VIDEO NEWS: Fantastic film celebrates switching-on of Ilminster's Christmas Lights

VIDEO NEWS: Fantastic film celebrates switching-on of Ilminster's Christmas Lights

Posted: 19th November 2020
  A FANTASTIC Christmas Lights video was broadcast on social media channels ahead of the switching-on of the festive displays in Ilminster. The video can still be viewed on the usual Facebook pages at Ilminster Press, Ilminster and Ilminster Christmas Lights. The video was played for the first time on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, to help mark the low-key switching-on of…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Have your say on education shake-up in Ilminster and Crewkerne

ILMINSTER NEWS: Have your say on education shake-up in Ilminster and Crewkerne

Posted: 3rd November 2020
MEMBERS of the public are invited to have their say on plans to transform how education is delivered in the Ilminster and Crewkerne area.  Somerset County Council has today (Tuesday, November 3, 2020) announced details of a public consultation on proposals to move from the current three-tier school system to a two-tier model of primary and secondary schools. This follows…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Ilminster is the new fashion house of Alice Temperley

ILMINSTER NEWS: Ilminster is the new fashion house of Alice Temperley Photo 1

Posted: 17th October 2020
THE former Gooch and Housego buildings in the centre of Ilminster have been given a new lease of life thanks to fashion designer Alice Temperley. It has been a well-known secret among the town for several months now that the buildings which have stood empty for a number of years were being transformed into an exciting fashion house for the renowned designer. Alice has…

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ILMINSTER NEWS: Play area enhancement will give town a lift

ILMINSTER NEWS: Play area enhancement will give town a lift

Posted: 9th October 2020
ILMINSTER Town Council is pleased to announce that the eagerly anticipated £350,000 upgrade of the playground play area at the Wharf Lane Recreation Ground – better known as Ilminster Recreation Ground - is finally going to start. On October 12, 2020, phase one will begin with part of the play area park being closed to the public. It is expected to be closed for about a…

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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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