Events


Event Location Event Details Date Time Price
The Neil Maya Quartet featuring Matt Carter on piano. A tribute to Dave Brubeck Ilminster Arts Centre An evening of jazz alto sax and piano trio which will be familiar to everyone in the room. Dave Brubeck was probably the best known name in jazz between 1958 and 1961 through two or three "hits" which made it into the "pop" charts. This was a very rare jazz achievement, Humph's being the only other, with "Bad penny blues". Take 5, Blue Rondo, Raggy Waltz and Unsquare Dance were perhaps his most memorable tunes. I'm sure we will hear all of them tonight together with many more. Neil Maya on alto will be playing the role of Paul Desmond, Matt Carter is at the piano will be emulating Dave Brubeck's wonderfully distinctive style. Matt is only in his early twenties but has already made a huge impression in the jazz world. He will be at the very top of his trade one day. 25/05/2018 8pm Tickets £14 (£29 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster This modern play from 2001 is full of comedy and pathos, veering from beautifully touching scenes to laugh out loud moments. The play (with some very loose Hamlet inspiration) has the obvious influences and techniques of writers such as Tom Stoppard and Alan Ayckbourn. Set in the garden of a Cotswolds house, complete with beehive, the action takes place over the summer months after James Humble’s funeral. As with all families, relationships can be strained and secrets are kept; some are broken, some renewed, and all against a backdrop of gardening, bees, astrophysics and Glenn Miller. Humble Boy is an ensemble piece, with a cast of new and old faces on the stage. Some will be familiar to our Warehouse audiences: Chris Williamson, plays Felix Humble - the son and eponymous Humble Boy; Ken Steed plays Jim the gardener; Jo Neagle is Mercy, the family friend; and Kayleigh Partt is Rosie Pye, Felix’s ex. We are also very pleased to have a couple of new members with us: John McGrowther is the amorous George Pye, and Val Wright is Flora Humble, Felix’s mother and Queen Bee of the piece. As well as our stalwarts in the crew of Brian, Dave and Felicity, we have been joined by Olwen Herridge, Andy Carson and Xav Driver. So please come and see something by a playwright who may be new to you, be entertained by the hard work of all the cast and crew, and have, as always, a great evening out at your local theatre. We really appreciate your support. 25/05/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)
Fun Fair Recreation Ground, Ilminster Marshall Herbert's Family Fun Fair will be providing all the fun of the fair from Wednesday 23 May to Saturday 26 May. 25/05/2018 5.30pm Free entry
Elmer Day Ilminster Library Songs and rhymes, treasure hunt, craft making and stories. Cuppa tea for the adults 26/05/2018 10.30am Free
River Cottage Food Fair River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, EX13 8TB Held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018, the Food Fair is a real family occasion and ALL UNDER 16s CAN COME FOR FREE. It is packed full of activities and family fun – from chef demos, artisan food stalls, kids’ workshops, talks and live music, to garden and foraging tours. Included in your ticket price is Park and Ride. For more information go to www.rivercottage.net/festival/rivercottagefoodfair. 26/05/2018 10am to 5pm £12.50 and under 16s go for free
Barrington & District Gardening Society Annual Plant Sale Village Hall, Barrington A variety of plants for sale, as well as the local Barrington market which sells local produce, cakes and even a chance to have a cup of tea and a bacon buttie!!! For further details please contact Robin Le Clercq on 01460 54691. 26/05/2018 10am to 12pm Free entry
Flower Festival Cricket Malherbie St Mary Magdalene Church Cricket Malherbie hosts its biennial event in St Mary Magdalene Church, with cream teas in The Old Rectory Gardens. The theme for the flower arrangements this year is Quotations. 26/05/2018 Daily Free
Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster This modern play from 2001 is full of comedy and pathos, veering from beautifully touching scenes to laugh out loud moments. The play (with some very loose Hamlet inspiration) has the obvious influences and techniques of writers such as Tom Stoppard and Alan Ayckbourn. Set in the garden of a Cotswolds house, complete with beehive, the action takes place over the summer months after James Humble’s funeral. As with all families, relationships can be strained and secrets are kept; some are broken, some renewed, and all against a backdrop of gardening, bees, astrophysics and Glenn Miller. Humble Boy is an ensemble piece, with a cast of new and old faces on the stage. Some will be familiar to our Warehouse audiences: Chris Williamson, plays Felix Humble - the son and eponymous Humble Boy; Ken Steed plays Jim the gardener; Jo Neagle is Mercy, the family friend; and Kayleigh Partt is Rosie Pye, Felix’s ex. We are also very pleased to have a couple of new members with us: John McGrowther is the amorous George Pye, and Val Wright is Flora Humble, Felix’s mother and Queen Bee of the piece. As well as our stalwarts in the crew of Brian, Dave and Felicity, we have been joined by Olwen Herridge, Andy Carson and Xav Driver. So please come and see something by a playwright who may be new to you, be entertained by the hard work of all the cast and crew, and have, as always, a great evening out at your local theatre. We really appreciate your support. 26/05/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start Tickets £10(£5 Child/Student)
Fun Fair Recreation Ground, Ilminster Marshall Herbert's Family Fun Fair will be providing all the fun of the fair from Wednesday 23 May to Saturday 26 May. 26/05/2018 2.30pm Free entry
River Cottage Food Fair River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, EX13 8TB Held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018, the Food Fair is a real family occasion and ALL UNDER 16s CAN COME FOR FREE. It is packed full of activities and family fun – from chef demos, artisan food stalls, kids’ workshops, talks and live music, to garden and foraging tours. Included in your ticket price is Park and Ride. For more information go to www.rivercottage.net/festival/rivercottagefoodfair. 27/05/2018 10am to 5pm £12.50 and under 16s go for free
Flower Festival Cricket Malherbie St Mary Magdalene Church Cricket Malherbie hosts its biennial event in St Mary Magdalene Church, with cream teas in The Old Rectory Gardens. The theme for the flower arrangements this year is Quotations. 27/05/2018 Daily Free
Brad Cullen Charity Football Match Archie Gooch Pavilion, Ilminster All the family are welcome to come and see ITFC U16s versus Brad's Lads. Bar will be open and cream teas availabe from 1pm to 4pm (adults £5 and children £2.50). Join us for this annual charity football match in aid of Action Duchenne. 27/05/2018 From 1pm with kick off at 2pm Free entry
Charity Quiz and Raffle Ilminster Bowling Club Quiz and raffle in aid of the Cruse Bereavement Care. Teams of up to 5 people at £1 per person. 27/05/2018 7.30pm for 8pm £1 per person
Flag Festival - 27 May to 24 June Ilminster The Flag Festival forms a major part of the Ilminster Midsummer Experience. FlagsLast year we put up over 100 flags including the stunning banners designed by Patrick Reyntiens and John Reyntiens in the Minster Church. There will be even more this year with 6 new flags. We are fortunate that the town’s mediaeval road layout, which hugs closely to the 15th century Minster church, dramatically emphasises the effect of the flags and brings vibrancy and colour to the town. The Flag Festival grew out of an idea from one of the town’s artists. We were able to commission a flag-maker to work with children from Greenfylde School to design the original 20 flags. These were so successful that the following year we invited businesses to contribute to their own flag and the majority of businesses in town now have a flag – some even have two! Make a date now to come down to see the festival and enjoy a cup of tea and cake or a delicious lunch in one of the many coffee shops or pubs in town. 27/05/2018 Day and Night Free
Flower Festival Cricket Malherbie St Mary Magdalene Church Cricket Malherbie hosts its biennial event in St Mary Magdalene Church, with cream teas in The Old Rectory Gardens. The theme for the flower arrangements this year is Quotations. 28/05/2018 Daily Free
Scavenger Hunt Cycle Ride/Walk Summervale Surgery Car Park Come and have fun at the charity family fun day. - prizes to be won! Start any time from 10am to 4pm to cycle/walk along the Stopline Way to Donyatt Halt (about 3km). Refreshments available at the Halt. Organised by Purple Field Productions which works to help children with cerebral palsy in Africa. 28/05/2018 10am to 4pm Adult £2, Child £1 and Family £5
Health Walk Standerwick Orchard, Broadway Broadway Health Walking Group walk starts at 9.30am. Participants are asked to wear suitable footwear for footpaths. For more information call Vera Pharaoh on 01460 or 07980 015788 29/05/2018 9.30am Free
Wildlife Days Barrington Court There will be wildlife crafts and a variety of hands-on activities with Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Somerset Moth Group, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and others 29/05/2018 10.30am to 3.30pm Not available
Ilminster Memory Cafe ~ Favourite Poems Read Aloud The Minster Rooms For anyone living with or supporting someone with the onset of dementia, this is a fortnightly, pop-in cafe open from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Just call in during Literary Festival Week to share your favourite poems. 30/05/2018 10am to 12pm Free
Wildlife Days Barrington Court There will be wildlife crafts and a variety of hands-on activities with Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Somerset Moth Group, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and others 30/05/2018 10.30am to 3.30pm Not available
Cream Tea Ashill Primary School There will be a cream tea available at the school playing field from 2.30pm. All proceeds from the event will be shared between St Mary's Church and Ashill Primary School PTFA 30/05/2018 2.30pm Not available
Meat Bingo Village Hall, Ashill The bingo with refreshments available starts at 7.30pm. 30/05/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with eyes down at 7.30pm Not available
Quiz Night The Dolphin, Ilminster The quiz for teams at a cost of £10 starts at 8pm. Proceeds are for local schools. 30/05/2018 8pm £10 per team
Laurie Graham ~ Murders Most Horrid The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster For one night only, Whitechapel music hall doyenne Miss Dot Allbones will tell a story of murders most horrible. She will be assisted by pantomime veteran, Mr Peter Page, and by Ilminster’s very own thespian extraordinaire, Mr Mike Lanigan. Miss Allbones appears by permission of her creator, Laurie Graham, from whose novel, The Night in Question, she has escaped into 21st century Somerset.After the interval Mrs. Graham will be pleased to answer questions on the Whitechapel murders or on writing in general.Please note these events are free style seating. For tickets go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org and from Airs and Graces, East Street Ilminster. 30/05/2018 7.30pm £12
Wildlife Days Barrington Court There will be wildlife crafts and a variety of hands-on activities with Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Somerset Moth Group, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and others 31/05/2018 10.30am to 3.30pm Not available
