Top story

YOUR free chance to  try it out!

Just turn up TODAY (Saturday) at the Village Hall any time between 10am and 12 noon

TODAY (Saturday) is YOUR chance to come along to the Village Hall any time between 10am and 12 noon for a free open session of table tennis. This is specially for any of you (aged 16 upwards) who may have heard about the huge popularity of the game in Bishop Monkton to see if you might like to join the club for what is an amazingly enjoyable, fun and healthy activity. It doesn't matter if you haven't played since school days. Just turn up and have a go - and find what you've been missing!

For further details phone Richard on 677795 or Martin on 677521. 

Also go to NEWS/Table Tennis.


Hurrah for the Hussar

MEMBERS of the Table Tennis Wednesday Group enjoying themselves at a lunch at The Yorkshire Hussar in Markington - all part of the social side of belonging to Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club. Many of the seven other groups also provide social events for their members.

Go also to TABLE TENNIS/Club news.


Snow white puppy

MABEL, the Gill family's snow white Lab puppy, enjoying her first taste of snow.


Two of the pictures sent to us to celebrate the arrival of snow in Bishop Monkton. Send us your best snow pictures to

TO VIEW more of readers' snow pictures go to PICTURES/Snow White.


A Christmas Eve shock for Santa!

POOR SANTA!  When his laden sleigh landed in Bishop Monkton  on Christmas Eve he spotted this row of new chimneys. They weren't here last year, and nobody had told him about the Harvest View housing development. Would he have enough presents for the children? Would he be able to squeeze through these rather slender new chimney pots?   No need to worry, said Blixen, they're not in use yet, and the children won't be here until next Christmas.  Santa promptly made a note in his big Presents Book that  he must make sure he has a bigger load of toys and sweets for  the next time he's in Bishop Monkton!


The trumpet shall sound ....

THE SOUND of the trumpet further enhanced the final two carols at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Parish Church. The spirited singing of the choir and congregation combined to provide an occasion which signalled the real start of Christmas for many who attended.


'Another successful and eventful year'

CHAIRMAN Gerald Shervington reporting on another successful and eventful year for the Village Hall and QE11 Playing Field at its annual general meeting. With him are Lesley Shervington (Secretary) and Mervyn Beecroft (Treasurer).

For full report go to NEWS/Village Hall AGM



RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Beck clearance

    A lobster and a car number plate were among the items recovered from the beck in the annual clean up of the waters by 20 doughty volunteers today. Roger Baker wishes to thank  all the volunteers for their efforts.

  • Angel delight

    AN ANGEL FESTIVAL with angels filling every nook and cranny took place at the Parish Church The event, which took over two months to plan, was put together by a team of almost 20 parishioners led by Sue Short with contributions from the School and The Stitchers.

  • Holly wreaths

    Members of Bishop Monkton Gardening Club were busy making holly wreaths to deck the hall for Christmas.  The club has a full programme of events and visits planned for 2018.

  • Chloe's delight

    Chloe and Phoebe's delightful Christmas Garden which got us all in the Christmas mood. Their parents, Pete and Liz, want to thank villagers for their on-going support for Chloe.

  • Village mills

    THE OLD MILLS (paper, corn and flax) are the next subjects to be researched by our Local History Group, it was agreed at a meeting to report on progress made so far on earlier projects.

  • Auction raises £2,500

    Auctioneer Richard Houseman in action at the Autumn Auction at The Lamb & Flag. The event raised a staggering £2,447 which will be spent on improvements at the Village Hall.

  • 20 Questions

    Our new Parish Priest, The Revd. Sheila Murray, kindly agreed to answer 20 questions we put to her about herself as a way of quickly getting better known to parishioners and villagers. Here you can read her answers.


Strictly Come Salsa!

Here's something new! A  chance to have a Salsa lesson and then stay on for an evening of Salsa dancing.The invitation comes from Matt Sullivan, Noah and Elijah's dad, who is organising at event at the Village Hall on Saturday, January 27 to raise funds for Friends of Bishop Monkton School.Tickets are £15 per person orMusic Group to continue.

