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Amazing pictures of Monday's total lunar eclipse

Picture taken at 4 32am on Monday.

Total eclipse pictured at 5.13am on Monday.

The two pictures above were taken by Bishop Monkton astonomer Chris Higgins showing two stages of the total lunar eclipse as seen over Bishop Monkton yesterday.

For more details go to NEWS/Total lunar eclipse.


Explanation of work needed at St. John's Church

An explanation of the repair work needed to be carried out at St John's Church will be given at a public meeting to be held at Bishop Monkton Village Hall on Thursday, February 21 at 7 30pm. 

As many of you will be aware, an exclusion zone has been established round the front door of the Parish Church. This is necessary because of the risk of masonry falling from the tower. The repairs will cost about £7,000 and work will be undertaken in the next few months. In the meantime access to the church is via the back door so services and events are continuing as normal. In addition, because parts of the building are not watertight, another £8,000 will need to be spent on putting this right. In the longer term the inspectors said the whole roof would need to be completely stripped and retiled with new underlay and battens installed at a cost of up to £250,000.  


Looking forward to looking back

During the past year or two a small group of dedicated members of Bishop Monkton Local History Group have been beavering away collecting a wealth of items relating to Bishop Monkton's past. Now they feel the time has come to make this treasure trove available for villagers and others to access and enjoy, so they are planning to launch a new website which will eventually contain the pictures, documents and reports so that everyone can access and enjoy learning more about the village's colourful history.

For more details go to NEWS/On line archive.


Dog walkers call for action

INGS LANE is a popular route for village dog walkers but they currently have a problem which is worrying them and making their dogs ill.

To read more go to NEWS/Dog walker's complaint.


New Chairman appointed for  Parish Council

Pam Brown was elected as Chairman of Bishop Monkton Parish Council in the short term at its Thursday meeting. She was previously Vice Chairman.

She succeeds Emma Oates whose resignation from the post of Chairman and role on the Council was formally announced at this meeting.

The Council also agreed to advertise for a new Clerk and for two further councillors.

David Taylor will resign from his existing post as  Clerk on February 28.

To read the full agenda go to Parish Council/agenda,minutes.


Back to where it all began 92 years ago

Members of Bishop Monkton WI held their January meeting in the Masons Arms, the place where the village group was first formed 92 years ago. After a short business session a delicious meal was enjoyed by 19 members. A good time was had by all.


Boost for cricket in Bishop Monkton

A well attended 'meet and greet' meeting was held at the Village Hall on Friday to mark the  impending relocation of some 40 young players and support team from Newby Hall to become part of Bishop Monkton Cricket Club and to share the use of our ground starting in the coming season.

For more go to CRICKET CLUB/Newby Hall Juniors.


Hazel turns down offer from Dragon

Hazel Reynolds, eldest daughter of Lucy Cottrell, ventured in to the Dragons' Den on Sunday in an attempt to get backing for her games business. Hazel received an offer for funding from Dragon Jenny Campbell but (surprisingly?) decided to decline it.

To read her story go to NEWS/Dragons' Den. 


The time Val made news herself!

Val Ellis-Beech, who reported Bishop Monkton news for the Ripon Gazette for many years, is shown here making news herself when she retired from the Lunch Club after running it  for many years, having help set  it up in 2002. Val died recently at the age of 90.

Go to In MEMORIAM/Val Ellis-Beech


A new sport soon for the village

Exciting plans for the Village Hall and Playing Fields were revealed at the group's AGM this week. Among them is that the French game of boules will be added to the six other sports currently being played in the village.

For full AGM report go to NEWS/Hall AGM.


RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Beck clean up

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Some of the team who took to the water 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.

  • Last waltz

    Dance Sounds, which has staged 200  fortnightly dances at Bishop Monkton Village Hall over the last 13 years, has closed down after a sentimental last dance on the Wednesday before Christmas. The Village Hall management has sent a letter of thanks to Jack and Sylvia Parkes for their loyal patronage over so many years.

