In May, the village Arts Society commemorated the end of WW1 with a special performance of two one-act plays.
'Call to Remembrance', directed and devised by Wendy and David Richardson, showed the roles women played in this most devastating of wars by becoming nurses, land girls, munitions workers and suffragettes fighting for the right to vote.
'Blackadder Goes Forth - Goodbyeee', by Tim Firth and Ben Elton and directed by Frank Bailey, will be for ever seared in the minds of those who saw it originally. Both hilarious and sad, the play delivers one of the most perfectly poignant moments of remembrance of those who lived (and in so many cases, died) during the horrors of World War 1.
As their contribution to this year's special Poppy Appeal, the Arts Society decided to donate the proceeds from both performances to the Ripon branch of the Royal British Legion. The donation of £400 will help support the new Ripon Garden of Remembrance and, on a visit to the site, Arts Society Chairman, Wing Commander Dr Jonathan Hodgson, accompanied by members of the Arts Society committee, presented a cheque to Jeet Bahadursahi, Chairman of the Legion's Ripon Branch.