ILMINSTER NEWS: Christmas lights switch-on night cancelled due to coronavirus

ILMINSTER NEWS: Christmas lights switch-on night cancelled due to coronavirus

Posted: 21st August 2020
ILMINSTER Chamber of Commerce has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year’s big Christmas Lights Switch-On and Christmas Festival event which helps to officially launch the countdown to the festive season. The ongoing situation with the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions on large gatherings has left the Chamber with little alternative but to cancel this…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: We will remember them - 75th anniversary of VJ Day

ILMINSTER NEWS: We will remember them - 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Posted: 17th August 2020
THE 75th anniversary of the VJ Day – Victory over Japan – was commemorated in Ilminster with a short service of remembrance at the Burma Star Memorial Garden. A small group of people congregated at the garden, which is situated on the junction of Winterhay Lane and Station Road, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, where a service was led by Rev Jo Stobart, of The Minster…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Applause for Joan as town says farewell to community stalwart

ILMINSTER NEWS: Applause for Joan as town says farewell to community stalwart

Posted: 15th August 2020
A RIPPLE of applause could be heard in Ilminster town centre as well-wishers showed their appreciation for the life of Joan Olds – a real stalwart of the local community and a formidable fundraiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Mrs Olds passed away on July 29 at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton after a short illness. She was aged 88. She had run the RNLI…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: End of an era as amazing RNLI charity shop set to close

ILMINSTER NEWS: End of an era as amazing RNLI charity shop set to close

Posted: 21st July 2020
THE long-running Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity shop in Ilminster is set to close next month because of serious ill-health to its owner Joan Olds. Well-known Mrs Olds, 88, suffered a major stroke earlier this month and is currently in Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Although she had wanted to keep running the charity shop – which sits on the corner of…

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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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