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OLD FILMS OF RIPON AND BEYOND AT RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 31st May 2016

Ripon Civic Society will play host to films from the Yorkshire Film Archive at its next meeting, on Thursday 2 June.

Sue Howard, Director of the Yorkshire Film Archive and a Ripon resident, will show olf footage of Ripon and the wider area, including some old favourites.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘These shows from the Archive are always very popular, and we can expect some amusing scenes and also some memories of the past. More...

LEADING FURNITURE EXPERT TO TALK AT RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 25th April 2016

Ripon Civic Society will welcome one of the country’s leading experts on English furniture to give a talk on Thursday 5 May.

Dr Adam Bowett is an independent furniture historian and works as a consultant on historic English furniture with public institutions, including the National Trust, English Heritage and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and with private clients in both Britain and North America. He teaches furniture history at universities and other institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Buckinghamshire New University and West Dean College. More...

HERITAGE WEEKEND OFFERS THE CHANCE TO DISCOVER HIDDEN RIPON 5th September 2015
Some of the city of Ripon’s hidden buildings will be revealed to the public on Sunday 13 September when the Gazebo, an 18th-century garden folly off Blossomgate, the Masonic Hall in Water Skellgate, Ripon Grammar School’s library and Ripon Cathedral’s ringing chamber open their doors to visitors.

The Gazebo was constructed in the first part of the eighteenth century in the garden of a large house in fashionable Park Street. It was restored by Harrogate Borough Council, with the support of Ripon Civic Society, more than 20 years ago after many years of neglect. More...

LETTERING IN RIPON IS SUBJECT FOR CIVIC SOCIETY’S NEXT TALK 25th August 2015
The many styles and varieties of public lettering in Ripon will be the subject of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, which takes place on Thursday 3 September.

The talk will be given by Paul Kershaw, a wood engraver and handpress printer who lives in Ripon and is a member of the Society. More...

MODERN ARCHAEOLOGIST’S ROLE HIGHLIGHTED AT TALK FOR RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 24th April 2015
The work of an archaeological consultant in the private sector will be highlighted in the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 7 May.

Ripon resident Simon McCudden, who has been a professional archaeologist for more than 25 years since graduating from the University of York, will talk about some of the projects he has worked on and the challenges he has faced.

In a varied career, Simon led the team from the Museum of London in 1989 that found the original Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and worked closely with the late Sam Wannamaker. More...

RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY AWARDS 2014 3rd October 2014
The Curzon Cinema in Ripon, which has transformed former commercial premises in the heart of the city, has been named as the best project in Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards.

The Society’s Awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel on THURSDAY 2 OCTOBER recognised good design, craftsmanship and environmental schemes from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries.

The Curzon, with North Square Apartments as part of the development, was awarded the Society’s Helen Whitehead Salver for the Best Project. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY’S AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED 22nd September 2014

Awards for projects in and around Ripon will be handed out at Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards ceremony on Thursday 2 October – after a two-year gap since the last event.

The Awards, which include prizes for good design and craftsmanship, will be presented at a ceremony in Ripon’s Spa Hotel. The Civic Society recognises good practice in a range of categories, including new buildings and restoration, environmental improvement, craftsmanship and the best shop front. More...

ABOUT TIME FOR RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY’S NEXT TALK 20th August 2014

Ripon Clocks and Clock Makers is the title of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 4 September

The talk, which is held jointly with Ripon Historical Society, will be given by horological expert David Severs. Dr Severs, from Northallerton, is a former chief superintendent in North Yorkshire Police and is descended from an 18th-century Northallerton clockmaker. More...

WORLD-CLASS METALWORKER TO GIVE RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY TALK 21st April 2014

One of the world’s top architectural metalworkers, whose projects are found in places such as York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Hospital at Chelsea and Stirling Castle, is to give the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 1 May.

Chris Topp, whose firm Chris Topp & Co is based at Tholthorpe near Easingwold, will speak on ‘Adventures with Ironwork’. Chris has 35 years’ experience in the traditional skills and techniques of ironwork, which the company continues to develop and to apply to the contemporary environment. More...

‘DOWNING STREET TO RIPON’ TALK WILL LOOK AT VICTORIAN CHURCHES 22nd March 2014
‘From Downing Street to Ripon’ is the title of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 3 April.

Society member David Rhodes will talk about local Victorian churches, including St Mary’s Studley Royal, their architecture, designers and patrons.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘In the Ripon area we have some remarkable Victorian churches, and we are delighted that David is coming to talk to the Society and shed more light on them.

Everyone is welcome to the talk, which takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 3 April at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. More...

BEHIND THE DOORS OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY AT RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK 23rd February 2014

Martyn Lunn from the British Library in Boston Spa will give the the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 6 March.

The illustrated talk by Mr Lunn, the British Library’s Business Change and Development Manager, is entitled ‘The British Library: Past, Present and Future’. He will cover the British Library’s history, services and future developments. More...

HIDDEN GARDENS TALK TO START CIVIC SOCIETY’S NEW YEAR 23rd December 2013

The first 2014 talk in Ripon Civic Society’s series takes place on Thursday 2 January, when Tony Cleaver will speak on ‘Hidden Gardens of London’.

His talk looks at some of the more than 200 London gardens that are open to the public in an annual Open Gardens Weekend. They include historic private squares, roof gardens above department stores, gardens around churches and cathedrals such as Westminster Abbey, in the Inns of Court, and even floating gardens on barges on the river.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘What better way to start the New Year than with a look at some attractive and colourful gardens? Tony’s talk will take us to some unexpected and out-of-the-way places, and show just how fantastic gardens can be made in sometimes unpromising locations. More...

RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY TO GET A YORKSHIRE PERSPECTIVE IN TALK 29th October 2013
A regional perspective on the Civic Society movement will be the theme of Ripon Civic Society’s next talk, when Kevin Trickett, Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) is the speaker.

His talk, called ‘'Building a modern civic society movement - what YHACS is doing to help', will set out how the Association, which consists of 44 local Civic Societies and Trusts across the region, and acts as a distinct voice for the Civic Society movement, helps its members to become effective and influential voices in their local communities. More...

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH SUBJECT OF NEXT RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY TALK 26th August 2013
Ripon Civic Society resumes its talks series on Thursday 5 September, when Andrew Coulson will talk about the city’s St Wilfrid’s Church.
St Wilfrid’s was designed by York-born architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom, who gave his name to the hansom cab, invented in 1834. He also designed Birmingham’s Greek-style Town Hall. More...

