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Next Annual General Meeting of Save Open Spaces Frome Ltd.

Date in 2020 in Frome Town Hall.

Would as many as possible please attend as a quorum of shareholders is required to vote on issues and decisions.


23 September 2020New Metal Kissing Gate replaced Stile

Today Ian M., Henry F., and I replaced the stile between the Sledging Field and the Little Field. The stile had become rotten below ground so the cattle were able to push it and snap one of the stile's legs. The footboard and supports were also rather tired, and of older design which rocked due to the footboard resting on the lower crosspiece.

As this field boundary is on a public footpath, (no: FR 14/56,) the Mendip Area paths warden gave us the gate kit, which we collected from S.C.C.'s Glastonbury depot on Monday 21st September.

The first picture shows the stile, no.35847 as you may remember it, a few days ago.

The second picture shows the new gate cage assembled, the gate on the left, with Henry and Ian dismantling the stile footboard.

The third picture shows the gate in place, with the cage area still to be prepared.

The fourth picture shows the structure finished, and the ground to be tidied up. I should not have left the bar leaning on the cage. Health & safety advice broken. Oops!

If you are interested in local public footpaths, have a look at the official Somerset County Council Rights Of Way Dept. interactive map :


You can zoom in and out, and discover where the public footpaths are within our Whatcombe Fields area, in the wider grazing area, and in the whole of Somerset. There are many facets of this map.

One important feature is being able to report a fault, for example a rotten stile or dangerous sleeper bridge. An exclamation mark in a red circle shows where a fault has been reported. Click on one to see what it is about.

If you type FR 14/56 in the box at top left, the hit the Q, the map will take you to where we were today.                                              Jimm Y-->

Update 24th September: On the ROAM map, our Area Warden has already replaced the stile with our gate, now numbered 60435.    JY

08 August 2020In Fields This Morning

On the way back home from a further search for thistles this morning I found at least the 5th empty Budweiser bottles from the last week or so.

In my opinion, but possibly in nobody else's: Budweiser = Litter = Plebs.

The other object below is, I am informed, an artifical tee from which to hit a golf ball.

Our guest cattle do of course love standing on something like this, or even trying to chew it amongst their chosen grass.



21 July 2020Thistles this summer

Update 65 hours up to 19.9.20

Update 63 hours up to 21.8.20

Update on the below 57.25 hours up to 8.8.20

I have tried a slightly different tactic with the thistles this Summer. Instead of waiting for the first ones to start to flower, I have been pulling them when small as soon as they appear.

This has had the effect of needing more time, having done 44 hours to today's date,  (43.5 last Summer) but there have been very few or no seeds being blown about the fields so far. Last year, as in previous years, it was impossible to deal with the numbers before seeding.

With luck this has "got the R down" and there will be very few new patches next Summer. Time will tell.

Of course if anyone sees purple seed heads on tall (spear and creeping) thistles, please do remove them. Pulled up thistle remains can be discarded as they will rot. Any help appreciated, but stout gloves required!                                            Jimm


21 July 2020Cattle Moovements

There have been a number of new cattle introduced in the last few days, including a very small calf, and some of our friends have left us.

The three celebrities bellow seem to have disappeared, probably to Hollywood where they will plant their hooves in the concrete, and work as extras with The Kardashians.

We wish them all the best.

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