Church about the Dale kicks off pilgrimage at Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral is perhaps one of the most Rural Cathedrals in the country and this was heavily in focus on Sunday the 23rd of August when they played a part in a new project that is set to help those who live in Wensleydale.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Church about the Dale project has been set up as an ecumenical project between the Methodist and the Anglican Church. To carry out this project an exhibition trailer will be travelling up and down the area of Wensleydale providing active support and advice on issues such as debt, isolation, poverty, farming and community.

Rev. Michael Hepper, who is the Area Dean for Wesley Deanery said “We are already involved with Hope Debt services, providing debt counselling and advice to the Dales. With the trailer, we can take the services out into the field and provide local advice and referral. In terms of isolation, we will be providing space when on tour for people to meet, to sit and to talk. We will also be taking referrals for visitors from the churches to call and help relieve isolation. With regard to poverty although we don’t have monetary resources, we do have the ability to signpost people on to other organisations and services such as food banks. Alongside this, the trailer will also provide an opportunity to show support and solidarity to the Farming community”.

To celebrate the fact that this new resource for Wensleydale is ready, the trailer visited the Cathedral as a starting point for the pilgrimage of Blessing which will take place between the 23rd of August and the 31st of August.

Canon Ruth Hind, Canon Evangelist, along with Rev’d Michael Hepper, Area Dean, were involved in the first service of the pilgrimage outside the west doors of the Cathedral on Sunday Afternoon. The service was a focus of blessing on all aspects of the area from Churches and Chapels, schools and hospitals to farmers and crops.

The Trailer will continue on pilgrimage throughout Wensleydale til the 31st of August when it will finish at the Jonas Centre with a final service followed by a barbecue.

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Aldborough Museum Mosaic Festival

This September the work of five Yorkshire Mosaic Artists will feature in a display on the site of the most northerly in situ Roman mosaics in the country. The Friends of Roman Aldborough are collaborating with Sue Kershaw and other members of the British Association of Modern Mosaics (BAMM) to show a range of designs some of which are contemporary, whilst others will have more than a nod to their earlier counterparts. A number of these mosaics will be on sale.

mosaicsSue will also be running a Mosaic Workshop on Saturday 5th September from 10.30 – 3.00pm in Aldborough Village Hall. Participants will be able to create their own design using a variety of materials or make one to an authentic Roman design that Sue has discovered on her many travels. She will also be making smaller mosaics with children who visit the museum on Sunday 6th September. (Booking essential for Mosaic Workshop only, £45 for FORA members,£50 for non-members.
The mosaics at Aldborough Roman site are amongst some of the most unique in the country.They include discoveries made nearly two hundred years ago by workmen burying a calf in the grounds of the local inn and others containing rare Greek inscriptions. Members of FORA will tell the stories behind these as part of the tours on both weekends of the festival.
Dr Will Wootton, lecturer in Roman Art at King’s College London will also be giving his talk ,“Paving Roman Aldborough: Mosaics and their Makers” on Saturday 5th September at 7.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall ( free to FORA members , £5 to non members).The talk will cover how and why mosaics were produced , concentrating mainly on Aldborough but including others in Roman Britain and the ancient Mediterranean.
As well as being open on both weekends, the museum site and mosaic exhibition will also be open to visitors on Tuesday 8th September. That evening Professor Martin Millett, Cambridge University and Rose Ferraby, who have been conducting archaeological surveys since 2009 as part of the Aldborough Roman Town Project, will return to St. Andrew’s, Aldborough at 7.30pm. Over the past six years they have discovered much about this Roman town which was a very important centre of administration for much of northern Britain. They will share their most recent findings and pose further questions which still remain unanswered with all those who attend (free to FORA members , £5 to non members).
Aldborough Roman Site, Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire – YO51 9ES

Cathedral Marks Britains Longest Reigning Monarch

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 Queen’s 90th birthday next year. It is appropriate, however, that we should pause on this historic day to thank God for the Queen’s unparalleled service to this country and to celebrate Her Majesty’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.

British Legion Poppy Appeal

poppy_appealWe 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.

Health Walks

walking4healthAfter 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.

Goodbye – and Thank You

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.

Walkers are Welcome Northern Get-together

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.

Boroughbridge Juniors FC on the look-out for new players

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.

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!”