Rotary Rowels hand out grants

Grant recipients at the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels' presentation evening.
Grant recipients at the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels' presentation evening.

The Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels has held its annual grants evening to distribute the profits made from the group’s annual Bonfire Night.

The grants evening took place at Ripon Town Hall with the Rotary Rowels presenting a total of £6,000 to 20 local charities and voluntary organisations in Ripon.

The groups receiving money included Age UK, Ripon City Band, 886 (City of Ripon) Squadron Air Cadets – who were also thanked for the support they gave on the evening along with North Yorkshire Scouts – St Wilfrid’s Primary School, Ripon Girlguides, Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate, Ripon City Amateur Swimming Club, Red Triangle Drama Group, Evolve, Salvation Army, Ripon in Bloom, Macmillan Nurses and Ripon Community House.

The bonfire celebrations were held in November at Ripon Racecourse by permission of Mr and Mrs Hutchinson and the directors of the Ripon Race Company.

Presenting the cheques to the representatives of those bodies receiving grants, Rowels president David Harrison expressed the thanks of the club for all the work they do for the residents of Ripon and the surrounding area.

He also expressed the sincere thanks to the many sponsors who have made the staging of the annual bonfire night possible by their financial support and the many volunteers who give their time on the evening and the preparation of the evening.

Thanks were also expressed to North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service for their annual support of the event.

Plans are now being put together for the 2015 bonfire celebrations at the racecourse taking place in November.

The Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels’ next community event will be the their annual Stroke Awareness day, which will be held on Ripon’s market square on Saturday, April 18, from 10am, when local residents can have their blood pressure taken in the Cabmen’s Shelter.

A spokeman for the Rotary club said: “These events have saved lives over the years by identifying people with blood pressure problems.”