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Gargoyle Competition Winners

Prize Giving for Gargoyle Competition Winners

The talented North Yorkshire school children who came up with the top sketches in the competition to design new gargoyles for Ripon Cathedral received their prizes during Sunday morning’s service. Ten finalists were chosen from over 1,000 entrants – with the designs of two of the children about to be turned in to stone. Rachel Ogier, from Moorside Junior School in Ripon and Hayden Horsfall, from Pickering Community Junior School – who are both ten …
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Ailsa Women in the Pulpit

Women in the Pulpit

This year sees  the 25th anniversary of the momentous vote in favour of women’s ordination to the priesthood and Ripon Cathedral is marking the occasion from the pulpit with a sermon delivered by one of its newest members of the team, Canon Ailsa Newby. It will be the first sermon at Ripon Cathedral by the former lawyer, who sought ordination following her work with prisoners for the charity Justice and was recently installed at the …
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Ripon Cathedral Bellringers Annual Tower Outing

Theo, aged ten, writes, “We arrived at the first tower, which was Grinton, for a 9:45am start! It was a lovely sunny day. There was a tall ladder to climb up get into the ringing chamber. Ellie had to be careful because she was wearing her Heelies! There are 8 bells there and they were really quite nice. Lots of people arrived, some from Ripon Cathedral, John from Richmond and other from towers in the …
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Canon Ailsa

Canon Ailsa returns to Northern Roots

A former lawyer, who specialised in miscarriages of justice, will be returning to her Northern roots as she takes up the post of canon at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday. Canon Ailsa Newby is currently a team rector in Putney in London. It was her work with prisoners for the charity Justice that led to her becoming ordained. Canon Newby had perviously worked at a large law firm in the City. The priest, who originally hails …
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Golden Wedding for Golden Couples

Eighty two couples from Yorkshire and beyond renewed their marriage vows on Sunday in a unique and joyful service at Ripon Cathedral for those celebrating their Golden Wedding or an even longer time together! Her Majesty The Queen sent congratulations and good wishes to all concerned for a most happy occasion. The Queen was represented by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd, CBE, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Squadron …
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Dean John’s Sermon on Ascension Sunday, in the wake of the Manchester Arena Attacks

The names of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack begin to be disclosed, photographs of their faces are shared. We know the name of the suicide killer, and of others who are suspected of some involvement, including the killer’s father and brother. We are told that there is likely to be a terrorist cell connected with them, and that troops will be on duty outside public buildings that might be vulnerable, including York Minster. …
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Cathedral’s Summer of Art

Hundreds of years ago, the walls of Ripon Cathedral would have been adorned with religious art and depictions from the Bible. This was all swept away after the Reformation but now Ripon Cathedral is set to be awash with art once again. Local artist Stephen Guyon Bird, who is also Head of Art and Art History at Ampleforth College, is exhibiting his work, “Genesis: a visual exploration” alongside work by the Northern Committee of the Embroiderer’s Guild. …
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Golden Wedding Service

Harold Wilson was Prime Minister, the Beatles were on the wireless and the first colour TV programmes had just aired. The year was 1967 – a year which for many was the happiest of their life as they tied the knot and embarked on married life. Fifty years on from what became known as the Summer of Love, Ripon Cathedral is inviting couples celebrating their Golden Wedding, or an even longer time together, to renew …
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