  • Tree Festival

    Visitors to the Church have been put firmly in the Christmas mood thanks largely to the Christmas On show there has been wonderful display of 22 Christmas trees each decorated by a different village group or organisation,

  • Royal honour

    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.

  • Remembrance Sunday

    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.  

  • 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.

  • £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.

  • A nutty idea!

    Richard Field pictured when he joined eccentric vegetarian Barbara Moore who was walking 3,000 miles across America from San Francisco to New York City in 1960.  He joined her in the Mid West to write a story for his newspaper. 


A huge thank you to our First Responders
Our small but hugely dedicated team of First Responders (Bishop Monkton Life Savers) have come in for some well deserved praise from Liz Dudley.
She wrote the following via GUESTBOOK:
'I just want to say a huge thank you to the First Responder Service this village offers. I never thought we would need it but recently we did and the lovely chappie who came out was so calming and sensitive and incredibly professional until the ambulance arrived. I'm just really sorry i cant remember his name, but please pass on my thanks and if possible let me know who he was so we can thank him properly . A huge thank you once again. It made a horrid situation a bit easier to deal with'.
Fantastic news
Dave Jones from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has written to congratulate Bishop Monkton Life Savers on its work and the tribute paid to it by a villager (see above)
He writes: 'This is fantastic public recognition for the amazing job you all do.
I've taken a screen shot from the Bishop Monkton Today webpage and put it on my Twitter page
Be on your guard
We are told someone is going round Bishop Monkton with a clipboard purporting to be collecting for Yorkshire Ambulance Service and trying to get villagers to sign up to make direct debit payments to the Ambulance Service. Be warned - YAS do not send people door to door.
New grit bin

The Parish Council has just bought this new grit bin and located on St John's Estate after someone walked off with the old one..
Ready for the winter weather ahead!


A forest of trees

You can still see the Forest of Trees we have created with full colour pictures of all 22 Christmas trees which were created by different village organisations for the Church's highly acclaimed Christmas Tree Festival.
The above picture shows a tree produced by Helen Bagnall produced on behalf of the village dog walkers. The tree was decorated with tiny woolly dogs each representing one of the pets she meets on her daily walkies.
To see all the 22 decorated trees in full colour go to NEWS/Festival.
A gift wrapped in brown paper

Members of Bishop Monkton Book Group each received a paperback book wrapped in brown paper at their Annual Lunch at the Old Deanery, Ripon, on Saturday. Recipients are expected to read the book they receive and report on it at the club's summer picnic.
Click on ORGANISATIONS/club reports.
Be a Showman!
BMEG has announced its latest offering, a screening pf the film The Greatest Showman with accompanying sing along, at the Village Hall on March 9.
Those attending are invited to come in fancy dress, with prizes to be won. Sounds fun!
More more click on WHAT'S ON
On active service

Gately, one of six dogs Maureen and Andrew Kinnear have hosted as puppies,
is now helping a blind lady in Shrewsbury and she is thrilled to have him. The picture was taken when Gately graduated from the Guide Dog scheme.
Gardening Club programme for 2019

A full and busy programme of events has been announced by Bishop Monkton Gardening Club for 2019.
For details go to GARDENING CLUB/Programme for 2019
£90,000 price tag

This starter house is offered to sale for £90,000 on a 45% shared ownership arrangement. 
Go to KEBBELL HOMES/houses on offer.

Serving us

Apart from carrying out its usual business, the Parish Council also involves itself in getting the village various welcome 'extras'.
Go to PARISH COUNCIL/Serving us

£250 donation to Church
Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club, which decided at its annual meeting in future to support a local charity each year, has been thanked by Rev Sheila for its donation of £250 towards the Parish Church's Fabric Fund  which will pay for urgent repairs to be carried out at the Church.
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Tues 22 Jan 2019

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