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Parish Council seeks new Councillor

THE PARISH COUNCIL, photographed above, is seeking a replacement Councillor following the resignation of Bob Upton (back row on extreme right).


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New Clerk sought  

A new Parish Council Clerk will also be appointed following the decision of Jane Mosley 

to step down. Keith Pettitt has taken over as temporary Parish Clerk. He can be contacted as follows:  e-mail:  - 

Mobile: 07951 648056. Home: 01765 677703.  


A fantastic week of learning and having fun

RAISING THE FLAG: Youngsters enjoying themselves at last week's Methodist Church Summer Holiday Club. Twenty three young 'Polar Explorers' attended the week long programme of learning, playing and having fun in this ever-popular village institution. Everyone present had a fantastic time!

For more go to NEWS/Summer Holiday Club 



Simon and Izzy claim mixed title

Simon Horner and Izzy Poyntz (right) receive the Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's mixed doubles championship cup from Andrea and David Widdison, last year's winners. In this year's final Simon and Izzy beat Richard and Pat Field.

For more go to CROQUET CLUB/Club championships.


New theory about

1943 air crash

A FULL PAGE report from the ManheimmerMorgen, the big morning paper in Manheim, Germany. It tells the full story of the recent discovery of the crash site where an RAF Stirling bomber crashed in 1943, killing all the crew including Sgt Reginald Renton, whose name is honoured on Bishop Monkton War Memorial.  The report includes a theory about why this plane crashed.

Go to NEWS/air crash theory.


League winners for  a fourth year

Members of Bishop Monkton Bowling Club men's team who have won the Dalesman League for the fourth consecutive year, with two games to spare. They are Basil Birchall (Captain), Mervyn Beecroft, Keith Alderson, Danny O'Connell, Bill Humphreys, John Kerr, with Ken Montgomery and Steve Roberts (kneeling)  Another triumph for Bishop Monkton!

For more bowls news go to BOWLING.


Mountain village!

NO, they are not turning Bishop Monkton into a mountain village!   These huge piles of top soil will soon disappear as the site for the new development alongside the village playing field is levelled and starts to take shape. 

THE SHAPE of things to come - an eclectic mix of homes in a lovely setting.


Are your entries  ready yet?

NOT LONG NOW before the closing date for entries for this year's Produce & Art & Craft Show. They need to be in by Tuesday, August 30. For another schedule and entry form contact Chris Procter on 676366. The show takes place on Sunday, September 4.

For list of classes go to PRODUCE SHOW 2016.


Five little piggies ...

click here to watch them racing

For more videos go to HOG ROAST 2016/Hog Roast videos


Got a head for    this game?

A NEW GAME for the Village Hall? Perhaps not but it's fun to watch!



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  • Honour for village

    Richard Field being interviewed by TV presenter Fiona Phillips after receiving a British Citizen Award at the House of Lords. He told her what an amazingly go-ahead, dynamic and caring village he lives in, and how so many lovely people in Bishop Monkton make things happen. 

  • Life in our village

    AT A JOINT SERVICE at the School the Life of Bishop Monkton, and all that goes on here, was celebrated. Details of the many activities undertaken and the many wonderful outcomes achieved during the past year were detailed. 

  • Defibrillator briefing

    THIRTY VOLUNTEERS from groups which use the Village Hall and playing fields received a briefing on how to use the new defibrillator which has been installed outside the hall. 

  • Anyone for boules?

    Next season we could be playing boules on the village playing field. Plans are being considered to sink a boules court which will be located in a triangular area alongside the path to the Village Hall.

  • Cassius remembered

    Richard Field, while working as young journalist in America, met an equally young Cassius Clay (who later became Muhammad Ali) when he returned to his home town of Lousiville, Kentucky, as a Gold Medal winner in the Olympics. Ali,  who went on to become recognised as the greatest boxer of all time, died recently.

  • Mary Brown dies

    We are sad to report the death of Mary Brown who had resided in Bishop Monkton for over 54 years. She passed away on Tuesday, August 9, after a long illness, living with Alzheimers for the past 15 years. The funeral took place at St John's Parish Church, Bishop Monkton, on Monday,  August 22.  

  • All cock-a-hoop

    THIS PAGE from the Daily Mail, which tells the story of Bishop Monkton's famous Cockadoodle Cottage, has put our village firmly back in the national spotlight. 


Do you know
anyone who deserves
to win an Oscar?

Do you know anyone in Bishop Monkton who deserves to be nominated for a Volunteering Oscar?
This is the ninth year these Oscars have been awarded in Harrogate Borough Council area, and if you know anyone who has done a lot of active voluntary work in the village why not nominate them?
You could either mention their name to a member of Bishop Monkton Parish Council or you could nominate the person yourself by going on line at or you could phone 01423 540541 and a paper form will be sent to you. Completed forms must be returned before Monday, October 10. 
 The Volunteering Oscars Awards will be presented on Friday, October 28 
at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. 
Waste collections
Bishop Monkton households should note that, because of the Bank Holiday, waste and re-cycling collection days which normally occur between Monday, August 29 and Friday, September 3 will all take place one day later than normal.
We must wait!

Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's team in the Level Play League could become Yorkshire champions this year.
This possibility became closer when the team overwhelmed Sheffield U3A, the previous League leaders, by 16-4 in a match this week.
But Sheffield have one game in hand and could still get in ahead of Bishop Monkton if they score a big win in their final match of the season.
We'll keep you posted.
Go to CROQUET CLUB/Club championships.

Any budding
authors out there?

Malcolm Mcawthra has written to us to say he has seen reference on this website to a booklet entitled Monkton Matters  and wonders if it is still available. 
We have replied saying that the booklet was produced in July 1988 by the now defunct Village Conservation Society with quite a small print run and now quite rare and hard to find. 
Maybe time for someone to write an updated book about Bishop Monkton. Any volunteers?

Something NEW!


Go to Holiday Photos


The Last Word:

A treasured

One of the best loved village institutions is the annual Methodist Church Summer Holiday Club which has just ended for another year.
Once again a group of village youngsters had a wonderful week of learning, playing and having fun.
Day after day the children they arrive full of expectation, and they are never let down.
But behind the week there is an incredible lot of hard work and thought. It doesn't just happen. It has to be planned to the last detail. And so it is.
One of the lovely things about the Summer Holiday Camp is that it's an event which passes down the generations.  Yesterday's attendees are today's organisers, and this year two of the prime organisers are Emma and Rebecca Archbold. Not long ago they were attending the camp as participants. This time they are
at the front making it happen.
To them and everyone who has been involved in organising this ever-popular village event over the years, well done!
Long may this well-loved village institution continue!

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31 August, 2016

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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