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Your chance to play table tennis

A RARE CHANCE has occurred to take up table tennis, one of the village's most popular, healthy and fun sporting activities already enjoyed every week by over 100 players. The club now has a few vacancies on several days of the week, and is offering applicants (at all levels) a chance to 'have and go' first before deciding if they would like to join and benefit from some special discounted subscriptions until year end.  To avoid disappointment, apply soon by e-mail on or phoning Richard on 01765 677795 or Martin on 01765 677521.


Moving tributes to John Behrens

MOVING TRIBUTES were paid to John Behrens at a Service of Celebration for his life at Ripon Cathedral on Tuesday.  He died on May 7 aged 89.The tributes were given by his sons, Charles and James. Other members of the family also took part in the service.  John and Shirley Behrens had lived in Bishop Monkton for many years. He was a former High Sheriff for West Yorkshire, a magistrate for 30 years and headed the family textiles firm in Bradford. Mention was made of his wide support for many charities.

See more in our In Memoriam column.


In memory of Sgt. Renton, RAF

MEMBERS of the Renton family, formerly of Bishop Monkton, will be attending this memorial service and the unveiling of a memorial stone in Germany, on August 5. The circumstances surrounding Sgt. Renton's death in an air crash 1943 were largely unknown for 74 years until this website published an item asking if anyone could throw more light on the incident which led to a German air crash site team being put in touch with Sgt Renton's family. 

STOP PRESS: The report of the unveiling will receive wide coverage in the German Press.  The latest to advise they wish to attend are the British Forces Broadcasting Services BFBS and the UK channel Forces TV. They heard about the ceremony from the British Embassy in Berlin. They plan to interview Valerie Renton, daughter of Sgt Renton, and Erik Weiman, co-leader of the group which discovered the crash site.

A report of the unveiling ceremony in Germany will be published later on this site.


Parish Church appointment

The Bishop of Leeds, The Rt Revd. Nicholas Baines, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd. Sheila Murray, previously serving as Associate Priest at St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, as House for Duty Associate Priest at Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard in the Ripon Cathedral Benefice in the Ripon Episcopal Area. The date of the Licensing Service will be announced soon. 


Have your say on draft Local Plan

VILLAGERS have the chance to comment on the draft Local Plan which now includes the three additional proposed building sites in Bishop Monkton as shown in the top illustration. The six week consultation process will run from July 14 until August 25 during which time  people are invited to send their comments on the Plan to Harrogate Borough Council.

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More new houses than expected

In VILLAGE FORUM read what villagers think about the additional Bishop Monkton building sites which are proposed to be added to the draft Local Plan.  One correspondent says that it is not widely known that '30 more houses than we had been told previously have been added to the plan, extending plot BM4 from 16 to 46 houses - so there is now a total of 112 houses, aside from 18 on the  Kebbell site'.

Go to VILLAGE FORUM/Views on additional sites.


All about roses

ALL ABOUT ROSES: Members of the Bishop Monkton Gardening Club get advice on how best to grow them.

For more go to GARDENING CLUB.


Can you spot our four singers?

The Rock up and Sing Concert  held in Leeds Town Hall, in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice, included four members from Bishop Monkton. Can you spot them among the 300 strong choir?


Therapy room gifted to our School

THANK YOU: Pupils and staff at Bishop Monkton School saying 'thank you' to Kebbell Homes for providing them with a therapy room.

For more details go to NEWS/Gift to School.


No need to book for this annual picnic!

MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Book Group enjoying their annual picnic, held this year at the home of Alison and Peter Holley. As usual members reported back on novels they had exchanged at their Christmas lunch.


Finding out more about our local history

VILLAGERS examine some of the latest discoveries about the history of our village at a special update meeting of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group held at the Village Hall. Looking on is David Banks, Leader of the Group.

For longer report go to LOCAL HISTORY GROUP.


Drone's eye view

 THE PROGRESS being made on the burgeoning Kebbell Homes development site is clearly shown by this photograph taken this week using a drone by villager Stephen Russell, Contracts Manager for Kebbell Development Ltd. The playing fields, part of Jubilee Wood and adjacent farmland are also shown.



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  • Big challenge

    A COFFEE MORNING to help Maisie Heap and Rose Cottrell raise the money they need to go on a World Challenge to Ecuador next year, raised a wonderful £427. Here Issy Way (far left) and Rebecca Archbold (far right) hand cheques to the young adventurers. 

  • Memory Lane

    NETTA PARK, now aged almost 98, reminisces with Rodney Wilson about the old days in the village in the eighth and final 'Down Memory Lane' recording session. The recording made will form part of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group's Village Archive. 

  • Journey's end

    JOHN SMITH, Bishop Monkton's walker extraordinaire, reached Santiago de Compostela after completing the 850km pilgrim's walk from southern France to north-west Spain in just 30 days. 

  • Pip honoured

    PIP GARSIDE, one of the original founders of the charity Speak With IT was nominated for a Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award 2017  in the Community Impact category.  Nominees have made an outstanding contribution to their local community.

  • Gift Aid lunch

    LET'S DO LUNCH was the novel name for a new event which combined this year's St John Baptist Church Gift Day and a delicious lunch for the 50 people who attended to deliver their Gift Day envelopes. 

