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Gargoyle Competition Winners Announced

The designs of two talented schoolchildren from our region have been chosen for a pair of new gargoyles at Ripon Cathedral. More than a thousand schoolchildren from across North Yorkshire submitted entries for the competition, which is being run as part of a project of repairs currently being undertaken in the north east corner of the cathedral – where worn out stonework and crumbling gargoyles are being replaced. The drawings of Rachael Ogier, aged 10, …
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How do you take down the scaffolding?

Well I discovered the answer to that especially when it is so high. Put a man on each level and pass the parts down the outside. It is nice to see some scaffolding coming down. We have finished the repairs on two areas so rather than keep the whole scaffold on hire we can take bits down and use our budgets more effectively. The east end has been revealed and you can see the new pieces of …
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Dean John’s response to the Manchester attack

With the rest of the nation we at Ripon Cathedral are shocked and saddened by the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester. Our hearts go out in a generous tide of sympathy to all those affected, not least the bereaved and injured. We pray for them and those who have died as well as the emergency and security services who are trying to restore and maintain order. As we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus …
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An Introduction from Canon Newby

One of the peculiarities of clergy life is that when you move job, you move house and church as well at the same time. If moving house is supposed to be one of the stressful things in life, the combination of moving job and place of worship too intensifies the problem. Yet –despite all the admin of moving house, and leaving my present churches organised – I am very excited about our move to Ripon. …
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Ripon Cathedral Choir Open Day

Cathedral Choir Shines with Youngsters filling the Ranks

Ripon Cathedral was pleased to welcome potential choristers and their families to the Choir Open Day this weekend. Children from across the region attended the event during which they rehearsed and sang with the cathedral choir. They were joined for the beautiful service of Evensong by Ripon Grammar School Chamber Choir – which includes a number of former cathedral choristers. Parents had an exclusive look behind the scenes at the cathedral and heard from boys …
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Cathedral holds Hustings

Ripon Cathedral held a hustings on Saturday May 13th, just under a month before the General Election on June 8th. The Very Rev John Dobson, Dean of Ripon, chaired the lively debate which featured all four candidates for Skipton and Ripon; Julian Smith (Conservatives), Alan Woodhead (Labour), Andy Brown (Green) and Jack Render (Yorkshire). Over 90 people attended the meeting. Ripon Cathedral has played hosted to a hustings before during the 2015 General Election, providing …
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Cathedral Bolstered by Record-Breaking Beer Festival

The Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival took place on Bank Holiday Monday in the grounds of Ripon Cathedral. The weather was kind, and over 1,500 people (and some well-behaved dogs!) enjoyed a lovely day in the grounds of the Cathedral. This annual fundraiser in aid of Ripon Cathedral raised a record £13,500, which this year will benefit Ripon Cathedral Renewed, a campaign supporting the Dean’s development plans for a 21st Century Yorkshire Cathedral. The major sponsor …
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Come and Sing with the Cathedral Choir!

The girls and boys of Ripon Cathedral Choir are part of a strong musical tradition – raising their voices in praise – in a place where Christians have worshipped for more than 1300 years. But being a chorister here is much more than that – it’s about friendship, team work and a first class musical training – for free! On Sunday May 14 there is a unique opportunity for children to join in the fun …
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