March 15, 2024

UK Shared Prosperity Fund Helps MCO

We’re delighted to announce that our application to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund1 (UKSPF) was successful, helping us to purchase our home on 31st August 2023, the Old Police House here at the heart of Masham so that our charity can do more to support our rural community.

Over the past 22 years Mashamshire Community Office have delivered a wide range of services that benefit both residents and visitors to the area. The community office supports more than 80 community groups, over 100 businesses, responds to 10,000 visitor enquiries and more than 6,500 queries from residents annually. Our community library serves almost 3,500 visitors, we lead 50 wellbeing walks and provide trusted information to visitors and residents, keeping people supported and connected. Our building is also home to Acorns Preschool, Citizens Advice, MIND and Masham Parish Council who all need a safe space to provide face-to-face services.

Masham and the various surrounding villages and hamlets are situated a stones throw away from the beautifully scenic North Yorkshire Dales, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Although a picturesque landscape and inviting community, our rural location presents various challenges. Not least that homes are often unaffordable to young families, our aging population and limited public transport options create difficulties for people accessing health appointments, information and educational opportunities.

Our charity has been awarded £145,000 of UKSPF funding over two years. £115,000 of which will go towards capital (£60,000 towards the building purchase which completed on 31st August 2023 and £55,000 towards decarbonisation works; making the traditional 19th century building more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective to run). £30,000 of the funding will be invested in additional staffing to develop our own capacity to establish and progress priority projects that align with our aims and objectives. We also plan to improve our marketing and promotion of Masham and local businesses to improve the local economy. Some projects in the pipeline include:

  • Engaging older and isolated people to connect, stay healthy and maintain their wellbeing
  • Extending what we do to increase digital inclusion and confidence with technology
  • Encouraging people to actively engage in volunteering opportunities
  • Promoting collaboration, information and skills sharing between local groups
  • Further exploration of ways to enable better access to transport solutions.

We would like to take this opportunity to not only acknowledge and thank North Yorkshire Council for the UKSPF funding, but to also say a huge thank you to our fantastic team of volunteers that contribute 8,000 hours annually to our charity, without whom we simply would not exist.

  1. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit ↩︎

February 26, 2024

Major Sporting Event to Masham: Long Course Weekend Yorkshire 6-8 September

We’re very excited to be hosting the 3 day Long Course Weekend sporting event here in Masham – why not register to take part?! Swimmers, cyclists and runners of all abilities will take explore our beautiful countryside and all it has to offer this September.

Find out more here!

“We are delighted to be hosting the latest Long Course Weekend in Masham. The town’s enthusiasm for hosting events is clearly evident and the passion and support the local community has shown us is second to none.”

“We also look forward to developing the legacy programme and working with the parish council to support local causes. The Long Course Weekend is built on local community partnerships to market a real Yorkshire experience to a global audience.”

Matthew Evans, chief executive of Global Long Course Weekend

Masham which sits on the outskirts of Nidderdale Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the Long Course Weekend is expected to bring athletes from across the globe to compete over 3 incredible days of world-class sport. With the unique LCW format, you can choose your challenge by selecting your preferred distances and disciplines for the weekend. You’ll have to do the longest distance in all three to get the coveted 4th medal though.

Friday kicks off with the Yorkshire Dales Swim, giving you the unique opportunity to swim in the stunning Grimwith Reservoir, deep in the Yorkshire Dales. Saturday will see cyclists start from Masham Market Square and take on the choice of 56 or 112 mile bike courses set in The Yorkshire Dales National Park in the Yorkshire Dales Sportive. Incorporating some of the sections in Tour de Yorkshire, Tour De France and UCI courses into our very own sportive course

Rounding up the weekend on Sunday, you have a range of distances from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k to take in some of the spectacular surrounding countryside, returning to Masham where the massive crowds await you on the red carpet finish line.

February 8, 2024

New to Masham? Get the lowdown on what makes Masham tick…

Congratulations on your recent move! On behalf of Mashamshire Community Office (MCO) we want to extend you a warm welcome. Our small, but thriving community, has more going on than many expect. You may already know all this, but if not, it might help you feel at home to have the inside track on Masham life.

