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In memory of Sgt. Renton, RAF

MEMBERS of the Renton family, formerly of Bishop Monkton, will be attending this memorial service and the unveiling of a memorial stone in Germany, on August 5. The circumstances surrounding Sgt. Renton's death in an air crash 1943 were largely unknown for 74 years until this website published an item asking if anyone could throw more light on the incident which led to a German air crash site team being put in touch with Sgt Renton's family. 

A fuller report will appear shortly


Parish Church appointment

The Bishop of Leeds, The Rt Revd. Nicholas Baines, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd. Sheila Murray, previously serving as Associate Priest at St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, as House for Duty Associate Priest at Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard in the Ripon Cathedral Benefice in the Ripon Episcopal Area. The date of the Licensing Service will be announced soon. 


Have your say on draft Local Plan

VILLAGERS have the chance to comment on the draft Local Plan which now includes the three additional proposed building sites in Bishop Monkton as shown in the top illustration. The six week consultation process will run from July 14 until August 25 during which time  people are invited to send their comments on the Plan to Harrogate Borough Council.

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And here's what villagers are telling us ....

In VILLAGE FORUM read what villagers think about the additional Bishop Monkton building sites which are proposed to be added to the draft Local Plan. 

Go to VILLAGE FORUM/Views on additional sites.


Can you spot our four singers?

The Rock up and Sing Concert  held in Leeds Town Hall, in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice, included four members from Bishop Monkton. Can you spot them among the 300 strong choir?


Therapy room gifted to our School

THANK YOU: Pupils and staff at Bishop Monkton School saying 'thank you' to Kebbell Homes for providing them with a therapy room.

For more details go to NEWS/Gift to School.


No need to book for this annual picnic!

MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Book Group enjoying their annual picnic, held this year at the home of Alison and Peter Holley. As usual members reported back on novels they had exchanged at their Christmas lunch.


Finding out more about our local history

VILLAGERS examine some of the latest discoveries about the history of our village at a special update meeting of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group held at the Village Hall on Wednesday night. Looking on is David Banks, Leader of the Group.

For longer report go to LOCAL HISTORY GROUP.


Drone's eye view

 THE PROGRESS being made on the burgeoning Kebbell Homes development site is clearly shown by this photograph taken this week using a drone by villager Stephen Russell, Contracts Manager for Kebbell Development Ltd. The playing fields, part of Jubilee Wood and adjacent farmland are also shown.



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  • Big challenge

    A COFFEE MORNING to help Maisie Heap and Rose Cottrell raise the money they need to go on a World Challenge to Ecuador next year, raised a wonderful £427. Here Issy Way (far left) and Rebecca Archbold (far right) hand cheques to the young adventurers. 

  • Memory Lane

    NETTA PARK, now aged almost 98, reminisces with Rodney Wilson about the old days in the village in the eighth and final 'Down Memory Lane' recording session. The recording made will form part of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group's Village Archive. 

  • Journey's end

    JOHN SMITH, Bishop Monkton's walker extraordinaire, reached Santiago de Compostela after completing the 850km pilgrim's walk from southern France to north-west Spain in just 30 days. 

  • Pip honoured

    PIP GARSIDE, one of the original founders of the charity Speak With IT was nominated for a Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award 2017  in the Community Impact category.  Nominees have made an outstanding contribution to their local community.

  • Gift Aid lunch

    LET'S DO LUNCH was the novel name for a new event which combined this year's St John Baptist Church Gift Day and a delicious lunch for the 50 people who attended to deliver their Gift Day envelopes. 

  • 10th anniversary

    MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club celebrated the club's 10th anniversary during National Croquet Day.They toasted the club in bubbly and enjoyed a specially made anniversary cake. 

  • Gardens visit

    MEMBERS of Bishop Monkton Gardening Club pictured during their visit  to the delightful gardens of Littlethorpe Manor. 

  • Epic ride

    PHIL GOODIER successfully completing the Maratona dles Dolomites in Italy on a particularly cold day.  This is the third of four epic rides Philip plans to complete this year to raise money for Asthma UK and has already raised over £2,000.


Coming soon: our own Village Disco

Starting in September the village will get its own monthly disco at the Village Hall. This new venture is the latest innovation from the Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group.

