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Over 1,000 poppies produced for part of giant display

The result of several months of hard work by Bishop Monkton Stitchers - over 1,000 poppies which will form part of a giant display in Ripon  later this year to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

For full story go to NEWS/Poppy marathon.


Margaret Lodge awarded British Empire Medal

Margaret Lodge has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list announced today. The honour is in recognition of her services to the community of Bishop Monkton.

Margaret served as clerk to Bishop Monkton Parish Council for 42 years before her recent retirement. She is also been prominent in many other village activities over the years. Margaret's many friends will be delighted by her award which everyone feels is very well deserved.

'A lovely lady and so unassuming'

One of the first to offer congratulations to Margaret was Mervyn Beecroft, former Chairman of Bishop Monkton Parish Council. Margaret was Parish Clerk for the 27 years he served as Chairman and also earlier when he was a Parish Councillor.

'She is a lovely unassuming lady and it was a pleasure to work with her. We never had a cross word and she never raised her voice. She certainly deserves this honour and the whole village will share her pride when she attends her investiture at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle'.

Apart from her work for the Parish Council Margaret also carried out invaluable work at the Village School and has also been a staunch member of the Methodist Church. Among her many voluntary services to the community she regularly collects books from Ripon Library and delivers them to people who are housebound or unable to go there themselves for other reasons.


Super Hog Roast Day raises a whopping £2,450

Stancy gets in a big order for hog roast sandwiches!

A FULL REPORT and picture spread on Hog Roast Day can be seen by going to NEWS/Our big day. 


More villagers learn how to use the defibrillator

Twenty eight Bishop Monkton villagers attended the recent Yorkshire Ambulance Services (YAS) training  session at Bishop Monkton Village Hall  on how the public can use life saving CPR & defibrillators.

Linda Milsom from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who trains our local Community First Responsers, gave an informative and helpful session that was appreciated by all who attended. At the session was the lady who gave CPR to our own Oliver Coglan who recently suffered a major cardiac arrest and is alive thanks to her efforts and the use of the Village Hall defibrillator.

Anyone who attended this session and now thinks they might wish to join the Bishop Monkton Life Saver team should contact Richard Field on 677795 when details of how the team works can be explained so they can decide if they wish to take things further.


 Showing the Flag at the World Cup

Carole and David are off to the Football World Cup next month and will be taking a Bishop Monkton flag with them!  Recently they attended a Fans' Forum hosted by England Manager Gareth Southgate and he posed for the above photo of them and signed their flag.  They are going to England's second match in Nizhnyh Novgorad on 24th June and hope to attend the Final if England get that far!


How wrong can you be?

The cake which was produced by Bishop Monkton Women's Institute to mark its 90th anniversary last year. Odd to recall that, when the WI was being formed in Canada over 100 years ago, a gentleman proclaimed 'It won't last long without a man to run it'. How wrong he was proved to be! 

To read the WI's remarkable success story go to Down Memory Lane. Week 13.


Looking inside the show home

This is one of the downstairs rooms in the new show home on the Kebbell Homes Harvest View development.  The show home is open 10am to 5pm Fridays to Mondays. 

Go also to KEBBELL HOMES/Houses on offer.


After an 'affordable' home?

Coming soon to rent are a 3 bedroomed and a 1 bedroomed property.  Also a 2 bedroomed for shared ownership with another one coming later.  also in the summer two more 2 bedroomes properties for rental.

Further information can be found by going to KEBBELL HOMES / Houses on Offer. 


Is this 'an accident waiting to happen'?

A visitor to the village has sent a letter to this website referring to what he thinks is 'an accident waiting to happen'. Is he right? The Parish Council gives a response.  

For details go to NEWS/Road concern.


Blooming lovely!

RESTFUL AND  PEACEFUL: Members of the Gardening Club will be visiting Field Cottage, Littlethorpe on July 8 to see this lovely garden at its peak.

For more click on GARDENING CLUB


RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Easter Parade

    BRIGHT SUNSHINE provided an added sparkle to the Palm Day Procession through the village.For more Easter pictures click on abovew picture.

  • Silhouette plan

    A suggestion for commemorating the five Bishop Monkton men who died in the First World War is to erect a silhouette or silhouettes around the village during November - the 100th anniversary of the end of that war.

  • Quiz winners

    The fourth Annual Easy Peasy Quiz Supper was held at the Village Hall where 15 teams fought it out to be named this year’s champions.  After a closely fought contest (three points separated the first six teams) Neigh So Bad were crowned the winners.

