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Town Clerk's Update 13th October


Dear all,

This weekend (15th-17th October) is Fiver Fest so make sure you take a look around the town and see what's on offer, you never know what you might discover. With Halloween and Remembrance Sunday fast approaching, we're running online how-to Halloween Window Wanderland Workshops for those who would like to get involved and Frome Royal British Legion are asking you to stay home and pay your respects this Remembrance Sunday. 

You will probably have seen that Land Value Alliances are currently hosting an online public consultation on the updated proposals for Selwood Garden Community. To ensure views of local residents are considered we're holding three public meetings to encourage discussion and give people a chance to share their views. Details about the meetings are below.


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Thanks, Paul
 
Find a bargain with Frome Fiver Fest  

Show your love for our local retailers with this year’s Fiver Fest, set to return to Frome’s streets on 15th -17th October. The unique shopping event is back for three days of special £5 offers from independent shops, cafés, restaurants and more.

2020 has been a difficult year for many retailers and choosing to spend just £5 a week in local shops can have a big impact on our high streets, boosting the local economy and increasing employment. Fiver Fest gives you an affordable and impactful way to check out a business you haven’t visited before and make a difference where you live.

Perfect for preparing for Christmas or just treating yourself to something special, from sweet toothed indulgences and luxurious smellies to children’s books and practical entrance mats. Check out your regular haunts and see if they have any bargains or uncover a new favourite.

For a full list of which local independent shops are taking part and what’s on offer go to www.discoverfrome.co.uk/fiver-fest-2020/
Stay home and pay your respects this Remembrance Sunday

November 8th marks Remembrance Sunday and this year will be unlike any we have remembered before.

Due to Covid-19 and the current government guidelines, the parade and the evening service at St John’s Church will not take place; this is to ensure everyone is kept safe in line with government guidelines. As such the Frome Branch of the Royal British Legion RBL is asking that as a mark of respect people who would normally come to pay their respects stay home this year.

Frome RBL will instead conduct wreath laying on the town’s behalf with the Mayor and the Reverend Alsbury, after a two minute silence at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.  This will be live streamed to allow many people to observe the wreath laying and the 2 minutes silence collectively.

Frome RBL is inviting veterans, children, groups and individuals to record a 30 second piece which will then be edited to become the virtual Remembrance to be viewed online.

Find out more and get the details on how to submit a video here.
Save the date for Frome's Walking Festival

During lockdown many people discovered beauty spots around Frome for the very first time while taking their daily exercise – others took the opportunity to visit their favourite walks many times, appreciating how they change on a daily basis. Although some Covid restrictions remain, Frome Walkers are Welcome are pleased to announce the return of their annual walking festival on the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November.

There will be a number of walks on offer, including self-guided walks and activities for families, plus guided walks in small groups. To make the walking festival as safe and enjoyable as possible this year, all participants will have to book in advance and numbers will be limited by current guidelines.

Keep an eye out over on the Discover Frome website as a full programme of walks taking place, and how to reserve your space, will be available soon.

If you fancy exploring some walks in your own company and time, there are also a host of town walks listed on the Discover Frome website which you can download and use at your leisure here.
A play strategy for Frome 

Frome Town Council is looking to work with partners to create a play strategy for Frome that will support the development of a playful town for children, young people and adults alike. Could you help us to make that happen?

The deadline to submit your proposal is 12pm on Wednesday 11th November. Find out more here.
Dates for your diary 

14th October - Selwood Garden Community LVA presentation

17 October - Halloween Window Wanderland workshop

15th -17th October - Fiver Fest

21st October - Selwood Garden Community engagement & feedback meeting

22nd October - Halloween Window Wanderland workshop

28th October - Extraordinary meeting of Council

29th October - Planning Committee meeting

31st Oct - 1st Nov - Halloween Window Wanderland
Selwood Garden Community – public consultation

Land Value Alliances (LVA) are currently hosting an online public consultation on the updated proposals for Selwood Garden Community.  

To ensure many of the views of local residents are considered, Frome Town Council (FTC) will be holding three public meetings regarding the Selwood Garden Community consultation.  The aim of these meetings is to learn about the proposals, encourage discussion and share views and at the final meeting, the Extraordinary Council meeting, Cllrs can agree and finalise their response back to LVA.  All three meetings will be held online via Zoom and details are below:
  • Wednesday 14th October, 7pm – 8:30pm – presentation of the proposals by Land Value Alliances. Register here.
  • Wednesday  21st October, 7pm – 8:30pm – Engagement and feedback meeting. Registration details to follow.
  • Wednesday  28th October – 7pm – 8:30pm, Extraordinary meeting of Council. Register here.
You can view the plans in advance on https://selwoodgardencommunity.com/, these will be available online until Sunday 18th October, and it has been agreed that FTC will submit their final response following the Extraordinary meeting on 28th October.

Find out more here.
Get into the Halloween spirit with Window Wanderland     

Frome Town Council have a number of plans in place to help you take part in the town's Halloween Window Wanderland, including how-to workshops to help give you some ideas on how to make your window display really stand out.

The workshops will take place on Saturday 17th October 10am – 11am and Thursday 22nd October 4pm – 5pm and you can sign up to them here.

The Town Council have also supported the Neighbourhood Network Group to offer a free resource pack to help neighbours and streets come together and get creative and colourful. As well as some top tips to get you started, they’ve included everything you need to make an eye catching window display: black sugar paper, coloured tissue paper, tracing paper and glue. If your street would like a pack simply contact Hannah Stopford.

This year’s spooky Window Wanderland will take place on 31stOctober – 1st November, 5.30-8.30pm and there’s still time to give your window a frightening make-over. Have your window added to the map by registering here

Read more here.
Job opportunities 

We've got a couple of opportunities to join our team and help make a difference in Frome.

🌟 Weekend Cleaner/Caretaker. Deadline - 19th October

🌟 Children & Young Peoples Project Officer (Maternity Cover). Deadline - 4th November.

Find out more about both roles and how to apply here.  
Revamp planned for Frome’s grants programme

Frome Town Council are redesigning their grants process and are asking local community groups to get involved by feeding back their views and experiences.

The aim is to bring together a group of interested residents and representatives of local organisations to work together to design a new and improved grants process in time for the next grant round opening at the end of the year.

As part of this, Frome Town Council are inviting all groups, whether they have received funding, not been successful in the past or have never applied for a grant to share their thoughts.

Organisations that take part will be asked to share us their experiences and thoughts in advance of an online 2-hour session planned for the first week of November. To say thank you for their time and input they will receive a £20 voucher for a local shop or café.

Only one participant per organisation is able to take part. If you would like to find out more or register your interest to get involved please email Laura Flaherty.
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