'About Ripon', a Community Jigsaw Project

This project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Ripon City Council.

The project’s aim is to involve as many people, places, organisations and establishments that make up the wonderful City of Ripon as we can, in creating a vibrant and unique jigsaw style display to be showcased around various venues in the city, that ‘paints a picture’ of our community and all the diverse ways that we work together, live alongside each other, help and support each other and forge links together, through good times and bad. 

Below is a list of all the wonderful participants.

  • Jennyruth Workshops
    Jennyruth Workshops

    Jennyruth Workshops


    Welcome to Jennyruth Workshops, where adults with learning disabilities gain confidence, independence, work and life skills. It is a vibrant and engaging workplace where workers from Ripon and surrounding areas are trained in a wide variety of skills.

    Nicky Newell

  • The Pet Shop

    The Pet Shop


    We are a small, friendly, independent pet shop, situated in the heart of our beautiful city of Ripon. We have 2 floors selling a great range of pet foods, accessories and bedding. We also stock wild bird food, feeders, duck food and hedgehog food. If we haven’t got what you’re looking for, we will happily try and order it in for you. We offer a free local delivery service, for those heavier items, or for anyone unable to come to our shop. We are very dog friendly and love to have visits from our 4 legged friends. Of course treats will always be available if allowed!

    The Pet Shop

  • Urban Circus
    Urban Circus

    Urban Circus is a happy place where you can escape the mundane and hang around upside down with new friends, new levels of fitness and new confidence! We offer Aerial Hoop, Aerial Hammock and Pole fitness classes to all ages, abilities and backgrounds including children’s classes. We’re very proud of the wonderful, supportive community we are building in Ripon and Harrogate and we’re always looking to recruit lovely new circus freaks to come and play! We’re also hugely excited to be joining this lovely community project – exactly what the world needs at a time when we’ve never felt more alone! Brilliant job guys!  

    Natalie Leworthy

  • Dementia Forward
    Dementia Forward

    We are a small charity providing support and information to people living with dementia across North Yorkshire, through our helpline, support advisors and Dementia Specialist Nurse. One of our aims is to ‘knit’ dementia support into the everyday lives of the local community, so that there is a higher level of understanding and people can continue to live well and do the things they enjoy for as long as possible. We do this through raising awareness, providing training and working in partnership with community groups and local businesses. We also provide wellbeing services, including cafes and singing groups, which (under normal circumstances) take place weekly and offer a safe, welcoming place for people to come and take part in activities and make friends. To find out more about us, visit our website or follow us on social media.  If you, or someone you know is affected by dementia, our Helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Please call 03300 578592.

    Dementia Forward

  • Vision Support
    Vision Support

    Vision Support Harrogate District


    A local independent charity established in 1921, we exist to support visually impaired people in Harrogate, Ripon and the surrounding district. We seek to enable visually impaired people to live independently and provide opportunities to meet and interact with other visually impaired people.


    Our core services include:

    • One-on-one emotional and practical support around living with sight loss;

    • Vision Support Advisors offering free regular home visits;

    • Telephone befriending;

    • Resources for advice on daily living aids and magnification;

    • IT training;

    • Peer support groups;

    • Craft classes;

    • Social and Leisure activities


    We love our Ripon community! Although the Vision Support Centre is based in Harrogate, our Home Visiting service covers Ripon and the surrounding villages, and we have a regular peer support group that meets weekly at Lister House in Ripon (currently on hold due to COVID-19). If anyone in the Ripon area is affected by sight loss, we encourage them to get in touch to see how we might be able to help. Our services are free.

    Tanya Stimpson, Director

  • Bishopton Vets
    Bishopton Vets

    Bishopton Veterinary 




    Bishopton Veterinary Group has been working in partnership with clients for over 75 years, servicing the needs of animals big and small. We are immensely proud of our independent veterinary status and our growth to become a thriving multi-site practice with surgeries in Ripon, Northallerton, Easingwold and Pateley Bridge, plus, a farm only surgery in York. 


    We provide 24-hour emergency care, 365 days of the year ensuring you will always see one of our own vets and nurses. We are committed to working closely with our clients on preventative treatments that enhance animal welfare. So, you can be sure that we are providing you with the most progressive, knowledgeable and skilled care you need. We also have an extensive in-house referral service. 


