The Frome Independent is a free social event for residents and visitors - we'd like to keep it that way!
We are Crowdfunding to rejuvenate and update our much-loved pop-up Village Green, The Frome Independent’s most popular social space, meeting point and the setting for all of our family activities.
We are also looking to raise funds to host Frome-On-Sea, our annual urban beach, which is free for all to attend, on Sunday 6th August.
Funds will also support our work with local charities and community groups, helping them to raise money throughout the coming year.
The Frome Independent is a not-for-profit social enterprise that runs the monthly Sunday market and is a celebration of Frome’s independent spirit. Run by a team of dedicated locals, the event transforms the town centre on the first Sunday of every month from March - December.
Established in 2013, the market invites residents to reclaim Frome's high street and enjoy the town centre, free from traffic. Our key aim is to transform the town into a free social event, where shopping and socialising run alongside cultural, community and charitable activities.
Our event is a celebration of independent spirit and we are proud to have become a mainstay in Frome’s social calendar. Alongside more than 200 traders, each month we create social spaces and a year-round festival feeling with themed markets, regular music, art and events. We host free and subsidised family activities, from mobile climbing walls to obstacle courses and our much-loved urban beach, Frome-on-Sea.
We are proud to run such a successful and popular event, but with this success has come additional costs to ensure that markets are safe and accessible for all.
In 2014 and 2015 we hosted a year-long programme of events and activities on markets days, including a Harvest Festival, a lobster quadrille for the Alice In Wonderland Centenary, a springtime Sports Day, craft demonstrations, children’s games, live music and street performance.
Over the last 18months increased logistical costs mean that we have had to scale back theses community activities but we'd like to restore them to their former glory for 2017 and into 2018.
The Frome Independent attracts 80,000 visitors annually from Frome, across the South West and further afield. As well as boosting the town’s local economy, we are committed to ensuring that local charities can benefit from this footfall, so we offer the market as a fundraising platform to organisations like We Hear You, Frome NCT, Frome Toy Library, Frome's Big Christmas Get Together and Fair Frome each year.
Perhaps our proudest moment of 2016 was helping Fair Frome raise over £3000 at our December Market.
We are passionate about continuing this charitable work, whilst a providing free, monthly celebration of Frome to the public. To help us provide those extras that make us 'more than a market' we need to raise £10,000.
What we're crowdfunding for...
We love working with all our creative friends and partners to provide all the great festival vibes, music, social spaces and events but it costs time, creativity and money!
£10,000 will allow us to….
- Replace the fake grass at our Village Green. The Village Green area can be found outside of Frome Library on market days and has become a meeting point for families and friends to rest, dance and socialise. Our fake grass is sadly at the end of its life, having been well-used in all weathers for nearly 4 years.
- Provide the free music, events and activities for another year. This includes our much-loved urban beach, Frome-on-sea, due to take place on 6th August. The beach is a free event, complete with real sand, buckets and spades, donkey rides and deckchairs. If we reach our crowdfunding target we will also be able to provide a greater range of seasonal events at markets that coincide with Christmas, harvest time and Easter too.
- Continue our work with charities. Helping local groups raise money and awareness is something that our small team are committed to doing each year. Help us to help them raise more!
Claim your reward …
We’ll be extremely grateful for any amount you can pledge. As a thank-you, we have some great rewards that start at just £10! For those looking to pledge a little more, there are some tantalising exclusives up for grabs!
£10 will get you entry into our prize draw for a chance of bagging some great products donated by our fantastic designers, makers, food producers and traders.
£20 will get you a limited edition Reclaim The High Street With Us shopper - perfect for carting home all your market loot! Plus you'll be entered into the prize draw.
£30 gets you a limited edition Reclaim The High Street With Us shopper, prize draw entry AND Market Maker membership for up to 2 people living at the same address. Our Market Makers receive monthly discounts and offers from our traders and participating Frome shops and businesses and are first to hear about and get a discounts on our Night School classes.
At the start of this year we launched Night School - a series of one-off taster workshops led by our best craftspeople, designers and food producers.
For our Crowdfunder campaign we have organised 4 exclusive sessions with some of our most exciting traders. Spend a day learning how to blacksmith, or glass blowing, or get behind the scenes with cake artist The Bakemonger or learn the secrets of making cured meats with Somerset Charcuterie. Rewards range from £100-£250 and are very limited.