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A lone figure tracks the newborn snow

Zillah Horner's artistic picture shows how the early morning snow transformed the village. More snow pictures (while the white stuff lasts) would be welcome. Send photos to


Good response should save Life

Jonathan Beer ready to respond.

Following our appeal on this website to seek new recruits to avoid the possible closure of Bishop Monkton Life Savers we are delighted to report an excellent response with up to half a dozen villagers now signed up or actively considering joining the team, which should enable this valuable community service to continue after all. The very encouraging response means that plans are already being made to hold an initial briefing session at the Village Hall when the volunteers will have the scheme and associated training programme explained to them by a NHS specialist trainer. This session will also explain how the village team operates and how mobile defibrillator and oxygen equipment they carry may be used in responding to a call out. Despite the excellent response the organisers say they would still welcome two or three more volunteers to ensure getting a strong team in place where the work load can be evenly spread. Anyone interested in hearing more should contact either Richard Field, Co-ordinator, on 677795 or or Jonathan Beer, founder member and senior first responder, on 07766 355314 or


History and Information Board gets nod of approval

The Bishop Monkton Local History Group presented their proposal for a History and Information Board to the Parish Council this week and got approval to finalise plans for its production.  The board, which will show the sights of the village and its history will also give visitors a link to the successful walks booklet produced by Martin and Kathryn Bethel.The sign will be sited by the pedestrian bridge over the beck in the middle of the village to make a visit to our village even more enjoyable. The board will be finished and be in place by the summer. The picture shows Local History Group members Annabel
Alton, Feather Gordon with Ringo and Chairman Chris Bagnall at the preview.

Comment in Letters to the Editor.


Weeping willow will soon weep a last time

The iconic willow tree at the ford in the centre of the village will soon be felled. Despite objections from local residents the Parish Council has requested and received permission from Harrogate Council to remove the tree. 
Villagers wanting to photograph the tree and record it in its current glory are advised to do so sooner rather than later before it is too late.

Go to NEWS/Weeping willow for explanation why Parish Council decided the tree need to come down.

Also see Letters to the Editor.


Filming the story of our village pubs

Colin interviewing Elizabeth Wilkinson at the Mason's Arms.

Filming a busy Friday evening at the Lamb & Flag.

Shooting took place on Friday for the Bishop Monkton Local History Group’s first filming project. Producer Colin Philpott and camera operator Rachel Bottomley were out and about recording interviews and gathering pictures for a short film about the history of the village pubs. They filmed in both the Lamb and Flag and the Mason’s Arms and at the sites of the five other pubs which once also existed in the village. The film will be edited over the next few  weeks and the finished product will be ‘premiered’ in the Spring.’


Have your say on the future of our Parish Church

You now have the chance to contribute your  ideas on the future of Bishop Monkton’s historic Parish Church by completing a special survey. 

To access and complete the Church survey then click here or go to NEWS/Church survey.


Secrets of wartime Britain revealed

 Ninety nine people attended the meeting. After his talk Colin signed his book on which the talk was based.


A packed audience of almost 100 heard a fascinating talk by local author Colin Philpott at the Village Hall. The talk, entitled ‘Secret Wartime Britain’ identified just some of the many buildings and sites which played an invaluable role during World War 2 but their precise role was often concealed even from people living nearby. Local such sites included the vast heavily camouflaged Avro Works near Leeds Bradford Airport where a workforce of more than 10,000 built nearly 700 Lancaster bombers, the Knaresborough Food Dump, a huge cold food storage facility ready to call upon on in the event of food shortages during the war, and York Racecourse where POWs were interrogated. Various other buildings and sites vital to the war effort from other parts of the country were also described. The speaker was introduced by Chris Bagnall, Chairman of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group, and the talk is one in a series of wide ranging events which have been organised or are planned by the LHG.

For more details go to Bishop Monkton Yesterday (see LINKS) or click here.


Exciting challenge
for Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton astronomer Chris Higgins is busier than ever, adding to his previous activities by also working now as one of a three man volunteer team on the latest phase of creating a Planetarium and Heritage Craft Centre at Grewelthorpe. Here he is seen working on restoring a 1979 projector which, when restored, will project pictures of the night sky on to the dome of the new planetarium.

For more details click on NEWS/New planetarium.


More details revealed about  Palace site

More interesting facts about the Archbishop’s Palace which existed in the village in medieval times were revealed at a meeting attended by members of the Local History Group and Parish Councillors at the Village Hall on Thursday evening. Tony Hunt of  the Yorkshire Archeological Aerial Mapping department expanded on facts which emerged from pictures taken of the site by a drone, which provided more positive details about its size and scope. Suggestions were also made on how the LHG and the village can get involved in further and on-going research.

For more details go to the Bishop Monkton Yesterday website by clicking here.


  • Storms C & D

    Two devastating storms hit the country in February but happily Bishop Monkton escaped the worst of Storm Ciara when alhough some roads were under water for a short time not a single house suffered flooding.  And in Storm Dennis, which came a week later, the village escaped almost completely although other parts of Yorkshire were badly hit.  The work of our Flood Prevention team certainly paid off!

  • £300 donation

    Bishop Monkton Methodist Youth Club presented a cheque for £300 to the Friends of School – and most of the money came from the small profits made each week over several years from the sale of sweets to the kids! 

