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Yesteryear in Frome

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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10 years ago

THURSDAY, December 11 2003: Up to 80 homes and offices could be built in the Garsdale area of Frome as part of plans submitted this week.

But community leaders have expressed concerns about the proposals, the first sizeable plans brought forward for the site.

Earlier this week, a firm of developers submitted a planning application which they hope will transform a section of the Garsdale and Saxonvale site for housing and offices.

The 37.5 acre site has been the subject of regeneration plans for a number of years following the closure of some of Frome's primary industries.

But the planning department at Mendip District Council say that the latest plans for homes and offices on the former Cooper & Bussman site are the most significant to date.

The proposals have been drawn up by Newland Homes and Terramond, a Cheltenham-based from who propose to convert a 1.5hectare site into a mixture of detached and terraced houses and apartments with provision for affordable houses.

Jenson Button has revealed he believes he is capable of become world champion in 2005.

The Frome-born driver is still chasing his first Formula 1 podium finish as he gears up for his second season with the British/American racing team.

But the 23-year-old is convinced next year will be a breakthrough year for him and the team, with both having struggled to live up to the hype surrounding their entry into the sport.

"If, as is the plan, we are challenging for podiums in 2004 plus a possible win, then there is no reason why we can't start competing for the title in 2005," said Button this week.

25 years ago

FRIDAY, December 9 1988: The new £6,000 Christmas lights in Frome are being criticised by shopkeepers and residents.

The display was designed by the company that lights up buildings in Paris, New York's Central Park ad Regent Street In London. People are saying the displays in Trowbridge and Warminster are better..

A huge campaign to raise extra cash for the new lights was launched earlier in the year after it was discovered the old bulbs had to be scrapped because of new regulations.

The organisers, the Chamber of Commerce, approached dozens of shopkeepers, companies and industries for donations. Frome Town Council pledged a one-off £2,000 grant

Traders are complaining that this year's lights are worse them ever despite the thousands sunk into the new ones.

Mr John Collier of Stony Street said: "I am not very impressed with them. We realise people have given up their time and no one wants to criticise them, but the result is far from satisfactory."

Mr Colin Thompson of the Frome Security Centre said: "The effort is commendable but the effect is disappointing."

Penniless peer, Lord John Kinsale, is flinging himself into the seasonal spirit by hiring himself out as an upper-crust Father Christmas.

The Premier Baron of All Ireland, who lives in Nunney, has tried his hand at most jobs, from plumbing to part time kitchen fitting.

Lord Kinsale will be kitted out in ermine robes, topped off with a red cap and coronet. He hopes that an enterprising store may like to install a throne in their toy town grotto. He said: "I am trying to perfect my Ho Ho Hoes."

Lord John is currently two thirds of the way to completing his autobiography and hopes to take a trip to the United States where he is expecting to do a TV documentary.

50 years ago

FRIDAY December 6, 1963: Frome magistrates were told on Wednesday about what was described by the prosecution as the most "despicable type of hooliganism" started on the dance floor and continuing into the Market Place. A series of fights and beatings up of a very "vicious nature" were alleged to have taken place amid "scenes of chaos."

Before the court were eight Frome men who were charged following incidents at a local hockey club dance in the George Hotel a month ago. All elected to go for trial at the next quarter sessions.

Within ten minutes of the opening of Nunney Scout's second annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday the church rooms were packed with nearly 200 people. This start was the a measure of pride Nunney has in its Scout group, which with a membership of some 50 boys, is one of the strongest groups in the district. Its programme certainly shows it to be one of the most active groups in the country, with regular weekend camps, holidays in Germany last summer and weekends of adventure hikes by senior members.

Much of the success of the group is the strong parent/friend association which is behind it, and members of the association who are responsible for the very tasteful decoration and layout of the rooms, the staffing of the stalls, and the Scouts and Cubs doing the fetching and carrying.

100 years ago

FRIDAY December 5 1913: The prizes and certificates gained by the students of the Frome School of Art and Science will be presented by the Rev Prebendary Randolph on Friday evening December 12 in the lecture room.

The chair will be taken by the Rev J S Paige at seven o'clock. An exhibition of the work by the students will be open in Room 1 after the distribution.

Lovers of Dickens in Frome were afforded the opportunity of hearing another recital from their favourite author on Tuesday afternoon by Mr Arthur W Hayes. The recital on this occasion took place in the Market Hall, which is scarcely compact enough for such entertainment as the recital is regarded as one of the literary treats of the year. It was greatly enjoyed by a large and appreciative audience. Arrangements for the show were made by Mr H G Chislett and the proceeds were devoted to Badcox Sunday School.

The sale of work which is promoted only in a day for Holy Trinity Church funds has a reputation which makes it one of the most popular and successful of such functions in Frome.

There is no glamour about it - it requires very little "booming" it succeeds chiefly because it is the outcome of steady united effort and everything sold bears a hall mark of quality and is sold at a reasonable price.

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