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

February 8, 2022

Volunteer Walk Leaders Needed

DO YOU ENJOY WALKING AND COULD SHARE YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR IT’S BENEFITS WITH OTHERS IN OUR COMMUNITY? Masham Strollers are a very friendly, welcoming group of walkers who meet every Friday morning to walk around the town, streets and open green spaces. We need more volunteers who would like to lead or assist with our accessible friendly walks so that we can offer longer/faster paced walks for those that would like them. You will be fully trained and supported to deliver a range of accessible walks that will enable people to bring activity into their lives and feel the many positive benefits of walking outdoors in the company of others.

For further information please contact Beth on 01765 680200 or email

January 20, 2022

Flock highlight their artist of the month and introduce new stock

When visiting Masham be sure ewe stop by Masham Flock inside the information centre at 7 Little Market Place. This small cooperative of local artists rotate their stock every 8 weeks so there’s always a stunning quirky new item on sale. This month the group shine the spotlight on Barn Craft and encourage visitors to explore the Yorkshire landscape through their sense of smell…they certainly make the visitor centre smell beautiful!

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm, be sure to stop by, it’s the perfect place to pick up something unique for a loved one or just spoil yourself…because you can.

Health and Wellness Event 19th March 2022

Mashamshire Community Office is hosting a Health and Wellness Day at Masham Town Hall on Saturday 19th March from 10am-2pm where regional and local services will be on hand to let you know about the different health and wellbeing services they offer in and around Masham.

The aim of the day is to foster relationships between support groups and encourage working together for the benefit and wellbeing of the Mashamshire Community. Perhaps you know of individuals, carers, friends and/or family that would benefit from speaking to some of the organisations on the day? Please do encourage them to come along to find out more about the support that is available to them in our community.

There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day and enjoy a bite to eat and a hot drink and find out what is on offer to help.

October 11, 2021

BUZZY BEE’S HONEY HUNT – Book Club for 0-4yrs

Buzzy Bee’s Honey Hunt, a book club for 0–4-year olds. Children collect stickers every time they visit the library and borrow books and there are free collector’s cards, rhymes and activities to collect. To sign your child up or for further information please visit Masham Community Library or call and speak to a volunteer librarian on 01765 680204.


Monday-Friday 10.00am-3.00pm, Thursday open until 4pm, Saturday 10.00am-12.30pm.

Due to volunteer availability some afternoons we may be temporarily unstaffed. During these times you are welcome to come and browse in the library and return/borrow books using the self-service machine.

Masham Primary School and Acorns Pre School visit our Community Library for Storytime every Wednesday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm (term time only). During this time the library may be busy (and noisy!) with children so you may prefer to visit during a quieter time.

September 14, 2021

Former Masham Resident – Returns to the Masham Gallery:

  • Many local people will remember Hester Cox living here for many years. She has a “Solo Show” in the Gallery.  Original prints celebrating our relationship with nature and the countryside.  Running from 1st October – 31st December. This is her 1st solo show in 11 year. Alongside the main show will be a mini exhibition from Ian Scott Massie: A selection of 10 – 12 works looking at pathways, roads, and lanes.