This notice sent to all Shareholders on Sunday 6th October:

Dear SOS Whatcombe Fields Shareholders
This is to inform you that the SOS Whatcombe Fields Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday November 25, 2019 at 7.30pm. The venue will be  Frome Town Hall  Christchurch Street West, BA11 1EB. 

    The AGM is a crucial forum for ensuring the present and future well-being of these collectively owned fields, so we hope to see you there!

    Also please note the following:

1- If you would like to join the Management Board, (which meets every alternate month) we are a friendly, welcoming group. There is a 21-day notice period, so nominations must be received by Monday November 4th.

2- We are still looking for an experienced book-keeper to manage the finances, as a replacement for Ian Brown who is retiring. We have very few transactions, so the workload would be minimal! If interested, please contact us before the AGM.

Steve Small on behalf of the Directors


Please don't forget to look at the NEWS page.

E-mail address contact to directors:


or via the CONTACT link in the menu at left.

The official address is

SOSFrome, 2 Low Water, FROME,  BA11 3AR


SOS (Save Open Spaces) Frome

is a community benefit society formed to try to protect green spaces in Frome. 

Whatcombe fields saved for the community - 2015

When Whatcombe Fields came up for auction early in summer 2014, there were concerns that another much loved open space in Frome would be lost.


Save Open Spaces asked the landowner for six months for us to try to raise the money to buy the land ourselves, so as to avoid a re-run of the experience with Rodden Lake Stream Meadow, when our attempt to persuade the council to prevent the sale of the land by putting in a community asset bid was not successful.

We did it! £325,000 was raised, enough for the purchase of Whatcombe Fields in March 2015. A group of 282+ shareholders now jointly own this beautiful 34 acre stretch of fields and are keen that the public can continue to enjoy them as a community space.  For the time being, the current grazier continues to graze his cattle periodically and we are talking to Somerset Wildlife Trust about ways that wildlife diversity can be increased without interfering with the productive farm use.

For developments since 2015 please see NEWS items, including older ones accessed by clicking "View All Stories" at the foot of the NEWS page.



















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