Sustainable Frome runs a number of events through the year, as well as participating in events run by other groups.
Starting 12 November – EXTINCTION REBELLION: escalation, London and throughout the country. Starting on 12th November, an escalation of action is planned. This includes Rebellion Day on Saturday 17th when groups from across the country — including a large group from Frome — will take part in peaceful actions of civil disobedience in London. More info
3rd November, 4pm-9pm – Clothes Exchange Launch, Silk Mill. Child-friendly until 7pm. Bring adult and / or childrens clothes to swap. More info here
3rd November, 2pm-4pm, Somerset Wildlife Trust Members’ Event, Cheese and Grain. Somerset Wildlife Trust are bringing together a panel of experts in conservation and climate change including Prof Vicky Pope from the Met Office and Dr James Peace-Higgins from British Trust for Ornithology, to discuss these issues and others. More info here
1st November – Sustainable Frome meeting, Good Heart Cafe, Palmer St. Food to share from 6.30, meeting from 7pm.
31st October – EXTINCTION REBELLION: Declaration of rebellion – public act of civil disobedience in London. More info
28th October: Finding the positive in a changing climate, Bristol. Bristol Literature Festival are running an affordable writing workshop. This echoes Paul Allen from CAT’s call for a positive vision for the future. You don’t have to be a “writer” to attend. There will be discussion and the opportunity to hear from Bristol writers, as well as having a go. More info here
21st October – APPLE DAY. Planting etc. at the new Frome Community Orchard, on the Showfield.
21st October – River clean up, as part of the Plastic Free Frome programme, more info here
14th October, 3-5pm – SHARE Repair and Upcycling Cafe, Welshmill Hub. Bring along anything you’d like to fix. Free tickets and more info here
9th October, 7.30pm – Talk: ‘In praise of Apples’, Critchill School, Nunney Road. Speaker – Mrs Charlotte Popescu. More info here
Frome Uprising – September & October
17th October, 7-9.30 pm – Non Violent Direct Action Training, Frome Town Hall. We have organised a free Non Violent Direct Action Training session as a follow up to Roger Hallam’s talk on 27th Sept. Come along if you can and bring friends – this will really help us be prepared for any future actions that take place, whichever role we choose to take. There is a Facebook event here an eventbrite here.
To quote Rising Up, “Life as we know it is falling apart. Extreme weather events and mass species extinction cover the globe. It’s time to rebel. Join the Extinction Rebellion for our introduction to non-violent direct action. How do you chat to cops? What are the best techniques for blockading?
Affinity groups are forming around the country to take part in a series of escalating disruptions during November. At this training we will do a briefing about the Rebellion and go through a training on the theory and practice of nonviolent action. We will then be looking at forming affinity groups in Frome and the ways we can recruit people.” More about Extinction Rebellion here
Friday 5 Oct. – Carne Ross, the Accidental Anarchist, 7pm Rye Bakery. Ex-foreign diplomat and star of BBC documentary ‘Accidental Anarchist’ Carne Ross is coming to Frome to explore alternatives to our current system, which value people above profit. Addressing this issue could have huge benefits for people and the planet. Tickets are £3 available here
2nd Oct. – Welshmill Hub, 9:30 am. Creative collaboration and idea generation – free, book a ticket here
Thursday 27 Sept. – RISING UP. 7pm Town Hall. Speaker Roger Hallam outlined the impacts of climate change and what actions we can take to enable the switch away from fossil fuels. Roger said ‘The science is done – we are heading for climate catastrophe in the next decade and face the prospect of extinction if governments don’t change course very fast. Come and hear the facts, the plans and how to get involved.’
Saturday 22 Sept. – Frome Carnival – ‘Plastic Free Frome‘ walking carnival ‘float’
Friday 21 Sept. – Somerset Pension Fund Divestment Protest, Taunton Race Track 9:30am – 12:30pm. Somerset invests £125m in fossil fuels including £70m in fracking, plans are afoot to protest outside their AGM and highlight the urgent need to switch. Email if you’re able to join us (spaces are available in car).
Sunday 16 Sept. – Frome Vegan Fair. 9am -4pm, Cheese and Grain. With special guest Vegan chef Day Radley Free tasters, stalls, talks, clothes, homeware, cookery demonstrations, kids activities, charities and activisim groups. Entry £3
Saturday 15 Sept. – PLASTIC ATTACK! Organised by Greenpeace and a group called Plastic Attack (find them on facebook). They want everyone, worldwide, to do SOMETHING on that day – return plastic to a supermarket, post pictures of excessive plastic, leave excessive plastic on the checkout when you shop etc etc. There are a few organised events e.g. at Lidl, Lower Bristol Road, Bath. More here.
Thursday 13 Sept. – Green Party AGM. Upstairs, Cheese and Grain. Anyone can attend but you have to be a member to vote.
Frome Uprising – 8th September, 27th September & 5th October
Saturday 8th September – A fairly impressive crowd showed up at the Boyle Cross as part of the international ‘RISE FOR CLIMATE‘ campaign. Frome joined thousands of cities and towns around the world in holding an action and rally to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change, to showcase climate action taking place around the world, and to inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments.
There were banners, bicycles, trailers, buggies, windmills, flowers, furry animals and colourful people. There were big fluorescent orange posters on the door of HSBC and near Barclays listing all the terrible things they invest their (our) money in. Many passers by beeped and waved to show their support. We finished with a march through Westway to the library and back. Frome Town Council launched pledge cards at the event to encourage people to switch to green energy and ethical bank, take the pledge here
All September is CYCLE SEPTEMBER All kinds of goings on, campaigns, challenges, PRIZES! More here.
Saturday 23rd June – ‘Increasing Our Impact as Change makers’ A day of exploring the personal and unique roles we can choose to contribute to our changing and vulnerable world. Working with the wisdoms of people like Joanna Macey and Charles Eisenstein, Debbie will guide us and share tools resources and inspiration. In Frome! Book here
Saturday 23rd June – Somerset Convergence, Wells – book a place here
Sunday July 1st – Bike themed Independent market complete with bike jumble sale, paint spinner and smoothie bike, in aid of Missing Links
30th June & 1st July – Designing Edible Spaces’ in Bristol – focusing on productive, low maintenance, ecological, aesthetic & edible spaces. More info here
July 5th / 6th – Regenerative Design for Small Farms, Musbury Village Hall, East Devon, EX13 8AJ Booking and info here
Saturday 7th July – #Return the Plastic, midday Lidl Frome
Sunday 8th July – SHARE’s Repair Café at Welshmill Hub
Monday 16th July – Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Energy will be performing ‘An Extraordinary Story’ from big bang to big oil and towards a brighter future – book a place here veggie / vegan buffet also available before hand…
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. email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.