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Skatepark dream becomes a reality

3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE half-pipe dreams of skateboarders, BMX cyclists, scooter riders and skaters of having a better place to perform their tricks has become a reality.

Church calls on community to share their views

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

COMMUNITIES across the Ripon area are being invited to join in a consultation day about the future direction of the cathedral

Royal Canadian Air Force squadron returns to RAF Leeming to take part in exercise for first time since it was based there in WWII

The Northern Echo: SQUADRON RETURNS: Maritime Patrol Sqn, Royal Canadian Air Force at RAF Leeming for the first time since 1943 with their aircraft , CP-140 Aurora.

3:14pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A ROYAL Canadian Air Force squadron has returned to RAF Leeming more than 70 years after using it as a base during World War Two.

Restaurant becomes first in North East to land dining accolade

The Northern Echo: FINE DINING: Chef James Close, whose restaurant Raby Hunt has been named among Britain's top 30

5:43pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A SELF-taught chef has revealed the secret of his success after his restaurant was named among Britain's 30 best, just weeks after retaining its Michelin star rating.

Baking challenge raises dough for eye care cause

The Northern Echo: CAKE BAKE: Staff  at Scrivens raising funds with homemade treats. (L-R)  Adriana Cancel, manager Sohpie Muller and  Bethany Jones

12:24pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

STAFF at an opticians donned their aprons and swapped their lenses for rolling pins as part of a World Sight Day Challenge.

Tycoon to lead UKIP into General Election

The Northern Echo: POLITICAL DRIVE: Eurosceptic millionaire Paul Sykes, who will lead UKIP's general election campaign

5:19pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

ONE of Britain's richest men is set to lead the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) 2015 General Election campaign.

Cinema awarded after transforming city's nightlife

3:06pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A CINEMA that became Ripon's first in more than three decades has received an accolade after rejuvenating the city's night-time economy.

School remembers its fallen old boys and teachers

The Northern Echo: HEROES REMEMBERED: (L-R) Ripon Grammar School pupils Martha Barber and Shannon Millar with Old Riponian Claire Green at the First World War commemorative stone with poppies bearing the names of all those former pupils and masters who were lost.

1:15pm Monday 6th October 2014

A SCHOOL has paid a poignant tribute to its former pupils and staff who have their lives in the First World War.

Well-known clergyman calls it a day

3:37pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

ONE of North Yorkshire’s best-known churchmen is to retire.

Rollercoaster thrill-seekers showered in blood after ride decapitates deer

The Northern Echo:

12:58pm Sunday 28th September 2014

THRILL-SEEKERS on Europe’s longest roller-coaster were reportedly left showered in blood after the ride hit a deer that had strayed too close to the track, killing it instantly.

Car window smashed and petrol thrown in

6:03pm Thursday 25th September 2014

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after petrol was thrown into a parked car in an arson attack.

Hunts search for new racecourse

The Northern Echo: COURSE SEARCH: A member of the West of Yore hunt on Middleham Stables open day last year.

2:26pm Thursday 25th September 2014

TWO Yorkshire hunts are seeking a new venue to stage their point-to-point races following the closure of Whitcliffe Grange racecourse near Ripon.

Apple hurling across the River Ure

The Northern Echo: APPLES AT THE READY: The finalists at last year's apple throwing contest at Newby Hall

3:45pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AN APPLE-THROWING contest, involving competitors hurling windfalls across a river, is to form part of an autumn celebration at an historic home.

Understanding First World War impact on rural area

The Northern Echo: HERITAGE: A farmhouse in Wath, Nidderdale. People are being given the chance to research the impact of the First World War on Nidderdale

1:50pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE EFFECT of the First World War on the landscape and communities of a picturesque rural area will take place next month.

Dogs-owners from across the UK head for prestigious dog show

The Northern Echo: COMPETITION TIME: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers compete at Darlington Dog Show. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:15pm Friday 12th September 2014

ONE of country’s top dog shows welcomed canines large and small today (Friday, September 12).

RAF Leeming squadrons to march through Ripon

6:25pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

PERSONNEL from RAF Leeming are set to parade through Ripon to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

Choristers take on new unisex look

The Northern Echo: UNIFORM LOOK: Choristers at Ripon Cathedral demonstrate their new look.

2:46pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

CHORISTERS singing at one of the region’s great cathedrals have been given a new, uniform look.

Walled Garden scheme appeals for grant votes

The Northern Echo: GROWING CONCERN: Ripon Community Link members urge people to vote for it to receive a Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 grant

6:04am Monday 8th September 2014

A SCHEME which supports people with learning disabilities has been shortlisted for a grant of up to £3,000 to enable it to continue its community work.

Historic Ripon prison visitors to experience being locked up

The Northern Echo: LOCKED UP: A Ripon Museums worker poses as a19th Century inmate at the Police and Prison Museum

3:52pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

VISITORS to a 19th Century prison are being invited to experience what it meant to be locked up in a small cell.

Grandfather accused of 1970s abuse of boy described as a "gentleman of good character"

The Northern Echo:

2:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A GRANDFATHER accused of abusing a boy at his farm in the 1970s has been described as "a very straightforward and honest man" with "a strong moral base".

