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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.

'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.

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.

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.

Runner set to take on London Marathon barefoot, in fancy dress with arms tied together

The Northern Echo: INSPIRED: Jonathan Barrow trains barefoot ahead of the London Marathon.

11:06am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A CORPORATE strategy consultant says he will run the London Marathon barefoot, in fancy dress with his arms tied together if he receives £7,000 sponsorship to fund a dream holiday for a boy with cystic fibrosis.

Royal Engineer's bungee jump to boost Enzo stem cell appeal

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING INSPIRATION: Enzo Thompson.

12:50pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A SOLDIER has undertaken a bungee jump off Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge to raise funds for stem cell treatment for a toddler who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen during labour.

Tour de France legends attend 100 days countdown dinner

The Northern Echo: Former Tour de France cyclists England's Brian Robinson and France's Bernard Hinault, who won the race five times, on stage at Y14

4:51pm Friday 4th April 2014

FIVE-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault and British cycling legend Brian Robinson legends and celebrities have attended a dinner at Ripon Cathedral to mark the 100-day countdown to the Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Départ. The event saw Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and Tour organisers the Amaury Sports Organisation agree to deliver an international cycling race around Yorkshire from 2015.

North Yorkshire Police to be investigated by IPCC over way it dealt with Jimmy Savile child abuse allegations

The Northern Echo: Jimmy Savile

8:47pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

NORTH Yorkshire Police and the county's Crime Commissioner have asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate its handling of historic child abuse allegations involving Jimmy Savile and his friend Peter Jaconelli.

Diocese urges residents to grow poppies to mark First World War centenary

The Northern Echo: Children to take part in commemoration of centenary of Great War

2:59pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

POPPIES will be grown in churches and church schools as a joint act of remembrance for the centenary of the First World War.

Child abuse victim appointed by the Pope to special commission for child protection

The Northern Echo: Tink Palmer who set up the Marie Collins Foundation

7:10pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A trustee of a North Yorkshire-based charity who was abused as a child by a priest has been appointed by the Pope to a new international commission aimed at protecting children.

Events to mark First World War centenary

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

5:58pm Monday 31st March 2014

ONE of the region’s official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has put together a programme of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Farmer gives new life to unwanted tools

The Northern Echo: Mark Henshaw at work in his shed.

11:47am Friday 21st March 2014

A RETIRED farmer who has restored thousands of tradesmens’ tools for people in Africa is appealing for help to continue the charitable work.

Youngsters invited to play a part in Newby Hall Tractor Fest

The Northern Echo: Gearing up for this year’s Tractor Fest – local schoolchildren outside Newby Hall with Brian Chester, working steward with the Yorkshire Vintage Assocation.

3:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

YOUNGSTERS are being invited to play a crucial role in an upcoming celebration of the world of the tractor.

Yorkshire Ambulance Trust workers announce further strikes

The Northern Echo: Unite pickets outside Keighley ambulance station during the strike action taken on Saturday

4:51pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

Ambulance workers are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a long-running row over shifts and working hours.

Five kilometre run staged at Fountains Abbey every week

5:31pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

RUNNERS are invited to take part in a five kilometre park run held at the National Trust’s Fountains Abbey site, near Ripon, every Saturday. The timed run starts at 9am and is organised by volunteers. It’s staged on a course on National Trust land around the Abbey site, all runners do two laps of the course. For more information and to register go to the website .

MP issues warning over misleading websites

The Northern Echo: SCATHING ATTACK: Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon

12:56pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

RIPON MP Julian Smith, has raised concerns in Parliament about websites that mislead people into thinking they are official Government sites. A number of constituents have contacted the MP over websites that charge additional fees for services. He said most people encounter the websites though advertisements on search result pages and that the National Trading Standards Board had launched an investigation.

Les Mis comes to the Ripon Grammar School stage

The Northern Echo: Aidan Clancy and Lucy Watkiss as Monsieur et Madame Thenardier.

3:22pm Monday 17th March 2014

YOUNG actors and musicians have embarked on a onc- in-a-lifetime experience with most ambitious production to date.

Guesthouse to be built on pub site

4:21pm Monday 17th March 2014

Councillors have approved a scheme to build a guesthouse on the site of the old Drovers Inn at Dallowgill, near Kirkby Malzeard, which had to be demolished after being hit by fire a year ago. They were told a new pub would not be commercially viable.

Ripon builder's stepladder fall ended in tragedy, inquest told

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Northallerton, head quarters of North Yorkshire County Council

4:32pm Thursday 13th March 2014

AN inquest has heard how a builder died of head injuries when he fell from a stepladder while working on a luxury home extension.

Darlington vicar confirmed as new Dean of Ripon

The Northern Echo: NEW ROLE: The Very Reverend Canon John Dobson, who is moving from Darlington to Ripon

12:59pm Thursday 13th March 2014

A PROMINENT North-East clergyman has been appointed to a senior post in the Church of England.

Brewing family overcomes legendary rivalry for the Tour de France

The Northern Echo: Simon Theakston, from T&R Theakston brewery and Robert Theakston, from the Black Sheep Brewery

4:23pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

DECADES of legendary rivalry between two family breweries will be buried as they come together in an “entente cordiale” for the Tour de France.

