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Presentation to Henstridge RDA

29th January 2014

A well attended Annual Craft Fair last November raised an impressive £1,130. The amount raised was shared between the Caryford Hall (itself a charity) and last year's chosen local charity; the Henstridge branch of Riding-For-The-Disabled. On Wednesday 29 January, Caryford Hall’s Chair, Liz Middleton visited the RDA at Buckhorn Weston to present Tessa Woodhouse a cheque for £565, which will be used to provide rides for 12 disabled yougsters.

Henstridge RDA contact: 08452 415 343


New Cooker

Castle Cary & Ansford NEWSLETTER

Summer 2014


Having had a commercial gas cooker in the kitchen for a number of years, the decision has been made to replace it with an electric cooker, again of a commercial variety.  We hope those who use the kitchen will appreciate this modern replacement.

Annual Lecture

22nd March 2014


Alix Booth gave a much enjoyed lecture on the history of those lovable but mischevious characters "Punch & Judy".  Her talk was given through puppets starting with Samuel Pepys who reported seeing Pulcinella in 1662 and culminating with recent times when Mr Punch set-to-right Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.


20th March 2014


A Caryford Hall full-house enjoyed the Moviola screening of the block-buster film Philomena.


Moviola's next screening in Castle Cary will be this coming Autumn.


Pek Peppin

Posted 26th May 2014


Our good friend Pek Peppin has resigned as the Castle Cary Town Council representative on the Caryford Hall Committee.  However, we are extremely pleased that Pek has elected to remain a participant on both our Fund Raising Sub-Committee and the Stage Proposal Steering-Group.


The Caryford Hall Committee would like to express their heart-felt gratitude to Pek for her contribution to the running of the hall.

Colin Simcox

Posted 26th May 2014


We are pleased to welcome Colin Simcox as the Castle Cary Town Council representative on the Caryford Hall Committee.

New Caryford Hall Website

Posted 1st July 2014


Welcome to our new website; we hope that you find it informative, useful and pleasurable.  Having seen it we would welcome your comments and suggestions for improving the experience.  To do so; please send your email to "".

"End of Term Party"

16 July 2014


The Tiddlywinks toddlers are seen here enjoying fruit and a drink at there last session of the summer term.  Tiddlywinks will recommence their Wednesday morning sessions on the 3rd September.



Caroline Lee

Stage Proposal

Posted 20 July 2014

Updated 24 July 2014

The committee would like to thank those who took the trouble to complete and return the “Have Your Say!” questionnaire. The number of returns was surprisingly high; with all but one in favour of the proposed extension.  Having considered the contents of the replies, and taking note of how stages are used in the village halls they have visited, the Steering Group’s focus has changed from just providing a stage to also improving the overall facilities at the hall.    The dressing rooms will double up as additional space for hire, we will have a bigger kitchen, a separate bar and the toilets will be refurbished.    Those interested in doing so; will be able to view sketches and model of the initial design between 9.00am and 12.00 noon of Saturday the 25th October at the Shambles.  All are welcome.

Liz Middleton

Tel: 01963 351 220


Castle Cary Gardening Association
Posted 12th August 2014


The Castle Cary Gardening Association held its 66th Annual Show at Caryford Hall on the 2nd August.  The well attended show was considered to be the best ever.  Every class had been filled and extra tables were added to several sections.


After a few days rain, the sun did come out for the afternoon and everyone who attended enjoyed a jolly British afternoon with the inevitable teas and cakes. The committee had worked extremely hard and it was absolutely all worth it. This is an open show with anyone able to make a contribution; and happily many new names were seen on the results cards.

Trophy winners from left to right: Lionel Horler, Karen Hicks, Heather Martin, Ruth Metherall, Jane Pearse, John Pearse, Melissa Meek, Barbara Flower, Audrey Hills, Paul Sherrell, Frank Fisher, Connor Coley, Neal Hatch, Benedict Palmer and Karen Pepper.
Castle Cary & Ansford Carnival Society
"On the Home-Front
Posted 14th August 2014

Castle Cary & Ansford Carnival Society (CCACS) staged a very successful fund-raising event at Castle Cary’s Caryford Community Hall on Friday, 8 August. 


