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The latest edition of the Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign Newsletter is out now. Look out for a copy in the Cathedral, or read yours online here. If you would like to join the mailing list and receive your free copy through the post twice a year, please contact Carolyn Sands on [email protected] or 01765 603583
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The Dean’s Banquet Raises More Than Ever

Two hundred and twenty people gathered at Ripon Cathedral last Friday evening for The Dean’s Banquet.   The stunning candlelit evening began with a sparkling reception sponsored by Slingsby Gin of Harrogate.  Guests enjoyed Rhubarb Gin and were entertained by the smooth sounds of Frankly Jazz.  The Dean welcomed the guests, the business partners and sponsors who all enjoyed gourmet food, prepared by The Yorkshire Party Company.  The Dishforth Military Wives Choir entertained everyone during dinner. …
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Harvest Thanksgiving

More than 400 people gave thanks for a successful harvest on Sunday as Ripon Cathedral hosted the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Harvest Thanksgiving. We’ve been giving thanks for successful harvests since pre-Christian times and even in today’s world of increasing urbanisation it remains a chance to celebrate the vital contribution of farming and agriculture to this region. For Christians it’s an opportunity to celebrate God’s unfailing providence in sustaining life on Earth. The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, …
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Lord Bourne meets members of clergy and laity at Ripon Cathedral

Minister for Faith Visits Ripon Cathedral

Minister for Faith Lord Bourne visited Ripon last week as part of a country-wide tour of all 42 cathedrals in England. In a bumper day of visits he stopped off here – at York, Wakefield and Sheffield. In October last year Lord Bourne began his tour of all 42 of England’s Anglican cathedrals to highlight their important role at the heart of communities and their efforts to strengthen relationships between people of different backgrounds and …
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From Nairobi to Ripon

The city of Ripon is certainly a far cry from the busy and sprawling Kenyan city of Nairobi – with its enviable temperatures and it’s amazing national park – home to big cats and White Rhino! But both cities have at their heart a cathedral which holds a crucial position within the local community and within the country’s spiritual landscape. St Stephen’s Cathedral hosts four Sunday services in Swahili and English – attracting congregations of …
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Alana Brook

Hitting a High Note

The winds of change have begun to blow through Ripon Cathedral this Autumn with the arrival of a new Singing Development Leader, a new organ scholar and some exciting developments for the choir. Aoife O’Connell, a professional opera singer who has recently worked with Opera North’s education department, is heading up a community outreach project to promote singing and inspire young musicians in Ripon and the surrounding area. As Singing Development Leader Aoife will be …
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Family Activity Day Success

During the August Summer holidays the cathedral ran family days on the first three Thursdays of the month which were led by Moira Siara of the Cathedral’s Education Department. The days are designed with families and children in mind and are free of charge. The tower crossing became the hub of activity with tables, chairs and craft materials for people to use. Amongst the craft activities there were bookmarks to make as well as bishops, …
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Reverend Caitlin: Sermon on the Blessed Virgin Mary

In our service today, we have listened to a revolutionary piece of political writing, a piece of writing so explosive that, during British rule in India, it was prohibited from being sung in church. It was banned by the military Junta of Argentina in the 1970s and by the military dictatorship of Guatemala in the 1980s. People feared it would incite rebellion and could be a danger to the state. I’m talking about the Magnificat, …
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Canon Ailsa: Blogging for St Wilfrid’s Day

St Wilfrid didn’t found the City of Ripon (it is much older than the 7th century) but he did build the first stone church here in the 600s and the citizens of modern-day Ripon still proudly celebrate him as their patron saint, processing through the city on an eclectic collection of floats, led by the brass band. The mayor waves regally from an open-topped car as ‘Wilfrid’ rides his* horse in the midst of a bunch …
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