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Cake to celebrate first anniversary

CUTTING THE CAKE: Jonathan cuts a special cake made for him to mark his first anniversary as parish priest here.  The cake was enjoyed by those who attended the regular monthly morning coffee and cake session at the church.

Go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events for report and more pictures.


DIY Keeping Fit!

KEEPING FIT: Ladies from the Keep Fit Group have been keeping fit in the temporary absence of their leader Marilyn by doing power running round the village playing fields.


Egg and spoon relay champions!  

THE CHAMPIONS: Ellie and Max Bailey, Logan Smith and William Edmondson who won the egg and spoon relay at the village sports and fun day held on the Queen Elizabeth Field on Sunday.


Pink Ladies let    their hair down!

A SWELL PARTY:  Tina Harper and Angie Archbold were among the dolls who celebrated American Independence Day in style at a 'Grease' sing-along at the Village Hall.

Go to ENTERTAINMENTS/Grease for more photos and report by Sheila Parsons.


It's picnic time

MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Book Group enjoying their annual summer picnic.

Go to ORGANISATIONS/club reports.


School triumph

WINNING SMILES: Members of Bishop Monkton School Quad Athletics team pictured after receiving medals for their outstanding performance in an athletics competition open to 318 schools in Yorkshire and finishing second!

For report go to SCHOOL


New concert venue

RIPON COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA, which already uses Bishop Monkton Village Hall for weekly rehearsals, will be putting on its first public concert here on Tuesday, July 7.

Also see VILLAGE HALL USERS/ Community Orchestra


Pauline to compete  for national title

NATIONAL FINALIST: Bishop Monkton bowler Pauline Beecroft has qualified with one other Yorkshire lady to play in the National Championship Finals at Royal Leamington Spa (the home of British Bowls).She will play the  representative from Worcester in the 4 wood singles category on August 6th.

Go to BOWLING/News and pictures.


Awards for Tom     and Katie

 Tom and Katie Oates with their Adversity Sports Awards which were presented by Gambaru Gym and Stray FM at the Old Swan Hotel on Wednesday evening. In all 28 young people in the Harrogate area were recognised for achievement in sport whilst living with adversity in some form or other. Tom won his for cycling and fund raising and Katie won hers for cycling and for her successes at The Great North Swim in Windermere, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Bardet-Biedl Society.



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  • Hang on, dearie!

    Bempton Cliffs is a wonderful place to visit at this time of the year!  Pictures by Richard Field show how the cliffs are crowded with nesting seabirds, including the iconic puffin and the giant gannet.

  • Church garden party

    This young lady is intent on scooping the marbles down the hole in a game at the Vicarage Garden Party, part of the St. John Baptist Summer Festival. 

  • Future guide dog?

    This is Marty, the latest addition to the Kinnear family. He is a seven-weeks-old Labrador/Golden Retriever who will stay with Andrew and Maureen for a year to undergo initial training as a guide dog.  

  • Five are confirmed

    FIVE of the candidates from Bishop Monkton who were confirmed at Ripon Cathedral by The Bishop of Leeds, The Rt Rev. Nick Baines. Among them was Charlotte Spencer who was recently made Churchwarden at St John Baptist Church.   

  • School successes

    Bishop Monkton School has been successful in various inter-school sports events, including orienteering.

  • Hog Roast Day

    Hog Roast Day was a whopping success again, with crowds enjoying a wide variety of events including a buckling bronco, soapbox derby and Suma wrestling!

  • Croquet successes

    Bishop Monkton Croquet Club maintained its unbeaten run in friendly matches by recording a comfortable 117 to 92 hoops win in a match against Durham Croquet Club. The vsitors were visiting Bishop Monkton for the first time.

  • New churchwarden

    Charlotte Spencer, front left, pictured after being appointed a new churchwarden at St John Baptist Parish Church. With her are other church officials who attended the service.

  • BMEG rejuvenated

    Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group, whose future was once in some doubt, has been rejenated after villagers rallied to its support. They now have new officials and an exciting programme planned for the future.

