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Getting us in the festive mood

PHOEBE AND CHLOE'S Christmas Garden created as usual by Pete and Liz Dudley who say every Christmas  is a reminder of how lucky they are that Chloe is still here with us and how none  of us should ever take anything for granted.  Pete and Liz would like to take the opportunity to wish all those in Bishop Monkton who have taken  both girls into their hearts , a very peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.


Village remembers its war dead

THE ACT OF REMEMBRANCE:  David Ralphs and Emma Oates prepare to lay wreaths on the Village War Memoral to honour our war dead at Sunday's Remembrance Day Service.

RECIPIENTS of boards mounted with parts of a crashed RAF plane and dug up from its 1943 crash site and brought over from Germany for presentation as part of Sunday's Remembrance Day service at Bishop Monkton Church. 

For presentation go to NEWS/Remembrance presentation.

For report of main service go to PARISH CHURCH/Act of Remembrance.


In the headlines





BIG MEDIA INTEREST: This is the way the BBC and all the leading newspapers in this area reported the news of a remarkable sequence of events launched by this website.

Click to read Northern Echo report in full

click here to read how Harrogate Advertiser reported story.


Runners-up in final

GIRL FOOTBALLERS from Bishop Monkton School were runners-up in the grand final of the regional Y5/6 competition held at Rossett School, Harrogate.

For more school sport successes go to SCHOOL


Warm tributes paid to Jonathan

OVER 100 PARISHIONERS and friends from Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard attended a big farewell tea party at Burton Leonard Village Hall on Saturday. Warm  tributes were paid to Jonathan, who is leaving after having been priest here for the past two and a half years. He received a number of gifts and good wishes for his future at St Leonard's Hospice in York.

For full report and more pictures go to PARISH CHURCH/Jonathan's farewell.


Praise for

Blithe Spirit

The  cast of Blithe Spirit which on Saturday night came to the end of a successful run which brought pleasure to large and enthusiastic audiences. A tremendous lot of preparation , hard work and rehearsal had gone into this Noel Coward production and everyone involved in it is to be congratulated and thanked. 

click for photos of show

To read John Hague's review go to ENTERTAINMENTS/Blithe Spirit review.


New Councillor and Clerk named

THE PARISH COUNCIL announced the names of the new Councillor and the new Clerk at its meeting on Thursday.  Pam Harland has been co-opted as Councillor and Keith Pettitt has been confirmed as Parish Clerk. The two positions became vacant following recent resignations.

click here to read more Council news

If above link does not work click left on PARISH COUNCIL


Did you say £3,000, Mr Bear?

CASHIER Martin Minett receives some shock news from Mr Bear about the attendance  and the takings at Sunday night's big Autumn Auction held at the Lamb & Flag.  The event drew the biggest crowd for years and proceeds, which will be spent on improving Village Hall security, totalled just over £3,000 - one of the largest totals ever, from the 300 items sold. 

Go to NEWS/Autumn Auction to see more pictures.



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  • Goodbye Jonathan

    JONATHAN SINGH, Priest at St John Baptist Church for the past two years, has announced his resignation. He is stepping down because of the increased pressure of his work as a senior manager at St Leonard's Hospice in York as well as his church role. He will continue to officate at services in the village this month and leave us in early December.

  • Overall winner

    Anne Bettridge receives the trophy as Overall Winner at the Produce, Arts & Crafts Show from Show Organiser Chris Procter. She narrowly beat Pauline Beecroft for the top award.  The event attracted entries in 95 classes across eight different categories. 

  • Local History Club

    RESEARCHING facts about The Old Mill (photo above) could be one of a number of projects which will be undertaken by the new Local History Group.  We now have 15 villagers who are keen to get it started - so we will definitely go ahead although the launch will be delayed until the New Year. 

  • Budding young artist

    Luke Costelloe is proud to show off his artwork which won him a prize for best picture from Bishop Monkton Primary School at the summer Produce Show.

  • A treat for us all

    HALLOWEEN GARDEN: Liz Dudley surpassed herself this year with this wonderful display which brings pleasure to many, not least Phoebe and Chloe. Well done Liz for giving the village such treat and using a few tricks of your own! 

