Mayor’s column 14 November 2019

First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to Anita, my deputy, who has been covering for me during my break. As well as scribing this column she has been to many of the events and meetings that I would normally attend and I am glad that Frome was in such safe hands!

I am now raring to go with all the events arranged in the lead up to Christmas. This weekend saw the return of Frome’s Walking Festival; arranged by Frome Town Council to promote the many interesting walks that can be enjoyed in and around the town. Maps are available at Discover Frome Information Point at the Black Swan, or the Town Hall. If you were unable to attend this weekend, please grab a map and explore more of Frome – you will find out more about the town as well as getting fitter!

Sunday saw two very contrasting events. Our Multi Cultural Festival was held at the Cheese & Grain, and fifty-one nationalities were represented; I can assure you they all have great food! I was delighted that everyone I talked to said they had found Frome to be exceptionally welcoming.

Of course, this was also Remembrance Sunday and I had the great honour to present the poppy wreath on behalf of the town. It really is a humbling experience, and for me it is the highlight of the Mayor’s year of civic ceremonial duties. I would like to thank Jane Norris for all the effort she puts into organising the event as, shortly, she will stand down as chair of Frome Royal British Legion.