SCHOOL NEWS: Swanmead devastated by the result of judicial review

SCHOOL NEWS: Swanmead devastated by the result of judicial review

Posted: 30th June 2020
THE headteacher of Swanmead School in Ilminster has said that he is “devastated” that the school’s plans to become an academy had been halted in the law courts. It was back in January 2019 that Swanmead – with the unanimous support of its school community of children, staff and parents - applied to convert to an Academy and join the Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust…

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SCHOOL NEWS: Council’s legal challenge over school is successful

SCHOOL NEWS: Council’s legal challenge over school is successful

Posted: 29th June 2020
A REVIEW into the future of the current schools system in Ilminster and Crewkerne will restart after Somerset County Council won a key legal battle last week. Since 2018, the council has been working with headteachers and governors of schools in the area to review the education provision, which includes Swanmead Middle School in Ilminster, as the current three-tier…

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SOMERSET NEWS Recycling centres reopening for essential trips only and garden waste collections resume

SOMERSET NEWS Recycling centres reopening for essential trips only and garden waste collections resume

Posted: 7th May 2020
  ELEVEN of Somerset’s 16 recycling centres – including those at Yeovil, Chard, Bridgwater and Taunton - will reopen on Monday (May 11, 2020) but for essential visits only in line with updated Government guidance. Garden waste collections are also set to resume on Monday, both services having been suspended by Somerset Waste Partnership in response to the coronavirus…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Put your family announcement messages in the paper

ILMINSTER NEWS: Put your family announcement messages in the paper

Posted: 2nd May 2020
COMING up in the May edition of the FREE Ilminster Press community newspaper will be a new Family Announcements feature. We will be delighted to publish your announcements – whether it is Births, Birthday Greetings, Congratulations, Marriages, Anniversaries and Good Luck Messages. And it does not necessarily have to be about your family – but your friends as well. People…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: April edition of Ilminster Press is out NOW!

ILMINSTER NEWS: April edition of Ilminster Press is out NOW!

Posted: 24th April 2020
THE April 2020 edition of the Ilminster Press community newspaper is out TODAY (Friday, April 24). This month’s edition is smaller than in previous months because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak but it can be picked-up for FREE from some of the usual outlets (although the number of outlets has also been reduced due to the current situation we find ourselves in)…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Thank you for your fantastic support as Ilminster Press reaches second anniversary

ILMINSTER NEWS: Thank you for your fantastic support as Ilminster Press reaches second anniversary

Posted: 24th April 2020
THE April 2020 edition of the Ilminster Press community newspaper is Edition Number 24 meaning that this represents the publication’s second birthday. It only seems like yesterday that Edition Number 1 was being produced and being distributed among various outlets in and around the Ilminster area. Editor and owner, Steve Sowden, said: “Although I had been thinking about…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: January edition of Ilminster Press – dedicated to the memory of much-loved Ilminster woman

ILMINSTER NEWS: January edition of Ilminster Press is out now – dedicated to the memory of much-loved Ilminster woman

Posted: 23rd January 2020
THE January edition of the free Ilminster Press community newspaper is out now and is dedicated to the memory of well-known local woman Sophie Storey. The decision to make that gesture was made by Ilminster Press editor Steve Sowden after getting the blessing from Sophie’s family via her work place at the Tesco store in town. Sophie died on Boxing Day at the age of just…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Christmas comes early to Ilminster – thanks to town council

ILMINSTER NEWS: Christmas comes early to Ilminster – thanks to town council

Posted: 24th December 2019
ILMINSTER Town Council has given the seal of approval to go-ahead with £350,000 plans to give local children a fantastic play area for generations to come. Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of giving the play area at Ilminster Recreation Ground – officially known as the Wharf Lane Recreation Ground – a much-needed makeover. Cllr Michelle Gunn, chairman of the…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Council withdraws its interest in former Gooch and Housego buildings

ILMINSTER NEWS: Council withdraws its interest in former Gooch and Housego buildings

Posted: 27th November 2019
ILMINSTER Town Council has decided against looking at buying the vacant and rundown former town centre premises of Gooch and Housego. Back in June the council had announced that Gooch and Housego – which has been located in its current location on the outskirts of town for a number of years – had agreed to withdraw its former premises at Cornhill in the Market Square…

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COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS 2019: Christmas lights are the jewels in Ilminster’s crown

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS 2019: Christmas lights are the jewels in Ilminster’s crown

Posted: 22nd November 2019
ILMINSTER Christmas Lights Committee has spent over £7,000 on the lights this year – thanks to the generosity of people in the town. A lot of money is raised through donations, while the committee has been honoured to have received funds which have been left to them in wills. “The stage, trees at Tesco Courtyard and the WiFi switches are just a part of the £7,000 package…

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