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Town Clerk's Update 9th October 2019

Dear all

Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to lately. Voting is now open for The People's Budget Town vote 2019, we also have a review of the successful twinned towns celebration, and an important date for your diary - Saturday 2 November when our spectacular fireworks display is returning to the Old Showfield.  

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Thanks Paul.
Voting Opens for The People's Budget Town Vote 2019

Voting for the People’s Budget Town vote has opened following the decisions made by a group of local residents.   All summer, residents have been feeding into the Have Your Say 2019 consultation and over 50 projects were added onto the Your Priorities site for people to discuss, highlight their favourite ideas and add their own suggestions.

The People’s Budget is about local people voting to make direct decisions about how local public budgets are spent. £10,000 of Frome Town Council’s 2019/20 budget is available for a project to be decided on by the Town Vote.

The projects that you can now vote on are: 
  • Intergenerational project connecting the generations through the things that they love;
  • A youth workers project
  • The Frome Bursary to support young people’s access to arts, sports and music opportunities
  • An accessible community allotment
  • Frome Voice; a project designed to create community cohesion through face to face connections.
Now we're asking you to put these in order of preferenceRead more here or  have your say in the People’s Budget Town Vote 2019 here
Frome welcomed twinned towns in annual celebration

On 19 September, Frome welcomed guests from its twinned towns in Poland, Germany and France for the annual Quadripartite. The event brought together the four twin towns to share ideas, build relationships and learn from each other.

This year it was Frome’s turn to host and for our visitors to see everything Frome has to offer. Thirty guests from each of the visiting towns were entertained with a full programme of activities, including the opportunity to see Frome’s Carnival. 

Many local organisations took part in the event with Frome Town Hall hosting the business meeting between the towns’ mayors as well as a special youth council meeting for young people from the towns. The young visitors met with students at Frome College and took part in a morning of special activities held at Frome’s YMCA.

As part of the celebrations four Silver Birch trees were planted by the Rabka Gardens in Victoria Park to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the twinning with Rabka-Zdrόj.

Find out more about twinning here.

Are you ready for Apple Day

Frome’s very own Apple Day festivities are gearing up for a day full of talks, food, drink and apple themed fun and games.

The family friendly event takes place at the Old Showfield on Sunday 20 October from 10am-3pm and will see tours of the town’s orchard, apple pressing and crafts, face painting and outdoor gym sessions.

For the first time we're launching a free Talks Tent for the whole community to enjoy. Judy Duffus from the WI and Frome Country Market will kick off the varied talks with a session on Preserves and Honey at 10am, followed by Pavla Kiselova at 11am who will talk about all things foraging before leading the audience on an interactive foraging walk.

At 12pm Jonathan Powell from the National Beekeping Trust will be explaining his Spanish and UK re-wilding projects which aim to encourage honeybees back into their natural home – tree cavities. Then Cordelia Rowlatt from Vallis Veg will explain what the global economy has to do with your local market garden at 1pm.

There will be a selection of refreshments for sale from the Crumpeteers offering warm drinks and hot buttered treats, to Matt Smith Catering with his luxury hot chocolate, hot apple crumble and homemade mini toffee apples.

Find out more about Apple Day here

Dates for your diary 

10 October FTC Planning Advisory Group

20 October Apple Day

31 October  FTC Planning Advisory Group

2 November  Frome Fireworks

6 November FTC Council Matters Committee
Remember, remember it's nearly time for Frome Fireworks

Put Saturday 2 November in your diaries for a free firework display at the Old Showfield. Following the launch of last year’s popular event, the town voted for the return of another spectacular display as part of the People’s Budget Events vote.

The fireworks display helps to bring the whole town together with around 6,000 people joining in the fun last year. As well as being a great community event, it can be less disturbing for local pets and wildlife as it encourages fewer displays taking place across the town.

With help from Frome Rotary Clubs, we've been busy getting everything in place to ensure that the family-friendly event is another hit with the town. Warming and delicious refreshments from the Crumpeteers, Lickerbissen, Lotties Kitchen and Matt Smith will be available from 6:00pm and the fireworks will explode into action at 7:30pm accompanied by music.

Read more here.

Have a party in your street

The success of a recent street party organised by Trinity Community Group is serving as a great reminder of just how fun getting to know your neighbours can be. The group closed down Selwood Road to bring the community together for a street party in late September and were overwhelmed with the positive feedback.

Community events do take a little time, some planning and of course there are some documents to fill in, but we're supporting residents to try and make the process as easy as possible. As well as a detailed how-to information on the website, we also offer community groups free hire of a variety of useful event equipment such as gazebos, tables, chairs, bean bags and the much-loved smoothie bike.

Community groups organising their own event could also benefit from a Mayor’s Small Grant up to £300.  There is no deadline for these applications, as they are assessed on a rolling basis until the coffers are empty.

Read more here.
Discover Frome's past with interactive walking app

A free app that brings Frome’s streets to life through voices and sounds is giving residents and visitors alike a new and exciting way to explore Frome.

Walking Memories is an easy to use sound walk which includes a map and downloadable app for mobile phones and offers listeners a chance to uncover Frome’s interesting past thanks to using oral histories recordings collected by Home in Frome over the last 10 years. The material has been incorporated into this innovative app by artist and tech wizard Ralph Hoyte and Phil Phelps of Satsymph.

After successfully securing support from the People’s Budget a Frome Town Council Community Grant along with funding from Frome Society for Local Study and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the walk was launched as part of the Black Swan Art’s Listen: A summer of sound art and the walk has now been handed over to Frome Town Council to host on the Discover Frome website.

Find out more about the app here.
Refill in Frome hits 30

The total number of businesses and community spaces signed up to the national Refill scheme in and around Frome has now reached 30.

Refill encourages people to ditch the plastic and refill their reusable water bottles.  Frome businesses have been quick to get on board find the full list here.

Additionally, as part of our You're Welcome scheme, a number of businesses have also agreed to let members of the public use their toilet facilities during normal opening hours, find more information here.
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