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Outgoing council chairman raises £22k for wounded soldiers

The Northern Echo: CHARITABLE WORK: Councillor Bernard Bateman

4:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A COUNCILLOR has paid tribute to the courage of those serving in the Army by raising £22,000 for a charity which supports wounded and sick soldiers.

Ripon Cathedral enthronement completes ceremonies for new Bishop

The Northern Echo: BISHOP NICK: The Right Reverend Nicholas Baines during his enthronement at Ripon Cathedral. Picture: STUART BOULTON

9:01pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A CEREMONY at Ripon Cathedral completed the enthronement of a new bishop for a new super diocese in Yorkshire.

Clergy abseil off cathedral roof to boost charity

The Northern Echo: HOLY HEIGHTS: The Reverend Stephen Burgess abseils off the roof of Ripon Cathedral

2:34pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A CANON, a vicar and a verger have joined a group of 40 fundraisers in abseiling off a cathedral.

Estate agents use unmanned aircraft to market historic property

The Northern Echo: HIGHER LEVEL: The drone Skyvantage uses to produce bird's-eye-view films of properties

6:57am Wednesday 9th July 2014

WHILE many estate agents say the days of posting details to prospective buyers have largely been ended by the digital revolution, one firm has taken the use of technology to a higher level.

Teenager girl cyclist seriously injured in traffic accident

1:56pm Friday 4th July 2014

A TEENAGE cyclist has suffered what has been described as serious life-changing injuries after a traffic collision

Butchers create pie-cycle to herald Tour de France

The Northern Echo: GRAND DE-PIE: Richard Mudd and Pauline Horner, of Appletons butchers with the pie-cycle to celebrate the Tour de France visiting Ripon

4:33pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A BUTCHER'S business which has been trading since boneshaker bicycles were invented has created an edible pie-cycle, to mark the arrival of the Tour de France.

Fun day raises grand total for sick children's charity

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING DAY: Brooke Horsburgh, who died in February 2012

12:32pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A CHARITY fun day in memory of a baby who died after developing breathing and feeding difficulties has raised £1,053 for a charity which supported her family in hospital.

Abbey proves an inspiration to youngsters

The Northern Echo: ABBEY PROJECT: Caitlin Johnson, Farnaaz Ghazaani and Ryan Johnson are inspired by the ruins of Fountains Abbey .

4:58pm Sunday 29th June 2014

THE historic surroundings of Fountains Abbey were the perfect inspiration for students in a unique new link between the World Heritage Site and Ripon Grammar School.

Disgraced former mayor faces jail for pocketing ice cream takings

The Northern Echo: Andrew Williams

6:27pm Friday 27th June 2014

A FORMER mayor who pocketed an ice-cream man's takings faces jail because he “brought disgrace” on the office, York Crown Court heard.

Councillor takes to stand in defence of accused Mayor

The Northern Echo: Andrew Williams

5:13pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A SENIOR councillor has told a jury that a former city mayor would have told her if he had been handed money during Royal celebrations in her city.

300 jobs to be created at new industrial estate after £900k grant

The Northern Echo: GROWTH PLAN: Barry Dodd

4:14pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

UP to 300 jobs look set to be created at a new industrial estate after its owners won a £900,000 grant to develop the site.

Long-serving councillor tells court he saw accused mayor pocket ice cream money

The Northern Echo: Andrew Williams

10:10am Wednesday 25th June 2014

A LONG-serving councillor has told a jury he saw the Mayor of Ripon take money which was due to the city's council from an ice cream vendor and put it in his pocket.

Cafe offering help to offenders and vulnerable adults set to open in Ripon

The Northern Echo: GRANT HELP: Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, front row, second from left, with Ripon Walled Garden staff and service users

4:54pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A CAFE which helps vulnerable to enter the job market is set to open in the summer after landing a £15,000 grant.

New Dean of Ripon installed

The Northern Echo: RIPON CATHEDRAL: The new Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Dobson, with the Bishop of Knaresborough, Right Reverend James Bell

1:45pm Sunday 15th June 2014

A NEW Dean of Ripon has been installed at an historic service at the cathedral.

Business park to expand in a bid to retain jobs and build local economy

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS DEAL: Jonathan Lupton, operations director, Econ Engineering and Andrew Spedding, Oaks Landscaping.

3:04pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

BUSINESSES based at a Ripon trading estate have said they are delighted the site is to be extended to help boost jobs and the local economy.

