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Busy times at Jennyruth Workshops

We find out what the team at Jennyruth Workshops have been upto for the last few months

Nature in the Garden How to get the best from your garden this Summer


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Real Retirement Planning FEATURED

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A Farming Challenge

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Welcome to the Summer issue Summer has well and truly arrived and we celebrate it with a wide range of local news and updates. We have everything from Financial Advice (p5), to embracing your garden (p6) and an update from Jennyruth Workshops too! (p10). Don’t forget, if you have any news, events or stories of local interest, please feel free to send them to editorial@ I hope you all enjoy the issue. Best wishes,

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Real Retirement Planning I’ve been reading the Which? ‘planning for your retirement’ booklet, and it’s a pretty comprehensive summary of things you need to think about. But it struck me there’s one enormous hole in the 34 pages……. There is not one word about what retirement means, so what is it you are actually planning for? It’s obviously a good idea to make sure the financial position looks healthy, so you will have enough money to live securely and enjoy the extra free time. Cashflow forecasting will help you to check that the assets you’ve worked so hard to build up throughout your working life will be sufficient to maintain your desired lifestyle over the next 20/30/40 years. A good retirement, however, depends on two things: - having enough purpose to get you up in the morning - having enough money so you can sleep at night Effective and ongoing financial planning will help you with the second, but it won’t get you very far with the first. The financial part of this conversation should make you feel free enough to create a new retirement based on the emotional part. Plan your days around the people and passions that excite you. How about: • Work at something you love. Take a part-time job at a company that interests you. Turn that crazy idea you couldn’t sell to your old boss into your own business. Consult, teach, volunteer. • Keep learning. Curiosity is a great stimulant for mental health and well-being. • Get better at having fun. Join local groups. Spend more time with younger members of your family. • Travel. To familiar places or unexplored destinations. We spend so much of our lives working that our jobs become a large part of our identities. Rediscovering who we are once we stop working can be a major retirement challenge. To prepare for this emotional transition: • Talk to your spouse ahead of time. Don’t wait until you’ve stopped working before discussing how both of you feel about retirement. What do each of you imagine life will be like? What are the things you’re excited to do? What are you afraid of? What can each of you do to make this new phase of life as fulfilling as possible? • Make a list. What are the things you’re passionate about? Something you’ve always wished you knew more about? A skill you’d like to develop? A cause that’s important to you? • What about after you’ve gone? Putting together a legacy that could impact your family and community for generations can have tremendous emotional benefits. The peace of mind that comes from knowing the people you care about are taken care of can empower you to worry a little less and enjoy your retirement more. Just imagine…After all those years you finally stopped work yesterday. What does being retired feel like to you? What are you going to do today? What are you going to talk about with your partner? What about tomorrow and the next day? You could leave it until that day arrives, or you could start planning ahead now. We understand how difficult figuring this out can be, both individually and as couple. If you’re thinking about your retirement, but not sure how it’s going to work please get in touch. Ian Kemp

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Summer has arrived... Blue skies, bees and butterflies and long, balmy nights. Summer brings us a heady cocktail burgeoning with sensual delight as the garden is at it’s zenith. It’s time to take a deep breath, sit down, relax and enjoy nature in full swing.

give you an opportunity to marvel at the splendour you’ve created with a chance to plan for the future. A beautiful, balanced space acts as a refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life for both you and your wildlife friends. When planning a new area, form should follow function. In essence, get the basics in place and then put your imagination to work. It’s like painting but instead of a brush you use a fork and spade. There’s a limitless supply of creative materials with which to make your masterpiece. Some of my favourites are natural stone, water, light and of course plants in their various shapes and sizes. So why not get inspired and give it a go? This summer we thought we’d give you a snapshot of the gardens we’ve created over the past years, with our customers.


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If you want to create your own private sanctum or require any help with garden design and construction then please contact Timothy Campbell Landscapes (BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation) on 07739071012 or visit: www. High summer is a great time to take stock of what the garden has to offer. Stepping back and getting a feel for the area as a whole will

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Happy Gardening!

Creating spaces for yourself, family and wildlife

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Out & About Every Month

20th July

n Ripon Ghost Walks @ 7.15pm Explore the darker side of the historic city of Ripon on this ghost walk, hearing tales of ghouls and ghostly goings on around every corner! Explore the darker side of Ripon’s history from the macabre to the mysterious! Discover ancient burial sites, curious bone finds and characters who lived and died hundreds of years ago but who some say still linger! Meet at the Cabman’s Shelter on the Market Place for a 7:15pm start IF YOU DARE! There’s no need to book - just turn up. Price: Adults £3, Under 16s £1. The walk will last around 1 hour 35 minutes, finishing back at the Market Square in time to see the Ripon Hornblower at 9pm. For more details: .........................................................

