Continuing our new series

We're in charge!

DECISION MAKERS:  Members of the Committee of the Methodist Youth Club which meets each Friday evening at the Village Hall.  The Club is the second organisation to be featured in our new series, Village Hall Users.
Go to VILLAGE HALL USERS/Methodist Youth Club.

Top story

Barney dogged up
watch eclipse

A NEW EXPERIENCE for Barney after he was told by his master, Basil Birchall, there was something in the air.
Photo: Basil Birchall

It was well worth
waiting for!

9 30am ON FRIDAY:  This was the eclipse as seen over Bishop Monkton at 9 30am on Friday. March 20. We were lucky with the cloud breaking to allow the solar spectacle to be seen in all its glory.
Go also to PICTURES/Picture of the Month.
Photo: Chris Higgins

A DIFFERENT but equally striking photograph of the eclipse over Bishop Monkton looks as if Dracula is just around the corner!
Go also to PICTURES/Picture of the Month.
                                                                  Photo: Roger Parrish


Bird ringers here in force

OVER 90 BIRD RINGERS from across the North of England and the Midlands attended a Conference held at Bishop Monkton Village Hall.
Go to NEWS/Bird ringers'conference.


Flowers presented
to delighted mums

MOTHERING SUNDAY: William Spencer was one of a number of youngsters who handed out flowers to the ladies on Mothering Sunday at the Parish Church.


Efficient handler 
of 2,800 bookings

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, Charman of the Village Hall & Queen Elizabeth II Field,  at a farewell party at The Lamb & Flag. During the time in the role she has dealt with an estimated 2,800 bookings!
Go to NEWS/People in the news for more details.


Yes, we now know the
names of our seven pubs

SOBERING CHALLENGE: This village once had seven pubs. We asked if you could name these pubs and got a good response, and now know the names of all seven.
Go to VILLAGE ARCHIVE/Week 3 picture.

ruling pending

THE KEBBELL HOMES development plan is expected to be discussed at the March meeting of Harrogate BC Planning Committtee. At the Bishop Monkton Open Parish meeting last night the local council made it clear that it opposed the current plan, with its two additional exits leading directly on to the Knaresborough Road, on road safety grounds.
For fuller report go to NEWS/Council news.


Who can you

YOUTH CLUB OF YESTERDAY: A group picture of the Bishop Monkton Youth Club of years ago. This is the second week of our new 'Preserving our Heritage' series. See how many of the adults and youngsters you can recognise.
Go to VILLAGE ARCHIVE/Week 2 picture.
We're still short of one name!

A hidden gem 
on our doorstep

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 when the Hall opens its doors to visitors this spring and summer.
Go to PLACES TO VISIT/Markenfield Hall.



Making full use of

our Village Hall

STARTING SOON:  Our Village Hall now gets around 800 bookings a year, with a huge variety  of organisations keeping it buzzing year round.  In a new series we will feature some of these groups which include Morris dancers, a community orchestra, ballroom dancers, a youth club, a keep fit group, a bridge group, pilates classes, Life Savers and eight table tennis groups to mention just a few of them. 

Log on regularly so as not to miss any of them.  


Where were you on

28 January 2005?

TEN YEARS AGO: On 28 January 2005, hundreds of us converged on the then new Village Hall to witness its official opening. Here is part of the crowd listening to Richard Houseman make one of the opening speeches. Were you there?
COMING SOON: A special feature to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of our then new Village Hall. Watch out for it!




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GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Preserving our Heritage

    We have launched a new series on this website entitled Preserving Our Heritage.  Each week we will publish a different old picture or pictures of the village and invite you to answer questions about them which could help us build up a village photo archive.

  • Plans await decision

    This new proposal for the layout of the development off Knaresborough Road, adjacent to the Village Hall and Playing Fields, has come in for criticism from some villagers. The plan will be discussed at a Parish Council open meeting TONIGHT at 7 30pm.. 

  • Not for the faint hearted!

    Steeplejacks have been checking the tower of the Parish Church - not a job for the faint hearted!.  The tower is checked every five years to ensure the structure is safe.

  • Guy Fawkes night!

    Members of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club came out of hibernation to enjoy their annual dinner at The Guy Fawkes Inn, Scotton
    The new season starts towards the end of April.

  • The start of Lent

    The ceremony of Ashing formed part of an Ash Wednesday service attended by both Anglicans and Methodists at the Parish Church.
    Hear what Ashing involves and means.

  • £5,000 for Village Hall

    Bishop Monkton Tabe Tennis Club has presented the Village Hall & Playing Fields with almost £5,000 for their funds. This makes the club far far  the largest single donor.

  • Bringing a 'miracle'

    We take it for granted having clean, safe running water. But for residents of a village in the north of  The Gambia its a wonderful new experience, brought to them thanks to the local Rotary and Inner Wheel.

  • 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. 

