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Mayor’s column – 12th December 2023

For many people, Christmas is a time of reflection and thinking about the year that has passed and looking forward to the year ahead. We remember loved ones sadly no longer with us, and spend time with family and friends.

This marks the halfway point of my year as Mayor. There have been many highlights that I have been honoured to be part of as Mayor of Frome – Frome Festival, Cheese & Grain 25th Birthday, Football Club FTCBS, Remembrance Day, and of course, cleaning bus shelters! 

Philip cleaning a Frome bus stop with Peter Travis of FAVBUG

The Christmas light switch on was such a joyous event, as so many people came together to enjoy the music, entertainment and the spectacular lantern parade. 

But this year has not been without its challenges. A time when our whole community is affected by rising costs and household bills, This brings with it new worries and pressures all across our community, at what can be a difficult time of year for so many.

As a council, we are working with many organisations to support our residents this winter through a number of initiatives, especially those who are most vulnerable. You can find out more about the support available on our Community Guide page.

Over the past year I have visited many different groups and organisations. I have been so amazed by the generosity and acts of kindness I have seen in our community. My personal thanks goes to all of these wonderful people, many of them volunteers, who give of their time freely to help others and ensure that the most in need are looked after.

Christmas is the season of goodwill and a time for us to look outwards and do something for others. I believe Frome does that all year round and especially in difficult times. So, offer whatever you can, time, friendship, kindness and it is that sense of togetherness that will take us forward into next year.

Spend time with your family, loved ones and friends in togetherness and celebration.

We have so much to look forward to and as your Mayor, I can not wait to meet more amazing people and organisations in the new year. 

As I look forward to 2024, I do so knowing that our community, our town, will move forward with ever more resilience and optimism to embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead of us; with ever more kindness and appreciation for all those around us. That is our strength.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.”

13 December 2023
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21 December 2023
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