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Community Owl Project

"Give 2 Hoots"

Family Fun Awareness Day


Launch event
A well attended activity day raised an amazing £1,580.  The packed event included family fun and crafts fair, guided late-afternoon walk and an evening with broadcaster, naturalist and conservationist Chris Sperring MBE.

performed by the

Twelfth Night Singers

17th January 2015

Two performances of Renaissance and early Baroque musical pieces were enjoyed by a well attended and appreciative audience at The Old House, Cockhill.  The event raised an amazing £450.00 for the Caryford Hall extension fund.
Those attending the event were given the opportunity, by Pek Peppin and her husband Will Vaughan the venue's owners and event organizers, to view The Old House's medieval wall paintings.
The Caryford Hall Committee would like to thank The Twelfth Night Singers and in particular Pek and Will for their generosity and endeavour.
"The Bluebirds"

perform their Berlin Cabaret

24th January 2015

Presented by Cary Live and Take Art; were classical singers "The Bluebirds" who brought their Berlin Cabaret to the Caryford Hall.
The Caryford Hall Committee would like to thank the organizers for donating the proceeds from the event to the Hall's extension fund.
Moviola at Caryford

27th January 2015

On Tuesday the 27th January a full house at Caryford Community Hall enjoyed the first of this years offering from Moviola.  "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is a charming feel-good tale starring Helen Mirren, which was much appreciated by all.
The next showing on the 24th February is "My Old Lady" starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kirsten Scott-Thomas (Find out more in Coming Events).



Posted 22nd February 2015

The Steering Group for the Caryford Community Hall Extension are extremely pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted in full for the proposed extension to the hall.


The challenge now is to raise the necessary funds to make the vision a reality.  Already some fundraising events have taken place and more are planned.  We welcome all contribution and suggestions that can assist us in this endeavour.  If you can and would like to help, please contact Liz Middleton (tel: 01963 351 220).



The Falklands War as seen by a Sea Harrier pilot 

28th February 2015

A large audience were taken through a day-to-day first-hand account of the Falklands War given by a remarkable Sea Harrier pilot.  Lt Cdr Morgan's explanation provided a personal insight into the reality of taking part in modern air warfare.  He took us through the improvisation made to his aircraft to counteract the risk offered by enemy missiles; having the resource to deal with equipment failures; and the courage, skill and resolve needed to overcome a tenacious opponent.  Fate and luck sometimes played its part; like the time David and his wing-man with little fuel left, intercepted 4 enemy aircraft who had started an attack on a troop laden landing craft; personally shooting down 2 aircraft, while a colleague took out a third.  He was subsequently awarded the Distinguish Service Cross for the part he played in this conflict.

The Caryford Hall Committee is grateful to David for his fascinating lecture.  The proceeds amounted to almost £700, which will go towards the Hall’s Development Programme.

Lt Cdr Morgan DSC RN

Decorated Sea Harrier Pilot, published writer & poet

Author of "Hostile Skies"



Thursday 19th March




David Oakensen


David Rendel




Green Party




Caryford Community Hall was full to see their local Parliamentary Candidates (Somerton & Frome Constituency) answer questions posted by members of the audience.  Questions were put to the candidates by Prebendary Rev. David Osborne who chaired the proceedings.  Having been invited to say what qualifies them to represent the community; each candidate was invited to respond to local concerns on the economy, National Health Service, defence, environment and of particular local interest the operation and rules regarding planning regulations.


The event was interesting and well received.  Now it is up to the audience to make their informed decision as to who they want to represent them and cast their vote accordingly.


The event was organized by the "Use-Less-Share-More" group and funded by donations taken at the door.  All surplus donations were given to Christian Aid.

Strode Music Theatre Society

6th June 2015


The ever popular and renowned Strode Music Theatre Society (SMuTS) performed an evening of music from stage and screen at Caryford Community Hall with something that appealed to everyone.  A full four part choir of about 35 sang compositions by “Gilbert & Sullivan”, “Andrew Lloyd-Weber”, “Walt Disney”, the “Beatles” and others.  It fulfilled its promise to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.


