Welcome to First Tuesday's April Edition

Welcome to the April 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.

We would like to wish James and Mandy Meakins from Lanes the very best of luck for the future and we will miss them in the town.

The Editor   


April Offers from Bonners 


We have sadly now closed our shop in Ilminster. We would like to thank all our customers for all their support over the time we have been here.

We have enjoyed working in such a lovely town and meeting so many friendly people and have many good memories to take with us.

Ilminster is a great place and we wish it all the best in the future!
James & Mandy Meakins

Mark Hebron - new looks for Spring

Spring into April with a new look, body wave for bounce, some new tones bringing colour into your life, an edgy cut for moving you forward, or something sophisticated .... Everything is possible and adaptable for all ages. Call the team now at Mark Hebron 01460 52476.

Ilminster Home Hardware

Check out our new Spring Savings Catalogue!

Click to download here


What's On In April At The Warehouse Theatre 


Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Directed by Scott Waldie and Ruth Proctor
6th to 9th April 2016
Simon Mostyn has recently married Kay Ridgeway, a rich woman, having thrown over his former lover Jacqueline. The couple are on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer on the Nile, accompanied by a bevy of memorable characters. Among those present are Canon Pennefather, Kay's guardian and Jacqueline, who has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. During the voyage a murder takes place and by the time the boat reaches its destination, Canon Pennefather has laid bare an audacious conspiracy and has made sure the criminals shall not go free.

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

Course No.
Course Title
Start Time
End Time
Start Date
End Date
Get to grips with your Android tablet/I Pad

Create your own website
How to use Social Media - Facebook/Twitter

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

Spotlight on Ilminster Arts Centre

Housed in a beautiful 18th century former Unitarian chapel, Ilminster Arts Centre is the cultural jewel in Ilminster's crown.  The Arts Centre hosts a vibrant programme of exhibitions, concerts (of all music genres, from jazz to classical, folk and world), along with a busy schedule of hands-on arts and crafts workshops.  There are unique, locally made cards and crafts to browse and buy in the Crafts Shop, while the bustling café is a popular destination for those in search of a light bite in convivial surroundings.   This April, why not dodge the seasonal showers and come in and take a look?

The unique landscape and seasonal colours of the Blackdown Hills are the inspiration behind the current exhibition. 'Colour in the Hills' features painter and ceramicist June Dobson, landscape artist Rosemary Ward-Smith, and weaver Louise Cottey.  The three artists all live and work in the beautiful Blackdowns and their artwork will transform the Arts Centre into its own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the duration.  Until 9 April.

The 2016 Open Photographic Exhibition offers a fascinating 'snapshot' of contemporary West Country photography.   The competition is open to all photographers, be they amateur or professional, and the works chosen by the selectors will display a wide range of subjects, techniques and formats.  The show opens Mon 11th and runs until Friday 29th.

On Friday 8th the Arts Centre welcomes Exeter-based vocalist Annika Skoogh and her Quartet to the Meeting House. Annika is known for her adventurous explorations of jazz and latin music, through alternative time signatures, re-harmonisations and a modern aesthetic.  A multi-linguist, she sometimes rings the changes by singing in different languages!  With special guest, tenor saxophonist Ben Waghorn. 

Four young jazz creatives come to the Arts Centre on Sat 23.  The Sam Crockatt Quartet play lyrical jazz with a melodic touch that is a joy to listen to.  Their first album 'Howeird' won album of the year in the Parliamentary jazz awards; their latest 'Mells Bells' takes its inspiration from Crockatt's home village in Somerset.

The Craig Milverton Trio return to the Arts Centre on Friday 29, to 'play tribute' to legendary British jazz pianist and composer, Sir George Shearing. The Shearing Quintet was hugely popular in the 50s and 60s and Craig's trio, joined by Dominic Ashworth and Paul Sawtell, will recreate many of Shearing's original close harmony arrangements. 

For hands-on creative fun come along to one of the Arts Centre popular arts and crafts workshops.  In addition to regular clay sculpture, oils, acrylics, watercolours and drawings sessions, the April line- up includes Crazy Patchwork on Fri 1st , Dorset Buttons on Tuesday 5,  Readers Group on Fri 8, Felting on Fri 15, Figure Drawing on Mon 18 April, Knit Stitch and Crochet on Thurs 21, Fabric Fusion on Fri 22, and Rag Rugs on Fri 29 April. 

If you enjoy coming to the Arts Centre as a visitor, have you considered supporting this wonderful local amenity by becoming a Volunteer?  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.  There are currently vacancies for volunteers in the Café, on the front desk and for gallery stewards.   If you can spare a morning or afternoon on a regular basis, the Arts Centre would love to hear from you. 

For more details about IAC events see www.themeetinghouse.org.uk 

Meeting House

What's on in April 2016
Monday 11th to Friday 29th April
See below for application form downloads

This ever-popular competition and exhibition is again sponsored by the accountancy firm Lentells and the Arts Centre.

Please take note we are calling ALL practised and creative photographers to prepare framed images of their work for this coming exhibition. 

There is no restriction on subject matter and we ask you to present original images showing your own singular approach.  You will be able to enter up to 2 framed pieces and 2 mounted, cellophane wrapped items for our browser.  All entries must be presented for sale.

Application forms are now available online to print as well as copies being available from the centre.

For details and conditions visit our website at www.themeetinghouse.org.uk
For the application form, please
click here to download. 


Tickets £14 can be booked on 01460 54973

Formed in 2002 the Sam Crockatt Quartet is made up of 4 of the most in-demand, creative young jazz musicians in London. Each member of the group has a strong individual voice and these voices blend to form a cohesive, swirling band sound equally at home on Crockatt's originals as jazz standards.

The music is highly lyrical and though sometimes very free, never loses touch with melody.  Unusually for Ilminster, here is a chance to experience contemporary jazz of the highest quality.

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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