n Fireworks Championships Love Fireworks? Then you will be dazzled by our fabulous firework displays all over the UK this summer. Come and see what has turned into one of the best firework events in the UK. Bring a picnic or grab food and drink at the event, sit down at a stunning stately home and sit back. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the music / interviews before a splendid evening of four spectacular displays all precisely set to music. Each event runs as a competition format with 3 teams firing against each other. The audience have the chance to text vote for the winning display and the result is announced after the final display by organisers MLE Pyrotechnics. Newby Hall & Gardens. £20.90 / 0845 450 4068. Newby Hall, Ripon, HG4 5AE .........................................................

n The Pilgrimage of Grace 7pm. Markenfield Hall, Ripon HG4 3AD Entry Fee: £12 On 11 October 1536 a group of men gathered in Ripon marketplace, determined to restore the dissolved abbeys of Jervaulx and Coverham. Calling themselves ‘pilgrims’ in defiance of Henry VIII’s religious changes, and flying the banner of the five wounds of Christ, these rebels coerced their local lords to lead them. Thomas Markenfield of Markenfield Hall and his brother-inlaw Richard Norton of Norton Conyers led thousands of rebels to besiege Skipton Castle and then south to Doncaster. This ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’ was one of the largest rebellions of the Tudor period, with between 20-40,000 gentry and yeomen mustering against the crown. Discover how and why these armies were raised, why the rebellion failed to achieve its aims, and the dire consequences of rebellion against the early Tudor state. .........................................................

n The Handlebards - The Tempest The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe at the Workhouse Museum for a bicyclepowered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’ like no other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. The play: a shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, musicality and mystery a plenty! This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather! Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG4 1LE. Phone: 01765 647137 .........................................................

19th July

Ripon Companionship Café (For the over 60’s) dementia friendly

Come along for Tea & Chat, with entertainment: Crafts Music Guest Speakers Lucky Dip Films Quiz Carols at Christmas

2019 Programme Open from 1.30pm to 3pm     

Monday 18th March Monday 15th April Monday 20th May Monday 17th June Monday 15th July

Monday 19th August Monday 16th September Monday 21st October Monday 18th November Monday 16th December

£2 entrance fee, includes Tea or Coffee & Cake and Lucky Dip We would like to thank Morrisons for kindly donating Cake & Biscuits

Venue: Holy Trinity Church Room 2, Kirby Road, Ripon, HG4 2EY For further details contact Home Instead Senior Care on 01765 530 400 or visit our website:



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9th August

1st September n Ripon Horticultural Show Ripon Horticultural Show to be held in the Wakeman Bar at the Race Course, Ripon, the show is open to anyone to enter who lives within 3 miles of the Town Hall, entries to in by the 23rd August, for a schedule down load from the allotment web site. The show will be open for viewing from 12-30pm with the presentations of trophies at 4-00pm. .........................................................

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n Ripon International Festival Susan Goldsbrough, Festival Director, is pleased to announce @riponfestival has a new website! You can see it here: and can download our newly released programme, as well as book tickets for the September events now. (NB: we are now .org, not .com) .........................................................

Ripon Library

Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at your nearest library during the holidays! This year the theme is Space Chase, celebrating 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. The challenge is to read 6 library books of your choice and collect space themed stickers and other prizes on the way – everyone who finishes will receive a limited edition Space Chase medal and a certificate. Space Chase is for children aged 4 to 11 but this year there is also a special mini challenge with free stickers for younger siblings too! The Challenge runs from 13th July to 7th Sept and it’s all free! There will also be fabulous events for children in North Yorkshire Libraries during the summer holidays, including at Ripon & Masham:


TEL: 01765 680204 Tuesday 30th July 10.00 -11.30 am Space creations astronauts & aliens craft session! Free 4 –11yrs


TEL: 01609 536623 Saturday 13th July 11.00am-1.00pm Crafty galaxy build and decorate a solar system for Ripon Library. Drop in session £1 4-11yrs

Tuesday 23rd July 10.30-11.30am Where Would we be Without Gravity? An engaging talk by Harrogate Astrological Society on how gravity guides our path through the universe. Booking required. £2*. 8-11yrs Thursday 25th July 11.00- 12 noon In the Space Garden at Ripon Walled Garden - stories, games and crafts to decorate the garden with stars. Booking required. £1* 4-8y4rs Wednesday 31st July 2.00pm – 3.30pm Join mission control for space themed activities that are out of this world. Event in Spa Gardens Ripon. Booking required. £1* 4-11yrs

Wednesday 14th August 1.30-3.30pm Build a Lego space station! Booking required. Free* 4-11yrs Tuesday 6th August 1:15 - 2pm and 2:15 - 3pm Mad Electricity and Magnetism with Harrogate Lunar Society Fun experiments you will surely find attractive! Booking required. Free* 7-11yrs .........................................................

