2019 Charities

Each year the carnival selects local charities or organisations to be the beneficiaries of the carnival activities and fundraising. By taking part and supporting carnival events you will be helping to ensure our continued help for the organisations below.


Shaftesbury & District Carers Association

Reg Charity No. 1129439

We are an independent charity working for the benefit of those vulnerable and at risk within our community. Our aim is to provide a safe haven for those who need it, with an opportunity to learn new skills, the chance to work and become part of a team, and even to progress into paid employment if this is what the individual wishes.
Since beginning years ago as a Drop-In for others to come and socialize, we have expanded to include a wide range of projects to help people get out and about, learn new skills, and enjoy themselves. Whether your interests lie in cooking, gardening, mechanics, crafts, arts or jewellery we have something for everyone. And we’re still expanding!
Our steadfast founder Eileen and her diligent staff are always looking for funding for new projects, as well as ideas to fund the current projects. We were fortunate to be awarded a substantial grant from the Big Lottery Fund which has allowed us to set up gardening and cooking enterprises, as well as giving the Charity a formal office.
The local health authority was helpful in obtaining funding for a cycle repair enterprise which has seen great success.
However, we are always on the lookout for extra funding sources and gratefully accept donations – whether its monetary or a bike that’s been out-grown. We especially welcome anyone willing to give their time to volunteer.
Anyone interested in donating to, or volunteering with any of these projects should contact the office on 01747 851397.

Shaftesbury Car Link

Transport to social events and medical appointments 

We are a team of volunteers serving local differently-abled and aged people who cannot drive or use regular transport services.  All our volunteers are highly motivated and experienced. We have been providing this service for 5 years. 

  • Pets Welcome
  • All Donations Accepted
  • Mobile Service

If you live in the SP7 area where public transport is either not available or you cannot access it, then contact Shaftesbury Car Link. As a not-for-profit community transport organisation, we offer transport services to people of all ages. Juniors must be accompanied by an adult and a portable car seat must be provided, where necessary.


shaftesbury carnival 2018


Kipling Carnival Club used to be a juvenile club until 2016. The cart is an 100ft decorated cart, with a decorated tractor, main cart and generator. The club takes part in the following carnivals: Mere, Frome, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Wincanton, Castle Cary, Trowbridge, Warminster, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury.

The club originally was created “just for fun” for but is now a successful carnival club which does well on both the Wessex and Somerset Circuit. The club has grown massively over the last 10+ years and has had many changes. These include changing the building place in 2006, building a new generator cart in 2008, building a new main cart in 2010 and purchasing a decorated tractor from Harlequin Carnival Club in 2013. We were made homeless in 2016 which meant no entry for 2017 season and thankfully secured a new build shed at the end of 2017. Managed to build our 2018 entry in just 6 months having spent the other 6 months making our new home fit for purpose. The club is going from strength to strength.


Shaftesbury District Guides

The Shaftesbury District Guides have been fundraising for the new permanent District Headquarters that is currently being built adjacent to the Lindlar Hall in Shaftesbury.

There are currently 1 Guide Unit, 2 Brownie Units and 1 Rainbow Unit in Shaftesbury with 87 girls aged 5 to 15 and 16 leaders. The new hall will be used for unit meetings, activities and storage and will provide a much needed facility to secure the future of Girlguiding in Shaftesbury.