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Proposed plan for
new development


A new proposal for the layout of the development off Knaresborough Road, adjacent to the Village Hall and Playing Fields. This new plan will be discussed by the Parish Council at its meeting on Monday, January 26.
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Produce Show
organisers 
thanked


PRODUCE SHOW  main organiser Chris Procter presenting a cup to Jennifer Barker, one of the winners at the 2014 Show.  The £400 profit from the event was presented to the Village Hall and Gerald Shervington, Chairman, has now written the following open letter to express appreciation for the donation from this and previous shows.

Gerald's letter of thanks

'On behalf of the Village Hall committee may I take this opportunity to thank the organising committee, all participants and also all those who visited the Bishop Monkton Produce Show for the magnificent donation of £400 towards the Village Hall Development Fund.

This now brings the total donated by the Produce  Show group thus far to £900. It is amazing to see the talent we Monktonites have  not just in the garden but also our handicraft, photography, art and flower  display skills. Well done to all those who contributed.

I can assure all  those involved that this money will be spent carefully and wisely at our Village Hall and in part will ensure the future of our fabulous facility. Once again, thank you so much'.

Gerald Shervington
Chairman
BMVH&QEII Field

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Biggest single
contributor

BISHOP MONKTON TABLE TENNIS CLUB will be handing over £4,255 for its use of the Village Hall during last year, making it the biggest single contriubutor to Village Hall funds. This year it is also making an extra £500 donation to enable the condition and safety of the floor in the main hall to be improved and the lighting in the lounge also to be improved. The club is now accepting registrations for 2015 in its eight groups. A few vacancies still exist in some groups.
For report of the club's annual general meeting go to SPORT/Table Tennis.


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GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Ecumenical service

    Membersof both the Parish and Methodist Churches attended an ecumentical service at the Methodist Church where the theme was based on the Woman at the Well.


  • Going back 80 years

    Members of Bishop Monkton WI met this month in the place when the organisation started in the village - at the Mason's Arms.


  • Book Group lunch

    Members of Bishop Monkton Book Group exchanged books at their annual lunch and each was asked to review their given book at the summer picnic. 


  • Wildlife in Estonia

    Estonia is one of the best places for watching birdlife in Europe. Two experts will be speaking about the opportunities for seeing bird and wildlife in their country at the Village Hall on Tuesday, January 13 at the Village Hall.


  • If it glitters it is gold

    Richard and Pat Field are just back from Burma, a country which has been off limits until quite recently. This is an amazing country where the pagodas are really made from gold. 


  • A New Year resolution

    Planning to make a New Year resolution? Here's an idea for one. Why not join one of the village's two communuty care organisatioins?
    Bishop Monkton Life Savers or HANDS would love to hear from you. Click photo above for more details.


  • Hoping to come back

    Anne-Marie and Steve, who moved away from Bishop Monkton in December, hope it won't be long before they can return. Read
    their heartfelt message to their friends.


  • Bath time for elephants

    See where ophan baby elephants are brought after their mothers may have been killed by poachers. They are restored to good ehalth and later returned to the wild.  Pictures by Richard Field in Sri Lanka.


VILLAGE NOTICEBOARD
BUILDING PLAN
UP FOR
DISCUSSION

Bishop Monkton Parish Council will discuss plans to build 18 dwellings in the village at their meeting at the Methodist Church Schoolroom on Monday, January 26.
The plan is to build the houses on land measuring 0.80 hectares abutting Knaresborough Road for Kebbell Developments Ltd.

CHANGE OF PLAN

Plans to shut the Village Hall this Wednesday and Thursday so the chairs could be cleaned, have been postponed and will take place instead of Wednesday and Thursday, February 4 and 5. 
Table tennis sessions scheduled for February 4 and 5 will be held on two alternative days - Tuesday, February 4 from 11am to 1 and Friday, February 6 from 2 to 4pm..

THANKS FOR FOOD
Alec Lutton thanks all those in the village who donated food for the Ripon Food Bank in  December and January.
Food will again be delivered to the bank in the week beginning February 23.
Donations can be left at the Methodist Church on Sunday or Tuesday mornings  or left with Isobel Wilson at Dransfield House, Main Street.
The following items are delivered to those in nee each week (as  required): canned meat and meals (the most needed), hot  dogs, cereal, beans, spaghetti, soup, butter/Flora, pasta and pasta sauce, tea/coffee toothpaste, soap and washing-up liquid.


EXTRA MONEY ALLOCATED
Yorkshire County Council has welcomed additional Government funding for maintaining the county's roads. For 2015/16, the Government has allocated £29.65m to the county council to maintain the 9,000km of road in North Yorkshire. This is more than £9m more than it was allocated last year.
Let's hope Bishop Monkton's potholes are not forgotten!


CHECK YOUR BILLS
A village couple were concerned when they received a a very large bill from their service provider for broadband usage, and at first. after complaining, were led to believe that hackers might have been using their line.
Now, however, they have been contacted again by the service provider who, while not exactly admitting a fault on their part, have agreed to cancel the excessive charge.
The advice appears to be 'Check your broadband usage and bills very carefully!
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SHINE ON
An evening of great music is promised at St Leonard's Church, Burton Leonard, on Saturday, January 17 at 7pm to 7 30pm. Proceeds are for The Jenny Unwin Appeal.
Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for students arnd are available from The Cascade Garden Centre.


STEPPING DOWN
Isobel Wilson, the ultra efficient Village Hall Bookings Co-ordinator,  will be stepping down from the job as from June. This was announced at the AGM of the Village Hall and QE2 Field Committee held at the Village Hall.
A warm letter of appreciation for her wonderful work has been sent to her by Gerald Shervington, Chairman of the Village Hall and QE2 Field Committee.


COPING WITH EMERGENCIES
Prominent notices are to be posted on the Village Hall internal noticeboard advising users how to react in the case of a medical emergency or power outage.  This measure was also announced at the Village Hall AGM.
A very useful innovation!


APPEAL FOR BOTTLES
Don't forget to put all your empty bottles from the New Year festivities into the glass bottle bins at the Village Hall. The money will be spent on facilities for the village, such as the five salt bins bought and refilled a couple of years ago.

A SAD FAREWELL

On Christmas Day at the Methodist Church  The Rev. Dr. Pat Malham will lead her last service at the church. She is leaving the area to take up a new appointment as leader of a group of churches in the Masham area. She and her husband will move form Boroughbridge to Masham sometime in the New Year.
 
Go to METHODIST CHURCH/news and events for report on Advent services and events.

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. 


LOCAL WEATHER:
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CONTACTING US

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

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25 January 2015

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 
226,191
Reached 200,000: 27 May 2014
End of 2013:   182,475
End of 2014:   222,494
Visitors in 2014: 40,019
Record one day visitors: 435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors: 4,152 on June 2012
To reach 250,000 visitors: 1 September 2015 (est)
Target by end of 2015: 260,000

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

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COMMUNITY AWARD 2006

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