St George's Day concert in Dowlish Wake

Chard & Ilminster News: St George's School reaches for the sky

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ST Andrew’s Church in Dowlish Wake is hosting a St George’s Day concert by Kingsbury Episcopi Band tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm.

John Tracey performs in Chaffcombe

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:39am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SINGER John Tracy is performing at the village hall on Friday, May 16, at 7.30pm.

REVIEW: Broadway Amateur Theatrical Society's first-class farce

Chard & Ilminster News: webpix entertainment theatre

5:34pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE talented Broadway Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS) gave another first class performance in its take on farce.

The circus is coming to Yeovil town!

Chard & Ilminster News: The circus is coming to Taunton town!

5:32pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

SPIDERMAN joins Jay Miller’s Circus at Yeovil Showground for a run of shows from Sunday.

REVIEW of BARRINGTON PLAYERS: 'Nottingham' & 'A Small Affair', March 21

Chard & Ilminster News: TWO of Robin's Merry Men.

12:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

BARRINGTON Players clearly are in a very healthy state! The two one act plays I saw were both acted with supreme confidence by a large cast to a very enthusiastic audience.

King’s College concert celebrates Dr John Cole

Chard & Ilminster News: Dr John Cole, who died on Saturday.

1:29pm Thursday 27th March 2014

AN uplifting concert celebrating the memory of Dr John Cole, an “inspiring” force in Taunton music, is being held next Saturday, April 5.

Birthday bash for Bard & Brew: Get involved in 450 Minute Shakespeare

Chard & Ilminster News: JO Backhouse.

1:26pm Thursday 27th March 2014

ON April 23, Shakespeare fanatics the world over will be celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday.

Who do you think you are? Find out at TWO family history days

Chard & Ilminster News: CHARD Boden Centre.

10:31am Thursday 27th March 2014

CURIOUS about your ancestors? Chard Somerset Skills and Learning have new one day Family History events planned for this spring, at the Boden Centre in Chard.

Moving drama Duet For One at Ilminster Warehouse

Chard & Ilminster News: DAVE Goodall and Teresa Ravenscroft as Dr Feldmann and Stephanie Abrahams.

3:17pm Thursday 20th March 2014

“TOUCHING” pseudo-biographical theatre is next up at Ilminster’s Warehouse Theatre in a play confronting what it means when a serious illness changes life forever.

Sleeping Beauty, Chardstock Amateur Dramatic Society style!' : The REVIEW in FULL

Chard & Ilminster News: THE cast ‘Get Happy’ with the opening number.

11:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

LOCAL pantomimes rely on a dedicated and hardworking team – usually revolving round a family.

Tickets on sale for small show with Show of Hands' star Steve Knightley

Chard & Ilminster News: Steve Knightley

2:00pm Monday 17th March 2014

SHOW of Hands folk singer-songwriter Steve Knightley is coming to Holy Trinity Primary School in Taunton on Wednesday, June 4.

WEDNESDAYS: Creative dance and movement classes in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Still Dancing

12:00pm Sunday 16th March 2014

A CREATIVE dance and movement session for adults designed to boost well-being is running at Chard Young People’s Centre.

Classical music concert 11am on a Saturday not your cup of tea? Think again

Chard & Ilminster News: The Chilingirian Quartet

5:25pm Thursday 13th March 2014

SAYING the word ‘Stradivarius’, the world’s most famous brand of violin, in some circles, will earn you gasps of awe and wonder; possibly even lust.

Wilko Johnson confirms for Yeovil Blues Fest

Chard & Ilminster News: WILKO Johnson.

5:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

WILKO Johnson, one of punk-rock’s heroes, and the six-string guitar demon for Dr Feelgood, has confirmed he will headline Yeovil’s Blues Festival this May.

Young blues singer wows Chard Gallery

Chard & Ilminster News: ANNABEL Davies wows at Chard Gallery.

4:35pm Thursday 13th March 2014

SHE may be only 12 but jazz-loving singing talent Annabel Davies captivated her audience at The Gallery in Chard last weekend.

REVIEW: A (Tat)worthy Alice in Wonderland

Chard & Ilminster News: REVIEW: A (Tat)worthy Alice in Wonderland

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

THE highly-experienced TAPS group staged a very intriguing show for their 30th anniversary. The script took enormous liberties with Lewis Carroll’s story, but in an effective way.

South West Live: Katy B, Neon Jungle and Rixton to join Jessie J

Chard & Ilminster News: Katy B

5:13pm Thursday 27th February 2014

SOME of the UK’s biggest names in pop are hitting Weston beach in June for one-day extravaganza South West Live.

