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Teen music sessions at the Grain Bar

A Free Teen Live Band session was hailed a triumph recently, after the  first event took place at the Grain Bar to showcase young musical talent from the area.

Young bands Flannel, Ross, and Where the Water Lies came together at the Cheese and Grain in front of their peers for a teen takeover evening.

The event was part of the free teen sessions by Frome Active, which provides activities for young people in and around Frome. Fourteen-year-old Tallulah Bishop, part of Frome Active’s trainee programme, organised the event.

Tallulah said, “It was a great opportunity to do something different and feel like I was making something happen.  I was quite nervous about finding the bands, but everybody was keen to support it and in the end in came together quite well!”

Rachel Griffin from Frome Active said, “All three bands did really well and sounded very professional. Special appreciation was felt for the last band who not only had an absent drummer but also had to improvise without their keyboard due to tech problems.

“Not all kids are able to go on holiday and quite often there is a lack of interesting and low cost provision, particularly for teenagers.  The idea for a music night at a ‘proper’ venue came out of a consultation exercise earlier in the year.”

Frome Active has been offering free craft sessions for pre-teens and special teen sessions this summer to give youngsters something to do, hot on the heels of a very successful Frome Children’s Festival.

These sessions were funded by both Aster and Knightstone Housing Associations, with the core funding provided by Lottery money.  However this funding comes to an end at the end of the summer and there are still many projects that young people in Frome are keen to do.

Azeema Cafoor, of umbrella organisation Young People Frome said,  “We would ask that anybody who can offer even a few pounds a month could sign up to be a friend of the Children’s Festival Project. We are also currently looking for business sponsors too, so anybody interested please get in touch.”

To get involved with the Children’s Festival or Young People Frome, contact Rachel on 07976 752 427 or email at rachel@

The remaining drop-in craft sessions for under 13s  are from 10am-12pm on the 18th August at the Cheese and Grain and the 26th at Vallis Youth Centre.

The Teen sessions continue with DJ sessions at the Vallis Youth Centre from 7 – 9pm on the 19th and the 26th August.