Remembrancetide at Ripon Cathedral
Hundreds of the men and women of Ripon fought in the two world wars and hundreds of those would not come home. A special exhibition at Ripon Cathedral this Remembrancetide explores some of their stories and sacrifice.
Home and Yonder: Riponians during the two world wars is being held in the cathedral’s beautiful 17th century library and includes reproductions of some of the uniforms worn by those who served, including the current uniform of the Rev Canon Major Barry Pyke CF, a cathedral canon and Army Reserve Chaplain. A collection of artefacts, loaned by Ripon Museum Trust and local residents is also on display. The exhibition runs from October 22 – November 16.
Alongside Home and Yonder an exhibition of paintings depicting air battles during the Battle of Britain will go on display. Battle of Britain, North East England, 15th August 1940 depicts some of our region’s flying aces taking on the might of the Luftwaffe across the northern skies. The art work, by Durham artist Denis Harry Fox, has recently been exhibited in Durham Cathedral and Durham Town Hall. The exhibitions are free to view during opening hours when families can also tour the cathedral by way of the fascinating memorial plaques and stunning stained glass windows. Each name on the trail will provide a letter, which can then be used to spell out a word with the reward of a Remembrance-themed sticker.
On Sunday November 14 at 11.40m we remember the fallen in our Act of Remembrance and Rededication, attended by civic dignitaries, members of 21 Engineer Regiment and the Royal British Legion.
This year the cathedral is also pleased to be able to host concerts once more, something which it was unable to do last year due to the pandemic. Ripon Community Poppy Project’s A Concert of Remembrance takes place in the cathedral on the evening of November 11 featuring Ripon City Band and the Dishforth Military Wives Choir. Tickets for the Remembrance concert are on sale at Stuff4offices; proceeds go to the Royal British Legion (Ripon Branch) and Ripon Community Poppy Project.
Then on November 13 Ripon Choral Society performs Verdi’s Requiem – for more information and to book please visit https://riponchoralsociety.org.uk/tc-events/autumn-verdi-requiem/ Tickets are also available from the cathedral shop.
On Friday November 12 at 7pm A Night to Remember will help raise funds for Harrogate based charity Wellspring, which offers therapy and training. The evening showcases a variety of musical ensembles, choirs and soloists, including renowned pianist, Julian Saphir and Soprano, Eleonore Cockerham. To book your tickets visit: https://wellspringshop.squarespace.com/shop/ticket