Welcome to First Tuesday's May Edition


Welcome to the May 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.

There's a lot going on in the town in the next few weeks so make sure you don't miss out. It's the Ilminster Town Crier competition this Saturday, 7th May 2016, so if you can make it into the town it's going to be very colourful ... and loud! Ilminster's first ever Literary Festival starts the 1st June and there are some great writers on their way and fun events planned. More details below ....

The Editor   

Town Crier Competition


New Season Colours in at Mark Hebron

I GORA COLORWORX Now in at Mark Hebron!

Experience our most intense and long-lasting direct dyes ever, for bold colour effects that last up to 20 washes! IGORA ColorWorx is available in 7 shades plus 1 white diluter. Shades include Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Pink. No developer required.

For more information pop in for a consultation now with Claire and the team - Churchill House, 23-25 East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN or Telephone 01460 52476

Happy Ninth Birthday to E & S Computers!

In case you were wondering about the balloons and banners outside E & S Computers today, it's their ninth birthday this week! If you haven't already been in for a visit the company provide computer services for home users and businesses, including:
  • Laptop/Netbook Screen Replacement
  • System Clean-up
  • System Upgrades (and Downgrades from Windows 8 to Windows 7)
  • Custom Built PC's
  • Data Back-up/Transfer
  • Internet Security Installation
  • Data Recovery
  • Email Account Set-up
  • Set-up of internet ready TV's, tablets, iPads, laptops and desktops
  • And much more ....

Just call them on 01460 259999 or call in to see them in Ditton Street.   

Prima Moda Brides May Sale Starts Today!

Prima Somerset's premier Bridal Shop, Prima Moda Brides has a fabulous range of bridal gowns from the truly traditional to the most modern on show in their store in Ilminster, Somerset. Collections include Mon Cheri, Mori Lee, Venus and a wonderful range of bridesmaids' gowns, including Richard Designs. They also stock the Richard Designs veils and tiaras and Rainbow Club shoes.

Prima Moda Brides is building on its reputation as 'the' bridal shop in Somerset - they've been looking after brides for over eleven years.

They stock many designer gowns including:
Mon Cheri
Mori Lee

The Sarah Jackson Collection is an exclusive couture service for bride and bridesmaids.

Jean welcomes you to Prima Moda Brides to experience a truly personal and unique service.
Appointments mean you get a complete one-to-one service within your own personal space and relaxed atmosphere.

Visit Prima Moda Brides online at http://www.primamodabrides.com/  
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Prima-Moda-Brides
Or at 14 Ditton Street, Ilminster, TA19 0BQ


What's On In May At The Warehouse Theatre 
Putting on the Blitz
Written and Directed by Lucy Driver
5th and 6th May at 7.30pm and 7th May at 2.30pm

'Putting on the Blitz' follows a group of children from London's East End as they are evacuated to a small village near Ilminster. Lucy Driver's script contains songs, dances and games from the period of the Second World War as well as iconic broadcasts such as Princess Elizabeth, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill. To the 70 children taking part, the world of Munitions Workers, Air Raid Wardens, Land Girls and Rationing has seemed as distant as Ancient History but they are enjoying the humour with which people faced up to what were in fact quite terrible times for many.
When We are Married
By J B Priestley
Directed by Lyn Lockyer
25th - 28th May 2016

In the heart of Northern England, three respectable couples, married on the same day, at the same churchy and by the same vicar, join to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony but the happy celebrations are brought to a sudden halt by a shocking revelation. As the home truths fly like confetti and conjugal rites turn to farcical fights, an evening of sparkling mayhem erupts. With a photographer from the local paper due to arrive any second, a missing housekeeper and a doorbell that won't stop ringing, can the three couples keep a lid on their embarrassing secret? This is a classic comedy that is a blessed union of laughs and surprises.
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

Forthcoming courses at Somerset Skills & Learning, Ditton Street, Ilminster.
Call us now to book your place on 01460 53195 or visit our website www.sslcic.co.uk

Getting To Grips With Your iPad or Tablet

Starts Thursday 9th May 10am to Midday
6 Week Course only £50 or £25 Concessions

For anyone who has bought or been bought an iPad or Tablet or is thinking of buying one!
Want to know how to get the best use out the technology? Including:
  • Take Photos and Edit Them
  • Download Apps
  • Time Saving Devices
  • Read Books and Magazines
  • Stay in Touch With Your Family On The Go

This series of six two hour lessons will give the best use of this new technology and will help you get started using the iPad and getting the most out of your tablet experience. This course cover everything a new user will need to know, including a tour of the iPad/Tablet and lessons on how to navigate the user interface and find new useful and fun apps to install.  

iPads and Tablets will be available for learners to use during the sessions if you haven't already got your own.

Also Build Your Own Website or Blog
Starts Thursday 9th May 1pm to 3pm
6 Week Course only £50 or £25 Concessions  Ever wanted to build your own website? This course will guide you every step of the way, whether you want to use Wordpress or Wix  
Whether you are completely new to working with the web or have some experience and would like to brush up and extend your knowledge, this course will be perfect for you.
This course will provide you with the skills needed to successfully create and run your own website or blog. It takes you through the basics of Wix and WordPress, covering all the most useful features and tools the sites offer.
We shall also look at other free and cost-effective online tools to help you run your business or time more effectively.
Once you have completed the course you will be able to:
  • Create a self-hosted Wix or WordPress website or blog
  • Use software to manage your website content
  • Connect your website to social media sites
  • Understand widgets, themes and add on apps
  • Use other online tools and services that can benefit your business or time..
This opportunity can be used to enhance your skills in development and preparation towards subsequent education and/or employment, if you are starting your own business or already run your own business, or alternatively as an enjoyable way to engage with new people and new ideas at our Ditton Street Centre.
Computers will be available for each learner to use during the sessions.

