Look before you book this Christmas: don’t let poor food hygiene ruin your work party

If you’re planning that special Christmas meal with work colleagues, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and South Somerset District Council (SSDC) would like to remind you to ‘look before you book’.

Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is.

It’s the things you can’t see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices - that you need to consider. There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest – check the food hygiene rating.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from that take food safety seriously and have achieved a high rating, so there is no need to risk food poisoning while eating out this Christmas. FSA latest figures show that the percentage of food businesses achieving the highest rating of ‘5’ has risen from 53% in 2015 to 67% in 2017. They also show that 95% of all food business have received a rating of at least a ‘3’.

As workplaces across the country start thinking about venues for this year’s Christmas party, the FSA are encouraging organisers to check the ratings on their website www.food.gov.uk/ratings  or if you’re out and about, check for the green and black sticker. If you can’t see one, just ask.

Date Posted: 14/11/2017 12:11:49

Temporary Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Unloading, High Street, Ilminster

This Order shall come into operation on the 26th day of October 2017 and shall remain in force for eighteen months. The restrictions shall apply when indicated by traffic signs.The works are expected to start on the 6th day of November 2017 and to last for 12 days until the 17th day of November 2017.

The restriction is from a point 50 metres east of the junction with North Street for a distance of 250 metres in a westerly direction.

Date Posted: 07/11/2017 14:27:20

Don’t start a bonfire in your rubbish bin

Families planning Guy Fawkes Night celebrations are being urged to stop discarded ash or fireworks turning their rubbish bin into a dangerous blaze.

Somerset has seen a series of rubbish-linked fires in recent months and years, each one almost certainly due to residents inadvertently throwing away high risk items into their bin or black sacks. 

Discarded ashtray contents may have caused a Chard bin blaze that put a house at risk, while the suspects for starting a landfill fire near Castle Cary include hot ash, a battery or an aerosol.

A Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) spokesperson said: “Fires can kill. Families must be alert to the potentially fatal risks of putting the wrong things in their bin after bonfire night.”

Ash, embers, barbecues and ashtray contents must be completely cool or drenched with water to avoid fire risks in bins, rubbish vehicles or on landfill sites.

Fully-spent fireworks must be soaked in water and then they can be disposed of in rubbish or taken to a recycling site to be put in the general waste.

Misfired or part-spent fireworks must be soaked in water overnight or longer, until properly sodden, and the manufacturer or supplier should be contacted for guidance on disposal.

All batteries must be recycled at a recycling site or high street collection point, while aerosols can, when empty, be recycled with cans in kerbside weekly recycling boxes.

For more advice, search for bonfire at the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service website - www.dsfire.gov.uk/ - or see RoSPA’s Safer Fireworks website - www.saferfireworks.com/.

On a tastier note, bonfire night can cut food waste by using up leftovers, from baked potato fillings to extras in anything-goes hotdogs, as well as any unused halloween pumpkins.

For great recipes, search for “pumpkin” on these and other websites: www.hubbub.org.uk, www.lovefoodhatewaste.com, www.bbcgoodfood.com, http://www.countryliving.com.

For more ideas about low-waste high-safety celebrations, see www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.

Date Posted: 01/11/2017 19:49:13

Temporary Prohibtion of Waiting, Loading and Unloading, High Street, Ilminster

This Order shall come into operation on the 26th day of October 2017 and shall remain in force for eighteen months. The restrictions shall apply when indicated by traffic signs.The works are expected to start on the 6th day of November 2017 and to last for 12 days until the 17th day of November 2017.

The restriction is from a point 50 metres east of the junction with North Street for a distance of 250 metres in a westerly direction.

Date Posted: 11/10/2017 00:00:00

Ilminster Forum Report - October 2017

Ilminster Forum Report - October 2017
Date Posted: 10/10/2017 11:55:16


The B3168 from Box stone cross to the junction of Townsend will be closed for line up from 2:30 PM.
Townsend out of town towards Kingsstone will be one way out of town. It will be closed to incoming traffic at the junction of Moolham Lane this is to ease congestion. From 2.30pm

East St, Silver St, West St, then onto Station Road will close from 6.15pm, there will be NO parking along these roads at all as it is the procession route.

From Hort Bridge to Riec sur Belon way will be closed from 6.45pm .

