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Town Clerk's Update 18th November 2019

Dear all

Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?  Read all about our Christmas plans, from the "Light the Night" lantern parade and light switch on to the late night shopping opportunities.

Also, you can hear all about the successful Walking Festival and the first of our Climate Panels  - we have two panels left and we'd love for you to get involved and hear your ideas.

Please pass this update on to anyone you think might be interested and as always please click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom if you would rather not see this.

Thanks Paul.
Holidays are coming...
The countdown is on until Frome’s town centre is awash with wonderful lanterns at the Light the Night procession for the Christmas tree light switch on, taking place on Friday 29th November from 5pm.

This year the lantern parade will be inspired by the statues cast in Frome by J. W. Singer as part of the bicentenary birthday celebration project, 'Casting the World’. Everyone is welcome to bring their own lanterns to the parade and DIY kits are still available from the Town Hall and Discover Frome Information Point.

With the festivities in mind, why not shop and buy locally this Christmas? The Council along with Frome Chamber of Commerce, are happy to announce the late-night shopping evenings in the run up to Christmas. Taking place on Thursday 5th, 12th and 19th December businesses will stay open until 7pm allowing residents and visitors alike to shop in our superb array of bespoke shops.  
Read all about our Christmas plans here.
Frome's Walking Festival steps up a gear!
Frome’s annual Walking Festival returned this month with a record turnout with over 250 walkers and their families taking part.

Spanning the weekend, the festival kicked off with the ever-popular Tunnels Talk on the Friday evening at the Town Hall.
Even the torrential rain on the Saturday didn’t put walkers off and Sunday brought the sunshine so families could enjoy the children’s trails and a host of other walks.

Further details of the festival can be found here.

Next year’s festival will be 11 – 13 November 2020 and if you can’t wait until then why not get in some practice now, there are plenty of guided walks or downloadable town walks, plus the recently created maps. Further details can be found here or pop into the Discover Frome Information Point at the Black Swan.

Working Lunch - more than just a soggy sandwich
We are delighted to launch ‘Frome’s Working Lunch’; a series of lunches which are open to anyone interested in developing their work skills and making new connections.  They are open to people working across all sectors, including local businesses, community groups, social enterprises, charities, and freelancers; as well as people thinking about entering or returning to the workplace.  

Starting with a delicious lunch, guests will have the opportunity to network together, followed by a lively presentation and Q&As.

Kicking off our Working Lunches on Thursday 19th December, we’ll have Patrick Dunn discussing how to make space for creativity in your work.  Find further details here.
The votes are in!
 The results from the People’s Budget Town Votes are in and this year it was a close-run thing with the Youth Project and the intergenerational project running neck and neck!

The People’s Budget is important as it enables local people to make direct decisions about how local public budgets are spent and £10,000 of the Council’s 2019/20 budget has been made available for this winning project. There was only 1% in it but the Youth Project won the vote.  This project will support young people in the town.

We asked the residents of Frome to choose their favourite project from a shortlist of five, with the winning project being developed and delivered within the year - full details can be found here.

Community comes together to develop climate solutions
Over 50 people attended the first Climate Panel on Tuesday 12th November. After an introduction from local energy experts Anna Francis, Lizzie Boyle, Philip Morris and Simon Proctor, groups worked together to outline a range of actions needed to meet the town’s zero carbon targets. Ideas ranged from doing an energy audit of local businesses and schools, to setting up smart grids to having a team of people to be climate ambassadors. 

The second panel is being held tomorrow night at the Town Hall from 7-9pm and focusing on transport, with the final panel on Tuesday 26th looking at resources.

Further details can be found here.
Frome to hold hustings for 2019 elections
With the General Election rapidly approaching Frome Town Council are organising a hustings for the candidates for the Somerton & Frome parliamentary seat.  It will be held at Frome Town Football Club on Sunday 24th November from 2 – 4:30pm.
All the candidates will be in attendance and it’s your chance to put your questions forward, meet the prospective MPs, listen to others and get involved. 

Find out how to ask a question and to book your space here.
Take stock of your stuff!
At this time of year when we are bombarded with seasonal adverts, SHARE have asked us to simply take stock of our stuff and are hosting a unique “Swap Shop” on Saturday 23rd November.  

The event is taking place at the Town Hall between 10am – noon and they are asking people to bring along and swap good quality items for reuse and resale – people should 'bring a 'gift' to swap for something else.  
The items could be something that you have made yourself, maybe seasonal preserves or jams.  Or something that was gifted but has never been used.  Additionally, items that have been bought and used once and are still in prime condition can also be brought along.

Read more here.
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