Guild Blog: How can you tell if an area has good community spirit?

Both Ripon and Thirsk have shown true Community Spirit over October and November with the Halloween Pumpkin Trail and the Commemoration of 100 years since the end of The Great War.  Check out our page to see what the local area has been getting up to … https://joplings.com/lifestyle-magazine-silhouette-soldiers-by-john-durkin/

 

Buying a property and moving to a new area can be a daunting prospect. There is nothing that will make your new house feel like a home like making new friends and getting involved in local events. Being involved in the community can bring a sense of belonging, fill your social calendar, and make it easy to find friends. But how can you tell if an area has a good community spirit before you move there?

 

Visit local community centres

Take time to visit local community centres, sports clubs, church halls, cafés, and local shops to see what’s going on. Find the notice boards for information on local groups and events.

Meet local people

Talk to the local people on the high street. If they are happy to stop and help a stranger, it’s a sign that the community is open, friendly and trusting.

Check local social media pages

A lot of community planning has now moved online. Try searching for Facebook groups and small websites with the name of the town or village. Look at how active the pages are to see if people are engaged.

Research local events

Pick up a local newspaper to find out about upcoming local events. Plus, it’s a good way to find out about the crime rate in the area.

Contact us

Speak to the local Guild Member, as they will know the area like the back of their hand and will have a finger on the pulse of local activities. Be sure to quiz them during a property viewing, or pop in to see them when you’re in the area.

The Guild is a network of the best 800 independent estate agents around the country. Find out why you should choose them to sell your home. Click here to find your closest Guild Member.

 

Lifestyle Magazine – ‘Silhouette Soldiers’ by John Durkin

‘Lest we Forget’

In Commemoration of 100 years since the end of The Great War of 1914 – 1918 we have chosen a photo of one of Ripon’s ‘Silhouette Soldiers’ taken by Ripon teenager John Durkin for our front cover image.

 

Silhouette Soldier

 

#RiponRemembers has been a true community project with Community Poppy Project coordinators Stuart Martin and Hazel Barker leading the way.  The support from Ripon residents, extended families, friends and visitors has been amazing to see with approximately 50,000 poppies being knitted and displayed across the Ripon area.  The Remembrance week finishes with the lighting up of Ripon Cathedral – https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/remembrance-ripon-unveils-best-light-show-in-the-uk-1-9435682 and the Armistice Day Parade – https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/armistice-day-in-ripon-full-timings-and-everything-you-need-to-know-1-9432612

 

 

Poppies on Ripon Cathedral

 

Soldiers

 

Field of poppies

 

Silhouette Soldiers, placed in meaningful locations in both Ripon and Sharow have also helped to bring about thoughtful discussion – http://stjohnssharow.org.uk/silhouette-soldiers/.  The silhouettes are also within the  “Fields of Mud” an art installation by Dan Metcalfe inside Ripon Cathedral – https://www.harrogate-news.co.uk/2018/11/10/timelapse-video-of-fields-of-mud-seeds-of-hope-at-ripon-cathedral/

The Chairman of Ripon Royal British Legion, Jeet Bahadur Sahi, was presented with a cheque from North Stainley Arts Society following their two commemorative First World War performances.  The presented funds were donated to be used for the Ripon Royal British Legion’s new garden of Remembrance project.  The garden can be found facing the north side of Ripon Cathedral – https://www.ripongazette.co.uk/news/funding-boost-for-ripon-royal-british-legion-as-city-marks-centenary-year-1-9420752