    Tel: 01765 602396

    Bishopton Veterinary Group

  • HELP

    HELP Ripon and Rural


    We are ‘Here to HELP’ local people living without a support network to stay safe and well supported at home. Our staff and amazing volunteers provide services to promote independent living and to tackle social isolation. These services include: voluntary car driving, a befriending network, our ‘Help at Home’ gardening, decorating and odd job service and an information and signposting service. During Covid-19, we have adapted our services to assist people shielding or self-isolating. Over 220 new volunteers have carried out over 2,000 practical tasks including shopping and prescription pick ups as well as telephone befriending. Our practical Help at Home service can also run vital errands e.g. welfare calls to the very vulnerable, moving beds for Covid-19 patients released from hospital etc. As the national shielding programme ends, we will continue to support local people requiring assistance on a practical or emotional level whilst staying at home.

    01765 645915


    Susan Wells

  • Northern Goose
    Northern Goose

    Northern Goose


    Northern Goose is a Creative Agency based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We produce engaging video and photo content for businesses wanting to promote themselves online. Along with producing content we also provide marketing services such as social media management, ad management and influencer marketing.

    Angus Smith

  • Olivers' Pantry
    Olivers' Pantry

    Oliver's Pantry


    Oliver’s Pantry is a home from home quirky cafe just off the Market Square in Ripon.  


    We are passionate about serving tasty, fresh, wholesome homemade food, yummy sweet treats, full bodied coffee & flavoursome loose-leaf tea, smoothies, milk shakes and even the odd wine or beer if that’s what you fancy.   


    You will feel a warm welcome from the moment you walk through our door, sit back relax and enjoy. 

    Lou Grant

  • Ripon Library
    Ripon Library

    Ripon Library is at the heart of the Community and welcomes everybody whether they are a local resident or a visitor to the City.

    You can become a library member straight away and use your library card to borrow books and use library computers, you can also borrow free e-books e-audiobooks, newspapers and magazines from the digital library collection.

    There are a wide range of activities taking place at the library each week and details can be found advertised on their website.

    Jigsaw piece designed by Jamie Allen

    Ripon Library

  • Ripon Community Link
    Ripon Walled Garden

    Ripon Community Link and Walled Garden


    Ripon Community Link provides front line services with day care support for adults and young people with learning disabilities. We overcome barriers, providing supported activities promoting a fully integrated, diverse society.


    We provide comprehensive services from our two sites, tailored to the needs of our service users (Members) to enable every individual to meet their unique individually identified goals and fulfil their potential.


    Come and visit us at Ripon Walled Garden and enjoy the wonderful garden, orchard and woodland.  We sell produce made by Members in our plant nursery and shop including homemade jams, chutneys and cakes.  All proceeds support the work of the charity.

    Jigsaw piece influenced by Dean and Mel's flower designs.

    Ripon Community Link

  • Re4M


    Re4M is a Ripon based charitable association which offers social and leisure activities to adults withe learning disabilities, their parents and carers who live within the city and the surrounding area. Re4M holds monthly coffee mornings at St Wilfrid's Community Centre and there is one major social event each month as well as smaller informal events. Informal peer to peer support is available to all involved during these activities, through the opportunities offered by developing friendships and relationships in a supportive and empathetic environment.

    Jigsaw piece designed by Tom Wood.

    Carol Priestly


  • Set The Tone Fitness
    Set The Tone Fitness

    Set the Tone Fitness


    Set the Tone Fitness is based in Ripon and serves the surrounding area including Harrogate, Knaresborough, Grantley, Grewelthorpe, Mickley and Thirsk.


    The mission of Set the Tone Fitness is to make getting and staying fit fun, accessible and achievable for everyone. We pride ourselves on growing and nurturing our fitness community in the most inclusive and welcoming of environments.


    Set the Tone Fitness offers online exercise classes, 1 to 1 and small group personal training services as well as a range of group exercise classes including circuit training and boot camp classes.


    Whatever your fitness level or capabilities we have a class to suit you. We pride ourselves on our fun and varied classes.


    Check out the relevant pages on our website for all times and prices: setthetonefitness.co.uk


    If you have any questions please get in touch by email at:



    Stuart Clark

    Coach and Owner

  • Evolve

    Evolve is a small college in the centre of Ripon. We provide an alternative to a large campus for full-time students in a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment. 

    We offer bespoke learning packages with a core aim of Work Experience or Horticulture alongside qualifications in The Arts, Maths and English.

