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Farewell to a    good friend 

Mary as she will be fondly remembered.

Bishop Monkton St John Baptist Church was crowded today for  a Service of Celebration for the life of Edith Mary Knowles, who died peacefully at her  home on May 14.

Mary, who with her husband Bernard ran the village shop for many years, befriended many villagers with whom she enjoyed a chat during their visits to the shop.

The funeral service was conducted her niece, The Revd. Linda Boon who recalled  poignant memories of her loving aunt. There was also a loving tribute to her from Sarah, read by Michael, and other moving family reflections.


£200 for Tom's run

SUPPORTING TOM: Youngsters from the Methodist Youth Club who have raised £200 to support of Tom Oates's charity run at Melmerby on May 29.  Peter and Jane Taplin are also supporting Tom by donating the proceeds from opening their model railway to the public on Bank Holiday Monday. We all wish Tom good luck!

For more youth news go to YOUTH PAGES/Youth Club.


Goodbye, Marty

A SAD FAREWELL: Marty, who has been a puppy in the charge of Maureen and Andrew Kinnear for the past year, has just left them on the next stage of becoming a guide dog to the blind. This is the saddest part of what I do, says Maureen.  The picture is the latest in our Wildlife/pet series.

To see all entries go to PICTURES/wildlife/pets


First class removal

THE OLD POSTBOX, which has stood outside the village shop for many years, was removed on Saturday leaving the way clear for re-building work on the site. The good news is that the postbox will be re-sited in the village at a site yet to be agreed but possibly near the  the Christmas tree so nice and central. The final site will be decided by The Post Office. For the moment the postbox has been taken back to the Harrogate Depot but the Parish Council has asked that the same box be returned as soon as possible to us for old time's sake.


New team at first   Council meeting

NEW TEAM: The newly-formed Parish Council, including four new councillors, held its first meeting at the Methodist Schoolroom last night.

For Council news go to PARISH COUNCIL


Coffee morning  raises £443 

THIS PLANT STALL at Saturday's coffee morning at the Village Hall was raising funds to help stage the Village Produce Show to be held at the Village Hall on September 4. Manning the stall were David and Pauline Arundell and Pauline Beecroft. There were also stalls selling cakes, bric-a-brac and books. Organiser Chris Procter says the event raised £443 to be used to stage the Produce Show.


Mercury crossing the Sun

THIS AMAZING IMAGE, captured on Monday by our Backyard astronomer Chris Higgins, shows Mercury starting its transit of the Sun then its position roughly every 15 minutes after that.  This image used the Hydrogen Alpha scope so, when viewed in higher resolution, you can see lots of  the Sun’s surface features.

Go to ASTONOMY/Apri/May to read more details of this very rare occurrence


Got a head for    this game?

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


Tom's challenge

TOM OATES, who has raised money for charity from previous challenges, is undertaking a new one - a 10k run he will undertake at Melmerby on May 29. He is seen here on a Fountains Park run with Pam Brown, who regularly accompanies him as his guide. She and Emma will be running with Tom at Melmerby.

For more to NEWS/Tom's challenge.


Archery at school

OUR VILLAGE SCHOOL not only excels academically but also at sport.  The school recently formed a boxing club and now it has started archery, as you can see from the above photo. Both new activities are proving popular.

For more school sports news go to SCHOOL


Marathon duo say 'thank you'

LONDON MARATHON duo, Emma Oates and David Arundell, wearing their finisher tee-shirts and showing fof their medals, drop in to thank members of Bishop Monkton Keep Fit Group for making donations to support each of the runners' charities.

Go to NEWS/Run of success for more details and photos.


44 years as clerk

MARGARET LODGE receiving a retirement presentation from Mervyn Beecroft, retiring Chairman of the Parish Council. Margaret, who has completed 44 years service as Clerk to the Council, received a beautiful antique aquamarine brooch, a bouquet of flowers and a framed photo. She is delighted and most grateful and thanks all those concerned. 


The new line-up

The old Parish Council, pictured above at the recent Open Meeting, will soon change to include four new faces who will join Jane Fowler and Emma Oates who are staying on.

The new team is named

Just four nominations were received for the four vacant positions caused by the retirement of Mervyn Beecroft, Ken Barker, Chris Proctor and Florence Bowes. This means there will be no need for voting which would otherwise have occurred on May 5.

