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Phoebe flags up

winning design

CONGRATULATIONS to 10-year-old Phoebe Dudley who has been voted winner from 65 excellent entries from Bishop Monkton School in the junior section of the Village's flag design competition. Her design will be turned into a flag which soon will be flown on the flagpole at special school events in the Village Hall or on the Playing Fields.  It is planned to put all the junior section entries on display at the School.

A LONGER REPORT will be added shortly.


New Village Flag    is chosen

THE DESIGN ABOVE has been voted for the new official Bishop Monkton Flag in the adult section of the comeptition, although this is still subject to approval by the Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee and registration authorities,  The flag was designed by David Ralphs and received 47.8% of the votes cast by Bishop Monkton voters.  Once approval is given, David will be invited to raise the new flag on the Village Hall flagpole at an appropriate event later in the year. He will receive a framed photograph of the occasion and one will probably also be hung in the Village Hall. We would like to congratulate all the other entrants for their designs which were also of a high standard. 

To see all the designs go to VILLAGE FLAG.


Once Jane faced 

life in wheelchair

See how you can support her aim to 'put something back' by going to 

NEWS/Jane's Easter challenge


War Memorial research finding

FURTHER CLARIFICATION has been forthcoming about the link between the two Rentons named on our Village War Memorial. Following an appeal for information on this website, we have heard from Caroline Warden. From an Ancestry account she has found that Stuart S. Renton was born in September 1921 in Ripon (his mother's maiden name was Senior) while Reginald J. Renton was born in April 1912 in Ripon (his mother's maiden name was Baxter).  


Soccer revival?

SOCCER ENTHUSIAST Andy Wilmer has just moved into  the village this week with his family and, as a passionate footballer, is keen to see if there's anything he can do to get the football team back up running.  He says he is willing to put in the time and effort to see what can be done.  Anyone keen to support the idea should contact Andy.



Freda's goodbye

THE STUDIO has closed after 15 years.

Freda Lockwood retired on January 18 after running the Village Salon for the last 15
years. She has written the following farewell letter to all her friends:

'I want to say a very big thank you to all my clients who have supported me over the past 15 years. The friendship shown to me has been heart warming and I shall miss you all in my retirement.

Thank you for all the the cards and gifts and particularly to Morag for arranging the collection to purchase the two large standard roses, appropriately called 'Happy Retirement'. I will treasure them and every time they flower I will recall the times we've shared in the salon putting the world to right, sharing recipes, the many laughs and good times.

Also, thank you to Sarah, Michael, Mary and the late Bernard for the use of part of their home which made it possible for me to be in the village and wish them and their family all the best for the future.

I will pop back from time to time to hopefully catch up with you and again, a big thank you to you all. I couldn't have worked in a nicer village'.

Lots of love to you all, 



Keeping us happy

START DATE: Work is now expected to start soon on the first phase of the new estate to go up between Knaresborough Road and the village playing fields.  One of the first jobs will be to lay a surface water drain across the playing fields but without adversely affecting the cricket and croquet lawns.  

See NEWS/Village Hall AGM.



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RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Jodie shines

    Eight pupils from our School were chosen to represent the school in a swimming gala held at Harrogate High School whedn seven small schools took part in the timed races. Jodie Musgrove shone in the backstroke event.

  • Newest recruit

    22-year-old Keri Graham is the latest recruit to join Bishop Monkton Life Savers. She is the youngest member in the team since it was formed seven years ago and is as keen as mustard.  

  • Clearing the beck

    Volunteers who turned out for the annual beck clearance of branches, foliage and other debris. They took away a trailer load for landfill. Their efforts help reduce the risk of flooding after heavy rain.

  • Boxng Day flood

    Boxing Day brought flooding back at Bishop Monkton but happily, following various flood prevention measures, no houses suffered flood damage.

  • Long canal walk

    Harry, Michael and Peter recently walked the length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal - a distance of 128 miles and passing 90 locks. 

  • Club disbands

    Bishop Monkton Football Club has sadly been disbanded after 10 years due to the departure of seven long-standing players at the end of last season and problems in recruiting suitable replacements.  

  • Auction raises £1,800

    Richard Houseman seeks bids for one of the many items for sale at the Autumn Auction at the Lamb & Flag which raised a whopping. £1,800 to go towards the purchase of new benches to  overlook the village playing fields. 

  • 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!


Village Hall seeks
new Co-ordinator

The Village Hall is looking for someone to take on the role of Bookings Co-ordinator. They would succeed Glenda and Colin Hunter who will be stepping down from the position at the end of February.
The applicant should be competent on a computer, be a good organiser and be a goood communicator with existing and potential hirers of the hall.
Anyone wishing to apply for the position should, in the first instance, contact Gerald Shervington, Chairman of the Village Hall, who will explain the role in more detail. He can be contacted on
 or tel 01765 677564.

New Clerk sought
Bishop Monkton Parish Council is still looking for a replacement for Margaret Lodge as Parish Clerk.
A revised job description appears in JOB VACANCIES.
If anyone would like an informal chat then they should contact either Mervyn Beecroft (tel. 677668) or Jane Fowler (or  677334). 

HBC box found
On Friday, February 5, a HBC black re-cycling box  was recovered from under the bridge near the school. If you lost one in the gales please ring 677625 and arrange to reclaim from Rodney Wilson.

Panama Canal trip
Richard and Pat Field are just back from a fascinating trip which took them from Colombia to Peru by the way of the Panama Canal.
Richard (who is shown above with his new Panama hat!) says traversing the Canal was one of the main highlights of the journey, and he describes the remarkable story of how the Canal was built and the truamas it caused. Go to HOLIDAYS & TRAVEL/Panama Canal

Pancake races
Next Tuesday (February 9) is Shrove Tuesday.or, as most children call it.. Pancake Tuesday.
Ripon Cathedral will be hosting pancake racing on that day at 11 am.
So if you are in Ripon then maybe stop in at the Cathedral and see what's happening. 

Astronomy column
Regular readers of Chris's Backyard Astronomy column should note that there will be no column this month, but normal service will be resumed next month.

Tickets still available
Tickets for the Bishop Monkton Entertainment Group's  pantomime Dick Whittington are still available.
Following their initial release  in the Chapel Schoolroom, tickets are available on-line for the first time this year at  with secure payment by Paypal.
If you are unable to buy online you can buy from the Chapel on each  subsequent Saturday prior to the show which runs for four performances at the Village Hall on Feb 18, 19 and 20 including a matinee on the Saturday.
More details on ENTERTAINMENTS page.

Easy Peasy event
Another popular forthcoming village event in the Easy-Peasy Pie and Peas Quiz evening which will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday, February 27.
As usual village teams will compete against each other in a series of wide-ranging questions, so now is a good time to recruit the best brains in your area for your team!
Using all this brain power up is energy sapping so the organisers will again lay on  on a delicious supper of pie and peas.
Also see poster in WHAT'S ON/Coming events.

Sheep Racing!
As fundraising events, the Bowling Club has given you horses, snails and pigs racing - now it's having sheep in the starting line up!
The event will be at the Village Hall on Saturday, March 5 Tickets are £9 and available from Pauline Beecroft 677668, Florence Bowes 677603 or Basil Birchall  677418.  
Go to WHAT'S ON.

Cricket Club AGM
The fact that Bishop Monkton is planning its AGM is a pleasant reminder that spring cannot be far away!
The meeting will be held at the Lamb & Flag on Tuesday, February 9 starting at 8pm.
The meeting will include the election of officers, a summary of the 2015 season and  plans for 2016.  Everyone is welcome to attend!


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Editor: Richard Field

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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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