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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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The Gazebo, off Blossomgate, open 8 and 9 September. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

It’s September – and Heritage Open Days are here again. Close attention to these columns over the years will have given you the lowdown on the phenomenon that is HODs (to give the event its less formal designation); but if you’ve missed the information over the years, it may be worth reiterating the value of the event.

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A Mason's mark in Ripon Cathedral. (Copyright ' Ian Stalker)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

We all complain about graffiti. Louts who deface walls by scratching in their names or insults to others, or who use spray paint to leave their often-ugly mark on any accessible flat surface, spoil the environment for others.

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The lively gatherings at New Life Church include a wide age range and an impressive array of ethnicities.

The Holy Living column with Peter Dodson

Ripon’s New Life Church is a family-centred congregation. It meets every Sunday on Water Skellgate. Its Statement of Faith stems from the early 2000s when the name was changed from Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church.

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The cathedral Bone House ' enjoyed by the Companion, emptied in 1865.

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

In September a new book about Ripon will be published – ‘Secret Ripon’. So it seems a good opportunity to look back at two earlier guides – ‘The Tourist’s Companion’ of 1822 and Richard Walbran’s ‘A Guide to Ripon’ in the 1875 ‘Memorial Edition’ – to see what they have to say about the city. How have things changed? How much remains the same?

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Connecting Ripon members meeting to share news of events and opportunities to work together

Connecting Ripon with Karen Weaver

This week we’re enjoying special celebrations and the spotlight is on our city as Ripon hosts Yorkshire Day, as well as the traditional St Wilfrid’s Procession taking place on Saturday, in honour of patron saint, St Wilfrid, founder of Ripon Cathedral.

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The bride, groom and guests pose in front of the Spitfire at Nidderdale Agricultural showground.

The Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Thanks for the memories. The Pateley Bridge 1940s weekend provided bucket loads of them. The wedding of retired Reverend Chris Stark MBE, 82, to Olive Moyses, 75, who had not been married before was always going to be a very special occasion.

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