All Saints' Development

The Background

Our last Architect's Inspection revealed that, whilst basically sound, the building of All Saint's church will need some major repair work in order to stay open. As well as some repairs to the pointing and masonry, the nave roof, which was installed by the Victorians approximately 150 year ago is now reaching the end of its life and must be replaced.

The cost of these works is beyond the means of the regular worshipping congregation, but rather than wring our hands and despair, we decided to put our problem out to the towsfolk of Castle Cary and find out if they would be interested in getting involved to keep their Parish Church open, and discuss how we can adapt this wonderful resource to benefit as many people as possible outside of the regular Sunday and occasional special services.

A public meeting was well attended, and showed a resounding affirmation of the community's regard for their Parish church. It was heartwarming to see how strongly people felt, and accordingly, a Development Group was formed, made up of both regular and non church goers.

The Launch

The All Saints' Development Project was launched with a Festival of Angels, coinciding with the switching on of the Castle Cary Town's Christmas lights. A huge number of angels were brought, with more than 60 local groups and individuals contributing. The angels will remain in the church throughout Advent and Christmas, up until Epiphany and ending on January 7th. For more information see our News and Events pages.


On December 15th we are thrilled to be welcoming Jo Burt to perform an acoustic set by candlelight - please see details on our News and Events pages.

On Saturday 16th June 2018 Save The Children Castle Cary Community Store held a Charity Art Fair in All Saints' Church with the proceeds raising money for Save The Children and a proportion going to the All Saints' Development Fund.

 On Thursday 26 July 2018, HMS Heron Royal Navy Volunteer Band gave a concert in All Saints’ for the benefit of the Development Fund.  As a result, £1,181.00 was raised.  Our thanks go to all involved in the event organisation.


There will be an evening of Somerset and West Country songs and music performed by the Stanchester Quire at All Saints’ Church on Friday 30th November. Doors open 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 and are available from The Market House, Bailey Hill Bookshop and David Baldwin.


 Update for 2019

Since our launch almost 18 months ago we have been very busy: 

* We have been involved in several meetings, planning both the essential work and enhancements to the Church building.  

* We are in the process of completing various applications for Grants 

* We are always fundraising! 

As another year gets underway we are busy planning several exciting fundraisers for the year ahead. To whet your appetite, we have outlined some of these below so that you can get the dates in your diary now!



All Saints’ Development Group

Forthcoming Events

Venue and Time

Ticket price

Saturday 16th March

Guitar & Harp-Guitar Concert

to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

All Saints’ Church



Monday 6th May

Bank Holiday ‘Auction of Promises’ in conjunction with the Caryford Hall Committee

Caryford Hall

2pm – 8pm

Free admission

15th -16th June

*’Celebration of Marriage’ -

with a display of wedding dresses through time

All Saints’ Church

10.30am – 4pm

Free admission

1st & 2nd September

Upcycled Creation’ – a celebration of creation

Exhibition of sculptures made from junk!

All Saints’ Church

Details to follow

12th – 13th Oct


Exhibition of Textiles, Yarns and fabric creations

All Saints’ Church

Details to follow


*Celebration of Marriage:  Do you still have your wedding dress? If so, we’d love to hear from you.  We are planning a celebration of marriage with an exhibition in All Saints Church of wedding dresses through the ages, loaned to us for the weekend of 15th & 16th June 2019.  If you would be interested in lending a dress, please would you contact me?  Many thanks, Louise Stewart-Cox 01963 351294, or email


We are always looking for support, so if you can help us with either organising or helping at an event, or in any other way please do get in touch. Thank you, David Baldwin      ( 



 More events and updates will be posted here as the information becomes available.