Alison Barclay

Ali Barclay

Ali Barclay

My children and grandchildren were born in Frome and love it as I do. I’m passionate about the growth of community groups here and excited about the New Frome Town hall being at the centre. My career as a nurse has been a good foundation in working with people which I have done for the last 30 years. I am keen to get more involved with the community in Frome and to support projects that benefit the town.

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Al O’Kane

I was brought up here and love our special town of Frome – with its broadening range of people, interesting history and many quirks!
My work and passions involve music, creativity, the arts, painting and decorating, nature and the outdoors.
I believe in common sense, communication and equality for all members of society. I would like to use my skills to help maintain Frome’s unique and creative charm whilst listening to YOU and helping the town move forward and evolve into a place where everyone feels happy and catered for.

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Al O'Kane

Al O’Kane

Cath Puddick

Cath Puddick

Cath Puddick

I moved to Frome two and a half years ago after falling in love with its vibrancy, beauty, atmosphere and individuality. After moving around somewhat and experiencing various places, I wanted to settle down somewhere… And when visiting Frome, I quickly recognised its magic, knew it was special and had to live here. I have a strong belief in striving for what you want – that nothing is impossible, and that positive encouragement & strategy can achieve great ends- both for an individual and indeed a town! I am ambitious and determined, and will fight for the best results for both Frome and its people.

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Colin Cobb

I grew up in Frome and chose to return home 4 years ago to be near family and friends, and to enjoy the wonderful environment and new opportunities that Frome offers.
I work as an architect, mostly building new schools, and so I have a strong interest in the ongoing development ideas in Frome, and the perspective of someone who knows Frome and its history well.
I believe in Frome’s potential as a thriving, inclusive market town and in the important of the developing the town in a sympathetic way that provides for the needs of everyone in the town. I enjoy creating positive change, helping people and working hard for things I believe in.

 

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Colin Cobb

Gary Collinson

Gary Collinson

 

Gary Collinson

I was born in Frome and bought my family up here.
I believe the town should provide sports facilities and opportunities so that everyone can participate in their chosen sport at an approporiate level.
I have a strong track record of community engagement and getting things done.

 

 

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Heather Wride

When ifF was first established it was personally a both frightening and exciting time. Working at the Cheese and Grain there was a massive threat to the job that I loved but it was so heartening to read the letters of support and to see people actually doing something to make a change.
Watching people engage with their community, with politics and a positive change for their town was inspiring. I would like to see the credit union extend it’s remit, am interested in the the town adopting the living wage and continue supporting Fair Frome.

 

 

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Heather Wride

Heather Wride

 

Jean Boulton

Jean Boulton

 

Jean Boulton

I’ve lived in Somerset for twenty years and moved to Frome two years ago. I love being able to walk into town to get a cuppa, shop, listen to music and go to the pictures!

I have a dog and feel passionate about the importance of green spaces and of the vital role of planning in balancing the need for open space, housing, shops and other businesses.

I’m a scientist by background, and work variously as a business consultant, company director and lecturer. I’ve also been chair of a charity focusing on well-being for disadvantaged groups in East London and been a voluntary social worker here in Frome. I’m keen to stand up for Frome’s agenda with the District Council and hope my business skills can be used to focus on social inclusion and growth of jobs and business opportunities.

 

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Kate Bielby

I’ve been a self-employed writer and editor for over twelve years. My husband and I run a small creative business in the middle of Frome. I’m a mum and a carer.

I’m standing as an IfF candidate because I feel strongly about the future of the town I love. I’d like to find ways of helping more people get involved in our community, including people who might normally struggle to do so.

I think I’m ideally suited to being a councillor because I am a little bit obsessed with the clearing up of litter and dog poo.

 

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Kate Bielby

Kate Bielby

 

Mel Usher

Mel Usher

 

Mel Usher

I have been Leader of the Council for the last three years which has been a privilege and great fun. I was one of the original founders of IfF after attending a Town Council meeting and thinking,  “ we can surely do better than that!”

I am particularly keen that the Town Council does things right (efficiency) and does the right things (effectiveness). We have revamped the whole council, stuck to budgets and made lots of things happen. At least now Frome has a sense of direction which makes us stand out from neighbouring towns.

