Urgent action needed to save charity in Weighton

Market Weighton Civic Society acting chairman Tony Leonard outside Market Weighton Town Council offices.
Market Weighton Civic Society acting chairman Tony Leonard outside Market Weighton Town Council offices.

Urgent action is being sought to save a charity that has been at the heart of Market Weighton’s life for more than 50 years.

Since its formation in the town in 1967, Market Weighton Civic Society has been working to promote and protect the beauty, history, and distinctive character of the town and its surroundings.

But in recent years it has been unable to attract new members willing to play their part in making the town a better place for present and future generations.

The acting chairman, Tony Leonard says it has been increasingly difficult over a number of years, to attract members to take an active part in the running of the Society. The committee members have reduced in number and those that have steadfastly remained are not getting any younger and are retiring.

The membership were warned last year that if no volunteers came forward to take up posts to enable the Society to run then the future of the Society would be in doubt.

Now an open meeting combined with the extraordinary meeting will decide on the fortune of the Society. It will give an opportunity to those people interested in taking on board the responsibility to form a committee and officer posts.

If no interest is expressed the Society will be handed over to the Yorkshire and Humberside Association of Civic Societies for an interim period. A revival programme will be put in place and if this fails the Society will close.

All members and anyone interested in the continuation of the Market Weighton Civic Society are welcome to attend the meeting. The meeting will be held at the Market Weighton Town Council offices, Linegate, Market Weighton on Monday (18 May), starting at 7pm.