ILMINSTER NEWS: Mayor delighted at Daido’s “exciting news” about possible new factory plans

ILMINSTER NEWS: Mayor delighted at Daido’s “exciting news” about possible new factory plans

Posted: 25th July 2019
THE Mayor of Ilminster has said that local employer Daido International Bearings is actively pursuing plans to build a new factory in the town. Cllr Philip Burton told the July meeting of Ilminster Town Council that it was good news that the company wanted to remain in the area and with it safeguarding around 200 jobs. “I recently visited Daido and I was told that the…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Unexpected visitor in headteacher’s office

ILMINSTER NEWS: Unexpected visitor in headteacher’s office

Posted: 24th July 2019
THE headteacher of Swanmead Community School in Ilminster found an unscheduled visitor in his office earlier this month – a gull! With doors and windows open at the school because of the warm weather a gull went in through the hall and into the reception area before deciding to go into headteacher Mark Walker’s office. “This gull strutted into my office and perched…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Sorting Office to close – but Post Office stays open

ILMINSTER NEWS: Sorting Office to close – but Post Office stays open

Posted: 24th July 2019
CUSTOMERS have been assured that it will be business as usual at Ilminster Post Office – although Royal Mail will be closing its sorting office in the town. It has been announced that after about 50 years the Royal Mail will be leaving Ilminster. The plans have been on the table for a while to merge the Ilminster sorting office with the one in Chard. Although Chris Cook…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: MP delighted at planned safety works for Ilminster Bypass

ILMINSTER NEWS: MP delighted at planned safety works for Ilminster Bypass

Posted: 4th July 2019
WORKS are to be carried out to try and improve driver awareness and safety along the Ilminster Bypass on the A303. There have been countless road traffic collisions which have resulted in numerous injuries and some fatalities over the years along the notorious stretch of road between the Hayes End roundabout at South Petherton and Southfields roundabout at Ilminster…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Tasty way of fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society

ILMINSTER NEWS: Tasty way of fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society

Posted: 25th June 2019
THE offices of Milford & Dormor in Ilminster held a fundraising event to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society on National Cup Cake Day. A wonderful array of cakes were available for staff and visitors to buy and devour with each cupcake sale helping to fund pioneering research, crucial support services and pioneering care into dementia. PHOTO: Submitted.

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Pyjamas and reading go together well – whatever your age!

ILMINSTER NEWS: Pyjamas and reading go together well – whatever your age!

Posted: 25th June 2019
THE leader of South Somerset District Council, Cllr Val Keitch, donned her pyjamas and read stories to young children from Greenfylde First School in Ilminster as part of a national initiative. Libraries across the county hosted pyjama parties from June 3-7 and distributed books to celebrate the Book Trust’s Pyjamarama event aimed at getting more children reading…

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ILMINSTER AREA NEWS: Mindless vandals strike again at Donyatt Halt

ILMINSTER AREA NEWS: Mindless vandals strike again at Donyatt Halt

Posted: 24th June 2019
VANDALS have struck again at the old Donyatt Halt railway station on the outskirts of Ilminster which acts as a permanent memorial to the young evacuees who arrived in Somerset during the Second World War. A wooden statue of Doreen Ash, who was evacuated to Donyatt during the war, which sits on the platform and is a reminder of all those children who arrived in the…

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ILMINSTER AREA NEWS: Award success for the Trading Post Farm Shop

ILMINSTER AREA NEWS: Award success for the Trading Post Farm Shop

Posted: 24th June 2019
THE Trading Post Farm Shop at Lopenhead near Ilminster was delighted to be awarded the Muddy Stiletto for Best Farm Shop and Deli in Somerset for the sending year running. Kate and Andy Forbes took over the Trading Post Farm Shop back in November 2017 and after winning the Muddy Award last year they have gone from strength to strength. In the last 12 months they have not…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: D-Day hero was killed while helping to save others

ILMINSTER NEWS: D-Day hero was killed while helping to save others

Posted: 23rd June 2019
A BRAVE Swiss man with links to Ilminster has been remembered for his actions during the D-Day Landings of 75 years ago in which he lost his life trying to save others. Arturo Fanconi lived in the UK where his parents, Arthur and Lili Fanconi, ran a café in Silver Street, Ilminster, during the 1930s and 40s and which is now home of The Green House. He volunteered as a…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Hazelwell Lodge supports national Care Home Open Day

ILMINSTER NEWS: Hazelwell Lodge supports national Care Home Open Day

Posted: 22nd June 2019
THE much-respected Hazelwell Lodge care home in Ilminster will be taking part in the Care Home Open Day later this month. The idea behind the day on Friday, June 28, is to encourage local people to visit care homes in their community and to work together to develop better relationships. This important connection is something that Hazelwell Lodge has nurtured since…

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