Full list of village organisations 

Book Group The Book Group has been running since 2000. It has 15 members who take turns to select a book to be read and then host a meeting in their house when the book is discussed. Over 100 titles have been read since the group was formed. MEETINGS:  Third Monday of each month. CONTACT: Pat Field, Group Leader (677795).

Bowling Club The Club was founded in the Spring of 2003. It has a six rink flat green and the game is played in accordance with EBA rules. The green is open at any time to suit members but particularly on Monday evenings from 6 to 8pm for club night and Wednesday mornings from 10 to 12 noon for beginners and newcomers. The club competes in the Dalesmans League,The Harrogate Ladies League and the Bateson Mixed Triples League.In addition many friendly matches take place throughout the season against other clubs. These are usually on a Tuesday evening or at the weekend. The season usually starts in mid April and carries through to mid September (dependent on the weather).                MEMBERSHIP  There are currently approx 40 members. New members are always welcome and newcomers to the game may 'have a go' before joining. Coaching is available and bowls and footwear can be borrowed from the club.                                                                  OFFICIALS: Committee: David Blyfield. Chairman; Basil Birchall, Captain; Pauline  Beecroft. Lady Captain; Ken Montgomery, Secretary; Bill Humphreys,  Treasurer; Committee members: Keith Alderson. Florence Bowes. Sandra Roberts and Mervyn Beecroft.

Bridge Practice Group
CONTACT: Margaret Simpson (677641). The Group meets every Thursday at 2pm until 4pm at the Village Hall.

Computer Club
Periodical classes are held at the School. At the moment the club is dormant.
CONTACTS: Richard Field (677795), Martin Minett (677521).


Cricket Club

SECRETARY: Sue Hargreaves (sharg1956@yahoo.co.uk)

Croquet Club
The club was formed in 2008 and now has 67 members making it one of the biggest croquet clubs in Yorkshire. The club has two sections - one for village members and one for U3A members. There is a full programme of social and match play and social events.
The club has undertaken a £17,500 ground improvement project.
CLUB DAYS: Village: Thursdays and Sundays, starting at 2pm. U3A: Mondays and Fridays, starting at 2pm.
MEMBERSHIP: A few vacancies exist . 
CONTACT:  Richard Field (Chairman). Tel (01765) 677795.


Beavers
Beavers is a group for children aged 6 - 8 years, Cubs is a group for children aged 8 - 
10 1/2 years, Scouts is for children aged 10 1/2 - 14 years and Explorers is for young people aged 14 - 18 years. At present, in Bishop Monkton, we have got a Beaver Colony and a Cub Pack.  We meet on a Friday night, usually at Burton Leonard Village Hall (although we do try to go out as much as we can, especially when the nights are light). The Beavers meet from 6pm - 7pm and the cubs from 7.15pm - 8.30pm. We currently have 17 Beavers and 20 Cubs, we are open for new children to join and would be very interested in any adults who would like to come along and find out more, no experience is necessary just an interest in the outdoors and a willingness to get involved and try new things!! We are a very active group and have had a wide range of activities throughout the last year below is a list of some of the things the Beavers and Cubs have got up to last year:  Beavers: Visits from a local police officer, Ripon Foodbank, Paul Forster (a magician), a first aid trainer and a pilot. Other activities have included the green cross code, star gazing, hikes, making pancakes, cooking and baking, designing our own games, boat building, cycling, mini beast hunts and learning how to use compasses. We have also been involved in the St George's Day Parade in Ripon, Carol concerts with other groups in the district and a Remembrance Day service at Burton Leonard church. The Beavers have taken part in 2 camps this year as well.

