Mayor’s column 28 November 2019

Mayor talking to parliamentary candidates at the Frome Hustings Tomorrow (Friday 29th) I will be very excited to help turn on our Christmas lights from the balcony at the George Hotel. Some of the roads in the town centre will be closed from 4pm to allow the lantern procession and Father Christmas to make their way to the Market Place. This year the lantern parade will be inspired by the statues cast in Frome by J. W. Singer as part of the bicentenary birthday celebration project, ‘Casting the World’. The lanterns have been created by workshops, schools and individuals and were a spectacular sight last year, so I’m pleased they are returning. There will also be music and singing and, for the first time, a grotto for Santa! Do come and join us and let’s get the festive season off to a flying start.

Last Thursday it gave me great pleasure to present some of the awards at the Frome College GCSE evening at the Memorial Hall. During my mayoral year I have had the opportunity to attend several awards ceremonies (certainly more than when I was a student there) and am always very impressed with the achievements of students and staff alike.

Last week I also chaired part of the General Election hustings that were held at Frome Football Club. As expected, this was a lively event with much audience participation, but I hope all the candidates managed to put over their points. If you did not get the opportunity to attend, Frome FM broadcast proceedings live and have placed a recording on their site so please take a listen – http://frome.fm/

It’s always good to listen to new ideas, following the three successful Climate Panels which saw the people of Frome come together to develop ideas and solutions to enable Frome to meet climate emergency targets, the programme culminates in a talk by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement. Rob will be talking about his new book, From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want, come along and learn about what individuals and communities can do to make rapid changes for the better.  Being held at the Cheese & Grain on 5th December, 7-9pm, tickets are still available so make sure you get yours today www.tickettailor.com/events/frometowncouncil/