Ten years ago
THURSDAY, September 11, 2003: THE Standard reports clock was turned back in Mells as the BBC brought a film crew to the village. Residents enjoyed the scenes from the 19th century as the television company filmed an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novel He Knew He Was Right.
The book was adapted by Andrew Davies, famed for spicing up Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for television and turning Colin Firth into every literary woman's fantasy man.
The 12-week shoot also took place in London and Italy. Other West Country locations included Stourhead and the Cathedral Green, in Wells.
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FROME won some of the top prizes in the year's Mendip in Bloom competition. Lesley's Flower Shop, in Cork Street, the Cheese and Grain and East Woodlands pub the Horse and Groom were among those honoured in an awards ceremony.
All three were entered into the competition by judges after their success in the Frome in Bloom competition.
TRANSPORT in rural Britain often doesn't work and is letting people down, that was according to a report released this week ten years ago.
Public transport and opportunities for walking and cycling are largely poor and disjointed said the report from Transport 2000, the Countryside Agency and Citizens Advice Bureau.
John Leach, the chairman of Frome Transport Users Association, said the report "bears out what we have often said about problems of public transport users in Frome."
He added that the system in Frome was not integrated and the trains and buses did not meet up and that there was a lack of liaison between the operators.
25 years ago
FRIDAY, September 9, 1988: FROME was hit hard by a postal strike. Large companies, smaller firms and most families were affected by the action. No collections or deliveries had been made since the previous Monday and dozens of post boxes in the Frome area and surrounding villages had been sealed to prevent people from posting their letters and correspondence.
A TELEVISION report on cruelty inflicted on animals by a group of travelling tinkers touched a Frome woman so much she appealed to the RSPCA for one of the animals.
Audrey Ashford, of Blackbird Way, was given a Manchester black terrier, called Becky, after the pups were housed at the RSPCA at Claverton Down, in Bath.
THE first ever firewoman in Somerset was to be based at the Frome station.
Debbie Bancroft, 16, said it was a dream come true to join the service, and at 5ft 7in and nine-and-a-half stone, she said she was more than ready to fill a firefighter's boots. She had wanted to join the service since the age of eight.
50 years ago
FRIDAY, September 6, 1963: Jacqueline Smith, 16, was crowned carnival queen at a ceremony held at the Grand Cinema.
There were 34 entries and the cinema was packed to the rafters for the competition.
Miss Smith, of Alexander Road, is a fuse assembler at Beswicks Ltd. Her sister, Josephine was chosen as second maid of honour.
MELLS and District Horticultural Society held its 88th show in the society's centenary year with huge success.
For the first time since its early days the show was staged in a barn and the adjoining field. Many of the exhibits were staged in the barn and others were placed in tents surrounding the building.
There were more than 900 entries, a record number, and the judges were impressed with the fine floral displays.
FROME Urban Council joined forces with St Aldhelm's Hospital to launch an appeal to raise £2,500 for a lift and a restroom.
Councillor Frampton said local authorities and voluntary organisations had done much for the capable and elderly people of the town but this appeal was for the elderly and sick of St Aldhelm's Hospital, who were unable to help or do anything for themselves.
100 years ago
FRIDAY, September 12, 1913: Mrs Howard Lewis, the wife of the vicar of Christ Church, met with a nasty accident while out cycling to church early on Sunday morning. She was riding through Keyford when a dog rushed out of Redland Terrace and ran full pelt into the bicycle.
Mrs Lewis was unable to save herself and thrown to the ground with considerable violence. She sustained a severe blow on the temple and other injuries to the face, she was also considerably shaken.
FROME Selwood Printing Works bowling club held a knock-out tournament played over two days with 38 members taking part.
Tea was kindly served and the eventual winner was Mr H Herson, who won a pair of bowls presented by the club.
A MOST attractive programme has been arranged for Frome Swimming Club's annual sports at the Victoria Baths. The event will be for the benefit of the juveniles and keen competition is expected in the team race for the "Rugby" silver bowl.