Ripon Summer Yoga 2019 21st Season

Wednesdays 17th July to 21th August 7.30 – 9.00 pm at AllHallowgate Methodist Church Hall Victoria Grove HG4 1LG

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Drop in sessions for all abilities from 16 years old £6 per session – no booking required

17th July Jo Parker 24th July Jan McGuire 31st July Becka Badby th 07 August Pujananda (Ute Neumann– Pampus) 14th August Celia Grieve st 21 August Rebecca Thompson Wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat [some available] Ripon Summer Yoga is run on a non-profit basis and any money after expenses is donated to charity For more information please contact: Sarah Sutton 01845 567890 Lucy Croucher 07740 803663

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Summer at Jennyruth Workshops Bespoke Work Staff and workers have completed three wonderful Garden Arbours for customers as special orders. The workmanship is very impressive and we have some very happy customers. We are able to take a limited number of bespoke orders depending on the need to produce our usual range of craft items. If you think there is something we could design and build for you, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Coffee at the Unicorn Hotel Have a coffee at the Unicorn Hotel, Ripon. In our Friday WEA course we have been planning a project to make good links with the City of Ripon and raise a few funds. We have organised a coffee morning at the Unicorn Hotel on the second Friday morning of each month. Daniel, one of our workers, says that “drinking coffee and eating cakes is not why we are doing this.” Come along and judge for yourself and meet some of our workers.

Brighter Boroughbridge

Volunteering at Ripon Cathedral

We have been involved in a wonderful project for Brighter Boroughbridge with Josie, a local artist, who designed a series of paintings of local landmarks. She enabled our workers to paint them for installation on the southern roundabout in Boroughbridge.

Matthew is supported by one of our volunteers to volunteer at Ripon Cathedral as a ‘Welcomer’. Matthew says “I wear the red gown and my new name badge, welcoming and greeting new guests and give them the guide map to help show them around. They learn about the whole history of it.”

videos and they are very proud of the finished performances in which they have all played an important part. What fun! I’ve really enjoyed this video from my friends @Jennyruth WS - they’re the best! Giles Brandreth

ROAR by Katy Perry: JRW’s 3rd Maketon Video Go to Jennyruth Workshops’ home page on YouTube and look for: ‘Jennyruth Workshops presents Roar in Makaton’. The Workers get great pleasure from making these Jennyruth Workshops Unit 5, Red House Farm, Newby Hall Estate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AY Tel: 01765 606620 email:



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A small farm with a T h e Spilman f a m i l y are a small mixed farming business, with a big (huge!) diversification challenge on our hands! They have a history of forward thinking and diversification, within their farm heritage, 47 years ago they planted their first strawberries to diversify into PYO. There were few farm shops then, and the concept of pyo and farm shop retail has evolved to be a popular pastime in the last ten years. Last year, Spilmans decided to revisit their farm shop concept (which was a seasonal pop up shop) and expand their customer offer to include a fully stocked farm shop, cafe and play barn business. Spilmans aim is to extend visitors stay whilst on their farm, by offering a great value day out for all the family. Their purpose, is to give people a truly authentic experience. First and



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foremost, they do not proclaim to be anything other than yorkshire farmers... and everything must be centered around their fabulous setting. They hope to continue to develop and grow their business to become a destination of choice for families, cyclists and the immediate local community. This is a big challenge to their business, as the history of the farm shop, is that of a seasonal business that previously has only been open June - August for the last 47 years! This requires a whole mindset change from the local community, to remember that Spilmans farm shop and cafe is now open for 9 months of the year and are a local convenience store to them for organic milk, cream & butter, fresh eggs, farm reared meat, preserves, confectionery etc. “We are an excellent example, of a farm that approaches diversification in a proactive way, and not reactive. Our farming future, depends on the diversification of past farming ways...

a big challenge! make farming accessible to the next generation.. We choose to do this by providing an authentic farm shopping environment, a cafe menu that showcases fresh seasonal produce, and a play space that provides a farming themed recreational facility for families, that educates young people about agriculture.� Olivia Spilman. This farming team are passionate about all things farming, the future of farming and how we can influence the younger generation to learn about and enjoy a farming setting. This year they opened their Spilman County Showground Playbarn, which enables families to visit the farm for free and spend time in a rural farming setting. Playing and interacting with each other, role playing how to be a farmer, looking after and even showing animals! They recently volunteered for the FaceTime a Farmer initiative, to help schools across the country engage with farming from the classroom. This year is the first year they will partake in

Open Farm Sunday, when the farm will be open to the public to visit and see behind the scenes on June 21st 2019. Alongside future generations, Spilmans have made a commitment to the planet this year too... to reduce the use of single use plastic this year across the whole of the farm. Their PYO punnets are now plastic free, and made from recycled cardboard. They no longer have any plastic carrier bags, but have our own branded bags for life if customers forget a bag. Their farm shop sells organic milk in glass bottles, hand wrapped organic butter, eco products for the home and much more! They also sell the first tin of peanut butter to hit the market! Spilmans Farm Shop, Cafe & Playbarn ore now open for the 2019 season. Open Tuesday- Sunday 9am- 4pm. Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, YO7 3NB

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