Yesteryear from the Standard
10 years ago
IT was announced that work was due to begin on the new Asda superstore in the new year after it was finally granted planning permission.
After a five-day hearing in September a government inspector gave the go-ahead for the American-owned food store to build a supermarket on the flood plains of Wallbridge.
Asda said it was delighted with its victory but Heart of Frome, one of the developer's main opponents, said the site was dangerous and the supermarket would harm the economy and viability of the town centre.
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Deputy mayor Martin Bax said the planning system had let Frome down and warned residents were in for a shock.
FROME police and Mendip District Council teamed up to tackle car racing around the town, in particular the Market Yard car park.
The partnership promised tighter security and the threat of prosecution in its new approach to tackling the antisocial behaviour of boy racers. The scheme was launched after hundreds of complaints from residents about noise late at night.
INVESTIGATORS were looking into the cause of a fire that ruined part of Babington House.
Guests were evacuated in the early hours from the exclusive country house hotel, which was said to be a hangout for the likes of Madonna and Noel Gallagher.
The spa and leisure area of the house was damaged in the fire but there was no damage to the main house. The home is owned by Nick Jones, husband of TV newsreader and presenter Kirsty Young.
25 years ago
FRIDAY, October 14, 1988: Conservation-minded villagers called an emergency meeting to discuss plans to fell trees in the 2,000-acre Orchardleigh Estate.
Families living in Lullington on the outskirts of the park want to save the oak, ash and beech trees, some of which were said to be more than 100 years old.
The group were campaigning for tree preservation orders to be placed on the whole of the woodland.
The scheme was submitted by the new owners of the park, Newcombe Estates.
TWO firms were competing to build a huge DIY store on a prime site outside Frome.
Both proposals were being studied by the district council which was likely to accept one application to build a non-food retail store on the proposed 16-acre industrial site in Sandy's Hill Lane.
The town council said they believed both plans should be scrapped because it could threaten vital jobs.
AS PART of its 150th anniversary celebrations, Holy Trinity Church held a service to celebrate marriage and a wedding reunion.
The service was being held to draw on the importance of marriage for the stability of harmony and family life in the community and nation.
Everyone was welcome to go along, whether they were married or not.
The celebrations marked to 150th birthday of the church, which began life in 1838.
50 years ago
FRIDAY, October 11, 1963: "GET development minded". That was the message from the Frome Development Association which had issued its second newsletter.
The first urgent need on the newsletter was for traders to cooperate with the county planning team who were trying to get information about possible development in Frome.
A survey was being conducted by county planners and once that had been concluded there was to be the preparation of a policy plan to show what part of the central shopping area should be developed to serve the potential trading power.
ALL freight services at Witham Friary station would close on December 2 and be handled by Frome.
The existing arrangements for collection and delivery of parcels would be maintained, orders for collection were to be forwarded to the station master in Frome.
100 years ago
FRIDAY, October 17, 1913: A call by the National Reserve had received a gratifying response.
More than 100 men, who have done service for their country, registered their names and it is hoped that this number will be doubled in the coming days.
The newly-formed company will meet for its first drill in the drill hall when badges will be distributed and recruits enrolled.
THE interior of the Wesley Chapel had a very bright and beautiful appearance in preparation for the annual harvest festival.
The large congregations and joyous services were in keeping with the tasteful and appropriate decorations.
Trailings of autumn foliage were everywhere used with much effect and an abundance of cereal gave the real harvest touch.
THE Frome Liberal Club travelled to Mells for a most enjoyable evening of games.
The club played cribbage, billiards and draughts. The club won by scoring a total of 44 points to 29.
All members said they had a very pleasant time and thanked their hosts.