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7th October 2011
The 18th-century landscape of Hackfall, west of Ripon, has been awarded another accolade – the best project in Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards – and the inspiration behind its rescue from neglect has been given a special award as well.

For the first time Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel on THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER have recognised good design and craftsmanship from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries. To mark the change the Society has this year looked at projects over the last three years.

Hackfall was awarded the Society’s Younge Rosebowl as the Best Environmental Improvement, and the Helen Whitehead Salver for the Best Project. The John Whitehead Award was presented to the Rt Hon James Ramsden, whose vision and perseverance, through the formation of the Hackfall Trust and an immense amount of hands-on work in the woodland, have transformed the Hackfall landscape from near-dereliction to its current state of good repair, without losing any of the magical quality it has always possessed.

The other big winners of the evening were village halls. Dishforth Village Hall, formerly Christ Church, won the Price Flagon for Best Restoration, and its internal doors, made by Dennis Harvey, were Highly Commended in the craftsmanship category. North Stainley Village Hall was Highly Commended in the New Building category, and Samwaies Hall in Wath was Commended for its restoration.

The Best New Building category was won by houses in St Mary’s Court, near North Stainley Village Hall, while the Gatehouse to Markenfield Hall won the Craftsmanship Award for its staircase, made by Mick Burniston, as well as being Highly Commended in the Best Restoration category, along with the new gallery and narthex at Ripon’s Holy Trinity Church. The Sustainability Award was won by the National Trust’s How Hill Holiday Cottages on the Fountains Abbey Estate.

The winners this year:
The Hazzard Silver Cup for Best New Building:
Winner: Houses at St Mary’s Court, North Stainley
Highly Commended: North Stainley Village Hall
Commended: Engine Shed, Canalside

The Price Flagon for Best Restored Building:
Winner: Dishforth Village Hall
Highly Commended: Holy Trinity Church, Ripon: narthex and balcony
Highly Commended: The Gatehouse, Markenfield Hall
Commended: Samwaies Hall, Wath

The Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement:
Winner Hackfall
Highly Commended: Ripon Cathedral external lighting
Highly Commended: Temple Garden, Ripon

The Craftsmanship Shield for Best Craftsmanship:
Winner: Staircase, The Gatehouse, Markenfield Hall – Mick Burniston
Highly Commended: Dishforth Village Hall doors – Dennis Harvey
Commended: Temple Garden, Ripon; ironwork – Skell Wrought Iron (Chris Clarke)

The Taylor Shop Front Award for the Best Shop Front:
Not awarded this year

The Sustainability Award :
Winner: National Trust Holiday cottages How Hill, Fountains Abbey Estate

The Helen Whitehead Salver for the best project:
Winner: Hackfall

The John Whitehead Award:
Winner: Rt Hon James Ramsden for Hackfall

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘We are delighted to be able to recognise the outstanding contribution that James Ramsden, a former President of the Society, has made to the area and beyond by his dedication to the Hackfall landscape. We are very pleased, too, that, after a change in the Society’s boundaries, we are now able to recognise excellence from the villages around Ripon. Congratulation to all our winners – we hope others will emulate the care, thought and craftsmanship that make them worthy recipients of our Awards.’

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