April 5, 2017


A 24 year old chef from Swinton Park near Masham has won the 2017 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Chefs Competition, it was announced during a prestigious awards ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel. George Marsh fought off tough competition from talented young professionals across the UK to scoop the award and will now go on to represent Great Britain at the international finals this September.
Commenting on the standard of the contest Head of Judges; Daniel Galmiche said: “George’s presentation was excellent and well thought through, blending flavours and texture. I am delighted to see the overall standard rising each year alongside a strong appetite from our contestants for skills development and presentation”.
The award follows the announcement this week that Swinton Park’s Executive Chef, Simon Crannage, is to be promoted by the GB Chaîne des Rôtisseurs to Officier Maitre Rôtisseur in recognition of his long-standing support for the gastronomic society.
The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society dedicated to bringing together professional and non-professional members from around the world who appreciate wine, cuisine and fine dining. Members of a local Bailliage are part of a worldwide organisation with more than 25,000 members in over 80 countries.
The Young Chefs Competition was first organised by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in Switzerland in 1977 to support and promote future young chefs by giving them the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills. Competitions are held at regional, national and international levels in countries around the world. The competition is open to young cooks no more than 27 years of age. For more information about the Young Chefs Competition, please visit www.chaine.co.uk www.swintonestate.com

March 20, 2017

To Let – Office Space in Masham

Letting of the old Ritchey site is nearly complete and Jamesons are in the early stages of planning to build another 6000 square feet of space in various units sizes on the site, subject to planning. They have four new tenants joining the site, soon to be known as Masham Business Park, which hopes to bring valuable trade and employment to the town. The last unit available is the office space, approximately 2500 square feet on two levels and split currently into 5 individual offices. Jamesons are seeking any interested parties for the whole or perhaps a smaller space, on flexible terms to suit.
If you are working from home and would prefer serviced office space or you are a larger business looking for office space then Unit 1, Masham Business Park may be suitable for you. Please contact Peter Rawnsley at Montpellier Property on 01423 574313 or email: info@montpellierproperty.com.

March 8, 2017

Swinton Country Club and Spa is Hiring

Two Recruitment Days with 45 New Jobs on Offer for Masham in North Yorkshire.
The Swinton Estate, near Masham, has announced two recruitment days on 13th March and 2nd April, with a view to filling 45 new job vacancies created by the forthcoming launch of its Country Club and Spa, scheduled to open in June.
Currently in the final stages of construction, the £9 million spa development, which sits alongside Swinton Park Hotel, is seeking to hire staff across a broad range of full and part-time positions from spa therapists to bar staff and retail assistants, from sous chefs to receptionists and housekeepers.
Claire Jones, Managing Director of the Swinton Estate commented, “we are looking for charismatic, ambitious candidates to join our highly motivated team, during what is arguably the most exciting phase of the estate’s development since opening the doors to Swinton Park Hotel in 2001. The Country Club and Spa is set to become one of the UK’s leading destination spas, which represents a huge opportunity for Masham and the surrounding area.”
The announcement comes as the Swinton Estate also prepares to launch the Swinton Academy this year. Inspired by the British Hospitality Association and their “Big Conversation” initiative to inspire young Britons to enter the hospitality industry, the scheme will offer three trainees the opportunity to join the Swinton team in roles within the hotel, spa and leisure departments and the kitchen. The trainees will rotate around departments, gaining valuable experience across all areas and learning a diverse range of skills, both much sought-after by the jobs’ market.
Prospective candidates please call 01765 680900 to register.

Masham Litter Picker

Masham Parish Council seeks a highly motivated person for the post of Litter Picker to the Council. 14 hours per week salary in line with the National Living Wage. Job description and application forms can be obtained from the Parish Clerk at Mashamshire Community Office, 01765 680 205 or email: mashamparishclerk@gmail.com. Closing date for applications is Friday 24th March 2017 to start the job on Monday 3rd April.

February 9, 2017

We want your old or foreign coins and banknotes!