Introducing Mashamshire Community Office (MCO)

We are a small independent charity, based in the Old Police House (opposite the Masham GP Surgery and just down from the Town Hall).  We’ve been a “hub” at the heart of this special community for over 20 years. In fact, the “can-do” spirit of Masham won through last year, when community and businesses came together to save us from being homeless, by raising the money to purchase our building. MCO’s building is now a permanent asset for Masham. We can confidently continue to provide information and support to residents, businesses, and visitors.

So, do make us your first port of call for…

  • Local information, maps and community notice boards
  • Tourist information and leaflets
  • Masham Community Library – on the first floor via an accessible lift
  • Wellbeing Social Walks – Weekly Strollers: Fri at 10am followed by tea and biscuits at the Town Hall; Monthly Striders: 1st Tue of the month at 10am, for a longer, brisker walk
  • Town Hall Room Bookings and Ticket Sales for events
  • Business networking information and promotion
  • Computers, printing and copying services
  • Help with blue badges and bus passes
  • Other form filling or help with technology
  • Jigsaw library and second-hand books
  • Local art and crafts for sale in our Flock Gallery
  • Citizens Advice face-to-face clinics (1st Thu of the month by appointment)
  • MIND mental health hub (every Thu by appointment)
  • Acorns Preschool (access from the back of our building)
  • Masham Parish Council Clerk 2pm-6pm Mon and Wed
  • Local volunteering opportunities – whatever skills or time you have to give

Our team of staff and volunteers have plenty of local knowledge and connections.  So, if you need help with anything, call or drop in to see us.  If we can’t help, we can usually put you in touch with someone who can.

Experience a virtual tour of our building

Staying in the Loop!

MCO helps keep our community up to date with local news and information via:

  • Masham Directory – info-packed, updated annually and delivered door to door
  • Our weekly e-news – sign up for local news at:
  • – our website for both visitors and locals.  Find local trades, shops, activities and local community groups, plus “What’s On” for local events
  • Mashamshire Community is our Facebook page aimed at locals
  • Visit Masham is our Facebook page aimed at visitors, but useful for everyone (share with family and friends as they plan their next trip to visit you!)
  • You can also connect with us on Instagram @VisitMasham

Other helpful sources of news and discussion are the Masham Parish Council Facebook page and the Masham Buzz Facebook Group

Local Government – Who Does What?

Masham Parish Council

Masham Parish Council is a statutory body of elected local councillors who meet monthly to work on behalf of Masham. They organise Masham Market, are consulted on planning decisions, provide parking and electric charging points in the Marketplace, maintain several local amenities, and sponsor various local initiatives. They employ a Parish Clerk to provide administrative support who is based at MCO. Their budget comes principally from market income and honesty parking donations and Councillors are unpaid, so it benefits us all to shop and support the market.

The Council meets on 1st Mon of the month at Masham Town Hall. All meetings are open to members of the public to attend. The agenda and minutes are available from MCO.

Find out who your Parish Councillor is on their website: and follow the Masham Parish Council Facebook page.

North Yorkshire Council

Until 2023 Masham came under Harrogate Borough Council for Planning, Housing, Refuse and Recycling and Environmental Health, with vital services like Education, Social Services, Highways, Libraries and Transport all coming under the brief of the County Council. In April 2023, Harrogate was one of the seven Councils in North Yorkshire to be abolished with all their functions taken over by the newly created “unitary authority” of North Yorkshire Council.  So now one local authority is responsible for all local services. Their HQ is County Hall in Northallerton.

Council decisions are made by elected Councillors and, in Masham we are represented by Mashamshire resident, Cllr Felicity Cunliffe-Lister whose email contact is:

Leisure and Things to Do

Masham Town Hall

Masham Town Hall stands, bold and beautiful just off the main Marketplace.  Gifted by the 2nd Lord Masham, it has nothing to do with the local authority. It is a registered charity run by volunteers. It is a great asset, offering meeting, event and performance space and a regular programme of events for locals and visitors to enjoy throughout the year. Its income is from room hire and ticket sales, so it relies on local support, plus funds raised from Masham Steam Rally, which are invaluable. Room bookings and ticket purchases can be made at MCO.

