March 22, 2018

The Last Straw – Swinton Estate joins the fight against single use plastics.

The Swinton Estate has joined ‘The Last Straw’, a voluntary eco campaign that aims to bring an end to the wasteful use of environmentally damaging plastic straws. The Estate’s five bars and restaurants at Swinton Park, Swinton Country Club & Spa and Swinton Bivouac have recycled all their single use plastic straws and replaced them with a non-plastic, biodegradable alternative, which dissolves in boiling water.
The nationwide campaign, which was launched by the London Evening Standard in January, follows the Government’s pledge to eliminate all plastic waste in Britain within 25 years. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said he was “particularly delighted” to welcome The Last Straw initiative after launching the Government’s blueprint earlier this year, “which encourages everyone to play their part in protecting and enhancing our natural world by helping to reduce the amount of plastic we all use; giving up plastic straws is an excellent place to start.”
Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, Proprietor of The Swinton Estate, commented, “The vast majority of plastic straws end up in landfill or our oceans and take up to 500 years to break down. By joining The Last Straw campaign, we are playing a small but important part in the fight against plastic.”
The Last Straw campaign is the latest in a series of eco initiatives that have been introduced by the Swinton Estate. Others include:
• Participating in ‘Refill’, a national, practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling bottles as easy, convenient and cheap as possible. The Swinton Estate has introduced a number of refill points, where guests are welcome to fill their bottles free of charge, in an effort to stop handing out water bottles to guests on departure.
• The installation of a wood-chip boiler, which is used to provide all Swinton Park hotel’s heating and hot water requirements. This avoids the use of oil and, as it uses a renewable energy source, it is a carbon neutral operation.
• Working in partnership with local waste management firm Yorwaste, the hotel’s, glass, paper and cardboard are collected separately and recycled. Waste food is sent for anaerobic digestion. ALL residual waste is used to provide “waste to energy”. This means that the waste is treated at the Thirsk plant and then sent to Allerton Waste Recovery Park to be burnt to generate electricity to power up to 40,000 homes.
• The installation of an on-site laundry, which uses the latest O-Zone technology to wash at lower temperatures using the minimum amount of cleansing agents, water and energy (30% less than conventional laundries). This has also eliminated the need for laundry to be transported across the country to be laundered as it once was.
• In the bedrooms, environmental measures have also been taken such as the use of recycled pencils, re-usable water bottles (Harrogate Borough Council do not recycle the Estate’s glass) and energy efficient bulbs.
• The Estate’s four acre walled garden grows over 60 varieties of fruit, herbs and vegetables, which supplies the restaurant kitchens and cookery school with fresh seasonal produce throughout the year, helping to keep the carbon footprint for food deliveries to a minimum. All menus focus heavily on local produce, and the majority of ingredients are either sourced from the walled garden, surrounding estate or Yorkshire countryside.
• Swinton Bivouac offers completely off-grid zero emission accommodation in the tree lodges with no power, built using Estate timber and heated by Estate timber thinnings from sustainable forestry. Bivouac also has a carbon neutral wood-chip boiler for hot water and heating in the café and site headquarters.
The Swinton Estate’s Eco Awards
• 2007 – Best Business Initiative Award at the first Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Awards.
• 2009 – Green Tourism Business Scheme Award, the largest green accreditation scheme in the world and the only one currently recognised by the VisitBritain tourism authority.
• 2009 – Green Business Award at the Yorkshire Rural Awards.
• 2012 – Samuel’s at Swinton Park was awarded the “Three Star Sustainability Champion” by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, scoring 84%, which was the SRA’s highest score in the whole of the UK that year, with the restaurant achieving 100% in some areas.

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October 2, 2017

Swinton Country Club & Spa is awarded 5-Bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide

Just two months after opening, the new Swinton Country Club & Spa has been awarded the 5 bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide. A renowned independent authority on all things spa, The Good Spa Guide’s recommendations are highly regarded across the industry. In their review of the Swinton Country Club & Spa, which opened in July this year, The Good Spa Guide panel said, “We awarded Swinton Country Club & Spa a Good Spa Guide bubble rating of 5 bubbles for its fresh design, amazing food, and great facilities — enough to fill an entire day. With its holistic treatments and clean food, Swinton Country Club & Spa is ideal for guests looking to re-balance.” The panel continued, “Swinton Country Club & Spa is a modern, stylish spa. It offers a good selection of Bamford and Elemis facials, wraps and massages, including deep tissue and hot stones. Men and mums-to-be are also catered for. For finishing treatments such as manicures and pedicures, try The Beauty Cottage on the ground floor. There’s a hair salon here, too. Post-treatment, there are three relaxation zones to choose from, designed to fit your specific needs: to chat, relax or sleep.”

Claire Jones, Managing Director commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the five-bubble rating so soon after opening. This is testament to the dedication and passion of all involved with the spa, which is translated into excellent feedback from our guests and spa members. We have had a great response since our opening and are really excited to continue delivering a fantastic spa experience in North Yorkshire.”

The spa is home to:
• Nine treatment rooms including two couple’s rooms
• An 18-metre indoor swimming pool
• A hydrotherapy pool for therapeutic bathing
• An Aroma Steam Bath – for deep muscular relaxation and detoxification
• A Salt Steam Room – for salt inhalation, for breathing, sleeping and allergy issues.
• A Finnish sauna in an aromatic wood cabin
• An al fresco herbal sauna with wood burner and rustic relaxation space
• A 10-metre outdoor natural water swimming pool and hot tub
• The poolside terrace – for all year relaxation – with infra-red heaters and sheepskins for winter warmth

The old Estate Gardener’s cottage has been transformed into a suite of beauty rooms, for top-to-toe grooming. Fitness facilities include a Pulse Gym, combining static machines with functional fitness, as well as a group exercise studio offering a full range of seasonal classes and workshops from yoga and Pilates to spinning and circuits.

Overnight Spa breaks start from £405 for two people sharing a double room. Day Spa rates from £155 for one person and £250 for two people. Or combine a half day cookery course at the Swinton Cookery School with a half day spa. Country Club & Spa membership rates start from £105 per calendar month.

September 28, 2017

Free Cookery Course in Masham

Places are still available on this Adult Learning Course in Masham Methodist Church Hall on Mondays from 1-3pm. New ideas and simple to follow recipes for fresh, easy to cook, economical and healthy meals. Please contact Harrogate Adult Learning and Skills Service to book a place: 01609 533 936 or email:
In partnership with My Neighbourhood and North Yorkshire County Council.

September 5, 2017

Vacancy for Masham Parish Council Clerk

The Parish Council seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic person to take on the post of Clerk to the Council. 14 hours per week with starting salary commensurate with NJC for Local Government Councils Pay Scale depending upon experience.

Duties include: acting as advisor to the Council; minute taking; compilation of correspondence (ability to use e-mail is necessary; filing; financial accounts; and willingness to undertake training in all aspects of local authority administration. Previous local government experience is desirable but not necessary as training will be given.

Application forms are available from: Councillor Flo Grainger, Station Cottage, Low Burton, Masham, HG4 4DF
Tel: 01765 689569. E-mail:

Closing date for applications is 13th October 2017.

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

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:

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: 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:

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:, 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, or match secretary David Miller on 01969 0625193.

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