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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.

This inaugural presentation is, appropriately, made to Ripon Museum Trust, which Ripon Civic Society and Dr Whitehead were instrumental in setting up and of which he was Chairman for many years.

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. From the winners the Society chooses one to be the winner of the prestigious Helen Whitehead Salver. This was given in memory of Dr Whitehead’s wife, and the Society is pleased to be able to remember two such active and influential members in this appropriate way.

The winners this year:
 The Hazzard Silver Cup for Best New Building went to the new houses Primrose Close, designed by Robin Hall Associates. In the same category Highly Commended certificates went to Hammonds Mews, off Magdalens Road and to Tower Court on Palace Road

 The Price Flagon for Best Restored Building was won by Allhallowgate Methodist Church for restoration and extension work. In the same category a Highly Commended certificate went to the adaptation of the original school buildings at the former Cathedral Primary School in Low St Agnesgate for housing.

 The Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement was presented to Ripon in Bloom, in recognition of its many years of caring for and encouraging people around the city to look after the environment. Highly Commended was the improvement of the courtyard at 33 St Marygate in conjunction with the redevelopment of the house and outbuildings.

 The Craftsmanship Shield for Best Craftsmanship was awarded to the House of Correction, St Marygate, for the new render applied in the traditional way.

 The Taylor Shop Front Award for the Best Shop Front was given to ‘Absolute Bliss’ in Allhallowgate. In the same category, ‘The Forge Farm Shop’ at the canal basin was awarded a Highly Commended certificate.

 The Sustainability Award, to be presented to developments that exhibit environmental awareness beyond the legal requirements, was not awarded this year because of the lack of information from developers about their projects.

The Awards and certificates were presented by the Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, Mrs Dorothy Taylor. The Vice Chairman, Nigel Rawlinson, described each project and explained why the awards had been given to them. He then announced that the winner of The Helen Whitehead Salver for the best project was the houses in Primrose Close.

David Winpenny, Co-Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘Our annual Awards Ceremony is one of the highlights of the year, and it gives special recognition to companies, groups and individuals who have contributed to the fabric and well-being of the city in a positive and sensitive way. We hope that the awards will encourage others to strive to make Ripon an even better place to live.’

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