Sustainable Frome runs a number of events through the year, as well as participating in events run by other groups.
Upcoming Events & Notices for January & beyond
Veganuary: lots of Sustainable Frome members have signed up to try going vegan this month. And it’s not too late to start (you can do it for 30 days at any point). There are free resources, info and advice when you sign up here: https://veganuary.com/
Tuesday 23rd Jan: Divestment meeting at Frome Town Hall, 7.00 pm. Somerset County Council’s pension fund are investing millions into dirty, risky fossil fuels. Join us to develop a plan to get them to divest…
Saturday 27th Jan: Inspired by Frome, Wedmore is looking to go Zero Carbon. Paul Allen, from the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Zero Carbon Britain project will provide a workshop and talk ‘The extraordinary story of human beings, energy and happiness’, more info here
Sunday 4th Feb: Frome’s first vegan fair! Organised in partnership with Sustainable Frome. Join us for food, talks, demos, kids activities, inspiration and more: https://www.facebook.com/fromeveganfair/
Climate Change Talks – 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. – Frome Town Hall
15th February 2018
Is Nuclear the Answer?
Land Use and Climate Change
The Way Forward
Crowd funder: Share shop would like to be able to loan items for free to people that are not able to pay for the rental. If you like this idea, do have a look at their crowdfunder site here
Aviva Fund You can also vote for them (for free!) to get funding for more repair sessions and new items here
SHARE has an Apple Press available – £12 per hire period.
Volunteer drivers: Frome Community Cars are now doing 140 lifts a month and needs more drivers, even once a month is a great help.Contact here:
YMCA Frome – have been shortlisted to win funding for community solar panels but need to get the most votes. Please vote here and share by 20th October
Repeal Bill – there is concern the bill leaves out protection for the legislation around recognition of animals as sentient beings. Petition here
The Community Fridge are currently looking for sponsors – individuals or businesses. If you think you could help, please take a look at Edventure’s website.
Electric cars for hire
Two fully-electric Renault Zoe hatchback cars are now available for hire at Frome Town Hall and the Cheese & Grain Car Park, run by the E-Car Club, replacing the former Co-Wheels scheme. To sign up, go to Ecar.
A new bike hire scheme has also been set up, with the support of Frome Town Council.
Friends of the River Frome
The group are mounting an effort to clear Himalayan Balsam from the river. Please contact Judy Hosegood to join them for wading and exploring the river from a very different and beautiful point of view (waders are provided!).
Frome car-free walking group
A new walking group has been set up for people who like walking without driving. One walk a month, usually on a Saturday. Walks are around 8 to 12 miles long, medium pace. Please join the mailing list for details.
Warminster Bus Running Day will take place on 1st October, when around 30 historic buses and coaches operate free bus services from Warminster Town Centre between 10 am and 5 pm.
Frome’s Share Shop is planning to introduce a new form of membership for people who want to support their work in the town but who may not need to borrow items from them. The supporting member will pay £3 a month; the benefits will go to a family in need through a collaboration with Fair Frome. Please register your interest at Share, The Bridge or email.
Tree conference – Saturday 4th Nov. Glastonbury. How we can support trees in the Somerset landscape and exploring the astonishing science about trees that has been emerging over the last 10 years. The conference is being live-streamed so you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Interesting speakers, Bruce Parry, Claire Dubois, and others. 9am-9pm.
Jumble sale: Saturday 4th Nov. 2-4pm Share shop has undergone a revamp (go and check it out, it looks great!) and will be auctioning off items that are no longer being offered under rental.
Sunday 5th November 2-4.30 pm, Companion voices are singers who can be called to the bedside of people who are dying to share voices and loving presence. Frome companion voices choir meets, Steiner academy, Eurythmy room.
Monday 6th November, 7.30, Film Screening: DISPOSSESSION – The Great Social Housing Swindle, Rook Lane Chapel. Doors open at 7.00. Free entry, donations welcome. Fair Housing for Frome are showing this important new film as part of their campaign to tackle the housing crisis in Frome. The film will be followed by a discussion.
