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Town Clerk's Update 10th September 2019


Dear all

Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to lately. There are some brilliant new projects such as the Meet by the Book event and Plastic Free Champions, as well as the chance to learn just how much of an impact Frome's Library of Things has in the town. 

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Thanks Paul.
 
Local businesses tackle single-use plastic

Twelve Frome businesses have been awarded Plastic Free Champion status by Surfers Against Sewage for working hard to remove or replace at least three items of single-use plastic within their stores.

The businesses making these changes are: Bistro Lotte, Black Swan Café, Cordero Lounge, Garden Café, Go Retro, Lungi Babas, Moo and Two, Nook, Parsons Bakery, Stony Street House, The Old Bakehouse, The River House.

Some of the swaps they have made include replacing plastic cups with compostable ones, using glass condiment bottles, serving loose leaf tea in compostable bags, supplying wooden cutlery and paper bags when requested and using paper or corn-starch straws.

Many of the businesses have also signed up to the Refill scheme, allowing people to bring their own water bottles into their stores to be filled with tap water for free. You can find your closest Refill station on their app or take a look here.

If you own or work for a local business and would like to reduce single-use plastics in the work place, you can see a full list of alternatives that you might be interested in here.
Frome to host annual twin town event 

On 19 September visitors from Frome’s twinned towns in Germany, France and Poland will be heading to the town for the annual Quadripartite event. Every year, the event moves between each of the four European towns and this year it is Frome’s turn to host.

A packed programme of events has been planned by Frome Town Council and Frome Twinning Association to showcase what Frome has to offer and continue to build long-lasting friendships between the four towns.

The formal opening ceremony will take place on Friday 20 September in the Memorial Theatre at 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear presentations from each of the towns. Later in the afternoon there will be a tree planting ceremony in Victoria Park to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Twinning Charter.

The closing ceremony will be at 9:30am at the Bennett Centre on Sunday 21 September with coffee and a special celebration cake for visitors and hosts. This will be followed by a special ecumenical service at St. John’s Church at 11:30am which is open to all.

Frome Town Council also offers young people aged 18-25 the opportunity to take part in work placements in Murrhardt, Germany. Opportunities like this enable local young people to pick up core skills related to their career of choice while experiencing a different culture.

Find out more about work placement opportunities, the Quadripartite event and Frome Twinning Association here.

Frome’s Library of Things cuts waste and saves cash 

Frome’s unique SHARE shop, which lends over 700 items to the local community for a small donation, has published a new impact report and the results are worth celebrating.

Between April 2018 and March 2019 476 items were borrowed 1,435 times, saving residents an incredible £62,620. Sharing instead of buying has also helped to save 92 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, 117 tonnes of raw material and 10 tonnes of manufacturing waste.

Set up in 2015 by Edventure Frome CIC in partnership with Frome Town Council, SHARE reduces waste and environmental impact by offering items for people to borrow instead of buying. The shop has a real variety of items including lawnmowers, power tools, blenders, wine glasses and bunting. 

First time Share Shop borrower Ellie says, “I joined SHARE because I wanted to support such an amazing project. I had my family coming to camp nearby and we needed multiple items, like a gazebo, and camping table, which would have cost us hundreds of pounds brand new and would have rarely been used. Instead we were able to borrow everything we needed for under £20 including a paddling pool which kept the kids entertained for hours!”

To find out more about the shop and see what’s available pop in Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 12 noon, or look and reserve online.

Learn more about Frome Town Council’s work to reduce carbon, costs and waste and read the full SHARE impact report here.

Dates for your diary 

11 September Council Matters Committee 

15 September Make & Create Community Bunting Workshop 

17 September Friends of Frome Station Community Meeting
 
19 September Google Digital Workshop
 
19 September Planning Advisory Group

21 September Litter Warriors
Frome is full of ideas on how to spend £10,000

Frome residents are embracing our request for ideas for this year’s People’s Budget Town Vote. Nearly 40 suggestions have now been added, and many debates are taking place about the pros and cons of each one.

Ideas for projects should cost no more than £10,000, sit within the aims of the council, and be a deliverable project. So far, they include a splash pool, a talking bench, rewilding Frome, a shuttle bus, a water refill point and even a dog or litter warden.

We're encouraging people to take a look at the ideas and start having conversations with each other via online platform Your Priorities. Alternatively, you can look at our Have your say 2019 ideas in the Frome Times, tick which ones you approve or disapprove of and return to the Town Hall or Discover Frome Information Point during opening hours.

People’s comments and the amount of likes and dislikes an idea gets will then be taken into consideration by a shortlisting panel on 22 September. The group will be made up of local people who took part in ‘Have your say 2019’ and indicated they would like to be a part of the final shortlisting to decide which ideas to take forward.

Residents have until 9am on 18 September to look at the suggested projects and share their feedback. Find out more about how the People’s Budget Town Vote works and add your idea into the running here.

View projects ideas
Volunteer with us

We're searching for residents with a bit of spare time and a passion for the town who are interested in flexible volunteering opportunities.

There are two different roles available which would suit a variety of different skill sets and experience: Discover Frome Ambassadors and Noticeboard Ambassadors. Both are an opportunity to promote Frome and help to inform local people about the great events and activities happening in the town.

Discover Frome Ambassadors would join a friendly team of volunteers at the Information Point and be a welcoming and friendly face for both residents and visitors to the town.

It is an ideal role if you know lots about Frome (or would like to know more) and enjoy meeting new people, it will include opening up and closing as well as handling money and communicating directly with the public. The Information Point is at Black Swan Arts and is open Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm and each shift is half a day.

In the role of Noticeboard Ambassador, you’d be helping a group of volunteers to update the town’s community noticeboards on a weekly basis. It’s a great way to see the sights of Frome and perfect for anyone who likes to create order and has a talent for presenting information in an appealing way.

 
Full training will be given in both the roles. To find out more email or call 01373 465757.
You are invited to ‘Meet by the Book’

On Thursday 26th September, Hunting Raven Books is hosting Meet by the Book – a free book-themed event for young(ish) people who would like to make new connections.

Moving to a new town, working from home, becoming a parent, living with a mental or physical illness, or simply not having found where you ‘fit’ can all trigger feelings of loneliness or of being on the edge of things.

If you’re feeling a little lost or just want to try something new, making connections within your community can boost happiness and confidence. Meet by the Book is something a bit different to help bring people together and create friendships built on passions and interests. 

The event will take place at Frome Town Hall at 7.30pm and there will be music, talks, food and information about some of the ways you can meet people or become more involved in the fabric of Frome life.

Everyone is being asked to bring along a book as a conversation starter. It could be a book that you love, a book you hate, a childhood favourite, or simply what you are reading at the moment. That way, everyone has something they can start a conversation about and avoid that dreaded question: ‘So, what do you do?’”

Tickets are free, but booking is essential as spaces are limited. You can reserve a place by  booking online at www.bit.ly/Meetbythebook

Can you help? Hunting Raven is looking for suggestions for groups (online and real life), projects and activities for younger and working age people as well as recommendations of books to help someone going through a lonely or difficult time.

Or if you would like to get involved practically, they need volunteers with a creative flair to help decorate the hall.

If you can help with any of the above, please send Tina an email.
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