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2702, 2017


Monday, February 27, 2017|

The Fairfield project to create a green space for our community is progressing well. The old fence has been removed, the brambles in the gully have been cleared and a new fence will be installed this week.

This Saturday we need volunteers to help clear the remaining brambles, make a bonfire and help with a few other tidying tasks.

We will be working from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Volunteers are welcome for the whole day or just for a few hours.

Please bring your own tools – loppers, secateurs, pitch-fork or garden fork, etc. and a pair of tough gloves.

We will try to create enough hot embers to cook some food, so you are welcome to bring along jacket-potatoes.


2002, 2017

The chance to have your say on where the new dualling of the A303 goes…

Monday, February 20, 2017|

Lots of detail and a link to the online survey here: A303 Sparkford to Ilchester proposals and survey

2002, 2017

‘Help about Cary’ will support people affected by cancer

Monday, February 20, 2017|

‘Help about Cary’ will support people affected by cancer

If you are or have been affected by cancer you can share your views on the type of practical support that would be helpful and in doing so shape ‘Help about Cary’ a new volunteering scheme which will launch later in the year.  Please take part in the survey either online or by collecting a paper questionnaire from your GP surgery.   ‘Help about Cary’ is being set up by local residents with the assistance of Macmillan Cancer Support.  It will aim to offer practical help to cancer patients and their families in Castle Cary and the surrounding areas.

Link to survey: HelpAboutCary survey

1302, 2017

May-day, May-day! Help Needed!

Monday, February 13, 2017|

The volunteers from the local community supported by the Town Council run the Big Christmas each year and this wonderful event benefits all.

The next Town Event will be on 1 May – a Monday and a Bank Holiday.

So far, we hope to have:  a Regatta on the Horse-pond! Maypole dancing; Street picnics; Music, entertainment, craft stalls, barrow market

And much more………….

We need your help and suggestions now!  Local groups, charities, shops, businesses, young and old can all be involved.  There will be a job for everyone.

Join us on Thursday 16 February at 7 p.m. in The Market House to help us plan and run this event.  Join in!  It will be fun.

1002, 2017

Two Town Councillor Vacancies

Friday, February 10, 2017|

Castle Cary Town Council: two Town Councillor Vacancies

Are you interested in your local community and how it is developed in the future?
Do you have concerns about what happens in your community and the surrounding area?
Are you interested in making sure that the best possible services are available and maintained for residents?

You can probably answer “yes” to at least one of these questions but have you ever considered becoming a Town Councillor?

All that is required is genuine desire to help the community and a commitment to attend Town Council meetings. Good quality training is available. To find out more about becoming a Town Councillor either talk to an existing Town Councillor and/or Town Clerk, visit the National Association of Local Council’s web site: www.nalc.gov.uk

The Town Council is made up of a total of 13 Town Councillors. It serves an estimated population of 2000 people. Full Council Meetings are held every month on the third Monday evening at 7.00pm at the Market House with other Committee meetings held at 6.30pm. The Town Council is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Market House and The Shambles, the Donald Pither Memorial Ground and Pavillion, the children’s play area, the Town’s Cemetery and chapel along with other smaller assets including the Millbrook Car Park toilet facilities and The Roundhouse. It also has to make sure that spending is kept within the agreed precept limit.

It is very important that the Town Council has its full complement of Town Councillors so that any decisions are made in a democratic way. The Town Council represents the opinions of residents in discussions with the district and county councils, especially decisions that concern the future development of the town.

If you are interested, please contact:

Mrs Susan Hake, Town Clerk
c/o The Market House, Castle Cary
tel: 01963 359631 or email: town.clerk@castle-cary.co.uk

1102, 2017

Recycle for Castle Cary & help us win £8000 for the local community!

Saturday, February 11, 2017|

See the poster for full details of the Castle Cary Recycling bonus

302, 2017

Vacancies on Castle Cary Town Council

Friday, February 3, 2017|



Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 87 of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to recent resignations there are now two vacancies on the Castle Cary Town Council to be filled.

