May 13, 2021


Mashamshire Community Office welcomes a new flock of talented artists, designers and makers to Masham, to show and sell their work, from Monday 17 May. Members of the Reeth-based, Fleece artists’ cooperative, will be gathering to showcase their talents at the Community Office, in the old Blue Light Gallery now known as Masham Flock.

The impact of Covid on our volunteer team has meant we simply lack the resources to be able to constantly source artists and coordinate new exhibitions ourselves. So, Community Office Trustees approached Fleece, a Reeth-based not-for profit artists’ cooperative, to explore the possibility of their community of artists utilising our space. The staff and volunteers at the Community Office will still be on hand to make sales and shepherd shoppers around Masham Flock, but the artists cooperative will organise all the artists and their changing displays.

Community Office Trustee, Sue Palin said “This is an opportunity for us to continue to showcase art and crafts from the Dales and just beyond. Our visitors will have a chance to appreciate work which will be regularly changing, so they will always find something new. It is a great partnership as this Masham Flock of artists are a cooperative, so income from sales goes direct to the artists and generates a small amount of additional income to support the work of Mashamshire Community Office. It’s a win-win and we look forward to welcoming them.”

Work featuring before 26 June includes copper and enamelled jewellery and gifts, decorative ceramics, embroidery and textile art, “hooky” designs, hand-dyed wools, natural handmade candles, mixed media paintings, pastels and prints, handmade felt and glass. There will be a different gathering of work featured every six weeks, so make sure you pay us a regular visit! View the calendar of featured artists here and includes some home-grown Masham-based artists too.

The work of all Fleece artists and makers is on display in their shop in Reeth and it’s well worth a visit. For more information about Masham Flock and Fleece click here.

The new Masham Flock shop will be open during Community Office hours as follows:
10am – 3pm

Please do come in and have a look…and while you’re at it don’t forget to check out Masham’s other great arty-crafty shops – Nolon Stacey Gallery, Masham Gallery and Uredale Glass Gallery!

May 6, 2021


Mashamshire Community Office will soon be shepherding a new gathering of talented artists and craftspeople to our small retail gallery space this summer. Watch out for more news – they will be flocking to Masham very soon….

April 29, 2021


Thanks to thousands of volunteer hours spent car parking, directing traffic, shepherding people, wheeling wheelchairs, chatting and putting people at ease, the Harrogate & Rural District GP Teams have reached a major milestone. 100,000 coronavirus vaccines have now been administered by the GP teams at the vaccination hubs at Harrogate’s Showground, and Ripon Racecourse. The celebration cake looks scary but tasted great!

It’s an extraordinary clinical achievement but it couldn’t have happened without some amazing volunteers.

Mashamshire Community Office pulled together a team of wonderful, enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to support this effort back at the end of January. Our wonderful team have braved the elements (and there have been plenty!) and kept a smile on their faces throughout. Everyone has got to know one another and the team spirit as well as the heartfelt thanks they receive from members of the public at every session, has kept them all motivated. From reassuring the anxious right through to changing wheels and bump starting cars in the car park, our MCO team have gone the extra mile.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have helped so far.

The effort continues for the foreseeable future. If anyone would like to join us, new volunteers are very welcome as some of our regulars now have to return to work. Please email Sarah to volunteer – click here. Please be patient though as she’s out of the office next week! (w/c 3rd May)

April 26, 2021


Enter your favourite photographs of Masham or the surrounding area, and be in with a chance to see your photo feature on the front of Mashamshire Community Office’s 2022 Calendar, on sale from mid-July 2021.

Can you capture the essence of Mashamshire? Do you have an eye for an iconic view? Or, maybe you have a knack of focusing on quirky or unseen aspects of our lovely town and surroundings that would appeal to a viewer? If you love Masham and enjoy a photographic challenge, then you are in with a chance to win a place in our 2022 Calendar – perhaps even on the front page.

The competition is open to amateur photographers only and all photographs should be taken within a 10-mile radius of Masham.  The closing date for entries is Tuesday 15 June.  Click here for more details of how to enter.

The aim is to promote our lovely area and raise funds for Mashamshire Community Office and its work in our community. We are a registered charity.

April 14, 2021



February 15, 2021


A huge thank you to all the local people who responded to our recent call for help and stepped forward to volunteer as marshals at Ripon Racecourse Vaccination Centre. Thanks to your help, the vaccination programme has romped past its first target a couple of days early. The Racecourse also hit the national press with a feature in The Guardian at the weekend – click here to read it. Mo Marshall, an MCO volunteer who was there on the day of their visit, was even quoted. MCO is one of the community organisations working to manage the volunteer effort at Ripon, and although we didn’t get a name-check in the Guardian article, all the volunteers on that day were definitely from Masham Community Office, so thank you everyone!

On the same day, 600+ of our area’s most vulnerable people received their first vaccination from clinical staff brought in from Ripon and Masham GP practices, all with the support of our lovely volunteers. Many people are anxious, especially since so many of them haven’t left their homes or driven anywhere in nearly a year. The Vaccination Centre is located in the Racecourse bar and the mood so positive – it really seems to be giving everyone a lift, despite the fact that the bar is closed! Appointments begin at 8:30AM and finish at 6:00PM with the day organised into a morning and afternoon session with a shift change of staff and volunteers over lunch. Thanks to the efficient and enthusiastic team, the vaccinations run like clockwork with little or no waiting required.