Paul Goodwin ~ When Can You Trust a Forecast? Monks taed Britain’s 2017 election result, the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the Great Credit Crash of 2007 – surprise seems to follow surprise. Is the world becoming more unpredictable? Have forecasters lost the ability to make accurate predictions? This talk looks at when we can trust a forecast. It will discuss some fascinating findings from research that show when ignorance is an asset in prediction, and when our intuition can outperform a computer. Paul Goodwin is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath and author of Forewarned: A Sceptic’s Guide to Prediction. He is an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters. To book go to https://ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 31/05/2018 4pm £8
Robert Parry ~ “Oh, Whistle……” Two Ghost Stories Nyanza Lodge, Berryman's Lane Over a century after their first publication, the ghost stories of M R James retain their power to terrify and amuse. They are performed here by Robert Lloyd Parry of the Nunkie Theatre Company. Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be the author’s masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations. “Lloyd Parry was utterly hypnotic, holding the audience in thrall…”– The Orcadian. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 31/05/2018 7.30pm £12
Health Walk Recreation Ground, Ilminster Ramblers are holding a 2 mile walk from the centre of Ilminster, taking in the countryside views and depending on the walk you attend visit Beacon Hill, Dillington House, Herne Hill and the old Chard to Taunton canal. For information on walks happening across Somerset, in Wells, Avalon Marshes Centre, Frome and Wellington, please visit www.southsomerset.gov.uk/walkabout. 01/06/2018 10.30am Free
Health Walk Minster Rooms, Ilminster Ramblers are holding a 4 mile walk from the centre of Ilminster, taking in the countryside views and depending on the walk you attend visit Beacon Hill, Dillington House, Herne Hill and the old Chard to Taunton canal. For information on walks happening across Somerset, in Wells, Avalon Marshes Centre, Frome and Wellington, please visit www.southsomerset.gov.uk/walkabout. 01/06/2018 10am Free
Chard and Ilminster Friends' Group 26 Springfield, Ilminster TA19 0ET You are invited to a coffee morning in support of Children's Hospice South West. Plants, bric-a-brac, raffle, books and cakes. 01/06/2018 10am to 12pm Free entry
Bethany Askew ~ Ideas, Inspiration and Imagination, the Instruments of an Author Archie Gooch Pavilion Bethany Askew writes contemporary women’s fiction and is the author of five novels: The Time Before, The World Within, Out of Step, Counting the Days and Poppy’s Seed. She is currently working on a new novel to be published later this year. Her talk explores what gave her the initial urge to write, where she finds inspiration and the issues that interest her. Reading extracts from her novels, she will examine how a story progresses from first ideas to the final finished book. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 01/06/2018 12.30pm £6 including drink
Wildlife Days Barrington Court There will be wildlife crafts and a variety of hands-on activities with Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Somerset Moth Group, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and others 01/06/2018 10.30am to 3.30pm Not available
Party Night The Retreat, Market Square, Ilminster Ilminster First Writers invite you to a party night at The Retreat to include a buffet supper. Please bring your literary offerings on the theme 'In Celebration'. 01/06/2018 7pm Not available
Chris Mullin ~ “Hinterland” The Shrubbery Hotel Chris Mullin, author, journalist and former MP, a minister in three departments and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee. His books include three highly acclaimed volumes of diaries, A View from the Foothills, Decline and Fall and A Walk-On Part; also the novel A Very British Coup which was made into an award-winning television series. He is an accomplished public speaker, and has recently published a volume of memoirs entitled Hinterland. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 01/06/2018 7.30pm £10.00, including tea and biscuits
Morgan & West - Time Travelling Magicians The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster Great Scott! Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the nineteenth century's greatest magic duo, the prestidigitatory pair present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters bring you a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. 01/06/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start Tickets £12 (£6 Child/Student)
Jubilee String Quartet Ilminster Arts Centre The Jubilee String Quartet were first prize winners of the Val Tidone international Chamber Music Competition 2010 and the St Martin's Chamber Music Competition 2013. They also won prizes at the Karol Szymanowski International String Quartet Competion 2014, and Trondheim International Chamber Music Competitiion 2013. The quartet were finalists in the Royal Over-Seas League Competion 2013 and 2015. Tereza Privratska (violin), Julia Loucks (violin), Stephanie Edmundson (viola) and Toby White (cello). 01/06/2018 7pm for pre-concert supper with concert at 8pm. Concert tickets £15 and Pre-concert supper tickets £15
Open Garden for NGS East Lambrook Manor Gardens, East Lambrook, Somerset TA13 5HH The quintessential English cottage garden created by C20 gardening legend Margery Fish. Plantsman's paradise with old-fashioned and contemporary plants grown in a relaxed and informal manner to create an extraordinary garden of great beauty and charm. With noted collections of snowdrops, hellebores and geraniums and the excellent specialist Margery Fish Plant Nursery. For NGS: Tea. Telephone: 01460 240328. Open for charity. 02/06/2018 10am to 5pm Adults £6, Children free
Quiz Night Yeovil Conservative Club, 12 Kingston Street TA20 2QL In aid of Radio Camelot the hospital radio of Yeovil District Hospital. £6 per team of 4 (light refreshments included). For details ring 01935 384499. 02/06/2018 7.30pm for 8pm £6 per team
Brian Freeland ~ “The View from the Wings” and “Playing the Clown” The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster The View from the Wings is a sideways look at theatrical productions from the stage manager’s point of view. By its very nature live theatre is unpredictable: you can never know what might happen next. After almost sixty years of theatre experience in Britain and abroad, Brian remembers some of the occasions when “it wasn’t quite alright on the night”. Humorous; nostalgic; poignant – and a little bit saucy. Brian decided on a theatre career after seeing Peter O’Toole in a production of Shaw’s play Man and Superman. He subsequently became involved with numerous plays by – and about – George Bernard Shaw. Playing the Clown is his ‘homage to Shaw’; a quick canter through the career, the writings and the complicated love life of “Britain’s second-greatest playwright”, the story told – as Shaw himself so often told it – with a whimsical sense of humour. “It seemed to me that it didn’t matter if I was occasionally vulgar, so long as I made people laugh. I was merely playing the clown” – G B Shaw. “We laughed a lot, and learnt a lot”. Byre Theatre, St Andrews. Please note these events are free style seating. For tickets go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org and from Airs and Graces, East Street Ilminster. 02/06/2018 7.30pm £12
Fay Weldon CBE ~ “Death of a She Devil” The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Fay Weldon was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was fifteen. She read Economics and Psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London, then as a journalist, and subsequently as an advertising copywriter. She later gave up her career in advertising, and began to write full-time. Her first novel The Fat Woman’s Joke was published in 1967. She was Chair of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1983, and has received numerous honorary doctorates. Fay Weldon’s work includes over thirty novels, seven collections of short stories, several children’s books, non-fiction books, magazine articles and a number of Book nowplays written for television, radio and the stage, including the pilot episode for the television series Upstairs Downstairs. Her latest novel is Death of a She Devil, a sequel to her best-selling The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Fay is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Please note these events are free style seating. For tickets go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org and from Airs and Graces, East Street Ilminster. 03/06/2018 3pm £10
Open Garden Mid Lambrook Gardens With delicious teas and cake come and see this remarkable private garden by kind permission of Sir Geoffrey and Lady Mulcahy. All proceeds go to St Jame's Church, East Lambrook 03/06/2018 2pm to 5pm Adults £4 and children £1
Martin Bell OBE ~ “War and the Death of News” The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster Martin Bell has been a soldier, a war reporter and an Independent MP. In his book War and the Death of News he reflects on half a century in the unquiet corners of the world, from Vietnam to Bosnia and beyond; on the present state of journalism and politics; on the emergence of fake news and alternative facts; and on a tradition of war reporting that has died and been laid to rest. He recalls a note that he wrote to himself at the height of the Bosnian war: ‘Everyone’s lying but it doesn’t matter, because no one’s listening either.’. Please note these events are free style seating. For tickets go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org and from Airs and Graces, East Street Ilminster. 03/06/2018 7.30pm £12
Philip Wilkinson ~ Phantom Architecture: The Great Buildings that Were Never Built The Shrubbery Hotel A skyscraper one mile high; a dome over downtown Manhattan; a building snaking for several miles through central London: the history of architecture is full of structures too bold, too forward-looking, or too expensive to get off the drawing board. In this illustrated talk, Philip Wilkinson, author of Phantom Architecture, explores some of these remarkable buildings, explaining how they came to be designed, why they were never built, and how they still haunt us today. Whether it’s the Great Pyramid of London, the Triumphal Elephant of Paris, or the St Paul’s Cathedral that Sir Christopher Wren really wanted to build, ‘phantom architecture’ is often bizarre and always spectacular. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 04/06/2018 2.30pm £10
Rob Barratt ~ Comic Poetry and Some Wine Tasting Seavington Village Store & Cafe TWO EVENTS IN ONE – a really good, fun evening A glass of fizz on arrival, then 45 minutes of laughter with Rob Barratt humour. Rob is back by popular demand due to his impressive performance last year, and knack of making fun of a whole range of daily issues. Wash this down with more fizz and then straight into a wine tasting introduced and explained by Ian Gibson. Ian has a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and 23 years experience in the wine trade. His enthusiasm for wine appreciation is as obvious as his knowledge. We finish off the evening with a superb surprise wine. Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born, brain-tickling, word-mangling comic poet, author, humourist and singer from Cornwall. He combines clever word play and song with satire, parody and audience participation. Rob deals with such important topics as squid, Neanderthal politics, the weather in Scotland, data-driven education, distressed furniture and tuk-tuks but often beneath the comedy lurk serious issues. He has appeared at arts, literature and folk festivals all over the UK and in Ireland and Australia. This popular event has limited tickets available due to space restrictions so book early to avoid disappointment. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 04/06/2018 7pm £12
