COUNCILLOR PAUL STELLINGS
It is with great sadness that I have to advise you of the sudden death of Councillor Paul Stellings.
Paul has been a member of Market Weighton Town Council since 2007 and was the prime mover of Vixen 101, our local Radio Station.
His contribution to the town of market Weighton was of great significance. He will be sadly missed.
Cllr Nigel Botting
The BBC Countryfile walk in aid of Children In Need was held on Sunday 22nd October in Market Weighton and is on tract to raise over £500 for the annual charity event.
Fifty seven walkers, including 10 children and numerous dogs, walk either a 5-mile or 2 -mile walk to raise funds for the Children In Need charity.
Market Weighton is an accredited Walkers Are Welcome town and the Walking For Health Leaders, who organised Sunday's event, are fully competent in first aid, map reading and safely leading walks over the many miles of beautiful footpaths in the area.
Walking For Health meet every Wednesday throughout the year at 10am to walk 4 miles or (for those just getting in to walking or wanting a more leisurely walk) there is a 2 mile walk. Everyone meets back at St John's Chapel on Market Hill for tea and toast and a chat, and that is what everyone did at the end of the Children In Need walk with tea, biscuits and fruit served by the ladies of the chapel and sponsored by the local Tesco Superstore.
All those who walked, donated or helped in any way on the day were thanked by the Walking For Health Walk Leaders, who are looking forward to not only sending a large cheque to the Countryfile team for Children In Need, but also to all their winter walks this year.
MARKET WEIGHTON ELECTS NEW MAYOR
At the full council meeting held on the 1st June 2017 Councillor Nigel Botting was unanimously voted in as Market Weighton’s Mayor for the new civic year.
A vote was then held to appoint a Deputy Mayor and Councillor Derek Cary was duly elected.
The New Mayor thanked his predecessor Councillor Peter Hemmerman for his hard work over the last 2 years and added that he will be a hard act to follow.
NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT IN WAR MEMORIAL PLAYING FIELD
The Town Council were successful in their application through Streetscape and the Big Lottery Fund and as a result three item of play equipment, suitable for children with special needs, have been installed in the War Memorial Playing Fields. It is hoped to reapply next year for more equipment and if successful, this would be installed in the Aspen Road Play Park.
Cllr Nigel Chicken - Deputy Mayor
ST HELENS WELL
The footpath through the wood has been completed; the steps leading up to the well from the Hudson Way have been refurbished complete with drainage to make them usable in the winter months. We have purchased, through Henley's Nurseries, 400 woodland shrubs and they have been planted out in the area, as well as along the boundary fence. Mr Mike Warrener, a member of the Friends of St Helens Well Group, has made and installed 5 owl boxes. The group has also recently installed 5 oak benches in and around the woodland path and will shortly be placing a seat on the Hudson Way facing towards the well for those who enjoy this picturesque location but cannot manage the steps. A donation towards the seat was kindly received from local resident Mr Arthur Harrison. Those who have visited the area recently will have noticed a bin has been installed close to the interpretation board at the foot of the well – this bin is in memory of Sue Binks. A plaque is to be added shortly. Market Weighton Town Council and the Friends of St Helens Well have worked hard to refurbish this area with the hope that residents and visitors enjoy the surroundings and see it mature for future generations.
Cllr Nigel Chicken
Friends of St Helens Well Group
The majority of residents calling into the Town Hall for dog waste bags have been making a donation in order to purchase additional supplies. I’m pleased to inform residents that so far the Market Weighton Town Council have already been able to obtain additional bags throughout the year. Residents are asked to continue making a small donation towards their bags so that these additional supplies can continue. Obviously donations are up to individuals and I would add that we are not charging for them as some residents think. Unfortunately there are still residents who allow their dogs to mess up our streets and walking areas and do not pick up after their dogs. Some residents even pick it up but throw the bags into hedges. Please take it home if there is no bin in the vicinity.
Dog wardens are patrolling in many areas and offenders, when caught, will be fined.
In the meantime can we again thank those residents who do pick up after their dogs and
dispose of the waste responsibly?