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The Alan Weston column – delivering growth around Ripon’s heritage

Last month I wrote about the city’s heritage and how there were opportunities to build this to help shape the future of the city too. I mentioned that I was working with a small group to explore applying to Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) initiative. Following further discussions, an expression of interest has been submitted by Ripon Together (the Ripon Community Interest Company) to this programme to help the development the city.

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The majority of residents who turned out at the referendum voted in favour of the City Plan.

The Ripon City Plan column

Earlier this year, in April, the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 gained Royal Assent and several of its provisions have come into force. The Act reinforces the Government’s commitment to neighbourhood planning and seeks to clarify several emerging issues for those involved in the process.

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Graham Chalmers of the Harrogate Advertiser.

Dear Reader: All at sea with music legend + 'civil war' in Knaresborough!

A personal column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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The Ponte de 25 Abril suspension bridge in Lisbon. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

The city of Ripon is surrounded by water. Please don’t be alarmed; this is not a flood warning but a statement of fact, for the city has water on nearly every side.

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Wath Mills incredible milling machinery will soon be on show. Photo courtesy of John Wallis.

The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership column with Iain Mann

Yorkshire was once dotted with dozens of water mills. A beautifully preserved example will open its doors to the public in an Upper Nidderdale village on Saturday 9 September – providing an unmissable chance to see inside.

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According to the Observer, 12-15 year olds spend on average 20 hours a week on the internet

Column: Have today’s children been wrapped up in cotton-wool?

The Sunday press this week was totally dominated by education stories. University academics used to be measured by their higher degrees and the quality of their published work.

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Championing the independents - Paul Rawlinson, owner of Norse in Harrogate.

Dear Reader: Too many 'chains' in Harrogate + a splendid church

A personal column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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Keith Tordoff and Eric Knowles

Pateley Bridge takes centre stage on Bargain Hunt

I am sure many of you who were at the Pateley Bridge 1940s weekend last week would have seen a film crew around the town at various locations. The filmmakers were from a production company that makes a programme for BBC one called A1 Britain’s longest road. The film crew had been following the journey of the Spitfire aeroplane that comes to the Pateley Bridge event along the A1. They then filmed the setting up of the aeroplane where it has its wings and all the parts attached to it on its arrival. The film crew were in Pateley Bridge for the rest of the weekend to film people viewing this iconic aircraft.

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This 25-year-old copy of the Ripon Gazette emerged from the Civic Societys archives.

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Glaciers are said to take years to bring to the surface anything that has fallen on to them and been buried. Only when the glacier’s moving and melting have reached a certain point will its secrets come to the surface again.

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Harrogate Hospital.

Dear Reader: Harrogate Hospital's woes + an outstanding stand-up!

A personal column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers
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The Mayor of Harrogate Anne Jones and myself with some of the silverware for the awards scheme.

The Boroughbridge Mayor’s column with Peter Phillips

It’s time for me to officially launch the Boroughbridge and District Community Award Scheme 2017. The main purpose of the awards is to recognise those hard working people who work relentlessly on a voluntary basis in our community.

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The dramatic and tragic rescue operation at Mossdale Caverns 50 years ago.

The Fell Rescue Column with David Dennis

Last month was the 50th anniversary of the Mossdale Caverns caving tragedy – the worst caving incident in British caving history when six young cavers drowned when the passages they were in became engulfed by flood water.

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More than 28,000 people visited Valley Gardens to enjoy the entertainment at The Big Picnic.

Column – Inside Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity with David Fisher

Following last month’s column which showcased the fantastic fundraising that is taking place within the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, you will be delighted to hear that our Intensive Care Team who raised £13,000 through taking part in Total Warrior, have been awarded “Team of the Month” in recognition of their achievement.

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Ripon Cathedral; Dering restored the monument to Hugh Ripley, Ripons first Mayor. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

We are familiar with the names of many of the architects associated with Ripon – chief among them Sir William Chambers, educated here but not represented in the city by any of his designs. We know of James Wyatt, who designed the Town Hall, and Joseph Hansom, architect of St Wilfrid’s Church. And we are, of course, familiar with Nicholas Hawksmoor, who designed the obelisk and laid out the Market Square to emulate a Roman forum.

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St. Wilfrids procession will take place on Saturday (August 5) this year

Column: St. Wilfrid still has much to teach us

I have just returned to Ripon following a weekend near Scarborough. Driving into the city, I noticed the temporary yellow road signs - St. Wilfrid’s procession take’s place on Saturday (August 5).

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Part of the gorgeous Waterside at Knaresborough.

Dear Reader: Knaresborough's rich history + houses damn houses!

A regular column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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Heavily trafficked Beckwith Road will be resurfaced.

The Transport Talk column with Don Mackenzie

The Otley Road area to the west of Harrogate could benefit from a bid submitted by County Council highways officers to the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

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The Ripon Workhouse Museum.

The Alan Weston Column

I’m writing this month’s column a little later than usual, having just returned from Ripon Workhouse Museum and the official opening of the newly acquired main block of the workhouse site.

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The Hermitage at Badminton, Gloucestershire, by Thomas Wright. (Copyright - Michael Cousins)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Are you a solitary person? Do you long, Garbo-like, to be alone? Would a life of isolation suit you and offer you scope for those periods of sustained contemplation and consideration for which you’ve always yearned?

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The draft Local Plan  originally had an allocation for 196 houses at Deverell Barracks. Picture: Army Cadets.

The Ripon City Plan column

Harrogate Borough Council has recently announced an additional six week consultation about the new District Local Plan, lasting from Friday 14 July to Friday 25tAugust.

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