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.
Venue sales commission is 25% cash/cheque sales and 27.5% for credit card sales.

April 21, 2016


We’re finally back on the map after 11 years of campaigning! We at last have a permanent brown tourist sign installed south of Junction 50 on the A1(M). The culmination of an 11-year battle with the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency, the brown sign has been funded by over 20 local businesses and Masham Parish Council at a cost of £7,000.
The new sign is a significant victory for campaigners seeking to restore the flow of passing traffic through Masham and Lower Wensleydale en route to the Yorkshire Dales. However, requests to include ‘Wensleydale’ on the signs have been rejected by the Highways Agency despite the protests of nearby businesses such as Brymor Ice Cream, Jervaulx Abbey and The Blue Lion at East Witton, all contributors to the campaign.
The ‘Masham on the Map’ campaign began following the removal of Masham’s original signage during the upgrade of the A1(M) in 2005. Led by the town’s MP Julian Smith and Councillor Flo Grainger, the task force sought to reinstate the signs with the support of numerous local businesses, which were affected by the estimated 30% drop in visitor numbers.
In 2013 the campaign suffered a set back when a temporary sign, funded by the area’s business community and erected in a field adjacent to the A1(M), was ordered to be taken down by Harrogate Borough Council. However the sign was reinstated in 2014, exploiting a planning amnesty for the Tour de France, where it has remained ever since pending permission for a permanent sign.
Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, says, ‘I am delighted that the Masham Brown sign is finally in place. After six years of campaigning the local community group led by the fantastic Flo Grainger has prevailed. Well done to everyone who has given their support in terms of time and money to make this happen. It will keep Masham on the Map for tourists and visitors alike.’
Flo Grainger, Chairman of Masham Parish Council, says, ‘We are thrilled with this hard fought victory and hugely grateful for the continued support of Julian Smith MP and the local community, without which we would still be invisible from the A1(M).’
Masham’s new sign comes as the town prepares for Masham Weekend on 29th, 30th April & 1st May, which will launch a series of initiatives aimed at raising its profile and regenerating business and tourism. These include a revamped market and the opening of a new multi-use games area together with a ‘Make the Most of Masham’ shopping scheme.

April 19, 2016


The Swinton Park Bird of Prey Centre is celebrating after Shikari, its three-year old Steppe Eagle, was found and safely returned home following her escape last month.

Shikari was found as the result of a call from a member of the public, who had sighted her eating a dead rabbit in the Nosterfield Nature Reserve last week. One of the main attractions of the Bird of Prey Centre’s experience days, the Russian eagle escaped on 28th March following damage to a section of her aviary caused by the extreme weather accompanying Storm Katie. Despite being familiarised with people, there had only been a few confirmed public sightings in the local area prior to her recovery.

Sophie Abbott, Head Falconer, says, “We’ve had many sleepless nights driving across the countryside searching for her and are really pleased she is now safely back with us after two weeks of living in the wilds of Yorkshire! Thank you to everyone who reported sightings of her and the amazing people at Nosterfield Nature Reserve who rang us straight away so we could collect her. Once we sighted and approached her she stepped straight up to the glove and seemed very happy to be heading home. She is now safely back in her enclosure and recuperating quickly from her exploits.”

For further information about The Swinton Park Bird of Prey Centre visit www.swintonpark.com, email enquiries@swintonpark.com or call 01765 680 900.

January 7, 2016

Celebration Afternoon Tea Offer

Come and celebrate your Special Occasion at Swinton Park, whether it’s a baby shower, birthday, christening, engagement, reunion, anniversary or funeral, come and celebrate in style.

Not only will you have use of a beautiful reception room (or terrace in the summer) and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, you can also take a stroll in the parkland, see the deer and enjoy the seasonal landscape.

Prices start from just £9 per person for a Cream Tea, no room hire charge for parties of 10 or over, the organiser’s tea is complimentary for parties of 15 or over. This can of course be upgraded to a full afternoon tea, served with Champagne and a falconry demonstration.

Swinton Park has a long history as a private party venue, with aristocratic gatherings of all kinds held at the castle throughout its illustrious past. This heritage continues today, as the hotel plays host to a wide variety of special celebrations for family gatherings, significant birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and memorial receptions.

We also host drinks parties, private dining and banquets, as well as less formal gatherings, such as alfresco summer barbecues at our charming restored Deerhouse, overlooking the castle and lake. We have just completed restoration work on a private island, situated on one of the lakes in the Parkland. Complete with a Georgian-style summer house, it is the perfect for a proposal, an intimate dinner or a family event.