    Employability and personal and social development skills are enhanced by participating in sessions and community projects including arts, crafts and music festivals, educational visits, outdoor events, theatre trips, art exhibitions and team building activities.

    Anya Farquharson

    Progression Support Assistant @ Evolve

  • Curzon

    We are a small, friendly two screen cinema showing the latest mainstream, independent and family films.



  • The Stary Ferret
    The Stray Ferret

    The Stray Ferret 


    The Stray Ferret is an independent online news service for the Harrogate district. We are a platform for people in the District to ask questions, share their views and voice opinions on issues of public importance.

    Gillian Thompson 

  • Ripon Cathedral
    Ripon Cathedral

    Ripon Cathedral


    Ripon Cathedral is a beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to 672AD. It was founded by St Wilfrid, a hugely influential figure in the development of the Church in England, who employed craftsmen from Europe to build one of the first major stone buildings in the north since the departure of the Romans. The cathedral has survived Viking invasions, the Harrying of the North, the Reformation and the English Civil War. 


    Today, Ripon Cathedral is one of three cathedrals serving the Diocese of Leeds as well as being one of the few cathedrals to serve a parish. Alongside numerous services, the cathedral hosts major art exhibitions, concerts and performances for the local community to enjoy. 

    Fiona Gillies

    Cathedral Secretary

  • Ripon Community House
    Ripon Community House

    Ripon Community House 


    Venue for the local community to meet, access information training and support. The home to local charities that support our local community. Now also a central point for Food Support in Ripon and Boroughbridge and the surrounding areas. 

    Suzanne Bowyer or Caroline King

  • Scuba Diving for All
    Scuba Diving for All

    Scuba Diving for All


    Scuba Diving For All (SDA) is a non-profit making charity based in Ripon, North Yorkshire working with people of all ages and abilities.  On Wednesday nights at Ripon Spa Baths, we take those with physical or learning difficulties diving and hope to enrich their lives by helping them to dive.  For anyone, with or without any physical or learning disabilities, wishing to become a certified Padi Diver we hold theory classroom sessions on a Tuesday night and again hire the pool at Ripon Spa baths on a Sunday to practice skills.  Exams take place between Ellerton Park in Catterick and at Capernwray, Lancashire.  All our instructors and volunteer are certified Padi Divers.

    SDA offer a unique opportunity to individuals, groups or organisations to try a unique sport or have a very different 'birthday' experience!

    We can accommodate up to 12 members of your group or friends. Your special experience will consist of fun, underwater games and learning to use scuba equipment.
    No experience is necessary, we will teach you all you need to know to get the best out of your session. We can guarantee everyone will have an amazing time.

    01765 606244

    Von Covell

  • Ripon Races
    Ripon Races

    Ripon Racecourse, also known as ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’, hosts flat racing fixtures from April – September with a range of afternoon, evening and weekend fixtures. Family Days, Music Nights, Ladies Day and much more.

    Ripon Races

  • Ripon Grammar School
    Ripon Grammar School

    Ripon Grammar School


    Ripon Grammar School is a leading state school for boys and girls aged 11-18 years, serving the city of Ripon and surrounding villages, while attracting boarding students from further afield. In the top 2% of schools nationally for pupil progress, RGS’s education and boarding are both rated outstanding by Ofsted and its exceptional sports facilities, including six tennis courts, swimming pool and new 3G pitch, are set in 27 acres. One of the oldest grammar schools in the country, it is the only state boarding school in Yorkshire, and one of only 36 in England. 

    Jigsaw piece designed by Isobella Watson-Emmanuel (2nd Year)

    Ripon Grammar School

  • YMCA

    Ripon YMCA is a local independent charity and housing association. 


    We provide Supported Housing to young people aged between 16 and 35 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or are vulnerable. 


    Working in partnership we aim to support young people from dependence to independence, supporting them for up to 2 years to develop, learn living skills and engage in education, employment or training opportunities. 


    The support we provide is based around the needs, wants and aspirations of the young person. We use individual support plans to work alongside our tenants to build confidence and ensure progress. 


    Ultimately our goal is to move our tenants in to their own property, shared house, flat or council accommodation. A key challenge locally is the lack of affordable options for our young people, which can then lead to further difficulties. 

