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ENTRY No. 6: The sixth entry in our 'Design a Village flag' competition. You still have time to submit your entry - send it to Gerald Shervington before December 5.  The chosen flag will then be flown on the Village Hall flagpole on appropriate occasions.

Go to VILLAGE FLAG to see all designs          submitted so far. 


Remembrance  wreaths laid

REMEMBRANCE DAY wreaths of poppies were laid in front of the altar at St John Baptist Church on Sunday after the ceremony was switched from the outdoor Village War Memorial because of the rain. 

Go to PARISH CHURCH/Remembrance service



Braving the rain

DOUGHTY VOLUNTEERS brave the rain to clean up the Parish Churchyard ahead of Remembrance Day.


1hp transport

PASSING THROUGH:  Michael, with his horse Tarantino and brightly painted wagon, brightened a dull day when he passed through Bishop Monkton en route for Dumfries. Last year Michael took the wagon down to the Camarage and covered 2,000 miles during the year. He reckons to cover about 12 miles a  day.


Building to start

START DATE: Work is now expected to start in late December 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. 


Trick or Treat

A BIT SCAREY: Ghouls, goblins and witches were out in Bishop Monkton for Halloween. All received a friendly welcome on every doorstep.

Go to NEWS/Halloween 2015.


Club disbands

DISBANDED: Bishop Monkton Football Club has sadly been disbanded due to the departure of seven long-standing players at the end of last season and problems in recruiting suitable replacements. The move, which comes after 10 years of play, is linked to a decline in support for amataur soccer in the area with the number of teams participating in the Claro League having dropped from 100 to 19.


Bowled over!

PAULINE BEECROFT receives her plate from Bowling Club Chairman David Blyfield to mark her success in being runner-up in this year's Yorkshire Ladies Singles Championship.

For more awards go to BOWLING/news and pictures.


Top story Charges of drunkenness, lechery and gaming

Village scandal


leading Bishop Monkton personality has been named and shamed after having been accused of disgraceful behaviour involving drunkenness, lechery and reckless gaming in a local pub. Read our shock revelations.

Go to NEWS/village scandal



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  • A brave shave

    Hayley Jenner had all herhair shaved off and it was all in a good cause. By having it done she raised £500 for MacMillan Cancer Care.
    Her hair will take six months to grow back.

  • Tennis Ball

    David Waddington on stage entertaining Tennis Club members and friends at The Tennis Ball held at the Village Hall. 

  • Harvest Festival

    Anna and Grace admire a Harvest display in the porch of a beautifully decorated Parish Church where a well attended Harvest Service took place. The previous evening members of both village Churches got together for an enjoyable Harvest Supper. 

  • 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. 

  • A Great Run

    Richard Taylor completed the Great North Run in a fantastic time of 2 hours 7 minutes even with a painful ankle!  He raised over £400 for St Michael's Hospice in Harrogate.  All his friends and sponsors are proud of him.

  • Croquet champion

    KATHRYN BETHEL, this year's ladies croquet champion, receives her trophy from  last year's winner, Dawn Hey at Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's annual general meeting at the Village Halll  

  • More successes

    Bishop Monkton Primary School has scored more sport successes - this time in athletics and football. Well done everyone!

  • New Minister

    The Rev. Helen Bell (second from right) with her husband and colleagues after a service of welcome for her at Harrogate Road Methodist Church, Ripon.  She is the new Minister at Bishop Monkton.

  • Nobbs' Retreat

    David Nobbs, the comedy writer who died recently, was given a special farewell at the Harrogatre pub he frequented - they re-named it The Nobbs' Retreat.  

  • 'Naked' riders exposed

    BARE BAITING:Jonathan Mosley and Michael Bowes completed their cycle ride from Bishop Monkton to Bridlington wearing their near naked suits to raise money for the male cancer awareness campaign.  

  • 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. 

  • Time capsules

    EDDIE BOWES used a JCB to put a giant stone in position to cover three time casules that were buried under it in a ceremony to mark the Millennium in 2000.Go to NEWS/Time capsules to find out what is buried in those capsules.  

  • Fiery float

    THIS Lamb & Flagnacarta float made a hit at this year's St Wilfrid's Day Parade in Ripon. The mobile 'castle', which included a dragon breathing fire and smoke, toured the city and wowed the crowds.  

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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!

  • School circa 1906

    THIS REMARKABLE old photo shows pupils at Bishop Monkton School in 1906 and inside we name each of them. Can anyone identify any of their ancestors?   


Otters spotted
on the beck

Two otters were spotted on the beck the other night by Jonathan Spencer. There have also been recent sightings of trout and a kingfisher.
Florence Bowes tells me she remembers the time when there were water voles and two swans on the beck.
Has anyone else any wildlife sightings to report?

Book swop idea

When in Vancouver Tina Harper noticed they had community book libraries – just used for
book swapping. They are outside on the street - you put your book into the  “store” and take one out. You can run it as you like.
The photo above shows one of these book swop libraries outside her son's house.
Tina wonders if anyone in the village thinks something similar could be run in Bishop Monkton.

Council reports
Keep up to date with what is happening in the village by reading the latest available minutes of meetings of Bishop Monkton Parish Council.
Go to NEWS/Council news

A treat in store
The Badapple Theatre Company is bringing Farmer Scrooge's Christmas Carol to the Village Hall on  November 28. The show is being promoted as a 'a classic and comic tale for ages from 5 to 95'.
Tickets go on sale at the Methodist Schoolroom from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday, November 14 and 21 and afterwards are available from Sheila at Hawthorn House (677314) or Richard at Burngarth (676039) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4pm.

Also coming soon
Harrogate Theatre Choir will present ‘Songs on a Winter’s Night’ at Bishop Monkton Village Hall on Saturday, December 12 at 7.30pm.
Tickets £10 (children £6)  including festive refreshments. To book contact Jenny on 01765  676561 or find Harrogate Theatre Choir on Facebook. 

Can you help?
Burton Leonard is looking into the history of the lime kilns in the quarries south of the village. Transport was very difficult until the railways in 1878 at Wormald Green and in Staveley/Copgrove the following year. It is possible that the canal joining Bishop Monkton to the Ure was also used. Does anyone have knowledge of this? 
Also go to GUESTBOOK.

New Co-ordinators
Colin and Glenda Hunter have become the new Village Hall Booking Co-ordinators. They have taken over from Bob Upton who has temporarily filled the job during the summer.
Colin and Glenda can be contacted by e-mailing them on


Bishop Monkton Life Savers, who continue to provide a valuable service to the community, have received a letter of congratulations for their efforts.
It comes from David Jones, Defibrillation Officer (West Yorkshire), Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who writes: 
'Can I just say what  a fantastic job you are all doing managing to cover so much of the rota with so  few in number. It really is testament to your commitment to keeping the Bishop Monkton inhabitants safe and well.
Well done everyone!
Anyone interested in joining them can get more details from Richard Field (677795).


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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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