HANS MOVES ON
Hans, the guest of Andrew and Maureen Kinnear for the past year, moved on this week for a new life in Leamington Spa.
The handsome black dog has been their constant companion for the past year while they have given him his basic training, but now he has to start his training as guide dog in earnest.
'We are going to miss him. He has been a joy to look after' said Maureen.
Chairman Gerald Shervington reported another very successful year for the Village Hall and QEll Field at the AGM held at the Village Hall.
'We continue to break all expectations and the fantastic community sport constantly astounds me' said Gerald.
Click photo above for full report.
Residents of Melrose and Meadowcroft are intrigued to know why their street light have been replaced in the last few days. The others seemed OK, so maybe someone can provide enlightenment on why this was necessary.
Over 20 Bishop Monkton households will have temporary overnight 'lodgers' during December but there will be no need to worry about feeding or entertaining the guests.
The visitors come in the form of a small figurine of Mary, Joseph and a donkey as part of the annual Bethlehem Journey around the village.
The journey started on Sunday when the Spencer family welcomed the visitors into their home for an overnight stay before taking them on to Gladys Hall, and then a new stop over every night for them until Christmas Eve when the Bailey family returns them to to the Parish Church for the Crib Service.
CAROL SINGING PLANS
There will be carol singing around the village on Tuesday, December 17.
The singers and instrumentalists will meet at Renton Close at 6pm, tour the village and end at the Lamb & Flag for a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.
Proceeds will be shared between Emma and Katie's BB charity, and the one chosen by little Chloe Dudley.
MORE TABLE TENNIS!
The huge popularity of table tennis is confirmed by the news that Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club will be launching an eighth group in January.
This new group, which should appeal to beginners or players with some previous experience of the game, will run on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4pm.
At the other end of the scale, there are still vacancies for experienced players at the Sunday evening session which runs from 7 to 9pm on that evening.
Anyone interested in either group should contact Richard Field at BMtabletennis@aol.com or tel. 01765 677795.
Two of the blankets made by Bishop Monkton Stitchers will be taken by Isobel and Rodney Wilson to The Gambia in January when they visit HELPING (Help for Education and Local Projects in The Gambia), a charity which they support.
Go to ORGANISATIONS/club reports for more details.
GOOD NEWS FOR
It's not just cricketers, footballers, croquet, bowls and tennis players who are being well looked after on our Queen Elizabeth ll Field.
The hedgehogs and ladybirds and birds are also being cared for!
Read what's being done for them on our new page devoted to what's been happening on our QEll Field
and how the wildlife is not being forgotten.
Go to OUR QEll FIELD for more details.
FOCUS ON CRICKET
Anyone interested in cricket is invited to attend Bishop Monkton Cricket Club's AGM at the Lamb & Flag on Monday, December 9 where they can meet players and officials and also voice any opinions, positive or otherwise, they may hold regarding the club. The meeting starts at 7 30pm.
£500 FOR SIGNBOARDS
More good news for the village. The Queen Elizabeth ll Field has won a £500 grant from Fields in Trust to purchase signboards for the member clubs which use our playing field.
This means that the Cricket, Football, Bowling, Croquet, Tennis and Table Tennis clubs will all have a new signboard matching the generic sign pictured above.
CAN YOU HELP?
Do you have any Victorian type plants and jardinieres which would help decorate the Village Hall for the Old Time Music Hall which is being staged there on December 6 and 7?.
Sara Collinson writes to say she is looking after the 'dressing' of the hall for the production and wonders if anyone has any Victorian-style items which would help give the hall the right atmosphere.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact Sara on 676137 or e-mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORT THAT POTHOLE!
Fed up with bumping over those potholes on Moor Road?
Here's a way you might be able to get something done about them..
Go to www.fillthathole.org.uk and put in a complaint about them and, because the nuisance has been publicised, Harrogate BC may feel obliged to do something, or at least move them up the list for filling in!
Thanks to Alan Ebbutt for suggesting the idea.
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
The Village Hall car park is now lighted after dark, thanks to a grant from Harrogate BC to Bishop Monkton Parish Council.
At a cost of just over £2,000, powerful lights have been installed which illuminate the car park so that walking back to your car after an evening meeting is less creepy than before.
Another success story for our Village Hall and Queen Elizabeth II Field!
For the latest advice to local businesses you can call up the October update by going to: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/business
NEW VICAR SOUGHT
Efforts are continuing to seek out a replacement for The Revd Christopher Cornwell now he has left Bishop Monkton Parish Church at the end of his tour of duty.
A small sub- committee, comprising Jennifer Barker, Maggie Wood, Alan Ebbutt and James Hobson, has prepared a profile to brief potential house for duty priest applicants.
Volunteers wanted - for only an hour a week - to help maintain the upkeep of the Parish Burial Ground. This would involve grass-cutting and strimming. Please contact Richard Houseman on 01765 677693 or e-mail email@example.com
Editor: Richard Field
Site last updated:
4 December 2013
Visitors to site since launch in 2005:
End of 2012: 151,178
Visitors in 2012: 34,096
Record one day visitors: 435 on 25 September 2012
Record one month visitors: 4,152 on June 2012
Target by end of 2013: 175,000
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