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Proposed rail link restoration

Action group to be formed

Littlethorpe Village Hall was almost full on Monday evening as 76 people attended a meeting to discuss and challenge plans for a new feasibility study on the possibility of restoration  the rail link between Ripon and Harrogate.

Gerry Spoors, Chair of  Littlethorpe Parish Council, opened the meeting by considering the reasons why Ripon City Council want another feasibility study about reinstating the railway. 

John Edmonstone, ex Chair of Littlethorpe Parish Council, gave an overview of  the history of the railway and the campaign to reinstate it.

Representatives from Bishop Monkton Parish Council were present and Emma Oates (Chair) thanked
Gerry and John for their interesting presentations, and asked to kept informed of developments  so she could keep Bishop Monkton residents informed. 

The meeting was then open for questions and discussions.

It was agreed that individuals should write letters of objection to Ripon City Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Julian Smith MP and it was agreed a steering group should be set up.

Anyone interested in being part of the suggested action group should get in touch Emma Oates. 

Ripon City Council intends to spend £18k of its own (public) money plus a further £2k donated by a Councillor. A private individual is to undertake a feasibility study. It is not intended to consult the affected parishes.

What do you think of the plan to restore this rail link?  Send your views to


Bowling triumph

BISHOP MONKTON bowlers with the Bateson League Shield which they won this year. The club also won the Dalesman League so pulled off a great 'double'. 

For more go to BOWLING/End of season reports.


New tournament

BISHOP MONKTON Croquet Club hosted an inaugural Yorkshire Doubles tournament on September 12. The event attracted entries from clubs across Yorkshire, and the final was won by Brian Cave and Peter Reed (Sheffield U3A Croquet Club) who beat Trevor Wood (Bishop Monkton CC) and Anne Walker (Ripon CC).

For full report go to CROQUET CLUB/tournaments.


Kebbell site is fast taking shape

THE FIRST HOUSES on the Kebbell housing development are now having roofing and tiles fitted prior to internal fitting out getting under way. It is expected that the development will be completed by May or June next year.


A magic garden

Little Chloe Dudley now has a new magic garden. It was created for her parents, Liz and Peter, who have amazed themselves by what can be fitted into a small space, even growing vegetables in hanging baskets!  The scent is amazing and really good for Chloe's sensory pleasure. Liz and Peter's efforts are now concentrated in just the front garden because at the rear a wonderful extension is being built for Chloe.  Later in the year the family will again delight the community with their Halloween and Christmas gardens.


Memorial unveiled 

MEMBERS of the Renton family, formerly of Bishop Monkton, attended a moving 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.  Sally Linfoot, grand-daughter of  Reginald, spoke at the service about how the family first heard about the discovery of the crash site. The report of the sequence of events received wide Press coverage in Britain, Germany, Canada and New Zealand.Valerie Renton, daughter of Sgt. Renton, and Erik Wieman, co-leader of the group which discovered the crash site, were also both interviewed on German radio.  

 For longer report and more pictures go to NEWS/Memorial unveiled.


They fought at Passchendaele

FOUR Bishop Monkton men fought in the grim Battle of Passchendaele which took place just 100 years ago. New research reveals their experiences in this horrendous three month battle in which 500,000 men died or were wounded.

Go to WORLD WAR 1/Passchendaele. 


Remembering 9/ll

THIS IS THE SPOT in New York where one of the Twin Towers stood before they were flattened by the 9/ll terrorist attack. The two matching features, with their cascading water and reflecting pools, are surrounded by the engraved names of the 3,000 people who died. A rose is added to each name on his or her birthday.

For more striking features in New York plus details of the associated trip over on Queen Mary 2 go to HOLIDAYS & TRAVEL/QM2+NYC. Scroll down for three related stories you'll enjoy reading!


Licensing service on September 30

The Bishop of Leeds, The Rt Revd. Nicholas Baines, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd. Sheila Murray (pictured above), 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. Her Licensing Service will be held at St Leonard's Church, Burton Leonard, at 3pm on Saturday, September 30.



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