Former Darlington clergyman set to take cathedral role

The Northern Echo: NEW ROLE: Canon John Dobson, with wife Nicola outside Ripon Cathedral

6:44pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A PROMINENT North-East clergyman is set to be installed to a senior post in the Church of England.

World's oldest tractor on show at festival

The Northern Echo: HISTORIC VEHICLES: Tractor Fest organiser Maurice Craven with some tractors from the 1930's which are on show    Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:18pm Friday 6th June 2014

A RECORD number of exhibits, including the world’s oldest tractor, will be displayed at a festival to celebrate agricultural and vintage vehicles.

Village hall project contends for national accolade

3:07pm Friday 6th June 2014

THE management of a village hall which is marking its 60th anniversary has been shortlisted for a national award.

Leading names feature in sculpture show

The Northern Echo: MODERN SCULPTURE: Guests enjoy a close-up view of one of the works on display at Newby Hall.

2:01pm Thursday 5th June 2014

AN exhibition of contemporary sculpture featuring the work of a number of well-known artists has opened at Newby Hall, near Ripon.

Racecourse is chosen as one of Yorkshire's official Tour de France spectator points.

The Northern Echo: OFFICIAL HUB: Ripon Racecourse has been named as an official spectator hub

5:57pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A RACECOURSE has been selected as one of just 17 official spectator hubs to watch the Tour de France when the Grand Depart hits North Yorkshire in July.

Appeal after man abuses horse rider

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: Bid to trace abusive driver.

1:03pm Friday 23rd May 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after an incident of dangerous driving in which a woman horse rider was verbally attacked.

Museum plea for knitters to help decorate bikes ahead of Tour de France

The Northern Echo: CHAIN REACTION: Naomi Parson, learning and access officer at Ripon Museum Trust, with bikes that have been decorated using traditional yarn skills

3:30pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

A MUSEUM with a grim history is set to brighten its buildings ahead of the Tour de France passing by.

'Death row' animal rescue group closes after founder convicted of neglect

The Northern Echo: DEDICATED GROUP: Members of the Emergency Animal Rescue Service, with founder Dorothy Harland (foreground), after it was launched

6:02am Tuesday 20th May 2014

VOLUNTEERS have spoken of their devastation at closing an animal rescue group after the group’s founder was convicted of neglecting her pets.

School appoints its "Magnificent Seven"

The Northern Echo: NEW TEAM: The new school officers who have been appointed to lead the student body at Ripon Grammar School 2014-15, (L-R) Joseph Lewis, Tom Stringer, head boy Nicholas Edwards, head girl Lauren Langham, Melody Swiers, Sophie Charlton and Hannah Moss

1:47pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

SEVEN role models have been selected to lead and represent the student body at their school.

Fabric enthusiast has completed an intricate quilt - 18 years after starting the project

The Northern Echo: QUILT ART: Ena Bradley with the completed quilt, which depicts the Ripon Hornblower.

2:14pm Friday 9th May 2014

A FABRIC and sewing enthusiast who has collected sentimental pieces of material since she was just three years old has completed an intricate quilt after starting it 18 years ago.

Double success for top-rated school

The Northern Echo: Engineering their future: (back row L-R) Ripon Grammar School headmaster Martin Pearman, Bob Hinchcliffe of Quasar Automation, and Mike Barker, head of engineering at Ripon Grammar School; (front row L-R) James Walker, David Stone, Zak O’Brien and Z

2:24pm Thursday 8th May 2014

A HIGH-achieving North Yorkshire school has been named as one of the most popular in the country.

First World War remembered in Colsterdale

The Northern Echo: Royal British Legion
Poppy Appeal (4353536)

6:42pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

ARCHAEOLOGY-themed events will be taking place alongside a First World War research excavation later this month.

Car boot sale

6:18pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

A car boot sale will be taking place at Northallerton Town Cricket Club, off Farndale Avenue, Romanby, Northallerton on Sunday, May 18.

Son of one of Britain's richest men fined £40k after stripping Regency home of its historic features

The Northern Echo: Copt Hewick Hall

10:30pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

THE son of one of Britain's richest men has a criminal conviction and was fined £40,000 after stripping a listed country mansion of its historic assets - without permission - so his mother could move in sooner.

Skatepark dream becomes reality after project lands £100k grants

The Northern Echo: PROJECT: An artist's impression of the new skatepark in Ripon.

