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Town Clerk's Update 3rd February


Dear all,

We may still be in a national lockdown and only be a few days into February but that hasn't stopped Frome doing what it does best - supporting each other with lots of new and exciting initiatives and events.

I am pleased to say we have launched our new-look Community Grants programme, where groups doing vital work with Frome residents can apply for up to £3000. We've also been working hard with Frome Chamber of Commerce to offer our support to Mendip District Council to ensure that Frome's weekly market continues to take place as we believe it to be such vital resource for the town.


There is a new date for the Green & Healthy Futures launch, a practical marketing workshop for local retailers, an info session all about a new scheme for sports groups, and of course the annual Window Wanderland to bring some colour to our streets and a smile to our faces.

I hope you enjoy this update, please pass it 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.

Best wishes
Paul
New improved community grants

The new community grants have been announced. The grants process has been redesigned with representatives from Frome's community organisations to try and make the grants process easier and more transparent.  

Applications are invited for projects that benefit Frome residents and are in need of funding of between £300 – £3000, this current round will close on Sunday 28th Feb 2o21.

Find out more and how to apply here.
Outline Planning Approval for Saxonvale

Following Mendip District Council’s Planning Board on Thursday 28th January, Chair of Frome Town Council’s Planning Committee, Steve Tanner said: “The planning application for Saxonvale was approved by Mendip District Council despite objections from Frome Town Council and others.  This is obviously disappointing.  

"However our focus now must be to ensure that we get the best possible design for Frome and we look forward to working closely with Mendip and Acorn through the next stage of the planning process to achieve this. In addition we hope that preliminary discussions with Mendip/Acorn regarding a potential Arts/Education offer at the Western Warehouse will now develop at pace.”

To read Mendip District Council's statement click here.
Window Wanderland is back!
 

Frome Window Wanderland is back for a fourth year and the team, with the help of the town, hope to transform the streets of Frome into a magical outdoor gallery for all to enjoy!
 
Supported by FTC, the organisers hope to build on previous events and for more households than ever to sign up.  Particularly in these darker months and during COVID, it brightens up our daily exercise while enabling socially distancing. It's simple to take part, free and everyone is welcome. You can make a display in the windows of your flat, house, business, school, nursery, car, campervan, shop – or in your front garden.  
 
To take part in the event, sign up and add your location to the map. You'll receive a "welcome pack" and be able to access lots of inspiration for windows too. Just click here.
New date for a Green & Healthy Future for Frome

Please do join us to learn more and get involved in 'A Green & Healthy Future for Frome' - an exciting 2-year project with Frome Town Council, Edventure Frome and Frome Medical Practice.

The partnership has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and their dedicated Climate Action Fund, to mitigate climate change, reduce pollution, build connection and become a zero-carbon town by 2030. 

The launch date has moved  to 29th April because of Covid-19. Book your free tickets here
Dates for your Diary

4 February - Young People Stress & Worry workshop

4 February - Routes Session

8 February - Jump Start Info Session

9 February - Start-Up Tools: Research & Discovery

10 February - Town Matters Committee Meeting

18 February - Planning Committee

24 February - Council Matters Committee Meeting

25 February - Marketing your business

26 February -  Frome Window Wanderland

NEW DATE
29 April - A Green & Healthy Future for Frome
Frome's weekly markets update

Frome Town Council are working hard behind the scenes to support the town's weekly markets to thrive during these challenging times.  

Peter Wheelhouse, Economic Development & Regeneration Manager at
Frome Town Council said: "We recognise the importance of the Saturday market for residents in Frome, particularly as it offers the chance for many to shop outside and safely during the current lockdown.

"We understand that Mendip District Council have needed to redeploy staff from the market to assist with the much needed vaccination programme so we have been working tirelessly with them and Frome Chamber of Commerce to find a solution that would enable the market to be reinstated. 

"One of the options we have proposed and are actively exploring is for the Town Council to take on the running of the market whilst Mendip staff remain redeployed.  We hope that we will have some positive news shortly."

Please keep an eye on Frome Town Council's website and social media channels for updates.
Free workshop: Marketing your business

Along with Frome Chamber of Commerce we are hosting a free online workshop for all independent retailers, creators and makers.

The workshop takes place on Thursday 25th February 11am – 12:30pm and will include 20 marketing ideas that cost nothing to implement but will make a big difference. A presentation and practical exercises will be included to help those attending develop an action plan that they can tailor for their individual businesses.
 
Run by Frances Risely, who has 30 years of experience helping retailers transform their businesses, this is the perfect opportunity to find support and raise awareness of your businesses, tackling challenges head-on.

The event is free to attend, please register in advance at bit.ly/FTCMarketing
A Jump Start for the New Year

Join us to learn more from Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) about the Jump Start programme, and how your sports club can get even more involved in helping young people make positive changes in their lives through sport and physical activity.

The Jump Start programme aims to provide young people aged 8-18 years old, who may have chaotic home lives, struggle to stay in school or may be known to the police, with life skills, confidence and positive experiences. Young people are supported by a trained, paid, SASP mentor to decide what they would like to access and then additionally with a trained volunteer within the club of their choice.

A free online information session will be held on Monday 8th February at 7pm, and  will highlight how to nominate a young person and access funding to become involved. To sign up click here.
Walking into Spring 

We are truly blessed in Frome to have an abundance of walks right on our doorstep.  Whether it’s a heritage trail taking in the history of the town or walking to the outskirts to take in our wonderful countryside, we are lucky that we have so many options.  

While we are still in lockdown and advised to stay at home, there are multiple walks we can join straight from our homes, with no need to use a car or break any rules.

To help you uncover some hidden gems we have a host of recommended resources, whether it’s an app or a map or a self-guided tour.  For further details click here.
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