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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. He stressed the value of the role that the Civic Society plays in the city.

David Winpenny, Chairman of the Society, thanked the Dean for his words of encouragement, and underlined that the role of the Civic Society was as much to be vigilant in caring for the unregarded buildings and the textures of the city as it was to look after the larger and more prestigious structures. He also looked forward to encouraging younger people to become involved in the work of the Society.

He quoted a speaker at a recent conference of people involved in using old buildings to help regenerate towns and cities, who had said they were all ‘bloody-minded eccentrics’. As he proposed a toast to the Society, he said that he hoped that in 60 years’ time, when Ripon Civic Society celebrates its centenary, there will be other bloody-minded eccentrics who have continued the work of the last 40 years and made Ripon a city that is a model of how a local community cares for its buildings, its environment and its people.

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