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Mayor’s Charities 2022/23

During his year as Mayor, Cllr Mark Blakeston is supporting two fantastic local charities who are the Yorkshire Wolds Railwayand Driffield Navigation Trust plus, ongoing fundraising for Brain Tumour Research. As Trustee of the Wold Rangers Way and Driffield Men In Sheds charities Cllr Blakeston will also continue to work for these and promote them across the region.


If you’re organising an event locally and you’d like the Mayor to support it by coming along, please get in touch by emailing



You can also follow the Mayor and his engagements on his Facebook Page

October 2022 – All Hallows’ Walk

All Hallows’ Walk – this month we have a 9-mile guided circular walk on the Wold Rangers Way Horsehair Jack Trod to mark the end of harvest and the start of longer winter days.

Leaving Market Place in Driffield at 9:30am on Saturday 29th October we will walk the beautiful Horsehair Jack Trod before returning to Driffield for coffee/tea and cake at Café Leon.

Tickets are £12 each and all proceeds go to the Mayor’s local charities which are Yorkshire Wolds Railway and Driffield Navigation Trust.

Book tickets via Eventbrite


September 2022 – Walk of Hope

On Friday 23rd September Mark walked 39-miles in the day from Hull Royal Infirmary to Driffield to raise awareness and funds for Brain Tumour Research  

All support was greatly appreciated – thank you.


TotalGiving™ – Walk of Hope 2022 (Hull Royal Infirmary to Driffield) – Brain Tumour Research – Fundraising Page

August 2022 – Driffield Navigation Walk

A guided walk took place on Sunday 21st August 2022. Organised by the Mayor of Driffield to raise funds for one of his charities – Driffield Navigation Trust. All funds raised from this event went towards the development and maintenance of the Driffield Canal, located in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. 28 walkers met at Mortimer’s Warehouse at 09:45am for a 10:00am start.

The guided walk was approximately 7-miles through some outstanding scenery. It was mainly easy walking on grass footpaths with a few road stretches and tracks and appealed to all walkers. The walk was on public rights of way and permissive paths and included part of the old tow path associated with the canal. During the walk, participants learned about the history of the Driffield Canal and why it was so important to the development of Driffield as Capital of the Wolds.

Just some of the feedback after the walk:

“Great walk, company and cake! Thank you! (SH)

“It was a lovely day, great company, learnt about the excellent work of the DNT and scrummy Frankies Cafe cake to finish. Thank you for facilitating. Hopefully I’ll join you on your next walk” (TH)

“Lovely walk today – we really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one…” (HC)

“We really enjoyed it. Thank you to all involved XXX” (VW)

July 2022 – Yorkshire Wolds Railway Walk

A guided walk took place on Sunday 10th July 2022 in aid of Yorkshire Wolds Railway located in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. The 4-mile walk was partially on the old Driffield to Malton railway track bed and included a fascinating talk about its history. Afterwards, refreshments were included at Fimber Halt. 26 walkers met at Wharram Percy Car Park at 12-noon for a 12.30 pm start.

Just some of the feedback after the walk:

“Thank you for organising Mark we really enjoyed it. We will certainly be interested in future walks. Matthew was excellent too.” (PI)

“A great time, thank you” (SF)

“Superbly well organised, lovely walk and really friendly. We will attend your walks in the future. Well done Mark!” (AW)