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Frome Lottery celebrates 21 years

FROME Community Lottery celebrated their 21 years of supporting projects in Frome and the local area on Tuesday 5th October, with a tea party and presentation in the Town Hall, attended by more than 50 local residents.

Frome Community Lottery was founded in 2000 with the aim of supporting the development of community facilities in Frome and its rural parishes. Funds are raised by local residents joining the lottery with a £1 weekly stake (or more) giving them the opportunity to win cash prizes of up to £25,000. 

The trustees give out the profits to local organisations on an annual basis, with a round of grant applications.  Over the past 21 years, the lottery has given out over £117,000 to more than 75 organisations in Frome and the local villages. Many people in Frome have won prizes, with five winning £1,000.  

All the funds given out to organisations come from the profits of the community Lottery and the trustees saw the celebration event as an opportunity to thank all those local people who support the Lottery, whilst also giving them a chance to find out more about the projects which have been supported. The organisers were particularly pleased to welcome a group of people who have consistently supported the Lottery for 21 years.  

Representatives of some of the organisations who have benefitted from grants were also present, ranging from Harry’s Hydro and the Frome Festival, to Frome Town Band and the Window Wanderland. Those attending enjoyed a cake made by Brendan Lynch, Great British Bake-Off 2012 finalist, who lives in Frome. 

Sue Worringham, trustee said, “All of these projects and organisations were helped enormously by the funds contributed by local people through the Lottery, and the trustees wanted to thank them personally. The Lottery is eager to be able to help more organisations and would welcome new players to come on board and support the development of our community facilities. If you would like to join the Lottery, with the chance to win a weekly prize of up to £25,000, or to find out more about the work we do, please visit our website https:// fromecommunitylottery.org.uk”

Pictured l-r: Howard Russell, Jane Wood, Alan Didymus, Victoria Turner, Pat Oakley (cutting cake), Pat Eames, Gillie Richardson and Paul Hewitt.

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