    Lucy Gratton

  • Paperworks

    Paperworks (Harrogate) Ltd


    Paperworks is a social enterprise providing personalised support for individuals with autism, learning disabilities, and complex needs. Our aim is to enable our clients to play a greater part in their communities.

    We like to give trainees the opportunity to try new jobs and gain new skills, but this can depend on what sort of customer work is available. 

    There are many sorts of jobs trainees do from shredding, weighing and counting, to admin tasks such as making booklets, data inputting and doing mailouts. Our training and support staff, support trainees to fulfil orders, take account of stock, despatch orders, package goods and all other aspects of being able to run a business.

    Here at Paperworks, it is not all work, work, work! We also want to enhance people’s wellbeing and try to add a bit of fun to our day by running projects around our trainee’s interests. For instance, we recently did a dance project across both sites.


  • Sharon's Barber Shop
    Sharon's Barber Shop

    Sharon's Barbers Shop

     Owned by Sharon Bielby, a born and bred Riponian.  Sharon’s Barbers has been trading since 2014 cutting men’s hair, offering bespoke shaving and proving why she is popular with her clients.  Sharon is an avid friend and supporter of Jennyruth Workshops displaying and selling some of their products from her shop.

    Jigsaw piece designed by Jamie Allen

    07929 734246

    Sharon Bielby

  • Fountains Abbey
    Fountains Abbey

    National Trust Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal


    Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site

    For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place.

    From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world.

    When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design.

    Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts.

    One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.

    01765 643167

    Georgina Harris

  • RAOS

    Ripon Amateur Operatic Society


    2020 is RAOS's 80th years!

    We are based in Allhallowgate which is our own studio theatre and community arts hub. We are also home to RYT and Ripon Community Panto Group. Our memberships ranges from 8 to 80 and has a rich history of performing musical theatre in Ripon and Harrogate. The hall is also hired out for private parties and Ripon live music events. A registered charity, we are committed to meet our charitable aims and are currently raising much needed funds to renovate our building to accommodate the Ripon communities. 

    Linda Aikman

  • Ripon Bookshop
    Ripon Bookshop

    The Little Ripon Bookshop


    We love being part of the Ripon Community. We originally opened our shop 11 years ago at No. 13 Westgate in Ripon and then two years ago we expanded into the space next door (No. 12) doubling the size of the shop and giving us the bookshop that we’d always wanted. We love children’s books and enjoy working with children, parents and schools to recommend the very best books available. We are passionate about selling books and we stock over 6000 titles. We are also very proud of our next day book ordering service. During Lockdown we delivered over 1500 books to the people of Ripon and the surrounding villages. We want to keep the local high street alive and make sure that there is always a great bookshop in our community.

    01765 606689


    12-13 Westgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 2AT

    Gill Edwards

  • Tates

    F Tate and Sons

    We are a family run garden centre and hoping to open our brand new coffee shop soon. We sell bedding plants, seeds, compost, tools, anything to do with gardening,

    Jayne Tate

  • Mumbler

    Ripon and Nidderdale Mumbler


    Ripon and Nidderdale Mumbler is a website and community for parents and families and is run by local mum of one, Niki. Our mission is to make family life a little bit easier by providing information on the best our area has to offer with ideas for days out, activities, things to do at home, classes and groups and advice for parents. We have a Facebook chat group which is a safe and supportive environment in which parents can share and ask for recommendations, seek advice, or just connect with other people in the area. We also have a Facebook news page with the latest updates and information and a website with everything you could need to know about family life in Ripon and Nidderdale. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook for more information!

    Ripon and Nidderdale Mumbler

  • Iaomai Therapy
    Iaomai Therapy

    Iaomai Therapy www.iaomaitherapy.uk

    Pain Modulation and Well-being Solutions, using one, or a combination of Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Neuro-Muscular and Cupping techniques.



  • Ladies World
    Ladies World

    Ladies World is a family run shoe shop which has been retailing in Ripon for over 30 years. 


    Striving to offer customers with the very best personal shopping experience, providing a warm welcoming environment, we have one of the largest ranges of men’s and ladies’ shoes in the area. 


    Ladies World stock some of the best brands that the shoe industry offer. Our brands include Gabor, Caprice, Marco Tozzi, Emu and Rohde for the ladies; Loake, Pikolino and Chatham for men. We also stock many smaller brands which add to our huge variety of styles.


    We are one of the few Gold Star stockists for DB shoes, known for their specialist fittings starting from a EE fit and going up to an 8E. We are all experienced shoe fitters with over 100 years’ experience between us. 


