ILMINSTER NEWS: We must all keep the community spirit shining bright in Ilminster

ILMINSTER NEWS: We must all keep the community spirit shining bright in Ilminster

Posted: 13th August 2021
THE Mayor of Ilminster has been looking back on what has been a hugely difficult year for so many people because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cllr Philip Burton, in his annual report, said that the past 12 months or so had been extremely testing for the nation and the world, but locally the community spirit in Ilminster had shone through and come to the fore. “2020-21 has…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: More 20mph speed limit signs are needed in town centre say residents

ILMINSTER NEWS: More 20mph speed limit signs are needed in town centre say residents

Posted: 13th August 2021
PEOPLE have again voiced their serious concerns about speeding traffic in Ilminster town centre and have said that something needs to be done as a matter of “extreme urgency.” The Ilminster Press reported earlier this year how there were fears that a tragedy could happen in Silver Street because of speeding motorists failing to adhere to the 20mph speed limit. But now…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Organ concert at The Minster will be one not to be missed

ILMINSTER NEWS: Organ concert at The Minster will be one not to be missed

Posted: 13th August 2021
LEADING organist Philip Scriven set to lead a special evening of music on The Minster’s newly-restored organ. Following a fundraising campaign that began in 2019 and thanks to the generous donations of its congregation, the wider community and The Gooch Charitable Trust, The Minster was able to raise sufficient money to undertake essential restoration work on the church…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Cash point explosion rocks Ilminster town centre

ILMINSTER NEWS: Cash point explosion rocks Ilminster town centre

Posted: 23rd April 2021
AN investigation is underway after a cash machine was attacked in Ilminster in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday, April 22, 2021) morning. The incident happened at about 3.05am at the Co-op store in the Cornhill area of East Street. A police spokesman said: “Two people are believed to have attacked the ATM and broken into the store. However, no money was reported…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Swanmead headteacher devastated at council’s decision

ILMINSTER NEWS: Swanmead headteacher devastated at council’s decision

Posted: 19th March 2021
HEADTEACHER of Swanmead Community School has been left “numbed” by Somerset County Council’s decision to change the educational set-up in the Ilminster and Crewkerne area. Mark Walker, who has been headteacher at Swanmead for the past ten years, has remained publicly silent for a couple of days since the council’s decision on Wednesday (March 17, 2021). But now he has…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Council makes “significant milestone” for education future

ILMINSTER NEWS: Council makes “significant milestone” for education future

Posted: 17th March 2021
  SOMERSET County Council’s all-powerful Cabinet committee approved proposals on Wednesday (March 17, 2021) for a major change in the delivery of education in the Ilminster and Crewkerne area. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Swanmead governors are shocked and angry over planned education changes

ILMINSTER NEWS: Swanmead governors are furious and claim County Hall has misled the public over education changes

Posted: 15th March 2021
  THE chairman of governors at Swanmead Community School in Ilminster has said that people have been misled over the proposed changes to education in the area. Marian Gamper (pictured above - in happier times!) has written to parents of students at Swanmead today (Monday, March 15, 2021) to say that the name of Swanmead will be “rubbed out” and current headteacher Mark…

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COMPETITION: Sophy’s great New Year giveaway competition

COMPETITION: Sophy’s great New Year giveaway competition

Posted: 6th February 2021
  LOCAL author and charity fundraiser Sophy Layzell has teamed-up with the Ilminster Press for a fantastic giveaway competition. Sophy, who last year became a first-time author with her novel Measure of Days, is well-known in the Ilminster area for her work with the Jemima Layzell Trust and raising awareness about brain injured children and the importance of organ…

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SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Julie remembers the Munich tragedy of the Busby Babes

SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Julie remembers the Munich tragedy of the Busby Babes

Posted: 6th February 2021
  FORMER Ilminster Mayor, Julie Fowler, has spoken of her personal allegiance to Manchester United Football Club ever since the horrific Munich Air Disaster which happened 63 years ago. The air disaster happened on February 6, 1958, when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take-off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport in West…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Have YOUR say NOW on controversial school changes

ILMINSTER NEWS: Have YOUR say NOW on controversial school changes

Posted: 27th January 2021
  MEMBERS of the public are again invited to have their say on plans to transform how education is delivered in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area. Following a pre-publication consultation that took place between November 12 and December 10 last year, a decision was taken on January 18 by Somerset County Council to progress to another, more formal stage of consultation…

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