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A new sport coming to the village

Exciting plans for the Village Hall and Playing Fields were revealed at the group's AGM this week. Among them is that the French game of boules will be added to the six other sports currently being played in the village.

For full AGM report go to NEWS/Hall AGM.


Putting us into the festive mood

The village will have a smaller Christmas tree than usual this year. The 20-footer has been put up alongside its big brother, which has done the honours for many years but this year missed its annual trim so is taking a rest. Little brother was erected by a team of volunteers shown here, from left Stephen Verrill, John Binns, Mick Jackson (in pot) and Bob Upton. Mick had to jump out quickly to avoid being planted himself! 


£1,250 for Church fund

Sixty villagers enjoyed a cheese and wine party hosted on Friday evenng at the home of Ken and Jennifer Barker. The event raised around £1,250 for Church funds. Jennifer and Ken wish to thank all those who helped organise or support the event.


Beck gets its annual clean up

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Some of the team who took to the water on Tuesday morning to give the beck its annual clean up - heroes everyone of them! The village owes the whole team a big debt of gratitude. The helpers are named in our inside report.

For this and more go to NEWS/Clearing beck.


Death of a good friend of the village

We are sad to report the death of Val Ellis-Beech at the age of 90. She was the Bishop Monkton correspondent for the Ripon Gazette for many years and is pictured above writing one of her reports. Val lived in the village for 27 years until moving to Blossomgate Court, Ripon, two years ago. While here she helped start the village Lunch Club in 2002 and continued to help run it for many years. She was also an active member of Bishop Monkton WI and at different times served as its President, Treasurer and Secretary. Her funeral will be at Harrogate Crematorium at 11am on Tuesday, December 18.


Getting us in the seasonal mood

Visitors to the Church over the past three days have been put firmly in the Christmas mood thanks largely to the Christmas Tree Festival being held there. On Friday 70 attended the ever popular coffee and cake morning and had a first chance to see the wonderful display of 22 Christmas trees each decorated by a different village group or organisation, and to hear the School Choir. Yesterday almost 50 attended another viewing session when tasty seasonal soup, cake and mince pies were served. And today, the second Sunday of Advent, the congregation had their chance to admire the Christmas trees displayed around the Church. The Festival has been organised by Sue Short and her team. In the top picture Sue is seen with Jenny Gordon and Pip Garside who all worked tirelessly throughout the whole weekend. What a wonderful village effort all round!

On the right we show you  the latest of the Festival exhibits. Each day we add another. At the Church you will have a chance to try and identify which group is represented by each tree, with a prize for the one who get most right!

For more click on NEWS/Festival.


RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Royal honour

    Barbara Birchall being presented with the Riding for the Disbled President's Award for 'exceptional dedication to RDA' by the Princess Royal when she visited a RDA group at Wellburn Hall School.

  • Moving tribute

    A moving final tribute was paid to former Bishop Monkton rsident Chris O'Gorman by his son, Richard  at his funeral. Chris is also remembered for his fine tenor singing voice and for his enthusiasm for table tennis.  He died suddenly on October 25.

  • Remembrance Sunday

    The village observed a two minutes silence at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Parish Church exactly at the time that the guns stopped firing on the Western Front on 11 November 1918. After the silence wreaths were laid on the village War Memorial.  

  • A unique bronze

    This unique bronze, entitled Polar Bear Hunting, was created by Bishop Monkton artist and sculptor Unity Hield who attended a dazzling 25th anniversary event of the Whitley Fund  for Nature held at The National History Museum in London. The bronze, which took Unity months to create, was auctioned for £4,500.

  • BEM for Margaret

    Margaret Lodge had her British Empire Medal Investiture on October 9. She was one of six privileged few to receive the prestigious title in the North Yorkshire area. Margaret served as Bishop Monkton Parish Council Clerk for over 40 years.

  • Croquet honour

    Richard Field, Chairman of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, receiving a Croquet Association Diploma for 'outstanding services to croquet' at the Association's national annual meeting at the Hurlingham Club in London.

  • £600 donation

    Gwyn Sagar donated £600 towards the cost of purchasing a new public defibrillator which will be located at the Masons Arms.  Two factors influenced Gwyn to make this generous donation which are explained in a story which appears inside..

  • Produce Show winner

    KEN BARKER receives his award as Overall Winner in this year's Produce Show which was held  at the Village Hall. The presentation was made by Chris Procter, organiser of the show who is now stepping down after organising it for a number of years.

  • Pet Blessing Service

    Surprisingly little bark or barking, although quite a lot of tail wagging from the well-behaved dogs which attended our Pet Blessing Service at the Parish Church. Cats and hamsters were also represented from the animal kingdom. 

  • 'Good Egg' award

    David Jones, who has been delivering milk round Bishop Monkton for the past 41 years, was awarded the ‘Good Egg’ Award at Stray FM’s Local Heroes awards ceremony.

  • A nutty idea!

    Richard Field pictured when he joined eccentric vegetarian Barbara Moore who was walking 3,000 miles across American from San Francisco to New York City in 1960.  He joined her in the Mid West to write a story for his newspaper. 


Day 9 Festival trees
Jam and Jerusalem
In today's featured tree at the Church's ChristmasTree Festival we show the entry from the Bishop Monkton WI.  The display alludes to the group's Jam and Jerusalem heritage but also to its much wider and historic role. 
For more click on photo above.
Two groups together

The two table tennis groups who play on Monday afternoon and Friday morning found themselves in adjacent rooms for their Christmas lunch at the Masons Arms this week..
Go to TABLE TENNIS/Club news.

£250 donation to Church
Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club decided at its annual meeting in future to support a local charity each year, and this year chose to donate £250 to the Parish Church appeal to carry out urgent repairs to the Church structure.

New WW1 research 
More WWI names revealed


We are now able to name more men who fought in the Great War who had Bishop Monkton connections. This is as a result of more painstaking research by Martin Whincup to whom we are all very grateful..
Go to NEW WW1 RESEARCH/The Last Post.
Two Churches launch website

The Parish Churches of Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard have launched a new combined website.
The nicely designed and highly informative site provides comprehensive details of church matters in the two parishes.
Click below to access site:
Two Village Churches website

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