Events in Somerset mark International Women’s Day


SEVERAL events are taking place in Somerset today to mark International Women’s Day.

The Business Women In group, a UK-wide networking venture that draws on the strength of women’s knowledge, experience, connections and support, joined the theme for the Day of this year’s Woman’s ‘Breaking the Stigma’.

The group will also hold a meeting in Bridgwater on Wednesday March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

A spokesperson for the group said: “BWi hosts local in-person and online meetups for our members to connect and pitch their business to a diverse group of women.

“Our meet-ups are the most efficient, cost-effective and flexible way to network and learn.”

The Taunton In-Person Meet Up will take place at the Ibis in Bridgewater and will be hosted by our BWi member, Theresa Kelly, on Wednesday 9th March between 10am and 12pm. Appointments cost £10.

Founder Michelle Eddahar

Frome Town Council has planned several events to mark the day.

Frome will be hosting a series of events supporting International Women’s Day which takes place today, Tuesday 8th March.

From a new exhibit, flash talks, a pop-up booth, and a plastic-free period launch event at City Hall, a sampling of events are explored below:

• Frome Museum The city museum reopens in 2022 with a new exhibition from March 8 entitled “Celebrated Women of Frome”.

It will feature 10 women who have a strong connection to Frome and are celebrated in their own fields, including the town’s only female MP, an education reformer who received an OBE for her work and a pioneering photographer whose the images shocked the world.

The exhibition will continue until July, more details can be found here:

• Frome Families for Future Local community group Frome Families for Future will be holding a pop-up booth outside Ellenbray from 10am-2pm on Tuesday March 8th. Stop by the booth for fun activities and games to get you thinking about how you can help make a difference for our planet.

In addition to supporting the initiative of the town council of Frome to encourage the switch to reusable and ecological period products. More details about the group can be found at:

• JIF flash talks. Local entrepreneur Dawn Denton is hosting an evening of inspiration and femininity.

Dawn organized a group of women in Frome to celebrate International Women’s Day with 5-minute flash discussions: 6 women, 6 stories.

Sessions will take place at the Cornerhouse at 7pm, it’s free, just arrive early enough to grab a drink and soak up the evening.
If you would like to share your story, please contact Dawn for a slot: [email protected]
Follow Dawn’s Facebook page for more details:

• Without plastic.
Can Frome become a plastic-free city? This free event will explore the impact of consumer vintage products on health and the environment and offer sustainable alternatives.

Cecilia Allon, Environmental Ambassador for the Women’s Environmental Network, will discuss the pros and cons of each and answer any questions. Product samples will also be available for guests to learn more about. It will take place at the Town Hall on Wednesday March 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or you can attend it online.

By taking the Plastic Free.Period pledge, you will have access to a number of discount codes for sustainable products and you will also be entered into a raffle to win free period pants.
Learn more here:

Cllr Anita Collier said: “I am delighted to see so much activity taking place on this important calendar date. The day is all about showcasing and celebrating women and it’s great to see a variety of events and sessions taking place, which everyone is welcome to attend.

Keep an eye on the Discover Frome Facebook page for other events that will crop up, including an exciting “Mother Maker” market at Discover Frome that will showcase emerging local talent creators. Plus, a brunch at the River House to celebrate the day.

The official theme of this year’s IWD Day is Breaking Down Stigma by celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.

Further information and a wealth of resources can be found on the IWD website:

The Wells Cathedral Choir performed the world premiere of composer Anna Semple’s new work, In Omnia.

Somerset County Gazette:
Anna Semple

This new piece was commissioned by the Cathedral Commissions of Wells Cathedral. way to subvert the classic mind vs body / male vs female dichotomy and she enjoys experimenting with the ways in which the things we see and feel can be communicated with sonic immediacy.


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