  • Markenfield Hall

    MARKENFIELD HALL is a hidden gem on our doorstep but some of us in the village have still never visited it.  You'll have a chance to put matters right in May. 

  • Happy 100th birthday!

    Mrs Cusworth, who once ran the Village General Stores, has just celebrated her 100th birthday. She now lives in a care home in Goole.


Help us
design a
village flag

A new flagpole has added to the front of the Village Hall and the England flag now flies there proudly.
Now we want to design a Village Flag and invite villagers to submit design or designs so we can find the best design which will then be produced and flown  on appropriate future occasions.
Villagers are invited to submit designs (computer generated or hand drawn) and send them initially to Gerald Shervington at or hand delivered to The Willows, Boroughbridge Road.
The best submissions will be published on this website and readers will be asked to vote for their favourite.

Garage sale off
The Garage Sale planned by the Parish Church for August Bank Holiday has been cancelled due to insufficient interest being shown by potential stall holders.  Anybody who registered to take part will be contacted. 

Off to a flying start
Michael Bowes and Jonathan Mosley will be cycling the 100 miles from Bishop Monkton to Bridlington to raise funds for Male Cancer Awareness (
A coffee and homemade cake morning  held at the Methodist Schoolroom on Saturday, July 25, raised a fantastic £430 towards the fund.

Change of venue
This year's ever popular Holiday Club will be held in the Methodist Church and not in the Village Hall as in previous years. The event, from August 24-28, will include an exciting mix of crafts, games, stories, drama, music and loads of fun.
The main organiser is Vicky Wild (tel 676832).  

Loss of power
Parts of Bishop Monkton will lose their electricity supply between 9am and 1pm on Friday, July 31.
The reason is that NothernPowerGrid  needs to cut back some trees and remove other vegetation that is getting too close to their overhead power lines which could cause unexpected power cuts if not removed.
All householders who are affected will have received a notification of the cut.

New Minister
On September 1  the Methodist Church will welcome the arrival of a new Minister to the Ripon and Lower Dales Circuit staff, Rev. Helen Bell who comes after having seen ministerial appointments in Ashton-under-Lyne, Stratford and Evesham.  Part of her pastoral duties will be the care of the Bishop Monkton congregation.
Also see METHODIST CHURCH/news and events.

Return of the Tennis Ball!
A popular social event in the past is set to return to the Village Hall on Saturday, 26 September. Music will be by Mojo Jelly, the band David Waddington plays in.
More details nearer the time.

Heading the League
Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's two teams in Division 1 of the Yorkshire League are currently heading the table, with the 'B' team marginally ahead of the 'A' team.
The club has also so far had an unbeaten run in a series of friendlies played with impressive wins against Ripon, Ben Rhydding, Durham and The Dales.

250,000 visitors!
The number of visitors to this website since it began on 29 January 2005 recently  passed the quarter of a million figure.  During the 10 years it has been run, the site has attracted an average of over 500 visitors a week and the editor has worn out seven keyboards!
Could any other UK village community website beat our size or throughput?

Could YOU help? 
Bishop Monkton Life Savers, a village service which provides early response if any villager suffers a heart attack or serious breathing problems, is holding a recruitment drive this month.
This vital service relies on a small group of volunteers who are trained by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and who take turns each month to provide cover in case of an emergency call out.
If YOU would like to know more about the group, or consider joining them, please call Richard Field on 677795.

Go ahead for plan
Plans to build 18 houses on an area of land between Knaresborough  Road and the village playing fields was given the go ahead by Harrogate Borough Council Planning Department on Thursday.
The approval came despite reservations expressed by Bishop Monkton Parish Council. They felt the two extra accesses leading from the site on to the Knaresborough Road could result in traffic accidents.

£1,228 for Christian Aid
A total of £1,228.30 was raised for Christian Aid during the recent collection in the village.  The organisers have sent thanks to those who helped and villagers who donated.


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Editor: Richard Field


27 JULY 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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