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Annual Dinner 2018

Ripon Cathedral Ringers held their Annual Dinner on Saturday 10th March. After some years at Roecliffe, we decided to move back to the city, choosing The Old Deanery as our venue. As its name might suggest, this is the hotel and restaurant very close to the Cathedral!

We were pleased that The Dean (an occasional “if I’m not busy downstairs” ringer) and Ripon’s Lady Mayor were able to accept our invitations. The presence of The Mayor within the city meant that, shortly after 9pm, the Hornblower came to report to her, with several blows of the horn, that the Watch was set and all was well.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was our Ringing Master, Martin Davies. Next year, he has made it clear that it will be the turn of the Tower Captain! After the Loyal Toast, proposed by Geoffrey Johnson, the traditional touch on handbells was rung by Martin, Simon Ogier and Robert Wood. Martin gave a short, witty speech, looking back at some of our activities and then presented The Brian and Ruth Waines trophy to his daughter Martha, who, in the last few months, has rung her first two quarters on our bells. This was not nepotism – several of us had been consulted and had agreed that Martha was the worthy recipient.

However, we sprang a surprise on Martin by ending the meal with a lusty rendition of Happy Birthday and the presentation of a delicious iced fruit cake, made by Jo Mitchell, to celebrate his recent 50th birthday. The Dean then spoke a few words, thanking us for our contribution to the life of the Cathedral and giving us an insight into possible future plans to enhance the visitor experience (yes, toilets were mentioned!).

Finally, our Lady Mayor added her thanks for the contribution that the ringers make to the life of the city. She has been to previous dinners when mayor, but she acknowledged that some of our vocabulary is still a mystery!

Thanks to Anne Wood for the write up.


Clapper Remedial Work

All 13 clappers are to be sent to Taylor’s for remedial work during the first 2 weeks of March, therefore the bells will be unavailable for a short spell. The following practice nights and Sunday service ringing  are either cancelled or will be held elsewhere

Wednesday 7th March: Practice Night
This will be a 2 tower practice night
19:00 – 19:30 :  Winkesley
19:45 – 21:00:  Kirkby Malzeard

Sunday 11th March
No service ringing

The clappers should be reinstated for practice night on Wednesday 14th March but ask any visitors to check in advance before making the journey to Ripon.

Update: The clappers are now reinstated and bell ringing arrangements have returned to normal


Practice Night Access

Access  for practice night is via the north transept door which is normally open until 19:45. If you arrive late and the north transept door is locked, use the ringing room doorbell to let us know you have arrived. Please use the following instructions for finding/using the bell

The doorbell is located behind the letter box in the door towards the west end of the north aisle


Put your hand through the letter box and reach around to the right. Locate the bell and push the button. Please use between touches and only on practice nights. The bell can be heard in the cathedral!

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Make your way to the north transept door and someone will come down and let you in. The ringing room mobile phone number is also displayed by the north transept door and is available as a backup



Christmas/New Year Ringing Times

Ringing Times for the Christmas and  New Year are as below. if you are a bell ringer visiting Ripon  for the festive period you are very welcome to join us. Please get in touch via the  Contact Us page.

Wednesday 20th
19:30 – 21:00:  Practice

Friday 22nd
14:00 :  Wedding  – Ringing before and after the service

Saturday 23rd
16:30 – 17:30:  First 9 Lessons and Carols

Sunday 24th – Christmas Eve
09:30 – 10:30: Eucharist
16:30 – 17:30:  Second 9 Lessons and Carols
22:45 – 23:30:  Midnight Mass

Sunday 25th – Christmas Day
09:30 – 10:30: Festal  Eucharist

Wednesday 27th
19:30 – 21:00:  No Practice

Sunday 31st
09:30 – 10:30: Eucharist
23:45 – 00:15:  Ring in New Year following the Watch Night Service

Wednesday 3rd
19:30 – 21:00:  Practice resumes