Market Weighton - A walk-in welcome in East Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 14:53 09 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:15 20 February 2013
One of the fastest growing rural towns in East Yorkshire encourages newcomers to enjoy community life Photographs by Neil Holmes
Its an ancient market town in the heart of East Yorkshire and although Market Weighton may not be considered picture perfect it has a pretty tight community which, for many, counts a great deal more than any sugary chocolate box image.
Thats not to say there isnt a warm welcome for newcomers and visitors. We are one of the fastest growing towns in the region with quite a bit of new building, said Lionel Cashin, owner of The Paper Shop, which is something of a community hub.
Its here people not only pick up their newspapers and magazines (including Yorkshire Life) but where friends bump into each other and catch up with their own news.
And thats how Lionel likes it. He is president of Walkers are Welcome Market Weighton, a walking club that encourages people to take some exercise and enjoy each others company.
He is particularly excited because for the first time the national Walkers are Welcome annual conference is hosted in the town, at Market Weighton School.
As we go to press the agenda includes discussing ways of encouraging walking tourism, something Market Weighton, on the edge of the Wolds, knows more about than most.
We have wonderful walking country here, said Lionel, rather stating the obvious for the many people who have lived in the town all their lives. But for the families moving into new housing in the area its another tick on their list of reasons to relocate here.
Supermarkets such as Tesco and soon to be arriving ASDA will be ready for the influx of new people and there has been much discussion about the future among local high street businesses.
Market is an attractive place to live for commuters because it stands 20 miles from York and 20 miles from Hull. The challenge to our high street, said Lionel is to persuade commuters to come here to spend their money.
The sentiment is shared by the Community Shop, a shop once run by a national charity now operated by a group of volunteers who work to raise money for local causes including hospitals and churches, the football and cricket clubs, Candlelighters, Macmillan nurses and individuals who need help.
Anne Wood, the shops treasurer said they raised 12,300 in 2009 and 11,600 last year, all of which went towards helping the community in one way or another.
All kinds of people come into the shop, from all walks of life, said Anne. Some come in just for a chat. shop has become important as a meeting place we ought to be serving tea and coffee.
he Community Shops manager Christine Cawkwell said her wish for the future of Market Weighton was that newcomers did not remain strangers but joined in with the life of the rural town.
We are a growing town and my hope would be that newcomers will want to integrate with the community. added Christine. Everyone is welcome.
One of Market Weightons most famous residents is Giant William Bradley who lived in the town from 1787-1820 and at 7ft 9ins was the tallest recorded Englishman. William was one of 13 children and weighed 14lbs at birth. He died of tuberculosis aged 33.
His home, Bradley House, was built with specially heightened ceilings and doors. Today the house, now a cycle shop, is the first stop on the Giant Bradley Heritage Trail which winds its way with a series of giant footsteps through the town and its many interesting features.
he trail was devised by Market Weighton Civic Society, written and researched by Jean Curwen, Stuart Curwen, Joe Harry, Tony Leonard and Mavis Newman.
Getting there: Market Weighton is on the A1079 between York and Hull.
Where to park: There is free off road car parking. Park with consideration.
What to do: Market Weighton is a walkers paradise on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Call in at The Paper Shop for more details or visit weightonwalkers.org and the community website marketweighton.org.
The print version of this article appeared in the November 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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