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The grand staircase at Allerton Park. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Motorways are convenient for getting about the country – though not usually the most pleasant of experiences. Most service stations leave much to be desired, though there are exceptions; the Tebay Services on the M6 and the Gloucester Services on the M5 are usually considered to be worth stopping at.

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High Trees, Steven Way, Ripon. (Copyright - Andy Burningham)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

It’s always pleasing to be recognised for our achievements. Whether we’re awarded gold medals at the Olympics, a knighthood from the Queen or a new badge to be sewn on to our Brownie or Scout uniform, getting some form of tangible praise is good for our ego.

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The Mayor of Boroughbridge Geoff Haldenby.

The Boroughbridge Mayor’s column with Geoff Haldenby

It has been a while since my last mayor’s diary and August seems to have been a month of holidays. Brighter Boroughbridge have done extremely well in their recent competition and have achieved a Silver Gilt Award again this year. Well done to them.

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Ripon Cathedral is hosting the Great North Art Show.

Find common ground at the cathedral

This week, five hundred clergy and staff from all 42 Church of England cathedrals have been meeting in Manchester for a conference. Called Sacred Space: Common Ground, this is exploring the many ways in which cathedrals enrich and benefit the lives of people.

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It's important to be seen and warm while on your bike during the winter months.

The cycling column with Tony Booth

After one of the best summers for cycling in living memory, it’s time to start gearing up for some harsher Yorkshire weather. Many enthusiasts continue to ride throughout the winter months and as long as you and your bike are properly equipped, there’s no reason to hang up your cleats

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Kirsty Shepherd, myself, Father Mike Walsh and Tim Ledbetter celebrate the In Bloom golds success.

The Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

On Tuesday I went to York racecourse along with Father Mike Walsh, Tim Ledbetter and Kirsty Shepherd. The car journey to the race course was pure car comedy with Father Mike telling us jokes for most of the journey. I am sure many of you will have heard of car karaoke, well possibly that is a new idea for a television programme.

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