David Andrews ~ “From Reg to Mabel” – Letters from a WWI Soldier Whitelackington Village Hall World War One – Stories, Songs & Sighs From Reg to Mabel. Looking at a soldier’s experiences through Reg’s letters – descriptive, funny, sad – and singing the songs he would have known…….Reg shared his experiences with Mabs and now he shares them with us……. David – an ex-teacher/headteacher, antique dealer, pub singer – learned to plat the guitar as a teenager in the 1950’s, and thus has enjoyed entertaining in one way or another all his life. (Refreshments will be available after this talk) To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 05/06/2018 2pm £6
Heavy Horses Recreation Ground, Ilminster Details to follow 05/06/2018 10am to 3pm No information
IT Advice Drop-In Session Methodist Church Hall, Horton The Horton Computer Hub are inviting people with IT problems to bring their iPads, tablets, laptops and mobile phones. They charge £2 for a 2-hour session and for this you will be allocated a tutor to help with anything new that you wish to learn. They can also help identify and resolve specific problems you may have with your computer, tablet or smartphone and show you new and interesting software to keep your computer working safely and well. Refreshments are included in the fee. Contact Sue Parsons on 01460 54581. 05/06/2018 2.30pm to 4.30pm £2
Keith Marsh ~ Abandoned! The Story of One Soldier Who DIDN’T Get Rescued at Dunkirk Whitelackington Village Hall The book The Lucky Shilling and Keith’s talk centre around his father William, who was awarded one of the first valour medals of the Second World War whilst fighting with the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium. He was one of the soldiers NOT to be rescued at Dunkirk. Having been left for dead he was captured, brutally treated, witnessed scenes of sickening depravity and experienced the worst and best in his fellow men. As the war ended he escaped to Prague and witnessed the civilian uprising. Keith served in the Royal Artillery, and is currently dividing his time between house renovating and writing. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 05/06/2018 4pm £6
Children’s Poetry Recital Final Greenfylde School After highly acclaimed Poetry Recital Competitions in 2016 and 2017, Greenfylde School will be hosting another competition in 2018. Children of all school ages will be performing a chosen poem, adding intonation, action, and excitement. We hope to see many young people from the area bringing performance poetry to life! 05/06/2018 6pm Free
Georgie Newbery ~ Growing Flowers for Pleasure and Profit Archie Gooch Pavilion Georgie started the Common Farm Flowers business between Bruton and Wincanton in 2010 and has been spearheading the resurgence in interest in locally grown flowers ever since. Georgie and her team grow 250 different varieties of flowers and foliage for use in the 1,500 bouquets by post, up to 60 weddings, and in the workshops she teaches at the farm. Georgie will talk about what she grows, how she plans her growing year, how she cuts and conditions her flowers, and will demonstrate one of her signature hand-tied bouquets with flowers from her garden. There will be ample time for questions. Georgie has latterly developed a passion for writing and has written several novels and non-fiction books. She formerly managed the features department of American “Vogue” in Paris. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 05/06/2018 7pm to 9pm £8.00 Including Tea & Coffee
Stephen Moss ~ “Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler”: How Birds Got their Names The Shrubbery Hotel The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They tell incredible tales: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures. In Mrs Moreau’s Warbler Stephen takes us on a remarkable journey through time. He shows how birds’ names reveal as much about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world as they do about the creatures they describe. Stephen is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. A lifelong naturalist, his TV credits include Springwatch, and The Nature of Britain; his books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, and Wild Kingdom Book now . He also authored the National Trust’s 2012 ‘Natural Childhood’ report on reconnecting children with nature. He writes a regular ‘Birdwatch’ column for the Guardian, and is President of Somerset Wildlife Trust. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 06/06/2018 10.30am £8.00 including tea & biscuits
Daisy Waugh ~ Tarot and the Detectivel Monk's Yard Daisy will talk about the Tarot and how she uses the cards as an author and teacher of creative writing to aid creative thinking. She will talk a little about the cards themselves, and about her own work as a professional Tarot reader. And she will try to explain how the cards ‘work’ for Dolly Greene, heroine of the Tarot Detective novels, written under the pseudonym Ev Harte. Her new book, The Case of the Fool, will be published in May. As Daisy Waugh she has written several sad, historical novels, several contemporary, comic novels, a few non-fiction books and a lot of newspaper articles and columns. Her desk overlooks the River Thames, and, since starting her detective novels, Ev Harte has spent many hours stBook nowaring out of the window, scouring the water for floating corpses. So far, she has found one. Except it wasn’t floating, it had washed up on the bank, and the police had already cordoned off the area…… To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 06/06/2018 2.30pm £10.00 Cafe open
Dr John Powell ~ “Why We Love Music” Monk's Yard Music has the power to alleviate depression, reduce pain, cure insomnia, minimise stress and fill your life with emotions from nostalgia to joy. In his talk John, a musician and scientist, will discuss these positive benefits of music as well as revealing how music is linked to human survival. The talk will also cover some of the quirkier aspects of music psychology such as the fact that music can change the taste of wine or make you spend more in restaurants. DBook nowo you want to hear more about the Mozart effect? Or how Barry Manilow songs have been used for crowd control? Then come along! To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 07/06/2018 2.30pm £8.00 Cafe open
Rachel Godfrey ~ Creative Writing Workshop (for Adults) The Green House, Silver Street A fun and relaxed two-hour workshop on the theme of ‘Telling our Stories’. Rachel is a teacher, teacher trainer and published author. Currently doing an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, she is particularly interested in autofiction and what happens when we write and share stories in groups. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 07/06/2018 7.30pm to 9.30pm £12.00 includes tea and coffee
Grahame Lloyd ~ Fifty Not Out: The Six Sixes Revisited The Ilminster Cricket Club, Recreation Ground To celebrate Garry Sobers hitting an historic 36 runs off one over at Swansea in 1968, Grahame Lloyd recalls both the famous feat and the mysterious fate of the the ball bowled by Malcolm Nash. An iconic moment, a disturbing tale of fake news and a whodunnit? – with a ball instead of a body.Grahame Lloyd has been a freelance broadcaster and journalist for nearly 37 years. He has written eight books and produced two one-man shows about football and cricket. He is also a published short story writer and poet. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 07/06/2018 7.30pm £10.00 Bar available
Alastair Sawday ~ “Travelling Light” The Shrubbery Hotel A pioneer in the environmental world, Alastair Sawday has had a remarkably miscellaneous and varied career, which has taken him to the most far-flung corners of the globe: he headed up a VSO programme in Papua New Guinea, ran a disaster relief team in Turkey, and has run a small travel company, conducting walking tours throughout Europe. It was this that inspired him to publish his first travel guide, French Bed & Breakfast, after discovering various ‘special’ B&Bs and the extraordinary people that run them. En route on his travels he has unearthed a multitude of stories – stories of people ploughing their own furrows, of travellers’ tales, ruminations and reflections about places, people and ideas. In this deeply charming, erudite and spirited book, he shares his experiences and explores the value of travel. “Alastair Sawday has built a reputation as the go-to guide for special places to stay”– Daily Telegraph. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 08/06/2018 2.15pm £10.00 Includes tea, coffee and biscuits
One-Act Play & Supper ~ “Melody” by Deidre Kinahan, Directed by Celia Crookes Whitelackington Village Hall The play is set in Ireland and is about Kathleen and William who meet while spending their lunch times on a bench in the park during a glorious hot summer. They form a strong friendship which is sorely tested by gossip and speculation, but they learn to face the challenges and accept their blessings. Melody is a poignant and funny play; music plays a large part as it sets the scene, enhances the story and is a challenge. It also draws the characters together, for they both go to the park to hear the music. So enjoy watching Kathleen and William having their variety of lunches in the park, while you too eat, drink and be merry! ” Melody” is note perfect”. – The Irish Times. To book go to www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org. 08/06/2018 7.30pm £10.00 Bar available, includes supper
Dave Moorwood and his Great Bear Stompers Ilminster Arts Centre The Big Bear Stompers are the flag wavers of American West Coast Traditional Jazz exemplified by Lu Watters and Turk Murphy in the San Francisco area in the 1940s. The band was founded by Dave Moorwood and trumpeter Clive Whitlock in 1989 and has been blowing up a storm ever since. This is the band's first visit to ilminster although two or three of the musicians have been here before with other groups. An immensely popular band with all traditionalists - don't miss it. 08/06/2018 8pm Tickets £20 (£35 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Sunny-Ile Pre-School Open Day Greenfylde School, Ilminster Come and see what we offer. We cater for children aged 2 to 4 years old. To book a place call 01460 259732 or email sunnyile@educ.somerset.gov.uk. 09/06/2018 10am to 12pm Free
Warehouse Theatre Open Day Warehouse Theare, Brewery Lane, Ilminster Ilminster is blessed with a wonderful small theatre. It is home to Ilminster Entertainments Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Somerset, and it has won many awards for its productions over the last 40 years. As part of IMEx the theatre is throwing open its doors on Saturday morning so that you can take an informal look at ‘behind the scenes’ and discover the glamorous and not-so-glamorous side of the world of entertainment. A warm welcome guaranteed and tea and coffee will be available. 09/06/2018 10am to 1pm Free
Poppy Walk Stop Line Way Chard Reservoir to Donyatt Halt The Chard Branch of The Royal British Legion invites you to join a community walk of 9km/5.5miles to raise awareness of the Legion. Come along and walk the historic Stop Line Way with family, friends with children on bikes if you wish and also dogs are welcome. For a small donation there is a quiz for kids. The start and finish is at the Anglers' car park at Chard Reservoir. There will be a picnic break (bring your own) at Donyatt Halt 09/06/2018 From 1pm to 5pm Free
