Wansford Lock’s new look is unveiled

Work to enhance the look of Wansford Lock has been unveiled by Skerne and Wansford Parish Council.

Members of the parish council attended a ceremony at the Lock on Saturday to reveal the new canal information board, a bench and memorial planter in memory of well-known Wansford resident Bryan Hills.

Parish council chairman Ian Lamble performed the opening ceremonies.

The information board was funded by the Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund, the Driffield Navigation Trust and the Driffield Canal Partnership.

It gives a potted history of the village, a map, a glossary of the wildlife to be seen on the Driffield canal and features some old pictures of the village depicting sailing boats and the former carpet mill.

wansford Parish Council - new information board and seats - Gill Grassam Jill Pick, Ian Lamble,  Neil Robson, Lynn Stockwell, Jackie Dobson
wansford Parish Council – new information board and seats – Gill Grassam Jill Pick, Ian Lamble, Neil Robson, Lynn Stockwell, Jackie Dobson

The new bench was purchased with left over funds from a £1,200 grant to the Skerne and Wansford Parish Council from the Nafferton Feoffees Trust to install flower beds, tubs, troughs and planters in Wansford village.

The memorial planter was dedicated in memory of well-known and well-loved Wansford resident Bryan Hills and was funded by Wansford residents.
Bryan, who died in January, had been a parish councillor since the 1990s and represented the authority on the Driffield Navigation Trust and as a Nafferton School governor.
Even when his health began to deteriorate he rarely missed a meeting and was always on hand to offer support.

He was a member of the Wansford Village Hall Committee, a whist drive stalwart and a keen attendee of the Crafty Fingers afternoons. A generous man, one of Bryan’s last public acts was to fund the installation of the defibrillators in Skerne and Wansford. Additionally, in 2010, he made a substantial contribution towards the installation cost of the Wansford Lock picnic table.

Bryan moved to Wansford Post Office and shop with his wife, Anne, in 1989 when they bought the business after his retirement from the RAF. Bryan took on the role of postmaster, was a paper lad in both villages and worked as water bailiff.

The post office closed in 2003 and Anne died in 2006.

Many Wansford residents and several members of Bryan’s immediate and wider family attended the opening ceremony.

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