Link marks 25 years working in community

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Ripon Community Link recently celebrated 25 years of services to helping people with learning difficulties achieve their life goals.

Dean, John Dobson, welcomed people to a special service at the city’s cathedral and interviewed Michael Glanville-Smith and Louise Bowman.

Michael told the congregation how he moved to Ripon to become a Canon of the cathedral only because he heard about Ripon Community Link and the support for people with special needs.

He was then part of the team who put in the local bid tendering for the contract to provide the service and set up a local, independent charity.

Louise Bowman was one of the original team of staff and has remained a part of Ripon Community Link, now acting as the operational project manager.

Other features of the service included a rendition of Reach for the Stars by Ripon Community Link’s Music Men and a dance with colourful arches and ribbons by the dance group, also involving congregational participation.

Prayers for Ripon, for the community and for Ripon Community Link were conducted as a game of Boccia (bowls) down the aisle.

Those who joined the celebration included school groups, both secondary and primary schools, businesses as well as supporters from local groups such as Inner Wheel and Rotary.

Also in attendance was the Mayor of Ripon, Counsellor Pauline McCathy and the Deputy Mayor of Harrogate, Jenny Travena.

Bishop James, Bishop of Ripon, spoke about the silver jubilee referring to silver as a precious metal reflecting how precious we all are and how valuable the contribution of each individual.

He also spoke of the derivation of the word ‘jubilee’ speaking of freedom and recognising the freedom that Ripon community Link gives in enabling its members to achieve their life goals and to participate and contribute so much within the community.

Lindsay Tanner, Chief Executive for Ripon Community Link, expressed her thanks to supporters and everyone who came was invited to tie a piece of orange or black cloth into a frame making the Ripon Community Link logo.