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 Showing the Flag at the World Cup

Carole and David are off to the Football World Cup next month and will be taking a Bishop Monkton flag with them!  Recently they attended a Fans' Forum hosted by England Manager Gareth Southgate and he posed for the above photo of them and signed their flag.  They are going to England's second match in Nizhnyh Novgorad on 24th June and hope to attend the Final if England get that far!


 Almost 600 riders

in big Rotary Ride

Almost 600 riders converged on Bishop Monkton on Saturday 12th to compete in the 100k Rotary Bike Ride (formerly known as the Acorn Bike Ride) which started and finished at our Village Hall. The event is expected to raise £25,000 for charity. This major event was superbly organised by Ripon Rotary Club and involved a large number of Rotarians and wives, including a large contingent from Bishop Monkton some of whom are seen above.


How wrong can you be?

The cake which was produced by Bishop Monkton Women's Institute to mark its 90th anniversary last year. Odd to recall that, when the WI was being formed in Canada over 100 years ago, a gentleman proclaimed 'It won't last long without a man to run it'. How wrong he was proved to be! 

To read the WI's remarkable success story go to Down Memory Lane. Week 13.


Ensure our Cricket Club survives 

A SERIOUS WARNING that a shortage of players could mean the demise of our Cricket Club has brought a swift response from players and supporters. Initially getting a team out each week is the aim but a longer term solution must be found later.  Nobody wants this 100-year-old village institution to die!

Saturday's opening home match saw an almost full team turn out. They included Gerald Shervington, who donned whites to ensure the team requirements numbers were fulfilled.  We lost but put up a good fight.

On Saturday (12th) we had a full team and won, away to Bolton Abbey, we scored 181 and bowled them out for 120 - great news, well done.  However, we need to keep working on numbers, particularly mid and longer term.

Last Saturday (19th) we lost, to Birstwith 2nds (they scored 245-5 with our reply 185-8) but picked up bonus points and are not bottom of the league, despite 10 points deduction for conceding our first match.  We are away this B/H Saturday but home the following one (2nd June) - come along and watch and have a cuppa! 

Anyone who is willing to help the club now and longer term the please contact Dave Way (07583942203), Philip Evans (07771661539) or Tony Whittaker (07507737295). 


Champagne launch for show home

A steady steam of visitors have been taking advantage of the opportunity to look around the new show home on the Kebbell Homes Harvest View development.  Confirmation of the level of interest over the initial weekend was the number of bottles of champagne popped open for the guests!  The Village Hall with its many activities, the playing fields with Cricket, Bowls, Croquet plus Tennis and the MUGA are a great aid to selling!  The show home is open 10am to 5pm Fridays to Mondays. 

Go also to KEBBELL HOMES/Houses on offer.


After an 'affordable' home?

Coming soon to rent are a 3 bedroomed and a 1 bedroomed property.  Also a 2 bedroomed for shared ownership with another one coming later.  also in the summer two more 2 bedroomes properties for rental.

Further information can be found by going to KEBBELL HOMES / Houses on Offer. 


A nice way for a get together

See also WHAT'S ON


A new beginning

ON THE MOVE: After 15 successful happy years meeting fortnightly at the Methodist Schoolroom Bishop Monkton Age UK Lunch Group has moved to a new venue. Carol and Trevor have very generously offered to host future lunches at the Lamb and Flag. However in future the lunch will be held on Thursday instead of Monday but still at the same time of 12.30pm.  


Is this 'an accident waiting to happen'?

A visitor to the village has sent a letter to this website referring to what he thinks is 'an accident waiting to happen'. Is he right? The Parish Council gives a response.  

For details go to NEWS/Road concern.


A taste of Spring

GLORIOUS SPRING GARDENS: This was the title of a talk by Susan Hopps, plantswoman, writer, and broadcaster, at the latest meeting of Bishop Monkton Gardening Club. With her are Annabel Alton and Colin Hunter.

For more click on GARDENING CLUB


Are you in this picture?

