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Mayor’s Bash Cash goes further

Two of the previous mayor’s charities – Edventure and POD Youth Group – have  received their slice of the cash made at the Charity Bash held by ex-mayor, Councillor Peter Macfadyen in April.

Johannes Moeller of Edventure said, “The money will go towards equipping our Welsh Mill Hub which is an exciting, contemporary, community venue and workspace in Frome.”

The Hub offers affordable shared office and make space from as little as £15 per month, meeting and event space for up to 100 people, convenient parking and a place where people can come together to share skills and collaborate.

It was set up by young adults participating in Edventure’s training in community enterprise. All profits are going back into helping unemployed young adults create viable, sustainable futures for themselves and their communities.

Also getting its first public view on the night of the Charity Bash was the Mayor’s Chain Exhibition created by local photographer David Partner, who recognised the collection of chains as an opportunity to break down the boundaries between the people and those who govern them.

He said, “The total collection offers a snapshot of Frome’s community groups. For each chain there must be at least four groups and organisations I have spent time with.  We are very lucky in Frome to have such a vibrant voluntary sector delivering such an amazing array of services.”

Simon Keyte has framed the portraits now on display in the Round Tower at the Black Swan Art Gallery, where they are on display until the end of the month.

The other organisation to receive their cash are the POD Youth Group, who  said, “The Pod Youth Club would like to thank the Mayor for choosing us as one of his charities this year, and we are really pleased to accept this cheque. We look forward to doing something special with the money. We currently run a youth club for young people (aged 10 -18) with additional needs. This offers fun activities in a safe accepting and supportive environment.”

This week marks the end of Peter Macfadyen’s office as mayor, but Frome Town Council are committed to continuing to increasing the support and capacity building of local community and voluntary groups.

National Volunteers week will be celebrated in Frome with a marquee and ‘VolunTea in the park’ where local volunteers will be served high tea to say thank you.  To book your place please contact