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

Spotlight on Ilminster Literary Festival

The Ilminster Literary Festival has been set up to offer the local people of all ages in Ilminster and the surrounding areas an exciting and enjoyable opportunity to meet a variety of authors, editors, and script writers through discussion, talks and meetings, all at affordable prices. Venues include the Arts Centre, the Warehouse Theatre, The Shrubbery and many more ...

Tickets for the various events can be purchased either online via the website https://ilminsterliteraryfestival.org/ or from two local shops: The Book Rest, and Just Things. Please note that where the event is held at the Ilminster Arts Centre, tickets will only be available through the Arts Centre itself. Also, tickets to the Warehouse Theatre event will be available from Harriman's Menswear, Ilminster.

The Festival is being supported by local people and businesses as Friends or Sponsors, and by generous donations from Ilminster Town Council, South Somerset District Council, Somerset County Council, the Gooch Charitable Trust, Ilminster Education Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Ilminster. All of these contributions have made the Festival possible.

Just some of the fabulous events include:

"How to write the Great British Sit-Com" With Playwright James Cary

In this talk at The Shrubbery, James explains how to think of a sit-com; how to write it; and how it feels being roundly slagged off in the Sunday Times by AA Gill.

James Cary is a comedy writer for BBC TV and Radio. His latest series is "Bluestone 42" for BBC3, which he co-created and wrote with Richard Hurst. He met Richard working on series 1 & 2 of BBC's award-winning sitcom, "Miranda". He also co-wrote Miranda Hart's "Jokeshop" for BBC Radio 2. James has also written episodes of "My Hero, My Family" for BBC1. His radio credits include three series of "Hut 33", four series of "Think the Unthinkable", and a sketch show, "Concrete Cow".  He has also written four series of "Another Case of Milton Jones" with, er, Milton Jones for BBC Radio 4.

In 2013 he published his first book "Death by Civilisation" based on articles written for "Third Way". In 2014 he published a Kindle edition of a novel "Crossword Ends in Violence". He lives in Somerset with his wife and two children.

Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe in Conversation with Malcolm Young  

This event will be held at The Warehouse Theatre. Ann was born on 4th October 1947 in Bath, Somerset. She was educated at the Royal Naval School Singapore, La Sainte Union Convent Bath, Birmingham University (BA Hons Latin) and Oxford University (BA Hons Politics, Philosophy and Economics) LMH MA 1976.She worked in marketing at Unilever from 1973 to 1975 and was Senior Administrator at London University from 1975 to 1987. From 1987 to 2010 she was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone, which became Maidstone and The Weald in 1997.

Ann has written 5 novels; the latest of which is "The Dancing Detective" a traditional detective story set in contemporary Britain. She has also written her Autobiography "Strictly Ann".

For more information visit the Festival Site at https://ilminsterliteraryfestival.org/ 

Meeting House

What's on in May 2016
Wrapped Up
Tuesday 3rd May to Saturday 14th May
Debbie Hammond
Jacqui Hardcastle
Amelia Leigh
Janis Parle

Renowned textile group Wrapped Up bring their latest work to the Arts Centre and will be sharing their ideas, interests and techniques in an exhibition that will delight anyone with even a passing interest in textiles and art quilts.
The group uses a variety of processes, media and tools to create a diverse range of contemporary textiles reflecting each artist's personal journeys. The surrounding world, be it natural or man-made, informs their work and all the artists are deeply inspired by colour. Although their individual palettes are different the collective result is uplifting and dynamic. This will be a real treat for textile fans! Your chance to see the fruits of their labours!


Friday 13th May at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)

Tickets £10 (£23 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973

The name Johnson has figured highly in the history of jazz, there have been a great many of them, Lonnie, Pete, James P, Bunk, Budd, Osie, and JJ to name just a few. They played and composed at the highest level, producing some of the most well known tunes in the world of jazz. Mike will be telling the story of some of them and playing the best known of the hits they created, with anecdotes relating to the tunes, styles and names of the Johnsons who wrote
and played them.  This will be a fascinating jazz history lesson.

Mike Denham has played at the Meeting House many, many times, and has always been immensely popular, with his performances generally are played to a full house.  As well being a brilliant pianist, playing across a wide variety of styles, he is a great story teller with a sense of humour which adds hugely to his act. His in depth knowledge of early jazz is second to none, and his fascination with his subject is clear for all to see.  He is always a pleasure to listen to. Mike is a fine solo pianist, with an interesting and tasteful repertoire of American jazz from the early years of the century through to 50's Rock and Roll. He plays classic rags by Scott Joplin, the blues and stomps of Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller, and popular songs by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, as well as eight-to-the bar boogie and blues from Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons through to the somewhat more up-to-date "Fats" Domino.
Friday 27th May at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
UK Masters of the keyboard
playing together on two grand pianos

Tickets £12 (£25 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973

Here is a unique opportunity to hear our two regular pianists at the same time. Between them they are fourteen times UK award winners, and as such represent the best piano performers we can expect to find.  To hear them together is a real treat.  They will be covering a wide range of music, but will be focussing mainly on well known jazz standards and other material which,  with their experience of playing at Ilminster, will be suited to our regular audience.
It's bound to be a sell-out, book early.

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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