Village Information

Merle Skinner Retirement

Cllr Merle Skinner has resigned from the Council after 55 years as a Parish Councillor.

Merle was co-opted to the Parish Council in 1966 and during her long term she has been committed to serving the village on behalf of its residents.

Her late husband Alan also served the community as parish clerk for 22 years. Merle took on the role of clerk for about 18 months following Alan’s passing until a permanent clerk was appointed. At the time parish council meetings were held either in the old school or old chapel now both demolished.

Always interested in the village children's education she served as a parish representative at Market Weighton Infants School as a governor. She was involved in the negotiations with the County Council to ensure there was always free transport to Market Weighton Infants and Junior Schools for all village children following the closure of the village school.

Merle was active in supporting the southern route of Market Weighton bypass saving Goodmanham being separated from Market Weighton. On the environment front she was involved in the purchase and planting of the first daffodils that still enhance the village in Spring. Along with the help of the local Young Farmers Club Merle and Alan in 1984 planted the many trees we see as you travel up Nursery Hill.

Over 55 years Merle has gained a wealth of local knowledge and has staged exhibitions showing past village events including memories of local characters from her fabulous collection of slides, photos and newspaper cuttings. These act as a lasting archive of days gone by in Goodmanham.

We all wish her well in her retirement and thank her for her dedicated service.

Weight Limit

Since 28th March 2013 there has been a 7.5T weight limit zone in Market Weighton and Goodmanham, but East Riding Council approved an exempt through route for local farming businesses allowing HGVs to travel through the zone lawfully when making deliveries to and collections from Rectory Farm, Goodmanham Grange, Goodmanham Wold, Allotment Farm, Southwold Farm, Goodmanham Dale, Goodmanham Lodge, Enthorpe House and Wallis Grange. The exempt route is Londesborough Road in Market Weighton from its junction with Londesborough Roundabout to its junction with Goodmanham Road, the entire length of Goodmanham Road in Market Weighton and Goodmanham, and the entire length of Main Street in Goodmanham.


The Defibrillator is situated in the telephone kiosk on Church Side, Goodmanham, YO43 3HG. Please call 999 first to obtain the access code to open the cabinet. Weekly checks are made of the AED and reported to The Community Heartbeat Trust.


Please report these using the online form on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website, or by sending an email to

Planning Applications

Please note that the Parish Council can only make recommendations to East Riding Council, but every application is considered. All applications are accessible on the planning portal of the East Riding Council website ( The updated email address is

The Community Beat Manager for this area is PC John Day (email: Passing information onto the police enables them to take action.

Free School Transport

To Market Weighton Infant and Junior Schools - As a condition of the village school closing in 1967, East Riding Council is under obligation to provide transport to school for 4 -11 year olds living in Goodmanham.