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All cock-a-hoop!

THIS PAGE from the Daily Mail, which tells the story of Bishop Monkton's famous Cockadoodle Cottage, has put our village firmly back in the national spotlight.

For more go to NEWS/Cock-a-hoop.


30 volunteers attend briefing

THIRTY VOLUNTEERS from groups which use the Village Hall and playing fields today received a briefing on how to use the new defibrillator which has been installed outside the hall and which was partly financed by the Parish Council and Village Hall & Playing Fields Committee. Giving the training is Dave Jones from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. When fully trained the volunteers will be able to respond when anyone at the hall or on the playing fields suffers a heart attack.

For more details go to COMMUNITY SERVICE/Defibrillator team. 


Village flags are proudly raised

TWO NEW Village flags were raised over the Village Hall at a Family Fun Day held on the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field.  Pictured here is Gerald Shervington, Chairman of the Village Hall and QEll Playing Field Committee, who presented the winners, David Ralphs in the adult competition and Phoebe Dudley for pupils at the school, with framed pictures of their winning designs. The flags will in future be flown on special village and school occasions.

More about Family Fun Day in NEWS/Family Fun Day.


Postbox makes a welcome return

FIRST CLASS DELIVERY:  The old postbox is pictured (left) being lifted from its old position outside the village shop and pictured (right), resplendently re-painted and installed in a new and  equally good central position, opposite the school entrance. Last collections are Monday to Friday 4.45 pm; Saturday 11.15am.  Welcome back, old friend.


  Telling Fiona how good we are!

RICHARD FIELD being interviewed by TV presenter Fiona Phillips after receiving a British Citizen Award at the House of Lords on Thursday. He told her what an amazingly go-ahead, dynamic and caring village he lives in, and how so many lovely people in Bishop Monkton beaver away making things happen.

For more go to NEWS/British Awards


Val says goodbye

VAL ELLIS-BEECH (right), who has retired after 14 years as Secretary of Bishop Monkton Age UK Lunch Club, receives a lovely bouquet from Netta Park, at 97 the Club's oldest member, at their Monday meeting. In the centre is the Club's founder and organiser Gloria Baker. 

Go to ORGANISATIONS/club reports.


Football champions

WINNING SMILES: The Bishop Monkton School Y3/Y4 team which won the Small Schools Mixed Football tournment at the end of a year packed with sporting successes at the school.

For details go to SCHOOL


Celebrating the life of the village

AT A JOINT SERVICE on Sunday the Life of Bishop Monkton, and all that goes on here, was celebrated. Details of the many activities undertaken and the many wonderful outcomes achieved during the past year were detailed.

for fuller report go to NEWS/Village Service.


Looking smart!

LOOKING SMART in their new kit are pupils from Years 1 and 2 at Bishop Monkton School. The kit was bought for them by the Friends of Bishop Monkton School.

For more school sports news go to SCHOOL.


Website 'scoop'  catches media eye

THIS FULL PAGE article on Friday in The Northern Echo, the 'Great daily of the North', retells the story of how this website was able uncover the truth behind the death of Sgt Reginald Renton, whose name appears on our village War Memorial. The whereabouts of where he crashed in Germany in 1943 remained unknown for over 70 years until recently a short item on this website set off a series of remarkable findings which not only revealed the place and circumstances surrounding the crash, but also traced the Renton family who were 'overwhelmed' to have the life-long mysery unravelled. This just shows the power of the Internet but also how one small village website can use it for good.

See also NEWS/Air crash update.


Well done, Tom!

YOUNG ACHIEVER Tom Oates receives a 'thank you' from Henshaw's Specialist College, Knaresborough, after handing over a whopping cheque for £1,778.20 to help purchase the Motomed bike also shown in the picture. Tom raised the money by running 10k in the recent charity run at Melmerby. He would like to thank all those who supported him through sponsorship and in other ways.


Showing the flag

This Bishop Monkton St George's flag made specially for the occasion was displayed at England's first Euro 2016 match against Russia in Marseille.  This picture was taken inside the ground before kick off with the flag proudly held up by Carole Walton and David Lewis.  Let's hope they have a chance to display it again as England progress through the tournament!

We have chosen this as our Photo of the Month. Go to PICTURES/Picture of the Month.


Have we won, Dad?

FAMILY FUN at Saturday's Vicarage Garden Party. Ed Forsythe and family - Sam, Isobelle, Rosie and Alice - try their luck on the tombola stand. Lending a hand is Anthea Ebbutt who was in charge while Sheila Kindon was taking a short break enjoying a cup of tea and a delicious scone topped with strawberries and cream.

For more pictures go now to PARISH CHURCH/Garden party.


When was this picture taken?

THE LAMB & FLAG is at the centre of this old picture of Bishop Monkton. See which houses you can recognise and which are yet to be built.  Can anyone put a date on it?

Go to VILLAGE ARCHIVE and see if you can answer the questions we have set.


Coming soon: a chance to play boules

COMING SOON:  It has been agreed to add boules (petanque) to the range of sports played on Bishop Monkton Queen Elizabeth 11 Field. Plans are now being finalised to create a court near to the croquet lawns.