The new Council will be made up of:

JANE FOWLER (proposed by M. Beecroft)




BOB UPTON ( C. Procter)



 1943 secrets unearthed

EXCITING new finds have been made at the recently discovered site where Sgt. Reginald Renton's plane crashed in Germany in 1943.  Our contact, Erik Wieman, who is part of the search team, has sent us the latest news from the crash site. All details of findings are being fed back to members of Sgt Renton's family.

Go to NEWS/Air crash latest.



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  • A rising star

    David Widdison, a member of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club who was first introduced to the game here by Andrea, his wife, five years ago, is a rising star in the croquet world. He now competes successfully in major events across the country.

  • Fit for a Queen

    Bishop Monklton villagers had a chance to wish Her Majesty a happy 90th birthday when they sat down to an afternoon tea fit for a Queen at the Village Hall.. There was a capacity audience.

  • New Council Clerk

    Margaret Lodge, Clerk to Bishop Monkton Parish Council for the past 44 years, has been succeeded as Clerk by her daughter, Jane Mosley. Retiring Chairman Mervyn Beecroft described Margaret as 'an absolute brick'.  

  • Bridge completed

    The new bridge outside the Mechanics' Institute has been completed after five weeks work.The former bridge had been up for 150 years. There are mixed feelings about the final appearance of its replacement..  

  • New walking group

    Fifteen villagers took part in the first outing organised by the new Bishop Monkton Walking Group. The six mile ramble  took them  from Sawley including Eavestone Lake. The group is organised by Kathryn and Martin Bethel.    

  • New defibrillator

    A new defibrillator will be located at the Village Hall for use if and when anyone using the hall or playing field suffers a heart attack. The Village Hall and Parish Cohncil have provided matching funds to make the purchase.

  • New benches

    Five new benches have been added around the cricket ground on the QE2 Playing Field. They were financed from proceeds from the Autumn Auction.  Here, enjoying a well deserved rest on one of them, is Mick Jackson, one of the volunteer ground staff.  

  • Easter challenge

    Jane Newsome took on an Easter challenge which involved climbing Table Mountain in South Africa, Once threatened with life in wheelchair, she made the climb to raise sponsorship money for charity and 'to give something back'.

  • Air crash news

    Seventy years after Sgt Renton died in an air crash somewhere in Germany new facts have emerged bnringing solace to members of his family. Read how this website helped pass on the news to the family..

  • Phoebe's flag

    CONGRATULATIONS to 10-year-old Phoebe Dudley who has been voted winner from 65 excellent entries from Bishop Monkton School in the junior section of the Village's Flag Design competition. 

  • New Village Flag

    This has been voted for the new official Bishop Monkton Flag in the adult section of the competition, although this is still subject to approval by the Parish Council and the Village Hall Committee. The design was by David Ralphs.


  • WI's 89th birthday

    Bishop Monkton WI is 89 years old and  celebrated the event with a birthday meal provided by members and attended by one of the group's ex Presidents.  


Our Royal
Hog Roast &
Family Fun day

Coming on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30, to Bishop Monkton Village centre is our big Royal Hog Roast & Family Fun Day with a packed programmne from 12 noon until 4pm.

Click crown (above) for a detailed programe of events and return to this page at regular intervals to read updated details of the day as we get nearer May 30.

Then, on or after the big day, return to this special Hog Roast section to read full reports of the event and see a wide range of photographs taken by our team of photographers

Got stuff to sell?
Table tops for sale at the Hog Roast are £10 per table and, if interested,  please contact Gerald on 07799-644121 or 01765-677564 or e-mail

Can you help?
Lesley Shervington is organising Hog Roast teas in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom on May 30 and needs volunteers to help set up and put down.  The café will be open from 12 noon until  4pm. She needs four people each hour to take orders, serve refreshments and  cakes, clear up and wash up.
Lesley is also looking for volunteers to make the following cakes - chocolate,  coffee, lemon and Victoria Sponge and also home-made scones.   
If you can help please contact Lesley on 677564 or email
Police crackdown
on vandals

Police have been made aware of vandalism to facilities and equipment at the Village Hall and playing fields and the Committee now plans to install CCTV to keep surveillance of the entire area.  Any perpetrators identified will be prosecuted.
In future Police will be making regular random visits to check the situation. 