Cubs:
Cubs is a group for children aged 8 - 10 1/2 years. We meet on Friday evenings from  7 15pm to 8 30pm at Burton Leonard Village Hall (following the meeting of Beavers from  6pm to 7opm).  The Cub pack currently has 20 members who come from Bishop Monkton, Burton Leonard. Both Cubs and Beavers  are open for new children to join and would be very interested in any adults who would like to come along and find out more, no experience is necessary just an interest in the outdoors and a willingness to get involved and try new things! We are a very active group and have had a wide range of activities throughout the last year below is a list of some of the things the Beavers and Cubs have got up to last year:  Beavers: Visits from a local police officer, Ripon Foodbank, Paul Forster (a magician), a first aid trainer and a pilot. Other activities have included the green cross code, star gazing, hikes, making pancakes, cooking and baking, designing our own games, boat building, cycling, mini beast hunts and learning how to use compasses. We have also been involved in the St George's Day Parade in Ripon, Carol concerts with other groups in the district and a Remembrance Day service at Burton Leonard church.

Scouts We would very much like to open a Scout Troop, as we have a number of children in the Cub Pack who are reaching 10 years old and will need to be moving on very soon, but we will need more adult leaders in order to allow this to happen.


Coffee Morning each Tuesday
CONTACT: Isobel Wilson (677625).

Embroidery Group
Bishop Monkton Stitchers came into existence when a group of ladies met to undertake the task of embroidering kneelers for the church. They enjoyed doing it so much that they have continued meeting ever since. In this time they have produced several impressive montages now displayed at the Village Hall. New members are always welcome.

Entertainments Group

The Entertainments Group (BMEG) welcomes everyone in the village to have fun and take part, either on or off the stage.  Over many years they have put on award-winning plays, music halls, revues, film nights, afternoon teas and their famous pantomimes which include young and old. 
On  November 28 BMEG welcomes the Badapple Theatre with "Farmer  Scrooge's Christmas Carol - the re-telling of the old Dickens novel but this  time with puppets, mime and great acting.  For everyone from 5 to 95!  Look out for posters and flyers.
Even more exciting is the great big village  pantomime, Dick Whittington (in February 2016).  On-line bookings: www.bmeg.org.uk  
Official: Chairman: Richard Harper (676039). 

Fotball Club  disbanded 2015

Friends of School
The Friends of Bishop Monkton School (Friends) is a fund raising association. Its objective is to advance the education of the pupils by providing or assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the school.
Anyone with an interest in the school, whether parents or members of the wider community, may join the Committee of Friends and each is entitled to attend meetings held each term. Management control and day-to-day running of the Association is vested in a Committee chaired by Ruth Abel.  
DONATIONS: Funds are raised for specific projects agreed with the Headteacher. Past donations have financed the purchase of many much-needed items of equipment. 
OFFICIALS: Chair: Rebecca Forsythe;  Secretary: Sarah Pawson; Vice Secretary: Emma Hawkridge; Treasurer: Ashlea Costello.e
To get involved or for details of upcoming events, please contact Rebecca Forsythe on 07533 336757. 


HANDS (Help & Support Group)
CONTACTS: Isobel Wilson
(677625), Jennifer Barker (677200)) or Jean Procter (676366).


Keep Fit Group
CONTACT: Pauline Beecroft (677668).

Ladies Group
Bishop Monkton Ladies Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except in August and September) in members' own homes. We have interesting speakers, demonstrations and ocassionally visit places of interest. 
Officers: Pandora  Heap  (Chairman), Lesley Taylor ( Treasurer), Barbara Evans and Ann Staiano  (Secretaries).
Other committee members:  Maureen Kinnear, Janet Ralphs, Jane Taplin.
CONTACT: Pandora Heap 676559.

Life Savers
The group was formed in 2008 using funds won in the Village of the Year competition to purchase a defibrillator and oxygen equipment. A small group of volunteers provides a round-the-clock service ready to respond when any villager suffers a heart attack or life-threatening breathing difficulties. All members of the team receive a full NHS training.
MEMERSHIP: New recruits are always welcome.
CONTACT:  Any one of the following Co-ordinators:  Richard Field (677795) or Roger Baker (676238) or Alison Holley (677854).

