I have said before that I never cease to be impressed by the talent and enthusiasm of our young people in Frome, and this week’s events have only gone to reinforce this belief.
You will remember that we formed Litter Warriors to enable concerned citizens to tidy up our neighbourhoods. I am happy to report they go from strength to strength and have made a real difference to the appearance of our town (if you wish to join them, and I hope you do, details are available on the Frome Town Council website – www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/litter-warriors ). This week I have been delighted to attend some of our primary and nursery schools as the ‘Mini Litter Warriors’ continue to grow. We visit schools and talk to them about how litter is so damaging to their environment, then lead them in a supervised litter pick near their school. The children enjoy not only learning outside the classroom but about recycling too and they’re make a noticeable improvement to their locality.
Every year the Rotary Club of Frome organise a Young Speakers’ event as part of a national competition, and this year I was honoured to be one the judges. Five teams from Selwood Academy and Frome College debated very diverse subjects. It was a very tough job choosing a winner but a team from the College proved victorious and go on to regional semi-finals. Good luck!
Finally, I was very pleased to attend the opening night of the Mark Bruce Theatre Company’s latest performance at The Merlin. I first became aware of the company when I attended their summer school in Frome last year and was so impressed that young performers from all over the country choose to come to our town to learn from world-class teachers.
If these examples are anything to go by, our future is in safe hands.