The Town Hall website is

Masham Sports Association

A range of sporting clubs and activities are on offer from Masham Sports Association which is located in the Pavilion on the cricket pitch. All volunteer-run, there is something for everyone – football, cricket, tennis, bowls and boules. See the Directory or for more info about the various clubs or contact the Chairperson, David Broadley: The venue is also available to hire by contacting Hayley Metcalfe on 07752 240939.

Other Activities – check The Directory or

A wide range of other clubs and activities in and around Masham are also listed in the Directory, from Masham Snooker Club to Fearby Badminton; from Masham Golf Club to the Masham Knitting Group, from the WI to Brownies, Guides, Scouts and Little Lambs – all welcome new faces.

Masham churches

St Marys Church and Masham Methodist Church hold regular services and host a variety of inclusive community events and activities.

Other Facilities

Post Office

We sadly lost our permanent Post Office for now, but in the meantime The Post Office Van visits three times a week and parks right outside MCO.

  • Mon:        11:40am-3:25pm
  • Wed:       1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Thu:         9:00am-11:00am

If you miss it, try West Tanfield or Bedale Post Offices

Public Transport

Bus services serving Masham are provided by DaleBus (bus stop opposite MCO)

  • 159 – Richmond to Ripon (change at Ripon for Harrogate, York)
  • 144 – Bedale to Masham (change at Bedale for Northallerton)

Local Train stations are Harrogate, Nothallerton, Thirsk

Taxi services are available (contact MCO for info)

Masham Events

There’s always something going on! From Family Fun Days and community get togethers celebrating national events like the Coronation, to unique events that bring visitors to town, like the annual Steam Engine & Fair Organ Rally in July, or Masham Sheep Fair in September. All are organised and run by volunteers to raise funds for local charities – all proceeds from the Steam Rally support the Town Hall; Masham Sheep Fair is free, but all parking proceeds go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance and other local charities. 

In this way the efforts of local people go back into local facilities, for the benefit of the whole Masham community.

Local Shopping & Socialising

For a small place we punch above our weight! We’re lucky to have two wonderful breweries, four pubs, a gin distillery and wine shop, a choice of exceptional cafes and a few “fine dining” options too! You can buy fashions, outdoor gear, pet food, decorating equipment, gifts, art and crafts; and who’d expect daily fresh fruit and veg and not one, but two, highly regarded butchers in a small town like Masham? The town also welcomes market stall holders every Wednesday and Saturday (and the 1st Sunday of every month during the summer). We’re all so lucky to have these facilities AND in such a beautiful rural location. Please support them whenever you can – their survival relies on all of us.


So much of the good stuff that happens in Masham is thanks to the many friends and neighbours that volunteer to help. If you want to get to know your community, connect with new people and contribute to this wonderful community, and you have a little time and energy to give, there are plenty of ways you can help. Please call in at MCO, and whether you’d like to help us at MCO, or prefer to get involved in other things, we can point you in the right direction.

We wish you all the best as you settle into your new home and enjoy all that Mashamshire has to offer. Please drop by MCO and just say hello!

MCO is an independent charity that works on behalf of Masham and surrounding villages to ensure our community is a lively, active, vibrant and supportive place to live, work and visit.

Donations welcome!
Donations enable us to continue supporting our rural community. Scan the QR on your phone’s camera to take you to our JustGiving donation page.

January 25, 2024


(Well, our universe anyway….and it could be yours too this season)

Indulge yourself this summer, make Masham your staycation of choice and surround yourself with beautiful countryside and inspirational arts. Steeped in history and perched on the banks of the river Ure on the edge of the Dales and just a stones throw away from Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Masham offers stunning walks, unique shops, cafes, galleries, spa luxuries and exquisite restaurants.

Exercise your lungs in the open countryside forgetting how many steps you’re clocking up at Druids Temple (we have lovely walks for all abilities close by), then relax at Swinton Spa with a glass or two of bubbly before catching up with long lost friends over a delicious meal at Where There’s Smoke…and that’s just day one!

