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Tom wins an Oscar

Tom Oates won the Harrogate and District Care Volunteer of the year 2017 at the Harrogate Volunteering Oscars evening, held at The Old Swan Hotel. He was nominated by Fiona Tomlinson of Harrogate Hospitals Trust for his voluntary work at Ripon Hospital, where he has been visiting Trinity Ward every Tuesday to cheer up the patients by chatting to them about all sorts of things, particularly the heritage surrounding Ripon which he is passionate about. Tom also volunteers at Ripon Cathedral, Ripon Museums Trust, Fountains Abbey and our local park run.  He was up against strong competition and everyone is  delighted he was recognised in this way


Seeing the stars

STAR GAZING: Four Bishop Monkton villagers recently visited Chris Higgins's village observatory to see the stars for themselves. Their visit, hosted by Chris, resulted from a winning bid at last year's Autumn Auction at the Lamb & Flag.

Go to ASTRONOMY/Visit to observatory


A sad goodbye

A LAST PICTURE of Dorothy Bowes who sadly died in Australia in the summer. During the past 10 years Dot was one of our most loyal readers and always logged on to this site each morning to get the latest news from Bishop Monkton. Julie Apps, daughter of Ruth, Dot's best friend, says she will be visiting the village in the spring and looks forward to meeting the family and villagers.



Our top bowlers take a bow

LADIES CHAMPION: Pauline Beecroft pictured after receiving the Ladies Singles Cup at the Bowling Club's awards ceremony at the Crown Inn, Roecliffe.

For report and more pictures go to BOWLING/2017 winners.


£2,500 raised at auction 

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.

Doing a bit of supping and bidding.

For more go to NEWS/Autumn Auction.


New Parish Priest answers our 20 Questions

OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST, Rev. Sheila Murray, has kindly agreed to answer 20 questions we have put to her so as to introduce her to the wider local community. In her replies she talks about her interesting background, why she is thrilled to come to Bishop Monkton and her future hopes for the Church and the local communities.

For Sheila's answers go to PARISH CHURCH/Question Time


Old mills next to be researched

THE OLD MILLS (paper, corn and flax) are the next subjects to be researched by our Local History Group, it was agreed at this week's meeting to report on progress made so far on earlier projects, and plan for the next project to be undertaken.

For full report go LOCAL HISTORYGROUP/Projects update.



RECENT NEWS ITEMS (click on photo for more)
  • Fly tipping alert

    A communication has been received from annoyed residents of Melrose Road who think the facts need to be drawn to the attention of villagers throughout Bishop Monkton:

  • A warm welcome

    The Revd. Sheila Murray, our newly appointed House for Duty Priest, cutting a special cake at a reception following her licensing service at Burton Leonard Church. 

  • 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. 

  • In memory of Sgt Renton

    MEMBERS of the Renton family, formerly of Bishop Monkton, attended a moving memorial service and the unveiling of a memorial stone in Germany, marking the spot where Sgt.Reginald Renton's died in an air crash 1943. 

  • Harvest Festival

    The Revd. Sheila Murray with little Rebecca at the Parish Church's Harvest Festival service. This was the start of Sheila's plan to meet as many parishioners of all ages as soon as possible.

  • At Ground Zero

    This is 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.

  • Passchendaele 1917

    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.


Tom - see report on left

A Rip Roaring Success

Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group had a big hit with the two plays they put on last week end

"Bedside Manner" took us into the ward of a hospital and through good script, an able cast provided a very amusing time.
The interval Cheese and Biscuits was a greatly appreciated innovation, with plenty for all.
"Last Panto in Upper Monkton" was a hoot.  The cast of 4, with great dialogue and timing, ensured more laughter than Monkton has had for quite a while!

A full report and pictures will follow shortly


Promotion for our local MP

Julian Smith,
our local MP, has been promoted to Chief Whip in a shake-up which his seen Gavin Williamson, who previously held the post, promoted to Defence Secretary by Theresa May.
Mr. Smith joined the Whip's office in 2015 and became Deputy Chief Whip after the General Election. In his new job he will be responsible for enforcing party discipline and ensuring Tory MPs vote with the Government.


Unity's swan on TV 

Unity Hield's swan Juliet, seen here being held by Will Lupton, had a large abscess removed from her foot by Yorkshire vet Julian Norton in an operation carried out beside her Bishop Monkton garden lake. And on Channel 5's The Yorkshire Vet viewers watched Julian draining the abscess  and then were happy to see Juliet hurry back to be reunited with her mate, Romeo. Later artist Unity presented Julian with a painting of the two swans..

Dog walkers be warned!

The Village Hall Committee has been told about more dog owners allowing their dogs to run free on the playing fields, and some of them also failing to clear up the messes
left behind by their pets.  There was a call for a 'name and shame' procedure to be introduced or even a total ban on dogs on the playing fields, but it was decided first to issue a stern warning to dog owners to obey the notices located at all the entrances to the area. So you have been warned!


Angel Festival

For more go to NEWS/Angel Festival.


Early panto!

Here's something new - a panto in November!
The go-ahead Entertainments Group is putting on two short comedy one-act plays at the Village Hall on November 9,10 and 11.;One of the plays is Last Panto in Upper Monkton and the other Bedside Manner.
Tickets are on sale at the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom from 10am to 11am on Saturday, Oct 21, 28 and Nov 4.Or you can book on-line by going to 
Enquiries to 01765 670039.
Sad news news from Australia
It is with great sadness that we have received a delayed message informing us of the death of Dorothy Bowes. formerly of Bishop Monkton, at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia.  
Aged 88 she was the sister and sister-in-law of Eddy and Florence Bowes  and aunt of Angie Archbold. Julie Apps, the daughter of Dorothy's close friend, Ruth, writes to tell us that reading Bishop Monkton Today was an essential part  of Dorothy's  daily routine. It kept her in touch with the village of her youth. Julie says she herself was often treated to excerpts from BMT so the village almost felt like her hometown in the UK.
Dorothy was the beloved friend of both Julie and her mother Ruth. They have both send their condolences to Dorothy's family.
Gardening Club
The Gardening Club's meeting on Christmas Wreath Making at the Village Hall will be held on Saturday, December 9 (from 10am to 12 noon) and NOT December 2 as previously stated. All materials will be supplied and there will be plenty of opportunity for individual wreath making expertly led by villager Cerys who runs her own floral design business.  Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. £20 members, £25 non-members.
Garden waste
Good news for gardeners needing to use the Council collection service get rid of the mass of cuttings, leaves, grass and other garden waste - you still have several weeks before collections end for the year.
The last date for collection in Bishop Monkton is at the end of November or the start of December.
To check your last collection date go to my area



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Thursday 16 Nov, 2017

Visits to site since launch in 2005:

Log ins during the last two days: 375

Site launch:
29 January 2005
(day of new Village Hall opening).
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435 on 25 September 2012
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