    Aiming to cater for everyone, we have footwear starting from £9.99 and ranging all the way through to £250. Our range is so large that we have a permanent clearance area on the first floor. We are sure we have something to suit everyone!


    We look forward to meeting you and giving you a warm welcome! 

    Adrian, Debbie and Anne

     01765 607027 

    Debbie Simpson

  • RYT

    Ripon Youth Theatre


    2020 is RAOS's 80th years!

    We are based in Allhallowgate which is our own studio theatre and community arts hub. We are also home to RYT and Ripon Community Panto Group. Our memberships ranges from 8 to 80 and has a rich history of performing musical theatre in Ripon and Harrogate. The hall is also hired out for private parties and Ripon live music events. A registered charity, we are committed to meet our charitable aims and are currently raising much needed funds to renovate our building to accommodate the Ripon communities. 

    Linda Aikman

  • Ripon Museums Trust
    Ripon Museums Trust

    Ripon Museum Trust


    Ripon Museum Trust is made up of three museums in the centre of Ripon: a Victorian workhouse, a Regency prison and a courthouse dating from 1830.  All of these institutions played a big part in the lives of Riponians of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and still do today.  Our 140 amazing volunteers are drawn from the town and surrounding villages.  They work on front of house, learning and outreach, curation, health & wellbeing and maintenance teams, keeping our doors open and welcoming visitors from all over the country and the world.  Our values are Fairness, Learning, Community, Teamwork and Ambition, our jig-saw designs reflect these; one side features our Prison & Police Museum, starring PC Thomas Sweeting who patrolled the streets of Ripon in the 1830s and 40s and also held the office of Bellman.  This imagining of Sweeting came from a project with primary school children looking at early policing and fairness.  The other side comes from the design of a banner of Ripon made by our Stitch, Knit & Natter group with Rural Arts. 

    01765 690799

    Carrie Philip    

    Learning & Outreach Manager

  • Magdalens

    The Magdalens

    A small traditional community local pub with connections to local charities and organisations. Always happy to help!

    01765 604746

    Nigel Guy and Eamon Parkin

  • Ripon Spa Surgery
    Ripon Spa Surgery

    Ripon Spa Surgery

    The aim of the Practice is to provide a high standard of patient care by both medical and non-medical staff. We aim to treat patients fairly and equally, with dignity and respect at all times, in a comfortable, friendly and safe environment.

    01765 692366

    Ripon Spa Surgery

  • Booths

    Your 18,000 sq ft Ripon store is situated just two minutes walk from the heart of the city centre. Ripon has a rich cultural heritage, a 7th century Cathedral and all the benefits of contemporary living. The store also boasts a fresh Orange Juice bar as well as Booths Cafe, a perfect place to meet friends and relax with a cup of coffee and a cake.

    01765 698540


    Booths Ripon

  • Craggs

    G Craggs


    G Craggs was established in 1963 and have become one of

    the UK’s leading independent electrical retailers.

    Based in the North Yorkshire market town of Boroughbridge

    and the city of Ripon, we are well-placed to supply and install

    the very best products from the very best manufacturers.

    G Craggs have built a reputation for good quality service from

    well trained and friendly staff and the owners, John and

    Stephen Craggs take pride in protecting and maintaining this

    reputation. We're extremely proud to have won the ERT

    Award for Independent Electrical Retailer of the Year in 2009 .

    01765 607659

    Simon or Stephen

  • Lister House
    Lister House

    Lister House provides expert care for the Armed Forces community and their families, including rehabilitation facilities and a specialist dementia wing. 


    Set within beautiful landscaped gardens in the historic town of Ripon, North Yorkshire, Lister House is where our residents and visitors can feel at home.

    Lister House

  • Ripon City Council
    Ripon City Council

    Ripon City Council


    Ripon City Council is a Parish Council consisting of 12 elected members, split into four wards Spa, Moorside, Ure Bank and Minster. Meetings are held in the Council Chamber situated on the first floor of Ripon Town Hall.

    Members of the public are always welcome to attend and details of the meetings will be posted on this website and on the noticeboard in the entrance hall of the Town Hall.

    Ripon City Council

  • Apollo's Raven
    Apollo's Raven

    Craft blacksmithing and casting, accepts small commissions for custom pieces.

    07462 978487

    Apollos' Raven

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