The Ripon Mayor’s column with Pauline McHardy

Here I am pictured with residents, staff and relatives at Sycamore Hall's Summer Fayre.
Here I am pictured with residents, staff and relatives at Sycamore Hall's Summer Fayre.

Sunday 20 August – The appeal committee for my charities held a car boot sale at the Magdalen’s Pub to raise funds. We raised £90. Thank you to all who supported us and a special thank you to Eamon Parkin from the Magdalen’s Pub, for all his help and continued support.

Thursday 24 August – We held a coffee morning at the Town Hall and raised approximately £300 for my charities.

Again a very big thank you to all the people who supported us. It was very pleasing to hear members of the public say how much they had enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.

Saturday 26 August – We raised £170 from bag packing at Booths Supermarket. I must say a huge thank you to Booths for allowing the committee volunteers to do this in their store. The staff working on that day were so friendly, helpful and supportive of not only our volunteers, but their customers.

Thank you to everyone and especially to the volunteers who are working so hard with me fund raising for my chosen charities.

Friday 1 September – Geoffrey Johnson, Mayors Serjeant and I attended the Great North Art Show Preview at Ripon Cathedral. We were greeted and shown around the exhibition by Great North Art Show committee member, Michael Green.

I must say the standard of the exhibits were fantastic. We have many talented artists in Yorkshire and this is a good way for them to showcase their work.

The exhibition was very well supported and I couldn’t think of a more suitable venue for this event. I believe our magnificent Cathedral with its own works of art complimented this event.

Dean John gave everyone a very warm welcome to the Cathedral everybody I spoke to said that they appreciated this very much.

I believe he is not only a great ambassador for the Cathedral but also the City of Ripon.

Saturday 2 September – I was invited to the Ripon Photographic Society exhibition at the Methodist Church Hall in Allhallowgate. I was warmly greeted by Derek Hudson and hosted by Angie Willis and Emma Littlefair.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the exhibits but realise my precious photos taken over the years are merely snaps in comparison with the superb photos exhibited. The categories were very diverse, and the techniques used, and the work put into producing work of this quality is immense. I can’t help but think how very important art in all its forms is so important to Ripon.

It would be wonderful if we could support and nurture all our gifted people in Ripon and the surrounding area which in turn brings such joy to us all.

That same afternoon, Geoffrey and I attended The Summer Fare held at Sycamore Hall. Again, this event was very well supported. It was splendid to meet so many residents, relatives, staff and visitors. The atmosphere was so warm and friendly.

Everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves very much.

The Ripon Rolling Tones Choir came to sing and entertain everyone, which they did very well. This choir formed about a year ago and has been invited to sing at nursing and care homes in Ripon and Thirsk in the past. It is heart warming to think that people volunteer their time to entertain people and bring joy into their lives.

Well done and I am sure we will hear a lot more of your performances.