New faces

Meet your new Councillor

Ben Cairns lives in Bishop Monkton with wife Kay and twin boys, Oliver and Harry. who attend the Village School and where his wife is the Year 6 teacher.

Ben is a Senior Fire Officer responsible for a number of fire stations within the Harrogate District. He has spent 20 years in the FireService and has amassed a number of skills which he believes will be useful in his future role as a Parish Councillor 

He is currently Chairman of the Harrogate District Road Safety Group, which again has provided him with experience which he believes will be useful in his Council work.
Ben says he and his family have taken a proactive role in Bishop Monkton since moving to the village five years ago and have sought to support the local community and champion the village.

Why was Ben keen to become a Councillor?

In reply he said: ‘Bishop Monkton is a beautiful place in which to live, but for this to happen it relies on a myriad of willing volunteers who give their valuable time to help the community succeed.

‘At the heart of the community is the Parish Council which is responsible for representing the local community, delivering services to meet the needs of the village and help in improving the quality of life and well being of the community.

‘I believe that if I want my family to continue to enjoy everything Bishop Monkton has to offer, then I should take ownership and give some of my time to the community through the Parish Council.
‘I believe I can represent the local community effectively by applying my experience together with my passion to see the village prosper in order for Bishop Monkton to be the place in which we all want to live’.


New Parish Clerk


David Taylor, who has become the new Parish Clerk at Bishop Monkton is also Clerk for Grantley & Sawley and Azeley. In becoming Clerk for three local councils he is emulating Keith Pettit, the retiring Clerk.

In his earlier career David worked in the United States. He had a role in sales and marketing in the hotel industry in Virginia. On his return to this country he re-trained at night school and qualified with a law degree in 2008.

He  was happy to be offered the position at Bishop Monkton  because he knew of the village's reputation as a go-ahead  and caring community.

In his spare time David enjoys sailing (he has a Classic Firefly dinghy) and motor sport (mostly watching hill climbing events).

He was married 15 months ago to Bridget and the couple live happily with their two dogs and two chickens.

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