Traffic can come out from the Stonemasons and go up Canal way and out of town by going up listers hill, they will not be able to go out of town via Station Road.

There is no parking along Canal way from the Stone Masons to the Dr Surgery roundabout as this is an escape route if necessary.
Ditton st, Listers hill right out to Moolham Lane there will be no waiting cones on one side so there is only parking on one side of the road this is also to ease congestion after the carnival.

In past years when we have had a lot of congestion after the carnival this has been caused by people parking where the yellow cones are. They are put there for a reason, we don’t put them out for fun please. If there are yellow no waiting cones please do not park there.

There are several carparks in the town, we run one at the doctor's surgery along on Canal way parking is available here from 4.30pm

After the carnival if you have parked in any of the side road off the procession route, WHEN you are allowed to move you will have to go in the direction of the Yeovil you will not be allowed to go towards Taunton (South fields Roundabout)

We have no control as to when the roads will re-open this is down to the police and they will not reopen any roads until the crowds have dispersed and they feel it's safe to do so, as public safety is our priority. They will endeavour to get them open as soon and safely as possible.

Parking along the Butts the (B3168) by the Fire station/ Ambulance station. There are no restrictions along here but as it's inside the route you will not be able to get out until the roads reopen then you will have to go towards Yeovil the police quite often cone by the Old Police station and Ambulance station themselves for emergency access.

From the roundabout by spar out to Hort Bridge, this is the dispersal area for the floats. If you park off this road you would only be allowed to leave when safe and it will be in the direction of the floats out towards Southfields roundabout

We hope you enjoy the night as much as we do.
Thank you for reading this and here’s to a good Collection .

Date Posted: 06/10/2017 15:53:12

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors

Thursday, October 5th at 7.30pm in the Warehouse Theatre
Blimey, what an experience! Exciting Maasai tribal song and dance plus the world-famous Maasai jumping (and don't even think about trying it yourselves!). This seven-piece group comes from the village of Oleopolos and surrounding communities in southern Kenya, around thirty miles south of Nairobi. The shows have been received with great acclaim from the south coast of England to the Isle of Skye.

Date Posted: 03/10/2017 10:01:54


The Minster in Ilminster is hosting an evening of film, music, drums and drama on Saturday 14th October at 7.30pm to celebrate the work and achievements of the Ilminster-based charity, Purple Field Productions (PFP), in Africa. The evening features extracts from eight PFP films shot in Malawi, Kenya and Sierra Leone, interspersed with drama and music. The African drums are provided by Sharon Stone and partner, the dramatic sections by members of the Ilminster Entertainment’s Youth Group and the songs by David Sutcliffe’s Serenade Choir. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome, young and old.

The film extracts featured on the night will include excerpts from a drama set in Malawi about a village (an African Ambridge!) where the dying chief wants to make things better for future generations. A film, The Unknown, tells the story of a disabled teenager with cerebral palsy who wins through against all the odds. A movie written and rapped by a group of young filmmakers trained by PFP in Sierra Leone was made in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis and, at the time,  Prince William championed the film. Other clips illustrate how film can educate, inform, and change attitudes and behaviour on subjects such as farming, bee keeping, cooking, diet and conservation.

Date Posted: 25/09/2017 14:28:06

Ilminster Victorian Christmas Festival and Christmas Lights needs your help

Ilminster's famous Victorian Christmas Festival and Christmas Lights  is just 11 weeks away on Friday 17th November.  It will be even bigger and better this year with a more impressive Lantern Parade, an earlier start in the Food Court so you can grab a meal before the Lights are switched on, and all the usual bands, choirs, puppets and children's fun fair.  Plus we are planning a special new event, details to be released soon.

If you can spare a few hours to help out as a steward or marshal on the night you would be very welcome.  We need up to ten responsible people, male or female and 18+ years who are prepared to patrol the area from 5.00 to 9.00pm to act as a point of contact for visitors and to report any misbehaviour or act as road marshals.  It would also be helpful if a couple of people were available from 4.00pm to help set up gazebos, etc.   Contact Mike Fry-Foley on 01460 54364 or michael@malherbie.co.uk

Date Posted: 06/09/2017 09:47:12

Refuse and Recycling Collections

Don't forget that the refuse and recycling collections are 1 day late this week due to the Bank Holiday

Date Posted: 29/08/2017 15:26:09

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