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'Naked' riders go the distance

BARE BAITING:Jonathan Mosley and Michael Bowes completed their cycle ride from Bishop Monkton to Bridlington on Sunday wearing their near naked suits to raise money for the male cancer awareness campaign. They met lots of inquisitive looks along the way but nobody complained when the realised it was all in a good cause.  Jonathan and Michael want to thank all  the good folk of Bishop Monkton for their donations and support. So far  the sponsorship total stands at £1,025. Brilliant! 


Best kept garden

CONGRATULATIONS to Peter and Pauline Kitchen of St John's Way for winning joint first prize in the Harrogate BC Best Kept Garden competiton. Five years ago, when the couple first moved to Bishop Monkton, the garden was an expanse of  untidy grass with not a single flower border in sight. Now the garden is a delightful mass of colourful flowers set in neat beds and attracting waves of butterflies and bees.

Go to NEWS/Best kept garden for more details and photos.


A fitting farewell


DAVID NOBBS was given a very special farewell on Friday night at his local Harrogate pub, The Coach & Horses was fittingly re- named The Nobbs' Retreat for a gathering of friends and admirers.  The pub is donating two night's taking to the Martin House charity in David's memory.


Sports successes

BOWLING: The team which helped win the Dalesman League for the third year in succession.

Go to BOWLING CLUB/news and match reports for final tables.

CRICKET: Charlie Hutchinson who scored 160 not in a match against Harrogate3rds.

Go to CRICKET CLUB/match reports. 

CROQUET: Dave and Andrea Widdison receiving the Mixed Doubles cup from Trevor and Lesley Wood.

Go to CROQUET CLUB/match reports.


BOWLING: Florence Bowes presents the Eddie Bowes Trophy to Sandra Roberts, Dave Thompson and Ken Barker who won the triples round robin. 

For more go to BOWLING CLUB/news and events.


BOWLING: Bishop Monkton bowler Pauline Beecroft, who qualified with one other Yorkshire lady to play in the National Championship Finals at Royal Leamington Spa on Thursday,  had a very close match against a very strong opponent, an international player, leading at one time by 13 - 9 but being pipped in the end by 21-15 - a great performance at this level. We're proud of you, Pauline!

Go to BOWLING/News and pictures.


Lamb & Flagnacarta

honours St Wilfrid

THIS Lamb & Flagnacarta float made a hit at Saturday's St Wilfrid's Day Parade in Ripon. The mobile 'castle', manned by King Trevor and Queen Carol and a dozen courtiers in brilliant costumes plus a dragon breathing fire and smoke, toured the city, wowing the crowds.  The float was suitably named to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.

For report and more pictures go to NEWS/St Wilfrid's Parade.


Flagman is kept busy

WHICH ONE TODAY?:  Mike Jackson, newly-appointed Village Hall flagman, ponders which flag to fly on the newly-erected flagpole. So far he has the choice of three flags - the Union Jack, the English flag and the Yorkshire flag.   He would like to have another to chose from - a Village flag, but this depends on someone coming up with a good design. Some designs are now being finalised so try to let us have yours as soon as possible.  Suggestions should be sent to Gerald Shervington.  


DIY Keeping Fit!

KEEPING FIT: Ladies from the Keep Fit Group have been keeping fit in the temporary absence of their leader Marilyn by doing power running round the village playing fields.



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  • First anniversary

    Our parish priest Jonathan Singh has now been with us for a year and to mark the occasion was given an anniversary cake which he cut at the monthly coffee and cake morning.

  • A swell party

    Tina Harper and Angie Archbold were among the dolls who celebrated American Independence Day in style at a 'Grease' sing-along at the Village Hall. 

  • Sports day champions

    Ellie and Max Bailey, Logan Smith and William Edmondson who won the egg and spoon relay at the village sports and fun day held on the Queen Elizabeth Field  

  • Adversity awards

    Tom and Katie Oates with their Adversity Sports Awards which were presented by Gambaru Gym and Stray FM at the Old Swan Hotel.  In all 28 young people in the Harrogate area were recognised for achievement in sport whilst living with adversity. 

  • Book Group picnic

    MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Book Group enjoying their annual summer picnic. 

  • Hang on, dearie!

    Bempton Cliffs is a wonderful place to visit at this time of the year!  Pictures by Richard Field show how the cliffs are crowded with nesting seabirds, including the iconic puffin and the giant gannet.

  • School triumph

    Members of Bishop Monkton School Quad Athletics team pictured after receiving medals for their outstanding performance in finishing second in an inter-school competition out of 318 schools eligible to enter! 

