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Mayor’s column 1 October 2020

I was recently invited by the current President of Frome Lions to take part in their second ‘live’ meeting since lockdown. Lions have been supporting Frome and its surrounding villages for over 50 years. Beverley Windley chaired the meeting and I was invited to talk to the club about my life as the Mayor of Frome. The Lions usually rely on organising many events in order to fundraise for local causes, which of course has been impossible of late. I was therefore happy to hear that they have requested to be advised of any volunteering opportunities in the town, where they can help out during the pandemic. All very typical of such a giving group.

I met Frome’s new Debt Counsellor, Phil Gray, last week too. Phil is attached to Holy Trinity Church who are funding his position. The Church is renowned for its generous social slant in Frome, and this is just another of the wonderful services they offer. If you are in debt, or equally importantly, think you may become in debt, this could be a lifeline for you. Phil is CAP trained and is there to offer free advice and friendly support to anyone who lives within the BA11 postcode area. Just call 800 328 0006 to find out more.

I’ve always loved my town, but until I became a Councillor, I had never put any thought into how all the wonderful things I love about it came about.

The incredible events and festivals for adults and children alike (when Covid allows of course), the learning opportunities, the drive for more apprenticeships, the sharing shop, the people’s budget, the community fridge, the litter warriors, the push for more social housing, the passion for creating a clean environment, the support for diversity and helping to support social services, and so much more …

I’m immensely proud to play a small part in some of these activities, and now am beginning to understand that a lot of this wouldn’t happen were it not for the passion of some extraordinary people, and the support of the town council.

I have an amazing bunch of colleagues who are constantly thinking about how to sustain and improve on the town’s facilities and resources, and I work with a fabulous council staff who are dedicated to bringing these ideas about.

I will never again take for granted the work that goes into making this town so special and can finally appreciate exactly how and why I love Frome so much. It really is a great place to live!

I shall be taking a short break from my work next week, have a good couple of weeks, everyone, take care, and please stay safe in these increasing difficult times.

1 October 2020
Last Updated
23 January 2021
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