On a beautiful day, 20 delegates from as far afield as Frome and Ivybridge in Devon travelled to Wellington to hear about a range of promotional schemes and events that support local businesses, that could be replicated in other market towns. We had 5 representatives of Chambers, and welcomed new SMTF members Somerton Town Council.
Representatives of community groups from ten towns met in Shepton Mallet on Wednesday 24th March to learn about progress on a number of projects in the town.
Alan Stone, Shepton 21 member, local historian and a regular tour guide, led us on a tour of the town, pointing out the BT exchange where the CATEC project was planned to go, the many stone walls which are a feature of the town and the buildings that have benefitted from Shepton’s Shopfront Facelift project.
Presentations below (pdf files);
Linda Hull from Somerset Community Food mentioned the Land & Food project – read more here
This Network Event focussed on the things that towns can do to improve the tourism ‘offer’ – making towns more attractive to visitors.
It covered the provision of visitor information (specifically looking at good examples of Information Centres), developing projects that interpret local heritage, and also two examples of major events – The Ilminster Midsummer Experience and Frome hosting the start of a stage of the Tour of Britain.
SMTF Members who missed this missed one of our best Network Events – Roger and Chris from Martock’s M3 Community Partnership and Parish Council organised a very informative and interesting tour and presentations.
We had a very good Network Event in Frome yesterday, with 20 members and guests learning about Frome’s fascinating history and future plans.
Maggy Daniell (Vision for Frome & Town Councillor) and John Peverley (Frome Civic Society) took us on an interesting tour which included the Black Swan Arts Centre and nearby development around the Market car park, the award-winning Piggeries housing development and the historic Trinity area (see below), and finishing in Catherines Hill, a independent/boutique pedestrian-only shopping street.
The Market Town Forum’s Network Event in Watchet last night enthused and encouraged those attending, who heard about three projects in the town and also the latest on the towns’ MCTi Community Plan.
SMTF’s AGM took place on 6th Nov at Monks Yard, near Ilminster.
After the AGM we were given a tour of the Monks Yard development by owner Dean.
It is a series of buildings leased from the owner-farmer, and a private management company assist in managing the various business aspects.
Representatives from Frome, Ilminster and Wellington travelled to Radstock on June 24th to take part in the latest SMTF Network Event, which looked at opportunities for community regeneration partnerships and town councils to engage more fully in the development process in our towns.
Representatives from as far as Minehead and Watchet travelled to Wincanton on February 28th to take part in the latest SMTF Network Event, which focussed on how to organise successful events and also how best to promote our towns.