  • Poppy project

    BISHOP Monkton Stitchers are busy making hundreds of poppies as part of a community project to decorate the centre of Ripon with poppies around this year's Remembrance Day.

  • Fifth anniversary

    Members of the Bishop Monkton Methodist Youth Club have been celebrating their fifth anniversary. The highly successful club was formed five years ago and is run  by David Arundell and numerous willing adult helpers.

  • Flashback to 2005

    Thirteen years ago, on 29 January 2005, our then new Village Hall was opened and a huge crowd packed the hall to watch proceedings. Were you there and can you spot yourself in this picture?

  • Edna Steele

    A fitting tribute to Edna Steele who died only months after he death oif her husband John. They had lived in Bishop Monkton since 1940 and will be sadly missed.

  • Another good year

    Gerald Shervington reports on another successful and eventful year at the Village Hall and Playing Fields at its AGM.. With him are Lesley Shervington (Secretary) and Mervyn Beecroft (Treasurer)..

  • Auction raises £2,500

    Auctioneer Richard Houseman in action at the Autumn Auction at The Lamb & Flag. The event raised a staggering £2,447 which will be spent on improvements at the Village Hall.

  • 20 Questions

    Our new Parish Priest, The Revd. Sheila Murray, kindly agreed to answer 20 questions we put to her about herself as a way of quickly getting better known to parishioners and villagers. Here you can read her answers.


Countdown starts to the Produce Show
Preparations are now hotting up in preparation for this year's Produce, Art and Crafts Show which will be held at the Village Hall on Sunday, September 2.
A coffee morning to help finance the Produce Show was held at the Village Hall.

The full schedule for the show, listing details of all 95 categories together with entry forms can be viewed/downloaded here -
Classifications and entry form - click here
and the Best Gardens Entry Form (by June 30th) viewed/downloaded here -
Best Gardens entry form - click here
or viewed by going to

All Bishop Monkton final

The final of the Yorkshire Croquet Federation Level-C singles tournament held at Bishop Monkton yesterday produced an all Bishop Monkton final.
Richard Field and Izzy Poyntz fought out a keenly contested final with Izzy
finally winning 7-6 on the 'golden hoop'. The event attracted players from a number of Yorkshire clubs.
For more go to CROQUET CLUB/Tournaments 2018

Dev takes a bow wow

The Kinnear household has a newcomer - nine week old Dev, a gorgeous/ 7/8th retriever.  Maureen says he is their sixth sponsored pup and she can't believe they have had so many charming and well behaved house guests!
Any Fullers around in the village?
We've just heard from Nigel Fuller in Australia.
He tells us  that his  great grandfather, Henry Dorset Fuller, was born in Bishop Monkton in 1864 and went to Australia about 1890.  He wonders if there are any members of the Fuller family still living here.
If so, please send details to and the Editor will forward them to Nigel in Manly, NSW.

Over £1,000 for Christian Aid
A total of £1,061.89 was raised for Christian Aid from collections in Bishop Monkton. All donors are thanked.
Thanks for everyone
Lesley Shervington would like to thank all those who helped out at the Hog Roast teas, including setting up and clearing away. Also a  big thank you to all you made cakes and scones.
For full Hog Roast report go to NEWS/Our big day.
Hip, hip hurrah!
Around six Bishop Monkton ladies are presently recovering after having undergone hip replacement operations in recent months.
The ladies are all making a good recoveries which is evidenced by their reducing reliance from two sticks to one stick to no stick at all on their regular perambulations around the village
The group has now been extended by  a local gentleman who has undergone a recent hip operation, and he will soon be joining them on the rounds.

Tennis for all

Bishop Monkton Tennis Club held a recent Open Evening on its courts when several new members were recruited.
Apart from some social friendly tennis there was a BBQ and Pimms for those attending.
For more go to TENNIS CLUB.
To service defibrillators
Bishop Monkton Life Savers, the village team of first responders, have undertaken to service the defibrillator at the Village Hall and the addition defibrillator expected to be located soon the the centre of the village.
This will ensure the equipment is always maintained in good ready-to-use condition.
To run new art classes
A newcomer to Bishop Monkton, Fiona Odle, is an artist/art tutor who is now running art classes in Ripon Library, Henshaw's Art Centre in Knaresborough and Calcutt Village Hall during April and June.
Fiona tells me she is intending to hold some summer classes in Bishop Monkton as most of her current students come either from the village or Ripon.
If interested Fiona can be contacted on 07931 778276 or by e-mail at

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