  • 10th anniversary

    MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club celebrated the club's 10th anniversary during National Croquet Day.They toasted the club in bubbly and enjoyed a specially made anniversary cake. 

  • Gardens visit

    MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Gardening Club pictured during their visit  to the delightful gardens of Littlethorpe Manor. 

  • Epic ride

    PHIL GOODIER successfully completing the Maratona dles Dolomites in Italy on a particularly cold day.  This is the third of four epic rides Philip plans to complete this year to raise money for Asthma UK and has already raised over £2,000.


He died in the massacre at Passchendale

A young man from Bishop Monkton, Douglas Bernard Priestley (pictured above), was killed in action 100 years ago this week.
He was born in Bishop Monkton and spent his early childhood in the village, where his father was Curate at St John's.
By 31 July 1917 Douglas was a Second Lieutenant, serving with 2/5th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.
He was killed on the first morning of the battle advancing towards St Julien and, although his body was never recovered, he is named on the Menin Gate.
Half a million men were killed or injured in the terrible massacre at Passchendale and Ypres.

A special report on how local men took part in this great battle will be told on this website shortly.
School friends back from 'slightly crazy' road trip

Harry Behrens, teenage grandson of John Behrens, has been following his late grandfather’s adventurous and philanthropic footsteps.
Harry and two school friends have recently returned home after completing an amazing 10,000-mile road trip from London to Beijing lasting three months. The journey took in the ancient cities of Samarkand and Tashkent while crossing the vast Central Asian Steppe.
The threesome were unsupported and alone on the road, navigating mountains and deserts as they journeyed eastwards.
The venture was to raise funds in aid of the Lotus Children’s Centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which cares for and educates more than 100 abused, abandoned and orphaned children. 

For longer report go to NEWS/A 'slightly crazy trip'.

Coming soon: our own Village Disco

Starting in September the village will get its own monthly disco at the Village Hall. This new venture is the latest innovation from the Bishop Monkton Entertainments Grou

BMEG Chairman Richard Harper said “We want to put on a good quality disco with a professional DJ on a regular basis. Most dances will be on the third Saturday of each month. We will be seeking the opinions of those
attending the inaugural dance as to how subsequent discos will look. For example we may introduce themes for some dances - the December 16 disco will be Christmas themed no doubt so you can put that one in your diary now.

The first one is for adults over 18 yrs only and other formats will be considered going forward. We want to make this a regular fun event so please give us your support and feedback”

Entry is by ticket only and they will only be available online at to minimise the administration and keep prices down.

For more details of the first disco go to WHAT'S ON (See entry for September 16).

That's the number of visitors who have now logged on to this website since it began!


Hot topics
Among the items discussed at the  Parish Council meeting on Wednesday July 19 were
consideration of the hardcore, which is believed to contain glass and sharp metal, used on Mains Lane; speeding in the village; the quality of mowing outside Lawnfield, the siting of the bus shelter on the A61 and the suggested name of the new road on the Kebbell development.
Minutes of that meeting to be added shortly.
For full agenda go to PARISH COUNCIL/minutes, agendas.

Down and out!
Martin Minnett has volunteered to lead a new project for Bishop Monkton Local History Group delving into the early history of Bishop Monkton Cricket Club.
Already he has unearthed a gem - a report of an1893 match between Bishop Monkton and Knaresborough.
To read what happened go to LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Wheels 2 Work
Problems travelling to work, training or education? Here's a possible answer – Wheels 2 Work (a not for profit charity) has a fleet of mopeds for loan. Since its launch in 2001 hundreds of local people have benefitted from the scheme.
Successful candidates receive a moped, safety equipment, insurance, tax and bike servicing for a small weekly contribution. To be eligible for the scheme you must:       ·       
Live in North Yorkshire·   
Be 16 or over·       
Have no suitable transport to travel to work, training or education
·       Hold a provisional licence
For more information and to apply online, visit or telephone Andy Reddick 01609 780458 Ext 209. 
Emma maintains long family tradition

Emma Oates
has become new Chairman of Bishop Monkton Parish Council taking over from Jane Fowler who has stepped aside.
With her new appointment Emma is continuing a long family tradition of service to the village. Her father, Mervyn, was member and Chairman of the Council for many years.
Pam Brown has been appointed Vice Chairnman.
Go to PARISH COUNCIL for latest Council minutes.
Standing down
Pip Garside, who has edited our excellent Parish Magazine for the past 10 years, is standing down at the end of the year.
This means there will be a vacancy for a replacement to work alongside Co-Editor Sue Short.
If you would like to be considered for this role contact Pip (677494) or Sue (677496).
History for sale
Old pictures of Bishop Monkton and Bishop Monkton village pubs tea towels are being offered for sale at the Masons Arms to raise funds for Bishop Monkton Local History Group.
Plover Fields get the nod
Plover Fields is the preferred choice of street name for the new road in the Kebbell Homes development, the Parish Council has decided. The alternative choice would the Harvest View.

Chris Higgins's Backyard Astronomy column
is back. Go to: ASTRONOMY column/June 2017



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August, 2017

Visits to site since launch in 2005:

Log ins yesterday: 237

Site launch:
29 January 2005
(day of new Village Hall opening).
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435 on 25 September 2012
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