Friday 14 April, 2023 - Friday 14 April, 2023

Charity Dinner with Two Pauls and a Bucket of Yeast!

Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton, Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH

Charity Dinner with Two Pauls and a Bucket of Yeast!

Venue: Swinton Park Hotel
Date: 14th April 2023
Time: Drinks reception 6:30pm, Dinner 7:30pm
Dress: Black Tie and posh frocks
Tickets: £80 per person, which includes £10 automatic entry into a Heads and Tails game, with £100 cash prize for the winner

The theme of the evening is yeast, that extraordinary single celled organism that on the one hand has provided bread and beer to the human race for a couple of thousand years or more, and on the other hand is the medium for complex scientific research into the causes of and cures for cancer.

Paul Theakston, long time local family brewer, will lead you slowly through the two thousand history of beer brewing, and Paul Nurse, most eminent scientist,  will explain in detail the complexities of yeast cell division as applied to cancer research.

Programme for the evening:
6.30 pm: Drinks reception in Main Hall
7.30pm: Dinner served in The Library:
Welcome and extensive opening remarks by Paul Theakston
First course
Heads and Tails game
Main course
Auction of promises
Dessert and coffee
Comfort break

10.00pm: Paul Nurse has the floor to share with us the role of yeast in his scientific research.

Carriages around 11.00pm

Swinton Park Hotel has recently been blessed with the arrival of Great British Chefs participant Ruth Hansom to take up residency here. Ruth and her team will be providing a menu appropriately themed to our event.

Find out more about Ruth Hansom


Sir Paul Nurse
Paul Nurse, born in 1949, is a leading British scientist who with two others won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for discovering key regulators of the cell cycle. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia in 1973 and was a professor at the University of Oxford from 1987 to 1993. He held various positions at Cancer Research UK, notably serving as director-general (1996-2002) and chief executive (2002-2003). In 2003 he became president of Rockefeller University in New York City, a post he held until 2011. That year he became director and chief executive of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, now known as the Francis Crick Institute.

Paul Theakston
Paul Theakston’s family go back centuries in and around the Masham area as farmers. It was Paul’s great great grandfather Robert, farmer and cattle dealer, who married a girl whose brother had the Black Bull pub in Masham with a small brewery attached, who became involved in brewing in the early 1830’s. Successive generations built the present Theakston’s brewery in 1875 and continued the business through to the present time.
Paul and his wife Sue left the family business in 1988 to found Black Sheep Brewery in a former maltings building at the other end of town, and to turn Masham into the Burton on Trent of Yorkshire. Now retired, Paul and Sue leave two of their four sons running Black Sheep.

All the funds raised from this evening’s event go to help the Community Office purchase the Old Police House in Masham, which has been home to MCO for the past twenty years, leased from North Yorkshire Police. Over that twenty years from small beginnings, MCO has become a key part of the local community, housing the Library, providing a home for Acorns pre school group, and acting as a link to and delivering services from North Yorkshire CC, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire Police and numbers of other service providers. With only a very small team of paid staff, MCO depends heavily on a small army of local volunteers who give their time unstintingly to our local community.

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Thank you to all our volunteers and our many supporters:

Mashamshire Community Office are currently raising funds to purchase the building that they have operated from for the past 20 years. Find out how more about their progress here:

For more information contact:

Mashamshire Community Office
Tel: 01765 680200