Erik Wieman, co-founder of the German team which discovered the site in Germany where Sgt Renton (whose name is honoured on Bishop Monkton War Memorial) died, has just posted a fascinating report about the whole episode on his own website.
Erik is travelling over from Germany to attend the Remembrance Day service on November 13 at St. John Baptist Church when he will return some of the items recovered from the crash site to members of the Renton family.
You can read Erik's webpage (if you understand German) by clicking here.
COMING SOON .....
A new page featuring people you know - things you may not know about them
A major consultation exercise has been launched to find out what people want from North Yorkshire Police to help them ‘Be Safe, Feel Safe’.
Feedback from the consultation will be used to produce a new Police and Crime Plan which will set the future direction of the force over the next three years.
Bishop Monkton villagers are invited to participate in this exercise by taking part in an on-line survey giving their views on how communities like ours could and should be protected from crime. Send you ideas by downloading a survey form available at www.telljulia.com and returning it when completed.
Later meetings will be held across the area to discuss the way forward.
Where have all the ducks gone?
The village ducks, almost our most famous natural attribute, appear to have deserted us.
Where have they gone? Have they been discretely 'culled'? Have they finished on someone's dinner plate? Or have they simply flown off to sunnier climes?
This perennial and recurring concern is being taken up by Bishop Monkton Parish Council who, in their new newsletter, have undertaken to look at the issue 'Ducks - where are they and how can we encourage them back'.
We await their report with interest - and some trepidation about what they find.
The October newsletter has recently been distributed to every household in the village.
To read it go to PARISH COUNCIL/newsletters.
Last collection date
Green waste collections for this year will end on Friday, December 9. The last dates for collections depend upon which week the recycling is collected.
The last collections will be during the weeks commencing November 28 and December 5..
Green waste collections will restart during the weeks commencing March 13 and 20 March 20 next year
You can check your future waste and recycling dates on https://secure.harrogate.gov.uk/inmyarea/
333,333 'hits' on website
The number of visitors to this website since it was started on 28 January 2005 has recently passed the third of a million mark!
Can any village of our size beat that?
Parish Council website
Bishop Monkton Parish Council has launched its own website which will report news of meetings and outcomes of it meetings and other matters of interest to the Parish.
To view site go to
Tickets on sale
Tickets for Blithe Spirit, The Entertainment Group's latest production, will go on sale at £8 each at the Methodist Schoolroom on the following consecutive Saturday mornings (October 15/22/28) from 10am until 12 noon.
A senior moment
Alternatively tickets can be puchased on line at www.bmeg.org.uk
Chris Higgins visits the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
Go to ASTRONOMY column/Sept/Oct.
Does anyone deserve
to win an Oscar?
Do you know anyone in Bishop Monkton who deserves to be nominated for a Volunteering Oscar?
This is the ninth year these Oscars have been awarded in Harrogate Borough Council area, and if you know anyone who has done a lot of active voluntary work in the village why not nominate them?
You could either mention their name to a member of Bishop Monkton Parish Council or you could nominate the person yourself by going on line at www.harcvs.org.uk or you could phone 01423 540541 and a paper form will be sent to you. Completed forms must be returned before Monday, October 10.
David moves up world rankings
David Widdison, a member of the Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, has just lost in the final of the Lake Toxaway Invitational Tournament in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He was competing against two of the US team who have been selected to play in the World Championships. David has now moved up the rankings to 27th in this country and 166th in the world.
Go to CROQUET CLUB/club news.
Members of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club took part in Super Wednesday last week. This involved almost 12 hours of croquet and croquet-related activities.
The day included a match spread across six lawns, the AGM in the afternoon, and a supper and presentation awards in the evening.
Quite a day for croquet enthusiasts!
Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's team in the Level Play League are Yorkshire champions this year. The success came after the team overwhelmed Sheffield U3A, the previous League leaders, by 16-4.
Also go to CROQUET CLUB/2016 winners.
authors out there?
Malcolm Mcawthra has written to us to say he has seen reference on this website to a booklet entitled Monkton Matters and wonders if it is still available.
We have replied saying that the booklet was produced in July 1988 by the now defunct Village Conservation Society with quite a small print run and now quite rare and hard to find.
Maybe an update should await formation of the planned Local History Group.
The last word
You can't complain
we don't keep
The Parish Council has just launched its own website which is good news for villagers who like to be kept aware of all that is being undertaken by that newly-reformed body.
The site can be accessed on www.bishopmonktonparishcouncil.btck.co.uk and will provide detailed information about the work of the Council and its on-going decisons and plans. On the village website we will continue to provide 'edited higlights' about its work, and also, of course, continue to report on activities from throughout the village.
So, in addition to this long-established village website, we now have three specialist websites adding to the communciations mix.
Apart from the Parish Council's launch, you can read about Bishop Monkton Pimary School on
www.bishopmonkton.n-yorks.sch.uk/ and about the Entertainments Group (and book tickets for its productions) on www.bmeg.org.uk.
In addition, of course, there is the Parish Magazine which provides an excellent coverage of Church affairs and also includes coverage of some of the main village news. The magazine is, of course, also invaluable to those villagers who are still not on-line.
So nobody can complain that Bishop Monkton doesn't offer villagers a wonderful mix of communication options!
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23 October, 2016
Visits to site since launch in 2005:
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: 6 15pm on Friday, 30 Sept 2016
Average visits to site (since launch):
631 per week
Providing you with:
100 pages to view
Edited and updated every day
at 6am to keep you informed
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