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Marathon duo say 'thank you'

LONDON MARATHON duo, Emma Oates and David Arundell, wearing their finisher tee-shirts and showing fof their medals, drop in to thank members of Bishop Monkton Keep Fit Group for making donations to support each of the runners' charities.

Go to NEWS/Run of success for more details and photos.


Well done, David!

DAVID ARUNDELL with fund-raising friend Andy Wray took part in Sunday's London Marathon. David successfully completed the 26.20 mile course in the very creditable time of 6hrs 22 minutes. So far he has raised £1,432  for Cystic Fibrosis. 

Go to NEWS/Marathon men. 


44 years as clerk  to Parish Council

MARGARET LODGE receiving a retirement presentation from Mervyn Beecroft, retiring Chairman of the Parish Council. Margaret, who has completed 44 years service as Clerk to the Council, received a beautiful antique aquamarine brooch, a bouquet of flowers and a framed photo. She is delighted and most grateful and thanks all those concerned. 


An afternoon tea

fit for a Queen

BISHOP MONKTON villagers had a chance to wish Her Majesty a happy 90th birthday when they sat down to an afternoon tea fit for a Queen at the Village Hall on Sunday afternoon.

For more go to NEWS/Putting on the Ritz.


Waiting for walkies!

LILY waits patiently for it to stop raining so as to be taken for a walk by owner Valerie Williams. This is the latest photo submitted for our series on pets/wildlife.

Go to PICTURES/Wildlife/pets


New bench marks

FIVE NEW BENCHES have been added around the cricket ground on the QE2 Playing Field. They were financed from proceeds from the Autumn Auction.  Here, enjoying a well deserved rest on one of them, is Mick Jackson, one of the volunteer ground staff. He and Mervyn Beecroft had earlier installed the benches on new concrete bases.


Real cliff hanger!

JANE NEWSOME on her way up Table Mountain as part of her Easter Challenge to raise money for AFIA (Away From It All), a charity to give needy families a holiday. Jane undertook the challenge to 'give something back'. Not long ago she was threatened with the prospect of life in a wheelchair but has since made an amazing recovery. Jane raised a remarkable £8,290 for the charity which will enable 33 families to benefit.

Go to NEWS/Table top triumph to read her own remarkable story. 


The new line-up

The old Parish Council, pictured above at the recent Open Meeting, will soon change to include four new faces who will join Jane Fowler and Emma Oates who are staying on.

The new team is named

Just four nominations were received for the four vacant positions caused by the retirement of Mervyn Beecroft, Ken Barker, Chris Proctor and Florence Bowes. This means there will be no need for voting which would otherwise have occurred on May 5.

The new Council will be made up of:

JANE FOWLER (proposed by M. Beecroft)




BOB UPTON ( C. Procter)



Almost bowled over!

BRAVING THE ELEMENTS: Ten bowlers  braved the elements on Saturday when they opened the bowling green but they were finally finished off by a hail storm! Picture shows John Kerr, Pauline  Beecroft, Sandra and Steve Roberts and Keith Alderson. Our worthy photographer was Basil Birchall.

For 2016 fixtures go to BOWLING/fixtures

First outing by new walking group 

FIFTEEN villagers took part in the first outing organised by the new Bishop Monkton Walking Group. They enjoyed a six mile ramble which took them on a circular walk from Sawley including Eavestone Lake. The group is organised by Kathryn and Martin Bethel.   

Wake up. I want    to play

Harry waits for Monty and Marty to wake up and play. This picture, from Maureen Kinnear, is the latest in our new series featuring Wildlife and Pets. Other readers are invited to sent their entries to

For more entries go to PICTURES/Wildlife/pets


A hard act to follow

MARGARET LODGE, Clerk to Bishop Monkton Parish Council for the past 44 years, is being succeeded by her daughter, Jane Mosley, in the role of Clerk. Council Chairman Mervyn Beecroft, who is also stepping down shortly, described Margaret at the Open Meeting as 'an absolute brick' with whom it had been a pleasure to work.

For news of big changes coming on the Parish Council go to NEWS/Council shake-up.


A lot of tail wagging!

