Sherborne Castle Country Fair - 27 May 2019

Beneficiaries of the 2018 Fair

In 2018 the Committee of the Sherborne Castle Country Fair are very pleased to be helping the following charities and organisations:


A support group based in Weymouth working with families all of whom have a child or children affected by an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  They currently work with 60 families who come from a wide area including Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Blandford, Bere Regis, Wool and Sherborne.

Colehill & Wimborne Youth & Community Centrewebsite

This is the only Youth Club in the Colehill and Wimborne area and their focus has been to provide a sustainable building for The Reef Youth Club and the 120 youngsters who have enrolled.

Dorset Youth Associationwebsite

They provide a range of services and activities, and support a network of youth clubs and projects.  They offer advice, information, guidance and support for young people in need who ask for their help.  Last year they helped tackle issues including: homelessness, housing issues, behavioural issues, mental health problems, hunger, physical and emotional well-being, relationship breakdown family crises, sexual health issues, poor budgeting skills and debt, the need to improve basic Maths and English and to develop positive life skills.

First Wimborne Girls Brigadewebsite

The Brigade currently has girls between the ages of 4-15 years. However, it does cater for girls up to 18. They currently have 25 girls in their group but they are continuing to grow. They meet weekly during term time. The girls work towards a variety of different badges and take part in community-based activities.

Future Rootswebsite

Future Roots is based on a idea called "care farming".  Care farms provide health, social and educational services through supervised, structured programmes of farm-related activities, sometimes including animal-assisted therapy.  They are based at two sites: Rylands Farm at Holnest, near Sherborne: a 30 acre high welfare farm with cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits and donkeys; and Whitfield, a 4 acre gardening and rural craft centre with a range of greenhouses, polytunnels and allotments.  Up to 100 young people access Future Roots each week.

Gryphon Schoolwebsite

The Gryphon School Lego Club take students who find it difficult to make friends and who love Lego. They meet weekly and the Club helps to create confidence and a sense of achievement in their students.  This is is a new venture for the School and currently they are building a 6ft image of the Gryphon Logo and a model of Sherborne Abbey.

Home-Start North Dorsetwebsite

Through their team of trained parent volunteers, Home-Start North Dorset offer support, friendship and practical help that enables families with young children who are facing a period of difficulty to cope better and provide a home environment that will give their children the best possible start in life.  They provide practical help and emotional support to fragile families with young children who are struggling with their mental or physical health, rural or social isolation, serious illness, managing their households or coping with multiple children under five.

Home-Start West Dorsetwebsite

Home-Start West Dorset covers West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland. A self-funding charity, they recruit and train volunteers, who are parents themselves, to visit families weekly for 2–3 hours offering practical and emotional support.  Volunteers are able to offer time for listening and talking, reassurance to parents that parenting problems are not unusual or unique as well as practical support in the family home and help to use local services and resources.

Life Education Wessexwebsite

Life Education deliver health and drug prevention education to young children in Dorset. They deliver their service via their purpose-built mobile classrooms staffed by their specially trained Educators. They provide age-appropriate health and drug prevention education programmes to children aged 3 to 13 years so as to enable them to make informed, positive health choices.  Their Life Education is a 7-year programme of prevention and as children leave to go on to senior school, younger children are taking their place.


PROMISEworks was set up in 2012 to support the Somerset County Council mentoring programme. The mentoring service was for disadvantaged children and adolescents who were still living at home.

RendezVous Sherbornewebsite

Last year the team at the Rendezvous helped more than 300 young people move towards a more positive future. By providing one-to-one support their team help young people to build self-confidence and self-esteem. This helps them stay in school and college, develop aspirations and set goals. They have helped reduce levels of self-harm and, where necessary, secured additional specialist help that some needed for issues including alcohol and substance misuse and mental health.

Riding for the Disabled Group – Weymouth Groupwebsite

Horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities.  Riding for the Disabled Lytchett now have more children coming to their Group due to other Groups having to close in Dorset. They are, because of the extra children participating, needing to run a second session. They will have to hire the ponies for this and are looking for help towards the cost of the hire.

Sea Cadets - Somerset and Dorset Branchwebsite

The Sea Cadets exist to teach youngsters (often from very poor or under-privileged backgrounds) some life skills, to give them self-confidence and some “serious fun”.  The cadets have the opportunity to go on sea training trips. For these cadets it is often their first experience of being away from home and of visiting a UK or foreign port, and most importantly of working as part of a team in a challenging but exciting environment.

Sherborne Area Youth & Community Centre (Tinney’s)website

The charitable limited community company of SAYCC completed the takeover of the Sherborne Area Youth and Community site from Dorset County Council on 6th December 2016. A dedicated youth club has been formed and runs from the Centre.

South Somerset Mindwebsite

South Somerset Mind is a small mental health charity that is based in Yeovil. Their small but dedicated team work hard to support individuals across the South Somerset and Mendip areas who might be struggling with their mental health. Their Youth Matters project focuses particularly on young people aged up to 25 years old. Their support worker provides a small number of one-to-one appointments, allowing each young person to discuss any issues they may be struggling with and come up with practical ways of overcoming them.

Wincanton Community Venture - Like Mindswebsite

Wincanton Balsam Centre are running a mental health project called Like Minds. This works with the whole community but specifically seeks to support children and young people in difficulties. Through self-harming, being bullied, isolated, in distress – or with an identified mental health condition.

The Fair also helps many other smaller groups and charities providing support and learning activities for children and young people in the local community.

If you are a Children's Charity or voluntary community group and would like to be considered as a beneficiary, please apply here by the end of December to be considered for the following year.

The Committee will review all applications in February and you will be notified thereafter if you have been successful. If successful, donations will be made during the summer (after the Fair has taken place). We look forward to hearing from you!