WEDNESDAYS: Community kitchen 'Bubble and Squeak' at Chard Guildhall

Chard & Ilminster News: She’s jammin’ in the kitchen

11:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014

A COMMUNITY kitchen meets at Chard Guildhall on Wednesdays between 11am and 2pm.

REVIEW: Kindertransport by Ilminster Entertainments Society

Chard & Ilminster News: "HUGELY moving": Ilminster Entertainments Society presents Kindertransport.

11:59am Monday 24th February 2014

 ‘KINDERTRANSPORT’ by Diane Samuels concerns the Jewish children who were rescued from persecution and brought to Britain before the Second World War.

THURSDAYS: Knitting and crochet session at Ilminster's Meeting House

Chard & Ilminster News: Yarndale will celebrate the beauty and diversity of wool, cotton, linen and silk fibres

11:26am Thursday 20th February 2014

TODAY (Thursday) Helen Walker will be getting participants crafting in a 'Knit Together, Crochet Too' at Ilminster's Meeting House this afternoon.

REVIEW: Cloverleaf's warm, funny and imaginative Sleeping Beauty

Chard & Ilminster News: THE cast of  Cloverleaf Productions’ show of Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Christine Jones.

11:14am Thursday 20th February 2014

THIS was one of the best pantos I have seen for a while.

Friendly singing session for those with dementia

10:49am Thursday 20th February 2014

SINGING for the Brain, a free, friendly singing session for people with dementia, coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Society, is on in Ilminster next Thursday, February 27.

Zumba and exercise work-out in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: ZUMBA CLASS

11:10am Sunday 16th February 2014

A WORK-OUT combining Zumba with exercises for the ‘abs’ is on at The Unit in Chard on Monday.

LAST CHANCE: 'Two of a Kind' exhibition

Chard & Ilminster News: Painting for Pleasure art classes will begin at Trimdon Village Hall this month

7:30am Saturday 15th February 2014

IT’S your last chance to see artwork by Brian Cocks and Billie Willcocks at Ilminster Arts Centre this week.

TOMORROW: Bananas in Pyjamas at Yeovil's Octagon Theatre

Chard & Ilminster News: “Are you thinking what I’m thinking, B1?”, “I think I am, B2”

2:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

FANS of Bananas in Pyjamas, the kids’ TV show which originated in Australia in the early 1990s, are in for a treat when B1 and B2 arrive at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Saturday, February 15, for an all-singing, all-dancing show.

In cinemas: ENDLESS LOVE (12A)

Chard & Ilminster News: ALEX Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

7:30pm Thursday 13th February 2014

BROOKE Shields and Martin Hewitt’s iconic original is remade afresh under the direction of Shana Feste in this new release, out at Taunton’s ODEON cinema.

The INTERVIEW: Folk artist Ewan McLennan

Chard & Ilminster News: EWAN McLennan.

12:00pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

EWAN McLennan’s critically-acclaimed, socially-conscious and “moving” brand of folk music comes to South Petherton’s David Hall next Friday (February 21).

REVIEW: A "lively" Snow White from Chard's CATS

Chard & Ilminster News: THE cast of CATS and 'kittens'.

4:24pm Thursday 6th February 2014

THE enthusiasm and experience of Chard Amateur Theatre Society (CATS) once again made for a very lively show.

Lead singer sought for Edinburgh Fringe show by Chard youngster

Chard & Ilminster News: LUKE Speirs wants to take his musical dream to Edinburgh Festival.

1:47pm Thursday 6th February 2014

A LEAD singer is wanted for a show from Somerset which will premiere at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

Somerset Fellowship of Drama: Call for directors

Chard & Ilminster News: SOMERSET Fellowship of Drama.

5:06pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

SOMERSET Fellowship of Drama is seeking directors to craft a raft of original one-act plays for its forthcoming competition at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster.

Sessions for slimmers at Chard Guildhall

Chard & Ilminster News: Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill, Go Console, John Lewis

1:19pm Thursday 9th January 2014

PEOPLE hoping to lose weight may find a Slimming World session at Chard Guildhall just the ticket.

Fresh art show reopens Ilminster's Meeting House for season 2014

Chard & Ilminster News: PRIZE-WINNING art from Alison Bowskill.

9:00am Friday 3rd January 2014

PRIZE-WINNING art re-opens Ilminster’s Meeting House on Monday, January 6, with a “quality” and “inspiring” mixed exhibition.

REVIEW: Carols and Classics delight Merriott

Chard & Ilminster News: A SUCCESSFUL night of carols and classics for Merriott.

11:01am Thursday 2nd January 2014

THE weather outside was frightful, but the music was delightful inside Merriott’s All Saints Church for its festive Carols and Classics night.

