Mayor’s column 7 November 2019

Well, it’s been an absolute pleasure to keep you up to date with the news in the absence of the Mayor, Mark Dorrington, but he’s recently returned from holiday and will be with you again, for the next column. My duties as Deputy Mayor will continue and, as always, I will be helping Mark wherever I can, but for now, welcome back, Mark!

Last week I attended the launch of the Mells Walled Garden Community Plant Nursey. It’s the most amazing project that has been helped along by volunteers from the Edventure start up team who have worked hard to transform an area of the garden to create opportunities for groups to come along and work together. While I was there, I watched pumpkin carving, pottery working and face painting. It’s a wonderful social space with a delightful café and a fabulous pizza oven too. It’s another great community project so if you get the chance, it really is worth a visit.

On Wednesday evening I took the chance to visit the Tech Shed. It’s an activity that’s held at the Welsh Mill Hub every Wednesday at 7pm. People can bring their own projects to work on or help develop technical ideas alongside others. One of the things I saw was a little gadget called an Arduino that could ultimately be used to help reduce our carbon footprint in Frome. Interesting stuff!

Litter picking may not be the most exciting task but without our Litter Warriors, I can promise you that Frome would be a much less clean and tidy place to live. They made it an interesting and exciting day on Thursday by inviting everyone to go along in Halloween costumes and even get their faces painted! I took my grandchildren along and they loved it!

Saturday, of course, should have been the free Frome Fireworks in the Old Showfield. It was scheduled to return this year, again courtesy of the People’s Budget Event vote, but sadly due to the predicted weather conditions, the whole evening had to be cancelled. There is a plan to reschedule the evening so keep your eyes and ears open to find out when it will be, and let’s hope this time that the weather won’t be against us!

On Monday 4th November outside Cycology, there was the unveiling of the plaque dedicated to J.W.Singer, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of J.W.Singer & Son in Frome. This anniversary has been the theme for Frome throughout the year and there’s a lot of information still to view at the Frome Museum, so pop in and have a look.

What’s coming up…

On the weekend of 9th & 10th November it will be Frome’s Walking Festival. There will be 20 different walks throughout the town and beyond, designed for all ages, interests and abilities. It will be celebrating all things Frome from the history of the town to lots of interesting green spaces. So, if you love walking, don your sensible shoes and please come along. Everyone is welcome!

On Sunday 10th November, don’t forget it’s Remembrance Sunday, and the Royal British Legion’s Memorial Service will be taking place, as usual, at the Memorial Theatre at 10.30am. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to pay our respects to all those who so courageously gave their lives for their country. Please join us if you can.