Your article: Decision to relaunch civic society to prevent closure

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.

A decision has been made to opt for a relaunch of the Market Weighton Civic Society, in an effort to prevent its closure as a charitable organisation.

The decision was made at an extraordinary meeting, held at the Market Weighton 
Town Council offices, on Linegate, which was attended by a small number of members and non-members alike, and also representatives of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS).

The meeting was called to see if there were any enthusiasts within the community to run the society due to the retirement of the previous officers holding the posts within the organisation. Despite the disappointing lack of interest at this meeting, it was accepted that in a final bid to try and revive the society, it would be offered to Yorkshire and Humber 
Association of Civic Societies to relaunch it, subject to approval at their meeting on 4 July in York.

Tony Leonard, the current acting chairman of Market Weighton Civic Society, said: “If YHACS take our problem on board, with the power of a more multimedia orientated organisation, YHACS might be able to drum up support with willing members to run themselves.

“It’s not if we were short of members, it’s just that we can’t attract them to be at the helm of the organisation.”

The Market Weighton Civic Society, formerly the Civic Trust, is a charity which was formed in 1967.

Since then, it has had considerable influence in promoting and protecting the beauty, history, and distinctive character of the town and its surroundings.