- Category: Local Services
Ansford Parish Council
The Balsam Centre
The Balsam Centre is a community treasure that many people know little about. It is owned and managed by a charity (Wincanton Community Venture) set up by local people in 1999 with the aim of supporting the health and wellbeing of local people. Although based in Wincanton, the Centre was set up to include all the surrounding communities, including Castle Cary, Bruton and the villages around them. Overall, it provides a wide range of services and activities that are easy to access, enjoyable and that have lasting benefits. The Centre itself is a friendly, vibrant space where many people come every day for meetings, activities and creative or quiet time. For full details of all their activities, including gardening, art, exercise and the Loose Ends Cafe, or if you might be interested in volunteering to help, see their website, www.balsamcentre.org.uk , call 01963 31842, or drop in and see us.
Contact Mrs June Hopton, 4 Moore Villas, Castle Cary. (01963) 350279; www.blood.co.uk
Boots the Chemist
Fore Street, Castle Cary. (01963) 350263. Opening times
Castle Cary Children's Centre
This small and well-loved building in the peaceful surroundings of Castle Cary Cemetery is available to all of any faith or none, for funeral or committal services, small meetings, readings or concerts, and for quiet individual reflection. A key is available by arrangement with the Town Council - ring 01963 359631 for a key or to ask about hire arrangements.
South Somerset District Council now has a facility on its webpage (http://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/) called 'Your Neighbourhood' where you can type in your postcode and get information about where you live; particularly useful as a way of checking the days for refuse collection...
Waste Collection and Recycling
This is organised on behalf of SSDC by Somerset Waste Partnership, whose website (http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/pages/index02.asp) gives full details about collection dates, recycling and the recycling centre at Dimmer.
The normal day for refuse collection (fortnightly) and recycling collection (weekly) is Friday, so it's generally best to put things out on Thursday evening. In weeks with a bank holiday, the day is usually moved to Saturday. If in doubt, check their website, or see this document for details for 2014-15.
The opening hours for the Recycling Centre at Dimmer are as follows: Monday 8-7; Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8-4; Closed Thursday and Friday; Saturdays 8-4; Sundays 8-1.
See also Infrastructure below.
Bramcote Dental Surgery
Woodcock Street, Castle Cary. (01963) 350123. Opening Times.
Millbrook Gardens, Castle Cary. (01963) 350210. www.millbrook-surgery.gpsurgery.net
Maggs Lane, Ansford. Tel. (01963) 350895. Hall and rooms of various sizes available 6.30 - 9.15 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Caryford Fitness and Leisure
Maggs Lane, Ansford. Tel. (01963) 350600. Multi-use sports hall, four badminton court size.
Ansford. (01963) 351324 or (01963) 351056. www.caryfordhall.co.uk
Carymoor Environmental Centre
Dimmer Lane, Castle Cary. Tel. (01963) 350143. Beautiful buildings available for meetings, events and courses. www.carymoor.org.uk/venuehire.html
The Cemetery Chapel
This small Victorian Chapel set in Castle Cary's beautiful cemetery with its panoramic views, is available for hire for small meetings, concerts, readings etc, as well of course for committals and funerals. Ring the Town Clerk for further details: 01963 359631
The Shambles at the Market House
Swainson Building, Maggs Lane, Ansford (just beyond Ansford Academy)
Hiring is arranged by the Balsam Centre - see above..
Street lighting is the responsibility of Somerset County Council, Environment department; you can find out more information, including how to report a problem with a light, at the website.
Pot Holes and Other Highways Problems
Potholes are the responsibility of Somerset Council Council, as are problems with footpaths, mud or ice on the road and other such issues; you can find out more information about this, and report problems, via their website.
Opening hours: Tuesdays 10.00-1.30 and 2.30-5.00, Saturdays 10.00-1.00. Bailey Hill, Castle Cary. 0845 3459177; www.cclib.somerset.gov.uk
The Neighbourhood Policing Team is based at Wincanton Police Station, which is the place you should contact with any queries or concerns: phone 101, or use their online query/reporting facility here.
The main public toilets are found in Millbrook Car Park to the south of the town centre. There is also a toilet in the Tourist Information Office at the Market House, which is available for public use when the office is open.
There is also a public toilet in thr Play Park open from 9-7pm April - end of September; 9-4 pm end of March - go up beyond the Round House behind the Market House, following Florida Street until you reach the Play Park.
South Somerset Community Accessible Transport
Community Accessible Transport (CAT) runs from the Balsam Centre in Wincanton, providing low cost transport for people in rural locations within the area, as well as volunteer driver transport outside the area for hospital appointments. Telephone 01963 31842.