IMEx Community Drive 2018 Greenfylde C of E First School Community Drive is the chance for Ilminster charities and good causes to strut their stuff and show what it is they are doing for the community. Come along to find out about and support these vital organisations. If you represent a local good cause and would like a pitch please contact us on communitydrive@ilminsterexperience.co.uk 09/06/2018 10am to 1pm Free
IMEx Suitcase Market Market House, Ilminster This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is thinking about or already has a small business, but does not have the stock levels for a full pitch in the main Food & Craft Market. Ideal for crafters, homemade or handmade items. All you need is a small table and a suitcase to present your goods – it can be anything from craft items to pickles and jams or handmade gifts. Pitch size 1m wide by 2m deep. Take a look at our gallery for images from last year. For more information or to register your interest in taking a small pitch please ‘contact us’ at www.ilminsterexcperience.co.uk or call 0146054364. 09/06/2018 9am to 3pm £10 a pitch but Free to attend
Food and Craft Market Silver Street, Ilminster One of the highlights of IMEx is the Food and Craft Market held in Silver Street. Over 30 stalls feature a range of local food and crafts including: jams and preserves; cider; honey; breads, cakes and buns; meats, pies and burgers; jewellery; photography; embroidered pictures; glass and enamels; scarves; clothes and much more. All of the town’s independent shops will be open for business as well as the cafes, restaurants and local pubs. We have many glowing reports from both visitors and stallholders who come back year after year. The town is decorated with over 100 flags and banners and the buskers will be in various places helping to make it a very entertaining and interesting day for all. 09/06/2018 9am to 3pm Free to attend
Whitelackington Pop-up Art Exhibition Minster Rooms Whitelackington Art Group’s highly-acclaimed exhibition featuring the work of talented local artists from Ilminster and the surrounding areas returns for 2018. The one-day exhibition will feature works -curated for the affordable end of the art market. Run in conjunction with the ever popular Food and Craft Market this Pop-Up Art Gallery is to be found in the Minster Rooms behind the Dolphin pub in Silver Street. The Exhibition is free and is open between 09.00 and 16.00 on Saturday 10th June so don’t miss out on your chance to buy some excellent pictures painted by local artists at very reasonable prices. For more information Contact: annieroden@freenetname.co.uk 09/06/2018 9am to 4pm Free to enter (Donation to IMEx appreciated)
Kingstone Curious Carnival Kingstone, Ilminster Local Donyatt men, George Busby and James Windsor are once again organising the Kingstone Curious Carnival, taking place on June 9th in support of Cancer Research UK. This year promises to be even more exciting than lasts years’ inaugural bash, with the band line-up including Mr Tea and the Minions, Busta Groove and King Tut’s Revenge. Although tickets sold out fast, you can still support the event and help raise funds for Cancer Research through sponsorship, donations and volunteering. Please contact George via email at gorr2000@me.com. Or claire@grassrootspr.co.uk. Mobile 07825 077791 09/06/2018 TBA TBA
Ilminster Majorettes Display Team Ilminster Recreation Ground We are delighted to announce that the Ilminster Majorettes will be joining us again this year. They will open the festivities in the main arena at 10am. They will be performing several routines and deserve our support for brilliant, energetic and technically challenging performances. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialIlminsterMajorettes/ 10/06/2018 10am to 10.30am FREE to Watch – donations welcome
Family Dog Show Recreation Ground, Ilminster The Family Dog Show has become a firm favourite in the Ilminster Midsummer Festival and this year we have more fabulous classes. No pre registration needed – just turn up on the day and pay for each class on entry into the ring. Come along to enjoy the dogs and their owners having fun. PLEASE NOTE: The dog show will start a little later this year – see information panel below for details. We have strict/tight timings to fit in with other events taking place, so set your alarm, the show starts at 10.30, straight after the Ilminster Majorettes. **** 2018 Fun Classes ***** 1) Most handsome dog 6) Best Child handler 2) Prettiest bitch 7) Best Youngster (up to 18 months) 3) Best Crossbreed 8) Best Veteran (over 7 years) 4) Waggiest Tail 9) Dog who looks most like it owner 5) Best Rescue 10) Dog the judge would most like to take home 10/06/2018 10.30am to 1.15pm All classes £1.00 to enter. No pre-registration required, pay on entrance to the dog show ring.
Disabled strongman Demonstration Recreation Ground, Ilminster Details to follow 10/06/2018 1.30pm to 2pm Free
Community Lunch and full Bar Recreation Ground, Ilminster Harlequin Carnival Club is hosting this year's lunch. The menu is cheese and ham ploughman's lunch with cider/wine/soft drink and cream teas (£7.50 booked or £8.50 on the day) Lunch is in 3 sittings (12pm-1pm, 1pm-2pm and 2pm-3pm). To book a seat or table go to Harrimans, Silver Street or call Diane on 074 1551 7619. 10/06/2018 12pm See event details
Food Court Recreation Ground, Ilminster Enjoy freshly made superb food at the Food Court. Your choices range from traditional bacon and sausage buns, to specialist burgers and wood-fired pizzas. Sweet & savoury crepes, afternoon teas, coffee, cakes and ice cream will also be available. All enjoyed with friends in the open air – a perfect summer day. The following vendors will be in attendance this year (more to follow): – Pan Crepes: savoury and sweet crepes www.pancrepes.co.uk – Swingin’ Hot Pizza: Wood-fired Pizza www.swinginhot.pizza – Trees Farm: Speciality sausages and burgers www.trees-farm.co.uk – Gin and Sin Co: Speciality Gins www.theginandsinco.uk – Ice Cream 10/06/2018 9am to 3pm Various
Brass Band Concert Recreation Ground, Ilminster We are delighted to announce that Phoenix Brass Band Crewkerne will be in attendance to delight and entertain us on Sunday 10th June. Founded in 1995, Phoenix Brass Band is a friendly 2nd section band based in Crewkerne. Their ethos is that banding should be fun and they have enjoyed many contest successes in the years since their foundation. We look forward to welcoming them. Bring along a deckchair or picnic rug to enjoy this pleasant, typically British event. 10/06/2018 1.15pm to 3.15pm Free (Donations Welcome)
Classic Vehicle Show Recreation Ground, Ilminster Based on the Recreation Ground close to Ilminster’s attractive town centre the Classic Vehicle Show – together with the Dog Show on the same site – has become one of the biggest attractions of the town’s mid-Summer festival. With around 200 cars and motorcycles it’s a great event to be part of. As well as the classic cars of yesteryear there will also be displays of electrically powered “Classics of the Future” together with information about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership and local charging facilities. Click here for more information. It’s free to enter your classic vehicle (although we do ask for a suggested minimum donation of £2 on the day to help us cover our costs with any surplus going to local charities). There are prizes to be won if you impress our judges or the public who also have the chance to vote for their favourite. To join the fun click here for an entry form you can download, or if you want to submit your entry electronically, click here. We have a limited number of pitches for autojumblers and the cost is very reasonable – just £5 if selling from a classic vehicle. Click here for an autojumble application form. For more information, contact carshow@ilminsterexperince.co.uk or call 01460 259547 10/06/2018 10 am to 3pm Free to attend
Bowling Club Taster Day Bowling Club, Shudrick Lane, Ilminster Ever wanted to try out grass or indoor bowling but not known how to go about it? Well Ilminster Bowling Club is throwing open its doors, bar, indoor bowling rinks and out-door grass rinks for you to have a taster try. Come along and see what the club offers: http://www.ilminsterbowlingclub.com In addition to the indoor and outdoor bowling there is a snooker table and table tennis. And of course there is the very friendly bar. You can support the Club without raising a sweat by becoming a social member. 10/06/2018 10am to 4pm Free
Children’s Fun Fair Recreation Ground, Ilminster longside the Classic Vehicle Show and Food Court there is a brilliant fun fair for the children. Inflatables, rides, games of skill, – everything to entertain children of all ages. 10/06/2018 10am to 3.30pm Various
Plant Sale Seavington Millenium Hall The Seavington Garening Club invites you to get your garden off to a flying start! Come and buy a wide variety of annuals , hardy perennials, shrubs and vegetable plants. 11/06/2018 10am to 12pm Free entry
Admiral Nurses Carer's Day Dunkirk Memorial House, Bishop's Lydeard TA4 3BT Come and join us for some refreshments and music and meet the Admiral Nurses. Everyone Welcome. Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, our nurses work alongside people with dementia, and their families: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline–it helps families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear. Most Admiral Nurses work in the community for the NHS, and others work in care homes, hospitals and hospices. Admiral Nurses work with people and families affected by all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. 13/06/2018 2pm to 4pm Free
'It’s a Vets life' Village Hall, Horton Horton & District Women's Institute meeting with talk by Malcolm Welshman. Meetings are held in the Village Hall on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm, except in December when it is on the first Wednesday. We have a varied programme of interesting and entertaining speakers and time for members to have a chat and some light refreshment. There is the opportunity to take part in other activities: Craft Group, Skittles and sometimes outings are arranged to local places of interest or theatres. Further information is available from: Mrs Louise Burchett (President) 01460 55844 Mrs Katrina Ready (Secretary) 01460 250859 13/06/2018 7.30pm Not available
Quiz Night Speke Hall, Dowlish Wake A fun filled night for all ages. Come as a team (maximum of 4) or come and form a team with other people on the night. Light supper of a Cheese Ploughman's, Raffle and Whisky Draw. Tickets £5.00 per person available from committee members. Enquiries and bookings please call or e-mail Rachel Webb on tel: 01460 259759 or 07922 102177 r.webb.458@gmail.com 14/06/2018 6.30pm for 7.30pm start £5 per person
THE CURFEW CREW playing Country folk/blues, together with the GAULOIS BROTHERS playing Hot Parisian style "Django" jazz Ilminster Arts Centre The Curfew band have been resident at the Cufew pub in Bath for the last 7 years, hence the name. They also play at many other clubs, pubs and venues across the Southwest. As well as 3 part harmony singing their music includes guitar, slide guitar, dobro guitar, blues harmonica, blues/boogie piano, bass, and sometimes mandolin and violin. Their musical style dates from the 30's with Mississippi John Hurt and Fred Mcdowell, the 50's with Jimmy Reed and many others of that era, to the more contemporary, styles of J.J.Cale, Ry Cooder, and Creedence Clearwater. You will hear lyrical folky blues, with 3 part harmonies a lot of the time, covering a varied mix of old and new styles with an up to date feel. The Gaulois Brothers are based in and around Bath, Somerset, and have been described as a swinging, jazz guitar party.With an almost reckless insistence on real, in the moment, improvisation they are no purists, but Django Reinhardt is definitely the inspiration. The swinging rhythms and exciting sound of the Maccaferri guitars make for a great atmosphere evoking Gypsy campsites and Parisian cafés and nightspots. Their repertoire includes swing standards, musettes, bossas, Russian, East European and Hungarian Gypsy tunes as well as original compositions and many pieces of music by Django himself. 15/06/2018 Pre-booked supper 7pm and show at 8pm Tickets £15 (£30 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Gream Tea Playing Field, Ashill All are welcome to come to this event with proceeds being shared between St Mary's Church and Ashill Primary School PTFA. 16/06/2018 2.30pm Free entry
