Treasure Hunt Winner

treasurehuntHow’s this for a happy little face? Emma’s family won the Town Centre Treasure Hunt at last week’s Boroughbridge & Lower Ure Valley, Walkers are Welcome Easter Walking Festival. They come from Selby so great to see that the Festival is achieving its aim of attracting “out of towners” to our lovely home! Emma’s prize was a hamper full of goodies from a number of shops in the town and it was an absolute joy to see how happy it made her to receive it.

The hamper was made up with kind contributions from Baileys of Boroughbridge, Boroughbridge Hardware, K&G Farrers, ThinkFink, Gilchrists Family Bakers and Tearoom, Issima, Pybus Newsagents and Sweet FINK, but thank you to all the traders in the town who helped to mark the festival throughout the weekend.

From Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade @ChamberOfTradeBoroughbridge

Boroughbridge High School receives Rotary Donation

Rotary prize 1On Wednesday 3rd May, students of the School Council at Boroughbridge High School were delighted on behalf of the school to receive a cheque from the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels for £300. Their kind donation will be used to purchase equipment for the school music department and will benefit all students. Student Councillors are shown here receiving the cheque from the club President Bernard Bateman and  Martin Brizzolara, alongside Deputy Head Teacher Kathryn Stephenson.

Jennyruth Workshops Open Day

image002Jennyruth Workshops is holding an OPEN DAY at
Unit 5, Red House Farm, Bridge Hewick, Ripon, HG4 5AY on Thursday 15 June 2017 from 10am to 1pm. Come and join us to celebrate some of our achievements and see us in action in the workshops. Refreshments served throughout.
Don’t miss it, it is always a fun event, with a great atmosphere and open to all. Enquiries: Tel. 01765 606620 or email info@ jennyruth.co.uk

Folk Nights at St Wilfrid’s Community Centre

An evening of live music is held on the last Friday of each month at St Wilfrid’s Community Centre,
Trinity Lane, Ripon. New performers are welcome or just come along and listen.  £3 on the door. The next sessions will be on Friday 30th June and Friday 28th July. Contact Tish on tishhw@ waitrose.com.

Charity Healthy Coffee Morning

On Wednesday 14th September, there will be a Charity Healthy Coffee Morning held at Glebe Farm, Lower Dunsforth YO26 9RZ, from 9.00am until 12 noon. The event will be raising money for It takes seven for Skin Cancer Research. Treats, nails, holistic massage and much more. Please book in advance 07841 054967.

Marton-cum-Grafton opens its Glorious Gardens

On Sunday, 26th June 2016, twenty gorgeous gardens of Marton cum Grafton, North Yorkshire will be open to the public from 11.00am-5.00pm.

Roses on GarageThis fun-packed day, offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of the hidden and private gardens of this charming village. They come in all shapes and sizes and the village’s elevated position allows for spectacular views over to the Yorkshire Dales (west) and White Horse (east).  Marton cum Grafton’s Open Gardens is a wonderful day out which will entertain all ages.

garden_bOther entertainment includes a local art and crafts exhibition, a beautiful floral display in Christ Church along with plenty of village fete style fun and games on Grafton Green.  Once the stunning gardens have whetted the appetite, guests can enjoy delicious food in the Marton Village Hall, where lunch, cakes and drinks are available.  Whilst in Grafton the WI will be serving mouth-watering cakes and tea.  On Grafton Green BBQ sausages and ice creams will be on sale along with a sensational Pimms Bar.  A highlight for 2015 is a fantastic display of Vintage and Super Cars along with a chance to experience a ride in the local vicinity.

A courtesy bus service is provided, taking people from one end of the village to the other.  Car parking is on offer and wheel chair access is available to many of the gardens.

All proceeds from the event will go towards community projects – adults £5.00, children free.  Marton-cum-Grafton is conveniently situated between York, Harrogate and Boroughbridge; just off the A168 (junction 47 or 48 of the A1).

News from Brighter Boroughbridge & District

The days leading up to Wednesday 15th July were very busy for Brighter Boroughbridge and District members. They beavered away, particularly at Chatsworth Grove, where rain had encouraged the weeds to flourish and drought, prior to the rain, had killed some of the heathers and all the pansies.

judgingWhy was there so much activity? They were preparing for the visit of John Stanley, the judge for ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section of Yorkshire in Bloom. They met him in the car park and he was shown before and after pictures of the areas that have been improved. He took photographs, with his phone, of the wooden insects and the sign on the fence saying they were made by Jenny Ruth Workshops and painted by pupils at Boroughbridge Primary School. They then moved to look at Chatsworth Grove and he seemed to notice everything and asked lots of questions. Finally he was shown the roundabout with the four circles and poppies and he was complimentary. He said he had enjoyed looking at the circles when they were first designed for the Tour de France but this was the first time he had seen them close to, now transformed into a memorial garden. It was an enjoyable meeting and John was very encouraging. Naturally the group are hoping for a favourable judgement.

It is always good to relax after tension and the next evening the second social gathering for the group happened at The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge. On the first meeting there had been only eight or nine people but this time there were over twenty. There was a lot of laughter as Sharon Longcroft had devised yet another of her quizzes, very loosely based on horticulture. There was also a raffle and afterwards many people lingered and chatted, enjoying the relaxation. It was generally declared a good night out and the date of the next one, should you like to join them has been proposed as 1st October.

News from Ripon Cathedral

Following a very busy Saturday, when seventeen new deacons were ordained by the Bishop of Leeds, there was more excitement in Ripon Cathedral on Sunday the 5th of July in the afternoon when Canon Wendy Wilby was installed as an Honorary Minor Canon.

Canon Wendy WilbyCanon Wendy retired in July 2013 to Ripon from Bristol Cathedral where she served as the Precentor and as the Dean of Women’s Ministry. In recent months she has been providing welcome additional ministry at the Cathedral.

Dean John says “Canon Wendy Wilby has made a significant contribution to the life of Ripon Cathedral in recent months by serving as a residentiary canon during a vacancy. She has helped to support the worship and music, developed a pastoral care policy and helped to establish a system of Daily Chaplains. I am delighted that, while continuing as a canon emeritus of Bristol Cathedral,  she has agreed to become a honorary minor canon of Ripon. This affirms her continuing support of ministry within the Cathedral’s community, including coordinating the Daily Chaplains.”

Canon Wendy says “I really can say that I feel at home in Ripon Cathedral! I was ordained Deacon here in 1990 and Priest in 1994, which of course was a special year for women throughout the CofE. After many years of ministering in different dioceses, I find myself  retired and back in Yorkshire, so I couldn’t be more delighted to have been installed as an Honorary Minor Canon in a Cathedral that I love. It is good to be joining the Dean, Chapter and Cathedral community in its new strategy ‘Growing the Kingdom’ and I look forward to contributing in any way I can, whilst also putting my feet up a little and enjoying my windmill garden!”