Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Save Whatcombe Fields campaign is live online for investments!

Any people you failed to find a Christmas present for? 
Maybe buy a share or two in the name of a loved one?
Just want to save the fields and have a say in their future?
Click the link below to join us today:-

The microgenius website is a government funded community shares platform we are using that saves a great deal of administrative overheads for Save Open Spaces Frome.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Please help us to Save Whatcombe Fields
We have launched a share offer to raise £330,000 to buy 34 acres of beautiful land, much loved by Frome residents. Click here for a leaflet Save Whatcombe Fields or see the separate tab Whatcombe Shares (above) giving lots more information 

We have until February 24th 2015 to raise the total amount. If Frome Town Council agree on January 7th to invest £35,000, the we will already be halfway to that total!

Online investment opens on Christmas Eve at Please look out for further info.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Next Public Meeting: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 7:15pm

SOS Frome is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and ready to issue community shares for Whatcombe Fields at last!

Join us at The Scout Hut on Welshmill Lane on
Tuesday 2nd December at 7.15pm

to hear the latest developments and bring your cheque book with you!! (PS. we have an extension on the purchase date so no longer needs to be complete by Christmas Eve - phew)

Pippa Rayner from Somerset Wildlife Trust will be joining us because the Trust is keen to support our group in making this campaign a success, and to improve these gorgeous biodiverse fields even further.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Would you like a share in fields at Whatcombe?

Attention has shifted to the fields at Whatcombe after another well-loved set of fields went up for auction last month. Save Open Spaces asked the landowner (via the auctioneer) if he would grant us 6 months to raise the money to buy it, so that we wouldn't have the same experience as last year when our community asset bid failed for Rodden Lake Stream Meadow.

So, the paperwork is not finalised yet, but we have a 6 month window to raise £350,000. Ideally, we will set up a community share scheme so that you can invest money but also have the opportunity to withdraw it in future - though probably not with interest, as this will be a not-for-profit venture.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday 29th July at 7pm at the Scout Hut on Welshmill Lane.
  • Come if you've already pledged to help
  • Come if you haven't and you would like to find out more
  • Send us a message if you can't make the date and we'll email you with an update

With thanks to Jennie for the lovely photo.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

National media attention

The new fence has certainly been catching people's attention - big articles in the Telegraph, the Mail and the Mail on Sunday in the last 3 days, though no one has used my suggested title of "Puts the fence into offensive"

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Shocking changes to Rodden Lake Stream Meadow

Here are two photos taken at Rodden Lake Stream Meadows. The first shows the shocking new fence that's now either side of the public footpath. The second demonstrates the extent of scrub and hedge clearance that has taken place. 

This sort of hedge clearance should not be carried out during the nesting season.  Mr Brunt has also fertilised the meadows which will seriously hamper the wildflower growth because they will be out-competed by grass. We are tackling him on these issues via Natural England and other third parties.

Did anyone reading this see the hedge clearance and/or muck-spreading taking place?

A date would be a real help so please contact us if you did see it and can remember exactly when it was.

Meanwhile research has been taking place concerning the measures we can use to campaign for access and protection of this green space - and others - in Frome.  We hope to be able to report back on this soon and we can make a refreshed campaign plan.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Meeting Weds 19th Feb

Calling anyone interested in Saving Frome's Open Spaces:-

Join us to hear how Bob Sargent is progressing with his work and how we can help him on
Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm in the upstairs room at the Three Swans (newly re-opened, look ahead of you at the top of Cheap Street).

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

We've got a grant!

Frome Town council awarded SOS £2,000 so that we can carry out some proper research on the green spaces around Frome that are most at risk and get some sound recommendations on the best planning and campaigning mechanisms to protect them.

We have been able to secure the services of Bob Sargent, who developed the River Corridor Strategy on behalf of Friends of the River Frome (FORF).  He is going to need help and evidence collection from all our Rodden Lake Stream Meadow campaigners and supporters of FORF and FROGS.  It's great to have such an enthusiastic band of people working together on this. Really feel we can make some progress on protecting those essential green spaces!