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Ilminster Forum Updates

Time is running out to have your say

Anyone with an interest in Somerset’s libraries has one more month to take part in the County Council’s consultation on the future of its Library Service.

The consultation ends on Wednesday 13 June and more than 4,000 responses have been received so far.

Somerset County Council is keen for anyone yet to complete the questionnaire to go online at, view the proposal on the future of the library they visit most often and give their feedback.

Decision makers want to know the impact potential changes to the library service would have on individuals, families and communities; and whether residents are aware of the breadth of library services available.

The consultation also is also an opportunity to comment on the proposals and make alternative suggestions.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “With just a month to go before the library consultation ends, I encourage anyone who has yet to have their say to complete a questionnaire and make their voice count. It’s important to us as many people as possible tell us their views on our proposals and how they may affect them before we make our final decision.”

A final decision on Somerset’s library service is expected later this year.

Posted: 16/05/2018 09:35:00


Upcoming Events

Event: Fun Fair
Location: 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.

Date: 23/05/2018
Time: 6.30pm
Price: Free entry

Event: Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones
Location: 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.

Date: 24/05/2018
Time: Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start
Price: Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)

Event: ‘Here at the Fair’ By Mick Ryan
Location: Chaffcombe Village Hall

‘HERE AT THE FAIR’ is Mick’s sixth ‘folk opera’. The previous shows (‘A Day’s Work’, ‘The Voyage’, ‘Tanks For the Memory’, ‘The Navvy’s Wife’ and ‘The Pauper’s Path’) were all very well received and reviewed (‘A fantastically moving piece of work’ – ‘R2’ magazine; ‘Another classic’ – ‘Folk North West.) The scene is set at a country fair in 1850. A group of travelling showmen and women arrive, and set out their stalls. Using twenty of Mick’s original songs, along with a little dialogue, monologue and spoken verse, the show tells the back stories of this group of society’s outsiders, and puts their wandering lives of music, song, dance, lights and laughter in the social and political context of the time. With a cast of Mick Ryan, Pete Morton, Geoff Lakeman, ‘Granny’s Attic’ (Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyn, George Sansome and Lewis Wood), Heather Bradford and Alice Jones, this show guarantees singing and playing of the highest quality. To book call 01460 65909/64553 or 07729103359

Date: 24/05/2018
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £10

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