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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. The winner is a ground source heat scheme at a restored building on Ure Bank Terrace. The owners received the Chapman Bowl.

Two special awards are given each year – the Helen Whitehead Salver and the John Whitehead Bowl, named after a Ripon couple who were both strong supporters of the society. The Helen Whitehead Award is for the best project of the year, and is this year awarded to Ripon Cathedral for its new chairs, lighting and kneelers. The John Whitehead Award is given to 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 year’s winners are Maurice and Dorothy Taylor, who have worked tirelessly for the city in many capacities, as historians, leaders of many groups and doughty fighters for the built and natural environment. Both are Vice Presidents of Ripon Civic Society.

To be eligible for an award, projects have to have been completed within the year that ended in April.

The winners this year:
The Hazzard Silver Cup for Best New Building was awarded to the Apartments on
Blossomgate/Marshall Way. In the same category a Commended certificate was presented
for ‘Yordale’, a terrace of three new houses on Princess Road

The Price Flagon for Best Restored Building was not presented this year, but Commended
certificates went to The Coach House on Ure Bank Terrace and 13 High Skellgate

The Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement was presented for the new relief
road, Marshall Way

The Craftsmanship Shield for Best Craftsmanship was awarded to Ripon Cathedral for the
new chairs, made by Treske of Thirsk. A Highly Commended certificate went to
B and A J Hartley for repairs to Abbot Huby’s Wall, and a Commended certificate for
the Kneelers in the Chapel of Justice and Peace in Ripon Cathedral

The Taylor Shop Front Award for the Best Shop Front was given to ‘The Greenhouse
on Blossomgate’. In the same category, ‘The Little Ripon Bookshop’ on Westgate and Ripon
Osteopathy on North Street were awarded Commended certificates

The Sustainability Award, to be presented to developments that exhibit environmental awareness
beyond the legal requirements, was awarded for the first time this year, to The Coach House on Ure
Bank Terrace for its ground source heat scheme. A Highly Commended certificate went to Ripon
Cathedral for its new lighting

The winner of The Helen Whitehead Salver for the best project was Ripon Cathedral for the chairs,
kneelers and lighting

Most of the awards and certificates were presented by the Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, David Winpenny; Maurice Taylor presented the Taylor Shop Front Award and Dorothy Taylor the Helen Whitehead Award. Mandy Whitehead then gave Maurice and Dorothy the John Whitehead Bowl in memory of her father.

David Winpenny, 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 were especially pleased to recognise the work that Maurice and Dorothy Taylor have done for the city and the Society, and we hope that their example – and the example of all the award winners – will encourage others to strive to make Ripon an even better place to live.’

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