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Frome is best in the west again!

Frome has again been named the ‘Best Place to Live in the Southwest of England.’ by The Sunday Times.

The town has come top of a list of 10 locations in the region, beating the likes of Bristol, Bradford-upon-Avon and Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall.

In the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, Frome has been praised for its “attractive, creative and energetic” community spirit, its pretty cobbled streets, interesting shops, lively markets, and for the creative energy on display at its venues.

Frome previously won the title in 2018.

“What a great compliment to be winner of the South West region again,” mayor of Frome, cllr Anita Collier told Frome Times. “Frome has shown such compassion and resilience in this past year; we’ve always had a great community spirit and this has grown immensely during the pandemic, with residents keeping an eye out for each other, neighbourhood networks springing up all over the town, and supporting our traders by shopping locally. 

“I’m certainly very proud to be the mayor of this wonderful town and am excited to see how we go from strength to strength as we head out of lockdown.”

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times property editor said, “Frome has been named our regional winner because of its attractive, creative and energetic community. It is a town where everybody is keen to get involved.  

“The Compassionate Frome project shows a caring side that has really come to the fore during the pandemic and sets an example that many towns should follow.

“This guide has never been so important. The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings. With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.  

“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience. It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages. Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.”

The judges added, “This town is all about doing, with a huge number of local groups from ladies cycling and inland diving to Nifty Needles sewing. 

“Politics isn’t left to the politicians, with the town council run entirely by independents. And health isn’t left to the doctors, thanks to the Compassionate Frome project – one of the best things here.

“This scheme, launched by the town’s GP surgery, has dramatically reduced hospital admission numbers by providing community support for patients. It now has more than 700 volunteer “community connectors” on its books and has – according to one headline – “banished loneliness”.” 

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain covers the following regions: North and Northeast, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Southeast, Wales, Southwest, East, London, Scotland and the Northwest.  

Stroud in Gloucestershire was named as the Best Place to Live in Britain. 

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