Methodist Church
The Methodist   Church is a focus of worship for some 50 families from the village and neighbourhood and has a reputation as a welcoming community. Typically 30 to 40 people will gather for Sunday worship at 10.45am, with up to 90 on special occasions. There is also a Junior Church. Children are always welcome to services.
MINISTER (from Sept 1):  Rev Helen Bell.

OFFICERS: Church Stewards:  Isobel Wilson 677625, Angie Archbold 677834
Vestry Stewards:  Pandora Heap 676559, Roger Baker 676238
Property Stewards:  Andrew Kinnear 676452,  David Arundell 676811
Bookings:  Margaret Lodge 677474 

Safe Guarding Officer: Roger Baker 676238

(also see METHODIST CHURCH/Our services/officers).

Over 55s Lunch Club
The Lunch Club started in November 2002 under the auspices of Age Concern, Ripon. The club is non-profit making and aims to provide a forum for people to meet, get to know each other better and share a lunch time with others. Lunches are supplied at reasonable cost by Ripon Hospital. After lunch, members can stay on for games/dominoes, etc. Occasionally there is a speaker who might touch on such topics as home security, pensions, etc. Walks are also organised.The club holds an annual coffee morning to raise money for Age Concern. There is also a Chistmas party every year. 
MEETINGS:  Alternate Mondays at the Chapel Schoolroom..
MEMBERSHIP:  Currently 18 members. A large number of voluntary helpers from the village help with the running of the group.
CONTACTS: Co-organisers: Val Ellis-Beech. Tel. 677901;  Gloria Baker. Tel.676238 .

Parish Council
The  Council holds regular meetings at which matters of importance to the village are  discussed. An annual meeting is held at the
Methodist Church School Room, when all villagers are welcome to attend.
COUNCILLORS:  Tony Garnett,  Emma Oates, Stephen Verrill, Pamela Harland, Ben Cairns & Jane Fowler.
CHAIRMAN: Emma Oates
CLERK: David Taylor 

Primary School
To contact office (677583)
 

Parochial  Church Council (PCC)

An organisation which deals with all sorts of matters affecting the Parish Church.
CONTACT: Alan Ebbutt (Secretary).

Primary School
Bishop Monkton School is a small primary school catering for children aged between four years and eleven years of age. The school is situated in the centre of Bishop Monkton. The school consists of a spacious main building which opened in 1970 and a state-of-the-art extension built in 2004. All classrooms have excellent ICT facilities including interactive whiteboards. The school has a large playing field to the rear of the building together with an enclosed wildlife garden and pond. To the front of the school are a grassed agility trail and a hard surface play area. The surroundings of the school are idyllic, offering a superb environment to enhance the children’s studies.
At present the school is organised into three classes:
Class 1 – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
Class 2 – Year 3 and Year 4
Class 3 – Year 5 and Year 6
The school has a successful before and after school group named Quackers.

Quackers The Bishop Monkton Before and After School Club is run by a voluntary committe of school governors and provides wrap around childcare, offering fun and games for pupils at Bishop Monkton School and Puddleducks Pre-School.Quackers is managed by Katey Smithson assisted by Katie Jones and Fiona Verrill. CONTACT: 01765 677583 or admin@bishopmonkton.n-yorks.sch.uk or Katey Smithson on the Quackers. mobile:  07530 913494

St. John Baptist Parish Church  The present church has provided a focal point for village worship for over 200 years. House for Duty Priest: The Reverend Sheila Murray. To arrange Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals please contact the Vicarage: The Vicarage, Knaresborough Road, Bishop Monkton, Harrogate HG3 3QQ Tel: (01765) 676298 email: revsmurray@btinternet.com    We would also like to hear of anyone in sickness or trouble so that arrangements can be made to visit.  Church Wardens:   John Eden. Tel: (01765) 677837 and Cheryl Salmon. Tel (01765) 677752. Church Organists: David Andrews (01423) 504373.  Bob Forbes (01765) 601454 and Band Leader Anthea Ebbutt (01765) 676461PCC:  Chair:  Dr Alan Ebbutt. Tel: (01765) 676461;  PCC Secretary:  John Salmon.Tel: (01765) 677752:  Treasurer: Dr Alan Ebbutt (Tel as above).. PCC members:  John Eden,  Pip Garside, Peter Garside, Brian  Gordon, James Hobson, Stuart Newsome, Cheryl Salmon, John Salmon, Sue Short, Stuart Newsome, Dennis Bailey and Sheila Kindon. Joint Editors Bishop Monkton Parish Magazine:  Pip Garside and Sue Short: bmparishmag@gmail.com  E-News - Editors:   Cheryl Salmon, Caroline Barr and Helen Bagnall - bmbltogether@gmail.com

