Welcome to First Tuesday's June Edition

Welcome to the June Issue of First Tuesday. In it you'll find promotions and events running throughout the whole of this month. If you enjoy receiving your copy of First Tuesday every month, please forward to any friends you think may benefit too, using our Forward to a Friend button below. Many thanks and we look forward to keeping you updated on events and promotions in Ilminster throughout the year.

This Friday, 9th of June sees the start of Ilminster Midsummer Experience, with events running right through until the end of Sunday, 12th June. There are over 100 flags up in the town and this year events include Heavy horses rides, Yeovil Town Band concert, Family Dog Show, Children's Fair, Classic Vehicle Show, Strolling Garage Sale and Cream Tea to celebrate the Queen's birthday. See below for further details.

The Editor   


 Mark Hebron
Celebrate now with Claire and the team - Churchill House, 23-25 East Street, Ilminster,
TA19 0AN or Telephone 01460 52476
Bonners Of Ilminster - Special Offers for June!


What's On In June At The Warehouse Theatre 
Full details of all events: http://www.thewarehousetheatre.org.uk

Box Office at Harrimans Menswear, Silver Street, Ilminster 
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm or phone 07943 779880

Costume hire: from only £5 per outfit. 
Wardrobe open every Wednesday morning, 10.00am - 11.30am

Spotlight on Ilminster Midsummer Experience 

Experience Ilminster Community Interest Company was set up in 2008. A public meeting had previously decided that Ilminster would benefit from having a summer event to compliment the other major community events in the calendar, such as Carnival and the Victorian Night which occurred in the autumn. At a public competition for funds from South Somerset District Council, the idea won the most votes and received maximum funding.
Experience Ilminster CIC is a community interest company run entirely by volunteers and has the ambition to raise the profile of Ilminster in the surrounding area. Any surpluses it generates must be retained within the company for the benefit of the town.

Its main activity is the Ilminster Midsummer Experience but it is also involved in the Ilminster Town Criers' Competition and other smaller events. It acts as a community resource and has acquired some equipment such as a large marquee that is available for use by good causes.

This year's Ilminster Midsummer Experience runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 12th June although it starts when more than 100 flags are put up around the town on 29th May, the Town Council's Scarecrow Competition and the Heritage Trail around town.
Now in its 9th year there are more than 20 events, ranging from an art exhibition and Jazz concert at the Ilminster Arts Centre on Friday followed on Saturday by a "Pop-up" exhibition of affordable art by the Whitelackington A rt Group in the Minster Rooms, the vibrant Food and Craft Market on Saturday with about 30 stalls selling great local food and craft, the Community Drive where local good causes strut their stuff, an Open Day at the Warehouse Theatre all rounded off by Cream Tea celebrating the Queen's Birthday at the Minster. For the more energetic the Tennis Club is holding a "Taster Day".
On Sunday there is a whole range of events and activities centred on the Recreational Grounds. This includes the hugely popular Classic Vehicle Show which attract in excess of 150 vehicles. This year there will be a "show within a show" featuring "Classics of the Future" electric vehicles ranging from a 1936 Wilson to the futuristic Tesla Saloon S. The Family Dog Show is always popular and this year there will be great prizes provided by our generous sponsors so come along and impress the judges with your pooch.

There is a great Children's Fair with inflatables and other games, Heavy Horse rides around the Rec., and the Yeovil Town Band giving a concert of light classics, film music and popular tunes, so bring along a blanket and a picnic. Better still buy your lunch at the Food Court which this year will be better than ever, with a choice of tempting savoury buns, curries, specialist burgers and savoury and sweet crepes, topped off with Cream Tea and ice cream washed down with specialist tea and coffee. Another option is to join the Rotary and Twinning Association's Lunch in the Marquee where for £5 you get to enjoy a superb Cheddar, Brie and Cider lunch with any proceeds going to good causes. Ilminster Majorettes will be giving a display.

