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Mayor’s column – 23rd April

Welcome to this week’s column. It’s been another busy couple of weeks – I have attended a number of events across the town and have been able to support a number of organisations.

I was invited back by Debbie and Janet of Songs for the Memory for an afternoon of singing and fun with Frome Songbirds Choir. It was great to see so many people there.

I was proud to present a cheque to Terri Pitts of Frome’s Community Fridge this week on behalf of the University of the Third Age (U3A). This donation will go towards the crowdfunding organised by Edventure to secure the continuation of the brilliant Frome Community Fridge, combatting food waste and making it available to anyone in our town. Terri and her band of volunteers do such a brilliant job – do make a donation if you can.

Peter Travis and Tracey Harding of FAVBUG organised a bus stall in the market place earlier this month, to publicise the new timetables and promote Frome bus services. I am always happy to be on the stall with two such hard working people and am pleased to see bus services continue to improve in Frome, with a new direct service to Salisbury.

Many thanks to Rebecca for inviting me to open the Pod Scrap Store at the Cheese and Grain – well done to all the brilliant Pod group and volunteers for this great resource.

My usual Saturday morning walk into town presented a photo opportunity with Helen Lederer, promoting her new book at Hunting Raven,as well as meeting up with Hugh Jones, farmers’ market manager, various stallholders, and many Frome residents and visitors.

Fingers crossed the weather continues to improve as we head towards summer; it has been a little kinder to us at least! The FTC team have asked me to pass on their thanks to everyone who stopped to chat to them at the Old Showfield in recent weeks as part of their open spaces consultation. They’ll be back soon in another green space near you, to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Another reason to wish for good weather is the Safer School Streets trial, which will have begun by the time you read this column. Good luck to the schools involved and the families who are able to trying new ways to travel to school – I hope the sun has come out for you.

The recent council meeting saw a lively discussion about the Selwood Garden Community application – we know local planning is an important topic for Frome, so please do keep taking your opportunity to talk to us. Next up, on 1st May, is a discussion about the Saxonvale development – please visit the FTC website for details and come along to share your view.

As always, look out for  each and take care. Do not hesitate to contact either myself or any of my colleagues if we can be of any help.

23 April 2024
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