GLOBE THEATRE ACTOR UNVEILS PLAQUE AT RIPON’S FORMER THEATRE 11th July 2013

An actor from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, appearing in King Lear at Newby Hall, will unveil a new green plaque marking surviving parts of Ripon’s former Theatre Royal on THURSDAY 11 JULY.

Actor Joseph Marcell, who plays King Lear, will take part in the ceremony at the invitation of Ripon Civic Society. He is a member of the Globe Theatre’s touring company – a significant link with Ripon’s Theatre Royal, which was built in 1792 for Samuel Butler’s touring theatre company.

Only two walls from the 18th-century theatre survived a fire in 1918; by then the building had been converted first into a military riding school and then a drill hall. More...

CATHEDRAL ARCHITECT TO TALK TO RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 22nd March 2013
The architect who is responsible for the fabric of Ripon Cathedral, Oliver Caroe, will be the speaker at the next meeting of Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 4 April.

Appointed as Cathedral Architect in 2010, Oliver Caroe has already been honoured by the Civic Society in its Annual Awards last year for his design of the new western narthex doors, which have allowed the west doors to be opened and let light flood the building.

Oliver Caroe is the fourth generation of his family to practise as an architect. More...

CHILDREN HELP PLANT NEW RIPON TREES IN CIVIC SOCIETY’S JUBILEE PROJECT 22nd February 2013

Children from St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School in Ripon are helping to plant new trees on a Ripon roadside in a joint venture between Ripon Civic Society and Harrogate Borough Council to mark last year’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Civic Society has been working with Harrogate Borough Council’s arboriculture staff to plant the trees in last year’s and this year’s planting seasons. This year’s campaign will bring the total number of trees planted to 60 – one for each year of the Queen’s reign. More...

WOODBINE WILLIE REMEMBERED ON RIPON CLERGY COLLEGE PLAQUE 15th February 2013

One of the most distinctive figures of World War I, ‘Woodbine Willie’, is remembered on a new plaque put up by Ripon Civic Society at the place where he trained.

The Rev’d Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, the World War I chaplain who was famous for his habit of giving the troops the Woodbine cigarettes that earned him his nickname, was born in Leeds and read divinity and classics at Trinity College, Dublin before enrolling at Ripon Clergy College. The College occupied a prominent site on the corner of North Street and Princess Road in the city, adjacent to the Diamond Jubilee clock tower, from 1898 to 1915.

‘Woodbine Willie’ volunteered to join the Army in 1914 and was often in the thick of the fighting, assisting the soldiers and offering comfort, both spiritual and in the form of his famous cigarettes. More...

WOODBINE WILLIE REMEMBERED ON RIPON CLERGY COLLEGE PLAQUE 15th February 2013

One of the most distinctive figures of World War I, ‘Woodbine Willie’, is remembered on a new plaque put up by Ripon Civic Society at the place where he trained.

The Rev’d Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, the World War I chaplain who was famous for his habit of giving the troops the Woodbine cigarettes that earned him his nickname, was born in Leeds and read divinity and classics at Trinity College, Dublin before enrolling at Ripon Clergy College. The College occupied a prominent site on the corner of North Street and Princess Road in the city, adjacent to the Diamond Jubilee clock tower, from 1898 to 1915.

‘Woodbine Willie’ volunteered to join the Army in 1914 and was often in the thick of the fighting, assisting the soldiers and offering comfort, both spiritual and in the form of his famous cigarettes. More...

PLAQUE TO LORD GRANTHAM GOES UP ON HISTORIC RIPON BUILDING 11th February 2013
The connection between the real Lord Grantham and Ripon – fictionally familiar from the television series Downton Abbey – was remembered at a ceremony to unveil a new Ripon Civic Society plaque at the city’s Prison and Police Museum.

The 3rd Baron Grantham of Newby Hall near Ripon and Wrest Park in Bedfordshire was an amateur architect, and designed the cell block that now houses the Museum that was added to Ripon House of Correction in 1816. He also designed his own house at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, and in 1834, the year after he became the 2nd Earl de Grey, he was asked to become the first President of the newly-founded Institute of British Architects. More...

RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK TO FOCUS ON YORK’S FAIRFAX HOUSE AND ITS FURNITURE 28th January 2013
The secrets of one of the country’s finest Georgian town houses – and the collection of outstanding furniture it houses – is the subject of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 7 February.

York’s Fairfax House, designed by the city’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr, was built as the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. In the twentieth century its rich interiors were drastically adapted to become a cinema and dance hall; it was rescued and restored in the 1980s by York Civic Trust.

The house now hosts the Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, given to York Civic Trust on the death in 1978 of Noel Terry, a member of the chocolate-making family. More...

GYPSUM AND OTHER ROCKY PROBLEMS IN CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK 26th November 2012

The former Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Mick Stanley, will give an insight into what’s under the feet of the people of Ripon when he talks to the Ripon Civic Society at its meeting on Thursday 6 December.
Mick’s talk is called ‘Gypsum affects lives – the Geology of Ripon’ and it will look at how the rocks under the city and the area around have affected how Riponians have lived with and constructed their buildings from the rocks and geological deposits of the area.
He will look particularly at the problems and challenges of gypsum, which, as Ripon’s recent history has shown, can result in sudden holes and can badly affect buildings. Ripon is one of the places in the country most affected by gypsum, and it has had a marked effect on the city’s development. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY TO HEAR ABOUT OLYMPIC DIVER’S SKILLS 22nd October 2012
Ripon Civic Society’s next meeting, on Thursday 1 October, will start with a question-and-answer session with David Laugher, whose son Jack was part of the Team GB diving team in the Olympics, and is a Ripon Grammar School student.

Jack himself may be at the meeting, if his training and competing schedule permits. Civic Society members and guests will be able to find out about Jack’s diving and the gold medals he has recently won in the 3-metre synchro competition, with Tom Daley, and the 3-metre springboard at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The Civic Society is always interested in how the city interacts with the world, and Jack has certainly helped to put Ripon on the map. More...

AWARDS TO BE REVEALED BY CIVIC SOCIETY 24th September 2012

Awards for projects in and around Ripon will be handed out at Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards ceremony on Thursday 4 October – and for the first time the winners will not know in advance.