Village Hall gets
a spring clean!

The Village Hall has been getting a spring clean.
Decorators have been at work re-painting the walls throughout and giving the place a new sparkle!
The famous greens chairs, much used for the many events at the hall, have ben checked over and those needing a clean have been treated by our own team using specialist equipment.
The Table Tennis Club, the biggest user of the hall, has bought four new tables, and for use  outside the Croquet Club has acquired a new mower and spiker to raise the lawns to a new standard.
Thanks to all those who have done an excellent job on all that has been undertaken.

Defibrillator to be
installed on June 1

The new defibrillator, which has been acquired through a grant with matching funding from the Parish Council and Village Hall Committee, is to be installed on an outside wall of the Village Hall on June 1.
Already there are 30 or more volunteers from village groups which use the hall and the playing fields, awaiting training in the use of the equipment. The defibrillator can then be used if anyone suffers a heart attack while there.

Time to start
planning ahead

Now is a good time to start planning which classes you will be entering in the autumn Produce Show. To help you decide we have now published the full schedule, listing all 100 classes.
To see them click on PRODUCE SHOW 2016.

Innovations on
this website

You may have seen the Head Ping Pong video (left) and we hope to bring you other videos, some of of local events, in the future.YOU may even appear in some of them!
Other innovations we have introduced  include:
LOCAL ENTERTAINMENTS:  We have now added a link which will take you direct to the new BMEG website. This will enable you to make bookings on line for future productions. Go to ENTERTAINMENTS and click the link
VILLAGE EVENTS: You can now access the calendar of upcoming events at the Village Hall:on line.  To view Village Hall Bookings Calendar go to VILLAGE HALL HIRE and click the link.
( W recommend you use any browser other than AOL).
LOCAL INFORMATON: We have just added a full schedule for the Produce Show and a full timetable for local bus serviuces which start on May 29.

Needing a helping hand

Chantelle Neal, manager of The Mason's Arms, is on the lookout for staff. If you are interested call her on 01423 863632 to find out what is on offer.

Tory re-elected
Ian Galloway has been re-elected as Harrogate Borough Councillor for Bishop Monkton.
Ian Galloway (Con) 556
Greig Sharman (Green) 116
Laura Dinning (Lab) 112

New leaders Emma and Rebecca Archbold, who have attended the popular annual children's Holiday Club as children or as helpers over the last 15 years, have offered to take over the leadership the club with support from the Rev. Helen Bell. The club is to be held August 22-25 this year.
Details of the club can be found on the posters round the village, in the Parish Magazine and on this website (go to What's On/Coming Events).

£5,588 boost for Village Hall funds
The Village Hall received a £5,588 boost to its funds when Richard Field, Chairman of Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club,  presented a cheque to Gerald Shervington, Chairman of the Village Hall.
The amount included £5,088 for use of the hall and a further £500 donation, part of which will be spent on improving the lighting in the main hall.
Produce Show plans
This year's Bishop Monkton Produce, Art and Crafts Show will be held at the Village Hall on Sunday, September 4. Entry forms and a list of the categories have been circulated to all households.
New categories for 2016 are ones for Best Flower Garden and Best Vegetable Garden.
Enquiries to Chris Proctor (676366).

The Last Word

There's big news this week for those villagers who enjoy their cruising.
This comes with the maiden voyage of Harmony of the Seas, at 227,000 tons the largest cruise ship in the world, and which sailed out of Southampton on Monday with room for 6,780 passengers and 2,000 crew.
To keep them happy there are 16 restaurants, 23 swimming pools and 18 decks to get lost on.
So who will be the first from Bishop Monkton to book a trip on this new giant?
At present Chris and Brenda O'Gorman hold  the Bishop Monkton record of travelling on what was previously one of largest cruise ships,  the Queen Mary 2, weighing in at a mere 150,00 tons.
Those in harmony with the idea of booking on to something even bigger are asked to send their experiences and photos to

Also, have you got a (very brief) niggle or a query? If so send it in and we'll see who responds.

Now go to FEEDBACK for some reaction to earlier queries! 


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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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