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Scarecrow Competition 2018

This year Ilminster Town Council are again holding a Scarecrow Competition which all residents and local businesses of Ilminster are welcome to enter.

 Scarecrows should be displayed where they can be seen easily and on view from midday Thursday 7 June until 8.00pm Sunday 10 June 2018. The Scarecrows will be judged during this period.

The winners will be informed by 15 June 2018 and there will be prizes to the value of £30, £20 and £15 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and there will be a community prize.

Entry forms are available from the Town Council offices (open 10am – 12pm Monday – Friday), downloading here or collection from the Meeting House, Ilminster.


Guidelines for Entry

Your scarecrow does not need to be a traditional – let your imagination run wild. You can make a scarecrow from virtually anything and you are especially encouraged to use recycled materials.

Local traders could use scarecrows to effectively highlight their particular business, drawing on the theme of the business for creative inspiration.

  1. Scarecrows can be built by families or individuals and can be any height up to a maximum of 1.8 metres.
  1. Your scarecrow must be made from scratch.
  1. Scarecrows will be judged on strength, durability to the weather, imagination and character.
  1. Your entry may be a single scarecrow, a family or a group.
  1. Your scarecrow should include an element of plant material which can be dried, fresh or living.

A  list of scarecrows entered into the competition along with a map showing their locations, will be made available from Tuesday 5th June so that members of the public can walk around the town to view the entries.

Posted: 30/04/2018 09:30:00


Upcoming Events

Event: The Neil Maya Quartet featuring Matt Carter on piano. A tribute to Dave Brubeck
Location: 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.

Date: 25/05/2018
Time: 8pm
Price: Tickets £14 (£29 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973

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: 25/05/2018
Time: Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start
Price: Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)

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: 25/05/2018
Time: 5.30pm
Price: Free entry

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