News Archive

Notice of Lecture Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the speaker for our lecture on Sunday 19th February 2017.

Mr John Colston, formerly Vicar of Christ Church, Harrogate, and currently the organist at Sharow church, will now give a talk on Gilbert and Sullivan. It promises to be both interesting and entertaining, so please do join us and bring friends along too.

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Annual Report 2015-2016

You can see an overview of some of the supporters and the activities of Friends of Ripon Cathedral over the last year in the Annual Report as well as some future events such as our special Study Day in March 2017 with Jon Cannon, and our lecture programme beginning in September 2016. Click here to view the Annual Report or visit the Annual Reports section of our website.

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Read our latest Newsletter, catch up with forthcoming Events

Our May 2016 newsletter has now been published and you can read it online at It contains details of forthcoming lectures and events, which are also listed on our website at

The newsletter also contains details of our Annual General Meeting, to be held at 7.00pm on Friday, 1st  July 2016 at Thorpe Prebend House, and a visit by coach to three of North Yorkshire’s most interesting places of worship the...Read More »

Coffee and Cookies

The Friends of Ripon cathedral invite you for Coffee and Cookies at The Spa Hotel, Park Street, Ripon, at 10:30am on Saturday 30th January, 2016.

Come and join us for a get-together and informal discussions on the way forward for the Friends. We welcome your ideas.

If you plan to attend to please contact Dorothy Taylor on 01765 604778

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Latest Newsletter Published - with an Invitation

Our November 2015 Newsletter has now been published and you can view/save it online by clicking here

In the newsletter, Chairman Dorothy Taylor sets out plans for the development of the Friends in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. The Council of the Friends is actvely considerting opetions and planning for the future this year and we would be delighted to discuss ideas and...Read More »

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Ripon Cathedral will be held on Sunday 19th July at 3:00pm

at Thorpe Prebend House, High St Agnesgate, Ripon

The meeting will be followed by a talk by The Revd Canon Professor Myra Shackley.

Further details will follow shortly.

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Initial response to the Cathedral Consultation is published

The Very Reverend John Dobson, Dean of Ripon has today published “Growing God’s Kingdom – a First Response”. This is an initial response to the consultation about the future of Ripon Cathedral’s ministry as one of the three Cathedrals of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

In his introduction to the report, Dean John says: “I believe that through prayer and...Read More »

New Bishop of Huddersfield and Bishop of Bradford appointed

Downing Street has announced the appointment of Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs, the first ever Area Bishop of Huddersfield, and Revd Dr Toby Howarth, the Area Bishop of Bradford. The two new bishops were introduced today by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, at Leeds Station.

Joining Jonathan and Toby were their wives, Toni Gibbs and Revd Henrietta Howarth, together with the Archdeacons of Halifax and Bradford and senior clergy.

From Leeds station, the two new bishops travelled...Read More »

Statement from Archbishop Justin on Gaza

Following a recent update from staff at the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, the Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken publicly of his concern for the deteriorating situation in Gaza.

Archbishop Justin Welby said today:

“You can’t look at the pictures coming from Gaza and Israel without your heart breaking. We must cry to God and beat down the doors of heaven and pray for peace and justice and...Read More »

Three Cathedrals’ Day of Prayer for Bishop Nick

Ripon Cathedral is to offer prayer stations as part of a Three Cathedrals’ Day of Prayer for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, and, in particular, for its Bishop, Nick Baines, as he prepares to be enthroned.

On 12th July, the Saturday before Bishop Nick Baines is enthroned in the three Cathedrals of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, the Cathedrals of Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield are each holding a Day of...Read More »

Ripon Cathedral to install its new Dean

The new Dean of Ripon will be welcomed and ‘installed’ at a historic service in Ripon Cathedral this Saturday June 14th at 6pm.

Canon John Dobson (49) who until recently was a vicar and Area Dean in the Diocese of Durham has been chosen to succeed the Very Revd Keith Jukes who died suddenly last year.  Canon Dobson will be installed at a service led by the Bishop of Knaresborough, the Rt Revd James...Read More »

Annual Report AGM Details Published

Members will have received their copies of the Friends of Ripon Cathedral’s Annual Report 2013-2014, together with notice of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting which will be held on Saturday 28th June at 2:30pm in Thorpe Prebend House.

We are delighted that John Dobson, who by then will have been installed as Dean, will attend the meeting on an informal basis to familiarise himself with the Friends’ Activities.

