Have you unused IT equipment tucked away in a cupboard such as laptops, IPads, PCs and phones?
You could donate it to Laptops4Learners and it will be used by the pupils in Castle Cary Primary School.
Blackmore IT will wipe all data, upcycle and renovate the equipment free of charge before it is given to the School.
Monitors, displays or printers are not accepted.
Apple products must be released from their ICloud accounts before donating.
You can drop your donations at Phillips Tyres, The Triangle, Castle Cary.
Castle Cary Town Council is back to meeting in person from today.
Food support for families over May half-term
Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the May half-term period.
At its Full Council meeting on Wednesday, May 5, the Council Leader Cllr David Fothergill confirmed plans to allocate a total of £250,000 of funding to schools in Somerset to fund food vouchers over the May half-term.
This will provide vouchers for the 14,509 children in Somerset eligible for Free School Meals, plus an additional allocation which schools can use to provide help to other families who they feel would also benefit from support.
Somerset County Council has been working to tackle holiday hunger during the pandemic, providing funding for food and vouchers over October half-term, Christmas, February half-term and the Easter holidays.
Cllr Fothergill said: “We are determined to ensure no-one in Somerset goes hungry. This has undoubtedly been a difficult year for many families, and it is good that we can provide this funding to help at this time.
“Importantly, we have made sure that anyone who receives food support is made aware of the network of further support that is available to help them address other underlying issues, including financial advice and mental health support, housing advice and help with transport.”
Somerset County Council joined forces with the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to deliver food and fun activities to more than 2,500 children during the recent Easter holidays. Work is currently underway to expand the programme for the upcoming Summer holidays.
Somerset’s wider emergency food response to the pandemic has seen more than 500,000 meals and items of food delivered to communities, families and individuals across Somerset through the Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce.
The Taskforce is a great example of partnership working involving Somerset’s Local Authorities, Village Agents, Fareshare, and numerous voluntary and community groups.
Work is underway to establish a sustainable model of food support for post-Covid which will continue to provide the appropriate support at the earliest opportunity and enable people to get the help they need. This includes supporting the development of community pantries and food projects, and continuing our close relationships with the Village Agents, Citizens Advice and community and voluntary groups.
Anyone in Somerset who needs support with access to food or medicines, or emotional and financial support, can call the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275, seven days a week, 8am to 6pm, or visit the CCS Village Agents website https://somersetagents.org/help-with-food/.
We need your help!
This summer (from 24 July for about 8 weeks) we are putting on a display called
Cary21: Cary through time in 21 objects.
This is taking place in the Market House top floor Assembly Room (recently acquired by Cary Town Council) and is a joint venture between the Cary History Society, the Town Council and the Cary Museum.
The show will give residents a chance to see and find out about an interesting collection of objects relating to the history of our town, from the Stone Age to the present day and will include a model of the Castle.
It will also be a great opportunity to see both the impressive Assembly Room and the adjacent former Billiard Room. It is the Town Council’s wish not only to restore these Victorian rooms but in addition to provide a lift for those unable to climb the stairs to the second floor. To do this we will need community support. We already have architect’s plans and are in discussion with Historic England but have yet to apply for listed building consent.
How can you get involved? We are looking for volunteers to look after the display during opening hours. This will be in 2 or 3-hour slots – say 11 am – I pm and I pm to 4 pm. We will need at least 2 people on duty for each session and we may be open all week. Full training will be given!!!
We may also need volunteers with muscles to help move heavy things, and people with vehicles to collect loans etc and possibly others with carpentry skills! We need someone familiar with digital display screens! And if Covid allows a reception, we will also need canapé makers and helpers with handing round, pouring drinks and so on. If you have other useful skills, please let us know!
If getting involved appeals to you, please reply to this message and we will start lists of helpers – please say briefly what you are offering to do and give a vague idea of your likely availability! At this stage you will not be making a commitment.
Please reply to this email if you can help or if you have any questions.
We hope to hear from you!
With best wishes
Pek (acting secretary on behalf of the CHS committee – below)
Prof Will Vaughan (Art Historian/Historian/Curator)
Chris Culpin (Historian/Writer/Teacher)
Maureen Wincott (Historian)
Kate Jarvis (Archaeologist/Archivist/Curator)
Graham House (Geographer/Treasurer)
Pek Peppin (Historian/Art Historian/Educator)