Story time for the under fives: takes place at Mashamshire Community Library, 7 Little Market Place, Masham on Thursday, May 9 at 9.30am. In association with Acorns and North Yorkshire County Council. The session takes place every 2nd Thursday of the month. All welcome to this relaxed session, no booking required, just turn up. For more information, please call the library on 01765 680 204.

Story Corner: at the Bivouac on Thursday, May 9 at 4pm. The in-house story teller will take your children on a journey each week including craft activities. Families are welcome to stay for a family meal served directly afterwards, costing £8 per adult and £4 per child. The storytelling is free. Booking is recommended by calling 01765 535020

Masham Youth Club: meets at Masham Town Hall regularly every Thursday evening from 7-9pm. Tonight, Thursday, May 9 it is baking night. The club is for anyone in Year 7 and above. Any queries, please contact Sam: or call 07885 500848.

AGM: Masham Agricultural Discussion Group is holding its AGM on Thursday, May 9 at 7.45pm at the Sports Association Pavilion. For more details, please call 01765 689250.

Introduction to 3D Feltmaking and Hollow Forms: this four x two and a half hour course starts on Friday, May 10 from 9.30am until 12.30pm, and the following three Fridays. Sheila Smith, the tutor will teach you how to use the Scandinavian-style, three-dimensional felt making techniques which allow you to make a seamless felt vessel, perfect for making a whole range of felted items. The course costs £75 for four sessions and can be booked online at or call Mashamshire Community Office on 01765 680 200. ArtisOn, High Burton, Masham, HG4 4BX.

Mark’s Magic Kingdom Magic Show: is at West Tanfield Memorial Hall on Friday, May 10. Doors open at 5.50pm and the show starts promptly at 6.15pm. Space is limited and the show is suitable for all ages. Tickets cost £3.50, available from Liz on 01765 650 189. The evening is in aid of St Nicholas Primary School, West Tanfield.

Spring Fair: Mashamshire Yorkshire Cancer Research are organising a spring fair and café at Masham Town Hall on Saturday, May 11 from 10am. Teas, coffees, home-made cakes, stalls and raffle.

St Mary’s Church Firm Foundations Stewardship Campaign: in 2013 the ordinary cost of running St Mary’s is £5,500 a month but the routine monthly income of the church averages £4,800. The church is therefore facing a shortfall of £700 every month. In 2011, St Mary’s made a loss of nearly £7,000 but covered the costs in 2012 only because of a generous legacy. How do we put St Mary’s finances on a firmer foundation? A regular amount each month from all those who value St Mary’s will ensure it can continue to serve the community. If you are able to help, please pick up a leaflet from the community office or in the church. To show what St Mary’s has to offer, there is an open day on Saturday, May 11 from 10am-4pm. There is a celebration of past and current activities, display of flowers and local arts, activities for children, organ recital and concert by the junior choir, have-a-go at bell ringing and handbell ringing and information about the stewardship campaign. A celebratory buffet dinner in the church ends the day at 7pm. Tickets are available from Jen Lodge on 01765 688425 or Kate Cleeves on 01765 689255 and cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket costs £12. There is a bar and live music. Please bring your own plate, bowl, knife, fork and spoon. On Sunday, May 12 there is a Family Service at 10.45am with Masham Primary School. From Monday, May 13 until Friday, May 17 the church will be open from 10am until 4pm with displays and information about the stewardship campaign. At the Celebratory Holy Communion on Sunday, May 19 the preacher will be Rev Nicholas Henshall, Vicar of Christ Church, Harrogate and Acting Archdeacon.

Church Services at St Mary’s Church, Masham: Holy Communion is at 8am and 10.45am. Evensong is at Healey at 6.30pm.

Masham Methodist Church Services: this Sunday, May 12 the service is at 10.30am and taken by Mrs Heather Garbutt. Rev David Richardson leads the service (sacrament) at Ellington at 6.30pm

Coffee at the Library: come along and support the library over a cup of coffee at Mashamshire Community Library on Tuesday, May 14 from 10.30am-noon. The regular coffee morning happens every second Tuesday of the month. For more information, call the library on 01765 680204.

Pram Praise: at St Mary’s Church, Masham for the parishes of Healey, Masham, North Stainley, Well with Snape and West Tanfield on Tuesday, May 14 at 2.45pm. A relaxed session of stories, songs and rhymes for young children, parents and carers with comfortable chairs, carpet and cushions. Toys, tea, coffee and time to talk afterwards. The session finishes in time to collect older children from school or Acorns.

Junior Rendezvous: all children from Year 1 to 6 are very welcome at Masham Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday, May 15 from 6pm. Organised fun, games, crafts and more. If you are interested in joining the group, please call Hazel Booth on 01765 689809.

Community Meal: each Wednesday evening, Bivouac host an evening to get together, relax and enjoy delicious food from 5.30pm. These are very relaxed evenings giving everyone a chance to gather at Bivouac to enjoy and celebrate our community around a big banquet meal. Pre-booking is essential, by calling 01765 535020. The cost of the meal is £8.50 for adults and £4.50 for children.

Christian Aid Week: is seven days of fundraising, prayer and action against global poverty from Sunday, May 12 until Saturday, May 18. This year the Christian Aid focus is to help communities to ensure they have enough food and to become thriving communities not just surviving communities. This year your envelope will be inside the parish magazine. Please can you drop it off at any of the following places: Mashamshire Community Office, West Tanfield Shop, Black Swan Inn at Fearby and Mrs G Beale at Bryony Cottage, Healey. If you are unable to drop it off yourself, then maybe a neighbour could help or ring Cath Boshier on 01765 688957 to arrange for collection.