September 28, 2022

Celebrating our successes!

Mashamshire Community Office have been supporting Masham and surrounding villages for 20 years and up to now, we’ve been quietly and unassumingly getting on with it the Yorkshire way, thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers and small team of staff.

As we look back on some of our achievements, we think it’s time to start shouting about them! So here are just a handful that come to mind…

  • We created a safe place for vulnerable people to be supported
  • Provided a venue for Acorns childcare facility to open in Masham
  • Saved our community library from closure!
  • Advocated for the MASHAM A1 sign
  • Post Office van – we were instrumental in getting it to Masham!
  • COVID pandemic essential support: vaccination and shopping collections, marshalling at the Ripon vaccine centre
  • Defib machine in the Little Market Place
  • Established a wellbeing walking group
  • Created partnerships between businesses, community groups and charities – MIND and CAB are now based in Masham regularly
  • Provided hours of digital support – regularly helping people apply for blue badges and bus passes amongst much more

We care because you care and none of this would have been possible without the passion, drive, determination and dedication that our fantastic volunteers offer at MCO!

September 13, 2022

MCO AGM 2022

Mashamshire Community Office welcomed Zoë Metcalfe, Police Fire Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire as their guest speaker at their AGM on 8th November 2022 where she gave an overview of her role and answered some frequently asked questions.

The agenda, draft minutes and copy of accounts are available to download below should anyone so wish.

September 6, 2022


We will be carrying out a survey between 19th and 24th September 2022 to find out what you think about this library and how you use it. If you are aged 16 or over, a member of staff will ask you to fill in a questionnaire. If you need any help just ask!

The information you give us will help us to improve the services we offer you.

Thank you for your help!

August 26, 2022

Masham Steam Engine & Fair Organ Rally 15th and 16th July 2023

Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally has been taking place in Masham for over 50 years. Usually the third full weekend of July it is a traditional Steam Rally celebrating the finest of this country’s engineering and agricultural heritage. Traction engines, showman’s engines, general purpose engines, steam wagons, rollers, tractors, heavy haulage locos, miniature steam engines and fair organs, include the famous Munich Octoberfest Concert Organ – the world’s largest travelling organ.  Click here to see the Steam Rally website.

August 17, 2022

Save the Community Office!

We need to buy the building to continue supporting our rural community.

You can help.

We’re on our way to raising the £215,000 needed to purchase the building thanks to our fantastic network of volunteers, dedicated trustees and staff…but WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has decided to co-locate fire and police estate requirements in Masham which means Mashamshire Community Office have the exciting opportunity to purchase the building from where we have operated for the past 20 years at 7 Little Market Place, Masham.

We need to buy the building so that we can continue the work we’ve done successfully in our rural community; supporting more than 80 community groups, 100 businesses, responding to over 10,000 visitor enquiries and 1000 resident enquiries each year.

Often when people don’t know where to turn, we are there to support them. We’re the glue that strengthens our community, keeping everyone connected.

Thanks for everything you do to keep our community connected and safe. You all do a wonderful job and it is really appreciated. People feel less isolated because of your care. Thank you so much.”

The jigsaw below represents how much we’ve raised to date, each piece is equivalent to £1,054. Help us finish the jigsaw so we can buy the building and keep supporting our community from the heart of Masham.

Ways you can help

Make a financial contribution:

Whether it’s a one off donation or you’d like to commit to regular giving, we welcome all donations big and small.

We accept donations in person over the counter, on the phone (tel: 01765 680200) or online via JustGiving – just click the Make a Donation button below.

Fundraise for us:

Why not set yourself a personal challenge and ask for sponsorship? Climb a mountain, organise a cake sale or organise a karaoke party with friends – what ever it is, have fun doing it! Our JustGiving has a handy section on fundraising for us. If you have a JustGiving account, click Fundraise for MCO below to get started.

Support us for free when you shop at Amazon:

Choose “Mashamshire Community Office” as your chosen charity to support when you shop online at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to us at no cost to you.

For other online shopping, do it via Easyfundraising and support us for free:

Join via and choose to support “Mashamshire Community Office”. Once you make a purchase, the retailer partners will make a small donation to MCO.

Support us as a volunteer

Many hands make light work. If you’re keen to get involved, please drop us a line at, we’d love to hear from you!

Buy tickets to our events and take part in our 100 club and competitions

We’re planning a host of events which you can buy tickets to attend and help make them a sell out!

Join our 100 Club

Where there’s Smoke Dinner:

Charity Dinner Two Pauls and a Bucket of Yeast:

Masham Family Fun Day:

An Evening by the Riverside:

Artison Workshop:

Jervaulx Hall Open Garden:

Thank you

Thank you to our many wonderful volunteers, to our individual donors, sponsors and to all our supporters who have committed to help us reach our fundraising target so far! The generosity and confidence you have demonstrated means we’re one step closer to being able to support our community long into the future.

Did you know that Giles Edwards are kindly donating 10% of their normal fee from the sale of any properties that people instruct them to sell in Masham between 1st July 2022-31st August 2023? So if you’re thinking of selling your property, give them a call and you could be helping Mashamshire Community Office at the same time!

To read more about the relocation of the police, visit:

August 8, 2022

We raised £2,452.87 to support MCO and the Bone Cancer Research Trust – thank you!

We raised a grand total of £2,452.87 at our charity fundraiser on Saturday 6th August!