Mashamshire Community Office Manager, Sarah McCourt, has been responsible for recruiting, checking and coordinating volunteers to cover one or sometimes two days per week. Following our initial appeal for help 3 weeks ago, Sarah was swamped with over 200 responses – thanks to social media, the call out when a bit further than we wanted, with people from Skipton, York and Ilkley desperate to help. She has now distilled our volunteer pool down to a team of around 70, more local people and, where possible, referred others to their local voluntary organisations. A big thank you goes to Sarah too – it has been a huge amount of extra work much of which she’s done in her own time.

The Racecourse itself is a perfect site and everyone is very grateful to be able to come to somewhere so handy. However, getting traffic and pedestrians in and out safely is not straightforward. It takes 13 volunteer marshals for each shift – 26 volunteers a day. The volunteer roles are a mix of inside and out and have been prescribed by the NHS. From greeting people and checking appointment times on the gate, to controlling traffic flow, car parking, reassuring people, shepherding them through the vaccination process, monitoring the observation area and assisting people with limited mobility – they are all roles that are essential to enable the clinical staff to get the jabs done.
Of course in Masham, we always go above and beyond. So, when a lady arrived with a flat tyre last Thursday, our dedicated team of car parking marshals swung into action. By the time she’d emerged from her vaccination, our crack team had performed quick wheel change. She was impressed of course…but she didn’t see the amount of head-scratching and chin-rubbing involved in locating the spare!

All in all, despite the weather, we’re all enjoying getting out, doing something really useful and having a bit of much-needed banter.

January 26, 2021


We now have confirmation of a more local Vaccination Centre in Ripon. Mashamshire Community Office has been asked to recruit and coordinate volunteers to support the Ripon centre.

This is going to be a big job – the more people who can help, the more we can share the load between us.

There’s been lots of speculation about the location, but it will actually be at Ripon Racecourse and will be getting up and running as soon as next week.

Plans are still coming together but this is what we know so far:

• We need a team of marshals to support a day a week
• Likely to be needed from 2nd week in Feb
• Days could vary but Tue or Wed have been suggested
• Two sessions – 8am – 1.15pm and 1pm – 6pm
• 10 volunteers needed per session
• Duties include directing traffic and guiding people once inside
• All PPE and hi-vis will be provided
• DBS check not required

If you would like to volunteer or require more information, please contact Sarah McCourt on 01765 680200 or email

The more people who step forward, the more we can share the load.

P.S. Unfortunately, if people have already had a vaccination at Harrogate, their 2nd visit will still need to be at Harrogate as far as we know.

January 5, 2021


Mashamshire Community Office, a registered charity working on behalf of Masham and  it’s surrounding area, both residents and businesses. We continued working hard throughout the pandemic, sometimes from behind closed doors.


Mon – Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm Sat 10.00am-3.00pm, Sun 12noon-2pm (August only)

We are open for:

  • Tourist Information –info, advice & guidance for visitors
  • Travel & transport information
  • Printing, photocopying, laminating services
  • Public access to a PC & Internet
  • Advice on Harrogate & NYCC Services
  • Jigsaw library and second-hand book service
  • If self-isolating, we can still help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or just someone to talk to

Masham Community Library – Restricted Browsing and Select & Collect (Mon-Fri 10am-12pm).  As from the 2nd August 2021 we will be open 10:00am-12:30pm Tue, Thu-Sat.  Monday and Wednesday we will be open all day 10:00am-3:00pm .

December 16, 2020



December 14, 2020


Mashamshire Community Office has been selected as one of three Masham-based causes to benefit from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund. This means, if you have a Co-op card, when you buy Co-op branded products and services, the Co-op will give us a helping hand.

Click here to register as a Co-op member if you haven’t done already.

BUT… you need to SELECT US as your chosen cause.

So, if you’re already a Co-op member, make sure you click here to select us as your cause.


We want to thank and celebrate all our volunteers and generate more interest in getting involved in supporting Masham and our community.

This year has been a challenge for all communities. Thanks to some amazing volunteers who’ve stepped up, the Community Office has risen to the challenge. They deserve our thanks for helping us to…

– Keep you all well-informed via the twice weekly newsletter, the Mashamshire Life Facebook Group and the website

– Provide hundreds vital prescription collections or shopping trips for people unable to go out

– Make activities available like craft kits to do at home and the book and jigsaw lending service to keep people busy – all in a Covid-secure way

– Pull out all the stops to make the Community Library services available, first via “Select & Collect”, then browsing

– Keep people connected via the public Internet access PCs

– Provide advice about Council Services and signposting to specialist help

– Keep local businesses informed about vital help, guidelines for safe operating and most of all, helping them to promote themselves and keep going

What we’ll do…
Once we’re out the other side of this crisis, Mashamshire Community Office will use the funds raised by the Co-op to arrange an event to celebrate the wonderful work of our volunteers during the pandemic. We will also research what help is needed within our community and organise a campaign to recruit and train new volunteers who want to work together and have a positive impact on our community and its wellbeing into the future.

If you would like to volunteer please email Sarah