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Longleat Safari and Adventure Park has been voted Best Large Visitor Attraction in the South West at the prestigious annual South West Tourism Excellence Awards. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Plymouth, hosted by ITV News West Country presenter Ian Axton.

The judges said that at Longleat “every element of the attraction is presented well, by a team who are

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In a highlight of the spring season, the Cheese & Grain welcomes John Cooper

Clarke – the ‘Punk Poet’ or ‘Bard of Salford’ – for ‘An Evening of Poems and Monologues’.

John first found fame with his biting, satirical, political verse delivered in rapid-fire style during the punk era of the late ’70s. After touring with most of the seminal bands of the time, including the Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, The Clash and The Fall, he began to draw large crowds in his own right, with the likes of Joy Division and New Order supporting him.

In 1978 he signed a major album deal with CBS, creating cult masterpieces which are still name-

checked by such celebrities as Bill Bailey, Steve Coogan and Jarvis Cocker. He also released a massive collection of his poetry and words; Ten Years In An Open-Necked Shirt was one of the biggest selling poetry books of the ’80s and is now back in print due to huge public demand. With a recent resurgence of interest in the punk phenomenon, John’s star has rocketed once again – don’t miss him when he pitches up in Frome on 11 April. •

ECO Open house

On 15 and 16 March, 28 homes throughout Frome will be opening their doors to showcase ways to cut carbon and costs. Ideas range from solid wall insulation to solar, wood-fired heating, water power, unusual re-used materials, cheap ways to make your windows less draughty, chickens, compost toilets and bees. Frome Open Homes is a free event open to all, organised by Frome’s new Renewable Energy Co-op (FRECo). Frome Life 7

both experts in the field and also looking to ensure a great visit”. “It’s a great achievement and demonstrates the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm off all our staff,” says Longleat chairman, Ceawlin Thynn.“We were up against some really tough opposition and to claim the title in a year when they received a record number of entries is particularly pleasing.” •

working with designer Jade berry from black ink to design a logo for Fair Frome. two Year 9 students won a competition held by Fair Frome with a brief to design a logo to identify the organisation which is working locally to prevent and relieve poverty in Frome. imogen Piper and tiffany Lee were among 60 students who submitted designs which were judged by the trustees for Fair Frome to best represent the ethos of the organisation. the students have worked with the local design company to complete the logo which will be used to brand Fair Frome.

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