2207, 2021

Important information about Homefinder Somerset

Thursday, July 22, 2021|

This is a reminder that some important changes are being made to Homefinder Somerset this summer. This includes improvements to the website and the online application form. These changes are being made following feedback received from people registered with Homefinder Somerset and organisations who work with them.


What the changes will mean for applicants

Applicants have been advised via bulk email, web message and a notice on the Homefinder Somerset website that:


  • It is currently not possible to make changes to their application. Applicants will be able to make changes to their application again from Monday 2nd August.


  • From tomorrow (23rd July) it will not be possible to send web messages from their Homefinder Somerset account. Applicants have been advised to contact their local housing team if needed


Applicants have been advised that the changes will not affect their application. Applicants will keep the same Band and be able to bid for the same size of homes as now.

Whilst there will be some temporary disruption as the changes are being made, the changes will see the following benefits for people seeking a home:

  • Applicants will be able to set up Property Alerts. If homes are being advertised that match what someone is looking for they will receive an email to let them know


  • There will be a simplified application form



Key Dates

Please see below a reminder of the key dates for the transfer:




  • Monday 2nd August: The new website & back office system will go live. Applicants will again be able to update an existing application or submit a new application.



2207, 2021


Thursday, July 22, 2021|

Announcment from Somerset County Council (One Somerset)

21st July 2021






We wanted to let you know that the Secretary of State for Local Government has today announced that the proposal for a single unitary authority, One Somerset, has been chosen as the future structure for local government in the county. The decision means that all five councils in Somerset – the County Council and the four district councils – will be abolished and a new single unitary authority created and in place by 2023.

Somerset County Council is delighted that the Secretary of State has backed its ambitious plans to give Somerset the resilient, unified, and dynamic system of local government it deserves. The success of partnership work throughout the pandemic to support our most vulnerable and roll out the vaccination programme has clearly demonstrated what we can achieve in Somerset when we work together.
In reaching its decision, the Government carried out extensive consultation, open to all Somerset residents, businesses, and stakeholders, including town and parish councils, the NHS, police, fire and public service organisations. The Government based its decision against three key tests – that any proposal should improve the area’s local government, command a good deal of local support across the area, and have a credible geography between 300-600,000 in population.
One Somerset is simple, it is clear, and it delivers what our residents want – better services, better value for money, decisions made locally, and an end to the confusion and bureaucracy of having multiple overlapping councils.
The One Somerset business case sets out how a single council for Somerset will benefit everyone, with:
• One council listening to the needs and concerns of residents, businesses, and communities, providing clear accountability.
• One point of contact for all local services, ending confusion and frustration for the public.
• One strong voice to champion Somerset on a regional, national and international level and secure funding to help the county recovery from coronavirus.
• One council but with 15 to 20 new Local Community Networks (LCNs) established reaching every corner of Somerset to give local people the chance to shape their own communities. These will have real constitutional powers to scrutinise, impact and take decisions
• One plan to free up £18.5 million of funding every year which can be reinvested in improving public services and lives across Somerset. With one-off implementation costs of £16.5m, this means a unitary bonus of £52.6m in the first five years.
It is important that everyone now gets behind One Somerset, and we recognise that working with the 278 town, parish and city councils across the county is going to incredibly important. Establishing the new unitary authority would, we believe, be a huge opportunity to look at this relationship and to seek to devolve decision making, services and assets in a way that benefits our communities and both the unitary and local parish, town and city councils.
This devolution of power and resources to the councils and organisations that are at the real heart of our communities, will provide a focus for local engagement and become the channel for local views, feedback, consultation, and communication. Importantly this will have a huge value, not just within the unitary council, but it will also create the opportunity to link up more closely with other local public services, notably the NHS, police, education, and the voluntary sector.
This is an exciting time for the future of local government and public services in the county and we look forward to working with you in the months ahead. We already have a working group of Town & Parish Council clerks who meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss LGR, Devolution and more. If anyone would like to join this group they can contact [email protected]
Yours sincerely
Cllr David Fothergill
Leader of Somerset County Council

2207, 2021

Wincanton Community Fun Day

Thursday, July 22, 2021|

2107, 2021

Somerset Tourism Awards

Wednesday, July 21, 2021|

Do you run a business in town which caters for tourists? It could be accommodation, hospitality, shops, spas or other attractions.  Why not enter the Somerset Tourism Awards and give everyone else the chance to see what fantastic work you do? You can enter specific categories or maybe you are just the most dog-friendly or age-friendly or ethical business around? Or have you innovated as a result of the pandemic? Click on this link before 31st August and see how to enter and make the town proud of you!



1907, 2021

Cary21: Cary Through Time in 21 Objects – Major new exhibition at The Market House

Monday, July 19, 2021|

As part of a number of Summer events, Castle Cary is pleased to announce a fascinating display in the Town Centre. This is a joint venture by the Cary History Society, Castle Cary Town Council, and Castle Cary and District Museum, supported by The Newt in Somerset,  and will take place at the top of the historic Market House in the newly acquired Victorian Assembly and Billiard Rooms.

Explore the story of the town over time from the Stone Age through the Roman and Norman invasions, the Civil War and right up to date as the gateway to the Glastonbury festival through a selection of intriguing objects and accompanying video presentation. Illuminated by a 4000 year old axe head, a Roman House-God, the story and model of the castle, a hoard of hidden coins, the Horsehair Factory and more, visitors can see how the town has developed through the ages. They can also see the plans for the renovation of the top floor of the Market House to include a lift and so explore aspects of Castle Cary’s past and future in one place. There will be a ground floor presentation of the display by appointment for those unable to manage the stairs.

The show will run from 24th July to 5th September, 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday and 3-5pm on Sundays. FREE Entry

1207, 2021

A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling Scheme Briefing Summer 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021|

Update: a virtual exhibition will be available from Thursday 22nd July on the Highways England website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/south-west/a303-sparkford-to-ilchester/


Castle Cary Town Council has received the following information from South Somerset District Council

about the dualling of the A303 from Sparkford to Podimore: A303 Briefing Note July 2021


707, 2021

Decision on relocation of the Post Office in Castle Cary

Wednesday, July 7, 2021|

Castle Cary Town Council has been told by The Post Office that a decision has been made on the relocation of the Post Office: click here for the document

607, 2021

Please come to celebrate the reopening of Caryford Hall

Tuesday, July 6, 2021|

Saturday 10 July 2021 10.00 a.m.  to 12.00 noon.

Coffee and biscuits (table service).

Hear about plans for the next phase of the extension project and upcoming events.

All welcome.

For the benefit of new residents – Caryford is a multipurpose, independently run, Community Hall for the use of the residents of both Castle Cary and Ansford.  It has spacious parking and a splendid new kitchen. Further improvements are planned.

Caryford Hall, Maggs Lane, Ansford, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

507, 2021

Plastic Free July

Monday, July 5, 2021|

Castle Cary Town Website – Environmental Updates (castle-cary.co.uk)

207, 2021

Ultrafast broadband in Castle Cary

Friday, July 2, 2021|


You may have noticed, and may have had details, of the roll out of ultrafast broadband in Cary/Ansford by Gigaclear.

Here are Gigaclear’s contact details for residents that may have an issue with the build – or have any queries? Gigaclear has specialist Network Build Care team and they can handle the majority of questions:


01865 591 137

[email protected]