Community Connector Signposting Workshop for South Somerset Monks Yard, Horton TA19 9PY Community Connectors provide an important link between people and the support available to them in their community. They help lots of people access support, advice and activities that could improve their health,wellbeing, and quality of life. Want to get involved? Come to one of our free signposting workshops! You’ll find out how you can help your friends, neighbours, family, and colleagues to access information on a range of subjects, including: Physical & mental health support Housing & debt advice Befriending Meeting new people Getting active Community transport Older people's support service Support for families & young people Plus a whole host of other groups & meet-ups! 19/06/2018 9.50am to 12pm Free
IT Advice Drop-In Session Methodist Church Hall, Horton The Horton Computer Hub are inviting people with IT problems to bring their iPads, tablets, laptops and mobile phones. They charge £2 for a 2-hour session and for this you will be allocated a tutor to help with anything new that you wish to learn. They can also help identify and resolve specific problems you may have with your computer, tablet or smartphone and show you new and interesting software to keep your computer working safely and well. Refreshments are included in the fee. Contact Sue Parsons on 01460 54581. 19/06/2018 2.30pm to 4.30pm £2
"Organic Vegetable Gardening" with Brian Hesketh Village Hall, Barrington Barrington & District Gardening Society meetings are held in the Village Hall on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.45 pm (unless otherwise specified) and include a guest speaker and refreshments. This month's guest speaker is Brian Hesketh. We welcome new members and visitors who share a passion for gardening. You wil be sure of a warm reception, an interesting talk AND tea/coffee and biscuits. Membership is just £8 per year and guests pay £2 per meeting. For further information please contact Robin Le Clercq on 01460 54691. 19/06/2018 7.45pm Membership is £8 per year and guests pay £2 per meeting
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri" Village Hall, Horton The Horton Film Club is offering a local, affordable and a quality cinema experience for all in our community. Films are shown in Horton Village Hall with doors opening for members at 7:00pm and non members being welcome from 7:15pm. Members pay £24 for 11 films and non members pay £5 per film 21/06/2018 7pm for members and 7.15pm for non members Members pay £24 for 11 films and non members pay £5 per film
The English Country Garden Festival The Bishop's Palace, Wells BA5 2PD This will be the 4th consecutive year that the event has taken place and the Festival will once again re-unite garden-lovers with garden specialists from around the country. Designed to celebrate the Great British Garden, the stunning 14-acre grounds of the Palace will feature guided tours, live music, expert speakers, BBQ food, ‘have a go’ skills and crafts and over 40 stalls, including a fabulous range of nurseries selling unusual and popular plants. The Festival will be opened on Friday 22nd by Jo Thompson, one of the UK’s leading Garden Designers, who has been the recipient of three Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jo will also give a talk about Garden Design at 11:30am. This year, for the first time, the Royal Horticultural Society will be in attendance on Saturday 23rd June and will be holding a “Gardener’s Question Time” designed to help keen horticulturalists and amateur garden enthusiasts to deal with some of the problems that they come up against throughout the gardening year. This is a fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will go towards the upkeep of The Bishop’s Palace. Ticket prices are: Advance: Adults £7.95/ Concessions £6.95 /Family £23/ Children £3.95 On the door: Standard admission prices Tickets are available online here, via the Shop and by telephone (01749 988 111), with advance discounts and Group rates available. Please note that talks are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 22/06/2018 10am to 5pm See event details
Jazz - Renato Italy's finest tenor saxophone player D'Aiello with the Craig Milverton Trio Ilminster Arts Centre Now resident in the UK, Renato's treatment of jazz standards and originals have become regarded as one of the strongest and most beautiful saxophone sounds around the jazz world. He has travelled and recorded widely, but he has not been to Ilminster before, so is the first opportunity for us to hear him and we can be sure we'll not be disappointed. He is here with Craig and his trio and will be focussing on the smoother side of jazz. 22/06/2018 8pm Tickets £15 (£30 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Ilminster Lions Summer Fete Archie Gooch Pavilion In co-operation with Ilminster Town Football Club the fete will include a dog show,, craft stalls, arena events and food and drink stalls, plus fun football events and the World Cup LIVE. A great family day out in aid of Children's Hospice South West 23/06/2018 12 noon to 4.30pm Not available
The English Country Garden Festival The Bishop's Palace, Wells BA5 2PD This will be the 4th consecutive year that the event has taken place and the Festival will once again re-unite garden-lovers with garden specialists from around the country. Designed to celebrate the Great British Garden, the stunning 14-acre grounds of the Palace will feature guided tours, live music, expert speakers, BBQ food, ‘have a go’ skills and crafts and over 40 stalls, including a fabulous range of nurseries selling unusual and popular plants. The Festival will be opened on Friday 22nd by Jo Thompson, one of the UK’s leading Garden Designers, who has been the recipient of three Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jo will also give a talk about Garden Design at 11:30am. This year, for the first time, the Royal Horticultural Society will be in attendance on Saturday 23rd June and will be holding a “Gardener’s Question Time” designed to help keen horticulturalists and amateur garden enthusiasts to deal with some of the problems that they come up against throughout the gardening year. This is a fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will go towards the upkeep of The Bishop’s Palace. Ticket prices are: Advance: Adults £7.95/ Concessions £6.95 /Family £23/ Children £3.95 On the door: Standard admission prices Tickets are available online here, via the Shop and by telephone (01749 988 111), with advance discounts and Group rates available. Please note that talks are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 23/06/2018 10am to 5pm See event details
The English Country Garden Festival The Bishop's Palace, Wells BA5 2PD This will be the 4th consecutive year that the event has taken place and the Festival will once again re-unite garden-lovers with garden specialists from around the country. Designed to celebrate the Great British Garden, the stunning 14-acre grounds of the Palace will feature guided tours, live music, expert speakers, BBQ food, ‘have a go’ skills and crafts and over 40 stalls, including a fabulous range of nurseries selling unusual and popular plants. The Festival will be opened on Friday 22nd by Jo Thompson, one of the UK’s leading Garden Designers, who has been the recipient of three Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jo will also give a talk about Garden Design at 11:30am. This year, for the first time, the Royal Horticultural Society will be in attendance on Saturday 23rd June and will be holding a “Gardener’s Question Time” designed to help keen horticulturalists and amateur garden enthusiasts to deal with some of the problems that they come up against throughout the gardening year. This is a fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will go towards the upkeep of The Bishop’s Palace. Ticket prices are: Advance: Adults £7.95/ Concessions £6.95 /Family £23/ Children £3.95 On the door: Standard admission prices Tickets are available online here, via the Shop and by telephone (01749 988 111), with advance discounts and Group rates available. Please note that talks are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 23/06/2018 10am to 5pm See event details
Grand Summer Garden Paty Manor House, Broadway Everyone is welcome to attend this event which is in aid of the parish church 23/06/2018 TBA Free entry
Stockfest Stocklinch, Ilminster TA19 9JG Come to Stockfest, Stocklinch's two day Fete held across the village. Open gardens, lots of games and stalls, lunches available in the Village Hall. Just 2 miles from Ilminster. Free parking. Event entry and map £5 23/06/2018 2pm to 5pm Event entry and map £5
Axe Vale Show The Showground, Trafalgar Way, Axminster, Devon EX13 5RJ Traditional rural show incorporating the best the local and surrounding community has to offer. Exciting family orientated entertainment, Dog Show (23rd), Food and Drink marquees, Arts and Crafts, Toys and Hobbies, Vintage, Retro and Antique items and many other trade stalls. Prepaid: Adults £8.50 Children under 16 £2.00 Under 5's Free On the day: Adults £10.00 Children under 16 £3.00 Under 5's Free Reduced rates for group bookings Coach Parties welcome Tickets on sale now www.axevaleshow.com or purchase at the gate. 23/06/2018 10am to 6pm See event details
Armed Forces Community Fun Day Jocelyn Park, Chard The Royal British Legion Chard Branch is running a community fun day to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Come and show your support for the Armed Forces. 23/06/2018 12pm to 6pm Free entry
Axe Vale Show The Showground, Trafalgar Way, Axminster, Devon EX13 5RJ Traditional rural show incorporating the best the local and surrounding community has to offer. Exciting family orientated entertainment, Dog Show (23rd), Food and Drink marquees, Arts and Crafts, Toys and Hobbies, Vintage, Retro and Antique items and many other trade stalls. Prepaid: Adults £8.50 Children under 16 £2.00 Under 5's Free On the day: Adults £10.00 Children under 16 £3.00 Under 5's Free Reduced rates for group bookings Coach Parties welcome Tickets on sale now www.axevaleshow.com or purchase at the gate. 24/06/2018 10am to 5.30pm See event details
Stockfest Stocklinch, Ilminster TA19 9JG Come to Stockfest, Stocklinch's two day Fete held across the village. Open gardens, lots of games and stalls, lunches available in the Village Hall. Just 2 miles from Ilminster. Free parking. Event entry and map £5 24/06/2018 2pm to 5pm Event entry and map £5
Flower Festival St Peters Church, Horton Volunteers are hosting a flower festival from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. The festival will be open from 10am to 4pm on Friday and saturday and from 10am to 1pm on Sunday. There will be patronal festival songs of praise in the church at 4pm each day and refreshments will be available. Entry is free and donations to the church are welcome. 29/06/2018 See details for times Free with donations to the church welcome.
