The Ripon Mayor’s column with Pauline McHardy

Plenty of fabulous home-made cakes were on offer at the Magdalenes Pub during the afternoon tea.
Plenty of fabulous home-made cakes were on offer at the Magdalenes Pub during the afternoon tea.

Tuesday 12 September: My Consort Jo Bate and I were invited to an opening party at the Inn at South Stainley, which many of us still refer to as the Red Lion.

We were shown around and hosted by Ian Pilcher, the general manager.

The refurbishment of the inn has been carried out to a very high standard and the function rooms are very attractive.

I think anyone would be delighted to have their function held there.

The bedrooms look very comfortable and are decorated and furnished very tastefully. I was very surprised how quiet the rooms are when it is so close to a main road.

We certainly enjoyed the delicious canapés, which were samples of the food from the menu.

Thursday 14 September: Geoffrey Johnson, the Mayor’s Serjeant and I attended an informal reception at the Grammar School where we met Jonathan Webb, the new headmaster.

I am sure we all wish him happiness and success in this new post.

Geoffrey and I enjoyed chatting with the head girl Annissa Cook, deputy head girl Alice Peat, and head boy Benjamin Pimley.

We were intrigued to hear how hard the students at the Grammar School work to raise funds for worthy charities.

Friday 15 September: I attended the Brighouse and Rastrick Band Concert at the Cathedral.

This was organised by the International Festivals.

We were all warmly welcomed by Cannon Barrie Pike and our host was Susan Goldsborough. John Hague took great care of us throughout the evening.

The conductor was David King, who originates from Australia. David has won the European Championships 10 times while representing England.

The musicians gave a magnificent performance and three very talented International musician’s played the lead in three separate performances.

My goodness they were marvellous.

The next concert you can attend is Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers – The Way Of The Drum tonight (21 September) at Holy Trinity Church, starting at 7.30pm or if you would prefer on Friday (22 September) when the Royal Northern Sinfonia perform in Ripon Cathedral at 7.30pm.

Thank you so much for inviting me, like everyone else in the audience I enjoyed the performance very much.

Saturday 16 September: Eamon Parkin and Nigel Guy, with the help of Joyce Maguire, Pearl Coates and Margaret Grainger, provided an afternoon tea event at the Magdalenes Pub where Eamon and Nigel are the landlords.

This was to raise funds for my Mayoral Charites – Ohana and Community Link.

Joyce, Pearl and Margaret had been busy baking and provided home-made cakes, scones and other delicious foods.

It was very well attended by the public.

It was lovely to see everyone happy and enjoying themselves. It really brought a community spirit to the afternoon.

I attended this event with the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Charlie Powell, and the Deputy Mayoress Gill Wilson.

Charlie even managed to win on the bingo.

The day’s efforts raised £360 for the charities and I can’t thank them enough for all the work they put in to making this a success and all the people who attended the event and supported it so generously.

My grateful thanks to you all.