A proud moment for Jerry and Carole

Friday 17 May 2019 - Filed under Events

Chairman Jerry and his lovely wife Carole were very honoured last October in winning a Volunteer Oscar for their charity work. As a result of that, they were nominated by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire to attend a Royal Garden Party in Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 15th May.

It was a very special day for them and they would like to thank all their fellow volunteers, past and present, for their support.

HRH Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were also in attendance.

The food looks scrumptious!

RAP is 25!

Saturday 11 May 2019 - Filed under Events


Founded in 1994, RAP has just reached its Silver Anniversary and we celebrated in style this morning.

The celebration cakes were made for us by Sue and there was plenty of other delicious food as well, savoury nibbles and a big coffee cake from Danielle. Thank you!

There was a craft activity to begin with, but the room became fuller and fuller as honoured guests and former volunteers crowded in to join us. We were delighted to see them all.

Even local reporter Finola Fitzpatrick and photographer Gerard Binks came to see what we were up to. We’ll look forward to seeing ourselves in the Ripon Gazette next week!

We were making coasters from old CDS.

It was quite a sticky business but fun.

Some patience required though.

Jerry had worked tirelessly to create a display of past activities.

The Music Men entertained us.

We each received a souvenir magnet made specially for us by the Jennyruth workshop, at which some of us are employed. Its website is

11th May 2019
Ripon Activity Project 25th Anniversary event.
Pictured big group shot of people attending
Picture Gerard Binks

This wonderful group photo (taken by Gerard Binks for the Ripon Gazette) is certainly one to cherish.

Finally Jerry thanked everyone for attending and WE THANKED HIM for everything he does for RAP all year round.

Ten Pin Bowling

Saturday 13 April 2019 - Filed under Events

We all enjoyed our morning in Clifton Moor. Getting started is much easier now that shoes no longer need to be changed.

Competition between members, carers and volunteers was fierce, but Louise emerged as the winner and was presented with the trophy by Jerry. Once her name has been added, it will be hers to keep for a year. Matthew was a very worthy runner up.


January 2019

Saturday 12 January 2019 - Filed under Events


Not all our regular volunteers were unable to join us today, but Jerry and Carole helped us to make 2019 calendars and hold a Boccia tournament, which Matthew won.

Christmas Party 2018

Sunday 9 December 2018 - Filed under Events

As with most of our meetings, we began with a craft session devised and organised by Sue, (who also brought us some delicious pastries to eat with our tea or coffee). This time, we were making baubles to hang on our Christmas trees.

Coating red and green plastic balls with glue, covering them in scraps of fabric and then rolling them in glitter was a sticky business, but we all enjoyed it.

The baubles turned out very well and dried off in time for us to take them home.

There was an opportunity to chill out for a while too.

We were delighted that the Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Pauline McHardy, was able to join us for most of the morning. Here she is with Jerry and Matthew in his Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer outfit.

Maggie, who takes most of the photographs for our website and therefore is rarely in them, was almost as colourful in her Christmas jumper!

Another good friend to RAP, Joy Rayden, played her guitar for us and led the singing of some well known carols.

Jerry had had the names of our talent show winners engraved on the trophy and our Mayor and her consort, Councillor Eamon Parkin, were happy to present it to Ben, Bethany, Rebekah and Matthew.

In a big (and very welcome) surprise at the end, we were each given a box of chocolates to take home. Thank you very much, Madam Mayor! (Jerry has kept some for those members who had to leave the party early and will hand them over at the earliest opportunity.)



Saturday 3 November 2018 - Filed under Events

We’re thrilled to announce that our Chairman Jerry Anderson and his lovely wife Carole have won the Community Volunteer Award. We think it is very well deserved and long overdue!

AGM and RAP’s got Talent

Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Filed under Events

We were honoured to receive mayoral parties from Ripon, Boroughbridge and Pateley Bridge this morning.

They arrived in plenty of time to observe the craft activity that preceded the main events.

This was the rolling of bird seeds in peanut butter to hang up and feed our feathered friends during the winter.

It was quite a sticky business, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.

We were delighted that one of our honoured guests chose to have a go.

The AGM followed, in which 2017-2018 was reviewed and plans for the future discussed.

Then it was time for members to display their various talents. Voting by the mayoral parties was close, but the Evason family won with their spirited demonstration of Makaton.

Click on the images below to see who did what this time around!