CREATIVE TONIC – from Mashamshire Community Office

Having something to focus on, particularly something practical and creative can be a great tonic. We all know how hard this year has been and, as we go into the long winter of bad weather and short days, we thought some crafty activities would be a great pick-me-up!

Thanks to a small amount of funding from NYCC Stronger Communities, we set out to find craft activities that could be done at home to help keep spirits up. Many in our community have been robbed of company or their usual activities by this pandemic. So, with limited funds and with the help of other Mashamshire community organisations, including the Churches, Maple Creek, Wednesday Welcome Centre and the WI, we found 94 people to receive a dose of our crafty tonic.

Sarah and Judy at the Community Office worked hard to put together a range of activities to suit both experienced and ambitious crafters, as well as the more inexperienced looking to have a go.

Activities ranged from felt making, collage and rag rugging kits, all provided by professional tutors from ArtisOn in Masham (pictured above), to more straightforward projects such as card making or colouring that would be accessible to everyone, and even some small woodworking and metalworking projects.
The Community Office has been piled high with craft bags for weeks – here’s the WI’s pile of kits awaiting collection.

All craft kits have been delivered over the past week or so by volunteers. Below are a handful of the residents at Maple Creek taking delivery of theirs.

We hope they are enjoyed, and we are inviting participants to send us photos of their progress. Fingers crossed for a Covid Craft Exhibition as soon as we can do it safely in 2021!

Please email photos to or drop off at the Community Office.