  • Shepherd's delight

    Susan Feist took this month's Picture of the Month. It shows a striking sunset over ther old allotments in the village.

  • Our night sky

    Be sure not to miss the third of a monthly series of columns on local astronomy, Chris's Backyard Astonomy, by Chris Higgins. Click photo on left to go to this new feature.

  • Bath time for elephants

    See where ophan baby elephants are brought after their mothers may have been killed by poachers. They are restored to good ehalth and later returned to the wild.  Pictures by Richard Field in Sri Lanka.

  • Easy Peasy Quiz

    'THE OVERTIMERS', a team  which included teachers from our school, taught the other 14 teams a thing or two at the Easy Peasy Quiz at the Village Hall.

  • School sporting success

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


Help save our

John Hague, writing on behalf of the Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group, writes: ‘I understand that only two  people in addition to the current committee attended the Entertainment AGM recently.
If this is a reflection of the level of interest in the village it is a great shame.and could signify the closure of the Entertainment Group. 
After the last performance of a play and musical evening I took an optimistic view that this had expanded activities to the wider aspect of entertainment. I understand there are plans for another Village Tea Party, a Murder Mystery Play, Burns Night and possibly a Pantomime.
To continue their plans and, indeed to safeguard their existence, they need a lot more support from the village particularly from the younger age group.
There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting on MONDAY13th APRIL 13 in the Methodist Schoolroom to discuss the way forward.
Every house in the village will be leafleted about this and BMEG is appealing to anyone in the village to support the continuation of this jewel in the community’s crown’.

Treble winner
Rebecca Archbold
was the star competitor at the recent Pig Races held at the Village Hall, winning three of the five races.
The fun event, organised by the Bowling Club, was a snorting success with £900 being raised for club funds.
Everyone had a great evening

Three of the piggy racers!


Our secret
lives exposed!

The so-called Official UK Infidelity Index 2015 reveals on line that 358 people in the Bishop Monkton area are having an affair.  Last year the number was 239, according to the report.
It just makes you wonder how we find time for all that table tennis, bowls and croquet!

Soccer triumph for
Bishop Monkton

Congratulations to Bishop Monkton FC on winnng Division 3 of the Claro Sunday Football League.
The team's success was convincing, winning 12, drawing one and only losing two of the 15 matches played.
During these 15 matches they scored 64 goals and conceded only 25.
They achieved a points tally of 37, well ahead of the runners up, Harold Styan who finished with 25 points,.
Now Bishop Monkton FC has a cup to show for its successful season, and members of the team have medals. Well done all round!

Sports clubs are
gearing up for
the summer

All of Bishop Monkton sports clubs which play in the summer are gearing up for the new season.
The Cricket Club will start the season with a new captain and there are various changes on the Committee.  The season starts on April 18 with an away match to Markington. The first home game is on Saturday, April 25 against Whixley.
The Bowling Club is looking forward to another successful season, and play will get under way in the near future.  It is hoping to repeat some of the successes it achieved last season.
The Tennis Club has a meeting at the Mason's Arms at 8pm on Tuesday, March 24 open to anyone who is interested in tennis and the future of the Bishop Monkton Club. It is hoped fuller use will be made of the village's excellent courts during the coming seasaon.,
The Croquet Club will start its season on Sunday, April 26, but already work is under way on getting the lawns into good condition.  The club hopes to have two teams playing in the Yorkshire League and has already organised a number of friendly matches.
See separate sections for all these clubs where news and match reports will be updated regularly throughout the season.



THEN - as it was in 1891

AND NOW - in 2015

Last week we published the top picture above, taken in 1891 showing guests being entertained to Sunday afternoon tea in the garden of a cottage in this village.

The cottage is still here (but the guests have left!) and we asked readers if they could identify which cottage it is.
Several of you thought it was Burngarth (the 'cockerel' cottage) but you were wrong.
However two readers, obviously budding detectives, correctly named it as Burnside Cottage, also shown above, which is located opposite the Masons Arms.
The new tenents of the cottage are Deborah Rogers, a community nurse, and her partner, Darryl Heys, who is caretaker at the village school.  They were interested to see our picture of their garden as it was over 100 years ago!
Go to PICTURES/Down Memory Lane

Feather in their cap
Bishop Monkton Croquet Club finished as runners-up in a national competition to find the club which had made the most impressive progress during the past two years. The club was just pipped by High Wycombe Croquet Club in this competition for The Townsend Award which attracted entries from  across the country.

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.

Thanks from MP
Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, read about the popularity of our outside table tennis table on the playing field, and how disappointed we were when a box, containing bats and balls and left under the table for people to use, was vandalised.
He has now sent the Table Tennis Club a donation and asked that the money be spent on providing a replacement box, which can be filled with bats and balls, and left under the table again as soon as the better weather returns.
'It is certainly good to have something like this for the use and enjoyment of the village,' he told us.


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Editor: Richard Field

27 March 2015

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