Welcome to First Tuesday's November Edition

Welcome to the November 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.

Don't forget Victorian Evening on Friday 18th November. You'll find more information about the event below in the Spotlight Section

The Editor   

Coming Up At The Warehouse Theatre

A traditional family pantomime with Good Fairy, Wicked Queen, ENORMOUS Dame and lots of other fun characters. Expect plenty of audience participation in what will be a fun night out for all!

Full details of all events:
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

Victorian Evening Update
Victorian Night is only 3 Fridays away on Friday 18th November.  So far as Ilminster is concerned this is the "official" start of Christmas when the town's amazing Christmas Lights are switched on.  We are the first town in South Somerset to do this so get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start by joining in the late night shopping bonanza.

One of the big events as part of the festivities is the Lantern Parade with over a hundred children taking part and we are expecting some huge lantern to round the event off.  But we need to have the help of some of you to act as marshals because the guys who usually help from the Carnival Clubs and Carnival Committee are not available because the carnival circuit schedule has been changed and they will be involved at Wells carnival. 

So we need at least 8 - 10 people to help make the one of Ilminster's major events safe.  You only need to be reasonably fit and responsible and of an age and demeanour that people are likely to pay attention to you.  Full briefing will be given on the night together with Hi-viz jacket.  You will be working with experienced and where necessary, appropriately qualified people.  So come on Ilminster, step up to offer a few hours time.   
Please get in touch with Mike Fry-Foley on
  michael@malherbie.co.uk for further information. 

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Creative Connect - Tuesday 1st November 7.30pm
Bring your chosen craft or hobby and get making, drawing, knitting, carving and crafting amongst friends over plenty of tea and cake. Free Event.
Acoustic Connect - Friday 4th November 7.30pm
An informal acoustic evening for musicians, storytellers and poets. Free event, bar open for refreshments.
Christmas Lunches & Christmas Party Menu available now!
Pop over to our website to discover the delicious delights awaiting you! Taking bookings now so please get in touch with our Bookings Team to reserve your preferred date. Christmas lunches will run from 29th November - 22nd December.

MY Community Day Wednesday 23rd November All Day
During this remembrance month we will be raising funds and awareness for the work of Help the Heroes. Please come along and support this amazing charity from 9am - 5pm in MY Eating Place. Every coffee, cake and lunch purchased on the day will make a contribution.
Christmas Craft Fair - Saturday 26th November 10am - 4pm
Now an annual event at Monks Yard, come along to support talented local craftsmen and women, find unique and beautiful gifts to get that all important Christmas shopping underway!
For more information contact us: Office  T: 01460 200020, Cafe T: 01460 259286     
E: enquiries@themonksyard.co.uk or visit our website: www.themonksyard.co.uk

Spotlight On Victorian Evening

The famous Ilminster Victorian Evening and Christmas Lights Switch-on is on Friday 18th November and kicks off at 6.30pm with a Lantern Parade of more than 100 lanterns from Greenfylde School to the Market Square. The Christmas lights, which are reckoned to be amongst the best in South Somerset, are switched on at 7.00pm and throughout the day local schools sing Christmas songs in the Market House.

On the night there are three bands, including the spectacular HMS Heron band in the Market House from 6.30 to 8.00pm and the popular Salvation Army band outside the Dolphin Pub, plus two choirs in Silver Street from 7.00pm, a Fairground in East Street, the very popular Martock Puppets from 7.00pm, several displays of interesting Victoriana, and loads of hot food and drink vendors.  The pubs are also open for a warming drink and both The Lemon Tree and The Green House will be open for teas and coffee.

Many shops in town are open for late night shopping with attractive promotions to get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start. Shops from Ditton Street and in Swan Precinct will be open and in Swan Precinct there will be a mulled wine stall run by the Lions, a Sweet Cart, and several stalls selling bric-a-brac and soft toys.  There will be other activities in the Tesco Courtyard.

In the Parish Hall at the top of North Street there is a Christmas Fair in aid of Epilepsy and a Santa's Grotto in the Ile Youth Club in Frog Lane from 6.30pm.  Remember that the Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House is also a popular place for a quick top up of mince pies.

On your way around town don't forget to look out for the winners in the Shop Window Competition.  They always show great creativity - this year's theme is "A Winter Wonderland" - with tremendous competitive spirit between the retailers.  See if you agree with the judges! 

So come and join us for a terrific start to the Christmas Season.  Hope to see you there.

Please note that Ilminster streets will be closed from 5.30 - 9.00pm.  

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We have a PETER GRIBBY special offer!
Choose any 2 pieces from Lambswool knitwear including V's, Crew necks, Cardigans or 100% Cotton Shirts - SAVE 20% - offer runs till Saturday 12th November.




Meeting House
What's on in November 2016

Monday 31st Oct to Saturday 26th Nov
Sue Allen - wildlife pictures
Yulia Allen - paintings on silk
Jan Billings - multi-media mosaics
Kate Dimambro - paintings
Casey Jon - pottery and glass
Stephen Spraggon - landscape photography

A Collective of artists working in and inspired by the beauty and spirituality of the Isle of Avalon, as well as places further afield. 

The group's 2014 exhibition at the Arts Centre was very well received, and we are delighted to welcome them back for another display of creativity, steeped in the mists and magic of the Somerset levels

Monday 28th Nov to Friday 23rd December

A cornucopia of hand-crafted gifts for the festive season, including ceramics, textiles, jewellery, accessories and decorative items such as glass and pictures.  Featuring gifts for all ages, presents for children and items for even the hardest-to-buy-for friend or relative! 

The only dilemma you will face is - can you resist not wrapping it up and keeping it for yourself?

Come and enjoy an unhurried browsing and buying experience in the beautiful surroundings of the Arts Centre, and then admire your purchases over a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee in the café


Friday 11th November 8:00 PMJAZZ - Magnificent 7 Jazz Band
Friday 11th November at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
Tickets £20 (£33 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973

Formed in 2013 by a nucleus of musicians from the Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball bands, the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN jazz band comprises some the most sought-after and successful musicians on the jazz scene today. Paying homage to the great jazz masters of the early jazz period as well as keeping alive the sounds of the swing era, their repertoire also celebrates the jazz revival of the 1950's, tipping their hat to the great bands of Barber, Ball and Bilk.

LICENSED BAR serving a range of wines, bottled beers and soft drinks.
PRE- SHOW SUPPER  (must be booked at least 2 days before the concert).

Tonight's Menu: TBA; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available.  Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert
Friday 18th November 8:00 PMCLASSICAL - Emma Halnan & Daniel King Smith
Friday 18th November at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
A concert organised by
Note change of venue for this concert: THE OLD RECTORY, CHAFFCOMBE, CHARD, TA20 4AH

Tickets £15 can be booked on 01460 54973

HARTY In Ireland
JS BACH Sonata in C major, BWV 1033
MESSIAEN Le Merle Noir
YORK BOWEN Sonata for flute and piano
COPLAND Duo for flute and piano
SCHUBERT Introduction and Variations on 'Trockne Blumen'
MIKE MOWER Doodle & Flight

EMMA HALNAN studied at the Royal Academy of Music and won the woodwind category of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010. She is currently principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra and The Assembly Project, and has recently performed as guest principal of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

We welcome back DANIEL KING SMITH, who has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist.


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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