October 12th, 7pm, sees the start of the first ever season of Café Scientifique Somerset sessions at The Market House, Castle Cary. Café Sci is a place where, in an informal café-style setting, there are free monthly talks and debates about the latest thinking in science and technology from researchers and experts across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics spectrum. The audience is decidedly non-expert and the talks are aimed at anyone who would like to know more about the developments that will impact our future, with a distinctly local and social feel. Attendees can take a glass of wine or cup of coffee and join in the debate and meet like-minded people. This is the first such venture in rural Somerset and is well supported by the academic and industrial community with a fascinating line-up of speakers already confirmed. It takes place as part of our LAMP (Learning At the Market Place) programme. The first session will see Professor James Ladyman of Bristol University discussing science as a complex system and debating the very nature of science itself – a thought-provoking beginning to an intriguing set of sessions which will take place on the second Tuesday of every month from October to June. For more information: [email protected]
Sunday 10th October is Apple Day in Castle Cary! This will be a free celebration of all things apple so there will be plenty of apple produce stalls, food and drink to complement the apple -cheese, pork and cider- and many apple-themed activities. There will be apple art trees and feeding Peppa Pig apples for the children, apple pressing, live music from Hello Hopeville for the adults and an exploration into the science behind apple production all at The Market House in Castle Cary from 11-3. Later there is a lecture, organised by Cary History Society, about The Apple in Art with a speaker from the National Gallery. This will be at Caryford Hall from 6.00 pm. Further information from Colleen Bower, 01963 351763 or email: [email protected]
Cary21: Cary through time in 21 objects
Market House (top floor)
The Exhibition closes on Sunday 5 September at 4 pm.
This free show is open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
The show gives residents and visitors a chance to see the top floor of the Market House (now owned by the Town after 50 years of being in private hands) and to see the Town Council’s plans to install a lift and make other improvements.
PLUS: (Don’t Miss This……..)
On both Friday 3 and Sunday 5 September, the REAL Cary Hoard will be paying a visit from Southwest Heritage Centre. 152 silver coins from the 16th & 17th century discovered in Paddock Drain in 2006. The hoard will be on show in the Shambles 10 a.m. – 3.p.m with a Curator to answer your questions.
Ultrafast Broadband Boost for Castle Cary and Bruton …. a message from Gigaclear:
Gigaclear, the UK’s largest rural alt-net, has started work in Castle Cary and Bruton to connect the two towns to its ultrafast full-fibre broadband network.
Gigaclear’s network is already present across much of rural Somerset. Now, the broadband provider has the opportunity to continue to expand its existing network on a commercial basis, to underserved market towns in the county, where internet speeds are still extremely poor.
Castle Cary’s existing broadband speeds are around 32.6Mbps, while Bruton’s stall at 33.3Mbps, both well below the national average of 80Mbps plus*. Gigaclear’s full-fibre upgrade will bring speeds of up to 900Mbps to just over 2,000 homes and business premises across the two towns. In total the project will require over 28,000 metres of fibre which will be laid via trenching as well as through existing duct and pole infrastructure.
Jo Scarrott, South West General Manager at Gigaclear, comments: “We’ve already been building our network in rural Somerset where we’ve focussed on bridging the digital divide and addressing inadequate broadband provision. Now that we’ve got a well-established network here, we can turn our attention to its market towns, like Castle Cary and Bruton, which are calling out for better internet.
“Fast broadband speeds are a necessity for a modern economy. The way in which we live and work depends on the internet, something that has been sharply underlined by the pandemic. We believe in digital inclusion for all and we’re excited to bring our network to more people so they can enjoy the life-changing benefits that come with world-leading connectivity.”
The expansion of Gigaclear’s network build to Castle Cary and Bruton is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.
To find out more information, or to check if your property can connect to the network, please visit www.gigaclear.com and use the postcode checker.
We now have in Castle Cary a ‘Footpath Officer’. His role is not as a policeman or contractor, but he will report any issues concerning footpaths to Somerset County Council which is responsible for their upkeep.
Our Footpath Officer is Tim Barker ([email protected]) and he will be assisted by a small team of volunteers. The volunteers will walk footpaths in the parish of Castle Cary from time to time, armed with secateurs and will try and clear paths at important points. Issues such as broken stiles and fully blocked paths etc will be reported to County Council for action and followed up by the Town Council.
Please email Tim if you would like to join this group of volunteers. Whilst you are out walking, why not do a bit for the community!
We will hold a volunteer’s meeting at 11.00 on 25 August, in the Shambles so do come along if you would like to be involved.
We all know that Cary is the best town in Somerset, but, if you have to go to Bruton, be prepared for a bit of a diversion! See below for full details:
Advice on vaccinating children and young people
|The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised this week that all 16 and 17-year-olds will receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.|
|The updated advice means that young people will be afforded around 80% protection against hospitalisation, following their first dose.|
|It is expected that protection will probably be even higher as younger people respond better to vaccines and some will have already had the Covid-19 infection, meaning this first dose should act as a ‘booster’ to their immunity.|
|The second dose will extend protection for an even longer period, for example when those young people start work or go to university, or if we begin to get another wave of cases in winter. It is likely that, when the second dose is offered, this will be from 12 weeks after the first dose.|