Flower Festival St Peters Church, Horton Volunteers are hosting a flower festival from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. The festival will be open from 10am to 4pm on Friday and saturday and from 10am to 1pm on Sunday. There will be patronal festival songs of praise in the church at 4pm each day and refreshments will be available. Entry is free and donations to the church are welcome. 30/06/2018 See details for times Free with donations to the church welcome.
Flower Festival St Peters Church, Horton Volunteers are hosting a flower festival from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. The festival will be open from 10am to 4pm on Friday and saturday and from 10am to 1pm on Sunday. There will be patronal festival songs of praise in the church at 4pm each day and refreshments will be available. Entry is free and donations to the church are welcome. 01/07/2018 See details for times Free with donations to the church welcome.
IT Advice Drop-In Session Methodist Church Hall, Horton The Horton Computer Hub are inviting people with IT problems to bring their iPads, tablets, laptops and mobile phones. They charge £2 for a 2-hour session and for this you will be allocated a tutor to help with anything new that you wish to learn. They can also help identify and resolve specific problems you may have with your computer, tablet or smartphone and show you new and interesting software to keep your computer working safely and well. Refreshments are included in the fee. Contact Sue Parsons on 01460 54581. 03/07/2018 2.30pm to 4.30pm £2
Ladies in Lavender by Shaun McKenna The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster Elderly spinster sisters Ursula and Janet live in a small Cornish fishing village. In the Spring of 1936, they are stunned to find a young Polish man on their local beach who has been washed overboard during a storm. At first unable to communicate as they nurse him back to health, the two sisters' lives are transformed by the presence of this handsome stranger, but their bond is disturbed by a holidaying Russian artist who hears his musical talent and vies for his attention. 04/07/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)
Ladies in Lavender by Shaun McKenna The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster Elderly spinster sisters Ursula and Janet live in a small Cornish fishing village. In the Spring of 1936, they are stunned to find a young Polish man on their local beach who has been washed overboard during a storm. At first unable to communicate as they nurse him back to health, the two sisters' lives are transformed by the presence of this handsome stranger, but their bond is disturbed by a holidaying Russian artist who hears his musical talent and vies for his attention. 05/07/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)
Ladies in Lavender by Shaun McKenna The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster Elderly spinster sisters Ursula and Janet live in a small Cornish fishing village. In the Spring of 1936, they are stunned to find a young Polish man on their local beach who has been washed overboard during a storm. At first unable to communicate as they nurse him back to health, the two sisters' lives are transformed by the presence of this handsome stranger, but their bond is disturbed by a holidaying Russian artist who hears his musical talent and vies for his attention. 06/07/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)
LATIN JAZZ SALSA COMES TO ILMINSTER RIAMBA Ilminster Arts Centre If rhythm is your thing then this is the gig for you. With a strong jazz flavour and driving percussion the music played and sung by this band will have you dancing all the way home. One of the best and liveliest Latin bands on the London scene, they play Cuban (Son/Salsa), Brazilian (Bossa Nova/Samba) and Latin jazz in a splendidly relaxed and fun loving way. There will be space at the back for dancing because you won't want to stay in your seats. 06/07/2018 Pre-booked supper 7pm and show at 8pm Tickets £18 (£33 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day RNAS Yeovilton The annual Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day in Somerset will take place on Saturday 7 July 2018. Up to 40,000 visitors are expected to visit the Royal Navy’s premier public event at the spiritual home of the Fleet Air Arm. RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day will demonstrate the Maritime Capability and Air Power not only from the Royal Navy but also our sister services – the British Army and the Royal Air Force in their centenary year – and our NATO and European allies. Our aim is to display, either flying or static, the world’s most capable pilots and their aircraft. It is a fantastic opportunity to see some outstanding equipment and meet our professional personnel in a family-friendly environment. Alongside the magnificent five hour flying display there will also be a huge array of ground attractions, from engineering fairs to the latest defence technology exhibitions, Service displays, trade stalls and arena displays. For the thrill seekers there will be simulators, fairground rides and helicopter pleasure flights to enjoy. • Groups of 12+ can purchase adult tickets at £22 and child tickets at £7. • Children under 5 can attend for free. • Coach drivers receive a free ticket, brochure and meal voucher. • Tickets can be reserved with no deposit until the middle of June. • Contact us now to reserve yours at groups@ticketzone.co.uk or call 0844 875 2400. • For more information, please visit https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday 07/07/2018 10am £22
World Ward One "Thank You" Dunkirk Memorial House, Bishops Lydeard TA4 3BT Dunkirk Memorial House invites you to a WW1 "Thank You" event. The programme includes marching bands, sideshows, chilredn's WW1 assault course, Military Wives Choir, WW1 Field Hospital, Vintage vehicles, Shire horses and much more. For more information phone 01823 432407. 07/07/2018 10am to 4pm No entry fee, just donations on the gate when you enter
Ladies in Lavender by Shaun McKenna The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster Elderly spinster sisters Ursula and Janet live in a small Cornish fishing village. In the Spring of 1936, they are stunned to find a young Polish man on their local beach who has been washed overboard during a storm. At first unable to communicate as they nurse him back to health, the two sisters' lives are transformed by the presence of this handsome stranger, but their bond is disturbed by a holidaying Russian artist who hears his musical talent and vies for his attention. 07/07/2018 Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)
Summer Plant Fair Lower Severalls, Crekwerne The HPS Somerset Group is holding its inaugural Summer Plant Fair at Lower Severalls, nr Crewkerne, on Sunday 8th July from 10am to 4pm. Entry is £4 or £3.50 for HPS and RHS members. Don't miss it! http://www.lowerseverallsfarmhouse.co.uk 08/07/2018 10am to 4pm Entry is £4 or £3.50 for HPS and RHS members
Somerset's Party in the Park, Taunton Vivary Park, Taunton Somerset’s Party in the Park, is a three-evening outdoor music event (July 13 – 15 2018) being organised by LCC Live. All tickets can be purchased from Ticketline. Main artists are Paloma Faith (13 July), Billy Ocean (14 July) and Kaiser Chiefs (15 July). Gates willl open at 4pm, and concert-goers can choose from standing or seated tickets. Les Kidger, Director of LCC Live, said: “We plan to create a festival atmosphere again in Vivary Park, enabling music fans to be entertained by a range of artists over the three evenings.“Billy Ocean enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1970s and 1980s, as did Hot Chocolate and The Real Thing. So come and join us and take a trip down memory lane; enjoying, reminiscing and dancing to some truly iconic hits from over the years.” There will be a limited number of early bird standing tickets for July 14, 2018 available priced at £30.00 for those who order tickets early (subject to availability). 13/07/2018 Gates open 4pm Uncovered Seated Stand £60.50.General Admission Standing £42.90
JAIME CANTERA and SUNTOU SUSSO playing guitar and West African kora withvocalist and percussion Ilminster Arts Centre Jaime Cantera is a Bristol based songwriter who sings in Spanish & English and makes a crossover between different music styles in a lively & colourful mix that with driving rhythms takes you on a journey to distant lands where you find your feet stomping and your arms waving about. He was here last year with the Flamenco dancer Aneta Skutt, but for this concert Jaime will be leading a 5 piece band featuring virtuoso KORA player Suntou Susso. The kora is a West African harp-like instrument . Suntou was born into a family of 'griots', a West African musical tradition in which music and story-telling skills are passed from generation to generation, thus keeping alive ancient tunes and songs and musical styles 13/07/2018 Pre-booked supper 7pm and show at 8pm Tickets £14 (£29 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Somerset's Party in the Park, Taunton Vivary Park, Taunton Somerset’s Party in the Park, is a three-evening outdoor music event (July 13 – 15 2018) being organised by LCC Live. All tickets can be purchased from Ticketline. Main artists are Paloma Faith (13 July), Billy Ocean (14 July) and Kaiser Chiefs (15 July). Gates willl open at 4pm, and concert-goers can choose from standing or seated tickets. Les Kidger, Director of LCC Live, said: “We plan to create a festival atmosphere again in Vivary Park, enabling music fans to be entertained by a range of artists over the three evenings.“Billy Ocean enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1970s and 1980s, as did Hot Chocolate and The Real Thing. So come and join us and take a trip down memory lane; enjoying, reminiscing and dancing to some truly iconic hits from over the years.” There will be a limited number of early bird standing tickets for July 14, 2018 available priced at £30.00 for those who order tickets early (subject to availability). 14/07/2018 Gates open 4pm Uncovered Seated Stand £55.General Admission Standing £38.50