Mobile Post Office gets modern new look

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: The new van takes to the road.

1:37pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A LOCAL Post Office has received a special delivery that should help for smoother services for customers in the area.

Self-employed builder fined £1,000 for smashing jug in front of Tour de France peloton

The Northern Echo: LE TOUR: Chris Froome and his Sky teammates pictured earlier in the day at the top of Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:51am Friday 22nd August 2014

A MAN who smashed a glass jug in the road shortly before the arrival of the Tour de France peloton has been fined £1,000.

Cathedral sleep-in for Iraq

The Northern Echo: SLEEP-IN: Overnight vigil for Iraq.

3:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

ONE of the region’s ancient places of worship is responding to the current crisis in the Middle East by holding night of prayer for Iraq.

Deathwatch beetle leads to a journey back in time at historic 'Charlotte Bronte' home

The Northern Echo:

7:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROJECT to tackle a deathwatch beetle infestation at the historic house which inspired Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has unearthed 1,000 years of history at the site.

Black Dyke Band to stage cathedral concert

12:19pm Sunday 17th August 2014

ONE of the world’s oldest and most famous brass bands is heading for the region to perform at a charity concert.

Council chairman presents £21,000 to soldiers' charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY BOOST: Guests at the presentation ceremony in Catterick Garrison with, front row, from left, Colonel Stephen Padgett, Major Barney Barnbrook, Lord Crathorne, Councillor Bernard Bateman and Councillor John Weighell.

3:58pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A COUNCILLOR who spent a year tirelessly fundraising for a charity which provides vital help and support for wounded and sick soldiers has handed over a cheque for £21,000.

The spoken word beats pen and paper to bring A-level success

The Northern Echo: SPOKEN WORD: Aidan Clancy wearing the headset and microphone he used to take his A levels at Ripon Grammar School

2:04pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THE voice was mightier than the pen for student Aidan Clancy when he sat his A-levels.

Tour de France legacy at risk as thieves steal signs mapping route to sell online

The Northern Echo: TOUR LEGACY: Signs like these have been disappearing from the roadsides.

4:59pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE long-term legacy of the Tour de France is being put in jeopardy – by thieves seeking mementoes of North Yorkshire’s historic Grand Depart.

Motorcyclist airlifted from remote dale

The Northern Echo: RESCUE: The crew of the Great North Air Ambulance at Litton

4:42pm Sunday 10th August 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST had to be airlifted to hospital from a remote area of the Yorkshire Dales with serious leg injuries.

Body found near Brimham Rocks

The Northern Echo:

10:32pm Friday 8th August 2014

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a woman who went missing 14 years ago tonight said they had found a body close to a North Yorkshire tourist hotspot.

Chance for museum visitors to handle history

The Northern Echo: WARTIME OBJECTS: Martha and Catherine Johnson being shown a toy tank money box by learning officer Naomi Parsons during a wartime object handling session at the Workhouse Museum in Ripon. Picture: STUART BOULTON

3:15pm Friday 8th August 2014

FAMILIES are encouraged to pick up artefacts from the First World War at a museum this summer, for a poignant insight into the day-to-day reality of war.

Teens enjoy the adventure of a lifetime

The Northern Echo: ADVENTURE-BOUND: Some of the students from Ripon Grammar School who are spending four weeks in Nicaragua and Costa Rica this summer, (L-R) Patrick Moon, Josh Belward, Lauren Pybus, Erin Fowler, Lucy Kettlewell and Will Stobbs.

2:35pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

INTREPID young travellers have embarked on the four-week journey of a lifetime to the jungles and volcanoes of South America.

Mayor with a gambling problem brought disgrace to his office by pocketing ice cream cash

The Northern Echo: UNFORGIVEABLE OFFENCE: Andrew Williams

1:48pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A FORMER Mayor who was convicted of pocketing ice-cream cash from a Jubilee gala has been ordered to do unpaid work to pay back his local community after a judge told him he had brought disgrace on his office.

New link-up enhances services at pharmacy

The Northern Echo: NEW SERVICES: Radio presenter Alex Cann cuts the ribbon with staff members (left to right) Fiona Milner, Valerie Goodman and Zoey Fiddes.

12:50pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

A CHEMIST’S shop in Ripon is taking a new approach to community health.

Heritage menu created from a Victorian workhouse prison garden for a special dinner party

The Northern Echo: GARDEN DINNER PREPARATION: Volunteer gardener Mick Allison dressed in Victorian costume with chef Matthew Lockwood at the Ripon Workhouse Museum garden

2:08pm Friday 1st August 2014

A PRISON museum’s Victorian kitchen garden is to be put back to full usage after a local chef designed a menu incorporating its rare produce.

Students take on eco-challenge

The Northern Echo: ECO-CHALLENGE: Ralph Lockey (left) and Harry Canning put the finishing touches to their team's design at Ripon Grammar School's Building for the Future challenge.

1:51pm Monday 28th July 2014

STUDENTS have been building on their technology and engineering expertise in a challenge designed to take their thinking into the future.

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.



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