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Making their mark on our playing fields

VOLUNTEER groundsman Mick Jackson shows off two pieces of new equipment recently purchased by the Village Hall which will help keep the sports pitches and lawns in tip top condition.


School footballers on winning form

CONGRATULATIONS to this Y1/Y2 mixed football team from Bishop Monkton School which finished fourth out of 60 local primary schools in a big local soccer tournament.

Go to SCHOOL for more details.


Table tennis is a real winner!

BISHOP MONKTON Table Tennis Club is the latest group to be featured in our series about  the many organisations which are regular users of our Village Hall.  Read about the club and why it has become so popular.

Go to VILLAGE HALL USERS/Table Tennis Club. 


Charlotte is new 

church warden

CHARLOTTE SPENCER, pictured front left, after being appointed a new churchwarden at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting held at St John Baptist Church on Sunday. Also seen are Jennifer Barker, previous churchwarden and Maggie Wood, current churchwarden.  In back row are The Revd Jonathan Singh (Assistant Curate) and The Very Revd. John Dobson (Vicar and Dean of Ripon Cathedral).        

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


£550 donated to British Heart Foundation

BOWLING CLUB President Ernest Wilson, who has sadly passed away, pictured playing his beloved bowls. 

Ernest, an accomplished player, brought the game to Bishop Monkton, 

masterminded the installation of the ground, 

became the first Chairman and was desevedly known as 'Father' of the club. His funeral took place on Monday, May 11. Family and friends donated £550 to the British Heart Foundation in his memory. 

Go to NEWS/ Ernest Wilson remembered for full report and tribute. 




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GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • BMEG rejuvenated

    Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group, whose future was once in some doubt, has been rejenated after villagers rallied to its support. They now have new officials and an exciting programme planned for the future.

  • Super efficient co-ordinator

    Isobel Wilson,  who has been Village Hall Bookings Co-ordinator for the past  four years and who is stepped down at the end of April, receiving warm thanks and a presentation from Gerald Shervington.  

  • Worldf's toughest event

    Paul Heap in in training to take part n what is widely regarding as the world's toughest endurance event in July. He is looking for spnsors to raise money for charity.

  • Dance Sounds

    Every fortnight a group of dance enthusiasts descend on Biship Monkton Hall to dance half the night away!  Dance Sounds was the first outside group to book the venue after the new Village Hall opened in 2005.

  • Plans await decision

    This new proposal for the layout of the development off Knaresborough Road, adjacent to the Village Hall and Playing Fields, awaits a decision from Harrogate BC Planning.

  • Markenfield Hall

    MARKENFIELD HALL is a hidden gem on our doorstep but some of us in the village have still never visited it.  You'll have a chance to put matters right in May. 

  • School sporting success

    Our school continues to achieve many sporting successes, including cross country, netball and gymnastics.

  • Art gallery closes

    FLASHBACK to June 2007 - just one of scores of delightful exhibitions staged at the Hield Gallery and hosted by Unity Hield over the years. Now, sadly, the gallery is to close. 

  • Happy 100th birthday!

    Mrs Cusworth, who once ran the Village General Stores, has just celebrated her 100th birthday. She now lives in a care home in Goole.


Exciting new
attractions at
Hog Roast Da

A bucking bronco, Sumo wrestling, an anniversary photo exhibition, soapbox Derby, pig racing, a community sing-along - these are just some of the exciting new attractions at this year's special Hog Roast Day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25.
It is a special Hog Roast Day because this year marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the new Village Hall and it is the 20th Hog Roast.
But all the old favourites will be there, too - like the duck races, the games across the beck, the stocks and wet sponges, the quiz, bargains at the table top sale,  the tasty Hog Roast sandwiches, the delicious teas and lots more.
It is the perfect day out for the whole family. Don't miss it
To see the full programme click on the poster above.

Can you offer a cake?
The organisers of the Hog Roast Day on May 25 would welcome donations of any of the following: coffee cake, chocolate cake, Victoria sponge, lemon cake or scones.
Anyone who can help should call Lesley Shervington on 01765 677564.

Sales opportunity
Looking for a way to sell some unwanted items gathering dust in your garage or spare room?  You could get rid of them on a tabletop at the forthcoming Hog Roast Day on Bank Holiday Monday May 25. But hurry - there are only a few tables left!  If you want one, contact Angie Archbold on 01765 677834 or via
For a preview of what's featured in this year's Hog Roast Day go to WHAT'S ON/Coming

Anyone for tennis?

Tennis club nights are on the first Thursday of each month  from 6.30pm. They are free for existing members. All levels of players are welcome.
Anyone interested is welcome to come down and have a go and then join if they wish to  come again.
The next club night is on Thursday, June 4 at 6.30pm onwards.

Can you help?
David Waddington has just bought himself a VW-type 2 camper van (1978) and it stuck for somewhere to garage it.  It will need a 2.05m clearance.
Can anyone help?  If so, call David on 07530 647279.

Race for Life
Carole Minett is doing the Race for Life on Sunday, June 14 in Harrogate with her daughter Kirsty.
Carole is taking part this year after a break of a few years (during which time she had a  hip and knee replaced) as she has a close friend undergoing cancer treatment.
She is sure that many of you will have a close family member or friend who has suffered  likewise so will be willing to sponsor her thereby raising money for research into cancer.
At last reckoning Carole had raised £175 towards her £400 target.
To help boost her total go to

Warning to residents
A warning has been issued that thieves have been active in Bishop Monkton and could strike again. 
Mervyn Beecroft says a store on the Church Farm Caravan site was broken into on Tuesday night after raiders tore off boarding to gain access. There was damage to property but nothing was stolen possibly because they may have been disturbed by a nearby caravanner. 
Mervyn advises residents throughout the village to be extra vigilant, and to ensure that all windows and doors are securely locked in both houses and outbuildings because the raiders could return, he thinks. 

Local win for Tory
Julian Smith, the Conservative candidate for Skipton and Ripon constituency, was re-elected our MP in the General Election.
Full result:
Julian Smith (Con) 30,248
Malcolm Birks (Lab) 9,487
Alan Henderson (UKIP) 7,651
Jacquie Bell (LibD) 4,057
Andy Brown (Gr) 3,116
Con majority: 20,761

Save your glass
Villagers will notice  that Harrogate Borough Council have now removed their paper and can re-cycling  bins, due to the fact, that despite warnings to the contrary, some people  continued to put thick brown cardboard boxes into the bins intended for paper and thin card. This is regrettable but understandable. The village received no
financial benefit from these, but they were a convenience that has unfortunately  now been withdrawn.

600 hawthorn
saplings planted

Six hundred hawthorn saplings have been planted around the side of the playing fields facing the planned new building site where it is expected some 20 new houses will be built within the coming year.
The planting was undertaken by a team including Mervyn Beecroft, Bob Upton, Mike Jackson and Peter Clarke and completed in around a couple of days.
The hawthorn hedge which will emerge will provide a suitably rural divide between the estate and the sports field.

Exciting times ahead
This year is going to be an exciting one for our village with several special anniversaries to be marked with special events and features.
For more details go to NEWS/Exciting year ahead.


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Editor: Richard Field


20 MAY 2016

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 
Reached 200,000: 27 May 2014
End of 2013:   182,475
End of 2014:   222,494
Visitors in 2014: 40,019
Record one day visitors: 435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors: 4,152 on June 2012
To reach 250,000 visitors: 1 September 2015 (est)
Target by end of 2015: 260,000