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Autumn auction
raises £1,800

AUCTIONEER Richard Houseman busy selling a fantastic range of donated goods and items at last night's big Autumn Auction at the Lamb & Flag. With him is his partner in this big village fund raising event , Mervyn Beecroft. The two have worked together running the auction for years. Proceeds from this year's event totalled an amazing £1,800 which will go towards buying new loudspeakers for use at village outdoor events.

For full report and more pictures go to NEWS/Autumn auction 2014.


Bargains galore
at autumn fair

CROWDS at the Church Autumn Fair.
Go to PARISH Church/
news and events.


An afternoon tea 
to rival The Ritz!

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.
Go to NEWS/Tea party for report and more pictures.

Floral arch for
harvest service 

THIS BEAUTIFUL floral arch will welcome worshippers attending Sunday's Harvest Thanksgiving service at the Methodist Church. The arch was created by Pauline Houseman and her daughter, Lisa.
Go to METHODIST CHURCH/news and events for more details.
Food glorious food
for Harvest supper


Spelling out the meaning
of Thanksgiving

PUPILS at Bishop Monkton Primary School played an important role in their
Harvest Thanksgiving service by spelling out  various words linked to the event.
For more details go to SCHOOL


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  • Congratulations

    CONGRATULATIONS to our cricketers on winning promotion to Division 3 in the penultimate match of the season. However they missed winning the title when narrowly  beaten by Thornton Le Moor in the final match.

  • Splashing out for charity

    Mervyn Beecroft  and Richard Houseman raised £100 for charity by getting pledges from spectactors to undergo the Bishop Monkton Beck Challenge at a fund-raising village BBQ  The event, organised by Emma and Steve Oates, raised £1,300 for the Bardet Bierdi Society.

  • Great War feature

    You can still read the whole of our Greart War feature by clicking on THE GREAT WAR 1914-18 on the navigastion bar (left). Then click on any of the listed item of interest to you.

  • Best pub float

    TREVOR AND CAROL dressed up to ride on their float in the St Wilfred's Day Procession in Ripon where they won the trophy for Best Pub Float.

  • Eddie Bowes Trophy

    Jan Laker, John Kerr and Christine Wood received the Eddie Bowes Trophy for random triples. With them is Florence Bowes who presented the trophy.

  • Produce Show winner

    Paul Gosney who won The Walmsley Plate as Overall Winner at the Bishop Monkton Produce Show, pictured in his greenhouse. Click onm photo above for full report and more pictures.

  • Last of summer sport

    These hardy croquet players were out in force for an end of season match. They are the last to play the summer lawns sports.



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.

Bishop Monkton Life Savers have now been operating for a number of years, with 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.Apart from the responders who answer the calls, the Life Savers have a 'back room' team of three co-ordinators who, among other things, contact  the team each month to prepare a rota of those who will be on call each day and night.Recently the group lost the services of Thelma Richardson when she and Brian moved to Northallerton so now rely on Richard Field and Roger Baker to do this job, but would like to find a third person to help them.The job is not onerous. It would require someone who can operate a computer, and who would be willing to make contact with our team by e-mail and produce a rota just four times a year.If you feel you would like to play a role in maintaining this vital community service we'd be happy to hear from you.  Please contact Richard at or tel. 677795.

There's been lots of village news to read on this website this week - what with the Autumn Auction, the
Harvest Thanksgiving and Harvest supper, the posh tea party and the church autumn fair.
No wonder we had over 400 people logging on in the last two days - that's almost double the usual number and included callers from Australia, the USA and several from Europe.


Bishop Monkton Classical Music Group paid a special tribute to the late Alan Hibbert (pictured above), one of its former members, at its September meeting.
A programme of music, including works by Schubert, Shostakovich, Walton, Telemann and Copland, reflected some of Alan's favourites.
The Music Group is now in its 13th year during which time 961 works have been played covering work by almost 191 different composers

Our series about the Great War, telling the story of local men who took part in it, continues to cause a great deal of interest.
Two additional items about local participants in the war are about members of Rodney Wilson's family, and another is about Robert Hymas, one of five members of the Hymas family, who answered the call to fight for King and Country.
To read these reports go to THE 1914 - 18 war/additional items.
Congratulatiuons to our Cricket, Bowls and Croquet Clubs for successes this year in the season which is now coming to an end.
The Cricket Club won promotion to Division 3 and were runners-up in the League; the Bowls Club won both the Dalesman Leagues this season - the first time they have pulled off this notable 'double' - and Bishop Monkton U3A won Division 2 of the Yorkshire Croquet League.


We have said d a sad farewell to Brian and Thelma Richardson. They left their home in Melrose Drive to move to Northallerton where they will be nearer to members of their family.
Thelma has been a member of Bishop Monkton Women's Institute for the past 15 years, and this year was President. She has also served as a Co-ordinator for the LifeSavers.
Brian has been table tennis representative on the Village Hall & Playing Fields Committee and was leader of the Wednesday morning table tennis group. He was a founder member of Bishop Monkton Life Savers since the scheme began five years ago and has been on call as a first responder for at least two days every month ever since.
Both have been valuable members of our community and will be sadly missed.
In a message from Northallerton Brian writes: 'The move went very well and we are in (just) but still can’t move for boxes and furniture which is just too big for this property. Think we are going to have to be much more ruthless'.

Following the success of the Garage Sale held in the village in August this year the Parish Church intends to hold another one on August Bank Holiday Monday in 2015.
Keep this date free if you are interested in taking part. More details will follow nearer the time.

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!

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. 

The Manager of The Moody Cow, Martin Spalding, has advised us that he is willing to allow local villagers to use their car park so as to make easier use of the public transport from the nearby bus stop to Ripon, or to Harrogate and Leeds or beyond.
Thanks, Martin.

A hundred hawthorne saplings are to be planted on the boundary of the Bishop Monkton Queen Elizabeth ll Field opposite the new estate before the winter.
Another development is that a new storeroom has been constructed this month at a cost of £12,000. This building will be used for storing heavy equipment which will free off space in the existing  store.
It is also planned to add a new concrete path round the side of the hall.

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Editor: Richard Field

23 October 2014

Visitors to site since launch in 2005: 
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