Ripon Area background
Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby, Skipton, Settle and Barnoldswick
Civic boundaries and population
The western side of the county of North Yorkshire and small area of Lancashire, approximately 1581 square miles – population 282,000
The Yorkshire Dales National Park, Fountains Abbey (World Heritage Site), RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate Conference Centre, Catterick Garrison, Swaledale Sheep and Wensleydale Cheese
Benefices, parishes and clergy
64 benefices, 143 parishes, 94 clergy in post, 8,131 people attending, of which 1,086 are children.
Plans well underway for welcoming the Tour De France in 2014; Masham/Middleham Anglican/Methodist Youth Project; Funkey Church in Richmond; Kairos Network Church in Harrogate (first BMO); Church in the Dale ecumenical partnership in Upper Nidderdale; Open air baptisms in the River Swale; the amazing youth and children’s work of the Lower Swale Benefice; Marrick Priory Youth Centre; Scargill House and Parcevall Hall