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Meet our own X
Factor judges


THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT: The panel on duty at the Bishop Monkton Youth Club Factor Talent Show.
For full report go to YOUTH PAGES.
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Entertainment
with a difference



THE CAST of Gosforth's Fete, a one-act play by Alan Ayckbourn, which entertained large audiences at the Village Hall  at the weekend. On Friday evening, in addition to the play there was a performance by Treble Clef with music from Broadway to The Beatles and Beyond and cheese and wine. On Saturday evening the play and the cheese and wine were repeated but Treble Clef was replaced by the Harrogate Male Voice Choir with selections from wartime to the modern day.
Go to NEWS/Here to entertain you for review and more photos.
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A new sport
for us to play



IT'S CALLED WALKING BASKETBALL and it's the latest craze among the over 50s as a way of keeping fit and having fun. All being well, the new sport will be coming to Bishop Monkton in January and the organiser, Barrie Cole, a member of Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club, is keen to hear from anyone who would like to take part.
Go to SPORTS/Walking basketball for more details. 

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Groups which
show we care

 

IN THIS ISSUE we highlight two village groups which confirm our reputation as a caring village. They are the Life Savers and the HANDS Group which both do sterling work in responding to the needs of others in the community. Today we launch a new section on this website entitled Community Services, and within it you will find news and details about the work of both groups. Both rely on the support of volunteers and are always on the lookout for extra help.  If you feel you could help either group please
contact them, and they will explain what it would involve.
Go to COMMUNITY SERVICES and click on either LIFE SAVERS or HANDS
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GENERAL NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Bottle yields £1,652

    Trevor and Carol pictured after the contents of the Lamb & Flag bottle containing £1,652.50 from the Friday meat auctions, were counted out.  


  • Auction raises £1,800

    The big Autumn Auction held as usual at The Lamb & Flkag raised over £1,800 for Village Hall funds. The auctioneer was Richard Houseman who was assisted by Mervyn Beecroft.


  • Remembrance Day

    LITTLE THEO lays a small wooden cross on the Village War Memorial at the Remembrance Sunday service. He is helped by The Rev Dr Pat Malham. 


  • Stopping football nuisance

    The inventive minds of Mike Jackson and Bob Upton have overcome the problem of wayward footballs causing a nuisance to residents living near the pitch. 


  • Tip top tea party

    A POSH afternoon tea party at the Village Hall was even better than tea at the London's Ritz Hotel, according to one of those who attended the event organised by Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group.


VILLAGE NOTICEBOARD
50 VILLAGERS ENJOY
SAFARI SUPPER
Fifty villagers took part in a highly enjoyable Safari Supper on Saturday night. The event involved participants in taking different courses at four different households, meeting up at the end at the home of Mike and Sue Short who organised the event.. Proceeds are for The Parish Church.
For full report click on photo above.


SHOW RAISES £400

The committee of the Produce Show has donated £400 out of its surplus this  year to the Village Hall [in 2012 it donated £500].
The Committee would like to thank everyone in the village who took part for  making such a success once again.
The next Produce Show will be on Sunday, 4th September 2016.


BE VIGILANT!
Police are warning residents of Bishop Monkton to be vigilant after two breaks-ins, one in a garage, last weekend..
The advice is to check that all doors, including those of garages and outbuildings, are locked at night.  And report anything suspicious to the police
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COUPLE AND DONKEY
SEEK LODGINGS

Would you like to provide overnight accommodation for Joseph and Mary and their donkey?
The village is again organising The Bethlehem Journey which requires some 30 households to act as hosts to the holy family (or at least their figurine) during the Advent period.
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BOOST FOR
LIFE SAVERS

Bishop Monkton Life Savers, a small team of volunteer responders ready to go out if anyone in the village suffers a heart attack or suspected attack or has serious breathing problems, received a welcome boost this week.
In response to an appeal on this website, they heard from two villagers, one of whom has agreed to become the group's third co-ordinator, and from a previous responder who now wishes to re-join the team.
This is great news for the group which lately has struggling with a depleted team. 
The two volunteers will mean that this valuable community service should now be secure again, although  they still really need two or three more recruits to get back to full strength.  Anyone interested in joining them should contact Richard Field on 677795.


GREAT WAR VICTIM'S
RECORD AMENDED

Due to an error in the official war records, our tribute to Robert Lowther, one of the five Bishop Monkton men who died in the Great War, was incorrect in our recent series on the war.
The error was spotted by an Australian  WW1 War researcher who e-mailed us this week to say that a confusion in the war pension records will have provided us with wrong information which confused two men with almost identical service numbers. 
Robert Lowther's army career was further complicated by the fact that he emigrated to Australia in 1914 and prompty enlisted in an Australian regiment and returned to fight in The Somme where he died in 1916.
The tribute to Robert Lowther on this website has now been amended, as will the record in the Parish Church.
To read amended tribute go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Honouring Robert Lowther.

OUT FOR A DUCK
Where have all the ducks gone, long time passing?
Villagers are asking this question on the Guestbook page
One says it is the first time in 30 years living here that all the ducks have disappeared from the beck.
Has anyone got an answer?
To READ letters go to GUESTBOOK.

IN FOR A HERON
Golfers have their bridies, and now croquet players have their herons!
A large 3ft tall heron was spotted on the Bishop Monkton croquet lawns last week.
Normally herons are only to be found where there is plenty of water around. Hadn't this bird heard that the croquet lawns had been expertly drained and now are the driest area on whole of  the playing fields!


HELPING OUR SCHOOL
Another Bags2School collection has been well supported.
On Thursday the van collecting the sacks was quickly filled and an overflow pile was left outside the school gates.
Items given included 
 good quality adults' and children's clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys.
Bags were weighed and the more they weighed the more money they will haved raised to support our village school.


KEEPING IN TOUCH
A new way of communicating with his flock has been started by The Revd. Dr. Jonathan Singh, assistant curate at Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard Churches.Jonathan has started producing and circulating a bright and well-designed weekly e-newsletter which contains notices and news from both the Diocese and our two churches.Jonathan has shown himself to be a computer whiz. Just one more job for him in his very busy schedule!

MP's SURGERIES
Julian Smith
MP is holding surgeries in  November and December in Ripon. Bishop Monkton residents are welcome to attend.
Go to WHAT'S ON/ Coming events. 

LOCAL WEATHER:
Click below to find what the local weather has in store.
CLICK HERE for forecast

 
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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 November 2014

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 
217,407
Reached 200,000: 27 May 2014
End of 2013:   182,475
Visitors in 2013: 31,297
Record one day visitors: 435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors: 4,152 on June 2012
Target by end of 2014: 210,000

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