DOGGY CONGRATULATIONS: Marty and Monty are keen to congratulate their mistress, Maureen Kinnear, who shows them the bronze puppy award from Guide Dogs she has just received for completing 50 months of puppy walking. Maureen says she couldn't do her work in training guide dogs for the blind without all the support she gets from the village in accepting her trainee puppies at different venues and events that  help towards their socialisation.


Bridge completed

WORK COMPLETED The new bridge outside the Mechanics Institute is completed. There are mixed feelings about its final appearance. 

Also see NEWS/Bridge work


 1943 secrets unearthed

EXCITING new finds have been made at the recently discovered site where Sgt. Reginald Renton's plane crashed in Germany in 1943.  Our contact, Erik Wieman, who is part of the search team, has sent us the latest news from the crash site. All details of findings are being fed back to members of Sgt Renton's family.

Go to NEWS/Air crash latest.



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  • New defibrillator

    A new defibrillator will be located at the Village Hall for use if and when anyone using the hall or playing field suffers a heart attack. The Village Hall and Parish Cohncil have provided matching funds to make the purchase.

  • Easter challenge

    Jane Newsome took on an Easter hallenge which involved climbing Table Moujntain in South Africa, Oncxe threatened with life in wheelchair, shed id the climb to raise sponship money for charity and 'to give something back'.

  • Versatile horse

    Peanuts, approaching his 37th bithday, is a horse of many talents - pn Palm Sunday he pretended to be a donkey for the trditional procession through the village. At Christmas he pretended he was a reindeer!   

  • 1994 cricketers

    Are you here?  This 1994 picture of the Bishop Monkton cricket team is the latest in pictures plucked at random from one of Elizabeth Wilkinson's wonderful old photo albums in our series, Times Gone By.  Keith Pettitt was first back with the names. 

  • A rare treat

    Did you see this spectacular display of the the Aurora  Borealis (Northern Lights) over Bishop Monkton - a truly rare event this far south? This picture was taken by Chris Higgins, The photo was chosen as our Photo of the Mlnth.

  • Meaningful meal

    A symbolic meal but not quite the one enjoyed by those who attended a Seder Meal for Passover and The Lord's Supper at the Parish Church on Maundy Thursday. 

  • Dog poo campaign

    A CAMPAIGN to urge more dog owners to use bags and bins to dispose of dog poo is continuing and has been joined by the children at the School who have produced hard-hitting posters to push home the message. 

  • Quiz winners

    BISHOP MONKTON'S BRAINIEST: Winners at the Easy Peasy Quiz take a bow at the Village Hall after beating 15 other teams and pipping the runners-up by just half a point.  The event raised £750 which will shared between the Church and the School. 

  • Air crash news

    Seventy years after Sgt Renton died in an air crash somewhere in Germany new facts have emerged bnringing solace to members of his family. Read how this website helped pass on the news to the family..

  • Class of 1953

    CLASS OF 1953: Are YOU there or can you recognise or name anyone in this picture which was sent to us by John Gray.  Send names to 

  • Panto triumph

    Dick Whittington, the village panto, has been widely acclaimed for its professionalism. Read what our reviewer has to say about it. Also a chance to see more photographs of the show.

  • Phoebe's flag

    CONGRATULATIONS to 10-year-old Phoebe Dudley who has been voted winner from 65 excellent entries from Bishop Monkton School in the junior section of the Village's Flag Design competition. 

  • New Village Flag

    This has been voted for the new official Bishop Monkton Flag in the adult section of the competition, although this is still subject to approval by the Parish Council and the Village Hall Committee. The design was by David Ralphs.


A big event at
Ripon Cathedral

A big event, 'Ripon Cathedral Revealed', is being staged over the coming Bank Holiday weekend (April 28 - May 2). This will be a Festival of Flowers, Music, Spirituality and Food & Drink.
Just one of the many attactions will be a plant stall being organised by our own Sue Riley.
She would be most grateful to receive donations of plants, cuttings, seedlings, divided perennials, etc.  If you can help please call her on 07815 938453.
Sue's stall will run for two days (April 29 and 30) and she would be delighted to see you there.

More details click on icon above.

Magic milestone
The number of visits to this website since it was launched in 2005 has passed the 
300,000 mark.
We have been told this may be one of the largest number of 'hits' achieved by a website in any village of our size. 