For more information, visit: www.swintonpark.com/hotel-dining/special-celebrations/
Tel: 01765 680 900

October 12, 2015

New Masham Apron For Sale

Start your Christmas shopping early at Mashamshire Community Office. We have now added an apron to our range, using Rob Blade’s iconic image of all things Masham – sheep, bridge, breweries, curlew, St Mary’s Church and a Masham Leaf. One size fits all and very easy to post in time for Christmas. The apron costs £9.00 with all proceeds helping to run the Community Office. The office is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-3pm.
Mashamshire Community Office, 7 Little Market Place, Masham, HG4 4DY. Tel: 01765 680 200. Email: info@visitmasham.com . www.visitmasham.com

New Aviaries and Arrivals at Swinton Estate’s Birds of Prey Centre

New aviaries and birds have been introduced to Swinton Bivouac, based on the Swinton Estate, following the success of the original falconry centre next to Swinton Park Hotel.

The new extension at the bird of prey centre features four new aviaries, which will house falcons, a baby black Barn Owl and include a purpose built breeding aviary for the hotels’ Harris Hawk pair, affording them more privacy. The hope is, via a one way mirror system and webcam, that guests will be able to watch the Harris Hawks sitting on their eggs and rearing their young without causing any unnecessary disturbance.
Swinton Park Birds of Prey Centre also invites guests to meet their new arrivals. Freya, the Common Buzzard is five weeks old and is being hand reared by Falconer Sophie Abbott who has been working with birds of prey since the age of twelve, and has been resident Falconer at Swinton Park since 2008. Skye, the Barn Owl is the most recent addition to the Birds of Prey centre. She has been bred in-house and has been entertaining guests at Swinton Park since she was a couple of weeks old.
For more information please visit: www.swintonbivouac.co.uk

September 21, 2015


There are many things Yorkshire offers its visitors and now it can add a private island to the list.
Now available for hire by the half or full day, The Island at Swinton Park, near Masham, is set within 200 acres of heritage parkland and is surrounded by a chain of five lakes. It features a small house furnished with a table and chairs that can be transformed with fairy lights, flowers and candles or rugs, blankets and board games, according to the occasion. Food can be arranged from the Swinton Park kitchens, including ciabatta rolls with smoked pork, roasted farm ham and piccalilli and homemade scones. Bespoke barbecues can also be organised and a fire pit provides additional warmth on chilly days.
The Island is reached on foot via pathways that pass Coffin Pond, Lily Pond and on to Top Lake, where guests cross the water by a hand-operated cable ferry.
Prices start from £250 for half-day private hire of The Island. Each additional hour charged at £50. For further information please visit: www.swintonpark.com
Owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, Swinton Park is a four AA Red Star luxury castle hotel set within a spectacular 20,000-acre estate outside Masham in North Yorkshire. Swinton Parkland is a Grade II *listed Historic Park and Garden which forms part of the Swinton Estate. It is home to Swinton’s five lakes and a herd of roughly 100 fallow deer, including ten stags.
Recently listed in the Trip Advisor 2015 Hall of Fame, other facilities include 31 rooms and suites, the award-winning Samuel’s Restaurant, a cookery school, a ‘glampsite’ and nine-hole golf course. The Country Club & Spa is due for completion this winter.

September 11, 2015

Welcome to Yorkshire and Brymor team up in Flavours of Autumn campaign

Brymor Dairy, the award winning ice cream company based in Wensleydale, is teaming up with Welcome To Yorkshire at a number of local events as part of the launch of its Flavours of Autumn campaign. The campaign gives ideas and inspiration on how to enjoy ice cream all year round and will include flavour tastings, dessert pairing ideas and a competition to win a years supply of ice cream.

Flavours of Autumn is part of a number of new initiatives and developments that are underway since Brymor came under new ownership in April this year. Other work includes expansion of the childrens’ play area at the ice cream parlour at High Jervaulx Farm near Masham, an indoor play area, new branding and new flavour developments in progress. The Flavours of Autumn includes Riggwelter Raisin Ripple, a collaborative development with Black Sheep Brewery in Masham that gives a new twist on classic flavours. Marketing and Business Development Manager James Ashford said “Brymor has more than 30 flavours and is well known for innovation as well as delivering the traditional flavours our customers love. We are grateful to be asked to join Welcome To Yorkshire at some key local events and look forward to sharing our ideas for enjoying ice cream all year round”.

Brymor is the only ice cream in Yorkshire made with 100% Guernsey milk, and all of that comes from its own herd. Along with milk and clotted cream, Brymor is now stocked in more than 300 outlets in Yorkshire and The North East from boutique B&B’s to high street retailers including Waitrose and The Co-Op.

The team from Brymor will be alongside Welcome to Yorkshire at Nidderdale Show on 21st September, and Masham Sheep Fair on 26th and 27th September. For more details visit www.brymordairy.co.uk