Frome Town Council in association with Frome FM and FACT (Frome Area Christians Together) is hosting a Democracy Day in anticipation of the May Elections. The event is taking place on Sunday 12 April at the Cheese and Grain – starting at 4.15pm. It will include a range of activities that will aim to inform and excite, during the lead-up to the local and wider elections on 7 May.
The event is the brainchild of Independent Mayor of Frome Peter Macfadyen, who said, “In keeping with this Council’s aim of expanding participation and engagement, we aim to provide clear information on the voting choices electors have, at Town, District and General Elections to be held on 7 May.”
One of the prominent events taking place on Democracy Day is a Hustings. Prospective parliamentary candidates Ian Angell, Alan Dimmick, David Oakensen David Rendel, Theo Simon and David Warburton have confirmed that they will participate in a ‘Question Time’ style event, where members of the local community have the opportunity to submit their questions to the candidates ahead of the event. These questions will be selected on the basis of greatest relevance to the people of Frome; chosen by independent Chair Lisa Millard; and will be unseen by the candidates.
There will also be an informal opportunity for members of the public to meet with candidates standing for the Town and District elections. These candidates are invited to literally “set out their stall” and chat with the local community – discussing their issues or concerns, and informing people of their choices. In true Frome style we shall have, available for anyone who wants to use it, a Soap Box. If you want to stand on it and let the people of Frome know your views, come on down and put your name on the list. Refreshments, light entertainment and other activities will also take place on the day.
If you would like to put a question forward the parliamentary candidates, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, and a contact number. Sorry, but questions cannot be accepted after lunchtime Wednesday 8 April. Those who’ve submitted questions will be contacted if theirs is selected. More information can be found on the Frome Town Council website https://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/frome-town-council/frome-hustings/ This event is open to all members of the public to attend.