Mayor’s column 11 January

Over the festive season though you have seen my ‘personal piece’ each week, I have to confess that I wrote the last two before Christmas and therefore now I’m out of practice at writing. I’ve had a bit of a block about what to write. However a stint volunteering in the Discover Frome information centre at the Black Swan got me back on track. What caught my eye there were the leaflets and information about walking, helpful if you have a resolution to get fitter! With the weather making everything feel a bit gloomy it’s also a good time to get out into the countryside, it’s a tonic… a mood improver.

As part of its health and wellbeing strategy, Frome Town Council is working towards making Frome a ‘Walkers are welcome’ town. This is a nationwide scheme and the idea is that we encourage and promote Frome as a focus for walkers and benefit from Walkers are Welcome accreditation. The initiative both helps to maintain footpaths and facilities for walkers and can help contribute to tourism. If you are a keen walker, or want to be, or would just like to welcome walkers into the town, then please pop into the Town Hall or the Discover Frome centre to sign the sheets that are collecting signatures to show support.

To link with this scheme the council is publishing a series of walking tours around town. The one I’ve seen the draft of has been developed in collaboration with Frome Society for Local Studies. The leaflet locates and describes the historical plaques that the Society has placed on buildings around town which celebrate residents with a historical significance. There is a lovely display at the Town Hall of this leaflet.

Finally, the Discover Frome centre needs more volunteers. If you would like to help please phone or call into the Town Hall to ask what is involved.