Frome will be hosting a spectrum of events supporting International Women’s Day which takes place on Tuesday 8th March. From a new exhibition, lightning talks, a pop-up stall and a Plastic Free.Period launch event at the Town Hall, a sample of events are explored below:
The town’s museum reopens in 2022 with a new exhibition starting on March 8th called ‘Celebrated Women of Frome’. It will feature over 10 women who have a strong connection to Frome and are celebrated in their own fields, including the town’s only ever female MP, an educational reformer who received an OBE for her work, and a pioneering photographer whose images shocked the world. The exhibition will run until July, more details can be found here.
Frome Families for Future
Local community group Frome Families for Future will be running a pop-up stall outside Ellenbray from 10am – 2pm on Tuesday 8th March. Stop by the stall for fun activities and games to get you thinking about how you can help make a difference to our planet. As well as supporting Frome Town Council’s initiative to encourage a switch to reusable and ecologically friendly period products. Further details of the group can be found at here.
IWD Lightning Talks. Local entrepreneur Dawn Denton hosts an evening of inspiration and womanhood. Dawn has curated a group of women in Frome to celebrate International Women’s Day with 5-minute Lightning Talks: 6 women, 6 stories. The sessions will take place at the Cornerhouse at 7pm, it’s free to attend, just arrive in plenty of time to grab a drink and soak up the evening. If you fancy sharing your story, please contact Dawn for a slot. Follow Dawn’s Facebook page for further details.
Plastic Free. Period
Can Frome become a Plastic Free.Period town? This free event will explore mainstream period products’ impact on health and the environment and offer sustainable alternatives. Cecilia Allon, an Environmenstrual Ambassador for Women’s Environmental Network will discuss the pros and cons of each and answer any questions there will also be sample products on hand for guests to learn more about. It will take place at the Town Hall on Wednesday 9th March, from 7 – 8:30pm or you can attend online. Taking the Plastic Free.Period pledge will give you access to a number of discount codes for sustainable products and also enter you into a draw to win a free pair of period pants. Read more about the session here.
Cllr Anita Collier said: “I’m thrilled to see so many activities taking place on this important date in the calendar. The day is about highlighting and celebrating women and it’s great to see a variety of events and sessions taking place, that everyone is welcome to take part in”
Keep an eye out on Discover Frome Facebook page for further events that will be popping up, including an exciting ‘Mother Maker’ market at Discover Frome which will showcase emerging local talented makers. Plus, a brunch at the River House to celebrate the day. This year’s official IWD day theme is to break the bias by celebrating women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. Further information and a whole host of resources are available on the IWD website.