Christmas 2019 – the final meeting of RAP

Monday 16 December 2019 - Filed under Events


We saw RAP out in style with a wonderful cake from Sue

and pies from the Walled Garden.

Sue and her helpers also had us making Christmas baubles.

It was sticky work but fun.

Jerry arranged a display of photographs and other memorabilia collected over the years.

Many of the photographs belonged to the late Margaret Cawthorne, whom we remember with great fondness. It was also a time to remember other RAP members and volunteers no longer with us.

No Christmas event would be complete without a few carols.

It was especially appropriate that Joy Rayden, who founded RAP 25 years ago, should be there to accompany us on her guitar and lead the singing. She also made a touching speech thanking Jerry and his team of volunteers for all their hard work over the years.

The final group photograph. Cllr Pauline McHardy, who has been a friend and supporter of RAP for many years, can be seen on the left hand side. She brought us a Christmas gift each, which we appreciated very much.

Chris Searle organised the final RAP pool competition. Stevie won it and can KEEP the trophy. Well done, Stevie!

Christmas cards and Games

Sunday 10 November 2019 - Filed under Events

We made Christmas cards this morning and played some games.

Jenga was particularly good fun!

RAP at the Harrogate ‘Oscars’

Saturday 2 November 2019 - Filed under Events

Jerry, Carole and Danielle were able to go along to Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel last night to receive one of the awards for voluntary organisations celebrating a special anniversary.The programme notes said the following:

RAP (Ripon Activity Project)
RAP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The club was initially established in 1994 by Ripon CVS, Barnardo’s and Harrogate Borough Council but Barnardo’s withdrew soon after. The CVS direct support finished in 2005 and RAP has been managed entirely by volunteers ever since.

2019 Talent Show and AGM

Monday 14 October 2019 - Filed under Events

Due to a clash of activities for some this morning, the craft session was rather rushed.

Fortunately, there was still enough time for mingling and refreshments.

Phew! A nice cup of tea for the photographer!Thank you, David.

Watch the birdie, ladies!

Smile, everyone!

Timing dictated that RAP’s Got Talent preceded the AGM this year and the audience took their seats.

What next, they wondered!

The performers hoped that the judges, who this year included the late Margaret Cawthorne’s sister Marion, wouldn’t be too severe.

Ben gave us a tune on his penny whistle.

Full marks for audience participation!

Even the judges joined in at Ben’s command.

Heather read one of Margaret’s best known poems, ‘Our Rose’.

Matthew took off the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker.

What a great outfit!

Rebekah shone in more ways than one!

Snake Davis’s greatest fan prepared to play and sing.

Well done, Stevie!

The poem Maggie read seems to have gone down well.

Cllr. Eamon Parkin, Mayor of Ripon, presented Rebekah and Matthew with the Margaret Cawthorne trophy.

Jerry prepared to speak at the AGM.

Bethany gave her Vice Chair’s report and Maggie took the minutes.


Unfortunately, although those who attended the various activities and outings during the year have enjoyed them, dwindling numbers and a lack of new volunteers coming forward have made it unfeasible to continue beyond the end of 2019. The last meeting will be the Christmas party on Saturday, 14th December, after which RAP will be wound up according to Charity Commission guidelines and its assets distributed amongst local charities with similar aims.

We’ve had a lot of fun together over the last 25 years, haven’t we?

Saint Wilfrid’s Day in Ripon

Monday 5 August 2019 - Filed under Events

We never meet as a group in August, but it was good to see some of our members who attend Ripon Community Link/Ripon Walled Garden taking part in the Saint Wilfrid’s Day parade. Well done! You looked as though you were having a lot of fun.

2019 Summer Outing

Wednesday 17 July 2019 - Filed under Events

The joint RAP/ARK outing took members, carers and volunteers for a ride on the Wensleydale Railway as far as Redmire and then on by coach to Hawes for a picnic lunch and visit to the Dales Museum. A questionnaire thoughtfully provided by Jerry gave added interest to the exhibits.

Everyone appreciated a stop at the Brymor Ice Cream Parlour on the way back to Ripon!

Rain Stopped Play

Saturday 8 June 2019 - Filed under Events

Unfortunately – and not for the first time – our plan to play flat green bowls in the Ripon Spa Gardens was thwarted by the weather. However, Chris and Freda were kind enough to allow the four of us who did make it – Matthew, Rebekah, Ben and Emma – to make use of their clubhouse and play some games.

We really appreciated the ladies’ hospitality and hope to see them again (in drier weather) next year.