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Village Hall improvements installed

A new audio visual system and motorised screen have been installed at the Village Hall as part of improvements being introduced. Seen supervising the work  are Martin Minett and Bob Upton.  New heaters have also been installed in the lounge.


Well read, well fed!

Members of the Bishop Monkton Book Club enjoying yesterday's  annual picnic which this year was hosted by Sue Short.


Who's this villager on Chesil Beach?

You've probably read the book or seen the film. But not every Bishop Monkton villager, like the one in the picture, has actually walked on the pebbles of that beach!  Some parts of the beach are off bounds because some birds' eggs laid there are almost indistinguishable from the pebbles.


Leader of the RAF centenary flypast

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. A proud moment!  The flypast, led by the Chinooks, included 100  RAF aircraft  planes ancient and modern, and was watched by The Queen and members of the Royal Family from the Palace balcony.


Special award for our Life Savers

Bishop Monkton Life Savers, who have maintained a community first responder scheme in the village for the past nine years,  received a special award yesterday for the ‘outstanding service’ they provide for this village. Linda Milsom of the Yorkshire Ambulance made the award to first responders Jonathan Beer and David Banks (Peter Holley was unable to be present) and Co-ordinator Richard Field and the award also recognised the work and dedication of Alison Holley and Roger Baker. The team is desperately short of two or three more responders to maintain this vital community service. Could YOU help them? If interested call 677795.

For full report go to NEWS/Life Saver Award.


A new member of the family

PUPPY LOVE: 10-week-old Dev is the latest new member of the Kinnear family. He is the sixth puppy Maureen has adopted and cared for a year before most move on to train as guide dogs for the blind.


Keeping riders safe


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

  • 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.

  • Road concern

    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.  

  • 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.


Looking for successors

After this year's Produce Show, Chris Procter, Christine Feeny, David Arundell and some other members of the committee are going to step down.
So for the show to continue, some 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.

Reminder about this year's show
 There is just over a month now until this year's Produce Show  and entries are already being received. The schedule and entry form are available to download from this website, but if anyone needs a hard copy please ring Chris Procter on 01765 676366.

We'll drink to this!
A note in this column that  boxes of wine glasses were being offered free by the Village Hall brought an immediate response - with all being snapped up within a day!
Gerald Shervington has written to us to report the success and says it points to the effectiveness of our website, now accessed around 2,000 times every week!
Wanting to book the Hall?
Wanting to book the Village Hall or do you have a query about a present booking?
If so note that the usual point of contact is changed for the next fortnight.
From July  24 to 31 Angie Archbold on 01765 677834 is the contact and from August 1 to 8 it is Bob Upton on 01765 676170

Flood Warning System
The North Yorkshire Division of the Environment Agency has installed a new flood warning operation in their offices in York which is operational 24/7. In order to demonstrate and communicate the facility, representatives of all flood risk areas were invited to a seminar so as to be able to provide a localised communication link within their own villages. In Bishop Monkton Rodney Wilson, Ken Barker and Roger Baker have agreed to become flood wardens so attended this seminar.
For more go to HELPFUL ADVICE.

Parish Council meets
The Parish Council met on Thursday, July 19 at the Methodist School Room preceded by the usual public participation session.
For agenda go to PARISH COUNCIL/Agenda and minutes.
The Sound of Music

Five harps played in a delightful musical concert at the Parish Church.
For details go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events.

Dog owners - take heed!

Gerald Shervington, Chairman of the Village Hall and Playing Fields Committee, has written the following warning to dog owners who break the rule by not keeping their animals on leads while on the Village Playing Fields. He writes:

'It is with regret and a little bit of anger that I have to report that villagers are still letting their dogs off leads on the Village Playing Fields. I would like to remind dog owners that young children play at our facility and dog excrement can cause serious illness including blindness.

Quintessentially English

Members of Bishop Monnkton Gardening Club enjoyed a visit to the stunning gardens of Thornton House on a perfect summer's day.
For more go to GARDENING CLUB

Over £1,000 for Christian Aid
A total of £1,061.89 was raised for Christian Aid from collections in Bishop Monkton. All donors are thanked.
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22 July, 2018

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