The Frome Independent


NEW FOR 2017!

N I G H T    S C H O O L

We're excited to bring you Night School, a series of evening taster workshops in Frome.
If, like us, you are inspired by the talents and craft of The Frome Independent’s traders, this is an opportunity for you to get creative and try your hand at learning a new skill under their expert guidance.
Come and learn a range of contemporary crafts and food processes, from blacksmithing to book-binding and printing to preserving. We’ve put together a selection of designers, makers, craftspeople and food producers to share their skills with you and offer hands-on experiences in a supportive and social atmosphere.

Night School sessions are delivered in partnership with Forward Space and will take place at The Old Church School’s event space in Frome and all abilities are welcome.

Places are limited to ensure participants gain intensive support and knowledge from workshop leaders, so book early!
There will be 10 sessions throughout the year and the first 5 are listed below. To reserve your place email indicating which session(s) you wish attend. Members of The Old Church School and The Frome Independent’s Market Maker scheme qualify for discounts. To find out about and join our Market Makers scheme click here.


PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Kimchi and sauerkraut workshop with Wild & Fermented

Thursday 13th April   SOLD OUT (waiting list available)

EXTRA DATE: Thursday 20th April  SOLD OUT (waiting list available)
7pm - 9:30pm
£25 including materials (TOCS members & Market Makers £20)

Discover the centuries-old art of lactic acid fermentation, how it works and why it’s so good for our bodies and the planet.

Our resident fermentation expert, Katie Venner from Tracebridge Fermenteria and Wild & Fermented will demonstrate how to simply preserve vegetables with salt and help you make your own pot of Sauerkraut to take home.

Katie will also show you how to make spicy South Korean Kimchi and bring along her own lacto-fermented veg recipes for you to sample.
Katie says:
“Fermented foods and probiotics are featuring in national media right now but they aren’t a fad, they’ve been part of healthy diets for centuries. These are simple food preservation skills; skills our great grandmothers used, before we relied on industrial scale food production, additives and artificial preservatives.This is a return to real food packed with nutrients, and it starts with a cabbage.”
Jars and veg are included in the course price, all you need to bring is a sharp vegetable knife you are comfortable using safely.


LINOLEUM DREAMS: linocut printing with Black Pig Printmakers

Thursday 11th May  SOLD OUT!

EXTRA DATE: Thursday 18th May SOLD OUT! (waiting list available)
6:30pm  - 9:30pm
£30 including materials (£25 for TOCS members and Market Makers)

Frome artist & printmaker, Chris Pig, brings 35 years of experience and passion to this linocut workshop. This session will set you up with the basics of linocut, leaving you with a completed print to take home.
Chris says:
“Linocut is a fantastically gratifying and addictive medium. In this 3-hour taster session you will complete a finished print by transferring your design to a block, cutting it and then printing it. From this short session you will be given the basic skills to be able to explore further on your own.”


HOUSE OF CARDS:  Leather work with Hirsch & Kirsch

Thursday 25th May SOLD OUT! (waiting list available)

7 - 9:30pm

£35 (£30 Market Makers & TOCS members)

Come and learn how to cut out, hand saddle-stitch and edge-finish your own card case or coin wallet using vegetable tanned leather and traditional leather-working tools.

Christina Charles of Hirsch & Kirsch is a designer specialising in leather. Her approach to leatherworking fuses contemporary design with traditional methods and techniques.

Christina says "The tactility, smell and versatility of this beautiful material, makes it a fascinating and hugely rewarding craft to explore. This is a fun and informative workshop teaching you the basic skills to develop further"

All materials and tools will be supplied. Over 18s only.


HEAT / STRIKE / REPEAT:  Blacksmithing with Alex Pole

Thursday 8th June  SOLD OUT

EXTRA DATE: Thursday 15th June: SOLD OUT (waiting list available)

6:30pm - 9:30pm

£35 (£30 for TOCS members / Market Makers)

Acclaimed Somerset blacksmith Alex Pole brings his mobile forge to The Old Church School for a very special workshop. Learn the basics of ironwork and make a hook to take home.


FRESH PRINTS: Screen printed organic totes with Lost Shapes

Thursday 29th June SOLD OUT! (waiting list available)
6:30pm - 9:30pm
£35 including materials (£30 for The Old Church School members and Market Makers)

Print your own tote bag with eco-fashion expert and From born-and-bred printmaker Anna Brindle of Lost Shapes.  

Start by designing a print, before testing it on papers and fabrics and then screen printing onto an organic cotton tote bag to create a truly individual piece.

Anna says:
“Printing in this way creates a authentic and quirky designs, the like of which you don’t get with mass-produced gear. Screen printing is a great way to get back to basics and escape the runaway train of high-street fast fashion”


INTO THE WOODS: Whittling with Hatchet + Bear

Thursday 13th July  SOLD OUT

EXTRA DATE: Thursday 20th July
7pm - 9pm
£35 (£30 for TOCS members / Market Makers)

Join woodland adventurer and master craftsman EJ Osborne for a short but sweet introduction to the joys of whittling. EJ will show you how to take a branch of tree and use an small axe and a sharp knife to create a functional spatula, which you can take home and cook with.

EJ says:

“Everyone will have the chance to not only sample the fun and meditative act of chopping and whittling fresh green wood, but the immediate gratification of having their very own finished and usable utensil at the end of it.”

Over 18s only, all tools and materials provided.


FRESH PRINTS: Screen printed organic totes with Lost Shapes

Thursday 9th March
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Print your own tote bag with eco-fashion expert and From born-and-bred printmaker Anna Brindle of Lost Shapes.  