Somerset's Party in the Park, Taunton Vivary Park, Taunton Somerset’s Party in the Park, is a three-evening outdoor music event (July 13 – 15 2018) being organised by LCC Live. All tickets can be purchased from Ticketline. Main artists are Paloma Faith (13 July), Billy Ocean (14 July) and Kaiser Chiefs (15 July). Gates willl open at 4pm, and concert-goers can choose from standing or seated tickets. Les Kidger, Director of LCC Live, said: “We plan to create a festival atmosphere again in Vivary Park, enabling music fans to be entertained by a range of artists over the three evenings.“Billy Ocean enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1970s and 1980s, as did Hot Chocolate and The Real Thing. So come and join us and take a trip down memory lane; enjoying, reminiscing and dancing to some truly iconic hits from over the years.” There will be a limited number of early bird standing tickets for July 14, 2018 available priced at £30.00 for those who order tickets early (subject to availability). 15/07/2018 Gates open 4pm Uncovered Seated Stand £60.50.General Admission Standing £38.50
IT Advice Drop-In Session Methodist Church Hall, Horton The Horton Computer Hub are inviting people with IT problems to bring their iPads, tablets, laptops and mobile phones. They charge £2 for a 2-hour session and for this you will be allocated a tutor to help with anything new that you wish to learn. They can also help identify and resolve specific problems you may have with your computer, tablet or smartphone and show you new and interesting software to keep your computer working safely and well. Refreshments are included in the fee. Contact Sue Parsons on 01460 54581. 17/07/2018 2.30pm to 4.30pm £2
"World Wild Life Conservation" with Dawn Lawrence Village Hall, Barrington Barrington & District Gardening Society meetings are held in the Village Hall on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.45 pm (unless otherwise specified) and include a guest speaker and refreshments. This month's guest speaker is Dawn Lawrence. We welcome new members and visitors who share a passion for gardening. You wil be sure of a warm reception, an interesting talk AND tea/coffee and biscuits. Membership is just £8 per year and guests pay £2 per meeting. For further information please contact Robin Le Clercq on 01460 54691. 17/07/2018 7.45pm Membership is £8 per year and guests pay £2 per meeting
"Darkest Hour" Village Hall, Horton The Horton Film Club is offering a local, affordable and a quality cinema experience for all in our community. Films are shown in Horton Village Hall with doors opening for members at 7:00pm and non members being welcome from 7:15pm. Members pay £24 for 11 films and non members pay £5 per film 19/07/2018 7pm for members and 7.15pm for non members Members pay £24 for 11 films and non members pay £5 per film
Erdem Misirlioglu on Piano Ilminster Arts Centre In 2006 Erdem was a prizewinner in the International Rachmaninov for Young Pianists and was awarded the Keyboard Instrument Prize 2006 and the Principal's prize in 2008. in 2011, he was awarded the first prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's intercollegiate piano competition. 20/07/2018 7pm for pre-concert supper with concert at 8pm. Concert tickets £15 and Pre-concert supper tickets £15
Charity Coffee Morning Little Close, Buckland St Mary TA20 3QZ There is a coffee morning at Lucinda Wood's house in Buckland St Mary. All proceeds to the Air Ambulance. Raffle, cake stall and beautiful views of the Blackdown hills! 21/07/2018 10am Donations
A tribute to John Coltrane played by GILD ATZMON and his ORIENT HOUSE ENSEMBLE Ilminster Arts Centre John Coltrane was perhaps the most famous of the modern jazz saxophonists, and Gilad Atzmon is probably the best man to play him a tribute gig. A truly remarkable saxophone player who has built himself a rock solid reputation over the last fifteen years or so as an outstanding performer in the UK modernist field. He is very heavily in demand and is recognised as the hardest working musician on the current jazz scene, with a gig diary as full as anyone, including Alan Barnes ! ! The Ensemble incorporates pianist Frank Harrison, Bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer Eddie Dick. 26/07/2018 Pre-booked supper 7pm and show at 8pm Tickets £16 (£31 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
The Greatest Showman (PG rated) Outdoor Cinema, Archie Gooch Pavilion Experience The Greatest Showman at the outdoor cinema in Ilminster this summer and help raise funds towards repairing the pavilion car park. Bring along your friends, picnic, seating and blanket and enjoy one of the best sing-alongs produced. If there was ever a film made to enjoy with your friends at the cinema under the stars is has to be The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. It is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. With spectacular visuals and songs, and an album that has had one of the longest runs at Number 1 in UK chart history This is likely to sell out, don't leave it late. Guarantee your entry ticket and save money by booking in advance now !. To book go to www.Starlight-Cinema.co.uk. 28/07/2018 Doors open at 7.15pm for 9.15pm Adult £11.95 and Under 15s £8.95
The Modern Guitar Trio Dillington House, Ilminster Roland Chadwick, Roland Gallery, Vincent Lindsey-Clark programme features the Trio’s acclaimed compositions This concert is part of the Twenty Fourth Dillington Classical Guitar Festival running each evening from Sunday 29 July - Thursday 2 August. Tickets (per concert) £12 (under 18s £6) Festival Season Ticket £50 Pre-concert suppers available at £25 All concerts start at 8.00pm Seats are unreserved – unless specified below: Reservable seating for this event is only available for Dillington Patrons, Friends of Dillington and diners 29/07/2018 8pm Adults £12 Under 18s £6
Graham Devine - Guitar Virtuoso Dillington House, Ilminster Works by Bach and music inspired by Bach. This concert is part of the Twenty Fourth Dillington Classical Guitar Festival running each evening from Sunday 29 July - Thursday 2 August. Tickets (per concert) £12 (under 18s £6) Festival Season Ticket £50 Pre-concert suppers available at £25 All concerts start at 8.00pm Seats are unreserved – unless specified below: Reservable seating for this event is only available for Dillington Patrons, Friends of Dillington and diners 30/07/2018 8pm Adults £12 Under 18s £6
Copenhagen Guitar Duo - Baroque to Brazil Dillington House, Ilminster Alan Sjolin, Martin Buono Music by Bach, Scarlatti and Brazilian composers This concert is part of the Twenty Fourth Dillington Classical Guitar Festival running each evening from Sunday 29 July - Thursday 2 August. Tickets (per concert) £12 (under 18s £6) Festival Season Ticket £50 Pre-concert suppers available at £25 All concerts start at 8.00pm Seats are unreserved – unless specified below: Reservable seating for this event is only available for Dillington Patrons, Friends of Dillington and diners 31/07/2018 8pm Adults £12 Under 18s £6
Branco Stoysin - Above the Clouds Dillington House, Ilminster Branco Stoysin with special guest Peter Rueffer. Featuring Branco's lyrical compositions inspired by the folkmusic of his native Serbia. This concert is part of the Twenty Fourth Dillington Classical Guitar Festival running each evening from Sunday 29 July - Thursday 2 August. Tickets (per concert) £12 (under 18s £6) Festival Season Ticket £50 Pre-concert suppers available at £25 All concerts start at 8.00pm Seats are unreserved – unless specified below: Reservable seating for this event is only available for Dillington Patrons, Friends of Dillington and diners 01/08/2018 8pm Adults £12 Under 18s £6
Pelleas Ensemble Ilminster Arts Centre The ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011. Playing with 'verve and polish' (The Times), they recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League Competition. Olvier Wass (harp), Luba Tunnicliffe (viola) and Henry Roberts (flute). 03/08/2018 7pm for pre-concert supper with concert at 8pm. Concert tickets £15 and Pre-concert supper tickets £15
Barrington & District Gardening Society Vegetable and Craft Show Village Hall, Barrington Details to follow. In the meantime contact Robin Le Clercq on 01460 54691. 04/08/2018 2pm Not yet available
Quiz Night Yeovil Conservative Club, 12 Kingston Street TA20 2QL In aid of Radio Camelot the hospital radio of Yeovil District Hospital. £6 per team of 4 (light refreshments included). For details ring 01935 384499. 04/08/2018 7.30pm for 8pm £6 per team
THE "SWINGINGEST" LITTLE BAND IN THE LAND THE DIME NOTES Ilminster Arts Centre This band digs back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920's New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues, and forgotten gems of the era. Fronted by Chris Barber's long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, an established figure on the London jazz scene and American pianist Andrew Oliver, a recent arrival to the UK, the band is anchored by an unstoppable pulse from London's finest rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie, and the bass chair is occupied by native Londoner Tom Wheatley, in demand across many genre boundaries with his huge sound and stylistic versatility. 10/08/2018 Pre-booked supper 7pm and show at 8pm Tickets £17 (£32 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Black Tie and Gown Charity Fundraising Dinner Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster Helping the Ilminster Community with a new community defibrillator and supporting the British Heart Foundation. Reception arrival drinks at 7.30pm with 3 course dinner at 8pm followed by evening entertainment at 9.30pm. Carriages at 1am. For bookings telephone 01460 52108. 11/08/2018 7.30pm to 1am £30