Bramble grubbing(!), Sat 11th Nov– at Whatcombe Fields – Frome’s community owned land, from 09:30am
Electric Vehicles and Pedal Powered Cinema – Sun 12th Nov, Cheese and Grain, Electric Vehicles 11-3 followed by pedal powered cinema showing Labyrinth to raise funds for the Missing Link cycle route.
Nikki Jones energy talk (free) Thurs 23rd Nov, 7-9pm, Frome Town Hall. Join us for the second in the series of talks exploring energy and climate change. This one will explore global energy trends.
Community tree planting, Sunday 26th Nov at the Showfield (behind Frome Medical Practice), sign up here
1st December “Light the Night!” – Frome’s first lantern procession as part of Christmas light switch on. Free lantern making workshops during November. http://fromelanterns.weebly.com
Car Free Walking Group are continuing to meet monthly, on a Saturday. Most walks around 10 miles. firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultation on dementia
Frome Dementia Action Alliance held an event at Frome Town Hall on Saturday 20th May from 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.. The first session (10.00 a.m -11.00 a.m.) was a public consultation on what could be done to make the town more dementia friendly. This was followed by a Dementia Friends session from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Tomorrow – the film – March 2017
The showing of this positive and engaging film on 30th March at the Merlin was well attended and the organisers have donated the proceeds to the Green Party. It’s possible that a further Frome showing will be arranged – watch this space!
The town council has a thermal imaging camera that enables you to assess the thermal efficiency of your home or other buildings. Sue Everett is using it to survey houses on the Mount. If you’d like to borrow the camera, or join in the project to make wider use of it, please contact Cara Naden – email@example.com
Launch of Volunteer Frome
Members of Sustainable Frome were invited to attend an information session about Volunteer Frome – a new database making it easier for organisations to recruit volunteers and for volunteers to find opportunities that suit them. Sessions were held at the Assembly Rooms on 14th March. For more information, please contact Kate Hellard firstname.lastname@example.org
Edventure are looking for more volunteers to help with the Community Fridge. They need people to do an occasional fridge clean, as well as collecting food from local outlets. Just an hour a fortnight would be enormously helpful. If you can help, please contact email@example.com
Charles Dowding – No Dig Gardening – February 2017.
Charles is a well-known and very successful grower of vegetables and fruit, and a champion of the organic No-Dig method of cultivation. His books are in wide circulation and were available to purchase at the event. There was a visual presentation and a chance to put questions to Charles.
Growing Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap – February 2017
Seed potatoes and community seed swap plus fantastic food, workshops, talks and children’s activities.
As part of the Climate Coalition’s two weeks of action several events took place on Saturday 15th October:
- Free compost champion training
- School children will be singing about the environment .
- Photo-shoot with wildlife photographer Simon King and MP David Warburton to show community support for Frome’s ‘clean and healthy future’ report and target of going zero carbon by 2046 (or before!). A free short workshop and questions with our MP was also held and free children’s activities were provided by Frome Scrapstore.
In 2016, we held the Growing Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap on 14th February 2016, when around 400 people came to buy seeds, plants and equipment and to hear an excellent range of speakers. See the Frome Potato Day website for more information.
One Planet Sunday, October 2015
One Planet Sunday brought together all kinds of groups and projects to encourage more planet-friendly lifestyles. This included Incredible Edible Frome, Frome’s Missing Link, Share – A Library of Things and there was recycled fashion, live music, food and freshly pressed apple juice.
Ghostbusters in the Park – The Pedal-Powered Cinema
This was a fund-raising event for Frome’s Missing Link and a first for Frome: an outdoor film showing, powered by bicycles. Using the cinema equipment of Electric Pedals, we put on the movie Ghostbusters in July 2015, to a crowd of around 150 people, relaxing under the stars in Victoria Park.