Thanks for your support over the years! Long may it continue.

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New leaders.

Emma and Rebecca Archbold, who have attended the popular annual children's Holiday Club as children or as helpers over the last 15 years, have offered to take over the leadership the club with support from the Rev. Helen Bell. The club is to be held August 22-25 this year.
Details of the club can be found on the posters round the village, in the Parish Magazine and on this website (go to What's On/Coming Events).

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week will be held from May 15 -  21. House-to-house collections will be followed by a United Service for  Christian Aid Week at the Methodist Church on  Sunday, May 22 at 10:30am. All welcome.  
Should anyone wish to assist with  the house-to-house collections please contact Naomi (tel. 677770).

Clothes for refugees
The centres in Hull and Wakefield  have written to say how much the clothes and bedding given from this area so far  have been extremely helpful and much appreciated. Now they are asking for  lighter clothes for the summer and underclothes for men.
If you have anything to  contribute, please leave them at the Methodist Church on Tuesday or Sunday morning or with Isobel and Rodney at Dransfield House, Main Street.

Hog Roast appeal
Lesley Shervington is organising Hog Roast teas in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom on May 30 and needs volunteers to help set up and put down.  The café will be open from 12noon until  4pm. She needs four people each hour to take orders, serve refreshments and  cakes, clear up and wash up.
Lesley is also looking for volunteers to make the following cakes - chocolate,  coffee, lemon and Victoria Sponge and also home-made scones.  
If you can help please contact Lesley on 677564 or email

A great start
Bishop Monkton cricketers got the season off to a great start with a useful win against Birstwith. Charlie Huchinson (82), and  Alex Worrall (58 not out) were the leading runs scorers and Danny Wigby got three wickets.
For regular match reports go to CRICKET CLUB/match reports.

£5,588 boost for Village Hall funds

The Village Hall received a £5,588 boost to its funds when Richard Field, Chairman of Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club,  presented a cheque to Gerald Shervington, Chairman of the Village Hall.
The amount included £5,088 for use of the hall and a further £500 donation, part of which will be spent on improving the lighting in the main hall.
The club has 100 members split into eight different groups.

Village Hall bookings
For those wishing to hire the hall the contact is Lesley Shervignton. You can e-mail her on this address ( or tel (01765 677564). Also go to VILLAGE HALL HIRE.
The Village Hall is still looking for someone to take over the role of Bookings Co-ordinator on a longer term basis. Anyone interested should contact Gerald Shervington, Chairman of the Village Hall, who will explain the role in more detail. He can be contacted on or tel 01765 677564.

More to re-cycle
Harrogate Borough  Council is expanding the range of materials it collects as part of its kerbside  re-cycling scheme to further reduce the amount of waste it takes to  landfill. New materials are being collected in addition to the  glass and plastic bottles, tins, aluminum foil, paper and card that are already  collected.
Details on NEWS/More to re-cycle.

Produce Show plans
This year's Bishop Monkton Produce, Art and Crafts Show will be held at the Village Hall on Sunday, September 4. Entry forms and a list of the categories have been circulated to all households.
New categories for 2016 are ones for Best Flower Garden and Best Vegetable Garden.
Enquiries to Chris Proctor (676366).

Class of 52 named
Sandra Waddington wrote to us this week so say she had read about Mrs Cusworth's death on this website and wondered if we could put us in touch with her daughter, Suzy, who was a close of Sandra's  but with whom she had lost touch.
On the same day we heard from John Gray, who provided us with a School photograph dating from 1952, and to our surprise
 we spotted Sandra (then Riley)  seated there at the end of the second row!
John has identified a number of those in the picture but there are some gaps. since then Joan Chisem (Jackson), who is also in the picture, has provided some of the missing names for us.
See photo in PICTURES/Down Memory Lane.

The Last Word

Why is it that the two signs saying 'Bridge Road' (wherever that is!) will be closed from February 29 for five weeks are still in place? This is so despite the work of replacing the Mechanics' Institute bridge having been completed almost a month ago?  
Local residents have complained to NYCC to ask for them to be removed and a council van has actually appeared at the site but then gone away again.
Perhaps the signs are considered to be historic monuments which will grace Boroughbridge Road for ever!
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30 APRIL 2016

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