Mayor’s Column 29 August 2019

So that was the summer! Most of us will now be back at work, and schoolchildren and students will shortly return to their studies after their long break. I have mentioned before what a strain the holidays can place on those struggling to find extra meals and activities, so I would like to say a big thank you to those charities, such as Fair Frome, that stepped in to fill these gaps.

Frome Town Council is gearing up for a very busy autumn. As well as our usual business, and annual events like Apple Day (20 October), Frome Fireworks (2 November) and Christmas Light Switch On (29 November), we have extra events this year. The major one for me will be welcoming the mayors and their parties from our twin towns in France, Germany and Poland, when Frome hosts the Quadripartite gathering during the weekend of 20th to 22nd September (Frome Carnival weekend). Expect to see many enthusiastic visitors around the town, accompanied by their host families from Frome who will be offering accommodation and hospitality.

On 25th September I will be welcoming the High Sheriff of Somerset to Frome. He is the Queen’s legal representative in the county and I am pleased that he has expressed a wish to see how we do things in Frome, especially with regard to apprenticeships and other opportunities for our young people.

Finally, please don’t forget to make your thoughts known on the proposal to reduce the availability of Frome’s fire engines during the daytime. If you have time please visit the Fire Service representatives at Frome Library on Thursday 29th August between 10am and 2pm. Alternatively you can contact them before 22nd September via dsfire.gov.uk/safertogether/servicedeliveryconsultation