Market Weighton Civic Society

Do you care about what happens in Market Weighton? Can you help us to rebuild and re-launch the Society? Do you want to ‘take back control’?

Market Weighton Civic Society was established as a registered charity back in 1972 and is run by a committee of volunteers. In 2015, the committee decided to retire but couldn’t find any local people willing to take on the running of the Society so YHACS stepped in to offer assistance. It was agreed that members of the YHACS committee should take on responsibility for running the Society for the time being until some local residents come forward who want to take back control of the Society.

While having the YHACS committee take charge, it’s a far from ideal situation as only one of the YHACS committee actually lives in the town – others live as far away as Scarborough, Wakefield, Goole, Ilkley, Addingham, Hull and Selby – and this makes it really difficult for the committee to take an active interest in what is happening in Market Weighton, not only because of the distances involved but also because the YHACS committee members are also actively involved in running their own civic societies.

So, we’re looking for new people to join the Society who live locally and who want to get involved in running it. and we also want some new committee members as well. If you are interested in joining the Society, you can DOWNLOAD A FORM HERE. You don’t need any special skills, just be someone who lives locally, or runs a business in the town, and has an interest in and passion for Market Weighton.

Membership costs just £15 per year (£12 concessions), or £24 for a couple at the same address.

Local businesses can join for £75 a year (please contact us for details).

Money raised from subscriptions will help to generate enough income to allow the Society to become sustainable and to secure its future. Like many civic societies, Market Weighton Civic Society will rely almost entirely on its membership income and donations for its principal source of income so it’s important that we get lots of local people signing up.

Please send completed forms and cheques to the Society’s acting Treasurer, Richard Ward (address on the form). Cheques should be made payable to YHACS who are currently holding the Society’s funds on account.

We think civic societies are important and we hope you do too!

Market Weighton Civic Society unveils new blue plaque to aeronautical engineer, Hilda Lyon (1896-1946)

On Thursday, 27th June, the Society, under the auspices of the YHACS committee, unveiled a new blue plaque to commemorate the life and achievements of Hilda Lyon, who was born in the town in 1896 where her father ran a grocer’s shop in Market Place.

The plaque was unveiled by HM Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, The Hon. Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister, DCVO in front of an audience of local residents, family members, representatives from engineering and transport organisations and local businesspeople.

The Hon. Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister, DCVO with the Mayor or Market Weighton Town Council, Cllr Peter Hemmerman

The event, which was held at the new Town Hall, was opened by Kevin Trickett MBE, chair of YHACS and acting chair of Market Weighton Civic Society, and guests were welcomed by the Mayor of Market Weighton, Councillor Peter Hemmerman. Guest speaker Dr Nina Baker, representing the Women in Engineering Society, outlined the story of Hilda’s career and explained how her research into aerodynamics had helped to shape the R101 airship and also US submarines with what is known as ‘the Lyon shape’ still being used in submarine design today.

Members of the Lyon Family, including guest speaker Valerie Lyon who had flown in from Australia, and others from the USA, were later photographed with the plaque before it was installed on the front of McColl’s store in Market Place, the building where the Lyon family lived and ran their grocery shop.

On behalf of Market Weighton Civic Society, YHACS would like to place on record our thanks to Market Weighton Town Council for agreeing to host the event at the Town Hall and to the following individuals and organisations for their generosity in providing funds to pay for the plaque and the reception:

Valerie Lyon, Barbara English MBE, The Market Weighton Community Charity Shop, McColl’s and Market Weighton Town Council.

And, finally, thanks also to McColl’s for allowing the plaque to be erected on their premises.