Is that jar on your bedside table over-laden with old coins…if so, we’ve found a home for it! Your old or foreign coins and banknotes can help raise funds for Kell Bank School in Healey, near Masham. They will take all foreign coins and banknotes, any old British and Irish money, current UK coins and banknotes and even obsolete currency.
For more information, please call Kell Bank School on 01765 689 410 or email: admin@kellbank.n-yorks.sch.uk.

February 7, 2017

Come and have a game of tennis!

Banish the winter blues and dust off your rackets for some tennis at Mashamshire Tennis Club. After serious flood damage caused by the storms of winter 2015, the club has restored the courts to their pristine condition following re-laying in 2012.

Now we would like to welcome new members to join this friendly club which is set in beautiful surroundings. Why not have look at the website: www.mashamshiretennisclub.co.uk, where full details on all aspects of the club are available.

The club has teams in 3 different leagues and also has plenty of social sessions. From 5th April one session starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday evenings, then for those who are not working full-time there is a session on Thursday afternoons starting at 2.00pm and finally one on Sunday mornings from 10.30am. A number of club tournaments with the emphasis on fun take place throughout the season and to help raise funds, social events are organised.

Sounds like your idea of fun while getting some exercise? The club would like to hear from you – please enquire online or contact club chairman Tom Johnson on 01765 603593, tom.johnson835@yahoo.com or match secretary David Miller on 01969 0625193.

January 26, 2017

Are you over 60 wanting accommodation in Masham?

There are currently four vacancies available at Maple Creek in Masham. Maple Creek is for over 60’s residents who are still able to live an independent life with the benefit of warden support. The facilities include disabled access communal entrance doors, a video door entry system, a communal television and laundry room. There is also a disabled person’s shower room, a guest bedroom for family visitors and access for electric wheelchairs and scooters. There is a warden working Monday to Friday plus a 24-hour warden alarm call. A communal lounge for socialising along with communal gardens and car parking. Weekly rents range from £65 to £82 (plus service charge). Anyone interested needs to be registered on the Council’s Housing waiting list and will be asked to complete a Needs Assessment to identify your needs and support requirements. Please contact housingallocations@harrogate.gov.uk or call 01423 500 600 and ask for Housing Allocations.
Come along to the Open Day at Maple Creek, Red Lane, Masham HG4 4HH on Friday 27th January from 11.30am-2pm.

July 12, 2016

Calling All Music Lovers

Do you love to sing, enjoy making new friends, need to de-stress and relax, want to learn a new skill then what are you waiting for!? Why not come and join the Masham Musical Society for our annual concert on Saturday 3rd December. Rehearsals start on Wednesday 7th September at 7.30pm. You won’t have to audition or even need to read music. Our brilliant conductor will teach you everything you need to know! All musical abilities are welcome – so what’s stopping you?
For further information, please contact Sue Bravender on 01677 470 588 or Rosemary Bell on 01765 689 484.

May 19, 2016

WANTED: Part-Time Youth and Children’s Worker

The Lower Wensleydale Youth Project requires an enthusiastic, experienced and qualified part-time Youth and Children’s Worker, who is able to motivate, encourage and inspire children and young people. The successful applicant will continue to develop the work of local youth clubs in the area and be able to further develop opportunities for children and young people within this established Church based project. 20 hours a week for one year. Salary £10,400.00 per annum.
For further information and an application pack, please contact Rev David Cleeves at david.cleeves@onetel.com or on 01765 689 255.
Closing date for applications is 17th June 2016. Interviews will be held on Friday 24th June.

May 5, 2016

Call to Artists

Masham Town Hall is hosting an exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of JMW Turner’s walking and sketching visit to the area from Friday 29th July – Sunday 7th August 2016.
The exhibition will include 25-30 artists in mainly two-dimensional work (some space for sculpture, sorry no installations or film), inspired by Turner’s work and ethos and/or the Yorkshire Dales landscape. In an iconic listed building on Yorkshire’s largest market place at the height of Summer, we anticipate 8-10,000 visitors.
If you are a budding artist and would like to exhibit, please email at least 3 high quality JPGs with a brief artist statement (or website link) and contact details to mashamtownhall@yahoo.co.uk. The submission deadline is noon on Friday 17th June – successful artists will be notified by Friday 24th June. Work is to be delivered to Masham Town Hall by Thursday 28th July at noon.
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