  • Future guide dog?

    This is Marty, the latest addition to the Kinnear family. He is a seven-weeks-old Labrador/Golden Retriever who will stay with Andrew and Maureen for a year to undergo initial training as a guide dog.  

  • Orchestral debut

    Ripon Community Orchestra which regularly uses Bishop Monkton Village Hall for weekly rehearsals put on its first public concert here on Tuesday, July 7. 

  • Hog Roast Day

    Hog Roast Day was a whopping success again, with crowds enjoying a wide variety of events including a buckling bronco, soapbox derby and Suma wrestling!


Warm tributes
paid to
Stuart Vennart

'Stuart was a doer, not a sayer', David Arundell, Senior Steward at Bishop Methodist Church, told those who attended Stuart's funeral at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church
For full tribute go to METHODIST CHURCH/news and events

What would YOU put in a  time capsule?

Fifteen years ago a group of village children took part in a ceremony when three time capsules were buried under a big stone (located on Main Street between the ford and the old WI Hall) to mark millennium year 2000 (see picture above).
Now we invite those who took part in that ceremony to identify themselves and would like to ask them if they can remember what they buried in those three time capsules.
Also, we would like to invite present day villagers  to say what three items you would put into a time capsule if one were created TODAY?
(By the way, does anyone have a photo of the time capsule ceremony in 2000?)
All replies please to  

Help us design
a Village flag
A new flagpole has added to the front of the Village Hall and the Yorkshire flag now flies there proudly.
Now we want to design a Village flag and invite villagers to submit design or designs so we can find the best design which will then be produced and flown  on appropriate future occasions. 
Villagers are invited to submit designs (computer generated or hand drawn) and send them initially to Gerald Shervington at or hand delivered to The Willows, Boroughbridge Road.
The best submissions will be published on this website and readers will be asked to vote for their favourite.

Comments on Local Plan
As part of Harrogate Borough Council’s consultation regarding the Local Plan, we are all being asked to comment on the proposed Local Green Spaces in our village.
A flyer has been delivered to each house in Bishop Monkton with details of how you may comment and so help protect our Green Open Spaces. Please be sure to respond. 

Holiday Club fun
This year's ever popular Holiday Club has been taking place this week in the Methodist Church and not in the Village Hall as in previous years. The event included an exciting mix of crafts, games, stories, drama, music and loads of fun as well as a serious message..
The main organiser was Vicky Wild (tel 676832).  

New Minister
On September 1  the Methodist Church will welcome the arrival of a new Minister to the Ripon and Lower Dales Circuit staff, Rev. Helen Bell who comes after having seen ministerial appointments in Ashton-under-Lyne, Stratford and Evesham.  Part of her pastoral duties will be the care of the Bishop Monkton congregation.
For other appontments from Sept 1 go to METHODIST CHURCH/news and events.

Return of the Tennis Ball!
A popular social event in the past is set to return to the Village Hall on Saturday, 26 September. Music will be by Mojo Jelly, the band David Waddington plays in.
Go to WHAT'S ON/coming events.

Croquet winning ways
Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's two teams in Division 1 of the Yorkshire League are currently heading the table, with the 'A' team marginally ahead of the 'B' team.
The club has also so far had an unbeaten run in a series of friendlies played with impressive wins against Ripon, Ben Rhydding, Durham,The Dales and Brodsworth Hall.

250,000 visitors!
The number of visitors to this website since it began on 29 January 2005 has  passed the quarter of a million figure.  During the 10 years it has been run, the site has attracted an average of over 500 visitors a week and the editor has worn out seven keyboards!
Could any other UK village community website beat our size or throughput?

Could YOU help? 
Bishop Monkton Life Savers, a village service which provides early response if any villager suffers a heart attack or serious breathing problems, is holding a recruitment drive this month.
This vital service relies on a small group of volunteers who are trained by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and who take turns each month to provide cover in case of an emergency call out.
If YOU would like to know more about the group, or consider joining them, please call Richard Field on 677795.

Go ahead for plan
Plans to build 18 houses on an area of land between Knaresborough  Road and the village playing fields has been given the go ahead by Harrogate Borough Council Planning Department.
The approval came despite reservations expressed by Bishop Monkton Parish Council. They felt the two extra accesses leading from the site on to the Knaresborough Road could result in traffic accidents.

£1,228 for Christian Aid
A total of £1,228.30 was raised for Christian Aid during the recent collection in the village.  The organisers have sent thanks to those who helped and villagers who donated.


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Editor: Richard Field


30 AUGUST 2015

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:
On 20 June 2015
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