The Awards, which include prizes for good design and craftsmanship, will be presented at a ceremony in Ripon’s Spa Hotel. The Civic Society recognises good practice in a range of categories, including new buildings and restoration, environmental improvement, craftsmanship and the best shop front. More...

RIPON’S ‘HIDDEN GEMS’ OPEN DOORS FOR HERITAGE WEEKEND 2nd September 2012

Some of the city of Ripon’s hidden buildings will be revealed to the public on Sunday 8 September when the Gazebo, an 18th-century garden folly off Blossomgate, the Masonic Hall in Water Skellgate and the ringing chamber in Cathedral’s south west tower open their doors to visitors.

The Gazebo was constructed in the first part of the eighteenth century in the garden of a large house in fashionable Park Street. It was restored by Harrogate Borough Council, with the support of Ripon Civic Society, more than 20 years ago after many years of neglect. More...

HELEN OPENS A WINDOW ON STAINED GLASS AT SOCIETY’S TALK 27th August 2012
An insight into the colourful world of stained glass is promised at Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 6 September when Helen Whittaker will speak about 'The Light of a Stained Glass Artist'

Helen, who works at Barley Studio in Dunnington near York, is well known for her stained glass in churches and in secular settings. She also teaches in schools and works with community groups, and is a lecturer at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts at The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment in London.

Helen was recently on the television programme ‘Britain’s Secret Heritage’, talking to presenter Clare Balding about her restoration work on the 16th century Flemish stained glass from the east end of Lichfield Cathedral. More...

RIPON REVEALED IN NEW PLAQUES TRAIL FROM RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 8th May 2012
‘Ripon Revealed’ is a new publication from Ripon Civic Society that guides local people and visitors on a tour of the Society’s green plaques, so that they can see the city and learn about its history.

The plaques are visited on two interlocking trails, both starting from the Market Square; one, going eastwards, is called ‘The Church and the Law, Navvies and a Poet’. It goes via the Cathedral and the Law and Order Museums, as well as visiting the Leper Chapel and the canal, the Town Hall and the Wakeman’s House. More...

WORLD HERITAGE SITES TALK FOR CIVIC SOCIETY 23rd April 2012
Yorkshire’s two World Heritage Sites will be at the heart of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 3 May, when the speaker is Craig McHugh, World Heritage Site Officer for Saltaire.

Craig will speak about his work at Saltaire, the model village near Bradford created by industrialist Sir Titus Salt for the workforce in his vast mill. Craig’s work includes liaising with residents of the village while developing Saltaire as a major tourist attraction.

He will also look at the World Heritage Site on Ripon’s doorstep – Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – as well as setting them in a wider national and international context. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY VISIT TO ESCOMB AND BISHOP AUCKLAND 17th April 2012
Yesterday (16 April) 39 members of the Society and friends visited Escomb Saxon church and Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland. We had a guided tour of Escomb church by Martin Roberts, and by two guides at the Castle. More...

EXPERT TO TALK ON ‘TREES IN TOWNS’ AT RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 3rd April 2012
‘Trees in Towns – Friend or Foe?’ is the title of the next talk for Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 12 April, when the speaker will be Alan Simson [correct], Reader in Urban Forestry and Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Alan Simson has wide experience of how trees fit into the urban landscape. Among his roles are joint-coordinator of the European Forum on Urban Forestry; Chair of the White Rose Forest, a Leeds City Region urban forestry initiative; a member of the Quality Places and Spaces Sub-Committee of the Leeds Property Forum; and a member Leeds Sustainable Development Group. More...

YORK MINSTER EAST FRONT RESTORATION TALK FOR RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 16th February 2012

One of Yorkshire’s biggest and most prestigious restoration projects, the East Window of York Minster, will be the subject of the next talk for Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 1 March.

Dr Richard Shephard, Director of Development at York Minster, will describe the conservation and restoration of the huge window and its surrounding stonework that will secure its structural future and reveal the beauty of its stained glass. The work, part of the £30 million York Minster Revealed’ project, will also help train craftsmen in restoration techniques in masonry and stained glass.

York Minster’s Great East window contains the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in the world, covering 194 square metres. More...

ZURBURAN PAINTINGS UNCOVERED IN RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY TALK 23rd January 2012
A series of valuable paintings at Auckland Castle in County Durham, recently rescued from sale by the Church Commissioners, will be the subject of the next talk for Ripon Civic Society at its meeting on Thursday 2 February.

The talk, ‘The Zurburán Paintings at Auckland Castle’ will be given by Dr Robert McManners, who as Chairman of Bishop Auckland Civic Society has been one of the leaders of the campaign to save the pictures by the 17th-century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurburán – as well as Auckland Castle itself. More...

ISLANDS AND COASTS HIGHLIGHTED IN CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK 21st December 2011
ISLANDS AND COASTS HIGHLIGHTED IN CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK

‘Islands, Coastal Communities, Histories, Connections’ is the intriguing title of a talk by John Plummer at Ripon Civic Society’s first meeting of 2012, which takes place on Thursday 5 January.

John has travelled in some of the most dramatic and far-flung parts of Britain and Ireland, including Orkney and Shetland, the Outer Hebrides and the west of Ireland. More...

NEW RIPON TREES PLANTED AS CIVIC SOCIETY WORKS WITH COUNCILS 19th December 2011
New trees are being planted along some of Ripon’s major routes in a joint venture between Ripon Civic Society and Harrogate Borough Council, with help from North Yorkshire County Council.

The Civic Society approached the two councils to have roadside trees planted in the city, both in new locations and where trees had been removed over the years. The Society surveyed the main approaches to the city and identified places where trees could be planted. More...

INSIGHT INTO GAYLE MILL IN CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK 21st November 2011

The history and restoration of Gayle Mill, just outside Hawes in Wensleydale, will be the subject of a talk by Angela Leathley at Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 1 December.

Angela has recently carried out research into the history of the mill on behalf of the Friends of Gayle Mill and the Gayle Mill Trust. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY HELPS FRENCH INTERN WITH RESEARCH 1st November 2011

Ripon Civic Society has played host to French business studies graduate Maxime Giboulot to help with his research into the state of Yorkshire high streets and into the health of the civic societies movement.

Maxime, a graduate of the University of Besançon in eastern France, is spending 13 weeks working for the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) as an intern. He has visited many of the civic societies in the region, and was in Ripon to hear about the city from the chairman of Ripon Civic Society, David Winpenny.