I would like to say a big thank you firstly to Jane Caress who approached MCO last year to ask if we’d be interested in running this event in partnership with her and the Bone Cancer Research Trust. If it wasn’t for Jane approaching us, the evening would never have taken place. I’d also like to thank the Earl Grey Saxes who offered to play and provide a night of entertainment for free! These ideas turned into The Great American Songbook and we gathered support throughout the year, everyone being so generous with their time, money and sponsorship – our local businesses have been incredible and we’re so grateful for their support.

It was a fantastic night and we hope you enjoyed your evening! Thanks to everyone’s generous donations, the event raised valuable funds which will be split equally between Mashamshire Community Office (we are currently fundraising to purchase the building from where we operate in Masham), as well as a charity close to the hearts of the people of Mashamshire, the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

It was a night of jazz classics, performed beautifully by the Earl Grey Saxes and thanks to our fantastic sponsors, we were able to hold a raffle and auction some fantastic prizes. Thank you to everyone that gave up their time and money to support this event, we hope you had a great night.

Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters…
Jane Caress Ltd:
Lightwater Valley:
The Forbidden Corner:
Corks and Cases:
Grantley Hall:
Dangerfield and Keene:
W.E. Jameson & Son Ltd:
Brymor Ice Cream Parlous:
Black Sheep Brewery:
Catterick Racecourse:
Morrisons Ripon:
Rudding Park:
Beavers Butchers:
W S Rogers and Son:
Bah Humbugs:
Johnny Baghdad’s:
Black Swan:

May 18, 2022

Mashamshire Community Office: Police Building

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has decided to co-locate fire and police estate requirements in Masham and to dispose of the Masham Police House as a community asset.

The Commissioner has set out a clear policy to share estate across police and fire services wherever possible to make the most efficient and effective use of our public assets. In Masham the Commissioner currently owns the Masham Police House and the Masham Fire Station. Masham Police House is currently leased to Mashamshire Community Office who use the premises, with the police using it as a touchdown facility for the local Police Beat Manager and PCSO when they are in the area. Masham Fire Station is an On-call fire station housing the local On-call fire engine. Due to the requirements of the two Services, it has been agreed that the police touchdown facilities should be moved to the fire station thereby releasing Masham police house for disposal.

North Yorkshire Police will continue to patrol and engage with the local community as they currently do and there will be no change to the service level local residents should expect.

The Commissioner recognises the value to the community provided by Mashamshire Community Office (MCO) who currently occupy the police house. Therefore, the Commissioner hopes to dispose of the police house as a community asset and has set out a process aligned to the Community Right to Bid scheme to afford MCO the opportunity to purchase the property prior to it being placed on the open market. A timeline and value has been agreed for this process.

Should this process be successful, it is hoped, subject to negotiation, that MCO will continue to provide ‘front desk’ services for North Yorkshire Police in Masham, to facilitate signposting and provide a point of contact with the local policing team.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Zoë Metcalfe said,

“Mashamshire Community Office is a fantastic local asset which has been providing benefit to the public for nearly two decades. I recognise this value on the community and I hope our sale will afford them the opportunity to purchase the property, with a supportive timeline and value agreed for this process.”

Paul Theakston, Chair of Trustees at Mashamshire Community Office said,

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to purchase the old police house, from which the Community Office has been delivering an ever expanding range of services into our community for the past twenty years. Actually owning the building will secure our position literally at the heart of the community and ensure that we will be able to provide community services long into the future”.

Mashamshire Community Office will be working hard to secure funding to purchase the property and welcome support from community members, local organisations and businesses to share their knowledge, skills and time to help raise valuable funds.

A public open meeting will be held on 14th June, 2pm-4pm in the Small Hall of Masham Town Hall where the community are invited to attend a fundraising task force meeting.

Read Zoe’s announcement:

March 31, 2022

Supporting Ukraine

The desire and passion evoked by many to help the people of Ukraine is extremely heart-warming and to make the most of this, we are asking people to ensure that they carefully select an appropriate organisation to work with. Consider how best placed, experienced and validated they are to deliver an appropriate level of support safely so that your offering is maximised to the fullest potential to help those in need.

There are lots of ways to help during this extremely difficult and devastating time and many people have been in touch with us to ask how they can best get involved. We’re recommending that people contact Ripon City of Sanctuary who are putting lots of ongoing support in place behind the scenes (such as peer to peer support) and they have a vast amount of information and advice based on their long experience of dealing with helping refugees to settle.

Another excellent resource is a website produced and updated by Harrogate and District Community Action (HADCA) which provides relevant and up-to-date information about ways you can get involved:

February 27, 2022


Good news….thanks to our wonderful Library volunteers, Mashamshire Community Library is open for browsing Monday-Friday 10:00am-3.00pm, open until 3pm every Thursday and Saturday 10am-1pm.    

February 11, 2022

Masham Strollers – come and join us on a Friday

Walking regularly outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally as well as enjoying the company of others in our community.

Wellbeing walks are short (approximately 30-40 minutes), accessible, friendly, free walks around Masham. All walks are led by trained walk leaders, will take place over easy ground, although there may be some uneven surfaces/pavements, around the streets, alleys and open green spaces in Masham. All walks are circular starting at Mashamshire Community Office every Friday morning, meeting from 10am to start walking at 10.10am. You’ll receive a very warm welcome and after the walk, join us in the Town Hall for tea/coffee and chat with your fellow walkers.

If you would like to join us on a walk you can just turn up or for further information, please contact Beth on 01765 680200 or email