January 28, 2019

Sinbad the Sailor Hits the Stage.

The Fearby and District Pantomime is a highlight of the year in the Mashamshire District, and this year’s production of ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ a pantomime by Alan Frayn is no exception, being the fifteenth since its first production of ‘Cinderella’ in 2005. The producer is Trevor Wilson-Smith, who has taken on the mantle after having appeared in every one of the previous shows. He says he was volunteered into the producer role after retiring from his full-time job last year but insisted on a couple of cameo roles to keep up his unbroken appearance record.

This year’s production also has a ‘special guest star’, non-other than Lady Masham, Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. Felicity, or Flic as she is known, has had a secret desire to appear in the pantomime since she moved to Masham to run Swinton Park and the Estate with her husband, Mark. This year she decided to make that wish come true by taking time out of her busy schedule to attend the 2 rehearsals each week since last September. She is on stage for most of the show and expertly sings a solo as though she has had years of stage experience.

There are plenty of traditional pantomime corny jokes and audience interaction aimed at both at the young and not so young members of the audience, all in the best possible taste! A scattering of local references lets you know it’s a village pantomime, but again this year the Fearby pantomime wouldn’t be out of place in a professional theatre. It has many musical numbers of well-known favourites for the audience to join in with, expertly accompanied by talented local artist and musician Ian Scott Massie as musical director.

Including the actors, crew and ‘front of house’, some 50 locals have put in a huge amount of time, talent and energy to bring this pantomime together. It’s no surprise that tickets are hard to get, with queues forming as soon as they went on sale in Masham Town Hall on 12 January. If you are lucky you might just be able to pick up some remaining tickets or returns at the Mashamshire Community Office in Masham by calling 01765 680200 or email: info@visitmasham.com.


The Swinton Estate is opening up 200 acres of historic Parkland to members of the public with the launch of four exclusive walks on the iFootpath website and App. From 1st February, walkers will be able to access eight miles of private paths in return for a nominal charge that also includes printed maps of the routes and a souvenir packet of wild seeds.

The contribution supports the vital conservation and sustainability of the Grade II listed Parkland, landscaped by William Danby in the 1760s, and accompanies the Estate’s ongoing investment in restoring its buildings and features. The Parkland was left to grow wild for 25 years prior to current owners, Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, buying the castle back into the family in 2000.

Only accessible to guests of Swinton Park hotel until now, the new Parkland walks feature a summer flower meadow, four acre walled garden, bird hide and children’s play area and offer spectacular views of the lakes and gardens, follies and bridges, standing stones, waterfalls and moorland Dales. The walks can be accessed via the Estate Shop and entry costs £5 per person, £2.50 per child or £12 for a family of four. Under fives go free and all dogs are welcome as long as they are kept under control. An annual pass is also available for £50, which includes a free guest. The iFootpath App is available for £1.99. Guests of Swinton Park hotel and Swinton Country Club & Spa members will continue to enjoy complimentary access.

iFootpath also features another six walks on the wider Estate, which can be accessed free of charge. Furthermore, Swinton offers over 50 miles of public footpaths and permissive access to the woodlands at Druid’s Plantation, Nutwith and Ellington Firth. Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, Proprietor of the Swinton Estate, commented, “We are passionate about the conservation and accessibility of the Parkland in equal measure and want to make sure that everyone can participate in the continued preservation and enjoyment of this beautiful space for years to come.”

Swinton Park, Masham, Ripon, Yorkshire HG4 4JH. Tel: 01765 680900 www.swintonestate.com

January 23, 2019


Masham Musical Society is planning to hold a Spring Concert in St Mary’s Church Masham on Saturday 18th May 2019.
Theme: “SHOWTIME” – Songs from the Shows – Old & New
Rehearsals commence Wednesday 6th February at Methodist Chapel School Room, Park Street, Masham at 7.30pm.
Kay Bromhead will be our conductor.
Existing members and new singers are welcome and essential!

If you want to know more, please give one of us a call:
Howard 01765 689178
Sue 01677 470588
Roger 01765 689396/07918 667728 rogersarjeant1950@gmail.com
Kay 01677 460386

If you like to sing why not come along and have a go, don’t let lack of experience and confidence put you off.

January 17, 2019

Masham Tennis Club Adult Coaching

New for 2019 Mashamshire Tennis Club are offering one hour Adult Coaching sessions that will be open to Members and Non-Members and will run alongside the existing Intermediate and Junior sessions. In all there will be 10 sessions, starting on Friday 3rd May until 5th July. All standards welcome. If you’ve always wanted to return to tennis, or to pick up a racquet for the first time, then why not sign up for this coaching with Chris Worwood our Professional Tennis Coach. All sessions will take place on Fridays, with Adult sessions running from 6pm.
More information/application forms available from the Mashamshire Community Office, the Tennis Club Hut (during club sessions) or on our website: www.mashamshiretennisclub.co.uk.

November 14, 2018


The Making of Mashamshire Community Heritage Project and Masham CE Primary School are hosting a poignant exhibition of the stories, memories and memorabilia of the Mashamshire men who fought in World War One at Masham Town Hall.
Pop in and find out more whilst the Town Hall is open from dawn until dusk!

Masham Christmas Wreath Competition

Masham Parish Council would like you to display a Christmas wreath on your door for their annual competition. Prizes for best business and best household wreath.
Judging to take place between 8th and 15th December with winners announced on the 17th December at the Torchlight Procession.
For more information, please contact Jen Hurford, Masham Parish Clerk on 01765 680205 or email mashamparishclerk@gmail.com
Good luck!

November 7, 2018

Wartime Poetry

Class 4 at Masham Primary School have produced a very moving poetry and art book to commemorate those from the Masham community who lost their lives in wartime. All the pictures from the book are on display at St Mary’s Church, Masham over the Remembrance period. Mashamshire Community Office are selling the books for £2 with all proceeds donated to the Royal British Legion. For more information, please call Mashamshire Community Office on 01765 680200 or Masham Primary School on 01765 689200.

October 24, 2018

Masham “Now and Then” Calendar

A perfect Christmas present for those that know Masham and those that don’t!
Well-known local photographer Steve Christian has helped us produce a stunning 2019 calendar, using old pictures of Masham shops and buildings from the Making of Mashamshire collection and blending them into current images. The calendars are for sale at the Community Office for £9.
All profits will be split between Mashamshire Community Office (www.visitmasham.com) and Making of Mashamshire (www.mashamhistory.com).
For more information, please call 01765 680200 or email info@visitmasham.com or come and see a sample copy.
Cash and debit cards taken too.

October 4, 2018

Masham Primary School needs your help!

Masham School are on the lookout for your relatives, friends or neighbours involved or affected by World War One. They are inviting you to a special tea party at 2pm on Monday 8th October for tea, biscuits and a chance to share any memories, photos, artefacts (they will not keep or damage them!) relating to Masham in World War One.
For more information, please call Suzy Smart on 01765 689200.

September 11, 2018

Have a Pew….

St Mary’s Church, Masham are selling the eight North aisle pews to make room for the new cafe area. They are free standing, seven feet long and Victorian oak with a guide price of £180. If you are interested, please contact Jim Hunter on 01765 689828. Purchasers must be capable of transporting the pew on removal date (to be confirmed).

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