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Honorary New Canon Installed

Following a very busy Saturday, when seventeen new deacons were ordained by the Bishop of Leeds, there was more excitement in Ripon Cathedral on Sunday the 5th of July in the afternoon when Canon Wendy Wilby was installed as an Honorary Minor Canon.

Canon Wendy retired in July 2013 to Ripon from Bristol Cathedral where she served as the Precentor and as the Dean of Women’s Ministry. In recent months she has been providing welcome additional ministry at the Cathedral.

Dean John says “Canon Wendy Wilby has made a significant contribution to the life of Ripon Cathedral in recent months by serving as a residentiary canon during a vacancy. She has helped to support the worship and music, developed a pastoral care policy and helped to establish a system of Daily Chaplains. I am delighted that, while continuing as a canon emeritus of Bristol Cathedral,  she has agreed to become a honorary minor canon of Ripon. This affirms her continuing support of ministry within the Cathedral’s community, including coordinating the Daily Chaplains.”

Canon Wendy says “I really can say that I feel at home in Ripon Cathedral! I was ordained Deacon here in 1990 and Priest in 1994, which of course was a special year for women throughout the CofE. After many years of ministering in different dioceses, I find myself  retired and back in Yorkshire, so I couldn’t be more delighted to have been installed as an Honorary Minor Canon in a Cathedral that I love. It is good to be joining the Dean, Chapter and Cathedral community in its new strategy ‘Growing the Kingdom’ and I look forward to contributing in any way I can, whilst also putting my feet up a little and enjoying my windmill garden!”


Canon Wendy Wilby with Dean John Dobson




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As with all things, life in the Cathedral changes and this was very much in focus today.

We in the  cathedral not only said thank you to the Cathedral Choir for its contributions to the services and worship but also goodbye to those choristers who are leaving at the end of this academic year.

At evensong tonight there was a special leaving ceremony for those who are leaving.

Six choristers are leaving us this year and they are:

Francesca Banks, Macy Raine, Maggie Tattersall, Susie Morgan, Oliver Scott, Edward Hutchinson, Dylan Blundell

choir leavers


Evensong was followed by those leaving receiving gifts and making a few speeches.

choir giftsChoir Speech


A big thank you to those who are leaving for contributing to the worship in this Cathedral.

May God bless you all as you carry on with life’s journey.


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New Canon Evangelist Installed

On Sunday the 28th of June Rev’d Ruth Hind was installed as the first ever Canon Evangelist at Ripon Cathedral.

Canon Ruth Hind, was formerly the Rector of the parishes of Kirlington, Burneston, Wath and Pickhill as well as being the Assistant Area Dean of the Wensleydale Deanery.   Ruth brings with her a wealth of knowledge from diverse areas such as sitting on General Synod to having a special interest in Reader and Lay ministry training.

Dean John Dobson said “I am delighted that Ruth Hind is joining the residential clergy team here at Ripon Cathedral. From a strong field of applicants we interviewed candidates from across the country. The fact that Ruth has moved from the Cathedral’s neighbouring benefice means that she has the advantage of already knowing our context. As our first Canon Evangelist, Canon Ruth will work within our wonderful clergy team, leading on Church growth and pastoral care. This is at an exciting juncture when we are seeing increasing numbers of worshipers at the Cathedral, and when we are discerning a new vision and strategy that encourages us to serve the needs of the local and regional communities.”

Ruth said “I am excited by the opportunities the new role presents both within the Cathedral and the city of Ripon. I am looking forward to meeting many new people, listening and sharing with them. I am delighted that this new role will enable me to be able to connect with people  at key points in their lives through baptism,wedding and funeral ministry”

The Rev’d Canon Ruth Hind was installed as Canon Evangelist on the the 28th of June.

Dean John Canon Ruth Hind and Bishop Nick Baines outside the West Doors of Ripon Cathedral.

Dean John Dobson; Dean of Ripon Cathedral,  Canon Ruth Hind; Canon Evangelist  and Bishop Nick Baines; Bishop of Leeds,  outside the West Doors of Ripon Cathedral.

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Summer Organ Recitals 2015

Throughout the summer, Tuesday evenings see the return of Ripon Cathedral’s popular Summer Organ Recitals. The season starts and finishes with two Leeds-based organists. Simon Lindley of Leeds Minster and Leeds Town Hall gives the opening recital on 7th July, while international concert artist Graham Barber, who is Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds and is based at St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley closes the season on 11th August.

Andrew Bryden at the console of the organ

Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music Andrew Bryden’s recital is on Tuesday 28th July.

In between these, the season features international concert artists and cathedral organists including Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music Andrew Bryden (Tuesday 28th July) and Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper (Tuesday 21st July). Other artists in the series include American concert artist Jonathan Ryan (Tuesday 14th July) and Westminster Cathedral’s Assistant Master of Music, Peter Stevens (Tuesday 4th August).

International concert artist, Jonathan Ryan gives his recital on Tuesday 14th July

Andrew Bryden says, “There is an amazing variety of music on offer throughout the series. We are delighted that Graham Barber’s recital (themed ‘De Profundis’) forms part of his complete cycle of the organ works of Max Reger, and will also include works by J.S. Bach and Herbert Howells. The series also marks the centenary of Jehan Alain, whose Trois Danses will be performed by Peter Stevens, and the series also includes contemporary works by Pamela Decker (USA), Denis Bédard (Canada), Ad Wammes (Netherlands) and homegrown Yorkshire composers Philip Wilby and Timothy Craig Harrison.”


The Summer Organ Recital Series

Tim Harper, organ

Tim Harper, Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral, gives Tuesday 21st July’s recital


7th – Simon Lindley (Leeds Minster)
14th – Jonathan Ryan (International Concert Artist)
21st – Tim Harper (Ripon Cathedral)
28th – Andrew Bryden (Ripon Cathedral)


4th – Peter Stevens (Westminster Cathedral)
11th – Graham Barber (International Concert Artist)

Graham Barber’s recital on 11th August ends the series

All recitals begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8, available from the Cathedral Giftshop (or £10 if bought on the door). Accompanied Under-16s are free. For further details of programmes, see each concert’s listing at

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