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26th November 2012

The former Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Mick Stanley, will give an insight into what’s under the feet of the people of Ripon when he talks to the Ripon Civic Society at its meeting on Thursday 6 December.
Mick’s talk is called ‘Gypsum affects lives – the Geology of Ripon’ and it will look at how the rocks under the city and the area around have affected how Riponians have lived with and constructed their buildings from the rocks and geological deposits of the area.
He will look particularly at the problems and challenges of gypsum, which, as Ripon’s recent history has shown, can result in sudden holes and can badly affect buildings. Ripon is one of the places in the country most affected by gypsum, and it has had a marked effect on the city’s development.
David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘We all know that gypsum in Ripon is a problem, but Mick, one of our members, will show us just how difficult – or easy – the problem is to deal with. We are looking forward to what promises to be an ‘in-depth’ look into the geology of the area.’
Everyone is welcome to the talk, which takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6 December at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. There is a charge of £3.00 for anyone who is not a Civic Society member.

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