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!”