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!”

Youth Theatre School for Summer

“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

“Record Breakers” Summer Reading Challenge at the Library

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!


If you are out and about in the countryside on Thursday evenings and you see a flash of hi-viz and bikes whizz past – that’ll be the Ripon Tandem Club!
11.06.15 (2)The club is run by Open Country, a disability charity from Harrogate. We help adults with learning disabilities and visual impairments who are not able to ride a solo bike, to get out into the countryside, get some fresh air and experience the freedom and exhilaration that riding a bike brings.
The evenings kick off at 6 o’clock; we bring the tandems over from Harrogate in our minibus and a bit of a frenzy ensues as everyone gets kitted out in hi-viz jackets and helmets, pilots (front riders) are paired up with stokers (back riders) and last minute adjustments are made to the bikes. We have a quick discussion about which route we are taking that evening and then we are ready for the off!
11.06.15 (13)We ride out from March to October and enjoy jaunts of up to 20 miles or so to places such as Staveley, Markington, Boroughbridge and West Tanfield. We try and stick to quiet country roads and bridleways and have been known to do a bit of ‘off roading’ and cycling through fords! There is always a pub stop along the way, which gives us a chance to get our breath back and have a bit of a catch up; the social aspect of the club is as important as the sport and fitness element. After the pit-stop, we are off again…a bit more cycling, then a race to the end, returning to Ripon for about 9 o’clock, weary but happy!
The club relies on a team of fantastic volunteers who pilot the tandems, and provide moral support to their stokers. The front riders have a range of fitness levels; from keen cyclists who would think nothing of a 50 mile ride before breakfast, to me who puffs and pants most of the way round! There is a great sense of camaraderie within the group and a supportive atmosphere; riding a tandem is a team effort and you will often hear encouraging shouts of ‘Keep pedalling!’ especially on any uphill sections.
11.06.15 (12)Our stokers really seem to enjoy the rides and I see a marked improvement in their fitness. Lucy Newell, a stoker from Copt Hewick has been coming out with the club for over a year. She says
“We always welcome new riders, whether you are disabled and would like to get out into the countryside, or you fancy having a go at piloting a tandem. If you are not sure if riding a tandem is for you, then you are welcome to meet us to have a spin on one of our bikes. We’d love to hear from you – it really is great way of keeping fit, whilst having some fun. In the meantime, if you see us on your travels do give us a wave and a word of encouragement!”
Open Country has been helping disabled people to access the countryside for 25 years and we run a fun activities programme all year long, suitable for all ages and abilities, ranging from walking and cycling to outings, wildlife study, outdoor pursuits and practical conservation work. In addition, we provide an advice service about access issues and creating paths accessible for everyone. We need to raise £150,000 each year in order to keep going. If you would like to make a donation you can do so online via Virgin Money Giving:  or by phone: text OCAP37 specifying the amount you would like to donate to 70070. Thank you very much.

Marton cum Grafton Opens its Glorious Gardens

garden_bOn Sunday, 28th June 2015, over 15 gorgeous gardens of Marton cum Grafton will be open to the public from 11.00am-5.00pm.
This 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.

PimmsOther 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 creamswill be on sale along with a sensational Pimms Bar.A highlight for 2015 is a fantastic display of Vintage and Super Carsalong 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.

News from Skelton CE School

The children of Skelton Newby Hall CE Primary School have had a busy month with numerous sporting fixtures ranging from football to golf and a lovely walk along part of the new Dog Kennel Lane route from Langthorpe to Skelton.

skeltonschoolOur Infants spent a wonderful day at the Ripon Walled Garden which was an opportunity to develop what they’ve been studying about plants in their science topic. The Juniors have had their annual residential trips – this year to Bewerley Park and East Barnby and some of our students are also joining children from Sharow, Bishop Monkton and North Stainley schools on a trip to France.

If you would like to learn more about our school then please take a look at our website
or give us a call to arrange to come for a look around (01423 322548)

Local Fashion Show Raises £1400 for Cancer Charity

Sue Timoney and Gracie (daughter)Having been diagnosed with skin cancer a year ago, Sue Timoney has not only tackled the illness head on, but she has also made it her mission to raise as much money as possible for research into the devastating disease.

As part of 12 months of fundraising for British Skin Foundation’s ‘It Takes Seven’ campaign, Sue organised a fashion show at The Dunsforth public house and restaurant that attracted 80 people and raised £1,400.

ELLA GEORGIA 2The second sell-out show of its kind in just six months saw Boroughbridge-based businesses Ella Georgia, Bean Vintage and Knaresborough based Sheer Bliss showcase an array of clothing, accessories, underwear and swimwear collections, which included designs straight from this seasons’ London catwalks. Watkins Wright Salon styled all 20 of the models hair, and the evening was a resounding success.

ittakes7_sueSue, who has recently set up her own fitness instructor business, has also run the York 10k, climbed all three of the National highest peaks within 24 hours and completed the Leeds half marathon in just over 2 hours. The total raised to date is £6,100, and plans are place for a Vintage Tea Party in July 2015. For more information email or call Sue on 07841 054967.

Dog Kennel Lane Exhibition

The Heritage Lottery Funded Dog Kennel Lane Project, which studied an area to the west of Langthorpe, is now coming to an end. Fieldwalk-at-Gills1-1024x600Boroughbridge and District Historical Society are holding an exhibition on Sunday 24th May, from 11.00am to 4.30pm in The Coronation Hall. The purpose of the exhibition is to launch the Heritage trail through to Newby Hall and a display the group’s findings. Aerial photographs, Finds, Oral History, details of the project, Maps and satellite imaging will be on display.
Kev Cale, Community archaeologist, will give a short presentation about the project. There will be a children’s quiz and refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

Great Success for Third Walks Festival

IMG_4005The third annual Boroughbridge Easter Festival of Walks has been even more popular than last year.  This according to the “Walkers are Welcome” group spokesman Barry McCallum after nearly 400 people took part in the 4 day event.

Mostly blessed with fine weather the various guided scenic walks attracted visitors from all over Yorkshire and beyond. One couple, en route from Nottingham to Newcastle stopped off in Boroughbridge for some lunch – and ended up on a 5 mile walk via Newby Hall estate! The nine free walks on offer included a nature reserve walk, a charity walk on behalf of JennyRuth Workshops, a Treasure Hunt walk for the children (of all ages) and the very interesting Myton on Swale walk.  Again the ever popular Ghost Walk around the town centre pulled in the crowds, to be regaled with more spooky stories from members of the Hightimers, the local amateur dramatics group. Also along with the walking festival there was a hugely popular 2 day beer festival, a quiz night, music concert and a film show.

ghost1We wanted to come up with a programme to appeal to everyone regardless of age or ability said Mr McCallum, and we are particularly grateful to all the sponsors who made it all possible. We believe that by having a festival like this that it encourages many visitors to the area, and judging by the comment made by many of the walkers, will also bring them back again.

With many people already asking about a 2016 event, and asking about sponsorship opportunities, it looks as though the Walkers are Welcome group will be starting to plan next year’s event soon!