Governing Principles

1. Structure

Mayday Saxonvale is an unincorporated association established by The Silk Mill, a local studio arts project in Saxonvale. Operating as a social enterprise, it has a single overarching social purpose: to utilise a self-build (individual and community) model to create a mixed housing and business environmentally conscious development on the Saxonvale site in Frome, funded by local investors. Mayday Saxonvale is not seeking to provide development solutions anywhere other than on the Saxonvale site.

2. Aims

The aims of Mayday Saxonvale are:

     2.1 to challenge the decision of Mendip District Council to appoint residential developers, Acorn Property Group, to redevelop as a housing-led scheme on the Saxonvale site in Frome;

     2.2 to persuade Mendip District Council to consider an alternative approach from the local community – to design and build a well-living community on the Saxonvale site that sees businesses and affordable housing co-exist in an environmentally conscious development;

     2.3 to establish though a corporate vehicle a social enterprise to implement the acquisition of the Saxonvale site, finalise our development plan for the site, inject funds from local investors, manage the development and co-ordinate self-build projects on the site; and

     2.4 establish a proven alternative model for tackling town centre regeneration across the UK which encourages public bodies to value social profit as highly as financial profit when developing their land assets

(For more information about our Aims, please visit the ‘Hello’ page here)

3. Membership

     3.1 Eligibility

Membership of the Mayday Saxonvale is open to any person over 18 (without regard to gender, race, nationality, disability, sexual preference, religion or belief) or any organisation interested in helping Mayday Saxonvale to achieve its Aims and willing to abide by these governing principles.

     3.2 Categories of Members

There are two categories of membership: Supporters and Members

     3.2.1 Supporters are those who support the Aims but are not interested in participating directly in the Saxonvale development;

     3.2.2 Members are those who wish to express an interest (without any commitment) in purchasing a plot and becoming involved in the Saxonvale development.

Neither category of member is required to make any payment to join.

     3.3 Member Registration

To register as either a Member or Supporter, please click here then complete the online registration form.

     3.4 Benefits of Joining

         3.4.1 Being a Member means you can engage with Mayday Saxonvale in any one or more of the following ways:

    bring your skills to assist Mayday Saxonvale to achieve its Aims;

    register your interest in participating in a self-build project (either individually or as a community group);

    demonstrate your support for our Aims; and

     assist Mayday Saxonvale in promoting the value of community consultation in local projects across the UK.

         3.4.2 Being a Supporter means you help us to demonstrate to Mendip District Council that there is substantial support for our Aims both locally and within the wider community.

4. Management

Mayday Saxonvale is managed by the directors of The Silk Mill, Damon and Kate Moore (Managers), who have full decision-making powers over it.

5. Funding

Mayday Saxonvale is funded through the initial stages by The Silk Mill, (Frome Silk Mill Arts Ltd). Local investor funding will be targeted once acquisition of the Saxonvale site is in prospect.

6. Termination of Membership

Mayday Saxonvale is entitled to terminate the membership of any person or organisation that in the reasonable opinion of the Managers acts in a manner that:

     6.1 brings Mayday Saxonvale into disrepute,

     6.2 is damaging to the interests of Mayday Saxonvale; and/or

     6.3 is disrespectful to any other Member or Supporter.

7. Data Protection

By joining Mayday Saxonvale, as either a Member or Supporter, you agree to the collection and processing of your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy available in a pdf: Data Protection Mayday Saxonvale. In summary: We will not use your data for anything that is not relevant to the campaign or pass it on to a third party without your specific permission.

8. Alteration of Governing Principles

These Governing Principles may be altered by the Managers at any time at their discretion. Any changes will be brought to the attention of Members and Supporters.


August 2020