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
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 ( and Making of Mashamshire (
For more information, please call 01765 680200 or email 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).

June 7, 2018

Complementary Therapists Wanted

The Healing Collective at Swinithwaite offers an holistic approach to health, encouraging health and well being with a range of therapies. We are now looking for like minded people to join us. Situated at Berry’s Farm Shop and Cafe in a converted stable, the room is a lovely place in which to work.
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Carter on 07981 908717.

April 23, 2018

Tour de Yorkshire Perfect Position

Position yourself in Masham and you’ll be perfectly located to catch the weekend stages of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire cycle race!

Stage 3 passes through nearby Bedale on Sat 05 May and Stage 4 comes straight through Masham itself on Sun 06 May with an exciting sprint just before…

Spend the day with us on the 06 May and you’ll find plenty of entertainment too. Find out more about the day in Masham here.

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.

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