April 16, 2019

Countdown to Sculpt!

Sculpt is a major new free art event taking place from 25th May to 28th September 2019 in seven churches centred on Masham. The seven international and innovative artists are creating individual and unique, site-specific sculptures for especially chosen, beautifully located churches in the Yorkshire Dales. North Stainley, West Tanfield, Well, Snape, Masham, Healey and Mickley will each have a site-specific artwork installed by a top international artist. Exciting, theatrical, family-friendly and perhaps shocking installations will be found in each off-the-beaten track church, whilst also offering art for everybody in rural communities. It offers all the ingredients for an enriching, educational and stimulating visit to buildings that form an essential part of the fabric of British culture, but that are often neglected or ignored. The trail is about 26 miles and depending how many times the visitor stops off at all the cafes and pubs along the route should take about two hours to complete.

The installation preparations are well under way causing logistical challenges as to how to install such innovative artwork in these precious buildings. Jon Gabb will be installing a work called ‘Wonder and War in Heaven’ in Snape Chapel. The name is derived from the decayed ceiling fresco in the chapel, painted by Antonio Verrio in about 1707 (famous for his ceiling in Burghley House). This is now a relic, partly due to damage caused when the chapel was used to store grain and hay. Jon’s work will extrude the spirit of the fresco into the space of the chapel in a dramatic way, with the use of knotted cords, coloured in the same vibrant colours as would have been in the fresco before its decay and representing the colours of heaven. Jon’s work will reach out from the past to connect with the contemporary, with triangular forms holding the cords, symbolically held down with bags of grain, representing the connecting of heaven with earth. This major installation will entirely fill the chapel and take a week to install using bamboo scaffolding to hold the cords in place.

Art in the Churches is a new initiative to re-engage with churches through the introduction of cultural events. It is supported by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who is taking the position of patron. As well as offering opportunities for education and community involvement, there is also a treasure hunt to engage children at each venue. Sculpt is dramatic art, not passive, and this is the first event of its kind in the UK. It takes place at the same time as Yorkshire Sculpture International, making Yorkshire the top destination for sculpture in the UK in 2019.

This art project has been made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council, the Jerusalem Trust, All Churches Trust, Skipton Hire Centres and the Himalayan Garden.

Harriet Hill, artist at St Michael’s Church, Well says ‘My installation work responds to the specifics of each new space. Opportunities to work with unknown and varied environments are essential for experimentation and the progression of my ideas. Having lived half my life in a rural community I am excited about the challenge of making art in this context; to address the significance of the church both as an architectural structure and as a socio-political centre point, historically and today.’

For further information, please visit www.artinthechurches.co.uk

March 26, 2019

We need a new Manager!

Mashamshire Community Office has a vacancy for a Manager.
The Community Office is at the heart of Masham’s community, providing a wide range of services to local residents, businesses and visitors. The Manager’s job is to co-ordinate the busy Community Office’s wide range of activities, as well as managing staff and volunteers to deliver excellent customer service. The Manager is also responsible for controlling the finances of the Office and liaising with statutory and voluntary organisations.
28 HOURS PER WEEK. £27,000 pro rata. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 5th April 2019.

You can find out more or download a job application pack here.

Please call Tessa Klemz for an informal chat or to request a job application pack. Tel: 01765 680200 or email: info@visitmasham.com
7 Little Market Place, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4DY

March 11, 2019


It sounds like Masham is going to be cut off from the outside world whilst Masham Bridge is closed for resurfacing work.
The bridge will be closed to all traffic 24 hours a day from Monday 18th – Friday 22nd March with pedestrian access over the bridge. Working hours will be between 8am and 5pm but the bridge will be permanently closed day and night. As a result, in order to repair the bridge surfacing fully, the surface, binder and base course of the bridge need to be replaced. Once completed, this should last for 25 years before further resurfacing is required. Traffic will not be able to cross the bridge whilst the base/binder and structure of the bridge are exposed. To further complicate matters, there is a gas main running through the base/binder layer of the surfacing, around which great care will need to be taken whilst excavating.
The diversion adds on a mere 90 minutes to your journey. East of Masham on the B6267 through Nosterfield towards the A1, south on the A6055, A61 to Ripon, through Ripon and out on the Kirkby Road to Grewelthorpe and eventually to Masham. Don’t try and take the A6108 out of Ripon to Masham as that is also closed for resurfacing!
Then the following week, Silver Street, Church Street, Park Street and Thorpe Road in the middle of Masham are to be resurfaced for the week commencing 25th March 2019 and will last for 5 days, working hours will be between 5pm and 11pm.
All on street parking will be suspended during working hours so please ensure your vehicles are not left on the highway.
For more information, please contact the Customer Resolution Centre on 01609 780780 or email Area6.Boroughbridge@northyorks.gov.uk To sign up for alerts please go to: http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/30550/Public-notices

March 4, 2019

Swift Experts Come to Masham.

Two experts in swift conservation are visiting Masham Town Hall on Friday, 15th March to speak at a public meeting organised by the Mashamshire Swift Conservation Community Project. The meeting will start at 7pm and end around 9.30pm.
Carla McCowen, founder of the project in Masham, says “We have two excellent speakers for this meeting, Jonathan Pomroy and Edward Mayer. Jonathan lives near Helmsley and is an artist and author who is passionate about swifts. He will talk about his drawings and watercolours of swifts and will have signed copies of his new book ‘On Crescent Wings- a Portrait of the Swift’ for sale.”
“After the interval, when refreshments will be available, we will have one of the world’s top experts on swifts, Edward Mayer, who is involved with swift projects everywhere. He runs Swift Conservation UK and knows just about everything that there is to know about swifts.”
“We hope that everyone who is interested in wildlife, and in preserving these extraordinary and threatened birds, will come along to listen and be inspired by these two enthusiastic and expert speakers. Then you can spread the news and find out how to get involved in the Mashamshire Swift Project.”
There has been a 50% drop in the number of swifts visiting the area over the last 25 years, partly due to a loss of nesting sites as old buildings are demolished or renovated. The holes in the eaves which swifts prefer to nest in are being filled in. This can be relatively easily addressed by installing swift bricks in new builds and renovations, or by putting up swift nest boxes on the outside of existing buildings. If a pair of swifts returns from Africa to the UK in early May and find their nest site has gone, they are likely to give up with breeding and return early.
The Masham project was started about 18 months ago and succeeded in getting over 50 nest boxes put up ready for the swifts last summer. It is hoped that they will attract breeding pairs this summer after last years immature birds (or ‘bangers’ as they are called) return having prospected the new nest sites last year. Young swifts are on the wing day and night for a few years before they begin breeding and return to look for a nest site close to where they were reared.


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!

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