Treasured Ripon tradition returns for another year

Alison Iles (Chair of save the Children Ripon Branch) with her band of  volunteers for this year's sale. (1702203AM1).
Alison Iles (Chair of save the Children Ripon Branch) with her band of volunteers for this year's sale. (1702203AM1).

A treasured Ripon tradition has returned to Hugh Ripley Hall for another successful year.

For 40 years the city’s Save the Children branch has organised the half-term Nearly New Sale, and when it opened yesterday, Wednesday, there was already a crowd of bargain hunters eagerly queuing outside.

Publicity officer Jill Warwick said: “There is something for everyone at the sale, we have a great turnout and we have had people come from as far as the Scottish borders before.

“Whatever people can donate to the sale, somebody somewhere can make use of it. We couldn’t do the sale without our lovely band of volunteers, there is a real sense of comradery and community spirit.

“It’s a great way of raising money for a great cause. We get a broad age range among our volunteers which is fantastic, it is a wonderfully supported event.”

Volunteers recently found out that the Ripon branch of Save the Children is one of the top fundraising branches of the charity in the UK.

Jill said: “We feel very proud of this achievement.”

Shoppers can browse a range of stalls and items ranging from soft furnishings to shoes and bric-a-brac.

The sale is open 10:30am to 7pm today, Thursday; open Friday, 10:30am to 4pm for half price day, and 10:30am to 12pm on Saturday where visitors can put what they like into a bin liner to fill it and pay as they leave.

There is also a credit crunch cafe at the sale, with home-made soup, freshly-baked cakes and biscuits.