2603, 2021


Friday, March 26, 2021|

We currently have a vacancy on Castle Cary Town Council, which the Council will be seeking to fill by co-option.
This is a process whereby the Council considers applications from interested persons and can then select applicants to fill the vacancy.
If you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor, please write to the Town Council including a brief resume of no more than 250 words which indicates:
• why you would like to become a councillor
• how your knowledge and/or experience would help you in your work as a Town Councillor.
If you need information about eligibility for being a Castle Cary Town Councillor or information about the role of a councillor, please contact the Town Clerk via email at [email protected] or 07780 635013.
The deadline for written applications is Wednesday 14th April 2021.
Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview prior to the Town Council meeting, on Monday 19th April. This will be a Zoom meeting.

2303, 2021

Future of Local Government: HAVE YOUR SAY

Tuesday, March 23, 2021|

 Stronger Somerset?  or One Somerset ?

In your council tax bills you will have had a flyer telling you about the Government’s wish to have two tiers of local Government.

Currently in Somerset we have three tiers:

  • Somerset County Council,
  • South Somerset District Council
  • Castle Cary Town Council/Ansford Parish Council.


You can see the present roles for the Councils here:



There are two suggestions on the table & you are being invited to have your say by April 19th.

  1. Stronger Somerset. This sets out the case for South Somerset & Mendip District Councils to work together in the east of the County. Details are here:



  1. One Somerset. This is the case for a Unitary authority.  Details can be found here:



To have your say please follow this link


2303, 2021

eat:Castle Cary: Saturday 1st May 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021|

Castle Cary food and drink festival returns to the town on Saturday 1 May – social distanced, but still full of great local food and drink.

In its second year eat:Castle Cary is a free all day market that showcases some fantastic local food and drink producers and the organisers hope to bring lots of free entertainment too (COVID guidelines permitting).

eat:Castle Cary on Saturday 1 May will have over 50 food and drinks producers set up in Bailey Hill, outside the Market Hall, on Fore Street and the High Street. The stalls will have a wide variety of goods including farmers’ markets favourites like ales, bread and cheese alongside top quality street food with world flavours made with local ingredients.

The team hope to have some strolling balloon artists and street entertainers – all with a sound track of some laid-back music – but are guided by Government restrictions and best practice.

Organiser Sarah Milner Simonds told us:

“We are really pleased to be working here again – creating a great free day out for the whole family. We have attracted some excellent food and drink producers and we hope that visitors will be interested in the stories behind the produce.

The feedback from our producers was fantastic in 2019 and we know that there was a big demand for a repeat. This last year has been challenging for everyone and we are aiming to create a warm, safe welcome to this spring’s event. We will be providing additional hand sanitizer opportunities, our stewards will be on hand to remind people of their obligations, a new layout with more room between stalls and taking on board the latest government roadmap recommendations.”

Organisers are urging residents to walk or cycle into the event and if they are driving in to park responsibly and ensure clear access for emergency vehicles on all roads.

The event is fully accessible and there are plenty of gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and dairy free options as well as smaller portions. The festival is also single-use plastic free and all food to go packaging is fully compostable – so don’t forget your shopping bags.

The festival opens at 10am and runs until 4pm. Find out more at the festival Facebook page or website www.eatfestivals.org

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Community Council of Somerset News

Tuesday, March 23, 2021|

Please click here for news from the Community Council of Somerset: Community Council for Somerset April News

2203, 2021

Police & Crime Commissioner election – notice for nominations

Monday, March 22, 2021|

See documents below for details:

PCC Notice of Election

PCC Notice of Candidate Address

1503, 2021

Census Day is Sunday 21st March 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021|

…you should have received postal information and a code for logging in; you can complete your form before Sunday if you have all the information. See the Census website for full details, including how to request a postal form.

For help:

Phone free on 0800 141 2021 for help

Find your nearest Census Support Centre.

Use the Text relay system: (18001) 0800 141 2021

Phone the free language helpline on 0800 587 2021

Large print formats are available

1203, 2021

Greener thoughts from SSDC

Friday, March 12, 2021|

From the latest SSDC ‘Get Sussed’ information:


  1.  SSDC is talking to CoCars about a potential Electric Vehicle Share Scheme
  2. .‘Spring Clean’ Ideas: Green Banking, Renewable Energy Suppliers and Green Search Engines
1203, 2021

Somerset Covid update 11th March

Friday, March 12, 2021|

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 11 March

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Voters urged to register in time to have their say in May

Thursday, March 11, 2021|

On Thursday 6 May residents in South Somerset will have their say on who represents them at the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election, some town and parish council by-elections and also neighbourhood plan referendums in Queen Camel and Martock are also taking place.

In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, South Somerset District Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

This year residents in South Somerset could be voting in three different elections, depending on where you live:

  • If you live in the following parishes, you will be voting to fill vacant Parish Councillor roles in your town and parish council.
  • Chard Town (Holyrood Ward)
  • Crewkerne Town
  • Haselbury Plucknett
  • Kingsbury Episcopi
  • Somerton Town
  • South Petherton
  • Wincanton Town
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you
  • Neighbourhood Plan referendums in Queen Camel and Martock

Roger Quantock, Elections Specialist for South Somerset District Council, said: “These elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in South Somerset. If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.


“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.


“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on 01935 462462.”

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

For more information on the Town and Parish Council elections in South Somerset and the Neighbourhood Plan referendums, please visit www.southsomerset.gov.uk/elections-and-voting.

For more information on the Police and Crime Commissioner election please visit www.avonpccelection.org.uk.

Virtual briefing for candidates and agents at the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner

People interested in standing as a candidate at the Police and Crime Commissioner election are invited to attend a virtual live briefing on 16 March. At the briefing the Police Area Returning Officer will explain in detail the nomination process and other key arrangements for the election. Please email [email protected] to register your interest.

1003, 2021


Wednesday, March 10, 2021|

See details below: Parish Vacancy Notice 25 February 2021