‘He asked me about the state of the shopping area in Ripon, and whether it was reviving or declining,’ says David. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY TO HEAR FROM HARROGATE CONSERVATION OFFICER 24th October 2011
An insight into how Conservation Officers go about their task of looking after buildings in the Harrogate area will be provided by Ann Johnson, Principal Conservation Design Officer at Harrogate Borough Council, when she talks to Ripon Civic Society at its next meeting on Thursday 3 November.

Mrs Johnson will describe how she and her fellow officers go about their work and will talk about the constraints and challenges of working in a local government planning office.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘Much of the Civic Society’s work is taken up with dealing with the many listed buildings in the city and with the Conservation Area. That brings us into close contact with Ann and her colleagues, so we are delighted that she is able to come to talk to us about her work. More...

HACKFALL AND VILLAGE HALLS AMONG WINNERS AS RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY’S AWARDS MARK DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP 7th October 2011
The 18th-century landscape of Hackfall, west of Ripon, has been awarded another accolade – the best project in Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards – and the inspiration behind its rescue from neglect has been given a special award as well.

For the first time Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel on THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER have recognised good design and craftsmanship from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries. To mark the change the Society has this year looked at projects over the last three years. More...

MUDDY HISTORY PROMISED IN CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK 29th August 2011
‘A new way of looking at an empty field’ is promised at Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 8 September, when ‘Muddy Archaeologist’ Gillian Hovell uncovers the secret of finding fascinating stories in the most unpromising-looking spots.

Award-winning writer Gillian’s talk is called ‘A Muddy History of Britain: a local view’ and promises a fully-illustrated tour of the history of our islands through the archaeology that is all around us – with added local flavour so that we can see what lies beneath our feet in the Ripon area.

An Exeter University graduate in Latin and Ancient History ‘because it's FUN!’, Gillian worked for the BBC on everything from live television at No.10 to the ‘Domesday Project’, as well as in children’s programmes; she says she certainly got a buzz from working with the famous and queuing for lunch behind a Dr Who blue-faced alien.

With her husband and children she moved Birstwith, took up archaeology and started a writing career. More...

WALK TELLS THE STORIES BEHIND RIPON’S GREEN PLAQUES 6th July 2011
A walk linking some of the green plaques put up around the city by Ripon Civic Society takes place on MONDAY 11 JULY, led by Richard Taylor as part of the Ripon Yarns Festival.

Called ‘The Stories Behind Ripon’s Historic Plaques’, the walk will uncover details of the city’s fascinating history, its notable buildings and its former residents. More...

NEW RIPON WALKS FROM CIVIC SOCIETY AND RAMBLERS 4th July 2011
Six new leaflets describing themed walks in and around Ripon have been published by Ripon Civic Society and the Ripon Ramblers.

Three of the walks follow routes around the city – the Hornblowers Walk, which introduces Ripon’s snickets and ginnels; the Mayors Walk, linking the three Law and Order Museums; and the Millers Walk, which follows the River Skell through the city.

The other leaflets take walkers further afield. The Navigators Walk follows Ripon Canal and returns through Littlethorpe; Fishermens Walk links the Rivers Ure and Skell and Monks Walk goes to Fountains Abbey, with two shorter routes also described. More...

FEET AND HENS CELEBRATE ‘QUIRKY RIPON’ IN PHOTO COMPETITION 1st July 2011

Ripon Civic Society has presented prizes to the winners of its ‘Quirky Ripon’ photographic competition, held to mark this year’s first national Civic Day on 25 June.

The competition asked young photographers, aged up to 11 and 11 to 18, to capture the idea of ‘Quirky Ripon’ in whatever way they felt appropriate. More...

DEADLINE NEAR FOR ‘QUIRKY RIPON’ PHOTO COMPETITION 17th May 2011
The deadline for the ‘Quirky Ripon’ photo competition being run by Ripon Civic Society is fast approaching – and the Society is encouraging all young people to get snapping.

The competition, which is open to anyone up to the age of 18, is looking for images to illustrate the theme of Ripon’s quirkiness. They can be pictures of anything – odd details of buildings, unusual happenings or events, nature, people – that capture something about Ripon and the surrounding
area.

There are two categories – up to age 11 and 12 to 18. More...

SECRETS OF NORTHERN SPAS TO BE ILLUMINATED IN SOCIETY’S TALK 28th March 2011

Light will be thrown on the subject of spas of the North when writer, photographer and lecturer Mark Whyman is the speaker at Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 7 April.
His talk, ‘The Secret of Life’ will uncover the secrets of taking the waters and show how they were said to cure almost any ailment. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY CHAIRMAN SPEAKS AT MANCHESTER MEETING 20th March 2011
The Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, David Winpenny, was in Manchester last Saturday to talk to representatives of other civic societies from the North of England and the Midlands about communicating their messages, and to meet the President of the civic societies’ umbrella body Civic Voice, comedian Griff Rhys Jones.

David was invited by Civic Voice to speak at its ‘Spring Network North’ about how civic societies can use the media to promote their work and to help in their campaigning. More...

CHIMNEYPOTS AND STACKS TO FIRE ENTHUSIASM IN SOCIETY’S TALK 21st February 2011
Chimneypots and stacks will be the subject at Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 3 March, when Jackie Depelle gives a talk entitled ‘Crowning Glory’.

Mrs Depelle, who Chairman of Pudsey Civic Society and of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies, will look at the history of chimney stacks and pots, including Tudor brick chimneys and elaborate Victorian pots.

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Grove, Ripon, and starts at 7.30pm. More...

THE 19th-CENTURY RESTORATION OF RIPON CATHEDRAL SUBJECT OF SOCIETY’S TALK 24th January 2011
The major 19th-century restoration of Ripon Cathedral under the guidance of Sir Gilbert Scott will be the subject of the talk to Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 3 February, when the speaker will be the Society’s Chairman, David Winpenny.

The illustrated talk, called ‘A Very Difficult Work – Gilbert Scott and his restoration of Ripon Cathedral’, will look at the extensive repairs and reconstructions that Scott carried out on the building between 1862 and 1872. Scott’s was the most important and far-reaching of the cathedral’s 19th-century restorations, and it is due to his care that the cathedral has survived into the 21st century. More...