If elected for the next 4 years I would like to concentrate on getting more decisions made in Frome by Frome people. That’s when the best decisions are made…and in half the time. It’s going to be tough the government plans at least another £35b worth of cuts so towns like ours have to concentrate on being smart, resourceful and determined.

 

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Nick White

My family and I were all born and raised in Frome, apart from my 84 year old Mother who has only been here for 60 years! This gives me an excellent insight into the towns requirements and expectations. My 4 years as a town councillor and year as Mayor have served to strengthen that knowledge and my love of the town.
I would very much like to see a sensible resolution to the Saxonvale development, without the shouting. If this opportunity, like the Singers site, is lost to housing, we do not deserve to be in office.

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Nick White

Nick White

 

Peter Macfadyen

Peter Macfadyen

Peter Macfadyen

I am currently enjoying being mayor of Frome – our home for 28 years. I’ve worked here for international development charities and more recently as an undertaker.
I want to see real change towards an ‘active democracy’ where individuals and community groups are even more able to decide their own futures.
I am proud of what we have already achieved in promoting new ‘green’ jobs and want to push this further as Frome looks to the future.

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Pippa Goldfinger

I’m an engineer and have lived in Frome for 13 years and have brought up my children here, who have attended Frome schools and nurseries.

I’m passionate about the built environment (Architecture, infrastructure) and am keen that it should be as beautiful and accessible as possible.

I work from home and walking my dogs in the Keyford area every day means I am approachable and able to respond to issues raised by residents. I’ve been a councillor for four years now and still feel excited by the possibilities of working with a creative and Independent town council with a wide range of skills and experience.

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Pippa Goldfinger

Pippa Goldfinger

Richard Ackroyd

Richard Ackroyd

Richard Ackroyd

I’m a secondary school teacher and I’ve lived in Frome for 15 years. I am currently involved in helping to maintain the local SUSTRANS cycle route and the development of the new Missing Link project. I am also an active member of the Friends of Somerset River Frome, the Tunnels project and Frome Ukulele Club.
If I am lucky enough to become an elected representative I will campaign for better sports provision, more youth oriented facilities, safer roads and more integrated transport, sensible planning policies and an end to the outrageous fly tipping problems which currently blight the edges of town.

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Sheila Gore

I believe the energy and ‘can do’ attitude of the ifF group is great. This attitude has benefited many projects around Frome over the last 4 years and also encouraged many to get involved in influencing change through the council… it’s why I have put myself forward as a candidate for the upcoming election.

Having been part of Sustainable Frome since it started I’m keen that the ‘green’ policies that have been put in place by Frome Town Council are built on and shown to be relevant and valuable to everyone.

I own a retail business in Frome – Frome Wholefoods therefore interested in exploring the development of existing businesses to encourage a lively thriving business community. I believe that finding linkages, business to business and business to voluntary, education and health sectors can lead to a more connected resilient community and this is something the town council can encourage.

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Sheila Gore

Sheila Gore

Tim O'Connor

Tim O’Connor

Tim O’Connor

I want to represent you. I want to see a Frome fit for all and to carry on the good work of the Independent town council and continue to invest in the town.
By day, I am a Pensions Manager for a £1.6 billion pension fund with 30 years pension experience. By night, MC of the Submarine Comedy Club, bringing laughter to Frome on a regular basis – both should prove useful as a Councillor.
I am not interested in corrosive party politics but wants a Frome everyone can be proud of and more importantly feel a part of.

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Toby Eliot

I’m a keen, but not very good cricketer, I love to watch rugby, I enjoy great beer and I play a number of instruments in various bands. I love living in Frome because it lets me do all those things and it’s been a great place for my kids to grow up.

I want to make this a town a place where everyone has more say over the changes that affect all of us.

I bring with me my experience of working in support services and in local authorities. I’ve just spent four years helping to achieve some of the ambitions of Frome town council and I’d like another four years to push those ambitions further.

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Toby Eliot

Toby Eliot

Tricia Golinski

Tricia Golinski

Tricia Golinski

I am 56, have lived in Frome for 15 years, and work part-time in local government, as well as volunteering as a health walks leader and a Sustrans ranger. I’ve also been a member of the IFF-led town council for the last 4 years.

If elected again I would work towards making the town centre more pedestrian-friendly; preserving and improving the town’s green spaces and river corridor; completing the Missing Link multi-user path to link Frome with the national cycle network; improving public transport; and making local government and its meetings more user-friendly so everyone can take part.

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