  • Exciting plans

    At the AGM of the Village Hall & Playing Fields Chairman Gerald Shervington, outlined the developments at the hall and playing fields together with the progress and successes of the various affiliated clubs. He also gave details of plans in the pipeline.

  • Church farewell

    Stuart Newsome, long time leading light at St John Parish Church and more recently Lay Worship Leader for both parishes, was given an emotional farewell at the end of the Celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols at St John Parish Church.

  • Song for Marilyn

    Over 20 members of the Keep Fit Group sang a special song in praise of Marilyn, their organiser, at the group’s Christmas lunch at The George, Wormald Green.Click on photo to read the words..

  • Singing for Fun

    Bishop Monkton’s newest group, Singing for Fun, is keeping the village alive with the Sound of Music. Started in September 2019 and led by Angie Archbold, the group now has 45 people registered, and gets a regular attendance of between 35 and 40 singing a variety of songs to suit everyone.

  • At the Palace

    Margaret Lodge enjoyed 'a day I will never forget' when she attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party following her award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to our community.

  • Group outings

    Bishop Monkton Local History Group has organised some fascinating outings this year. Click photo to read about where they have been and what they have seen.

  • DIY triumph

    The remarkable story of how Bishop Monkton auctioneer Richard Harper (with no previous building experience) undertook the extend his iconic 300-year-old Grade 2 listed cottage. 

  • 100th birthday

    Over 80 guests crowded the Village Hall for a party to honour Netta Park who was celebrating her 100th birthday - and she did it in style, thanks to her good  friends at the Methodist Church. She was proud to receive a card from The Queen.

  • £2,500 raised

    Gerald Shervington takes a well earned sit down beside the beck just about 12 hours after he and others started at 4am getting the hog ready for roasting. But all the hard work paid off - the event raised a whopping £2,500 for Village Hall funds.


A chance to go down memory lane

Remember this? it was the day our then new Village Hall was opened in January 2005.  More pictures of this  very special occasion and many others will be shown when Angie Archbold and Florence Bowes present a month long programme in March of precious old videos taken by  the late Edwin Bowes. Don't miss
 great opportunity to be taken down memory lane !

For full programme of videos to be shown go to WHAT'S ON.
Plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day

An earlier VE Day celebration

Plans are in hand to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in the village in style.
The celebration will take the form of an open air concert on Friday, May 8 with The Simon Faulkner Band playing a mix of music including Disco and classic rock from the raised area in front of the Village Hall with guests watching from the cricket field.
It is also hoped that the Bishop Monkton 'Singing for Fun' group led by Angie will entertain the audience with some classic war time songs which they will be invited to join in to.
Guests will be asked to come dressed in  red. white and blue so as to put everyone into patriotic mode.
Those attending will be invited to bring their own picnic while the Mason's Arms plan to pitch in with a pop-up bar.
For the moment just get the date in your diary - Bank Holiday Friday, May 8.

Update on History Group's own website

A wealth of old pictures to view.

Bishop Monkton  Local History Group held a very successful Website Update presentation and exchange of ideas for future projects on Sunday at the Village Hall. About 40 people attended to look at the progress made on the group's own village history website - click here to go to it.
Topics ranged from progress on the Archbishop's Manor site to the recent shooting of the Pubs documentary to a picture of the Wings for Victory fete held in Hall Garth field in May 1943 that stirred some memories!
Those attending were shown show lots of old pictures that are available to view on the BM Yesterday website. More old pictures, documents and memories of the village would still be welcomed.  If you have any please contact or

Top croquet doubles players

Martin Bethel (left) and Trevor Wood (right) receive their award as the club's top doubles players from Club Chairman Jack Upsall at the group's annual dinner at The Tiger, Coneythorpe.

See also CROQUET CLUB/Latest news.
Charitable potatoes raise £384
The Methodist Church’s first ‘Spud and Pud’ lunch for this year raised £385 for the Candlelighters Charity.
Thanks go to the generous providers of the potatoes, fillings, puddings and the labour of those who served and washed up. and also to those who made donations.
See also METHODIST CHURCH/Latest news.

Concerned about slow broadband?

John Heller, who is concerned about the slow broadband in the village, has suggested a possible solution - setting up a community fibre partnership. Anyone interested is invited to drop him a line.
For more go to Letters to the Editor.
Winning numbers
The winning numbers for the February 2020 Parish Church draw are:
1st Prize      34
2nd Prize     3
3rd Prize      48
The draw was made on February 15.
The winners will receive their cheques within seven days of the draw.
The next draw will take place on Sunday,March  15.

'One of  Britain’s  finest  politicians'

Local MP Julian Smith, who was sacked this week from his position as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the Cabinet reshuffle, has received warm words of praise and support from his colleagues in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
In one of many glowing messages sent to him Leo Varadkar, Irish Prime Minister, wrote: 'In eight
months as Secretary of State Julian, you helped restore power sharing in Stormont, secured an agreement with us to avoid a hard border plus marriage equality.You are one of Britain’s finest politicians of our time. Thank you’.
Julian Smith has been MP for Skipton and Ripon since 2010.

Time to assemble your brainboxes!

The popular Easy Peasy Pie and Peas Quiz Night is back and will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday, March 28.
The organisers are keen to attract teams with a maximum of six players who can then invent their own team name.
Proceeds will be shared by the School and the Parish Church.
For more details go to WHAT'S ON.


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