For more BM&PF Committee decisions go to NEWS/On le boule.


Five little piggies ...

click here to watch them racing

For more videos go to HOG ROAST 2016/Hog Roast videos


Got a head for    this game?

A NEW GAME for the Village Hall? Perhaps not but it's fun to watch!



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  • Book Group picnic

    Members of Bishop Monkton Book Group attended their annual summer picnic at the home of Sally Scott on Saturday, July 23. After enjoying the picnic members reported back on review copies issued at the annual lunch.  

  • Support for Tom

    Youngsters from the Methodist Youth Club raised £200 to support Tom Oates's charity run at Melmerby on May 29.  Peter and Jane Taplin are also supporting Tom by donating the proceeds from opening their model railway to the public on Bank Holiday Monday.  

  • Postbox on the move

    The old postbox, which has stood outside the village shop for many years, has now been removed leaving the way clear for re-building work on the site. The good news is that the postbox will be re-sited in the village at a site yet to be agreed but possibly near the Christmas tree so still nice and central.  

  • New Parish Council team

    The newly-formed Parish Council, including four new councillors, held its first meeting at the Methodist Schoolroom on May 16.  Since there were just four nominations for the four vacant places no vote was needed this time round.

  • Clerk for 44 years

    Margaret Lodge receiving a retirement presentation from Mervyn Beecroft, retiring Chairman of the Parish Council. Margaret, who had completed 44 years service as Clerk to the Council, received a beautiful antique aquamarine brooch, a bouquet of flowers and a framed photo.  

  • New air crash findings

    Exciting new finds have been made at the recently discovered site where Sgt. Reginald Renton's plane crashed in Germany in 1943.  Our contact, Erik Wieman, who is part of the search team, has sent us the latest news from the crash site. All details of findings are being fed back to members of Sgt Renton's family. 

  • £443 from coffee morning

    A Saturday coffee morning at the Village Hall raiswesd £443 funds to help stage the Village Produce Show to be held at the Village Hall on September 4. Apart from trhis plant stall there were others selling cakes, bric-a-brac and books. Organiser Chris Procter was delighted with the result achieved.


A nice postscript for Jane Mosley

Jane Fowler, Chairman of the Parish Council, is keen to acknowledge the part Jane Mosley played in getting our main village postbox back and relocated in a new prime position in the centre of the village.
Previously the postbox was located outside the village shop but it had to be moved to allow building work to start there.  The postbox has now been moved to a new location near the site of the village Christmas tree.
Jane Fowler writes: ' The change might not have happened without the tenacity and perseverance of Jane Mosley. This all came about as she was taking on the role of Parish Clerk so she was thrown in at the deep end.'
Jane Fowler also pays tribute to the help of Robert Petrillo of The Royal Mail in 'achieving a great outcome for the village'. 

Any budding
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 time for someone to write an updated book about Bishop Monkton. Any volunteers?
Memories of
Muhammad Ali

Richard Field, while working as young journalist in America, met an equally young Cassius Clay (who later became Muhammad Ali) when he returned to his home town of Lousiville, Kentucky, as a Gold Medal winner in the Olympics. Ali,  who went on to become recognised as the greatest boxer of all time, died recently.
But Muhammad Ali was not the only super star Richard ran across in his early career.
Earlier, while working in Massachusetts, Richard met John F. Kennedy while campaigning for state office before going on to become the American President (with Richard later reporting reaction to the President's death from England for American newspapers).
During those years Richard also met and interviewed a number of other great personalities of that age including the philosopher Bertrand (later Lord) Russell (in London),  the glittering showman Liberace (in Las Vegas), the author and poet W. H. Auden, the earlier movie sex symbol Jane Russell (in California) and many others.
But, says Richard, it was only Cassius who could fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee!

Training date
for volunteers

 A new defibrillator has been installed on the front wall of the Village Hall. Soon it will soon be ready to use if anyone at the Village Hall or on the playing fields suffers a heart attack.
Already most groups which regularly make use of the hall or playing fields have put forward some 50 volunteers.
They are being invited to attend a briefing and training session at the Village Hall on Saturday, July 23 from 10am until noon. 


The Last Word:

Welcome back
old friend
It's always nice to welcome back an old friend, and the same is true of our beloved red pillarbox, now back in a splendid new red overcoat, in its new position opposite the school entrance.
Does anyone know he age of the postbox? It would be interesting to know.
It would also be interesting to know how many letters and cards have been posted there over the years.
Some say a postbox is redundant these days with everyone (well amost everyone) having their own mobile phone, iPad or desktop PC, to send mesages.
But there are still times when only a handwritten letter or card is appropriate.  A Christmas, Easter  or birthday card, a letter of congratulation on a birth, an engagement, wedding or condeolences at the time of a death need to have that personal touch.
Besides we have already lost too much of old Bishop Monkton - the shop, the Hield Gallery, the telephone box, to mention a few.
We are grateful to Jane Mosley and to The Post Office for bringing us back our old friend.
And the good news it that this box restores at 4 45pm collection whereas the other postboxes round the village require a dawn awawakening  to meet their early morning collection times!


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July 25, 2016

Visits to site since launch in 2005:

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 250,000 visitors:
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