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January 2019

Saturday 12 January 2019 - Filed under Events

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

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.)

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL RAP MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, CARERS, SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS!

NEWS FLASH

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.

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Tropical World

Sunday 15 July 2018 - Filed under Events

Our summer outing this year was to Tropical World in Leeds. We shared a coach with members of Ripon ARK on what may well have been the hottest day of the summer. Phew!

It was worth it, though. The many creatures who live there were a delight to see and we found a shady area to eat our packed lunches. Afterwards we took a leisurely stroll through the Canal Gardens to pose for a photo by the beautifully carved totem pole.

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Bowling in the Ripon Spa Gardens

Saturday 9 June 2018 - Filed under Events

The weather was kind to us today – dull but dry – and volunteers from the Ripon Spa Gardens Bowling Club made us feel very welcome.

A little instruction is always welcome.

It’s important to combine power with accuracy.

An expert was always on hand to show us the way.

Competition was keen!

The ‘woods’ must be returned at the end of each game.

Rounding up the ‘woods’ can be as much fun as bowling.

May 2018: Craft and Line Dancing

Saturday 12 May 2018 - Filed under Events

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This morning’s craft activity, devised as usual by our wonderful Sue, involved a great deal of paint, glue and patience.

Everyone was invited to paint a picture and then decorate it with buttons.

We were grateful, as ever, for help from our volunteers and carers.

The results were both colourful and varied.

Not everyone is arty crafty, but there’s always something else to have a go at!

There followed some energetic line dancing with the indefatigable Sue Fawcett.

Nobody really has two left feet.

The important thing is to have fun and we did!