PRESENTATION TO FORMER PRESIDENT 3rd December 2010
At the Members’ Meeting of Ripon Civic Society last night, Barrie Price, Former President of the Society, was presented with a painting by local artist Alan Matthews of Ripon’s Spa Baths. Barrie retired at the Society’s AGM in November. More...

HISTORIC HOUSES AROUND RIPON ARE SUBJECT OF SOCIETY’S TALK 22nd November 2010

‘Historic Houses around Ripon’ will feature in the talk to Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 2 December, when Maurice Taylor will be the speaker.

Maurice, who is one of the Society’s Vice Presidents, will look at the history of five houses – Hollin Hall, Markenfield Hall, Newby Hall, Studley Royal and Norton Conyers – from the 12th century to the present day.

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Grove, Ripon, and starts at 7.30pm. More...

MEETING HEARS ABOUT ‘VISION FOR RIPON’ 29th October 2010
Almost 100 people attended a public meeting organised by Ripon Civic Society to hear Ripon resident Stanley Mackintosh put forward his ‘Ripon Vision 2015’, which would see parts of the city centre pedestrianised and new parking and shopping areas constructed.
Among those attending was Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith, as well as county, district and city councillors. They heard Mr Mackintosh outline a three-stage plan which would progressively ensure that traffic was diverted away from the Market Square and other historic streets, including Kirkgate, Duck Hill, Minster Road, Low Skellgate, High Skellgate and Westgate. More...

SOCIETY’S NEXT TALK DESCRIBES HOW BUILDINGS ARE LISTED 25th October 2010
There’s a chance to find out just what goes on behind a decision to designate a listed building at the next talk to Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 4 November.

Alison Clarke from English Heritage, who is one of the people who inspect buildings and recommend or reject them for listing, will speak on the subject. She will talk about the purpose behind listing buildings, the criteria for listing and what it means for a building to be listed. More...

‘RIPON VISION 2015’ TO BE OUTLINED AT PUBLIC MEETING 18th October 2010
A possible way of dealing with the problems of Ripon centre’s traffic and parking problems, and making it more pedestrian-friendly, will be outlined at a meeting arranged by Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 28 October 2010, starting at 7.30pm.

‘Ripon Vision 2015’ is a proposal drawn up by Ripon resident Stanley Mackintosh, which sets out ideas for staged changes in the traffic patterns of Ripon and solutions to parking problems. Among its aims are the pedestrianisation of the Market Square and Kirkgate, the construction of a multi-storey car park and associated shopping area on the current car park behind Sainsbury’s store, and the closing of Minster Road to through traffic.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘This is a well-thought-out plan that would achieve many of the ideas that the Civic Society has put forward over the last few years. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY’S WEBSITE IN TOP NATIONAL COMPETITION 17th October 2010
Ripon Civic Society’s website is among the country’s best, after being announced as runner-up in a nationwide competition run by Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement.

The results of the competition, which was open to civic societies and trusts across England, were announced at Civic Voice’s annual general meeting in Peterborough. Civic volunteers chose a shortlist of three websites – Ripon, Brighton and Wakefield. More...

RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY’S AWARDS MARK DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP 8th October 2010
Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards, which commend good design and craftsmanship, have been presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel on THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER, with the city’s Workhouse Museum receiving a number of accolades, including the award as Best Project of the year.

The Workhouse Museum won the Price Flagon as Best Restored Building, while its newly-created garden won the Younge Rose Bowl for Best Environmental Improvement. The Craftsmanship award also went to the Museum, for the new railings along its frontage, made by craftsman Tim Harrison.

Booth’s supermarket, west of the Market Square, and the adjacent retail units were named Best New Building and received the Hazzard Silver Cup. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY’S AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED 27th September 2010
Good design and craftsmanship will be rewarded at a ceremony in Ripon’s Spa Hotel on Thursday 7 October when Ripon Civic Society presents its annual awards.

The Civic Society Awards are presented in a range of categories for new buildings and for restoration, for environmental improvement, for craftsmanship and the best shop front. Projects have to have been completed within the last year to be eligible. More...

WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY SUBJECT OF SOCIETY’S NEXT TALK 24th August 2010

Ripon Civic Society’s meeting after the summer break will be on Thursday 2 September, when Ruth Annison will talk about ‘The Wensleydale Railway’.

One of the leading players in getting the railway line through the Dales restored and re-opened for passengers, Mrs Annison will talk about the line’s history, its current operations and the future plans, which should see the line finally linking into Northallerton and, eventually, extending to the Settle-Carlisle line at Garsdale.

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Grove, Ripon, and starts at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome, and pay £2.00 for the evening.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The Wensleydale Railway is our nearest ‘heritage line’, and we are looking forward to hearing about its pleasures and of the hard work that has gone into its restoration.’

• The meeting in October is the Society’s Annual Awards Ceremony. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY OBJECTS TO ‘BACKWARD STEP’ PLANS FOR HISTORIC KIRKGATE 18th June 2010
Ripon Civic Society has criticised plans by North Yorkshire County Council to replace the block paving on part of the city’s historic Kirkgate with a standard road surface, saying doing so is a short-term solution that will mask a greater problem – the use of the street by heavy and unsuitable traffic.

In a letter to NYCC’s Highways department, the Civic Society acknowledges that there is a problem with the blocks and that something needs to be done, but says that the cause of the damage should be addressed, rather than trying to solve the problem in the way the Council proposes.

The Society says that the movement of the blocks is caused by the continued passage of vehicles that are unsuitable for the small streets of the city. In particular, it criticises the routeing of the No 36 bus down the upper part of Kirkgate and Duck Hill, which it calls ‘the most damaging of all the vehicle movements in the city.’

A different route for the bus, and for heavy goods vehicles, which avoids that section of the city, should be sought, says the Society. More...

TELEVISION HISTORIAN TO GIVE RIPON TALK ON THE NORTH’S TOWN HALLS 15th May 2010
Jonathan Foyle, Chief Executive of the influential World Monuments Fund Britain, is to give a talk for Ripon Civic Society about the 19th-century town halls of the North on Friday 11 June, as part of the Society’s occasional ‘Celebrity Lecture’ series.

Dr Foyle, an architectural historian who is well known for his regular appearances on television, especially in ‘Time Team’, ‘The House Detectives’ and ‘Meet the Ancestors’, is currently making a series for BBC4 on town halls. The title of his illustrated talk is ‘Palaces for the People’, and he will place some of the 19th-century’s greatest public buildings, including the town halls in Leeds and Halifax, in their political and architectural context.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading organisation for the protection of exceptional works of architecture. More...