Music Group revived 
Good news for lovers of classical music. There are now plans to continue Bishop Monkton Classical Music Group 'under new management'.  
Keith Jennings and John Hague, members of the previous group, have now offered to revive it and so allow a much loved village institution to continue.
They plan to hold monthly meetings with the first taking place on January 19. Most of the available places are already filled.
Contacting us

AOL, our service provider for many years, discontinued its desktop operation this week which has involved us in making new arrangements to receive e-mails via another service provider.
This process is now complete so, when wishing to contact Richard on matters concerning this website, Table Tennis, Croquet or Life Savers, please still use the AOL address as listed at the bottom of this column.

Memories of the old WI Hall

Our old WI Hall, once the centre of most village activities, is featured in the latest of our weekly Down Memory Lane series.
This will bring back memories for many older residents and we hope they will send them to so they may be shared.
Already 350 people have logged on to this popular new feature -  with a different old picture and snippet of old news being published every Monday.

Now go to DOWN MEMORY LANE/Week 3.

Safety concern expressed
Commenting on the first of our Down Memory Lane features (Week 1) Martin Minett reminds us the original plan, which involved  building seven bungalows, avoided having extra accesses on to a dangerous stretch of the Knaresborough Road for safety reasons, and says the new plan now being implemented, includes two new acceses on to that road which he believes constitute a safety hazard.
Go to DOWN MEMORY LANE/Week 2/ Feedback.
Warning about bird flu

Do you keep chickens, ducks, geese? If so read this poster on how to protect your birds from the risk of bird flu.
To read larger poster go to NEWS/Bird flu. 

A new weekly feature to interest YOU  

On New Year's Day, we launched a new weekly series entitled Down Memory Lane.
Every week we will publish a different photograph of the village as it was years ago (or how it might have been!) and also a snippet of news from the past which will interest, surprise or perhaps amuse you!
Make it a New Year resolution to log in every Monday!

Hoping to re-start Scouts

It is hoped that Scouts can be re-started in Bishop Monkton. There used to be an active group but sadly it was discontinued.
There is already an active Cub Pack  and Beaver Colony which are run respectively by Elena Foster and Paul Harford. The groups meet in Burton Leonard Village Hall every Friday.
There are a number of Cubs aged around 10 who would love to be able to move into a village Scout Pack. If anyone is willing to discuss the idea of re- starting the Scouts again please contact Elena Foster on or tel 07951 346703.
Bin collections days
Here are the new dates for Christmas and New Year bin collection days.
Friday, December 29 will move to Tuesday, January 2; January 5 to Monday, January 8; and Jan 12 to Saturday, January 14.
Normal collection days will resume from w/c Monday, January 15.

End of an era
Bishop Monkton's Classical Music Group which has been running for the past 17 years, is ending under the  leadership of Roger Parrish and John Feeny who are stepping down. Hopefully somebody else may step in to keep the group going.
During the 17 years the group has played 1,214 pieces of classical music by 219 composers with the most popular being Mozart (43 pieces), Beethoven (39), Schubert (28), Haydn (27),Schostakovich (26) and  Bach (24).
Members of the Group would like to thank Roger and John for providing them with so much musical pleasure over the years.
Concern at crossroads
Villagers are concerned about traffic sightlines possibly being compromised  as a result of the development at the junction of Hungate, Moor Road and Knaresborough Road.
Councillor  M Harrison (North Yorkshire County Council) advised the Parish Council of the situation and said he would investigate it further. The Parish Council Clerk David Taylor will also write to Area 6 Highways enquiring about possible solutions to make the junction safer.
Programme for 2018
The Garden Club has a busy programme ahead in 2018 with many speakers, visits and other events planned - and more to come.
For a sneak preview go to GARDENING CLUB/Programme for 2018.

Photo reminder
If you are sending photographs for inclusion on this website please only send them as jpegs in landscape format.  If sent in portrait format they will not reproduce properly. Thanks!


Click below to find what the local weather has in store.
CLICK HERE for forecast


Editor: Richard Field, BCAc

If you wish to contact Richard
on matters concerning this site,
Table Tennis, croquet or Life Savers
please use the following e-mail
Table Tennis:
Life Savers:
Sat, 20 Jan, 2018

Visits to site since launch in 2005:

Log ins yesterday::201

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 333,333 hits: Friday, 30 Sept 2016
Reached 400,000 hits:Wednesday,12 July 2017
Providing you with:
35 sections
100 pages to view

Edited and updated most days
at 6am to keep you informed
A caring and
achieving village