Tone up in Pilates classes at Chard's Unit

2:13pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

PARTICIPANTS in a pilates class at The Unit on the Business Park in Chard can work their core muscles on Thursdays.

REVIEW: One of the best Josephs from Broadway Amateur Theatrical Society

Chard & Ilminster News: LUKE Marshall at Joseph. Photo: Christine Jones.

2:09pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

I HAVE a dreadful confession – I have never been a real fan of the Lloyd-Webber dynasty’s work.

Artworld innovator exhibits his 'Bigger Pictures' at Taunton's CICCIC

Chard & Ilminster News: What's On module top link image

12:00am Friday 6th December 2013

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger claimed this honorary Tauntonian artist’s work for his own, personal collection.

REVIEW: Taunton School shocks Brewhouse back to life with CATS

Chard & Ilminster News: TAUNTON School's CATS cast. CREDIT: Pink Apple Studios.

11:49am Thursday 5th December 2013

NOW that was a sight to behold. On Tuesday night, 285 days after the power was unceremoniously shut off at the Taunton arts hub, light came flooding out of the dormant Brewhouse Theatre.

FRIDAY: 27th Charity Gift and Card Fair at Ilminster Meeting House

12:57pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

A HOST of charities which support worthy causes from the News area and across the globe will be at the annual Charity Gift and Card Fair at the Meeting House in Ilminster on Friday.

Sculptress writes children's book

Chard & Ilminster News: AUTHOR Stephanie Hobhouse with Taxi and her two-year-old grand-daughter.

12:56pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

SCULPTRESS Stephanie Hobhouse celebrated in a unique way when she became a grandmother for the first time.

IN CINEMAS: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (12A)

Chard & Ilminster News: THE perils of young love . . . Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

4:34pm Thursday 21st November 2013

JENNIFER Lawrence returns as our steely heroine for this science fiction sequel based on American writer Suzanne Collins’ otherworldly best-selling trilogy.

REVIEW: Thatcher's Foreign Secretary gives stirring talk at Taunton Lit Fest

Chard & Ilminster News: LORD Douglas Hurd with Lionel Ward and Castle Hotel proprietor Kit Chapman.

4:25pm Thursday 21st November 2013

FIRE, feuds and a besotted queen; a nation burning to vote; history’s men, singed in a battle of wills; and One Nation, transformed forever.

SATURDAY: Guitarist Martyn Joseph plays The David Hall

Chard & Ilminster News: FOLLOWING in Bruce's footsteps: Martyn Joseph.

5:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

A GUITARIST in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews plays the David Hall in South Petherton tonight (Saturday).

Watercolour painting day for absolute beginners at Taunton's Tacchi-Morris

Chard & Ilminster News: EXPERIENCED tutor, Linda Hollingshead.

10:24am Thursday 31st October 2013

ABSOLUTE beginners in watercolour can try the medium at a painting day at Taunton’s Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre on Saturday, November 9, from 10am to 4pm.

Concerts In The West REVIEW: "Much to admire" from the Evropa String Quartet

Chard & Ilminster News: "MUCH to admire" - the Evropa String Quartet.

1:16pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

WHAT a very fine British quartet with a finely judged range of works and admirable research.

CLOS polish up nicely in Me and My Girl

Chard & Ilminster News: THE colourful cast of Me and My Girl.

12:04pm Thursday 24th October 2013

POLISHED and professional – that’s how Chard Light Operatic Society summed up their performances of Me and My Girl at Chard’s Guildhall last weekend.

Ilminster's "hidden gem" celebrates a West End makeover

Chard & Ilminster News: GUESTS in the new Ilminster Warehouse entrance hall.

12:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013

A HIDDEN gem in Ilminster celebrated its makeover with a glamorous re-opening event on Friday.

A night with The Urban Folk Quartet, South Petherton

Chard & Ilminster News: Band founder Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Frank Moon and Tom Chapman are the distinguished instrumentalists of The Urban Folk Quartet.

10:00am Monday 21st October 2013

A HEALTHY dose of urban folk is being served up in South Petherton this Sunday.

Best-selling children's author exhibiting at Yeovil's Octagon

Chard & Ilminster News: MASTERY of imagination, Paul Stickland.

1:42pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

DINOSAURS and doodles combine in a roaring exhibition currently underway at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre.

Trace your timeline on Chard family history course

10:00am Monday 7th October 2013

A FAMILY history course for beginners is running at Chard Boden Centre in Boden Street, every Friday.

Taekwondo classes for the young... and the young at heart

12:00am Sunday 6th October 2013

TAE Kwondo classes for the young and young at heart are held at The Unit in Chard, Monday-Friday, 6pm-8pm.

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