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Town Clerk's Update 25th September 2019


Dear all

Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to lately. It includes updates on the first Friends of Frome Station meeting to Fiver Fest hitting the streets on 5 October and Apple Day returning to the Community Orchard on the Old Showfield on 20 October.  

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Thanks Paul.
 
Flying the flag for Frome

Frome’s community bunting project got off to a great start this weekend thanks to the local community. Hundreds of flags are being stitched together by volunteers ready to adorn Frome’s streets at the end of June 2020 to celebrate 20 years of the Frome Festival.

Frome Town Council held two 'make and create' sessions to launch the project and we aim to make 1,000 metres of repurposed fabric bunting to brighten up the town for Frome’s many community events.

The stitching events took place on 14 September at the Frome Cheese Show and on 15 September at Frome Town Hall and we saw a real mix of ages and abilities stopping by to give it a go. One person who had never sewn anything before enjoyed it so much stayed for half an hour making multiple bunting flags, and children who hadn’t seen a sewing machine before learned how it worked and had a go.

There are still lots left to make and we need your help to hit our target – whether you have spare material to be recycled or a passion for sewing. It’s another small step towards helping the town become as plastic free as possible and also a chance to spend a few hours doing something you love, learning a new skill or meeting new people.

Frome’s Women’s Shed are leading the project and the Share Shop is a drop off point for any fabric donations as well as the Town Hall.

Anyone interested in helping to make some community bunting can stop by the Shed, which is based in Welsh Mill Hub on Park Hill Drive, Monday’s 9am-1pm. 
Fiver Fest is coming to town
Local independent shops and businesses are bringing Fiver Fest to the Frome’s streets with plenty of special offers for just £5. Numerous organisations have already signed up, and there are many more eager to get involved to highlight the diversity and value of their offer.

Frome’s Fiver Fest takes place on 5 October which is the Saturday before the Independent Market. The £5 special offers, just like the businesses involved, are wide ranging and include chocolate treats from Choc et al, a selection of goodies for 3-10 years olds in Fromie Gifts, Indian hand block printed cushion covers from World Basket and so much more.

Fiver Fest celebrates local businesses, often run by families or individuals, making a real contribution to our unique town. Spending your hard-earned money in the place you live helps to boost the local economy and increase employment. The idea comes from Totally Locally’s campaign to show the huge impact of people spending just £5 per week in their local independent shops can have across the UK’s High Streets.

Leading up to the event you’ll be able to discover what’s on offer by searching under the #FromeFiverFest on Instagram. To find out more about the offers and what to expect here

 
Start a new chapter with novel event

On Thursday 26 September Hunting Raven is inviting Frome residents who would like to make new connections to Meet by the Book.

The free, bookishly themed event is aimed at young(ish) people who want to meet people with similar interests and become more embedded in the Frome community while enjoying a warm friendly evening of books and more.

Whether you’re new to the area, work from home or simply want to get more involved in the community this event is for you. It will include music, talks, food and information on the many ways you can build connections in a way that suits you.

Hunting Raven, who are hosting the event which takes place at Frome Town Hall from 7:30-9:30pm, are asking guests to bring along a book as a conversation starter and help avoid those awkward small talk moments. The book could be anything from a firm favourite, childhood classic or current read.

Frome Town Council is supporting this event and has been sponsored by the publishers Pan Macmillan. Tickets are free, but booking is essential as spaces are limited. You can reserve a place online here.

Full steam ahead for Friends of Frome Station

Frome Town Hall hosted a busy community meeting on 17 September: the first meeting of Friends of Frome Station.

Many residents came along to share their views on the station from aspects that could be improved to ultimate wants. These discussions then led to loads of great ideas on how to move the project forward over the next six months.

Quick wins ideas included community planting to bring some colour to the station to improving signage, installing a noticeboard to promote local news and events as well as information boards that detail the station’s history. Longer term suggestions included acquiring the empty room at the station and looking at how the space can be used innovatively for the community and cutting-edge arts events.

Anyone who is interested in being involved in Friends of Frome Station or would like to stay up to date with the progress should email friendsoffromestation@gmail.com.

Read more here.

Does Frome need an electric bike delivery service?

Delivery riders, sustainable transport enthusiasts and businesses who want to, or are already, delivering products locally are invited to get together to explore a shift to sustainable travel.

Edventure Frome, with support from Frome Town Council, are keen to learn whether local businesses feel that there is a need for a better, cleaner, greener and more Frome way for companies to deliver products locally.

The informal networking and brainstorming session will take place at The Welsh Mill Hub on 26 September from 3-5pm. Attendees will discuss whether there is  interest in helping make the local logistics sector more sustainable and what options there may be. There will also be a quick tour around Cycles Maximus, the electric rickshaw builder at the Welsh Mill.

Find out more about the event here.
Everyone is welcome as Apple Day returns to Frome’s Community Orchard 

Frome’s annual Apple Day celebration is back at the Community Orchard at the Old Showfield on Sunday 20 October from 10am-3pm, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Last year’s event saw over 200 people join in the fun, so this year Frome Town Council are planning more activities and adding two extra hours for residents to enjoy the festivities.

There will be plenty to do throughout the day for all ages with a variety of apple-themed activities on the programme from apple pressing, crafts and games to a longest apple peel competition. As well as fruit-themed face painting and planting opportunities there'll be tractor rides with Frome Lions Club and a foraging walk and talk.

This year will see the launch of a brand-new Talks Tent, with a new talk taking place every hour throughout the day. A real mix of interesting, educational and informative subjects are on the programme, from making preserves and honey and foraging to growing veg, rewilding honeybees and learning about native birds.

Those looking for a few treats won’t be disappointed either, as local produce will be for sale and local vendors selling food and refreshments. If you’re on the hunt for something to make you laugh don’t miss Mutt & Jeff from Rare Species as they take you on a hilarious walkabout and finish up with a gurning competition. Start practicing your silly faces in the mirror and on friends and family now to be in with a chance of winning.

Apple Day is sure to be a fun-filled Sunday, so put it in your calendar now and make sure you bring along any spare apples. You can find out more here
Frome Town Hall

Here at Frome Town Hall we have meeting rooms and our beautiful Council Chamber is available for hire; we're also now able to offer the space for parties too.

Take our virtual tour  to see how our space might suit you and then  email or ring 01373 465757 to discuss your requirements.  

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