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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. The Best Shopfront had joint winners, handbag and gift shop Tutto Bello and hair salon Talking Heads, which share the Taylor Award.

Two special awards are given each year – the Helen Whitehead Salver and the John Whitehead Bowl. Helen and John were both great motivators and office holders of the Society. The Helen Whitehead Award, for the year’s best project, went to the Workhouse Museum. 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 winner is Ripon Spa Gardens, for the work done by the Friends of Spa Gardens, by Harrogate Borough Council and by gardener Martin Gabriel in keeping them in magnificent – and award-winning – condition.

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

The winners this year:
The Hazzard Silver Cup for Best New Building: Booth’s Supermarket and adjacent retail units
Highly Commended: new houses in Robinson Court, Little Studley Road

The Price Flagon for Best Restored Building: Ripon Workhouse Museum
Highly Commended: Hazel House Guide Headquarters

The Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement: Ripon Workhouse Garden

The Craftsmanship Shield for Best Craftsmanship: Railings at Ripon Workhouse Museum – craftsman Tim Harrison

The Taylor Shop Front Award for the Best Shop Front: Tutto Bello, North Street and Talking Heads, Old Market Place
Highly Commended: Bernard Nicholson Funeral Directors, Water Skellgate

The Helen Whitehead Salver for the best project: Ripon Workhouse Museum for refurbishment, garden and railings

The John Whitehead Award: Ripon Spa Gardens

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 hope that their example will encourage others to strive to make Ripon an even better place to live.’

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