A STREET PARTY held in 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day in 1945. We celebrated with a big parade, street party, pram race through the ford and a concert and dance at the old WI Hall.

To bring back memories go to DOWN MEMORY LANE/Week 12.


Would you know what to do?

Also go to NEWS/How to save a life.


Little Egret spotted!

RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Easter Parade

    BRIGHT SUNSHINE provided an added sparkle to the Palm Day Procession through the village.For more Easter pictures click on abovew picture.

  • Silhouette plan

    A suggestion for commemorating the five Bishop Monkton men who died in the First World War is to erect a silhouette or silhouettes around the village during November - the 100th anniversary of the end of that war.

  • Quiz winners

    The fourth Annual Easy Peasy Quiz Supper was held at the Village Hall where 15 teams fought it out to be named this year’s champions.  After a closely fought contest (three points separated the first six teams) Neigh So Bad were crowned the winners.

  • Poppy project

    BISHOP Monkton Stitchers are busy making hundreds of poppies as part of a community project to decorate the centre of Ripon with poppies around this year's Remembrance Day.

  • 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.

  • Flashback to 2005

    Thirteen years ago, on 29 January 2005, our then new Village Hall was opened and a huge crowd packed the hall to watch proceedings. Were you there and can you spot yourself in this picture?

  • Edna Steele

    A fitting tribute to Edna Steele who died only months after he death oif her husband John. They had lived in Bishop Monkton since 1940 and will be sadly missed.

  • 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.



For enlarged poster go to NEWS/Hog Roast 2018

Snails raise £900!

Snail Racing, surely the slimiest event of the year, raised an amazing £900 in an event organised by Bishop Monkton Bowling Club.
Eighty punters chanced their luck and put their money on the snails they thought would slide to victory! Everyone enjoyed the company, drinks and super buffet.

The £900 raised will to help pay for fertiliser and green treatment throughout the season.

Looking for your help
Lesley Shervington
is looking for volunteers to give her an hour in the Chapel Schoolroom on Monday, May 28 (Hog Roast Day) to serve teas/cakes and wash up any time between 12 noon and 4pm.
She is looking for donations of the following varieties of  cake: Victoria Sandwich, chocolate, coffee and lemon cake and scones.
Please contact her on 01765 677564.
Church spring clean

Villagers are asked to lend a hand and give the Parish Church some 'tender loving care' on Friday, May 18. If you are able to help please put your name somewhere on the list of jobs which is displayed on the noticeboard just inside the church door.
See also WHAT'S ON.


Misuse of recycling bins
Someone has dumped cardboard and a very full used babies nappy at the glass recycling bins located near to the Village Hall.
Whoever did this should be reminded these recycling bins are not for rubbish of this sort!  It’s senseless when there is a rubbish bin at the front of the hall. This is second time thus has been done. 
Please desist!

Himalayan Garden visit
Here's a chance to visit the recently expanded Himalayan Garden, including a Tibetan Pagoda and shelter, on Tuesday, May 29 at 4 15pm in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. 
The group visit,  being organised by Derek Jeary, will be escorted by the senior gardener with tea or coffee with cake  available in the enlarged cafe. Tickets £12.50 per person.
For tickets contact Derek on 01765 676501
Bowlers live on Radio York

Radio York featured the BM Bowling Club spring coffee morning on their radio programme "Finders Keepers". 
You can listen to the input from Basil Birchall and Pauline Beecroft via the attached BBC link. They both can be heard at approx. 2 hours 14 minutes into the 3 hour programme.Both came over very well.
Pauline's grandson,Tom, also featured having just completed his personal best at a running event in Studley Park
Radio linK:

To run new art classes
A newcomer to Bishop Monkton, Fiona Odle, is an artist/art tutor who is now running art classes in Ripon Library, Henshaw's Art Centre in Knaresborough and Calcutt Village Hall during April and June.
Fiona tells me she is intending to hold some summer classes in Bishop Monkton as most of her current students come either from the village or Ripon.
If interested Fiona can be contacted on 07931 778276 or by e-mail at

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