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A group which is always booked up

Members of Bishop Monkton Book Group enjoying lunch at The Old Deanery, Ripon.  Everyone brought a book and these were then distributed to other members who were  asked to report back on it at the summer picnic.

See also ORGANISATIONS/Groups in action.


Secrets of wartime Britain revealed

 Ninety nine people attended the meeting. After his talk Colin signed his book on which the talk was based.


A packed audience of almost 100 heard a fascinating talk by local author Colin Philpott at the Village Hall last night. The talk, entitled ‘Secret Wartime Britain’ identified just some of the many buildings and sites which played an invaluable role during World War 2 but their precise role was often concealed even from people living nearby. Local such sites included the vast heavily camouflaged Avro Works near Leeds Bradford Airport where a workforce of more than 10,000 built nearly 700 Lancaster bombers, the Knaresborough Food Dump, a huge cold food storage facility ready to call upon on in the event of food shortages during the war, and York Racecourse where POWs were interrogated. Various other buildings and sites vital to the war effort from other parts of the country were also described. The speaker was introduced by Chris Bagnall, Chairman of the Bishop Monkton Local History Group, and the talk is one in a series of wide ranging events which have been organised or are planned by the LHG.

For more details go to Bishop Monkton Yesterday (see LINKS).


Exciting challenge
for Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton astronomer Chris Higgins is busier than ever, adding to his previous activities by also working now as one of a three man volunteer team on the latest phase of creating a Planetarium and Heritage Craft Centre at Grewelthorpe. Here he is seen working on restoring a 1979 projector which, when restored, will project pictures of the night sky on to the dome of the new planetarium.

For more details click on NEWS/New planetarium.


Sweet gesture from Youth Club

Bishop Monkton Methodist Youth Club on Friday evening presented a cheque for £300 to the Friends of School – and most of the money came from the small profits made each week over several years from the sale of sweets to the kids!  Making the presentation were two youngsters, Elena Russell and George Jennings, and they handed the cheque to Ashlea Costelloe, Julia Russell and Emma Gough, representing the Friends of School. The highly popular Methodist Youth Club, with 50 signed up members, meets each Friday evening during term with the kids playing on any of more than a dozen games set up or organised around the hall, and move outside during the summer. The free to attend club has now been running for seven years and is open to youngsters aged between 10 and 15 who live in the village or attend the school. It is led by David Arundell, Pauline Arundell and Lesley Shervington.

See also SCHOOL/Friends of School.


More details revealed about  Palace site

More interesting facts about the Archbishop’s Palace which existed in the village in medieval times were revealed at a meeting attended by members of the Local History Group and Parish Councillors at the Village Hall on Thursday evening. Tony Hunt of  the Yorkshire Archeological Aerial Mapping department expanded on facts which emerged from pictures taken of the site by a drone, which provided more positive details about its size and scope. Suggestions were also made on how the LHG and the village can get involved in further and on-going research.

For more details go to Bishop Monkton Yesterday


Are these the first?

Are these the first daffodils of the year?  These are growing in the garden of  Danae and Peter Coultas on Melrose Road. The first one burst into flower on December 22 and they usually have at least one bloom for Christmas. Can anyone beat that?


Church bids farewell to Stuart Newsome 

Stuart Newsome, long time leading light at St John Parish Church and more recently Lay Worship Leader for both parishes, was given an emotional farewell at the end of the Celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols at St John Parish Church. The four Churchwardens from the Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard Churches made presentations to him and his wife Jane and were full of praise for what he had done during his time with us. Stuart responded by thanking everyone for the gifts and saying it had been a pleasure and a delight to have worked in the parishes. The Church was crowded for the service with the 30-strong joint choir providing magnificent renditions of familiar carols. The service will be repeated at Burton Leonard this evening.

For extended report go to PARISH CHURCH/news and events.


Film maker plans to tell story of village pubs

We’re delighted to bring you advance notice of the next blockbuster to hit our screens and it’ll be filmed right here in Bishop Monkton with the cameras set to roll early in the New Year.

The stars of this film won’t be Brad Pitt or Judi Dench but the people of Bishop Monkton and their pubs!

The Bishop Monkton Local History Group is making a short film about the history of the village’s ale houses – the two still in business and the five others that existed in the past.

The film’s producer Colin Philpott has already spoken to a number of villagers as part of the research into the film but he’s keen to hear from anyone else with ideas and material to contribute.If you’ve particular stories about any of the pubs involving you or family members, or if you have any pictures or other material, Colin would love to chat with you in the next few weeks.

Filming is due to take place at the end of January and it’s hoped the film will be ready to premiere in the Spring! The film is a pilot for a possible future series featuring various aspects of the village’s history.Colin can be contacted on or on 01765 676805 or 07791 341074.


A successful 2019 and more exciting developments in the pipeline

At the AGM of the Village Hall & Playing Fields on Thursday, December 5, Chairman Gerald Shervington, outlined the developments at the hall and playing fields together with the progress and successes of the various affiliated clubs and users of the hall during the last year.  

Mervyn Beecroft (Treasurer) explained that our income was keeping just ahead of expenditure, though good reserves are necessary as the building is now 15 years old and maintenance work is needed.  Funds must also be available for any replacement of vital maintenance equipment as well as for new projects and progressing the hall, such as the veranda at the front of the pavilion and broadband/wifi.  Bookings are fairly healthy but a review of the rates and rentals are in hand to ensure that they are at market levels.  

