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Flower Festival: Saint Mary’s Church, Thornton Watlass is raising funds for Help for Heroes and the church by holding a Flower Festival from Friday to Sunday, October 5-7. There is a children’s service at 2.30pm on Friday and a preview at 6pm. The Harvest and Flower Festival Service is at 7pm, followed by a festival supper (£5) at 8.30pm in the village hall. On Saturday, the church will be open from 10am-5pm with a concert put on by the Leyburn Brass Band at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 each. On Sunday, there is a Family Service at 10.30am, then the church will be open from noon until 5.30pm. The weekend comes to a close with Songs of Praise with Askrigg Ladies Choir at 6.30pm. For further details and tickets please contact Chris Carruthers on 01677 423519 or Dorothy Syers on 01677 423429.

Sing and jigs: a fresh concept for preschool children from birth to five years. Help your child to learn, sing and jig. This education programme inspires young children to develop a love of music. For further details about classes starting on Friday morning, October 5 in Masham Town Hall, please call Laura Vennell on 07840 248386 or email

Queen performed by Mercury: the best Queen show ever is coming to Masham Town Hall on Friday, October 5. Doors open 7pm. Show starts at 8.30pm. There are a few tickets left at £15 each, available from Mashamshire Community Office. Telephone 01765 680 200. E-mail

Beer and food evening: to celebrate the Black Sheep Brewery’s 20th anniversary, come and have a locally sourced three course meal and selected Black Sheep cask ales at the Black Sheep Visitor Centre on Friday, October 5. Hosted by Annabel Smith from Cask Marque. £27.95 per person. To book call 01765 680100 or email

Anyone Got Any Apples? juice them at one of our open days at Old Slenningford Farm, near Mickley, Ripon, or swap them for some juice or cider. Sunday, October 7 and Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28. Picking and collection service available. See website for details: Email:

Harvest Thanksgiving: the Harvest Holy Communion will be held at Saint Paul’s Healey on Sunday, October 7. Saint Paul’s will be supporting Saint George’s Crypt. Non-perishable foodstuffs will be very welcome. Please bring to the service or leave at the back of Saint Paul’s. There will be a harvest lunch at Fearby Village Hall at noon for 12.30pm. Tickets only from Anne Ramsay on 01765 689278 or Basil Sturdy on 01765 689543 by Sunday, September 30. Adults £8.50, Children 5-15 £4.50, under fives free. Bring your own drinks.
Masham Local History Group: David Rhodes will be speaking about William Burgess and the high Victorian churches of Newby Hall and Studley Royal on Tuesday, October 9 at 7.30pm at Masham Town Hall. David is a retired architect, town planner and conservation polemicist and makes a welcome return to Masham. Non members are welcome. £3 per meeting which includes refreshments.

Free Course: for Key Stage 1 and 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. Use the outdoor classroom at Hackfall. Only 25 places available, so book early! Thursday, October 11 from 9.30am-3.30pm. For more details or to book a place contact Paul Mosley, Hackfall Officer, on 0845 2935847 or email

Storytime for the under fives: at Mashamshire Community Library on Thursday, October 11 from 9.30am. In association with Acorns Pre-School. Everyone welcome, just turn up. 
Masham & District Agricultural Group: the group’s season starts on Thursday, October 11 at Masham Sports Association Pavilion at 7.45pm. The speaker at the meeting will be David Lister of J C Lister Farms Ltd and he will be talking about Our Farming Enterprises. Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday in each month. All welcome.

Confirmation: any adult or young person (in Year 6 or above from September) interested in attending a confirmation preparation group, please speak to Rev David Cleeves on 01765 689 255. Attending the group does not commit you to eventual confirmation, it is an opportunity to explore the faith with the possibility of confirmation at the end of the course.