"On-the-Home-Front" was an evening of songs, skits and remembrances, led by Bryan Hallett and his team of 4 entertainers, on the theme of the years of the first World War.


The event was enjoyed by a large audience of nearly 100 and raised more than £600 for the carnival fund.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

23rd September 2014

Once again Caryford Hall was full to see the first of this seasons showings from Moviola.  The film was Wes Anderson's highly entertaining and enjoyable comedy thriller The Grand Budapest Hotel.


Prior to the programme, Tessa Gayford on behalf of Moviola presented the Caryford Community Hall Committee with a donation to the hall, which they consider to be an important community asset.  Liz Middleton accepted a cheque for £580 on behalf of the Committee and expressed gratitude for Moviola's generosity.  She added that the money will be put towards improvements being planned for the hall, which includes better seating that should benefit future movie-goers.

Moviola's next performance at Caryford Hall will be the thriller "Two Faces of January", which can be seen on the 28th October.  Please note; tickets will no longer be available from the Bailey Hill Bookshop.  In future movie-goers can pre-book tickets at The Market House between 9.30am and 12.00pm, or by contacting Tessa Gayford on 01963 350 132.

Ern Dill Legacy

The Caryford Community Hall Committee would like to express their gratitude to the late Ern Dill and family for the generous legacy of £1,000.00.  

Ernest Eli Raymond Dill

Born 1923

Died 2014

Ern was a founder member and contributed greatly to the creation and early-days operation of the hall.  He became our first Vice Chairman and was known to be eminently sensible and as someone who represented the whole community.  His substantial donation is testament to the importance Ern placed on the Caryford Hall as a community asset and his love of our town and people there in.

The Caryford Community Hall is a non-profit making registered charity.  It can only continue to provide a resource to the locality through hire-charges, fund raising events, donations and its many volunteers.  Ern’s most welcome gift will be used towards the hall’s maintenance and planned improvements.

Special Announcement

HALLMARK 1, 2 & 3

3rd September 2014


The Caryford Hall Committee is extremely pleased to report that once again the hall has achieved Hallmark 1, 2 & 3 accreditation.  Hallmark promotes the delivery of effective and well-managed village halls through a quality standards scheme backed up by a system of peer visitors (Read more about this process on the "HALLMARK" page).  The assessment process is extremely thorough and is subject to change with a view to maintaining best practice.


The Hallmark scheme is organized by the Community Council of Somerset.  In our case, the next review for Hallmark 1, 2 & 3 is due June 2017.

District Award
for South Somerset 2014

23rd October 2014


The Community Council of Somerset awarded Caryford Community Hall the District Award for South Somerset 2014 (see "About" page). The award is made under the Hallmark quality standards scheme for village halls (see "About" page) and is given to the venue who have demonstrated the highest management achievement.

Hall Extension Proposal

Posted 30 October 2014


On Saturday the 25th October the Steering Group for the Caryford Hall extension held a consultation at the Market House Castle Cary, where they displayed for public scrutiny the plans and a model of the proposed extension to the hall.  The Steering Group would like to thank all those who came to see and comment on the proposal; these comments have since been discussed with the architect and some changes are being made.

For a detailed description of the proposal and news updates go to "Hall Extension" sub-page.



We are grateful to Paul Hansford for providing these memorable images, which capture the spirit of our market.

Caryford Community Hall held its annual Christmas Market on Saturday 6th December. The wide variety of crafts on sale tempted a record number of visitors to turn out for some Christmas present-buying and raise funds for the Hall’s planned extension.


Caryford Hall Committee Chairman, Liz Middleton, said, “It was a huge team effort, and the day was a success from start to finish. There were lots of very positive comments from stall holders and from visitors about the quality and variety of the crafts on sale, and the organisation of our event - including the hot food and the event Programme.”


Crafts for sale included jams, jellies and chutneys, handmade wood, glass, wicker and knitted items, paintings, jewellery and Christmas decorations. The Market had a local flavour, with most stall holders coming from around the Castle Cary area, while others – such as Matt Simpson of Simpson’s Seeds, who has recently been on TV with his record-breaking hot chillies – came from neighbouring counties.


All proceeds from the Market will go towards the upkeep of the Hall and its planned new extension, which will help local community bodies. A model of the extension plan was on view and Committee members discussed the plan with many of the visitors.

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