Christmas Window Competition Results

Hamish Bell handing over the prize at Lou's it

The results are in for our Christmas Window Competition and the winner is Lou’s it! Pictured above is Hamish Bell handing over the prize to Louise Strong and Charlotte Summerfield. The team at Lou’s it include Louise Rowland and Sam Dean and we couldn’t include them in the photo because the salon was full of customers! Well done to the whole team.

A big thank you to everyone that voted, in the end we had well over 300 votes. We appreciate your participation.

Thanks must also go to all the businesses in Mere that took the time to decorate their windows and enter into the spirit of the season. We encourage you to support your local businesses this Christmas season.

  • Amulet Residential Lettings
  • Angel Tearoom
  • Brainwave
  • Charles Farris
  • Co-op
  • FJ Chalkes
  • Gilyard Scarth
  • Hayley’s Hair Design
  • Indigo Blue
  • Jeans Electrical
  • Jill Christie
  • Lou’s It
  • Mere Osteopathy
  • Pete Davie
  • Sprout and Flower
  • Suzy Sewing Lady
  • The Beauty Box
  • The Butt of Sherry
  • The George Inn
  • This and That
  • Waltons and Post Office
  • Waltons Antiques

The Butt of Sherry

The owners of the popular Butt of Sherry pub, Enterprise Inns, have placed it on the market. Locals are opposed to this and are keen to keep it open as a public house that serves both Mere and passing trade. If it closes, it is almost certainly going be developed into housing.

An application is being submitted to make it an Asset of Community Value and a Facebook Group called The Butt of Sherry Preservation Society has been formed. A steering group is being convened to decide how best to proceed.

Mere Chamber of Trade works to promote businesses in the area and supports keeping this business running as the popular public house that it is.

Keep up to date with more information on Facebook.

Mere Carnival 2019

The 2019 Mere Carnival took place on Saturday 14th September. The Carnival is reliant on the support it receives from residents and businesses in Mere. The following businesses were sponsors of this years carnival:

Beauty Box, F. J. Chalke, Gilyard Scarth Lettings, Indigo Blue, Lavender Lane, Mere Garage, Mere Osteopathy, Paint & Body, S.L. Autos, Sprout & Flower, Sure Step Footcare, The George Inn, Walnut Tree Inn & Wiltshire Game Ltd.

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Road Closures in Mere

There will be road works in and around Mere between Monday 18th and Friday 29th March 2019, which will affect Castle Street between 9.30 and 15.30 so please:

  • Give yourself extra journey time to reach us or get to your appointment.
  • You may be diverted or delayed, but please do make the effort, we really need your support.
  • There will also be lots of drivers who are a little confused about where to go on the smaller lanes, so please drive carefully and be considerate.

The contractor’s map shows that the road will be closed from the old Lloyds Bank building to just before the entrance to Dead Maids Quarry business estate.


The junction of the roads to Gillingham, Maiden Bradley and the Dead Maids Quarry business estate should remain open, as should the junction of The Square, Manor Rd and Church St in Mere.

The contractors are not allowed to work outside of these hours, when traffic will revert to 2-way

Pedestrian access should be maintained but motorists should expect delays.

‘Gatemen’ will be posted at each end and will allow access for businesses and residents located in the closed road.

If your house or road adjoins the closed road then you will need to travel along the part of the road which is not being worked on. If this is not the direction in which you want to travel, then when you leave the section, you will need to find an alternative route to where you want to go.

If the contractors are working at the junction with your road, then no doubt the contractors will direct you.

The contractors will try to leave open a route from Barton Lane to the Castle Street car park.

To prevent parking, bollards will be placed along the section of the road to be repaired the next day.

Mere Jelly

What’s a Jelly all about then?

Jelly is a casual co-working event, where freelancers, home workers and people running small businesses meet up in order to get out of their normal space, meet some new people and work together in a social environment. Jelly is a mixture of work, chat, comparing ideas, passing on tips and help.

(Jelly differs from networking in that the aim is not to find new clients, pitch your business or to sell).

So is there a Jelly in Mere?

There certainly is! The Mere Jelly takes place on the last Tuesday of every month, at – so please come along and join us. Our Jelly is a valuable opportunity to find out more about each other’s line of work and how we operate – simply by chatting over our laptops whilst working.

You don’t have to spend the whole morning at the Jelly, this is a casual event so there’s no expectation to turn up at the start time and stay till the end.

Where is the Mere Jelly held?

Visit Hillbrush are our very kind hosts. The cafe is just a two minute drive from the A303 Mere and Stourhead exit. Tea and coffee is available to buy throughout the morning and lunch is available too (although depending on numbers, this might need to be booked in advance). There is free parking as well as electric car charging points.

Visit Hillbrush:
Norwood Park
Mere, Wiltshire
BA12 6FE

Sign me up!

Head over to our Facebook page, where you will be able to see the Mere Jelly dates and details and book your place. Alternatively email Jenni or call on 01747 860400 for details and to let us know that you will be joining us.

UK Jelly Logo Credit: Anil Amrit