With the Community Trust about to celebrate the first anniversary of its launch it is interesting to see how much has been achieved in its first year to help encourage community in Midsomer Norton.
Probably the most visible achievement has been over 70 events run by the Community Trust at various venues within the town attracting visits from over 3000 people. A range of live music performances have been complimented by 30 cinema screenings at the Town Hall. These range from unique opportunities to see classics such as It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen to the biggest blockbuster films of the last 12 months such as Despicable Me 2, Frozen, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave.
This has all been managed by the original steering group formed of volunteers which has developed into a dedicated board of trustees, who work alongside Alex Davis, the Community Development Manager to tackle the challenges of managing community buildings and developing the range of events that it offer people in the town and surrounding areas.
More and more people in our town know what’s going on thanks to a promotional campaign based on a combination of a membership scheme, use of social media and the new app alongside traditional posters and mailers. In this way the Trust has been able to ensure that ever increasing audience of all ages is aware of what’s going on and so can join in Midsomer Norton’s vibrant community life.
There’s also been investment in new facilities ranging from the newly installed top of the range HD projection and surround sound facilities at the Town Hall to the purchase of market stall umbrellas for use at town markets and community events managed by the Trust. Add to this the installation of a function bar at the town hall to support the arts programme sponsored by B&NES Arts Team and the Town Council then all looks set for a bigger and better than ever before arts season over the coming year.
The only thing that still remains to be solved is the transfer of community assets from B&NES to the Town Council. Whilst an enormous amount of work has been done in Midsomer Norton – setting up the Community Trust and Town Trust we still await a completion date from B&NES – let’s hope this can be speedily resolved in the coming months so that the Community Trust can come into its own.