Cars damaged as vandals go on spree

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

5:02pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

VANDALS damaged dozens of cars in a rampage that stretched across a city. North Yorkshire Police said at least 29 vehicles between Aismunderby and Clotherholme roads had their tyres slashed and their bodywork scratched on Saturday, March 8, in the evening. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 5551111.

Theme Park hosts charity fun run

The Northern Echo: Trophies created by Jenny Ruth workshops

12:38pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

THE Lightwater Valley Challenge ten kilometer race is being held on Sunday March 16 around the grounds of the theme park and surrounding countryside.

Talk on the "Mother of Methodism"

11:53am Tuesday 11th March 2014

Dr Arthur Faulkner will speak on Susannah Wesley – Mother of Methodism, at a meeting of Ripon Cathedral Friends on Sunday (March 16), at 3pm, at Thorpe Prebend House, High Saint Agnesgate. Entry costs £4.

Stargazers asked to help out in North-East light pollution survey

The Northern Echo: Stargazers asked to join light pollution survey

1:40pm Friday 7th March 2014

A SCHEME to tackle light pollution is calling on stargazers to join in its Star Count 2014.

Councillor chosen for third term as Mayor of Ripon

The Northern Echo: The Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley

12:29pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

COUNCILLOR Mick Stanley has been chosen to serve as Mayor of Ripon for the third time in the last four years. The mayor-making ceremony will held held in the town (corr) hall on Tuesday, May 6, which will be followed by a service in the cathedral on May 11, when Coun Stanley will be officially installed in the role. He said both he and his wife, Gill, were looking forward to representing the city again.

Disbanded army squadron gives parting gift to Ripon

The Northern Echo: PARTING GIFT: Major Mike Treffry-Kingdom presents Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Mick Stanley, with a 15 Squadron Banner as a token of thanks to the city.

3:46pm Monday 3rd March 2014

A 188-YEAR-OLD Army regiment has thanked the residents of a city for their support after leaving its barracks for the final time.

Help the North stake its claim to England's Hall of Fame

The Northern Echo: Durham flag designers Katie, left, and twin sister Holly Moffatt from Chilton hold the new flag at Durham Cathedral with dignitaries in background.

2:59pm Monday 3rd March 2014

NORTH-East tourism bosses are asking people to celebrate the area’s claims to fame by nominating them for a place in a new hall of fame.

Runners invited to get fit at ancient abbey

The Northern Echo: The ruins of Fountains Abbey from the River Skell

12:28pm Friday 28th February 2014

A WORLD heritage site is inviting visitors of all abilities to put on their running shoes for the first in a series of “park runs” organised by volunteers.

Disabled plunged into “distress and financial difficulties” by botched benefits test, watchdog warns

The Northern Echo: Protesters make their point against Atos

12:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

DISABLED people have been plunged into “distress and financial difficulties” by a second botched benefits test, a watchdog warns today (Thursday).

Labour suggests single police force for whole of North-East

The Northern Echo: Former Shipley MP Chris Leslie

5:51pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE NORTH-East would have a single police force, under a cost-cutting Labour idea floated yesterday (Tuesday) - triggering a row.

Tributes paid to nut allergy bar manager as investigation is launched

The Northern Echo: North Yorkshire Police - zxc

7:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a bar manager with a severe nut allergy, whose death has sparked a major investigation.

Insight into the inner workings of the British Library

The Northern Echo: The British Library at Boston Spa

5:20pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

A TALK on how the British Library came into existence and how it is facing the challenges of new media is to take place in North Yorkshire.

Teenager named as best soldier

The Northern Echo: Jordan McCarthy - best junior soldier.

12:33pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

RAMROD straight and head held high, teenager Jordan McCarthy had reason to be particularly proud when he graduated from the Army Foundation College.

Mayor of Ripon joins Conservatives 'to bolster achievements'

The Northern Echo: The Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley

1:41pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE Mayor of Ripon has joined the Conservatives after seven years as an independent councillor on city council. Councillor Mick Stanley said he and fellow independent councillor Sylvia Brierley said the pair had joined Ripon Conservatives as the only achievements made by the authority had been when they had worked with party. He added: "We have together managed to streamline the council committee structure, meet less frequently and make committee meetings more effective, and we have agreed a balanced budget for the past two years."

Signatures tablecloth returns to village after 50 years

The Northern Echo: LOCAL HISTORY: Residents of the Fearby area with the tablecloth they signed 50 years ago.

12:59pm Monday 24th February 2014

A TABLECLOTH embroidered with signatures of villagers 50 years ago which was given as a leaving present to a couple emigrating to New Zealand has been returned to its roots.

Ripon to stage festival to celebrate Tour de France visit

The Northern Echo: CYCLE FESTIVAL: Ripon Hornblower George Pickles heralds the Le Tour Ripon festival with organiser Neil Dunkley

5:04pm Friday 21st February 2014

CYCLING enthusiasts will stage a festival of events ahead of the Tour de France visiting a city to inspire and enable more people to ride bikes.

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