Start by designing a print, before testing it on papers and fabrics and then screen printing onto an organic cotton tote bag to create a truly individual piece.

Anna says:
“Printing in this way creates a authentic and quirky designs, the like of which you don’t get with mass-produced gear. Screen printing is a great way to get back to basics and escape the runaway train of high-street fast fashion”


Here's a little of what we got up to in 2014 and 2015....

Sunday 6th December

Christmas market

There were plenty of gifts available to buy on market day, as well as a huge array of tasty morsels that refuelled visitors throughout the day, and enough Christmas traditions to get everyone into the festive spirit!

In addition, as the new Star Wars film is released this month we used the Force to raise awareness and money for local charities Fair Frome and Frome's Big Christmas Get Together, both of whom tackle poverty and isolation.

Sunday 1st November


The Frome Independent has been conceieved, branded, marketed, produced, managed, risk assessed, stewarded and photographed by a team of excellent women (we couldn't do it without the help of some great guys of course, but essentially the girls are in charge!) 

On average, more than 60% of our market traders are female - but shockingly nationwide the gender pay gap still stands at 15.7%. This means that women effectively stop earning relative to men on 9th November - something which we wanted to highlight at the November market. There was an all female takeover on the music stage and on the decks at the village green, and we created a timeline of women's achievements over the last century. 

Sunday 4th October


The Frome Independent is proud to have become home to many of the region's best craftspeople, designers and makers. Every month they grace the market with their ever changing array of unique products, but in October you could watch and learn. Traders from all walks of craft and design demonstrated their skills for all to see - from black smithing, leather work to willow weaving, print making, knitting. 

Sunday 6th September 2015

The last throes of summer and the kids are back at school. We celebrated the great outdoors as the summertime came to an end. 

The climbing wall, giant games and circus skills kept big and little kids alike amused all day. The streets were bursting with wonderful producers and retailers from Somerset and the South West and the sun shone for a great day in Frome. 


FROME - ON - SEA - returned!

Sunday 2nd August 2015

The sun shone, ice creams were eaten and the deckchairs and the donkeys returned. Everyone had a whale of a time building sandcastles and hanging out at Frome-on-Sea.  

Big kids and little kids had a great fun filled day, and went home with arms full of goodies from our fab traders and sand in their shoes from the beach! 

Sunday 5th July 2015

The Frome Independent joined forces with Hunting Raven Bookshop and Farm Festival to celebrate a couple of significant birthdays.

Alice In Wonderland has racked up 150 years of bedtime reading and to mark the occasion Hunting Raven and TFI invited you to join them for a mad hatter’s tea party at the village green and adventures in the bookshop. The Queen of Hearts (aka Mayor Kate Bielby) led the fancy dress parade and danced the lobster quadrille.
And curiouser and curiouser … Farm Festival took over the Market Place stage to celebrate their 10th birthday, they bought a piece of this summer’s festival action into the heart of the market.


Sunday 7th June 2015

We love our pop-up village green down in the Flea section of the market (think Astroturf, fake flowers and the Floral Dance) but we thought it could do with being given a little bit more authenticity for once.  We made an appeal to local gardening groups and nature specialists who came to our rescue in spades!
As well as an expanded section of our best green fingered traders, the village green had plenty to see and do for nature lovers young and old – the Simon King Wildlife Project; the Apothecary Garden and Incredible Edible Frome; vegetable blind tasting with Vallis Veg; our forest school friends from Hidden Woods; our miniature garden competition and much more…


Sunday 5th April 2015

In April this year, we decided to address those new year's fitness resolutions so thought we’d kick start the spring with a Sports Day. We discovered that Frome is teeming with an array of clubs and organisations offering you the chance to get your endorphins flowing, and so invited them along to demonstrate activites, ranging from climbing to canoeing to fly fishing. Along with giant chess matches, goal-scoring competitions, archery and zumba deomnstrations, the market came to life with sporting fun.


Sunday 7th December 2014

Showcasing the best farmers, artisan food producers, and gourmet street food that Somerset and the South West has to offer December’s market was bursting at the seams with a veritable feast of seasonal food. Visitors were also spoilt for choice for gift ideas as TFI’s handpicked selection of designers, makers and independent traders offered everything from British-made bike bells to hand folded lampshades. Children enjoyed festive donkey rides, tree decoration and letter writing to Santa, whilst their grown-ups delighted in mulled wine and cider at the Frosted Village Green.

Sunday 5th October 2014

For foodies, this really was a market to remember. Visitors took in the free talks and demonstrations by some of our artisan food traders, notable local foodie types and celebrity cooks at Harvest HQ in The Westway Precint. 
Grown-ups and children alike took part in our Cake Off Competition, with proud local winners in all catgories
There were prizes for the biggest and weirdest home grown vegetables and vegetable animal creation, and the Conker Tournament to end all Conker Tournaments!


Sunday August 3rd 2014

It is often said that the only thing that could make Frome better is if it were next to the sea.  Well, not to be outdone by our lack of proximity to the ocean, we thought we'd take matters into our own hands this summer and create a temporary beach for Frome!  On Sunday 3rd August, visitors came down to the market to find a sandy beach, donkeys to ride (yes real ones!) and beach-themed activities for children and adults alike.


Sunday 6th April & Sunday 4th May 2014 

Foreground's latest public art project manifested itself across Frome in spring 2014, with public artworks and ideas disseminated through the town, made especially for Frome by leading British artists Simon & Tom Bloor, Peter Liversidge and Ruth Proctor. In April and May, we teamed up with Foreground and The Frome Independent became the backdrop for flying town mottos, children's art workshops and a giant obstacle course.  

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