Volunteers undertake annual beck clearance

Reducing the risk of flooding

John Feeny, Chris Procter and John Salmon on the job.

Every year for the past 20 years a team of volunteers has tackled the job of clearing the beck of debris. It is an important exercise which certainly reduces the risk of flooding by ensuring the beck keeps flowing smoothly unimpeded by blockages.

This year's clearance exercise duly took place on Wednesday, December 6 and a team of almost 20 doughty volunteers turned out to remove three large loads of vegetation, branches and other debris (incuding a car number plate and a lobster!) from the waters.

Roger Baker, who had led the team since its formation, has built up a sizeable team of volunteers who tackle this important task each year end. They are Ron Wilkinson, Bob Upton, Mick Jackson, Richard Harper, David Banks, David Ralphs, Rodney Wilson, David Arundel, Peter Taplin, Peter Holley, Ken Barker, John Feeny, Ken Needham, John Salmon, David Furness, Bill Bradshaw,Tony Garnett, Chris Procter,Tom Parker, Harvey Bigg, Brian Gordon and John Binns..

The pictures on this page show some of the team tackling their clearance in different parts of the beck.

Roger wishes to express his sincere thanks to all of them, and the village joins him in thanking them for donning their wellies, anoraks and woolly hats and turning out with rakes and secateurs to tackle the task year after year.

Yet another example of Bishop Monkton community working together in our very caring village!

PS: Volunteers declined to dine on the lobster when the job was done!

 David Ralphs (with lobster), Roger Baker (with number
plate) and Peter Holley.
 The lobster (name not known!)
 Bill Bradshaw and Tony Garnett.  Ron Wilkinson, John Binns, Mick Jackson and
David Banks.
Bob Upton makes the cut.
Rodney Wilson and Tom Parker.