Pupils make their mark on city’s new homes

Year 5 pupils from Ripon Cathedral Primary School with the new road sign and Strategic Team Group's business development manager Charles Tweed. (S)
Year 5 pupils from Ripon Cathedral Primary School with the new road sign and Strategic Team Group's business development manager Charles Tweed. (S)

CHILDREN from a Ripon primary school have had chance to name a new road near their school.

Pupils from Ripon Cathedral Primary School held a competition for help builders Strategic Team Group (STG) name the road at their development between Priest Lane and Residence Lane.

Year 5 won with St Cuthbert’s Close, chosen because of the link with St Cuthbert, the Anglo Saxon monk who helped build Ripon’s first monastery on the site of Ripon Cathedral School.

The school celebrates St Cuthbert’s Day every year on March 20, making it an obvious choice.

Headteacher Darren Dudman said:

“It will be wonderful for our children in future years to say ‘I named that road’. Many thanks to Strategic Team Group.”

To thank the pupils the company presented the school with toy vouchers and made a donation to school funds.

STG’s Business development director Charles Tweed said:

“We were keen to engage with the school and to ensure they were involved in the development and its future. So we invited pupils to brainstorm the history of the area, taking into consideration the fact that the development had to be halted during its early stages so archaeologists could carry out exploratory excavations following the discovery of a medieval lime kiln on the site. Pupils came up with four well thought out and relevant names, including Monastery Lane, Pottery Kiln Lane and Ebbage Way, named after a former PE teacher who passed away three years ago. So we had a tough decision to make and we are truly grateful for all the effort.”

The new road name, St Cuthbert’s Close, is now in place and runs from Residence Lane into the development.