Top stories  

Goodbye but
we'll be back!



Anne-Marie and Steve, who are leaving Bishop Monkton, 

have written this heartfelt message to their friends in the village:'


After two and a half years of living amongst our fabulous friends in this community we are leaving to move away for what we hope will only be a short time. From the very first weekend here we have always felt at home in Bishop Monkton.That has never changed. We promise to visit often and be assured 'we will be back!'

'Thank you to all everyone who has made our time here such a memorable experience.  At times many will know we have faced a number of challenging times and we've made it through with the support and love of people here in Bishop Monkton. We will see you again soon.'

-------------------------------------------
Start of the
Bethlehem
Journey



THE SPENCER FAMILY were first to carry the figures of Joseph and Mary on their journey round Bishop Monkton and here are sent on their way by The Rev. Dr Jonathan Singh at a packed Advent Sunday Carol Service at the Parish Church. The figures will stay at different village homes during December leading to the Crib Service on Christmas Eve.
----------------------------------
 

Wooden spoon
for smiling Liz



LIZ HOLLIS wins the wooden spoon as the best loser at the Bowls Club's Dominoes Evening held at the Village Hall.
Go to SPORTS/Bowls for report.
--------------------------------

The GREAT WAR:
A FINAL LOOK BACK




Chris Higgins, who made visits to the Great War Battlefields earlier in the year, has produced a striking album which can be viewed by highlighting and copying  line below 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blue5hift/sets/72157649097448588/
and pasting it into your top address line and clicking 'Go'
One more chance, in this centenary year, to look back and remember those who fought and died in that war.
------------------------------------------

Meet our own X
Factor judges


THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT: The panel on duty at the Bishop Monkton Youth Club Factor Talent Show.
For full report go to YOUTH PAGES.
------------------------------------------------

Entertainment
with a difference



THE CAST of Gosforth's Fete, a one-act play by Alan Ayckbourn, which entertained large audiences at the Village Hall  at the weekend. On Friday evening, in addition to the play there was a performance by Treble Clef with music from Broadway to The Beatles and Beyond and cheese and wine. On Saturday evening the play and the cheese and wine were repeated but Treble Clef was replaced by the Harrogate Male Voice Choir with selections from wartime to the modern day.
Go to NEWS/Here to entertain you for review and more photos.
-------------------------------

A new sport
for us to play



IT'S CALLED WALKING BASKETBALL and it's the latest craze among the over 50s as a way of keeping fit and having fun. All being well, the new sport will be coming to Bishop Monkton in January and the organiser, Barrie Cole, a member of Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club, is keen to hear from anyone who would like to take part.
Go to SPORTS/Walking basketball for more details. 

------------------------------

Groups which
show we care

 

IN THIS ISSUE we highlight two village groups which confirm our reputation as a caring village. They are the Life Savers and the HANDS Group which both do sterling work in responding to the needs of others in the community. Today we launch a new section on this website entitled Community Services, and within it you will find news and details about the work of both groups. Both rely on the support of volunteers and are always on the lookout for extra help.  If you feel you could help either group please
contact them, and they will explain what it would involve.
Go to COMMUNITY SERVICES and click on either LIFE SAVERS or HANDS
----------------------------------------------

INDEX

  

To access recent news 

stories click on one of the
photos below.






GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Bottle yields £1,652

    Trevor and Carol pictured after the contents of the Lamb & Flag bottle containing £1,652.50 from the Friday meat auctions, were counted out.  


  • Auction raises £1,800

    The big Autumn Auction held as usual at The Lamb & Flkag raised over £1,800 for Village Hall funds. The auctioneer was Richard Houseman who was assisted by Mervyn Beecroft.


  • Remembrance Day

    LITTLE THEO lays a small wooden cross on the Village War Memorial at the Remembrance Sunday service. He is helped by The Rev Dr Pat Malham. 


  • Stopping football nuisance

    The inventive minds of Mike Jackson and Bob Upton have overcome the problem of wayward footballs causing a nuisance to residents living near the pitch. 


  • Tip top tea party

    A POSH afternoon tea party at the Village Hall was even better than tea at the London's Ritz Hotel, according to one of those who attended the event organised by Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group.


VILLAGE NOTICEBOARD
Chris Higgins admits
he’s no Sir Patrick Moore
but he does share
something in common
with Professor Brian Cox.
Find out what, and lots
more about what visual
spectacles are to be
seen in the night sky
over Bishop Monkton
and news and
developments from
the wider world of
astronomy, when Chris
starts his new column
here on JANUARY 19.
           ------------------

 A FORETASTE OF SPRING

Playing Field volunteers Bob Upton and Mike Jackson have been out in the damp and the cold making sure of a bright and cheery welcome to the spring when it eventually arrives.
They have planted several hundred daffodil bulbs alongside the verges of theVillage Hall car park which should, when they come out, provide a delightful splash of colour. 


50  GO ON SAFARI
Fifty villagers took part in a highly enjoyable Safari Supper. The event involved participants in taking different courses at four different households, meeting up at the end at the home of Mike and Sue Short who organised the event.. Proceeds are for The Parish Church.
Go the NEWS/Latest news for full report.

OUT FOR A DUCK
Where have all the ducks gone, long time passing?
Villagers are asking this question on the Guestbook page
One says it is the first time in 30 years living here that all the ducks have disappeared from the beck.
Has anyone got an answer?
To READ letters go to GUESTBOOK.

HELPING OUR SCHOOL
Another Bags2School collection has been well supported.
On Thursday the van collecting the sacks was quickly filled and an overflow pile was left outside the school gates.
Items given included 
 good quality adults' and children's clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys.
Bags were weighed and the more they weighed the more money they will haved raised to support our village school.


MP's SURGERIES

Julian Smith MP is holding surgeries in  November and December in Ripon. Bishop Monkton residents are welcome to attend.
Go to WHAT'S ON/ Coming events. 

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

 
-------------------------------

CONTACTING US

Editor: Richard Field
Website:
www.bishopmonktontoday.btck.co.uk
E-mail:EditorBMToday@aol.com

--------------------------
December 2014

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 
218,492
Reached 200,000: 27 May 2014
End of 2013:   182,475
Visitors in 2013: 31,297
Record one day visitors: 435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors: 4,152 on June 2012
Target by end of 2014: 210,000

UKs BEST LOVED QE2 FIELD 2013
MEDIA TRUST AWARD 2010
VILLAGE OF THE YEAR
COMMUNICATIONS AWARD 2009

VILLAGE OF THE YEAR
COMMUNITY AWARD 2006

------------------------