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Town Clerk's Update 22nd October 2019

Dear all

Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to lately.  As voting for the People's Budget Town vote 2019 is well underway, we review the short listings. We also celebrate our youngest litter warriors who have joined the battle against rubbish, and is it too early to talk about Christmas? We look at the some of the exciting seasonal activities we have planned.

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Thanks Paul.
Make sure your vote for the People’s Budget is counted

Voting for the People’s budget is well underway; responses have been coming in thick and fast and with voting only open for the next two weeks, Frome Town Council (FTC) are urging residents to vote to ensure their favourite is counted.  As the People’s budget is about local people voting to make direct decisions about how local public budgets are spent, here’s a breakdown of the projects which are shortlisted for the £10,000 available.
  1. An intergenerational project which connects the generations through the things that they love. It aims to match together people of all ages based on their hobbies and interests, while supporting people to spend time together doing the things they love such as gardening, baking, chess, reading etc.  
  2. Next there is a youth workers project; helping to support young people in parks, open spaces and other areas where young people naturally gather.  The youth workers will provide positive activities while addressing issues such as drugs, anti-social behaviour and building stronger relationships between young and old in communities.
  3. The Frome Bursary is helping to support young people’s access to arts, sports and music opportunities outside of school. It will  contribute towards costs such as transport to offer young people the chance to participate in work experience and other activities that they otherwise would not be able to. 
  4. The following project is an accessible community allotment.  The funding will be used to build an accessible allotment space with paths, raised beds and storage which will form the basis of a new community project serviced by a volunteer coordinator and create opportunities for residents to come together, share skills and learn about planting growing and cooking.
  5. Finally, Frome Voice is a project designed to create community cohesion through face to face connections to reach the views of all parts of the town. It will be training community researchers from all walks of life, to gather opinion and develop opportunities in Frome.
Voting couldn’t be simpler, pop along to the Discover Frome Information point or the Town Hall where voting slips are waiting to be completed, or go online to cast your vote. You need to be over the age of 10 and the vote will close at 9am on the 4th November.
The Countdown is on for Frome’s Free Fireworks

The excitement is rising in Frome for the eagerly awaited return of the fireworks on Saturday 2nd November. As last year, the town opted for the fireworks as part of Frome Town Council’s People’s Budget Events vote and this year’s spectacular display looks to be another extravaganza. 

Returning to the Old Showfield, the free family-friendly fireworks show accompanied by music will kick off at 7:30pm. The fireworks aren’t the only thing on the menu, make sure you arrive early to enjoy a delicious array of food treats to keep you warm. From 6pm, catering stalls will tempt you with a host of treats from hot buttered crumpets to crepes, a hog roast to chips and dips along with many more – there will be something for all tastes.  And to keep the little ones entertained, this year there will be children’s rides including bungee trampolines, mini bumper cars, and a carousel to add to the excitement of the evening. 

The event is free and but please come out and support local charities. The Rotary Clubs of Frome will be collecting donations on the evening so please bring all your spare change and give generously to the bucket collectors.

As a reminder, people are encouraged to walk to the Old Showfield and to not bring fireworks or sparklers to the event. There is only limited disabled parking available, please email for more information.

This year’s fireworks have been kindly supported by Cooper and Tanner and Sydenhams Hire

Imagining a better future for Frome

Frome Town Council is organising a series of free ‘Climate Panels’ to get ideas from the community about how we can create a safer future and meet the town’s climate emergency targets. The panels will happen at the Town Hall between 7 and 9pm on Tuesday evenings in November. A panel of local experts will introduce the topics and key opportunities, and a ‘world café’ style workshop will follow enabling groups to explore different solutions. These ideas will feed into the Council’s climate emergency plan due to be published in the new year.
The first panel on Tuesday 12th November, will focus on energy: how can we reduce the amount we use and generate energy cleanly? 
The second panel on Tuesday 19th November, will explore transport: how can we reduce the need to travel and have cleaner air?
The third panel on Tuesday 26th November, will focus on resources: how can we reduce the impact of the things we buy, from food to consumables, and how will this impact on land use?

