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Croquet honour for local club

Richard Field, Chairman of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, receiving a Croquet Association Diploma for 'outstanding services to croquet' at the Association's annual meeting at the Hurlingham Club in London on Saturday. The award is really one which should be shared by all members of the club who have given me such wonderful support over the past 11 years, says Richard.


Pauline scoops ladies singles trophies

Pauline Beecroft who received both the Ladies Singles and Ladies Handicap Singles trophies at the Bowling Club's annual dinner and prizegiving held at The Crown, Roecliffe.

Full report and more photos will be published shortly.


Margaret receives her medal

Margaret Lodge had her British Empire Medal Investiture on October 9. She was one of six privileged few to receive the prestigious title in the North Yorkshire area. The ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Major Peter Scrope DL. along with his Deputy. Afternoon tea followed the ceremony which was a joyous event. Margaret was accompanied by her sister Kathleen who flew in from Rome for the occasion and daughter Jane and son Mark, who are extremely proud of their Mum’s accolade. Margaret will attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace next summer.


Running seven marathons on seven Continents!

When Bishop Monkton vet John Smith took up long distance running in his late forties he had one marathon in mind. He ended up, quite a few years later, having run a marathon on all seven Continents! At a crowded meeting at the Parish Church on Thursday evening John spoke about the difficulties and memorable moments of each marathon finishing up with the complexities of getting to Antarctica and preparing for his final race.  


Recognise this young couple?

Yes, it's Brian and Thelma Richardson who were married in Durham City on 30 March 1968 and thus eligible to join the elite Bishop Monkton Golden Wedding Club!  Although Thelma and Brian now live in Northallerton they did live in the Bishop Monkton for 16 very happy years and still have lots of friends and acquaintances in the village.  Brian was a very  active Life Saver while he lived here, and today keeps in touch by re-visiting the village almost every week to play table tennis with us. 

We would be glad to hear from more Golden Wedding couples who would be happy to have their wedding day photo published in this series. Send a photo and a few details to EditorBMTodayt@aol  Don't be shy!


Presentation of Ladies Captain's Shield

The presentation of the Ladies Captain's Shield to Club Captain Basil Birchall with Ladies Captain Pauline Beecroft and Chairman David  Blyfield.

See also BOWLING/Club news.


Congratulations on reaching 500,000 'hits'

Gerald Shervington has written to Richard Field, Editor of this website, saying: 'Congratulations on reaching this remarkable milestone! 500,000 hits is some achievement and you as editor must be given credit for creating the site and keeping the website up to date. The fact that it has been accessed over 500,000 times by people far and wide is testament to the quality and much needed content that the site delivers. Good job!' Regards - Gerald


New defibrillator to be at Masons Arms

The village’s new defibrillator is to be located at The Masons Arms and has now been instgalled there. This location was chosen by the Parish Council because this is a well-known village landmark and will enable ambulance crews and others to find it easily in an emergency. The cost of the new defibrillator has been partly paid for by the Parish Council and the balance coming from a £600 donation from villager Gwyn Sagar, £200 from Ripon Lions and there will be more coming from a fund-raising drive at the Masons Arms. A second public defibrillator is located outside the Village Hall.  

                 See also NEWS/£600 donation .                 


RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • £600 donation

    Gwyn Sagar donated £600 towards the cost of purchasing a new public defibrillator which will be located at the Masons Arms.  Two factors influenced Gwyn to make this generous donation which are explained in a story which appears inside..

  • Produce Show winner

    KEN BARKER receives his award as Overall Winner in this year's Produce Show which was held  at the Village Hall. The presentation was made by Chris Procter, organiser of the show who is now stepping down after organising it for a number of years.

  • Pet Blaessing Service

    Surprisingly little bark or barking, although quite a lot of tail wagging from the well-behaved dogs which attended our Pet Blessing Service at the Parish Church. Cats and hamsters were also represented from the animal kingdom. 

  • Bowls successes

    The Bowling Club has won the Dalesman League for a sixth consecutive year  - a remarkable achievement with competition getting stiffer every year. In addition the club also finished runners-up in the Bateson League.

  • Hall improvements

    A new audio visual system and motorised screen have been installed at the Village Hall as part of improvements being introduced. These additions will benefit both villagers and outside users of the hall..

  • Life Saver award

    Bishop Monkton Life Savers have received a special award from Yorkshire Ambulance Service for the 'outstanding service' they continue to provide for our village.

  • 'Good Egg' award

    David Jones, who has been delivering milk round Bishop Monkton for the past 41 years, was awarded the ‘Good Egg’ Award at Stray FM’s Local Heroes awards ceremony.

  • Awarded BEM

    Margaret Lodge was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The honour is in recognition of her services to the community of Bishop Monkton.Margaret served as clerk to Bishop Monkton Parish Council for 42 years. 

  • Poppy marathon

    he result of several months of hard work by Bishop Monkton Stitchers - over 1,000 poppies which will form part of a giant display in Ripon later this year to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.


Editor  back from holiday

Richard and Pat Field are back from a cruise on the Queen Elizabeth which took them round the Canary Island and up endless volcanoes! Richard's return means the website will now be fully updated but this may take several days. Nice to be back!

Set of keys found

The above set of three Oxford cycle lock keys were found up Moor Road at side of road up towards crossroads to Grass Roots. If these are yours contact Lesley on 677564.


£6,175 for Village Hall upkeep
Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club has handed over £6,175 towards the upkeep of the Village Hall from profits from a year's operation of the club.
The main amount, of £5,175,was the equivalent of the club's rental for the year, as one of the affiliated clubs.  The additional  £1,000 was for continued and extra cleaning of the hall plus new (instant) heating in the Lounge (now installed)
Stitchers raise £450 for Macmillan
A coffee morning at the Methodist Church raised £450 for the Macmillan Cancer fund (including £50 from Club funds).  Many thanks to all who provided raffle prizes, delicious cakes and made donations.  The champagne hamper was won by Maureen Kinnear and Kathy Hill won the cuddly teddy (made by Janet Freer)

Thanks also to everyone who attended and to those who organised it, particularly Lesley Taylor
Cricket - last match reprieve and award

An impressive nine wickets win in their last match of the season means that the team will stay up in the same Division (3) of the Nidderdale League.  Great news! 
However, more players are badly needed for next season.
The club won the award for the best ground in our Division - well done Alan Wigby.

Busy time ahead for our churches

Our Village churches have a busy few months ahead with many services and events.
For dates go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events.

Looking for successors

After this year's Produce Show, Chris Procter, Christine Feeny, David Arundell and some other members of the committee have stepped down.
So for the show to continue, new committee members will be needed. If any one is interested please ring Chris Procter on 676366.

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