BMEG Chairman Richard Harper said “We want to put on a good quality disco with a professional DJ on a regular basis. Most dances will be on the third Saturday of each month. We will be seeking the opinions of those
attending the inaugural dance as to how subsequent discos will look. For example we may introduce themes for some dances - the December 16 disco will be Christmas themed no doubt so you can put that one in your diary now.

The first one is for adults over 18 yrs only and other formats will be considered going forward. We want to make this a regular fun event so please give us your support and feedback”

Entry is by ticket only and they will only be available online at to minimise the administration and keep prices down.

For more details of the first disco click on image above (See entry for September 16).

That's the number of visitors who have now logged on to this website since it began!

Memorial service

A Service of Thanksgiving in celebration of the life of John Behrens,  High Sheriff of West Yorkshire from 1996 to 1997 and long-time resident of Bishop Monkton, will be held at Ripon Cathedral on Tuesday, July 25 at 2pm.
Hot topics
Among the items for dicussion at the forthcoming Parish Council meeting on Wednesday July 19 are
consideration of the hardcore, which is believed to contain glass and sharp metal, used on Mains Lane; speeding in the village; the quality of mowing outside Lawnfield, the siting of the bus shelter on the A61 and the suggested name of the new road on the Kebbell development.
For full agenda go to PARISH COUNCIL/minutes, agendas.

Down and out!
Martin Minnett has volunteered to lead a new project for Bishop Monkton Local History Group delving into the early history of Bishop Monkton Cricket Club.
Already he has unearthed a gem - a report of an1893 match between Bishop Monkton and Knaresborough.
To read what happened go to LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Wheels 2 Work
Problems travelling to work, training or education? Here's a possible answer – Wheels 2 Work (a not for profit charity) has a fleet of mopeds for loan. Since its launch in 2001 hundreds of local people have benefitted from the scheme.
Successful candidates receive a moped, safety equipment, insurance, tax and bike servicing for a small weekly contribution. To be eligible for the scheme you must:       ·       
Live in North Yorkshire·   
Be 16 or over·       
Have no suitable transport to travel to work, training or education
·       Hold a provisional licence
For more information and to apply online, visit or telephone Andy Reddick 01609 780458 Ext 209. 
You were right! 
Last week we have asked groups of local sportsmen to guess who will win the men's singles at Wimbledon.
Here are who they think will win: Auckland Croquet Club (visitors): Nadal or Federer (equal). Bishop Monkton Croquet Club team: Federer. Wednesday table tennis team: Federer. Thursday table tennis: Federer 11 (1 for Murray). Friday table tennis: Nadal (2 for Murray).
Most of you were right!
WI to try croquet
Sixteen members of Bishop Monkton WI have been invited  by Bishop Monkton Croquet Club to try out the game of croquet on Wednesday, August 2.
Afterwards the croquet tutors have been invited to join the WI for a strawberry tea at the Village Hall.

Emma maintains long family tradition

Emma Oates
has become new Chairman of Bishop Monkton Parish Council taking over from Jane Fowler who has stepped aside.
With her new appointment Emma is continuing a long family tradition of service to the village. Her father, Mervyn, was member and Chairman of the Council for many years.
Pam Brown has been appointed Vice Chairnman.
Go to PARISH COUNCIL for latest Council minutes.
Standing down
Pip Garside, who has edited our excellent Parish Magazine for the past 10 years, is standing down at the end of the year.
This means there will be a vacancy for a replacement to work alongside Co-Editor Sue Short.
If you would like to be considered for this role contact Pip (677494) or Sue (677496).
History for sale
Old pictures of Bishop Monkton and Bishop Monkton village pubs tea towels are being offered for sale at the Masons Arms to raise funds for Bishop Monkton Local History Group.
Plover Fields get the nod
Plover Fields is the preferred choice of street name for the new road in the Kebbell Homes development, the Parish Council has decided. The alternative choice would the Harvest View.

Chris Higgins's Backyard Astronomy column
is back. Go to: ASTRONOMY column/June 2017



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23 July, 2017

Visits to site since launch in 2005:

Log ins yesterday: 288

Site launch:
29 January 2005
(day of new Village Hall opening).
Record one day visitors:
435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors:
4,152 on June 2012
Reached 333,333 hits: Friday, 30 Sept 2016
Reached 400,000 hits:Wednesday,12 July 2017
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