The series will culminate with a talk on 5th December at the Cheese and Grain from Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins on ‘Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want’.  Tickets will be £5, £1 for the unwaged, and available from venue.
Read further details here.

Dates for your diary 

31 October  FTC Planning Advisory Group

2 November  Frome Fireworks

6 November FTC Council Matters Committee

9 - 10 November Frome's Walking Festival

12 - 26 November Climate Panels
Frome’s Mini Litter Warriors join the battle against rubbish

Last week saw the first litter picks from Frome’s youngest litter warriors.  Picking litter at Victoria Park, Bright Stars Nursery fully embraced being mini litter warriors, and did amazingly well launching this pilot project. Even the rain didn’t put them off!  The mini warriors were able to recycle a number of plastic and glass bottles and drinks cans.  

The Litter Warriors have a full schedule of litter picks, the next meet falling on spooky Halloween, Thursday 31st October. A family-friendly zombie litter pick has been arranged, meeting at 2pm outside Tescos in Stonebridge.  Feel free to go dressed up or get into character on arrival with our helpful facepainters and help clean up the streets in the spookiest of ways…. 

Following this, the next litter picks are:
Saturday 16th Nov 10am: The Dippy – Meeting at the Co-op
Thursday 5th Dec 2pm: Dyers Close lane (Trinity) Meeting by The Griffin
Saturday 21st Dec 10am Singers Knoll

If there is an area of Frome that you would like the Litter Warriors to add to their list, then please do get in touch with the Litter Warriors via Frome Town Council on
Walking Festival takes a step forward 

Frome’s walking festival is adding an extra day to the celebrations to fit in up to 20 different walks throughout the town and beyond, designed for all ages, interests and abilities.  

After a popular and well attended event last year Frome’s 'Walkers are Welcome' team have chosen to extend the programme and have planned a walking extravaganza for the weekend of 9 and 10 November. 

The first full day of the festival on Saturday 9th will see historic walks taking in the Singers Trail and uncovering Saxon Kings to ambles along the river, a pub walk for those who like to include a spot of lunch in their walks as well as buggy and children’s walks to discover the town’s connection to Harry Potter. While Sunday will include a comedy walk, a treasure hunt, foraging and health walks and a chance to discover Frome’s heritage trees. 
For more information and to book tickets visit here.
Free Solar for Frome’s Youth and Community Centre

The YMCA’s Youth and Community Centre on Vallis Road launched its free solar panels and electric vehicle charge point on 16th October, as part of the Town Council and Iddea’s Solar Streets project. 

Solar Streets enables local households to install discounted solar panels and has been taken up by over 60 households in Frome so far.   This will save at least 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year which is the equivalent of driving 243,000 miles or taking 31 cars off the road. £50 from each installation has gone towards providing the free solar panels for the youth centre and £3000 match funding was provided by Frome Renewable Energy Co-op’s (FRECo) community fund. 

The discounted solar is still available for householders in Frome and surrounding villages for the next few months. To find out more about the scheme or organise a free survey contact 
It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas…

It’s never too early to think about the festivities and Frome Town Council have a whole host of activities that you can get involved with in the run up to Christmas.

The annual Light the Night Christmas event is returning on Friday 29th November; the whole town will come together to celebrate the Christmas light switch on following the spectacular lantern procession.  The evening will also feature stalls selling festive food and drinks, there will be carol singing, Father Christmas will have his grotto on the Market Cross and the lights will be switched on from the balcony at The George.

Would you like to build your own lantern and join in the procession? Several workshops have been organised by Frome lanterns, further details can be found here.

Could you help on the evening? Frome Town Council are looking for volunteers to help with various roles such as helping to set up stalls, handing out carol sheets to making sure people know what’s happening and where to go. If you think you could help, please email us.

This year, Frome Town Council along with Frome Chamber of Commerce, are encouraging Frome’s businesses to take part in 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 the superb array of bespoke shops - watch this space for further details.

Finally, there’s still a chance to sponsor the town Christmas tree which stands in Frome’s town centre over six festive weeks. If this sounds like something you would be interested in please email us.
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