Making good use of our Village Hall 4                             Table Tennis Club

Boom time for table tennis

Peter, Carole, Charles and Richard in action during a Thursday morning session.

Table tennis is the flavour of the month. In the four short years since Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club  was started, it has become the village's most widely supported sport.

The club was brought to the village in 2011 by Richard Field who heard about a new club having been started in Ilkley. He became the first Chairman and Martin Minett, a co-founder member became Treasurer.  Since then, because of the success of the club, the committee has grown to include Pat Field (secretary) and all eight group leaders.

Today the club has a membership of almost 100, and the hall resounds to the noise of balls being whacked around and whoops of delight and not a little laughter during the eight sessions which take place at the Village Hall each week.

The club includes two groups for U3A members only (Ripon and Harrogate branches) and the others are open to Bishop Monkton villagers and to those living in surrounding communities including Harrogate and Ripon. One player travels each week from Northallerton.

The club was successful in winning an £800 grant from Sport England which helped it acquire new tables.

The success of the club means that the Table Tennis Club is the largest contributor to Village Hall funds. This year the club was able to hand over £4,255 and made an additional £500 donation which has since been used for improved service and faciltiies in the hall.


When are sessions held?:  Monday 10 to 12 noon (for Ripon U3A members); Monday 2 to 4pm; Tuesday 2 to 4pm winter only (for Harrogate U3A members); Wednesday 10 to 12 noon, Wednesday, 2 to 4pm, Thursday 10 to 12 noon, Friday 2 to 4pm, and Sunday, 7 to 9pm.

What is the the standard of play?: In most groups the standard of play varies, but all mix in, and enjoy an average of six to eight games at each session. The Sunday evening session is the only one reserved for more experienced players.

Are there vacancies?:  Very few, due to the huge popualrity oif the game. At present the only group with a few vacancies is on Sunday evening (applicants, who should be experienced players, should contact Richard Field on or tel. 01765 677795)

Could any more groups be formed?:  We are currently looking at one possible new group which would be for virtual beginners or those who have not played the game for many years. This will only go ahead if enough people request it (to do this contact Richard Field on or tel 01765 677795). If it goes ahead, the day and time will depend on Village Hall availability.

How can I find out more about the club?:  Go to and click on Table Tennis to obtain all sorts of information about the club.

Club officials:  Chairman: Richard Field (677795);  Treasurer: Martin Minett (677521), Secretary: Pat Field (677795).  Group leaders: Lesley Wood (Monday am), Charles and Hazel Read (Monday pm), John Lovel (Tuesday), Carole Minett (Wednesday am), June Foskett (Wednesday pm), Ken Barker(Thursday am), Ian Armstrong (Friday am) and Tim Walbank (Sunday evenings). Coach: Charles Read. 

GROUP 1 : Monday 10am to 12 noon
GROUP 2: Tuesday 2 to 4pm
GROUP 3: Wednesday 10am to 2pm
GROUP 4: Thursday, 10am to 12 noon

GROUP 5: Friday 10am to 12 noon

GROUP 6: Sunday, 7 to 9pm 
GROUP 7: Monday 2 to 4pm
GROUP 8: Wednesday, 2 to 4pm