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We reach the magic figure!


Yes, this site has just received its 500,000th 'hit' since it was founded in 2005. We believe the call came from Australia, one of a number of world-wide log-ins to the site most days.  Thanks to those of you who wrote to congratulate us on passing this milestone.


New defibrillator to be at Masons Arms

The village’s new defibrillator is to be located at The Masons Arms and should be installed within the next few days. This location was chosen by the Parish Council because this is a well-known village landmark and will enable ambulance crews and others to find it easily in an emergency. The cost of the new defibrillator has been partly paid for by the Parish Council and the balance coming from a £600 donation from villager Gwyn Sagar, £200 from Ripon Lions and there will be more coming from a fund-raising drive at the Masons Arms. A second public defibrillator is located outside the Village Hall.



For the attention of dogs (and their owners).. These signs were spotted by Val Williams who says they should shame those anti-social dog owners who blatently leave their dog's mess to be cleaned up, or trodden in, by others.


Are you eligible to join  the Golden Wedding club?

CONGRATULATIONS to Richard and Pauline Houseman who have just recently celebrated their Golden Wedding. They marked the occasion with a family weekend of celebrations. 

How many other Bishop Monkton couples are eligible to claim membership the 'Golden Wedding club'? Anyone who qualifies (and there must be a lot of us!) can, if they wish, advise us they would be wiling to have their wedding day picture reproduced in a special photo feature we will run if there is enough support.

Pictures have started to come in. Others who would like to be included (no cost, no commitment!) should send us  their wedding day day picture, or agree to have it reproduced from those we have on file from the village's Jubilee Exhibition, by contacting or by phoning Richard on 01765 677795


Ken is the show's overall winner

KEN BARKER receives his award as Overall Winner in this year's Produce Show which was held on Sunday 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. Ken thanked Chris for the excellent way he had run the event over the years.

NOW POSTED - go to NEWS/Produce Show.


Bark takes the place of Bach!

Surprisingly little bark or barking, although quite a lot of tail wagging from the well-behaved dogs which attended Sunday's Pet Blessing Service at the Parish Church. Cats and hamsters were also represented but no snakes and scaly lizards or even giraffes and giant pandas, as mentioned in one of the hymns!

NOW POSTED - go to NEWS/Pet Service.


Gwyn donates £600 towards new defibrillator

Gwyn Sagar has donated £600 towards the cost of purchasing a new public defibrillator to be located in the centre of the village.  Two factors influenced Gwyn to make this generous donation.

                    Go to NEWS/£600 donation/ GUESTBOOK.                       


Only two weeks until Beck Busters 

It’s just over a fortnight now until the Beck Busters 10k and Fun Run take place on Sunday September 30. This new event is being organised by a dedicated team of parents and friends of Bishop Monkton School and all money raised is going directly to the school.
If anyone can offer any support for the event please contact 
To find out more about the race, the route of which starts and finishes at school and how to enter, take a look at the Facebook page @Beckbusters10k, or via the website or via Twitter @beckbusters

Who organised this event? Go to SCHOOL/Friends of School.



RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Bowls successes

    The Bowling Club has won the Dalesman League for a sixth consecutive year  - a remarkable achievement with competition getting stiffer every year. In addition the club also finished runners-up in the Bateson League.

  • Lunch raises $535

    An amazing £535 was raised at the Summer Lunch held in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom in July. The cheque was presented to Jennyruth Workshops by Archie and Max Roe in support of this very special charity. 

  • Improvements

    A new audio visual system and motorised screen have been installed at the Village Hall as part of improvements being introduced. These additions will benefit both villagers and outside users of the hall..

  • Life Saver award

    Bishop Monkton Life Savers have received a special award from Yorkshire Ambulance Service for the 'outstanding service' they continue to provide for our village.

  • '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.

  • Awarded BEM

    Margaret Lodge was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The honour is in recognition of her services to the community of Bishop Monkton.Margaret served as clerk to Bishop Monkton Parish Council for 42 years. 

  • Royal fly past

    FLYING the lead Chinook in the recent spectacular RAF centenary flypast over Buckingham Palace was Wing Commander Stuart Hague, son of John and Judy who watched the spectacle on TV.

  • Poppy marathon

    he result of several months of hard work by Bishop Monkton Stitchers - over 1,000 poppies which will form part of a giant display in Ripon later this year to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

  • Hog Roast success

    This year's Hog Roast Day was another huge success, this time raising £2,450 for Village Hall funds. Here Stancy gets a big order for hog sandwiches for hungry visitors.

  • Fifth anniversary

    Members of the Bishop Monkton Methodist Youth Club have been celebrating their fifth anniversary. The highly successful club was formed five years ago and is run  by David Arundell and numerous willing adult helpers.