  • Harvest Festival

    ABUNDANCE: The display which welcomed those attending the Harvest Festival service at the Parish Church. A Harvest Festival service also took placde in the Methodist Church a week later.

  • New Gardening Club

    A GARDENING CLUB is also likely to be formed in Bishop Monkton in the New Year.  The club will not be restricted to just Bishop Monkton residents but will also be open to anyone from the surrounding villages. Twenty nine have already written to express interest. Contact either Colin or Glenda Hunter - tel 01765 676795 or e-mail them on 

  • Just a pipe dream?

    PIPE SMOKING David Richold thinks he may be Bishop Monkton’s last pipe smoker. He recalls that there used to be about five left in the village, but he thinks all have either died or moved away. Does anyone else in the village still smoke a pipe?  Let us know!

  • Planning application

    A REVISED planning application to build five houses on this area of land adjoining Boroughbridge Road has been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council Planning. The deadline for comments was on October 28  


Under cover bargain
on the Via Dolorosa

This tee-shirt was on sale from one of the hundreds of traders whose tiny stalls line the sides of the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem Old City. It was spotted by Richard and Pat Field as one of the more offbeat  (and inconsequential) sights on their recent travels in the Holy Land. A more serious report and pictures of their visit to Jerusalem and Bethelem will be posted shortly.

Back to business!
Apologies to our readers for the temporary interruption to normal service on this webside while the Editor has been sunning himself in warmer climes. Now he is back on the keyboard again, and during the next day or two will be posting reports and pictures of all those events which have taken place while he has been away (including one particularly revealing little item!)
Saving the rhinos

This model rhino, created by Bishop Monkton artist and sculptor Unity Hield, will help save the endangered white and black rhino in South Africa.
The model, one of two mounted on a marble base, involved Unity in almost 20 hours of work in her studio (not finishing until 4 o'clock in the morning) and was auctioned at a talk  given by Alistair Fothergill, the world-renowed film maker of natural history programmes, at Aysgarth School on Saturday, December 3. 

1943 crash:

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 flew over from Germany to attend the Remembrance Day service on November 13 at St. John Baptist Church to return some of the items recovered from the crash site to members of the Renton family.
You can now read Erik's webpage translated into English. 
Can you help trace another family?
After our success in tracing the Renton family, we have now been set a new task - to try and trace the Scatchard family.
Shaun Wilson of Birstwith has written to say his great great great grandfather, Joseph Scatchard, was inn keeper at the Crown Inn at the time of the 1851 and 1861 England censuses. He was
 born about 1796 and died in 1887 aged 91.
Shaun, who has build up a pretty extensive family tree, writes:' I am extremely interested in family  and local history and wondered if there are any Scatchard families still living in or around Bishop Monkton who are descended from Joseph Scatchard of the Crown Inn?' 
If anyone can help please send details to and the information will be passed on to Shaun.
Maybe this is the sort of research our planned new Local History Group will be able to help with when it gets started.

Local History Group
plans  being finalised

The proposed new Local History Group hopes to have its first meeting in January.
Already 15 villagers have expressed interest in joining the group, and they will be contacted soon to advise them where and when it will hold its inaugural meeting.
If anyone else, who has not already responded, might like to join the group, and become a founder member,  they should confirm their interest in an e-mail to EditorBMToday@aol
Draft Local Plan
details revealed

Harrogate Borough Council 's draft Local Plan, with far reaching proposals for our area, is available for YOU to read and comment on between now and December 23.
click here for full details
If the above does not take you to the Harrogate BC portal try copying the address below  in to the address bar on your web browser:
Safeguarding our
village facilities

Here's your chance to attend free local workshops which will explain how rural communities, with the help of local residents, can help to keep their village facilities, such as post offices, village schools, pubs and shops, open. 
Read how by going to NEWS/Safeguarding our facilities.

Appeal for refugees
Items of winter clothing and bedding are needed for refugees and asylum seekers. If you have any contributions to make please take them  to Dransfield House, Main Street, Bishop Monkton.
Garden waste charge
Proposed new charges for collecting garden waste are expected to start in April 2018. It is  expected the charge will be in the region of £39 per household, the Parish Council has been told.
click here for more Council news

The last word

You can't complain
we don't keep
you informed!

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  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   and about the Entertainments Group (and book tickets for its productions) on
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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5 December, 2016

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