On the 9th of September Ripon Cathedral will hold a special service to mark the fact that Queen Elizabeth II will have become the longest-serving British Monarch. This date marks the fact that the Queen will have reigned longer than her Great Great Grandmother, Queen Victoria who reign for 63 years and 216 days.
During her time on the throne the Queen has had a total of 12 Prime Ministers and 6 Archbishops of Canterbury serve under her. She has attended an estimated 25,500 official engagements in Britain, conferred 400,000 honours and awards and received 3.5 million items of correspondence. The Queen has also hosted more than a million garden party guests, a large and varied amount of foreign heads of state, two popes and five astronauts.
The Palace have said that there will be no national day of celebration, as all their efforts are being focused on the Queen’s 90th Birthday, which will occur next year on the 21st of April.
The service at Ripon Cathedral , will be an opportunity to give thanks and prayers for the years of dedication and service the Queen has given to the country. Dean John says: I am delighted that the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire has invited Ripon Cathedral to host this significant service. It is clear that the nation will be doing more to celebrate the Queenâ€™s 90th birthday next year. It is appropriate, however, that we should pause on this historic day to thank God for the Queenâ€™s unparalleled service to this country and to celebrate Her Majestyâ€™s inspiring commitment to duty over so many years. The service will take place on the 9th of September at 6pm all are welcome to attend.
We may not all have been to see the poppies in London, or been lucky enough to receive one of the ceramic poppies, but the time is here again when volunteers are needed to sell poppies for the British Legion.
Poppy Appeal Coordinator, Bob Chamley is looking for volunteers to sell Poppies at Morrison’s Boroughbridge Store starting on Monday 2 Nov until Saturday 7 Nov.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for a two hour slot should contact Bob on 01423 324608.
After a break for the month of August the Walking for Health Walks start again on Wednesday, September 2nd. Each of the short walks starts from Boroughbridge Library at 10.30am. There is a walk every Wednesday.
Posters advertising the walks are in the church lane surgery, the library and throughout the area.
Walk dates: September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th etc.
After 20 years in Boroughbridge, Philip and Nicola Smith are moving to the parish of Bedfont, in the London district of Hounslow to continue their ministry. Philip has been first Curate, then Vicar of the United Parish of Boroughbridge, Aldborough, Roecliffe, Minskip and Dunsforth since 1995 and Nicola has
served on Boroughbridge Town Council as well as working as a nurse at Harrogate District Hospital.
Various events have been taking place as Philip has been taking his last service at each of the churches. At St James’ Church, Boroughbridge, on 16th June, a BBQ was held after the family service, and Philip was presented with a set of books.
We all wish Philip and Nicola well, and look forward to seeing them when they visit our area in the future.
The Walkers are Welcome network of towns from the Northern region had a get-together last Monday.
As Boroughbridge is one of the over 100 WaW towns nationally, 3 members of the Boroughbridge Walks Group went along to Kirkby Stephen where the event was held. They enjoyed an interesting walk on some of the many paths around the town, including (a very small) part of the famous coast to coast walk. Time was also given over to meeting with the representatives of the other 20 towns and discovering what was happening elsewhere within the network. After a lovely buffet lunch it was time for more networking and gathering names of new friends and plenty of new ideas before heading off homewards.
Is your child a budding Wayne Rooney or a Yorkshire Messi? Then Boroughbridge Junior Football Club under 11s would like to hear from you.
The team trains at Boroughbridge High School each Saturday morning and plays teams from across the area in the Harrogate District Junior Football League, formed to develop players with a range of abilities. The coaches are Football Association trained and Boroughbridge Junior Football Club is a FA Charter Club with opportunities for players to develop up to 16 years.
To find out more contact Nigel Charlesworth on 07964 900 861.
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.
Why 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.
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 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!”
“It is July 2015, 150 years since Lewis Carroll first told the story of ‘Alice In Wonderland’, and a surprising discovery of an ancient manuscript under the floorboards of the old Bay Horse has leading experts believeing the original story took place right here in the Ure Valley….”
Are you a young actor aged 8-16 who would like to learn new theatre skills and take part in an original new play based on Lewis Carroll’s ˜Alice in Wonderland”? The theatre sessions
and performance will be directed by professional Theatre Director and experienced Youth Theatre Leader, Sue Rosser and will take place at Green Hammerton Village Hall, from 10am until 4pm daily from 20th to 24th July, with an
evening performance on the final day. Cost is £65 for the week.
You will need to bring a packed lunch but drinks and snacks will be provided.
Places are limited so please do register your interest now, or by 1st July when we will confirm places and process payment. Feel free to call our Company Administrator Claire Jeffrey on 01423 339168 or email email@example.com
Be a Record Breaker at your library this summer! Summer is here and holidays are on the horizon; that special time of year when children aged from 4 to 11 take up the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries. This year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records – the global authority in record-breaking achievements to establish a “Record Breakers” themed Challenge and North Yorkshire libraries are gearing up to encourage young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the annually published Guinness World Records Books.
Organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual Summer Reading Challenge, is simple and fun and free to join.
All children have to do is sign up at their local library and read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way. Children who complete the challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal. Reading together as a family helps children to enjoy books, so why not join the library at the same time and complete the six book challenge together?
The “Record Breakers” Challenge starts on Saturday 11th July and ends on 12th September.
There are also a number of related activities taking place in July and August at local libraries. There will be a drop-in Lego session “Record breaking Lego” build the tallest tower or the biggest building at Boroughbridge Library on Monday 10 August from 2.30-3.30.
Ring the library on 01609 536629 for further details.
Staff and Summer Reading Challenge volunteers will be on hand to provide help and guidance. If you’d like to know more about volunteering and are aged from 13-24 please ask at your local library.
Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence.
Join in and set yourself your own challenge!