Somerset Towns Forum promotes and supports community-based action to revitalise our towns.
STF was formed in 2003 (as Somerset Market Towns Forum) and brings together representatives of market and coastal towns and larger villages across Somerset in a network, to share issues of common concern and help in the economic, social and environmental regeneration of local communities.
The Forum holds regular networking and information events and exchanges information and support to and between its members.
We also act as a voice for our members from across the County in discussions with other bodies and forums.
To find out more about our services, click here The Benefits of joining STF
We now have 22 Member Towns and large villages and are keen to welcome more communities to the Forum. Our Voting Members are Town Partnerships and regeneration groups, who have been through a Community Planning process, and who often have a mix of local councillors and activists who volunteer their time to improve their towns.
Town and Parish Councils who have been involved in a recognised community planning process are now also welcome to join as Voting Members.
Single-issue regeneration groups (such as Chambers of Commerce, environmental or heritage groups) are also welcome to join as standard members. Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce has recently joined the Forum.
STF is hosted by ViSTA in Langport.
The Forum is run by members with guidance from a Steering Group.
Jennifer Trotman (Chair) - Axbridge Town Council
Peter Berman (Vice-Chair) - Wiveliscombe Area Partnership
Roger Powell- Martock M3 Community Partnership
Loretta Whetlor - Watchet Town Council
John Richards - Watchet Association for Commerce, Environment and Trade
Charles Wood - Vision 4 Frome
Hattie Winter - Taunton Deane Borough Council (Borough/District Council liaison)
Paul Chadwick, Somerset County Council, was central to the development of the Forum, and we are grateful for all his work and support while on our Steering Group.