THE HORNBLOWER LUCKY WOODEN PENNY.
"As we and those we love, travel along this path of life
sometimes troubles come along, and bring us pain or strife.
When they do just trust in God, his powers they are many,
and good times will return to you, through your lucky wooden penny".
(G.Pickles - After 1100 years of tradition,the last person to singularly hold the official post of The Ripon City Hornblower 2003 to 2015), now a job share role.
When I took on the role of the Ripon City Hornblower in 2003 I decided that the modest amount of payment I would receive should be spent on some small token of appreciation to give to those who travelled from all over the UK and from abroad to see the evening ancient ceremony of 'Setting the Watch'. After a great deal of thought I eventually came up with the idea of The Hornbower Lucky Wooden Penny. Little did I know how popular and successful these modest wooden tokens would become and what positive effect they would have on so many peoples lives.
Over 32000 (Thirty two Thousand) of these have now been given out and are carried in the pockets, purses and hand bags of people all over the world . The stories of good fortune in terms of health, wealth, happiness, romance, business success, and the bringing forth of new friendships reach me on a very regular basis. People going for job interviews, students sitting exams, those going into hospital, people setting off on long ventures, those getting married, or those who have just fallen on hard times, are among so many who just feel a little comfort, having with them the blessing of the Hornblower Lucky Wooden Penny.
The Hornblower Lucky Wooden Penny project including the financing, design, production, and distribution is, and always has been, my own personal initiative and not that of Ripon City Council
I recently retired from the position of Ripon City Hornblower after almost 12 years of very enjoyable service in the role. On my retirement it was decided that the role and duties of the Hornblower would be carried out on a daily rota basis by a team of a minimum of four Deputies as a job share project. I wish them every success as a team.
HOWEVER, IN VIEW OF THE ONGOING AND VERY REGULAR REQUESTS I STILL RECEIVE FOR THE PENNIES, I HAVE DECIDED TO CARRY ON THE CUSTOM OF ISSUING THE PENNIES FREE TO GENUINE PEOPLE AS MY OWN PERSONAL PROJECT, BEING THE LAST PERSON TO SINGULARLY HOLD THE OFFICE OF RIPON HORNBLOWER.
For more information on the 'Pennies' please contact me on - [email protected]
TO SEE GEORGE IN ACTION ON VIDEO GO TO http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/ripon-hornblowing NOBODY DOES IT LIKE GEORGE
Other associated websites with lots more information on Ripon and the Hornblower -
If you were given a Lucky Wooden Penny and you have never been to Ripon and as a result you are persuaded to visit the City, please tell us if your journey was worthwhile, and any comments you may have. Please tell us how, when and where you got the Penny. Also if you have any stories of good fortune you have experienced since you received the Lucky Wooden Penny, we would be pleased to hear from you either through the letters page in our local newspaper, - [email protected] or via - [email protected]y.gov.uk
Now please listen to the 'Wakeman Legend' told in music written and performed by Barry Sellers of Ripon