Sustainable Frome runs a number of events through the year, as well as participating in events run by other groups.
Frome Uprising – 8th September, 27th September & 5th October
Frome gets ready to Rise Up for a safer future
On 8th September Frome is joining 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.
Co-organiser Alex Hart says ‘I’ve been kicked into action to ‘Rise up’ on the 8th by Pope Francis who calls for ‘citizens’ pressure groups’ to make some noise ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit that is taking place in San Francisco, USA on 12-14 September, to ensure it provides ‘suitable responses’ to the climate crisis. He said that climate change is a challenge of “epochal proportions” and that the world must convert to clean fuel. “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation.’
Frome Town Councillor Peter Macfadyen added ‘At the event on 8th we will be not only be demanding support for renewable energy but will also be sharing pledge cards, actions that all of us can take that make a real difference. Switching to a green energy supplier such as Good Energy or Ecotricity for example means that the money we spend on energy goes directly to support renewables such as solar and wind. Switching to a bank that doesn’t invest in fracking or oil is also important.’
The rally on the 8th September begins at midday at Boyle Cross in Frome. People are asked to bring banners, bikes and something to make noise with. Groups ranging from the National Trust to Somerset Wildlife to FROGs are being invited to participate and support the call for a switch away from fossil fuels.
The rally is followed later in the month by a free ‘Rising Up’ workshop at Frome Town Hall on 27th September at 7pm. Speaker Roger Hallam will outline 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. It’s real, it’s happening – we need to act. Come and hear the facts and the plans and how to get involved.’ Roger previously persuaded Kings College to divest from fossil fuels through actions including a hunger strike.
The final uprising event will take place on 5th October at 7pm at Rye Bakery where ex-foreign diplomat Carne Ross will come to Frome to explore alternatives to our current system which value people above profit. Writing about his BBC documentary ‘Accidental Anarchist’ Carne Ross said ‘In northern Syria we witnessed the extraordinary attempt at bottom-up self-government in Rojava. It was here I realised that anarchist society, where people govern themselves without hierarchy, authority, or state, is possible.’ Carne makes the case that our current political system places decision-making in the wrong hands. This applies to energy where the government supporting fracking instead of renewables.
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.