On day two, explore Masham itself…wake up to a flat white at Johnny Bagdad’s café, or grab a sausage sandwich at Bordar House Teas.  Explore the unique shops around the Market Place – we have some tempting art and craft galleries and shops. If you have a sweet tooth, how about old fashioned sweets from Bah Humbugs, exquisite chocolates from Joneva or treat yourself to a local Brymor Ice Cream? Stock up on trendy walking gear at Bentleys, before visiting us for Tourist Information where you’ll get walks, maps, advice and ideas on where to visit. Relax and review your options at one of our lovely pubs or sit in the Market Place with a takeaway sandwich and cake from the Lunchbox. If you have a taste for beer, you can’t beat an afternoon tour of Black Sheep or Theakston breweries, where you’ll discover why Masham boasts two world class breweries. But if beer’s not your thing, check out Corks & Cases for fine wines or a unique Gin Experience at the Spirit of Masham Distillery.

By day three you will have inhaled enough of our creative Masham air that you will be ready to try your hand at glass tile making at one of Uredale Glass’s pop up classes.

There’s something for everyone right here in Masham – from creative activities, cycle hire, mountain biking, pony treks, golf, gardens to visit or something unique like a Trike Tour of the Dales and we haven’t even touched on the endless activities for kids…but lets keep this secret escape for you today.

Check out our accommodation listings to start planning a break that you deserve!

December 17, 2023

MASHAM SHEEP FAIR 28th September and 29th September 2024

Masham’s annual weekend event to raise money for local charities including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, will take place once again on Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September 2024 as we welcomed visitors from far and wide to celebrate all things sheepy, and what a weekend it will be!

Masham Sheep fair is sponsored by local businesses and run by volunteers. This famous weekend event takes place in one of the finest Market Squares in England, raising much money for charity by filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment all weekend. Events include an action packed programme on both Saturday and Sunday, with a Sheep Show, Sheep Racing, Craft Market, Bishop Blaize Procession, Fleece Stalls, Wool Competition, Sheepdog Demonstrations, Hand Bell Ringers, Morris Dancers, Art Exhibition and Tours of Theakstons & Black Sheep Breweries, as well as the Old Time Children’s Fair.
Photos of Sheep Fair weekends here.
All proceeds go to Yorkshire charities

For more information:

01262 490388 / 01765 688417 / 07850 048258

Masham Market Square and locations around town

November 30, 2023

Wellbeing Walk (Longer)

Next Week – 5 December

  • In addition to our Strollers Weekly Town Walk, we now have a repertoire of longer, brisker walks. 
  • Tuesday’s walk: Our final long walk of the year follows the River Ure to the Fisherman’s Hut then up through the Marfield Wetlands where we will have the opportunity to visit the hides and hopefully see some interesting birdlife. 
  • We will follow the circuit around the lakes and then walk back through the fields towards the allotments and back into town – don’t forget your binoculars and a hot drink!

All the walks start at 10:10 for 10:15 at the MCO office in the Little Market Place and go out into the beautiful countryside around Masham.

October 17, 2023

Aged 18-30 and care about your community? We want you!

We want Mashamshire Community Office to better represent the voice of younger people so that our services are relevant and meet the needs of our community. To help us do this, we are recruiting to a shadow board that can feed into trustees and provide a fresh perspective, challenging our current thinking. If you or anyone you know is aged 18-30 years and would like to contribute to making Masham and the surrounding villages we represent, a better place to live and visit, please get in touch.

You will need to commit 2 hours a month to the role. It’s a great way to gain experience and provides an opportunity for you to make positive change in your own community!

To register your interest in this volunteer post, please complete an Expression of Interest form.

If you’d like to visit us or want more information, feel free to pop in (we’re open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm) or DM us via Instagram or Facebook.

Learn more about who we are and what we do!

August 14, 2023


We’re delighted that we have raised enough money to purchase the Old Police House to secure our future at the heart of Masham where we have been operating for over 20 years as a local, independent charity serving our community! Thank you to everyone that has made this possible!

We’re a small team with a big heart and a can-do attitude and we want to continue providing many of our services, supporting and helping advocate for our community long into the future.


