I’m sorry to say by the time we managed to wander up into Masham Market Place on Saturday 25 September to visit Masham Sheep Fair most of the fun had taken place. So much we missed, the Sheep Show, Sheep Racing, Morris Dancers, Hand Bell Ringers, probably the tours around the two breweries, Black Sheep and Theakston’s, although these are ongoing throughout the year.
Not having done our homework we didn’t go and see the Art Exhibition nor the flowers in St Mary’s Church, the theme this year Harvest of Water. Alas, the sheep were being loaded up to go home and all that was left were a few, magnificent as they were, waiting patiently to go, their winning rosettes fluttering in the breeze. The market was still buzzing though and the children’s fair, which the grandchildren enjoyed, was still going strong. We still managed to bump into people who we hadn’t seen for a while and a Brymor ice cream from Bah Humbugs went down very well.
It wasn’t until this year that I realised the fair was to raise funds for Yorkshire Charities which has happened since it was first conceived by Susan Cunliffe-Lister, along with a band of volunteers, some 30 years ago. That first year they raised £7,950 and since then £158,700 has been raised. Well done to them! Amazing!
Next year, the Masham Sheep Fair will be properly put on the calendar and we’ll be going for the day! Not a single thing will be missed! See you there!
We have some beautiful cottages in Masham and surrounding area sleeping from two to six people, some taking dogs, and if you would like to stay please call me, Nadine or my daughter Joanne, on 01969 663559 to book and for friendly help and advice or, of course, book on line if you wish.
Written By Nadine Bell