Charities

Many local clubs and societies publish up-to-date information about their local activities in the quarterly Castle Cary and Ansford Newsletter, (latest Newsletter is on the right of the home page) and there is always a comprehensive list of local societies and clubs on the back page of every edition

Cary Cares

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

See here for up to date information: Cary Cares

Update Club details please!

Update Club details please!

There’s a lot of information on our website about Clubs and Community Groups. Some of this may be out of date so, if you’re involved in one, please could you check the details and forward any corrections needed to: [email protected]

Many thanks!

WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION

The Castle Cary branch of the WEA provides adult education through evening courses and day schools held locally. Contact (01749) 860313 or see www.wea-sw.org.uk

Camelot Area u3a

The University of the Third Age (u3a) is a national organisation run by local groups.  Camelot Area a3a membership is open to anyone in Castle Cary and the surrounding district who is no longer in full time employment.  We meet at the Caryford Hall once a month for a talk given by a range of speakers on subjects such as travel, history, nature music etc.

We offer a variety of individual interest groups on a wide range of subjects such as Arts & Crafts, Reading and Poetry, Language skills, Photography & Rambling where members can share ideas, learn, create and improve their individual talents.  These groups are run by the members and meet in a suitable venue such as Caryford Hall, The Shambles, Hadspen Village Hall or even in some of the members own homes either once a week, or once or twice a month.

We have over 250 members, many of which join one or more interest group and some just look forward to attending the monthly talk.  If you would like more information about the u3a and our interest groups and maybe a membership registration form, please contact Brian Hunter our membership secretary (01963 359000) or visit the Camelot Area u3a website  https://u3asites.org.uk/camelot-area/contact

ACTION FOR CHILDREN

Fundraising to support the work of Action for Children (formerly National Childrens’ Homes). Contact Susie Simmons, (01963) 351554; [email protected].

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Assisting those with alcohol-related problems. Weekly ‘open meeting’, Saturdays 7.30 pm in the Methodist Schoolroom. Contact Mr Mark Jales, (01963) 359298 or (07913) 547129.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY

Alzheimer’s Society Somerset, First Floor Office, The Old Kelways
Somerton Road, LANGPORT, Somerset TA10 9SJ
Tel: 01458 251541
Email:-  [email protected]
Jill Lock Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

BALSAM CENTRE

The Balsam Centre is owned and managed by a charity (Wincanton Community Venture) set up by local people with the aim of supporting the health and wellbeing of people living in Wincanton, Castle Cary, Bruton and the surrounding area. It provides a range of services and activities that are easy to access, enjoyable and have lasting benefits. The centre is a friendly, vibrant space where many people come every day for meetings, activities and creative or quiet time. For full details of what’s on, visit www.balsamcentre.co.uk or contact us if you would like to volunteer: (01963) 31842, [email protected].

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

Contact Sue Pexton, (01963) 350022, [email protected].

CARYMOOR ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST

Carymoor Environmental Trust is an environmental education and nature conservation charity based next to the Dimmer landfill site. School or group visits can be arranged by appointment. Contact (01963) 350143 or email [email protected].

www.carymoor.org.uk

CHRISTIAN AID

We raise money for Christian aid through coffee mornings, concerts, house-to-house collections and street collections during Christian Aid Week. Contact Mrs Marilyn Simcox, (01963) 351751, [email protected]. www.christianaid.org.uk

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

Contact Pat Janecka  email:  [email protected]

www.guidedogs.org.uk

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

We focus mainly on fund-raising, but also have an interest in participating in community events and in historical aspects of Macmillan.

Contact Janet Loe, Chair, Castle Cary and Area Macmillan Fundraising Committee

[email protected]

NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION

Contact Mrs June Hopton, (01963) 350279. www.blood.co.uk

RED CROSS

Contact Mr Philip Rowe, (01963) 350830.

SOMERSET SIGHT

Providing support services for individuals with visual impairment. Contact Mr Tom Winsborough, (01823) 333818, [email protected]. www.somersetsight.org.uk

ST MARGARET’S HOSPICE

Available for talks on St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil. Contact Terena Gill, (0845) 0708910, [email protected]. www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk

TOOLS FOR SELF-RELIANCE

This group meets on a Tuesday evening at Ansford Academy between 1830 and 2030. We are looking for volunteers to help in any way they can but specifically to help with refurbishing and repairing a variety of hand tools.

TFSR refurbish a range of tools which are sent to several countries in Africa – the mission is to reduce poverty in Africa by helping people build sustainable livelihoods through the provision of tools and training. More information can be found in this link – http://www.tfsr.org

Contact Mr Amon Cohen, (01749) 813239, [email protected]. www.tfsr.org

YEOVIL SHOPMOBILITY

Our scheme provides powered scooters as well as manual wheelchairs to enable people with limited mobility to shop and use leisure facilities in the Yeovil area. Contact Julia White & Jean Newman  (01935) 420889, [email protected]

www.yeovilshopmobility.co.uk