WALLED GARDENS TALK FOR CIVIC SOCIETY 26th April 2010
The History of Walled Gardens’ is the subject of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 6 May.

Barbara Hickman from The Helmsley Walled Garden is the speaker, and she will trace the origins of walled gardens and look at their development from the earliest times. She will also talk about the history and recent restoration of the Helmsley Walled Garden. More...

OBELISK ARCHITECT SUBJECT OF SOCIETY’S TALK 28th March 2010
The story of the architect behind Ripon’s historic Market Square obelisk will be told on Thursday 8 April when Nicholas Hawksmoor will be the subject of a talk to Ripon Civic Society.

Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst, an architectural historian from the University of York, will speak about Hawksmoor’s career and his buildings. Hawksmoor was one of Britain’s greatest architects, and he designed the Ripon obelisk – the earliest free-standing obelisk in Britain – in 1702. More...

SOCIETY MEMBER TO GIVE PINFOLDS TALK 20th February 2010

An expert on Yorkshire pinfolds who is member of Ripon Civic Society will give the group’s next talk, on Thursday 4 March.

Professor Martin Curzon has made a special study of pinfolds, which are places where stray livestock was impounded. They are an ancient part of village and town life, first mentioned in the 12th century. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY’S TALK ON BRICKS AND BRICK-MAKING 26th January 2010
There is a great deal to learn about bricks – and Ripon Civic Society is offering everyone the chance to discover how bricks are made and used at its next meeting, on Thursday 4 February.

David Armitage from the York Handmade Brick Company, based in Alne, will be talking about the origins and production of bricks, about their history and their use today. He will look at some of the prestigious products for which his company has supplied its high-quality bricks – including the recent refurbishment of Ripon’s Workhouse Museum.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘Most of us take bricks for granted, but they have a very long and fascinating history, and are still the natural building material in many parts of the world. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY WELCOMES PLANNING APPEAL DECISION 26th November 2009

Ripon Civic Society has welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to back Harrogate Borough Council’s refusal of planning permission for four illuminated advertisement boards at the Broadway BP filling station on North Street.

The Society objected to the original proposal for the signs, which would have added to the clutter in the street. It pointed out that internally-illuminated signs are not permitted in the Ripon Conservation area, according the Harrogate Borough Council’s planning guidelines.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The rules about advertisements are in place to protect the city from unnecessary and disfiguring signs. More...

THE FORBIDDEN CORNER GIVES UP SECRETS IN SOCIETY’S TALK 26th October 2009


The secrets behind one of the quirkiest gardens in Britain will be revealed on Thursday 5 October, when Malcolm Tempest will give a talk called ‘The Forbidden Corner – the Architect’s Perspective’ to Ripon Civic Society.

He will give an insight into the planning and design process of as the four acre fantasy garden developed from an idea by Colin Armstrong for a private space to amuse him and his friends to a prime tourist attraction in the Dales, full of labyrinthine of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises.

The talk takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall on Victoria Grove in Ripon, starting at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome; admission for non-members is £2.00.

After the talk the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting, at which there will be a report on the year’s activities and a look forward to the 2009-2010 season.
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CIVIC SOCIETY AWARDS RECOGNISE THE BEST IN RIPON 2nd October 2009
Good design and craftsmanship were rewarded at a ceremony in Ripon Spa Hotel on THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER when Ripon Civic Society presented its annual awards.

Two projects associated with the city’s west of the Market Square development have received awards this year. The apartments that curve around the corner of Blossomgate have been named as Best New Building and receive the Hazzard Silver Cup, and Marshall Way has been named as Best Environmental Improvement, winning the Younge Rosebowl.

For the first time this year the judges have been able to present the Society’s Award for Sustainability. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY’S AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED 22nd September 2009

Good design and craftsmanship will be rewarded at a ceremony in Ripon’s Spa Hotel on Thursday 1 October when Ripon Civic Society presents its annual awards.

The Civic Society Awards are presented in a range of categories for new buildings and for restoration, for environmental improvement, for craftsmanship and the best shop front. Projects have to have been completed within the year that ended in April to be eligible. More...

RIPON’S ‘HIDDEN GEMS’ OPEN DOORS FOR HERITAGE WEEKEND 8th September 2009

Some of the city of Ripon’s hidden buildings will be revealed to the public on Sunday 13 September when the Gazebo, an 18th-century garden folly off Blossomgate, and the Masonic Hall in Water Skellgate open their doors to visitors.

The Edwardian Masonic Hall of the De Grey and Ripon Lodge will be opening for the first time, and visitors will be able to see some of the Masonic treasures of one of the oldest Lodges in Yorkshire, some dating from the 18th century. At the heart of the building is the Temple, where the ceremonies are carried out. More...

OPEN SPACE SIGNS AN UNNECESSARY INTRUSION, SAYS CIVIC SOCIETY 7th September 2009

Ripon Civic Society is urging Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) to think again about the signs recently placed in parks and open spaces around Ripon.

The Society is concerned that many of the city’s open spaces have been disfigured with the large white signs that announce the name of the area and the Council’s contact details. Many people have contacted to Society about the signs, saying they are an intrusion, are unsightly and are possibly a danger in themselves, as they are placed at head height for small children or those on bicycles. More...

VICTORIAN SOCIETY IS SUBJECT OF TALK 29th August 2009
Victorian architecture and its preservation will be the subject of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society on 3 September, when Richard Tinker of the Victorian Society will be the speaker.

Founded in 1958, The Victorian Society was inspired by the loss of many 19th-century buildings, then unfashionable. The cause celebre was the Euston Arch, built in 1837 as a grand entrance to Euston Station. More...

RIPON REMEMBERS ITS MARQUESS 10th July 2009

More than 100 people gathered at the statue of the 1st Marquess of Ripon in the Spa Gardens on Thursday 9 July to mark the centenary of his death.

At the event, organised by Ripon Civic Society, the crowd was entertained by Ripon City Band before the Society’s Chairman, David Winpenny, welcomed the guests. More...

RIPON MARKS ITS MARQUESS’S CENTENARY WITH A SPRUCE-UP 23rd June 2009

One of the most remarkable and honourable statesmen of the 19th century is getting a wash-and-brush-up ahead of the centenary of his death on 9 July, as the statue of the 1st Marquess of Ripon in Ripon’s Spa Gardens is cleaned in time for ceremonies to mark the occasion.

