Sustainable Frome is a group of people, living in and around Frome, who are concerned about the impact of our current way of life on the planet and would like to do something about it.
We are a Community Interest Company (CIC), with a small group of directors who are responsible for making sure we meet our commitments to the membership. Membership is free and there is a broad membership as we want to be as inclusive as possible. Anyone who signs up for the newsletter becomes a member. We currently have around 460 members. Members are obliged to pay up to £1 each if the organisation is wound up with liabilities, but there are no other obligations.
Anyone can join in most of what we do – such as dressing as bees for the carnival, planting out seedlings in the Incredible Edible beds or coming along to the Apple Day celebrations – whether they are a member of not. We hold an Annual General Meeting once a year. Follow this link to sign up for our email newsletter, and you will receive information about our events and meetings.
As a CIC, Sustainable Frome must have a set of ‘objects’. These are our guiding principles and they are set out on their own web page.
We were founded by Peter Macfadyen and a group of about 40 individuals in 2008. Since then, many different people have been involved, in all sorts of ways. If people want to create their own group, or start a project, then we will support them in whatever way we can (if it is in line with our objects). This means there have been a diverse range of projects, campaigns and events going on as part of what Sustainable Frome does – it is not a plan co-ordinated from the centre.
The Transition Town movement was starting at about the time Sustainable Frome was set up, and we are part of their network. We occasionally join Transition Town events and three Frome residents attended the first international conference of the Transition Network in September 2015. You can read their accounts here. To find out more about the transition movement, visit the the Transition Network website.
In 2013, we chose to adopt a system based on holacracy to govern ourselves. To find out more about that, see the holacracy page.
In 2011, several of Sustainable Frome’s active members stood for election as Town Councillors, under the Independents for Frome (IfF) banner. IfF took 11 of the 17 council seats, and went on to win all 17 in May 2015. The council has become one of the greenest in the country as a result, getting solar panels on the Cheese and Grain, setting up new allotments and introducing an electric car club. In 2014, the council won the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice for its work. To find out more about their work, see Town Council projects page in the Groups and Campaigns section.
We are always looking for more people to get involved with our various projects – and to help us keep Sustainable Frome going. See the Get Involved page for more information on what you can do.
At the end of 2014, we did a survey to find out what issues are more important to our members – and to the town. See the What matters to Us? page to find out more.