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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.

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The future of Market Weighton Civic Society is to be invested into the hands of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) – the regional association for civic societies in Yorkshire and Humber.

This was decided at the executive of YHACS at the meeting in York on Saturday 4 July.

It was agreed that the ailing Market Weighton Civic Society would be administered by YHACS for an interim period, until preparations are planned for the subsequent relaunch of the society.

The revival plan is likely to be developed by mid-autumn after which it is envisaged that a public meeting will be arranged, after an intensive multimedia campaign to attract potential volunteer members.

It is hoped that it will then be possible to create a new organising committee to develop the strategy for running the revamped society. It is the intention of YHACS that full control of the Society will be returned to the new committee, made up of local people, once it is established.

YHACS Chairman Kevin Trickett said: “The regional committee was very concerned to hear about the problems at Market Weighton Civic Society and we were very keen that it should not close.

“Every town and city needs an active and prosperous civic society so it is essential that we find a way of breathing new life into Market Weighton’s very own civic society which has a long and established track record.

“There is no standard pattern for a civic society but all the civic societies across the country share a common goal of stimulating interest and discussion in the quality of our towns and cities.

“Some societies have very active social and events programmes and go from strength to strength.

“We need to find a model that works for Market Weighton and I invite anyone interested in helping is to contact me on info@yhacs.org.uk.”

The Market Weighton Civic Society, formed in 1967, seeks to promote and protect the beauty and distinctive character of the town and its surroundings.

It has achieved notable projects enhancing the town, such as commemorative tree planting, presenting public seating and created the Giant Bradley Town Trail.

The Society has, generally, maintained a reasonable level of support in the past but, in recent times, has struggled to attract sufficient active people to take charge of the charitable organisation after the existing committee retired.