Cary Cares is organised by Churches Together in Castle Cary and Ansford and endorsed by the Town Council.

Please pass the information to anyone without access to the Internet.

Update 5th May 2020: No food? 

If you can’t afford food and other essentials at the moment because of the Coronavirus pandemic, read on.

The community has set up a free food scheme which anyone in Castle Cary or Ansford can use who doesn’t have the money for food and other essentials. It is instead of a food bank and very simple.

There are boxes made up of food which stores well, together with basic toiletries.  There are others with fresh fruit and veg, plus milk and bread. 

If you, or someone you know, needs any of this, please speak to any of the following people: 

Cary Cares (ring any day, 9.30-4pm)                                01963 351362

Your Health Coach or Health Visitor: Millbrook Surgery   01963 350210

The Primary School Head, Sarah Martin                         01963 350520

Town Council Chair, Judi Morison                                  01963 350160

The Methodist Minister, Revd Craig Manley                   01963 351598

The C of E Pastoral Co-ordinator, Sue Kellagher               01963 351992

We will arrange for the boxes you need to be delivered to you or, if you prefer, make them available for you to collect one. If you need another one later, that’s no problem. Call again.

Food boxes are prepared for us and delivered by the manager of the George Hotel. Fruit and veg boxes are prepared and delivered by the owners of The Market Garden. They both do it as part of their normal deliveries. The identity of those receiving a free food box is kept strictly confidential.

If you want to know more about how the food box scheme works, please ask me or phone Cary Cares. But, please don’t go hungry. Food is available.

David Osborne, 

Secretary of Churches Together in Castle Cary and Ansford

01963 351275

Cary Cares can:

  • Provide someone to collect medicines or shopping for you if you need to isolate, whatever your age.
  • Provide a food box if your circumstances have changed and you cannot buy food at the moment: this is in place of a food bank.
  • Arrange for a phone call if you’re feeling cut off
  • Help with an electricity or gas card top up in an emergency

Phone 01963 351362           9.30am – 4pm

The leaflet, delivered to all households in Castle Cary and Ansford over the weekend of 21/22nd March, can be downloaded here.

Further contact can be made on Facebook and the website.

Update 19th April 2020: Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards Cary Cares since we first made an appeal a week ago.

As of 17th April, £8,760 has been given.

This is a great help and the result of many generous donations. The money will go towards paying for food boxes for people who find themselves at the moment unable to buy the food and other essentials they need; crediting people who, because of the lockdown can’t access money they have; and our very small running expenses.

Over a hundred volunteers from across Castle Cary and Ansford are involved in Cary Cares: helping with collecting medicines and shopping; contacting people who are feeling cut off; helping with emergency electricity or gas top-ups; and supplying and delivering the food boxes which are our alternative to a food bank. Thank you to all of them as well.

Across the town and the surrounding area many more people are helping neighbours with shopping and other tasks during the epidemic. Congratulations to all who are putting themselves out to help others. Cary Cares is pleased to be a part of a big network of caring neighbours.

If you need us, we’re here: 01963 351362 from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or [email protected]

David Osborne,

Secretary of Churches Together in Castle Cary and Ansford.