Our sub-Dean Keith Punshon will give us...Read More »

Welcome to the Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales

A map of the new diocese

We wish you a very happy Easter celebration and celebrate the birth of the new diocese which comes into being at midday today, Easter Sunday.

We look forward to meeting and getting to know our new partners in the diocese and the opportunities that this new diocese will bring.

Here are a couple of links you may like to have a look at:

Installation of Canon John Dobson as Dean of Ripon - 14th June 2014

The Chapter of Ripon Cathedral is delighted to invite you and a guest to the Installation of the Reverend Canon John Dobson as our new Dean, on Saturday 14th June 2014 at 6.00pm. Refreshments will be served from 4.30pm.

Please RSVP by 9 May 2014

The Cathedral has served God in this place for 1350 years and Dean John will lead our pilgrim Cathedral into a new phase of mission in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire...Read More »

Installation of the Dean of Ripon

The installation of John Dobson as the new Dean of Ripon will take place on Saturday, 14th June.

The service will commence at 1800pm.

More details to follow shortly.

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Holy Week and Easter 2014

As we journey through Lent, you might like to look ahead to our schedule of services which take us from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through the events of Holy Week, culminating in the Triduum of Good Friday through to Easter Day.

Services for Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday – April 13th
10.10am – Blessing of Palms in Market Square and procession
10.30am – Sung Eucharist
5.30pm – devotion for...Read More »

The New Dean of Ripon is Announced

The Revd Canon John Dobson, currently serving in the Diocese of Durham, is to be the new Dean of Ripon. The announcement was made from Downing Street on the morning of Thursday, 13th March.

John says, “I’m delighted to be coming to Ripon: it’s both a huge privilege and a challenging responsibility – and it’s at a particularly exciting time as the new diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales is...Read More »

Susannah Wesley – Mother of Methodism

Dr Arthur Faulkner

On Sunday afternoon 16th March we come to the end of this season’s presentations for the Ripon Cathedral Friends when Dr Arthur Faulkner’s subject will be Susannah Wesley – Mother of Methodism.

Arthur Faulkner is a retired civil engineer, keen ornithologist, photographer and speaker. As a Methodist he has studied the lives of the Wesleys in some detail and his admiration for Susannah Wesley and her...Read More »

Holy Week and Easter 2014

Services for Holy Week and Easter have been published by the Cathedral.

As well as being the most holy festival of the Christian year, this year Easter Day will see the creation of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

In preparation for that day, Bishop James Bell and Bishop Tony Robinson will be visiting every deanery in our new diocese during Lent where local people are invited to discuss how best the church can...Read More »

Rt Revd Nick Baines issues a video statement

The Rt Revd Nick Baines, first Bishop of Leeds for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, has issued a video statement about the appointment and his vision. Click here to view.

There is also a detailed press release and biography issued shortly after the appointment was announced, on the Transformation website. Click here.

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Archbishop to give first St Wilfrid Lecture of 2014

Rt Revd Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York returns to Ripon Cathedral on Thursday February 27th at 7pm to give the first St Wilfrid Lecture of 2014 on the theme of ‘Beyond War and Conflict: Building Communities of Peace and Reconciliation’.

Archbishop Sentamu gave the very first St Wilfrid Lecture in 2009. Speaking then on the subject of Rethinking Mission: the Church in Contemporary Society, he said that “the Church must be a beacon,...Read More »

Countdown to the new diocese

The Diocese of Ripon and Leeds has published a summary of key dates both before and after Easter and the inauguration of the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. With more details of the bishops’ Lent deanery meetings, the March 30th Thanksgiving service for the diocese of Ripon and Leeds, and the Celebration and Inauguration service at York Minster on Pentecost Sunday June 8th.

Click here for all the latest details

The service, combining music with the beautiful language of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, will include Howells’ setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G and Parry’s celebrated anthem, Hear my words, ye...Read More »

Annual General Meeting 2014

The Friends of Ripon Cathedral give notice that the 72nd Annual General Meeting of will take place on Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 2.30pm at Thorpe Prebend House, High St Agnesgate, Ripon.

Further information will follow.

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Bishop of Bradford to be Bishop of brand new Diocese for Yorkshire

Downing Street has announced that the Rt Revd Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, will be the first Church of England Bishop of Leeds for the new Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales.

