Mayor’s column 11 June 2020

It was like a breath of fresh air this week to be out and about in the town. Understandably there are still no events to attend, but it was a pleasant change to spend a day away from Zoom meetings and just sitting at my computer.

Having said that, my day started early on Tuesday morning with a 7.30am Zoom call. It was something called Animator Training and it’s about sharing experiences with people all over the world, building small neighbourhood communities. It was also good to catch up with the Frome Town Council staff and other Councillors at our regular Tuesday morning meeting to find out about what we’ll all be working on this week. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear about the amount of work the staff cram into a week – Frome is very lucky to have such a dedicated team working on their behalf.

We’ve heard a lot about #blacklivesmatter this past week, following the death of George Floyd in the US. There’s no doubt peoples’ voices need to be heard, and hopefully those voices will start to bring about the change that’s needed.  I’m very heartened to think that in Frome we have 53 different nationalities who have settled in the town. There’s never an excuse for racial discrimination and I for one, am proud to live in a multicultural town. It’s all about community, isn’t it?

There were two other areas that really caught my attention this week. One was the call for help to water and mulch the young trees that were planted at Weylands during half term in February. They have had to contend with so much sunny weather, they were really in need of food and water, so it was a pleasure for me to pop up and tend to them. Weylands is such a beautiful park area and makes for a beautiful walk. If you’d like to help, go to https://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/wild-about-trees

The other was hearing about the launch of Frome’s Walk/Ride project, seeking ideas for how we can make life easier and safer for both cyclists and pedestrians. I’ve submitted my ideas and we’d love to hear your ideas too and you can add them using this link: https://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/walk-ride-frome/

And finally, we’re hearing more about the Covid-19 risks associated with the South West now, so we still need to be extra vigilant about hand washing and social distancing. Let’s not jeopardise all the good work we’ve done by relaxing too quickly. I’m hoping we’ll all start to have a bit more freedom to carefully move around soon, but until then please take care and stay safe.

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