Ripon Civic Society has organised a short tribute to the Marquess by the statue, which has been in place since 1921. Civic and other dignitaries, along with members of the public, will gather at the statue at 7.00 pm on Thursday 9 July to hear the list of the Marquess’s dignities read, to pay tribute to his remarkable career and to hear a brief history of the statue itself. More...

WORLD EXPERT ON ARTS AND CRAFTS ARCHITECT TO GIVE TALK 27th April 2009

The Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb, friend of William Morris and one of the most important architects of the 19th century, will be the subject of a talk by Dr Sheila Kirk, world expert of Webb and his work, to Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 7 May.

Philip Webb is probably best known today for The Red House in south-east London, designed in 1858 for William Morris and his new wife Jane and now in the care of the National Trust. He also designed another National Trust House, Standen near East Grinstead in Sussex. More...

RIPON’S EDWARDIAN CABMEN’ S SHELTER BECOMES A LISTED BUILDING 3rd March 2009
The historic cabmen’s shelter in the Market Square in Ripon has been listed as a building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest by the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), following a request from Ripon Civic Society.

The listing, at Grade II, has been made on the recommendation of English Heritage. In November 2007 David Winpenny, chairman of Ripon Civic Society, compiled a dossier about the shelter for English Heritage, urging that the shelter be listed. More...

RIPON BATHS FIGHT GOES ON, VOW CAMPAIGNERS 19th November 2008
Ripon Spa Partnership, the group that brings together a wide range of organisations in the city to fight Harrogate Borough Council’s proposals to convert Ripon’s Art Nouveau Spa Baths to housing, has vowed to continue the fight after the Council voted in favour of its own officers’ plans.

Harrogate’s planning committee agreed at its meeting yesterday to allow the demolition of the rear building, which houses the swimming pool, and for the conversion of the front, the original Ripon Spa buildings, opened in 1904, to maisonettes. This would entail the loss of interior details in the wings, and would see an end to public access into the ornately-tiled pump room entrance. More...

RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF CARING FOR THE CITY 16th November 2008
Ripon Civic Society celebrated its 40th anniversary with a lunch at Ripon Spa Hotel, at which the guests of honour were Cllr Sydney Hawke, Mayor of Ripon, and the Dean of Ripon, The Very Rev’d Keith Jukes.

After the lunch, the Dean spoke of how important it is for everyone to be aware of the heritage that surrounds us, as well as to promote good design and the welfare of the community. More...

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY 10th November 2008
David Winpenny has been elected the new Chairman of Ripon Civic Society in succession to Mrs Dorothy Taylor, who stepped down at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on 6 November after 13 years in the post.

An old boy of Ripon Grammar School, David has been Co-Chairman of the Society for the last year. When he was in the Lower Sixth Form he attended the inaugural meeting of Ripon Civic Society in the Hugh Ripley Hall in 1968, and, forty years later, he is now its Chairman. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY SAYS FAREWELL TO ITS CHAIRMAN 9th November 2008
Ripon Civic Society said farewell to its longest-serving Chairman, Mrs Dorothy Taylor at its Annual General Meeting – and presented her with a craftsman-made glass bowl in appreciation of her work.

Mrs Taylor had been Chairman of Ripon Civic Society since 1995. During her chairmanship the Society has had many notable achievements, including its initiation of the refurbishment of the Market Square. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY RECEIVES COMMENDATION AS IT WELCOMES OTHERS 27th October 2008
Ripon Civic Society was commended for its work during the recent Civic Societies Week when it welcomed the Yorkshire and Humberside Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) to the city on Saturday 25 October.

Before the meeting at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, to which representatives of all the Civic Scotties in the county were invited, Ripon Civic Society representatives led a short walk round the historic core of the city. There was also a chance for them to be welcomed to the Workhouse Museum, before the business meeting in the afternoon.

The Peter Spawforth Awards for Achievement in Civic Societies week were presented at the meeting. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY WELCOMES NEW HARROGATE CHIEF EXECUTIVE 27th October 2008
The Annual General Meeting of Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 6 November will welcome the new Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council, Wallace Sampson, as its main speaker – and it will say farewell to its longest-serving Chairman, Mrs Dorothy Taylor.

Mr Sampson will speak to the meeting and answer questions from members at the meeting, which takes place in Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. This will be one of the first public meetings that he has addressed since he took up his new post. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY LUNCH CELEBRATES 40 YEARS’ SERVICE TO THE CITY 17th October 2008
Ripon Civic Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - and a celebratory lunch at the city’s Spa Hotel on Saturday 15 November will be one of the highlights of this special year.

The lunch will offer members and friends the chance to reflect on how Ripon has changed since the Society was founded in 1968, and to look forward to the future. More...

CIVIC SOCIETY AWARDS RECOGNISE THE BEST IN RIPON 2nd October 2008
Good design and craftsmanship were rewarded at a ceremony in Ripon Town Hall on THURSDAY 2 OCTOBER when Ripon Civic Society presented its annual awards.

This year a new award has been inaugurated. Named ‘The John Whitehead Award’ after the Society’s former Secretary and Chairman Dr John Whitehead, the Award, a craftsman-made silver bowl, is for any project, group, organisation or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to any aspect of Ripon that comes within the Civic Society’s remit. More...

RIPON’S ‘HIDDEN GEM’ GAZEBO OPENING A GREAT SUCCESS 16th September 2008
More than 100 people visited one of Ripon’s quirkiest buildings last Sunday when Ripon Civic Society opened the Gazebo, an 18th-century garden folly, as part of the national Heritage Open Days.


Many of the visitors to the structure, built in the early eighteenth century in the garden of a large house in fashionable Park Street, said that they never knew of its existence, and were pleased to be able to see it for the first time. More...

SOCIETY’S GIFT TO HELP REINSTATE MUSEUM RAILINGS 11th July 2008
A substantial donation recently made by Ripon Civic Society to the Ripon Workhouse Museum will help reinstate the lost railings outside the gatehouse in Allhallowgate.

As part of the Museum’s development the Trustees plan to have the railings, removed many years ago, replaced. This will enhance the setting of the museum and improve security. More...

