will raise to support our village school.
Bags should be taken to a collection point outside the school on Thursday, November 20 at any time up to 3 30pm.
Congratulatiuons to our Cricket, Bowls and Croquet Clubs for successes this year in the season which is now coming to an end.
The Cricket Club won promotion to Division 3 and were runners-up in the League; the Bowls Club won both the Dalesman and Bateson Leagues this season - the first time they have pulled off this notable 'double' - and Bishop Monkton U3A won Division 2 of the Yorkshire Croquet League.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
A new way of communicating with his flock has been started by The Revd. Dr. Jonathan Singh, assistant curate at Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard Churches.Jonathan has started producing and circulating a bright and well-designed weekly e-newsletter which contains notices and news from both the Diocese and our two churches.Jonathan has shown himself to be a computer whiz. Just one more job for him in his very busy schedule!
Julian Smith MP is holding surgeries in November and December in Ripon. Bishop Monkton residents are welcome to attend.
Go to WHAT'S ON/ Coming events.
The Manager of The Moody Cow, Martin Spalding, has advised us that he is willing to allow local villagers to use their car park so as to make easier use of the public transport from the nearby bus stop to Ripon, or to Harrogate and Leeds or beyond. Thanks, Martin.
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Editor: Richard Field
31 October 2014
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