Your support will enable us to continue to be be the glue that connects and strengthens our rural community. We only have just over 2.5 FTE paid staff but with the help of our volunteers, who contributed 8,500 hours last year alone, we support more than 80 local community groups and 100 local businesses; every year we respond to over 10,000 visitor enquiries and 1,000 resident enquiries and requests for help. With your support we aim to be here to respond to community needs with new initiatives well into the future.

You can us help by:

  • Making a one off donation online, via JustGiving. Click Make a Donation below and choose an amount.

  • Supporting us with a monthly contribution, via Direct Debit. However small, setting up a Direct Debit via the JustGiving would be a huge help. Click Make a Donation below and then select MONTHLY.

  • You could raise money by getting sponsorship for a personal challenge. Click Fundraise for Us below to log into the JustGiving website and create a fundraising page to share with your friends and family. You can create a new login if you don’t have one already.
  • If you prefer not to donate online, you can always call into the office and we can personally accept your donation, or provide the information you need to set up a standing order.

  • Volunteer to help at our MCO Forever fundraising events – we’re a fun bunch, and helpers of all kinds are always welcome! Please call 01765 680200 or email

  • Join our 100 club!


If you have any spare time and skills or enthusiasm to give, we’d love to hear from you. We have regular volunteering opportunities, but not everyone has time to give on a regular basis. Ad hoc help with short term activities is always useful too – anything from help at events to marketing or copywriting, or help with social media. Help can come in smaller packages and still make a big difference!

If you have skills and a bit of time to spare, we’d love to hear from you. Read more about volunteering here.


We are at the heart of the community in Mashamshire, but we don’t pretend to have it all covered and we certainly don’t have the resources to complete the whole picture. But we do know how to get things moving. So, if there’s something you really care about, if you have an idea for something you think you could do locally, maybe we can help you get it off the ground. Whatever gets you going, whatever you care about… From reducing carbon emissions and plastic waste, to improving the look and feel of where we live, from providing activities for young people to doing something to alleviate the loneliness of older or isolated people. If you have an idea that would benefit Masham, your community, or even your road, with a bit of support, maybe you can make it happen.

Please get in touch and share your ideas.

Masham Community Office
7 Little Market Place
Masham, HG4 4DY

Tel: 01765 680200

Saturday Help Needed!

Masham is a gorgeous place to visit and explore and we need volunteers to help inform our visitors on busy Saturdays so that they unlock all that we have to offer. Saturdays are a busy day at Mashamshire Community Office…and we need help.

We get a lot done for remarkably little at Mashamshire Community Office, thanks to the time and energy of volunteers. We are here to look after the needs of our lovely community, the businesses in Masham and the surrounding area and tourists and visitors too. We’re a hub of activity every day but Saturday’s are one of our busiest days and likely to get busier. Volunteers are essential to enable us to open and carry out this vital role for our town.

Our usual opening hours are 10AM till 3PM. Our Service Delivery Officer is on hand at all times on a Saturday, but he can’t manage all of this activity alone. We need a volunteer helper on hand to support him. The day is split between two shifts – 10AM till 12.30PM and 12.30PM till 3.00PM. If you have a couple of hours to spare on a Saturday, and would like to be involved and help us support Masham, please get in touch with the office, on 01765 680200 or email

Our busy office buzzes every day with…

  • people coming and going to the Community Library
  • folk needing access to the internet or some photocopying or laminating done
  • locals or visitors buying tickets for upcoming events, cinema or performances at the Town Hall
  • people at a loose end, looking for a jigsaw or second hand book from our collections
  • shoppers browsing our small gallery, showcasing work for sale by local artists
  • visitors in need of advice and information on places to visit, eat or stay
  • information on local transport options or how to get to places

August 6, 2023

Masham Strollers Weekly Walk

Join Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Masham Strollers for short, local and accessible walks to help you get more active. In addition to our Strollers Weekly Town Walk, we now have a monthly longer, brisker walk around the beautiful countryside of Masham. For more information, please follow the relevant link below.

Click here to find out about our weekly walk.

Click here to find out about our brisk monthly walk.

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