Unless a request for an election to be held is submitted in writing to the Proper Officer of South Somerset District Council at the Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT before 20 February 2017 by ten electors for the electoral parish of Castle Cary, the Town Council will proceed to fill these vacancies by co-option.

Susan R Hake
Clerk to the Council
1 February 2017
Unless at least 10 electors apply in writing to the Proper Officer of South Somerset District Council to request a By-election (as detailed in the public notice above) the Town Council will proceed to fill these vacancies by co-option. The next meeting of the Town Council at which this can be dealt with is due to be held on Monday 20 March 2017.
If any local elector wishes to become a councillor, please notify the Clerk to the Town Council in writing, giving full details of your background and interests. Anyone who is interested in serving the community in this way is welcome to contact the Clerk to discuss this in more detail.
Susan R Hake
Clerk to Castle Cary Town Council


2801, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Saturday, January 28, 2017|

Spring 2017 Newsletter

2001, 2017

A new rural crime initiative-text 81819

Friday, January 20, 2017|

A new rural crime initiative has been launched by Avon & Somerset Police this week.

There’s a new text number – 81819 to help the Police to prevent and detect rural crime.

Rural communities and businesses are asked to help the Police by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. Texts will go directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance.

In those circumstances please dial 999.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We are trialing the number for three months.

“Many people who belong to our FarmWatch scheme had said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this new number will allow that.

“We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example – details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for.

“No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.

“We have had real success using a text number to facilitate reporting of drink drivers in the past and we hope this will prove as effective.”

Messages are currently sent out via text message and email to members of the Neighbourhood, Farm and Horse Watch schemes to alert them to crimes and incidents in their area. This new number will allow people to text back information quickly and easily.

Anyone can use it if they have information about rural or agricultural crime in their area, and isn’t just for Watch members.

The launch of the number happens to coincide with a recent livestock theft in Somerset (16/01) and we are hoping that the public will help provide vital information to help the investigation. 40 calves, 10-15 months old, of Friesian/Limousin/Angus breeds were stolen from Henton, near Wells. The calves had been wormed using Bimectin the day before and it’s therefore vital they don’t get into the food chain.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Rural crime affects the livelihoods of farmers, smallholders and rural businesses and presents some real challenges for the wider rural areas.  I know the Rural Crime Team, working closely with our local communities are committed to tackling and preventing crime.

“I know from speaking to residents and farmers that there is a real desire to engage with the police when it comes to tackling rural crime.  I’m sure that by providing an appropriate way for our rural communities to contact the police with intelligence will make a real difference to ensuring our countryside is safe and feels safe.”

The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance. In those circumstances please dial 999.

The new number is 81819, please text us any information you believe could either help prevent or detect a crime in your area.

You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

1701, 2017

Sign up for Cary Crier-our ‘Town Crier’ for local news and important issues

Tuesday, January 17, 2017|

The text below has just been sent out to all those who have opted to receive messages from the Castle Cary Town Crier.  To receive messages about important town issues and events, contact Carycrier@outlook.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.  You will not be bombarded with rubbish and your email address will not be given to anyone else:

Outcome of Planning Enquiry

Many of you will be aware that there has been a public enquiry relating to an application to build 125 + 75 new homes on either side of Station Road.  (This is in addition to the 165 + 45 + 75 for which planning permission has already been given in this area.)  Your Town Council, Ansford Parish Council and South Somerset District Council objected to the application on the grounds that the additional 200 homes would be excessive for our roads and infrastructure, and lack of jobs would lead to out-commuting and so on.  However, in line with current planning policy, the Government Inspector has taken the developers’ side. In other words – we have lost. Sorry – we tried really, really hard.

If you are interested the inspector’s decision and the reasons for it, the documents are on our town’s website…. www.castle-cary.co.uk

If you are at all concerned about the current planning process and lack of respect for the views of local people, there are two Government petitions you can consider signing…. If they get 10,000 signatures the Government will look at the issue, 100,000 and it will be debated in Parliament.

“Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.”

Here is the link:


“Protect us from speculative housing development. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) needs modification……”