Mashamshire Community Office

01765 680200

Exhibition: at The Gallery, 24 Market Place, Masham, North Yorkshire HG4 4EB. 35 is the title of painter/printmaker John Degnan’s exhibition running from Saturday, March 23 until Saturday, April 27. This marks 35 years since John became a full time artist. The show will feature some of his recent etchings and paintings and will be accompanied by a book giving a retrospective look at his career. For more information, please call 01765 689 554 or visit The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Craft Fair: at Maple Creek, Masham on Saturday, March 23 from 11am-3pm. The fair features quilted and knitted items, jewellery and bric-a-brac, raffle and tombola. Plants from the Walled Garden project in Ripon. £1 entrance includes refreshments. For the benefit of Saint Michael’s Hospice.

Masham Bowling Club: is holding a coffee and cake stall in the Sports Pavilion on Saturday, March 23 from 10am-noon.

Children’s Cinema: Brave is showing at Masham Town Hall on Saturday, March 23 at 1.30pm. Set in Scotland, Pixar’s first film with a female lead is every bit as funny, wise and brilliantly animated as you would expect. Space for toddlers to toddle, artists to draw and parents to gossip! Hot popcorn, sweets, soft drinks and ice-cream. Tickets £3 available from Mashamshire Community Office or on the door.

Ceilidh: with the Village Hop Band and caller Tessa Goldsmith at Masham Town Hall on Saturday, March 23 from 8-11pm. An evening of ceilidh dances to traditional English dance music in aid of the Grewelthorpe Village Hall Fund. The ticket price is £10 for adults and £3.50 for children and includes a Tattie Topper supper with vegetarian option available.  Licensed bar. For ticket reservations or information please call 01765 658990 or 01765 658265.

Holy Week at St Mary’s Church, Masham: starts with Holy Communion on Palm Sunday, March 24 at 8am. The United Palm Sunday procession starts from Masham Methodist Church at 10.30am, to commence the United Service at 10.45am at St Mary’s Church. Evensong is at St Paul’s, Healey at 4pm. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 25, 26, 27 and 28, Holy Communion is at St Mary’s Church, Masham at 7.30pm each evening.

Masham Local History Group: The Story of Nutwith Cote - Monks, Horses and Gardens by Marie-Anne Hintze and Michael Chaloner on Tuesday, March 26 at 7.30pm at Masham Town Hall. Marie-Anne and Michael initially came across Nutwith Cote as members of the Historic Parks and Gardens Study Group, compiling a gazetteer of sites in the Nidderdale AONB with Marie-Anne as the chair of the group and Michael as the secretary. The project was funded by the Lottery and worked under the guidance of community archaeologist Kevin Cale. Initial interest in the gardens soon developed into a desire to find out more about this exceptional place and eventually led to the compiling of a little booklet summing up the long history of Nutwith Cote, from its early days as a monastic grange to its place in the history of horse racing and beyond. Non members are charged £3 per meeting which includes refreshments. For more information, please contact the secretary by e-mail:

Printmaking for teachers: a free course at Hackfall and ArtisOn, near Masham on Wednesday, March 27 from 9.15am until 4pm. Outdoor and indoor workshops with inspirational printmaker Hester Cox. The course is suitable for key stage 2 teachers and teaching assistants in primary, special and independent schools, trainee teachers, community group leaders, youth workers and organisations working with schools to encourage out of the classroom learning. Book soon as there are only 15 places available. For details or to book a place on this free course contact: Paul Mosley, Hackfall Officer, The Woodland Trust. Telephone 0845 2935847 or email:

Afternoon Tea Club: meets on Thursday, March 28 at Maple Creek at 2.30pm. Refreshments, good company, speakers and music. Everyone welcome. The club meets regularly every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Maple Creek.

Good Friday Activities: for school children or three and four year olds accompanied by an adult on Friday, March 29. The event starts in Masham School at 10am and finishes in St Mary’s Church at noon. Activities include cake decorating, crafts and card making. There are 40 places available. To reserve a place or for more information, please telephone Kate Cleeves on 01765 689 255 or turn up on the day. Adults are invited to join a short service in the church at approximately 11.45am.

Masham Methodist Church Services: The Walk of Witness starts from the Market Cross on Good Friday, March 29 at 2pm and Meditation is at 7pm in the Methodist Church.

DITA (Dales Integrated Transport Alliance) Hub: the community office is delighted to have successfully applied to become a DITA hub. DITA’s objectives are to ensure better use of existing transport resources and to increase local community and business involvement in shaping local transport services, to reduce the constraints that transport and communication systems may place on rural life and business activities. Also to avoid unnecessary travel by encouraging and facilitating use of electronic communications either in the home or of more local facilities and to make it easier for rural residents to access work, training, shopping, health and cultural destinations. The organisation also wants to facilitate the provision of transport that supports the rural economy, particularly encouraging visitors to travel into the area for business, recreation and leisure. Please pop into the community office if you want to find out more. It is good news for Masham!

Mashamshire Directory: the new 2013 Mashamshire Directory, providing a comprehensive list of local businesses and services, is now being distributed around the local area. Thank you to all our volunteers who are traipsing the streets and posting the directories to all the households in Mashamshire. If you haven’t received a copy or would like some more, please pop into the Community Office or give us a ring on 01765 680 200.

Gardeners’ Question Time: West Tanfield NSPCC Committee invite you to a Gardeners’ Question Time at West Tanfield Village Hall on Friday, March 22 at 7pm. The panel will be Bob Scott, Sarah Hopps, Nigel Harrison and Martin Howe whom are all experienced professional gardeners, garden designers and broadcasters. Tickets are £30 each to include dinner and wine and obtainable from Mrs Caroline Bryant, Park Cottage, Sleningford Park, North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3JA. For more information, please call 01765 635206. If you wish to ask a question of the panel, please could this be sent with the booking.