September 16, 2014

First World War is focus of Heritage Forum

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is holding its annual Heritage Forum on Friday 10th October at Fearby & Healey Village Hall from 10am to 4pm. It is open to everyone with an interest in the heritage of the area.

The theme of this year’s event will be ‘the First World War and Nidderdale AONB’ and will explore the First World War and its effect on the landscape and communities of the AONB. We will be joined in the morning by Roger Thomas of English Heritage who will talk about First World War Archaeological sites, and Professor Alison Fell from the University of Leeds who will talk about women and war in Yorkshire. They will be followed by a series of presentations on local First World War projects.

The afternoon workshops session will give participants a chance to see first-hand the site of the Leeds Pals training camp at Breary Banks in Colsterdale or discover the industrial heritage of Roundhill Reservoir. Alternatively participants can take part in an indoor session on researching their WW1 family history.

Amanda Walters, WW1 Project Officer, said: “This year’s Heritage Forum will form part of our three year, Heritage Lottery Funded WW1 Centenary Project. The AONB has an amazing First World War heritage and the project is uncovering some fascinating information. This is a great opportunity for people to find out more, as well as share ideas for the future.”

Tickets are priced at £5, to include a buffet lunch and refreshments. The full programme is available on the AONB website at
You can book online at or by contacting the AONB office on 01423 712950 or

September 11, 2014

Masham Treasure Hunt

Mashamshire Community Office’s Treasure Hunts are proving very popular with visitors and locals alike. The trail takes you around all the shops, cafés and points of interest around Masham and should take a maximum of a couple of hours, depending how many times you stop at a cafe or shop! If you have a friend, need to entertain the children or just want to explore Masham, pop into the office and pick up a leaflet for £1. Answers on completion!
Mashamshire Community Office, 7 Little Market Place, Masham, HG4 4JW. Tel: 01765 680 200.

September 9, 2014

Before & After School Club

Acorns Pre-School is offering extended provision for any child attending Masham School.
Breakfast Club will run – to include breakfast. 7am-9am
After School Club will run – to include snack. 3.30pm-5.30pm
The cost is £4 per hour. Each session is run by 2 members of our highly qualified staff team, who will take to/collect from school each day. Age appropriate activities will be offered at each session taking into account the interests of each child, spending time both inside and out. For additional information and booking forms please contact Val on 01765 680 203 or e-mail: or pop into Acorns.
Acorns Pre-School, The Old Police House, 7 Little Market Place, Masham, Ripon HG4 4DY.

September 8, 2014

Harcourt Almshouse Charities Retirement Homes to Let

Retirement homes will be shortly available to let in Masham. In walking distance of all village amenities, self contained, centrally heated, garden area.
1 Living Room, 2 bedroomed, 2 storey property
2 Living Rooms, 2 bedroomed, 2 storey property
Applicants should normally be 65 or over, retired from full-time employment, have a strong connection with or are resident in the Ancient Parish of Masham and are in housing need.
Further details and application forms from The Administrator, The Harcourt Almshouse Charities, Ellington Hall Farmhouse, High Ellington, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4PR. Tel: 01677 460 366.

July 29, 2014

Masham School’s Giant Sheep Seen Around the World

With the Tour de France passing through on Saturday 5th July, the historic market town of Masham was going to be one of the best places to watch the race – in person or on the television. So the idea was hatched of painting a temporary 1000m² sheep on a bicycle, visible from the Tour’s helicopters, to emphasise Yorkshire’s largest market place.

The staff at Masham Primary School embraced the idea enthusiastically, and a gorgeous sheep design was created by local artist Robert Blades, whose child attends the school. The sheep was painted by all 97 of the school’s pupils on Friday morning, using poster paints. (Every tube of yellow paint from every school for ten miles around was also used!)

Even when the elements intervened and the rains came on Friday night, a volunteer army of parents and teachers came out to retouch the washed-out sheep on Saturday morning.

And then the Tour came through, and for 33 seconds a billion people around the world were treated to pictures of the sheep looking resplendent in its historic market-place setting. Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby described it live on air as “one of the most beautiful artworks we’ve seen today. Or on any Tour.”

Masham Parish Councillor Flo Grainger said, “What could be more appropriate on the largest market place in England, used for sheep sales for centuries, than this inspired design!? The enthusiastic children from Masham Primary School all had a hand in creating this masterpiece – the best ground art feature of the Grand Départ. Well done Masham School, we’re all very proud of you!”

Ruth Davies, Headteacher of Masham Primary School, said, “Everybody at the school came together to make, and then to save, Robert Blades’s beautiful work. Parents, staff and above all pupils will all remember this weekend for as long as they live.”

Nick Reed, Co-ordinator of the Masham Grand Départ Steering Group, said, “When I first suggested this idea to Mrs Davies and the Parish Council, I thought they would laugh it off. But Masham is a very special town, and everyone has come together to bring this ambitious plan to reality. Robert Blades’s work is accessible, technically skilled, and just lovely to look at; everyone in Masham is very proud of it.”

Copies of the photograph are now available from Mashamshire Community Office. Tel: 01765 680 200 or e-mail:

March 4, 2014

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February 13, 2014


We don’t believe it’s right ask the Masham community to pay to replace signs we already had and weren’t even consulted about removing. However, we are desperate for a solution to enable visitors to find us. So, today sees the launch of a fundraising campaign with a very challenging target. We need to get Masham back on the map and we need your help.

As a stop gap we are taking advantage of the planning amnesty for Tour de France related signs and putting our handmade, temporary A1 sign back – click here for more background info.

But this is only a temporary measure. We need to raise £40K to pay for the brown signs on the A1 at junction 50 to put masham back on the map. Small donations add up – please click here to give online, or come and see us in Mashamshire Community Office.