Community champion retires from CVS

Retirement present: Lynette Barnes, left, director of Ripon CVS, is presented with a painting by CVS honorary life president Connie Birkinshaw. (S)
Retirement present: Lynette Barnes, left, director of Ripon CVS, is presented with a painting by CVS honorary life president Connie Birkinshaw. (S)

A WOMAN who has helped co-ordinate voluntary services in Ripon for more than a quarter of a century has retired.

Coun Lynette Barnes, director of Ripon Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), was sent off in style with a reception held at Ripon Community House on Allhallowgate – a £1.3m facility opened in 2006 for which she oversaw a fundraising campaign.

The Mayors and Mayoresses of Harrogate and Boroughbridge joined the CVS trustees plus past and present staff to honour Coun Barnes, who was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to the voluntary sector in North Yorkshire.

Representing the trustees, Jonathan Beer paid tribute to her hard work and dedication and in particular praised her tremendous achievement in developing such a successful Community House.

Coun Barnes, who joined the CVS in 1986, was also presented with a painting and gift vouchers by Connie Birkinshaw, the honorary life president of the CVS, who spoke of the organisation’s humble beginnings – a kitchen table with just a telephone, stationery and a book of stamps.

Coun Barnes will continue to serve the community in her seat on Ripon City Council, to which she was elected in May.

Her good work at Ripon CVS will be continued by assistant directors Chris Shield and Tim Evanson.