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Platinum Jubilee 2022

Queen's Platinum Jubilee logo

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year Frome Town Council set aside £15,000 for a project to commemorate the occasion. The jubilee marks 70 years of the Queen’s service to the country and Frome residents submitted ideas throughout January to go to a panel.  These ideas were shortlisted and went to the People’s Budget Jubilee Vote. A centrepiece to the blossom circle at the Old Showfield was the winning idea.

The new addition will create accessible pathways into and around the blossom circle and provide seating around the centrepiece. Two ceremonial stones either side of the circle have both been donated by local quarries to mark the Platinum Jubilee – with Curtis Ilott providing the inscription work. The project is now well under way and a celebration event is planned on the 2nd June at 2-4pm at the Old Showfield with the plaque unveiling to take place at 3pm.

Showfield Celebration

People are invited to bring their picnics and experience the tranquility of the blossom circle. There will be some acoustic music and fun, with refreshments available from the Crumpeteers, Active and in Touch and Flow on the go – with activities including a fun dog agility course (bring your dog, your child or your cuddly toy on a string) and creating Buggingham Palace.

As part of the celebrations Frome Town Council also has 70 saplings to give away to residents. You simply need to live in Frome and agree to look after the tree in your garden. The trees – a mixture of hazel, rowan, silver birch, have been chosen as they are good for gardens and are bee friendly and they will be available to plant up and take away at the celebration event. If more than 70 people sign up than we have trees available, the mayor will draw residents at random.

Beacon lighting & Proclamations

As Frome doesn’t have a beacon, and to be in line with other towns across the country that evening, there will be a ceremonial proclamation and a lighting of the Valentine lamp by Reg Ling. Usually only lit once a year on St Valentine’s Day, Reg was only too happy to oblige: “A Platinum Jubilee comes along once every 70 years, and I am delighted to be able to be master of ceremonies for this auspicious occasion.”

The town crier will also play his part performing 3 proclamations on the day, the first at 2pm on the Boyle Cross, he will then join with the mayor at the unveiling of the plaque at the Showfield at 3pm followed by the ceremonial lighting of the Valentine lamp at 9.30pm.

As well as these events, the Independent Market will be a feature on the 5th June as well as the Frome Town Band playing in Victoria Park from 3pm.

Your events

If you would like to list your jubilee event here, please get in touch with us at gtomlinson@frometowncouncil.gov.uk

Register for a Jubilee Sapling

If you would like your family to have a jubilee sapling and be part of the Queen’s canopy you simply need to be a Frome resident, and agree to look after the tree in your garden. If more than 70 people sign up, the mayor will draw residents at random.
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Published
6 January 2022
Last Updated
11 May 2022