The choir, which evolved from Strode Opera, has been performing for many years throughout Somerset and Dorset in support of local charities.


Proceeds of the evening’s entertainment are going towards the Caryford Hall Development Fund and the establishment of better facilities including a permanent stage.



12th JUNE 2015

Those of us lucky enough to have been at the Caryford Hall on the 12th June experienced a real treat.  


"Men in General" brought us a mix of à cappella classics with comedy, advice on relationships, what not to wear and the tender side of blokedom. Including highly interactive flights of fancy. Brilliant, fast-moving and funny.

A big thank you to Cary Live who in association with Take Art Somerset brought this most enjoyable of evening to the Caryford Hall.

CARYFORD Community Hall


11th June 2015

Liz Middleton - Chair of the Association gave the Trustee's Report for the year.  The full report can be accessed by the link below:




The Hall continues to be a popular venue for a wide range of local events.  We are pleased to welcome Moviola to the Hall, whose films are proving to be extremely popular.


The Trust is pushing ahead with plans for a large extension, which will provide a permanent stage as well as exhibition space. The endeavour will require a major fund raising effort, but the benefits to the community will make it worthwhile.


We realise that the replacement of Hall seating is something that cannot wait.  We have had an incredible response to an appeal to raise the funds for this purpose and would like to thank all who have contributed so far.  We are now tantalisingly close to reaching our goal (see Announcements on Home Page).


Discussions are ongoing with Somerset CC regarding the Association taking over the running of the Swainson Building.  It is our intention to operate in exactly the same way as we do for the Community Hall.


Other news includes upgrading the sound system and the acquisition of HALLMARK 3 star as well as retainining our HALLMARK 1 and 2 accreditation.  We were also delighted to be awarded the District Award for South Somerset which is recognition for the hard work that the Management Committee put in to the management of our hall.    


As ever, Caryford Hall would not function as it does, without the hard work and support of the Management Committee, our cleaner and our maintenance man.   Everyone who uses the hall is fortunate to have such a willing group of people working in the background to ensure that Caryford Hall continues to be a real asset for the whole community, not just now but for the foreseeable future.

Feedback from this year's Christmas Market has once again shown it to be a popular event with both the public and stallholders, as well as providing a significant contribution to hall funds.
The committee would like to thank all those who contributed to it's success.  Here are just a few images taken at this year's event showing the wide variety of items available to buy.

Our next Christmas Craft Market is on the 3rd December 2016

Caryford Autumn Lecture

3rd October 2015

The fascinating tale of Henry VIII doomed Warship

told by Rear Admiral John Lippiett CB CBE DL

A large appreciative audience enjoyed hearing Rear Admiral John Lippiett CB CBE DL tell the fascinating tale of Henry VIII's doomed warship.  There's a common misconception that the Mary Rose sank on her maiden voyage. In fact, she was a successful warship, in the service of Henry VIII  for 34 years, almost the entire duration of his reign, and fought in three wars.

After a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, Rear Admiral John Lippiet took charge of the Mary Rose Trust in 2003 and has overseen the creation of the Trust’s stunning new museum in which they house the ship and her contents.  It opened in 2013.

The Caryford Hall Committee are extremely pleased to announce that as well as being a memorable occasion, the event raised an incredible £1,000.00 towards the Hall's Development Programme.  Thanks go to John Lippiett and all the volunteers who have helped making it a success.

Posted 22nd October 2015


The Caryford Hall Committee is delighted to announce that new comfortable upholstered chairs are on order and should be with us by the 20th November.  The Hall Committee is grateful to all who have helped make the change possible.

Our special thanks go to those individual hall users who answered our chair appeal by raising over £4,000.00 and to "Cinema-at-Caryford" who made a further significant contribution of £3,000.00 towards the endeavour.


The remainder of the chair cost came from the Hall budget and some additional fund-raising.

Liz Middleton - Chair of the Caryford Hall Committee receiving a cheque for £3,000 from Jeannie Thanisch (centre) and Tessa Gayford (left) of Cinema-at-Caryford (29th September).

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