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Who deserves to be Frome’s Person of the Year 2015?

Nominations are now open for the Frome Person of the Year award.

The competition, run by the Frome Times, will recognise a resident who has made a real contribution to the community in 2015.

It’s been an exciting year for Frome and many individuals have worked hard to improve their town, raise money for charity or help other people. With so many people doing great things in their community, we need your help to find them.

You can nominate any person who lives or works in the Frome area who you think has contributed to the local community. Perhaps your nominee has been involved in a local charity, helped run a sports club or offered voluntary services which have benefitted the town.  The only conditions are that the person is from Frome or one of the surrounding villages or works in the town; and that the person has not previously won this award.

Nominations must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 7th January. A shortlist of nominees will be published in the next issue of Frome Times, with the winner decided by public vote.

Ian Drew, editor of Frome Times said, “This is a chance to nominate someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding actions to Frome over the past year or who has had the biggest impact on life in the town.”

Martina O’Connor, owner of Westway Cinema, won the award in 2014 for her work in keeping the cinema open and for her role in fundraising events in the town.

Frome’s Person of the Year 2013 went to Tony Perry for his work running the local community Bridge Cafe; as a trustee of Harry’s Hydro; chair of the Frome Mencap Society and campaigner on disability issues.

The 2012 award went to Nigel Williams, of Williams Butchers in Baker Street, in what he described as ‘a vote for traditional values and good service and what Frome town centre has got to offer.’

In 2011 the award went to Peter Smith, the chair of the Friends of Frome Hospital, who led the hospital’s Centenary Appeal, which raised over £700,000 for the new hospital which opened in 2008.

Other previous winners have been street cleaner Mike Hall and Memorial Theatre stalwart Humphrey Barnes.

Nominations can be made by emailing stating your name, address and contact number with your nominee’s name and why you are nominating them. (We won’t disclose who has made the nominations). If you have contact details for your nominee, please include these.

Or you can fill out the form on page 11 of this week’s paper and return it to; Frome Times, c/o Absolutely Fabulous, 20 Bath Street, Frome. BA11 1DJ.