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Moor Monkton Marchers

Meeting up on the second Sunday of each month, the Marchers undertake a shortish walk, regardless of the weather and then retire to a hostelry for lunch.

The March walk was a great success. Starting from Wetherby, we enjoyed a circular route taking in Linton and Sicklinghall (and the ubiquitous pub lunch at Scotts Arms) then back via Stockeld Park and the old railway line. Bright sunshine and lively banter was the order of the day.

The April walk was a fine day out at Kirkham Abbey with brilliant, if unseasonable, weather. Thanks to Jackie and Dave for arranging.

A rare picture of us actually walking!

Provisionally the dates for the rest of the year are;

10th September
8th October
12th November
10th December

e-mail for more details.

Moor Monkton Gardening Club

The programme of events has been set for the coming year;


One of our number, Dr Alan Warwick, has discovered a 'Remarkable new tree'. Read all about it here.

20th August 2017.

Garden Club members enjoyed a social gathering at Marson Grange, the home of David and Jo Smackman. We all had a tour of her beautiful manicured gardens and then went about judging the competitions..

First the longest runner bean was won by Mike Ashford, next the sunflower competition with much fewer entries this year than last and the prize for the tallest went to Les Hitchings and the prize for the widest sunflower seed head to Kim Hitchings. Lastly was the weighing in of the potatoes from the buckets. It is always exciting to discover what is happening below the soil after tending to the buckets for so long (or not !!). It is amazing to see the difference especially as the variety is the same for everyone and yet the results so unexpected. From a crop weighing 118 grams in one bucket to another with just 2 very small potatoes weighing just 17 grams. The prize awarded for the heaviest crop was won by Ann Johnson and the prize for the most potatoes in the pot to William Johnson (13), I cannot understand why this happened as after planting the potatoes they were left to fend for themselves with a little watering when other pots around were watered, no TLC at all and so I find the whole experience fascinating. The prize for the heaviest single potato went to Robert Tomlinson (260 grams). .

We then indulged in a splendid afternoon tea where the only complaint was that one of the members ate too much!! .

Thank you to David and Jo for allowing us the use of their garden and barn and to all the members for partaking in the competitions and for supplying the lovely afternoon tea. Ann Johnson. Chairman.

The annual and much anticipated potato weigh in.

Kirk and Green Hammerton WI

Not strictly in Moor Monkton, but Local enough to be of interest, the WI meets usually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in either Green or Kirk Hammerton village hall.  You can find out more by clicking here.

Latest WI News

The meeting this month saw a local resident Susan Goss-Clements talking to us about the ‘Yorkshire Coastal Cottages’.

Susan started this company some years ago with 3 cottages on her books this has now grown to a multi-million pound company with 110 letting properties along the Yorkshire Coast from Redcar down to Bridlington. The cottages are extremely luxurious and if you want a holiday cottage by the sea that is home from home then this is for you. Visit the web site

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th November at Kirk Hammerton Village Hall at 7.30pm this will be our AGM and Christine’s Quiz, join us for an enjoyable fun evening. The competition is something beginning with the letter I, The hostesses are Sheila and Janice. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Ann, President..

Contact Ann Johnson for information about the WI on 01904 738541 or e mail

Kirk Hammerton Baby and Toddler group

Again not in Moor Monkton, but quite near, the group meets every Wednesday during term time from 9.45am - 11.15am at Kirk Hammerton Village Hall.

The group is open to all carers of children aged from birth to two years.  There are a variety of toys for children to play with as well as a different craft activity each week.  The cost is £1.50 but the first session is free so please come along and give it a try.  For further details please see or email