Mixed in with this is the Strolling Garage Sale throughout the town, where people raid their lofts and garages to set up a stall in their driveway and people pick up a map to look for the treasure. The Bowling Club is throwing open its doors for you to experience all that it offers finally the Minster provides the closing event.

There is also a Queen's Birthday cream tea in Tesco Courtyard.

Ilminster Experience is a great way to enjoy this vibrant market town so come along and join in the fun. As we say, "It's an Ilminster Thing". See details of the events at www.ilminsterexperience.co.uk or pick up a leaflet from around town shops.




Free courses are available for any local community organisations or groups in the Ilminster area. Call the Ilminster office on 01460 53195 or phone 01749 677786

Somerset Skills and Learning CIC are offering FREE taster courses in 2016 to community groups in Somerset. Whether you are a member of a village hall group, support group, a local WI, an Over 50's group or any group of like-minded individuals who would like to learn a new skill, improve your computer skills and gain confidence, SSLCIC has a great range of FREE short courses including:

Computing Skills 
Digital Skills 
Essential Microsoft Office Skills 
Getting the most from Email 
Blogging with Wordpress 
Keeping in Touch with Facebook 
Social Media for Beginners 
Get More From Your Phone & Tablet 
Digital Photography 
New Technology - try before you buy!

And much more.

Courses can also be tailored to you and your particular group, so if you have an idea or requirement, just let us know.

Whatever you choose to learn, Somerset Skills and Learning can deliver  
courses at a time and place to suit you.


Somerset Skills & Learning CIC, 47 Ditton Street, Ilminster, TA19 0BW

Meeting House
What's on in June 2016
Tuesday 31st May to Saturday 11th June
The South West Society
of Botanical Artists

Some of the most skilled artists in the South West will be showing a range of both scientifically accurate and more loosely portrayed paintings of botanical subjects. With detailed content, composition and colour, these pictures are striking both at a distance and close to, revealing the astonishing secrets of nature.

On show at the Arts Centre for a limited time, this is an exhibition you will not want to miss. Prints and greetings cards will also be on sale, and some of the artists may be on hand from time to time to demonstrate their work.
Monday 13th June to Saturday 2nd July

This diverse group of West Country artists take art into another dimension, bringing us an exciting array of paintings, watercolours, prints, sculptures, mixed media, found objects, textiles and glass work.

This will be an exhibition full of colour, texture, intriguing shapes, fascinating forms, unusual materials and inspirational ideas. And yes, a sense of humour too!

Friday 10th June at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
Tickets £15 (£28 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
This is probably one of Italy's best known sax man.  Playing in a straightforward hard-bop modern style, heavily influenced by Cannonball Adderley, this band will appeal to the modernists among our audience.

Tommaso is now London based and has been living here for quite a few  years. During this time has gained a very high reputation for dynamic performances of the highest quality and is now a much sought after performer throughout Europe. He has also toured in the US. 

Supporting Tommaso will be some of Britain's best known jazz musicians: Frank Harrison  on piano, Laurence Cottle on bass and Chris Nickolls on drums.

Friday 17th June 8:00 PMJAZZ - DARIUS BRUBECK and his Quartet
Friday 17th June at 8.00pm

(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
Tickets £16 (£29 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
We are proud to present one of the most familiar names in jazz history.  Father, Dave, was one of the truly popular jazz stars of the of the 50s and 60s who had "hits" with his uniquely familiar tunes Take Five, Blue Rondo, Raggy Waltz, and Unsquare Dance etc. 

His son, Darius has carried on in the same vein and over the last thirty years has developed a reputation of his own, with his own style and feeling with respect to composition. We will hear many of the old Brubeck originals along with new tunes and interpretations of old standards.


Opening Hours 
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm 
Saturday 9.30 -2.30pm - Closed Sundays. 
Box Office: 01460 54973 
Website: www.themeetinghouse.org.uk

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