  • Another good year

    Gerald Shervington reports on another successful and eventful year at the Village Hall and Playing Fields at its AGM.. With him are Lesley Shervington (Secretary) and Mervyn Beecroft (Treasurer)..

  • Auction raises £2,500

    Auctioneer Richard Houseman in action at the Autumn Auction at The Lamb & Flag. The event raised a staggering £2,447 which will be spent on improvements at the Village Hall.

  • 20 Questions

    Our new Parish Priest, The Revd. Sheila Murray, kindly agreed to answer 20 questions we put to her about herself as a way of quickly getting better known to parishioners and villagers. Here you can read her answers.


Table Tennis Club hands over £6,175 to Village Hall
Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club has handed over £6,175 towards the maintenance of the Village Hall from profits from a year's operation of the club.
The cheques were handed over to Gerald Shervington by  Club Treasurer Martin Minett (see photo above) at the meeting of Bishop Monkton Village Hall Committee. 
The main amount, of £5,175,was the equivalent of the club's rental for the year, as one of the affiliated clubs (most pay £500 to |£1,100 or so).  The additional  £1,000 was for continued and improved cleaning of the hall plus extra (instant) heating in the Lounge (now installed).
In a letter to Club Chairman Richard Field, Gerald writes: 'Many, many thanks for the two cheques, totalling a very much needed £6,175. 
On behalf of the committee I would like to congratulate the table tennis group for running a very successful organisation and long may it continue.
As you know part of the money will go towards the general upkeep of the hall with the remainder going in to the general fund which this year’s big spend will be on upgrades to the external doors'.

Busy time for croquet

This is a busy week for Bishop Monkton Croquet Club.
Yesterday the club hosted a Yorkshire doubles tournament which attracted players from six clubs across Yorkshire.
Today, on what is called 'Super Wednesday', the club will have many of its own  members playing in a mixed teams event, which will be followed by the AGM after which the annual supper and presentation of awards will take place.

No complaints!

Andrew and Maureen Kinnear, in St Peterburgh as part of a Baltic cruise, heard they could not leave the city on the scheduled day after their visit.
Rumour was that the ship being impounded!
 No, it turned out that high winds meant that the port had to remain closed until the winds subsided so they would need to stay an extra day.
No complaints from the Kinnears. They love the city!

Latest Council meeting
The minutes for the latest Parish Council meeting have been released in draft form,.
To read them go to to PARISH COUNCIL/minutes.
A winner from the Stitchers

These beautiful fruit and vegetables were all knitted by members of The Stitchers Group. They were pleased to win a first prize in the Produce Show. The  group's next  project will be knitting decorations for our Church Christmas tree.

For full Produce Show report go to NEWS/Produce Show
For comments on show go to GUESTBOOK

View list of 1st prize winners 

We have now obtained a list of all those who won first prizes in the Produce Show and these have now been added to Show report and pictures (go to NEWS/Produce Show).  
Unfortunately, for space reasons, we cannot list second and third prize winners but they, too, are to be congratulated on their success.

Aussie John forgot to pack his budgie!

Former resident John Lund, who has lived in Australia for almost the past 50 years, is on his annual visit to this area and was among Sunday's congregation at the Parish Church for the Pet Blessing Service.
John has a budgie at home in Adelaide, but his pet couldn't face the long flight!
Before John and his late wife, Ruby, left the village in 1969 they ran a youth group at the Mechanics' Institute. Children paid 6d (sixpence a week) to attend for games and pop.
Does anyone here remember those days?


Back from Ecuador
Three adventurous local  teenagers are back from spending  three exciting and action packed weeks in Ecuador as part of a World Challenge.
They are Maisie Heap, Rose Cottrell and Amy Edmondson who worked hard and received support from this village to make their trip possible.
We hope the girls will tell us about their experiences in South America, and how they were able to befriend and give support to local people less fortunate than themselves.  We hope to publish their story on this website at a later date.
Newcomer joins Kebbell team
A new sales executive has joined Kebbell Homes with the village development now moving into its final building stages. 
She is Janis Stone who has a wide knowledge of the new home sector having worked in the housing industry for over 25 years.
Janis has first hand knowledge of Bishop Monkton and its surroundings which will give would-be purchasers added confidence and provide them with an insight about the area,

Busy time ahead for our churches
Our Village churches have a busy few months ahead with many services and events.
For dates go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events.

Looking for successors

After this year's Produce Show, Chris Procter, Christine Feeny, David Arundell and some other members of the committee are stepping down.
So for the show to continue, new committee members will be needed. If any one is interested, they would be welcome to be involved in this year's show by way of preparation.The next committee meeting is on August 2 and the show itself is on  September 2.
If anyone is interested in either of these please ring Chris Procter on 676366.

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Tues, 18 Sept 2018

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