The three principal officers are willing to stand again and were thanked by Bob Upton for all of their negotiations with Kebbell (and the ensuing benefits) and also for their ongoing involvement, particularly Lesley Shervington who ably undertakes both the role of Secretary and the very demanding Bookings Co-ordinator work.  The meeting was attended by less than 15 with about 10 being committee members - a rather disappointing turn out!  

For more details go to NEWS/Successful year.


Timetable fixed for urgent Church repairs

The wonderful sum of £33,269 has now been raised for the Parish Church's Fabric Fund which means that urgent repair work needed to make the Church tower safe and the roof watertight will be able to start in March 2020 and should be completed by May.  For several months the front entrance to the church has been out of use and entry has been through a rear door. Plans for the longer term repairs to the roof and the future use of the buildings are now being worked out.


  • Song for Marilyn

    Over 20 members of the Keep Fit Group sang a special song in praise of Marilyn, their organiser, at the group’s Christmas lunch at The George, Wormald Green.Click on photo to read the words..

  • Singing for Fun

    Bishop Monkton’s newest group, Singing for Fun, is keeping the village alive with the Sound of Music. Started in September 2019 and led by Angie Archbold, the group now has 45 people registered, and gets a regular attendance of between 35 and 40 singing a variety of songs to suit everyone.

  • Festive wreaths

    This montage shows just a small selection of the beautiful Festive wreaths which were on display around Bishop Monkton over Christmas..  This display was compiled for us by Anne Higgins after she made a Christmas Day walk round the village.

  • Nativity play

    The Nativity Service held on Christmas Eve was led by Sheila Parsons and Alison Holley.  A packed Parish Church enjoyed the telling of the nativity story and saw the Posada figurine of a pregnant Mary and her husband-to-be Joseph,returned to the Church after having made its tour of the village.

  • Croquet honour

    Richard and Pat Field have stepped down from their roles as Chairman and Secretary of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club.  In appreciation of their roles in being instrumental in founding the club in 2007 and helping build it up since then,each was  awarded Life Membership of the Club

  • New Chairman

    Richard and Pat Field stood down from their roles as long-time Chairman and Secretary of the Table Tennis  Club at its AGM. They received life memberships in appreciation of their services from Treasurer Martin Minett. On left is Ken Barker who has succeeded Richard as Chairman.

  • At the Palace

    Margaret Lodge enjoyed 'a day I will never forget' when she attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party following her award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to our community.

  • Group outings

    Bishop Monkton Local History Group has organised some fascinating outings this year. Click photo to read about where they have been and what they have seen.

  • DIY triumph

    The remarkable story of how Bishop Monkton auctioneer Richard Harper (with no previous building experience) undertook the extend his iconic 300-year-old Grade 2 listed cottage. 

  • 100th birthday

    Over 80 guests crowded the Village Hall for a party to honour Netta Park who was celebrating her 100th birthday - and she did it in style, thanks to her good  friends at the Methodist Church. She was proud to receive a card from The Queen.

  • £2,500 raised

    Gerald Shervington takes a well earned sit down beside the beck just about 12 hours after he and others started at 4am getting the hog ready for roasting. But all the hard work paid off - the event raised a whopping £2,500 for Village Hall funds.


A chance to see earlier views of the village.
All in a good cause!

Bishop Monkton Methodist Church has announced an ambitious programme of events this year to raise funds to finance the installation of a kitchen in its vestry.
The programme will start with special events each Monday in March when Angie Archbold and Florence Bowes will show videos of the village taken by the late Edwin Bowes.
Other events planned for later in the year include special
afternoon teas, a clay pigeon shoot and picnic, a village BBQ and a Twenties (Great Gatsby style) dance and buffet. So something for everyone! 
For more details go to METHODIST
CHURCH/News and events and WHAT’S ON

Race Night off

Regretfully, due to low ticket sales at this stage, it has been decided to cancel the Royal Ascot Race Night which was planned for February 1.
St. John Baptist Church would like to thank all those who have supported the event and apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation have have caused.

WI launches New Year at The Masons Arms

For more pictures go to ORGANISATIONS/Groups in action.


Vacancies for
table tennis

We have a couple of vacancies for experienced table tennis players to join our Sunday evening group which plays at the Village Hall from 7 to 9pm. 
Anyone who has played before and wishes to get  back to the game will be  welcomed.
Feel free to come along for a free trial to see whether you like it and would like to join.
Either first contact Richard Field at or tel. 01765 677795 or just turn up on any future Sunday evening.
Anyone for tennis?

Here's a chance to interest anyone wanting to polish up their tennis skills this winter and get trim for the new season.
Two new courses are being offered by club coach Ellie Makin.
For details go to TENNIS CLUB/2020 courses .


Two likely boule recruits

Newcomers to the village, David and Lizzie Darbyshire, are likely to be early recruits for boules when it starts here in the spring.
The couple recently moved to Harvest View after living for many years in Sharow. 
 They also spent 10 years in France where they got keen on boules, and were given a boule set as a farewell gift when they left Sharow.
David and Lizzie tell me they first met at a croquet party at  the Hurlingham Club in London- so maybe now they will be taking up croquet again!

A black spot
David Banks writes to say he is still being plagued by dog owners failing to clear up dog poo on St John's Road pavements. He has sent a photo to illustrate the point.
Without care these 'deposits' can get onto shoes or clothes and be walked into houses where they are an obvious health risk.

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