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Showing the flag

RAISING THE FLAG: A new flagpole was added to the front of the Village Hall on Friday and the England flag now flies there proudly. Now we want to design a Village Flag and invite villagers to submit design or designs for consideration by a panel who will pick the best  which will then be produced and flown  on appropriate future occasions.  Villagers are invited to submit designs (computer generated or hand drawn) and send them initially to so they can be passed on to the judging panel. Put your thinking cap on!


School triumph

WINNING SMILES: Members of Bishop Monkton School Quad Athletics team pictured after receiving medals for their outstanding performance in an athletics competition open to 318 schools in Yorkshire and finishing second!

For report go to SCHOOL


New concert venue

RIPON COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA, which already uses Bishop Monkton Village Hall for weekly rehearsals, will be putting on its first public concert here on Tuesday, July 7.

Also see VILLAGE HALL USERS/ Community Orchestra


Pauline to compete  for national title

NATIONAL FINALIST: Bishop Monkton bowler Pauline Beecroft has qualified with one other Yorkshire lady to play in the National Championship Finals at Royal Leamington Spa (the home of British Bowls).She will play the  representative from Worcester in the 4 wood singles category on August 6th.

Go to BOWLING/News and pictures.


Awards for Tom     and Katie

 Tom and Katie Oates with their Adversity Sports Awards which were presented by Gambaru Gym and Stray FM at the Old Swan Hotel on Wednesday evening. In all 28 young people in the Harrogate area were recognised for achievement in sport whilst living with adversity in some form or other. Tom won his for cycling and fund raising and Katie won hers for cycling and for her successes at The Great North Swim in Windermere, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Bardet-Biedl Society.



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  • Church garden party

    This young lady is intent on scooping the marbles down the hole in a game at the Vicarage Garden Party, part of the St. John Baptist Summer Festival. 

  • Future guide dog?

    This is Marty, the latest addition to the Kinnear family. He is a seven-weeks-old Labrador/Golden Retriever who will stay with Andrew and Maureen for a year to undergo initial training as a guide dog.  

  • Five are confirmed

    FIVE of the candidates from Bishop Monkton who were confirmed at Ripon Cathedral by The Bishop of Leeds, The Rt Rev. Nick Baines. Among them was Charlotte Spencer who was recently made Churchwarden at St John Baptist Church.   

  • School successes

    Bishop Monkton School has been successful in various inter-school sports events, including orienteering.

  • Hog Roast Day

    Hog Roast Day was a whopping success again, with crowds enjoying a wide variety of events including a buckling bronco, soapbox derby and Suma wrestling!

  • Croquet success

    Bishop Monkton Croquet Club continued a successful run with a close win in a friendly over The Dales by 96-94 hoops. This followed their recent win over Ripon Spa by 124-111.

  • New churchwarden

    Charlotte Spencer, front left, pictured after being appointed a new churchwarden at St John Baptist Parish Church. With her are other church officials who attended the service.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.


Remember this -
a year ago?

Were you there watching competitors pass not far from here in the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France? What a scorcher! What a day to remember!  
Photo: Chris Higgins

Return of 
Tennis Ball

The Tennis Ball, a popular village social event in the past, is set to return to The Village Hall on Saturday, September 26. Watch out for more details nearer the time.

Chance to see
Blue Moon!

Later this month you will have a chance to see a Blue Moon!
All is explained in Chris's Backyard Astronomy latest column.
Go to ASTONOMY/July column

Yes, it's 
small world!
Two Bishop Monkton couples had a surprise meeting at the opera at a Hampshire stately home over the weekend.
While looking round the big house at Grange Park after seeing a performance of  Samson and Delila Richard and Pat Field were delighted by chance to run into Mike and Sue Short who were also having a night out at the opera. Both couples were visiting respective members of their families who live in the area.

Heading the League
Bishop Monkton Crouqet Club's two teams in Division 1 of the Yorkshire League are currently heading the table, with the 'B' team marginally ahead of the 'A'; team.
The club has also so far had an unbeaten run in a series of friendlies played with impressive wins against Ripon, Ben Rhydding and The Dales.

800 bikes coming
 The Ripon Triathlon will see over 800 bikes come through the village along Knaresborough Road AT SPEED on Saturday 11th July  between 2 and 5pm.
There will be marshals at the notorious Hungate/Moor Road  crossroads and at the junction near the church. However villagers should be vigilant.
There will also be a one way road closure in the direction heading towards the Ripon by-pass from 12 noon until the last bike comes through. Last year one villager ignored this and was rude to the marshal. The police will prosecute anyone who breaches the road closure order and all marshals have been briefed to get registration
numbers of offenders. Residents in Knaresborough Road, Melrose Road, Meadowcroft Road and Hungate will receive a leaflet giving details of the closure.

250,000 visitors!
The number of visitors to this website since it began on 29 January 2005 recently  07:03:28 quarter of a million figure.  During the 10 years it has been run, the site has attracted an average of over 500 visitors a week and the editor has worn out seven keyboards!
The site currently has 28 different sections providing readers with access to almost 90 pages.
Could any other UK village community website beat our size or throughput?

Hat trick for Henry
Henry Worrall got a hat trick and finished with 6 for 26 in his team's latest match against Pannal 2nds in the Nidderdale League Division 3. The team has now acheived three wins in a row.
Go to CRICKET/match reports. 

Carole hits target
Carole Minett successfully completed the Race for Life on Sunday in Harrogate with her daughter Kirsty.By so doing, she raised £500 for cancer research.
Carole took part this year after a break of a few years (during which time she had a  hip and knee replaced) because she has a close friend undergoing cancer treatment.

Could YOU help? 
Bishop Monkton Life Savers, a village service which provides early response if any villager suffers a heart attack or serious breathing problems, is holding a recruitment drive this month.
This vital service relies on a small group of volunteers who are trained by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and who take turns each month to provide cover in case of an emergency call out.
If YOU would like to know more about the group, or consider joining them, please call Richard Field on 677795.

Go ahead for plan
Plans to build 18 houses on an area of land between Knaresborough  Road and the village playing fields was given the go ahead by Harrogate Borough Council Planning Department on Thursday.
The approval came despite reservations expressed by Bishop Monkton Parish Council. They felt the two extra accesses leading from the site on to the Knaresborough Road could result in traffic accidents.

Going American! 
American Independence Day was on  Saturday, July 4.
Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group staged a special film night featuring Grease with an accompanying sing-along, hot dogs, popcorn, candy, ices and a bar.  Some of those attending dressed up and came along to sing and swing!

£1,228 for Christian Aid
A total of £1,228.30 was raised for Christian Aid during the recent collection in the village.  The organisers have sent thanks to those who helped and villagers who donated.


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Editor: Richard Field


6 JULY 2016

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 

Site launch:
29 January 2005
(day of new Village Hall opening).
Record one day visitors:
435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors:
4,152 on June 2012
Reached 250,000 visitors:
On 20 June 2015