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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 third 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.


A fine innings cut short by an unexpected googly!

This was part of a final tribute paid to Bishop Monkton cricketer 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.

For a longer report click on IN MEMORIAM/Chris O'Gorman.


Polar Bear bronze raises £4,500 

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. The Whitley Fund has raised £15 million for wildlife and nature conservation and has supported projects in many parts of the world since is was set up. Sir David Attenborough, a patron of the fund, was among the speakers.  


Remembering our war dead

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. Eight Bishop Monkton men died in the two World Wars.

For longer report click on NEWS/Remembrance Service .


Eight empty chairs at 'In Flanders Fields' concert


Eight chairs at the front of the Parish Church were left empty at a moving and poignant  'In Flanders Fields' concert by Voces Seraphorum on Friday evening. The chairs, each decked with three red poppies, named the five Bishop Monkton men who died in the First World War and three in the Second World War. The Church was crowded to capacity to enjoy an inspirational programme ranging from moving part songs to spirited First World War patriotic favourites.


Barbara receives special award from Princess Anne

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.

For full report go to NEWS/Special award.


It would have been nuts to walk across America!

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. She suggested he might like to join her on the remaining 1,500 miles of the walk. However she told him he'd have to survive on a diet of nuts and a taste of honey if he joined her. He decided to decline her kind offer.This incident was related in a talk Richard gave to the Ladies Group last week.

For more of his experiences while living in America go to NEWS/Go West Young Man.


RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • 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.

  • Our top bowlers

    Pauline Beecroft  received both the Ladies Singles and Ladies Handicap Singles trophies at the Bowling Club's annual dinner and prizegiving held at The Crown, Roecliffe. Read full list of this year's award winners

  • New defibrillator

    The village’s new defibrillator is located at The Masons Arms. This position was chosen by the Parish Council because this is a well-known village landmark and will enable people who need it to find it easily in an emergency. 

  • £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.

  • 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.

  • Infant agility

    Young pupils at Bishop Monkton Scholol show their prowess at agility, For this and other school sports successes click on the photo.
    We continue to recognise the wide range of sporting endeavours undertaken at the School with a high success rate..


Day 6 Festival trees
No Bridge of sighs!
In today's featured tree at the Church's ChristmasTree Festival we show the entry from the Bishop Monkton Table Bridge Club.  This is a small but enthusiastic group which meets each week at the Village Hall.
For more click on photo above.
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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