ANNIKA SKOOGH sings and her quartet plays a tribute to ANITA O'DAY Ilminster Arts Centre South American born Annika has been singing with her quartet for a good few years and has a widespread reputation for her adventurous approach to her various styles which encompass jazz, gospel, and soul music. Tonight, accompanied by guitarist Mike Eaves, Jim Rintoul and Coach York, she will be singing many of the songs made famous by that wonderfully swinging personality of the jazz past, ANITA O'DAY. An evening of jazz nostalgia, see above, Anita's never forgotten "big hat" photo, taken at the 1958 Newport jazz festival, which made her one of the most famous faces in jazz and established her as a world leader amongst popular vocalists. 17/08/2018 Pre-booked supper 7pm and show at 8pm Tickets £16 (£31 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Hewishstock 2018 Hewish Lane, Roundham TA18 8RE Friday is DJ and Dance Night with Frazer Mitchell, Decimal 5, DJ Shadie and Dr of Dance. Saturday has 6 live bands ( Filta, Crimson on Silver, K2, Jack Humpries, The Bog Dogs and 2 Rude) and Sunday is Tribute Day ( Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, George Michael, Foo Fakers and Elvis). Contact us by email for information and tickets via email.hewishstock@aol. Buy tickets in Crewkerne from Rodfords Florist and Slade Barbers. In Chard from Eleos Cafe and from Hair & Beauty Ilminster. Also from Tim on 0755371500, Rachel on 07971855282 and Jon on 07815832045. Price of tickets is £10 for Friday, and £20 for Saturday and Sunday. Under 12s free, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed. 24/08/2018 All Day £10 with under 12s free
Hewishstock 2018 Hewish Lane, Roundham TA18 8RE Saturday has 6 live bands ( Filta, Crimson on Silver, K2, Jack Humpries, The Bog Dogs and 2 Rude) and Sunday is Tribute Day ( Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, George Michael, Foo Fakers and Elvis). Contact us by email for information and tickets via email.hewishstock@aol. Buy tickets in Crewkerne from Rodfords Florist and Slade Barbers. In Chard from Eleos Cafe and from Hair & Beauty Ilminster. Also from Tim on 0755371500, Rachel on 07971855282 and Jon on 07815832045. Price of tickets is £10 for Friday, and £20 for Saturday and Sunday. Under 12s free, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed. 25/08/2018 All day £20 with under 12s free
Hewishstock 2018 Hewish Lane, Roundham TA18 8RE Sunday is Tribute Day ( Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, George Michael, Foo Fakers and Elvis). Contact us by email for information and tickets via email.hewishstock@aol. Buy tickets in Crewkerne from Rodfords Florist and Slade Barbers. In Chard from Eleos Cafe and from Hair & Beauty Ilminster. Also from Tim on 0755371500, Rachel on 07971855282 and Jon on 07815832045. Price of tickets is £10 for Friday, and £20 for Saturday and Sunday. Under 12s free, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed. 26/08/2018 All Day £20with under 12s free
GEOFF SIMKINS with MIKE OUTRAM and The NIKKI ILES Trio Ilminster Arts Centre Here's a quintet chock full of top talent. Geoff was here early last year with Dave O'Higgins and he greatly impressed us with his fluently lyrical alto playing. Nikki has never been to Ilminster which is something for which we have no sensible explanation. She always features in the UK awards and got the top vote last year, so we are delighted to welcome her here with bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown. Mike, also a newcomer to us, teaches at the Royal Academy and Guildhall music schools, and has a reputation as one of the top favourites among UK guitarists. They will be playing a mixed programme of mainstream/modern jazz of the style best suited to our regular Meeting House audience. 31/08/2018 Pre-booked supper 7pm and show at 8pm Tickets £17 (£32 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Pixels Ensemble Ilminster Arts Centre Pixels Ensemble is a collective of established chamber music players with a shared passion for performing the finest repertoire, from the classical period to the present day. Ian Buckle (piano), Alex Holladay (cello) and Sophie Rosa (violin). 07/09/2018 7pm for pre-concert supper with concert at 8pm. Concert tickets £15 and Pre-concert supper tickets £15
"Putting the Garden to Bed For Winter" with a Gold Club Speaker Village Hall, Barrington Barrington & District Gardening Society meetings are held in the Village Hall on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.45 pm (unless otherwise specified) and include a guest speaker and refreshments. This month's guest speaker is a Gold Cup winner. We welcome new members and visitors who share a passion for gardening. You wil be sure of a warm reception, an interesting talk AND tea/coffee and biscuits. Membership is just £8 per year and guests pay £2 per meeting. For further information please contact Robin Le Clercq on 01460 54691. 18/09/2018 7.45pm Membership is £8 per year and guests pay £2 per meeting
Concert with the Coull Quartet Dillington House, Ilminster The magnificent Coull Quartet offers a rare combination of maturity and freshness and we are delighted that once again they are returning to Dillington. For this year’s concert their programme includes Kodaly’s Quartet No. 2 Opus 10, Schumann’s Quartet in F Opus 41 No. 2 and Dvořák’s Quartet in E flat Opus 51. Seats are unreserved – unless specified below: Reservable seating for this event is only available for Dillington Patrons, Friends of Dillington and diners Pre-booked lunches available at £18 (2 course carvery with coffee) 23/09/2018 2.30pm Adults £20 Under 18s £10
Michael Petrov on Cello and Alexander Ullman on Piano Ilminster Arts Centre Alexander Ullman studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Royal College of Music, London. In October 2017 he won 1st prize at the 11th Liszt International Competition in Utrecht. Michael Petrov studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, winning the Gold Medal in 2014 and the Wigmore Hall Prize in 2017. 05/10/2018 7pm for pre-concert supper with concert at 8pm. Concert tickets £15 and Pre-concert supper tickets £15
Quiz Night Yeovil Conservative Club, 12 Kingston Street TA20 2QL In aid of Radio Camelot the hospital radio of Yeovil District Hospital. £6 per team of 4 (light refreshments included). For details ring 01935 384499. 06/10/2018 7.30pm for 8pm £6 per team
"The Healing Garden and The Wildlife Garden" with Dr Gavin Haig plus the Annual Plant Swap Village Hall, Barrington Barrington & District Gardening Society meetings are held in the Village Hall on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.45 pm (unless otherwise specified) and include a guest speaker and refreshments. This month's guest speaker is Dr Gavin Haig. We welcome new members and visitors who share a passion for gardening. You wil be sure of a warm reception, an interesting talk AND tea/coffee and biscuits. Membership is just £8 per year and guests pay £2 per meeting. For further information please contact Robin Le Clercq on 01460 54691. 16/10/2018 7.45pm Village Hall, Barrington
Kenya's Fabulous Mammals and Birds' Millenium Hall, Seavington TA19 0QH An illustrated talk presented by award winning wildlife photographer Mike Mockler, whose images have been published in books and magazines around the world. A brand new talk which looks at some less well-known parts of this wonderfully varied country. It also offers an insight into the new conservancies around the Masai Mara that provide a quieter alternative from the famous but over-utilised game reserve itself. Plenty of mammals and birds including some very special sightings.To book telephone: 01460 240740 or E-mail: denise.chamings@talktalk.net 18/10/2018 7.30pm Local Group Members £3, Non Members (including national RSPB members) £4 and Under 18's Free.
Marriage by Design The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster Are you planning a Wedding? Come and have some fun and invest time in your future partner. Preparing for marriage needs our time and attention, although it's important, it's something that is often easy for couples to forget about. Facilitators Deborah and Michael Perreau. The cost is £25 per person to include refreshments, lunch and all materials. 20/10/2018 09.30am to 4pm £25 per person
Better Birding with Mike Langman Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster Mike Langman will present a fun evening on how to improve our skills in bird-watching and other wildlife. Tips on identifcation, estimating numbers in a flock, remembering bird calls. Very interactive presentation: Pencil and notepad useful. Sales table. Tea and coffee available. Admission £2 adults, £3 non-members; no charge for children. Enquiries 01460 234551. 26/10/2018 7.30pm Adults £2, Non-members £3 and children free
Carol Concert Minster Church, Ilminster Details to follow 17/11/2018 TBA Free
South Somerset Choral Society Concert The Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton d'Astorga: Stabat Mater, Vivaldi: Gloria, Allegri: Miserere, and Pergolesi: Magnificat 17/11/2018 TBA TBA
Carol Concert Minster Church, Ilminster Details to follow 18/11/2018 TBA Free
Re-wilding: a new approach to Nature Conservation with Stephen Parker Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster Stephen Parker of Natural England will look at this controversial topic as a new approach to nature conservation. Talk will be illustrated with examples from Briatain and Europe. Includes reintroduction of beavers to wetlands and use of grazing animals such as European bison. Sales table. Tea and coffee available. Admission £2 adults, £3 non-members; no charge for children. Enquiries 01460 234551. 23/11/2018 7.30pm Adults £2, Non-members £3 and children free
Quiz Night Yeovil Conservative Club, 12 Kingston Street TA20 2QL In aid of Radio Camelot the hospital radio of Yeovil District Hospital. £6 per team of 4 (light refreshments included). For details ring 01935 384499. 01/12/2018 7.30pm for 8pm £6 per team