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

December 11, 2020

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.

December 10, 2020


Just arrived at The Blue Light Gallery at Mashamshire Community Office… A selection of new mug designs to choose from. Perfect stocking fillers! All showcase the image of Masham created by local artist Rob Blades for our fondly remembered “unofficial” Masham A1 sign.

Only a small number of each design available so don’t delay.

December 8, 2020


Did you know that all sales from the Blue Light Gallery at Mashamshire Community Office, benefit not only the local artists and makers (all who’ve had a very challenging year), but also support the work of the Community Office too?

Being short of volunteers, then thwarted by the November lockdown, the Blue Light Gallery hasn’t lit up much since March… But we’re certainly flashing now… our doors are open, and we’re packed with lovely last-minute gift ideas and stocking fillers.

A selection work from Blue Light regulars including Masham glass artist, David Teece, who’s based at the Garden Studio, in Masham; cards, prints and original work from Thirn-based painter and pastel artist Jo Garlick – best known for her beautiful animals and landscapes; Lorraine Garlick, also in Thirn, who makes gorgeous handmade books using her own artwork and prints; Ripon-based jewellery maker Rae Fin with a selection of her unique and functional silver jewellery; Julie Amanda Designs who brings nature into your home with some striking and highly useful items depicting stunning images of the natural world and local artist Jane Redfern with her hand painted cards.

We are also lucky to have the work of Masham Community Office stalwarts, Judy and Paul Fuller with their selection of hand turned wooden items, Christmas decorations and cards – 100% of sales of these go the Community Office…and if you’re still short of Christmas cards (there are so many people to thank this year!) we have a selection of cards on sale for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

They all need your support so please, pay us a socially distanced visit!

Throughout December during office hours – 10am till 3pm weekdays and 10am till 1.30pm Sat.

Final shopping day Wed 23 December. NOT OPEN ON SUNDAYS

November 16, 2020

Volunteers Needed for Team North Yorkshire

Would you be interested in joining the Team North Yorkshire Volunteers?

It is becoming apparent that the Covid response will be continuing throughout this winter period and therefore there will likely be a need to support vulnerable communities during this time.

To be prepared North Yorkshire County Council is seeking volunteers to be ‘on standby’ should the need arise to help provide welfare to local communities. As we can’t predict what will happen with Covid over the coming months, we don’t know if/how much we may need volunteers, but there could be an urgent need for additional to help over the Christmas holiday period.

If you are interested in volunteering for Team North Yorkshire please contact

November 11, 2020

MCO AGM 2020 Minutes

Mashamshire Community Office AGM for the year 2019-2020 was held via Zoom on Tue 3rd November.

The minutes of the meeting are now available – click here.

November 9, 2020

Lockdown Help from Community Office

Don’t feel alone without anyone to help or support you during Lockdown. Mashamshire Community Office staff and volunteers are still here Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

We can help you with:

• Collection and delivery of your prescriptions and shopping
• Help finding someone to have a natter with over the phone
• Advice and support about Council services
• Choose a Jigsaw from our collection – delivery available if needed
• Access to a PC and internet by arrangement if needed
• Get your hands on a good read by phoning the volunteers at out Community Library

Call us on 01765 680200

Remember we will keep you up to date with the latest news about Masham too. Click here for info.


Good news….thanks to a wonderful Library volunteers, Mashamshire Community Library is open for browsing in person between 10:00am and midday, Mon-Fri.

This service is subject to the following:

Only 1 adult or 1 adult and 1 child will be admitted at a time so waiting downstairs may be required.
Face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt.
Hand sanitizing on entry is required and social distancing adhered to at all times.
Wheelchair access is available but please telephone prior to your visit – 01765 680204.

Please hand returned books to the volunteer greeting you at the main door


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-1.30pm

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)

Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 10am-1.30pm

Tel: 01765 680200   Email:

November 3, 2020

MCO AGM Meeting via Zoom – 3 Nov

In the circumstances, the MCO’s AGM meeting will take place via Zoom on Tues 3rd November at 5.30pm.

If you would like to attend, contact the Community Office on 01765 680200 or email

Meantime you will find reports and accounts online via the links below:

Previous Minutes 2019 click here

Accounts 2019/2020 click here

Treasurer’s Report 2019/2020 click here

Chair’s Report click here