12:38pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

A LONG-HELD ambition to replace a crumbling skatepark will become reality after winning £100,000 of grants and gaining planning permission.

Motorcross bikes worth £11,000 stolen from shed

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

11:46am Monday 28th April 2014

TWO motocross bikes with a combined value of £11,000 have been stolen from an insecure shed. Thieves climbed over a courtyard wall in Barbeck, Thirsk, at 11.30pm on Monday, April 21, and left with the orange 450cc and 350cc KTM SXF motocross bikes through the courtyard’s gate with the bikes towards Thirsk Industrial Park. The 350cc model has the engine number 089350N. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or email

Learning disabilities charity appeals for material donations for new centre

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING DRIVE: Brendan Appleyard, James Davies and Sue Nattrass, of Howdens, look at elements of the new Ripon Community Link kitchen with the charity’s members Richard Butterworth, Matthew Jeffries and Simon Wiltshire.

1:02pm Friday 25th April 2014

A CHARITY is appealing to businesses to help it offer a greater range of support to adults with learning disabilities.

Himalayan hideaway in North Yorkshire reopens

The Northern Echo: Peter Roberts, owner of the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, with one of the park's permanent sculptures by artist Mark Coreth. This year the park will also have chainsaw sculptures created by college students

1:19pm Friday 25th April 2014

CHAINSAW carvings created by college students are some of the new attractions at a garden attraction which has just reopened.

Building society staff mark anniversary with Alice In Wonderland party

The Northern Echo: ANNIVERSARY: Staff at the Ripon Yorkshire Building Society branch dressed as Alice In Wonderland characters.

4:04pm Thursday 24th April 2014

STAFF at the Yorkshire Building Society branch in Ripon have marked its first anniversary with an Alice in Wonderland themed party, dressing as characters from Lewis Carroll’s most famous work in honour of the time the author spent in the city. It is said the idea of Alice following a white rabbit down his hole came from the tunnel leading to Ripon Cathedral’s underground crypt.

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Farm services firm staff take on cycling challenge for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING AIM: Ripon Farm Services staff ahead of their Coast to Coast cycle challenge

3:12pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

STAFF at an agricultural machinery retailer are set to cycle the Coast to Coast route to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Spring Classic Car and Bike Show held in Ripon next month

The Northern Echo: Some of the cars on display at last year's show

4:38pm Monday 21st April 2014

ENGINES will purr and paintwork will gleam as a host of classic cars and bikes converge on Ripon next month.

Keeping blacksmiths' skills alive - leading authority to give talk

The Northern Echo: Chris Topp, a leading authority on ironwork and blacksmiths' skills

5:23pm Sunday 20th April 2014

ONE of the world’s leading architectural metal workers is to give a talk in North Yorkshire.

Tour de France opening ceremony tickets to go on sale

The Northern Echo: Tour de France champion Chris Froome

12:04pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TICKETS for the opening ceremony of the Tour de France will go on sale this week.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Victims get chance to improve their treatment

The Northern Echo: Julia Mulligan

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

VICTIMS of crime, road accidents and anti-social behaviour are being given a bigger say in how they are treated after such incidents.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

Business group claims Ripon is going downhill due to a lack of leadership

The Northern Echo: CONTROVERSY: Ripon and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce has claimed the city is being failed by its political leaders.

3:40pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A GROUP of businesses has sparked a war of words by claiming a city is being failed by its political leaders.

Thieving company accountant must pay back £21,923 to valve maker

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

5:24pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A THIEVING accounts administrator, whose activities almost brought the company employing her to its knees, is to pay back £21,923.

New super-diocese will be the biggest in the country

The Northern Echo: The new super-diocese and its five Episcopal areas.

1:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

ECCLESISTICAL history will be made on Easter Sunday, with the launch of the Church of England’s first new diocese since 1929.

Tractors converge on North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Tractor enthusiasts gearing up for this year's Tractor Fest at Newby Hall.

1:34pm Monday 14th April 2014

TRACTOR fans are preparing to converge on North Yorkshire for a major gathering of the mighty machines.

Dales visitor attraction opens adventure sport walkways

The Northern Echo: ADVENTURE SPORT: Via ferrata at How Stean Gorge.

6:27pm Friday 11th April 2014

VISITORS to a gorge will be invited to test their mettle on high level cable walkways.

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