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.


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


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!

Ten Pin Bowling competition 2018

Saturday 21 April 2018 - Filed under Events

There’s always a good turn out for our annual visit to Clifton Moor, York.

The competition was as stiff as ever, but Daniel emerged as this year’s clear winner. Louise was in second place, with Marc coming in third.


Masks and Drumbeats!

Sunday 11 March 2018 - Filed under Events

Our craft activity today was the decorating of carnival masks.

It involved a lot of paint, glue – too much in some cases – and patience.

We had plenty of help from Sue, our wonderful craft organiser, volunteers and carers.

Everyone was happy with the results.

For the second half of the morning, we were delighted to welcome back Stingwray for another of his wonderful drumming workshops.

Everyone joined in and it’s lucky that the Youth Centre has no immediate neighbours to disturb!

There was a little time left over for a refresher on circus skills.

Amongst other things, Sting is an expert juggler and spinner of plates.

Maybe with years of practice, we could achieve something similar. It’s much harder than it looks!


RAP AGM 2017

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Filed under Events

The AGM took place on Saturday, 14th October and we were very happy that mayoral parties from Boroughbridge and Pateley Bridge were able to join us.

Before we got down to serious business, some of us enjoyed decorating key rings.

The results were very colourful.

The AGM went well. Jerry read the Chair’s and Treasurer’s reports and Vice Chair Bethany read the report that she had written herself. Carole Anderson was elected to join the Management Committee and suggestions were taken for next year’s programme.

Then it was time for this year’s RAP’s Got Talent to be judged by the mayors and mayoresses. The audience was very appreciative.

Rebekah stunned us all with her hip-hop rap routine…

… and still had the energy to partner Ben in their interpretation of the theme song from Titanic.

Emma performed a magic trick. How did she make that ping-pong ball return to her each time?

Matthew sang for us, Ben played his penny whistle and volunteer Maggie was pressed into reading an extract from her new children’s book Wheels on Fire, but Margaret was the winner with some of her poetry.

Have you ever seen a happier face?

September 2017

Saturday 9 September 2017 - Filed under Events

It was good to be back together again after the summer break.

Most of us enjoyed making decorative tea lights under Sue’s expert guidance and with help from other volunteers.

The results were stunning, don’t you think?

There was less time than usual for games, but some of us made use of the table tennis and pool tables.