Table Tennis Club  Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club was launched in January, 2011.  There are now eight groups playing every week (except Saturday)  at the Village Hall as follows:  Mondays, 10am to 12 noon. From 2pm to 4pm   Tuesdays, 2 to 4pm. For Harrogate U3A members only. Wednesdays, from 10am to 12 noon.  From 2 to 4pm: Thursdays, from 10am to 12 noon.  Fridays, from 10am to 12 noon  Sundays, from 7pm to 9pm  A few vacancies for more experienced players  The club has recently added a concrete table on the edge of the playing field. This is available free for the public..MEMBERSHIP: Applications should be made to Richard Field (01765 677795) or via e-mail to: BMtabletennis@aol.com Committtee:  Chairman: Richard Field (677795);  Treasurer: Martin Minett (677521), Secretary: Pat Field (677795).  Group leaders: Lesley Wood (Monday am), Annabel Alton (Monday pm), John Smith (Tuesday), Carole Minett (Wednesday am), June Foskett (Wednesday pm), John Lovel (Thursday am), Ian Armstrong (Friday am) and Tim Walbank (Sunday evenings). Coaching and competitions co-ordinator: Charles Read. Inquiries to: BMtabletennis@aol.com

Tennis Club   The Tennis Club was officially opened on 25 September 2010. Two tennis courts incorporating a  multi-use games area were constructed in 2010 following award of grants and a highly successful fund raising campaign. MEMBERSHIP:  Annual subsciption now available for families, couples, individual adults and juniors.  CONTACT:  Paul Heap (Chairman) Tel. 677275 or e-:mail pheap@amco-developments.co.uk

Village Hall & Queen Elizabeth II Field Committee This is an elected Committee which has responsibility for the management of the Village Hall and Queen Elizabeth II Field. The Committee includes representatives from village clubs and organisations.CONTACTS: Gerald Shervington (Chairman) tel. 677564;  Mervyn Beecroft (Treasurer); Lesley Shervington (Secretary).  BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES:  e-mail: bmvhbookings@hotmail.co.uk

Women's Institute

The WI has flourished in Bishop Monkton since 1927 when 12 ladies got together and decided to form a branch in the village. The first meetings were held in a room at the Mason's Arms.  In 1928 the WI build its own hall at a cost of £550. During the Second World War 100 evacuees made use of the hall, and during the war years Saturday night dances were held and attended by by troops and airmen from Ripon, Wormald Green, Dishforth and Topcliffe. Over its 70 years, in addition to hosting hundreds of WI meetings, the hall has been a centre for a wide variety of village activities.  WI members and their families worked tirelessly to raise funds to support and maintain it. The WI was a major contributor towards the building of the new Village Hall and Playing Field, contriubuting £145,000 from the sale of the old building when it was demolished. MEETINGS: Held at the Village Hall at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month. There are speakers, demonstrations, hands-on craft demonstrations, outings and parties, and through the Federation, workshops, trips abroad, chance to debate important current issues, etc. and much, much more. MEMBERSHIP:  New members are always welcome.   Officers: President: Ann McDonnell (677613) e-mail: annmcdonnell315@btinternet.com - Secretary: Margaret Simpson (677641) e-mail: margaretsimpson38@ gmail.com

Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association     CONTACT: Kath Wilks (677718).


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