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Ripon Civic Society

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We are involved in many projects that benefit the city and the surrounding area.

Current and past projects include:

•  assessing planning applications and commenting on them to Harrogate Borough Council
•  advising on the setting up, enlargement and review of the city’s Conservation Area
•  commenting on the Borough’s Local Plan
•  putting up informative plaques on historic buildings around the city
•  compiling a photographic record of all Ripon’s Listed Buildings, of its alleyways and shop fronts
•  playing a major role in the restoration of the Market Square and the implementation of the central traffic scheme
•  setting up the Ripon Museum Trust

•  creating Allhallows Park out of former wasteland
•  restoring the 1911 Cabmen’s Shelter in the Market Square and donating it to Ripon City Council
•  publishing books and leaflets of local interest

The Society’s prestigious Annual Awards recognise the achievements of architects, builders, developers, craftsmen and the owners of property in enhancing the city and the villages around.

Houses & Apartments Blossomgate - WinnerOur Awards are presented for:

  • •  New Building
  • •  Refurbishment
  • •  Environmental improvement
  • •  Craftsmanship
  • •  Shop front improvement
  • •  Conservation/energy saving

    There is a special award - The John Whitehead Award - that is given to a project, group or individual that has made a special contribution to the environment of Ripon and the surrounding area.

    The best project may also be awarded The Helen Whitehead Trophy.

    The Chairman of Ripon Civic Society is on the board of the Greater Ripon Improvement Partnership (GRIP).

    Our CONSTITUTION is available here

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