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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. The judges then chose the Brighton Society’s site as the winner, with Ripon alongside Wakefield as runners-up.

Announcing the results the Director of Civic Voice, Tony Burton, said, ‘Effective communication with both members and the public lies at the heart of successful local groups. The civic movement is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to recognise the achievement of volunteers working to improve the places where we all live.’

Ripon’s website has information about the Civic Society’s meetings, gives information about what the society does, including its campaigns for the welfare of the city, and provides an archive of the Society’s weekly newspaper column. There is also a blog of latest news.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, who ensures that the website is kept up to date, says, ‘We are delighted that our website has been recognised nationally – especially as we were up against stiff competition from Civic Societies that are much bigger than ours, and in much larger communities!. It is a valuable resource for our work and we are very grateful to Toby Wallis of Toby Wallis Communications in Ripon who helped us to put the site together.’

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