FRIENDLY, QUIRKY RIPON PRAISED IN CIVIC SOCIETY SURVEY 23rd June 2008

Ripon is praised for its friendliness and its quirky, historical character by visitors and residents – but they are critical of the traffic management, difficulties with parking and the cleanliness of the streets.

The comments are the preliminary results of a survey undertaken by Ripon Civic Society to mark Civic Societies Week (21 – 29 June), which is to continue on Sunday. Civic Society Members asked passers-by what they considered to be the best three features of Ripon, what was the worst feature and what one thing should be done to improve the city.

Many people nominated the cathedral, the Market Square and the Spa Gardens as favourite features, with the riverside and canal walks also popular. More...

GHOSTS AND GHOULS HAUNT NEW RIPON BOOK 27th May 2008
Ghoulish tales and mysterious happenings in the local area are recounted in a new book, ‘Ghost Stories from around Ripon and other Dark Tales of the Past.’

Written by local historian Maurice Taylor and published by Ripon Civic Society, the book chronicles a multitude of odd events and ghostly appearances in the city. They include the white jockey seen in what was once the grandstand of the former Ripon Racecourse, now part of the Cathedral Choir School in Whitcliffe Lane; a khaki-clad World War I soldier who appeared in the projection box of the former Palladium Cinema in Kirkgate, and a hooded monk at St Anne’s Almhouses on High St Agnesgate.

There are stories of Ripon’s first Mayor, Hugh Ripley, appearing at the window of the Wakeman’s House, of clergymen and housemaids at the Old Deanery and of the Ripon Sin Eater who was summoned to the bedside of a dead person to eat a piece of bread and drink a tankard of ale placed on the corpse, symbolically taking in the sins of the deceased with the food and drink. More...

SPA BATHS ON TELEVISION - AGAIN 15th May 2008
Once again the Spa Baths story has been on television, with Look North's Peter Lugg filming Ripon Civic Society's Co-Chairman David Winpenny and Neil Grandison of the Ripon Spa Partnership visiting the spring at Aldfield from where Ripon Spa drew its water, and at the Spa Baths themselves.. . More...

SPA BATHS STORM HITS NATIONAL PRESS 4th April 2008
Today's Guardian has a piece by Martin Wainwright about the battle for the Spa Baths, and some audio.. . More...

CIVIC SOCIETY MAKES DONATION TO MUSEUMS TRUST 18th March 2008
Ripon Civic Society has made a donation to the future development of the Ripon Workhouse Museum, thanks to a bequest from one of its members.

The Society’s Executive Committee agreed to make the substantial donation at its recent meeting, in recognition of the work that Ripon Museums Trust has done in establishing the Workhouse, Police and Prison and Courthouse Museums, and to assist the Trust in its future plans. Ripon Museums Trust was set up in 1981 under the auspices of Ripon Civic Society.

A generous bequest to the Civic Society from one of its former members has enabled the donation to be made. More...

ENGLISH HERITAGE BOSS TO GIVE SOCIETY’S 40th ANNIVERSARY TALK 9th March 2008
The Chief Executive of English Heritage, Dr Simon Thurley, will be in Ripon on Friday 11 April to give a lecture to mark Ripon Civic Society’s 40th anniversary.

Dr Thurley, who was appointed to his post at English Heritage in 2002, will give a talk entitled ‘Goodbye Old England – does anyone out there care?’. The event takes place in Holy Trinity Church, Kirkby Road, Ripon, starting at 7.30 pm.

Well-known for his television appearances – including his Channel Four programme ‘Power Houses’ about the White House, the Kremlin and 10 Downing Street, ‘The Lost Buildings of Britain’ and the ‘Flying through Time’ series – Dr Thurley was previously Director of The Museum of London and, before that, Curator of Historic Royal Palaces. More...

SPA BATHS PETITION LAUNCHED 3rd March 2008
Ripon Civic Society, Ripon City Amateur Swimming Club, Harrogate & Ripon Water Polo Club and 'Save Our Spa' have joined forces to petition HBC for time to develop a scheme that will better the future of Ripon.

DID YOU KNOW that HBC are planning to:

* demolish the Ripon Spa Baths;
* sell the site for "luxury" housing;
* provide a new pool with fewer facilities and;
* build on the children's playing fields at Camp Close?

DID YOU KNOW that HBC are:

* implementing new legislation in October 2008 to curb 'greedy' developers;
* rushing these plans through to avoid being caught by their very own rules;
* failing to comply with a legal obligation to ensure that the Spa Baths has a future
use as a community asset.

Please support the petition - print out a sheet for friends and neighbours to sign - and return to the address on the form.

Together we can ensure a better future for Ripon.
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CIVIC SOCIETY’S FIRST WEBSITE GOES LIVE 12th February 2008
To celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, Ripon Civic Society has a new way of reaching its members and potential members – its first website, at www.riponcivicsociety.org.uk

The site, compiled and maintained by the Society’s Co-Chairman David Winpenny, was created by Toby Wallis of Ripon-based Wallis Communications, who is a Society member. As well as introducing the work of Ripon Civic Society it includes sections on current concerns like the Spa Baths and the Cabmen’s Shelter, latest news and comment on matters of interest in the local built environment.

David Winpenny says, ‘We have needed a website for some time, so I am delighted that we are now on-line. More...

MEETING WILL SEEK VISION FOR RIPON’S SPA BATHS 11th February 2008
The future of the Spa Baths is to be discussed at a public meeting hosted by Ripon Civic Society at Thorpe Prebend House, High St Agnesgate, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 21 February.

Under Harrogate Borough Council’s proposals the site is to be sold for housing, with the proceeds going towards the costs of a new pool elsewhere in Ripon. Along with many of Ripon’s citizens, the Civic Society believes that the Spa Baths building must be preserved, with public access to the fine interiors, and that a more imaginative use should be found.

Prompt action by the Society, which e-mailed all Harrogate Council Cabinet Members before a meeting at which they had planned to take a final decision on the site, resulted in a decision being deferred. More...

SPA BATHS SHOULD BECOME A CINEMA, SAYS CIVIC SOCIETY 25th January 2008
Ripon Civic Society has written to all Ripon City Councillors and to members of Harrogate Borough Council about the future of the city’s Spa Baths, urging them to think very carefully about the future use of this listed building if they decide to build a much-needed new pool elsewhere – and to consider the merits of using it to house a cinema.

The Civic Society is particularly concerned that there are proposals to demolish or partially demolish the baths and to use the site for residential use. More...

 
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