The diocese, which comes into being on Easter Sunday (20 April), will replace the current dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield and will be the largest geographically in the country. It will be known formally as The Diocese of...Read More »

72nd Annual General Meeting, 20th July 2013

The 72nd Annual General Meeting was held at Thorpe Prebend House on Saturday, 20th July 2013.

Click here to read 2012/2013 – A Year of Change: the chairman’s report on the year which was presented at the meeting.

The AGM was followed by a fascinating talk entitled “There let the pealing organ blow…” – a loose history of organs from 1399, ending with an update on the current restoration Ripon Cathedral’s organ.

The afternoon concluded with tea and cake and...Read More »

Corrections to the 2012/13 Annual Report

We apologise that there are several errors and omissions on the front page of this year’s Annual Report. The following is the correct version.

Click here to view/download a printable copy to insert in your copy of the Annual Report.

The Rt Rev’d John Packer, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds

Mr Michael Abrahams
Lord Crathorne
Mr James Ramsden

Mr Toby Wallis

Mrs Dorothy Taylor

Dr Emma Spick

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AGM 2013

The Friends of Ripon Cathedral give notice that the 72nd Annual General Meeting of will take place on Saturday, 20th July 2013 at 2.30pm at Thorpe Prebend House, High St Agnesgate, Ripon.


  1.  To receive apologies for absence
  2. To approve and sign the minutes of the 71st AGM held on 11th August 2012
  3. Chairman’s remarks
  4. Secretary’s report
  5. Membership secretary’s report
  6. Theatre visits report
  7. Lectures report
  8. To receive for adoption the Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31st December...Read More »

Keith Jukes, 1954-2013

The Very Reverend
Keith Jukes
Dean of Ripon

We are saddened and shocked at the sudden death of our Dean, Keith Jukes, who died at midday on 21st May 2013. Our love and sympathy go out to his wife Suzanne and all the family.

Keith’s death is particularly poignant for us because for many years he was Chairman of the Friends, a post he fulfilled with enthusiasm and wisdom until 2012,...Read More »

A Rare View of the Royal Portraits

Over 30 members were present on 28th November to celebrate the publication of the Royal Portraits booklet by the Friends at Minster House, by kind invitation of the Dean and Mrs Jukes.

A group of members discussing the relative merits of the portraits with the assistance of the Royal Portraits booklet.

The guests included the four members most closely associated with putting the booklet together over the past twelve years: Brian...Read More »

Friends join in Christmas Food & Gift Fair

In what we hope will become a regular event, members of the Friends volunteered to help at the door for this year’s Christmas Gift and Food Fair held on 24th November.

The Fair is held every year by the Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign (RCDC).

This year the Fair was especially successful, with an extension in the Old Deanery, more space for visitors and a wide range of festive entertainment.

Margaret Hammond of RCDC sent the letter below...Read More »

Crocodiles in Cream 12th October 2012

Crocodiles in Cream proved to be a very successful evening. I was unsure prior to the performance what to expect. On entering the cathedral I found the simplicity of the “stage” with the backdrop of the magnificent pillars of the cathedral behind the set, quite profound and quite moving. Kevin Moore’s performance was excellent and quite incredible that such a dialogue could be performed so flawlessly. The evening for me was very enjoyable and I...Read More »

AGM 2012

The Friends’ Annual General Meeting, held on 11th August at Thorpe Prebend House, was in some ways “just another AGM” and in others quite unusual.

The activities and finances of the Friends continue pretty much as usual, with some inevitable response to the changing circumstances around us – though the degree of change has been moderated by the good stewardship of the various Council members involved. Dean Keith pointed out in his report that membership levels...Read More »

Theatre Visit Thursday 5th July 2012

The Friends’ latest theatre trip was to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific at Leeds Grand Theatre last week. It was a sparkling production with one wonderful song after another – all so well known yet well loved – and two blissful hours of blue skies and blue sea and sunshine, while the rain tippled down on the world outside. Our coach was full and we travelled there with plenty of time to spare and...Read More »

Anglo-Saxon Study Day Raises £500

Forty four Friends and guests, (not an empty seat), enjoyed a super day of lectures given by Professor Joyce Hill at Thorpe Prebend House on Saturday 23rd June 2012 for our latest fund-raising event. The day began at 9.30am and finished at 4.00pm. As well as providing tea and coffee with biscuits and cakes we also offered a buffet lunch which was accepted by 34 people.

Mrs Caroline Eason writes –

The lectures given by Professor Joyce...Read More »