Defer paying council tax and business rates until June due to COVID-19

To support people as much as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Wiltshire Council has confirmed that no resident or business in Wiltshire will have to pay council tax or business rates until June 2020 if they are struggling.

Any resident wishing to defer paying their council tax in April and May 2020, instead of the normal scheduled payment break in February and March 2021, can contact the council and this will be arranged.

Similarly, businesses who also wish to defer business rates payments for two months, and not pay in April and May, can also arrange that by contacting the council.

For anyone wishing to do this, the council will freeze direct debit payments, so people do not need to contact their bank to arrange.

People should call 0300 456 0109 or email counciltax@wiltshire.gov.uk to request the council tax deferral, and call 01249 706290 or email businessrates@wiltshire.gov.uk for business rates deferral.

These will be taken at face value and there will be no vetting of anyone wishing to defer payments for April and May 2020.

For those who choose to defer, payments will resume in June 2020 and will be taken over the 10 months from June 2020 to March 2021. For those that pay annually, they can still do this. Those that make manual payments can also continue to do this if they wish, but they will need to contact the council if they want the April and May payment break.

Working age residents who benefit from the current Council Tax Support Scheme will receive an additional reduction to their bill in line with the government’s hardship fund criteria. Those households eligible for this reduction will automatically be re-billed.

These changes are for the Wiltshire Council local authority area.

Businesses in Mere operating during the Coronavirus Lockdown

We hope this list will be a useful resource during this period. Please help us keep it updated by emailing any changes to jenni@sugarweb.co.

Co-op

Product Restrictions: only 2 units per customer allowed. 10 people allowed in at any one time.

Monday to Saturday: 9.30am – 10. 30am and Sunday: 11am  – 12 is a dedicated hour for the elderly, NHS, Social Care, Emergency Services and the vulnerable.

Closing time is 8pm

Jane Batten – Neal’s Yard Consultant

Jane supplies the Neal’s Yard Remedies range of products and can deliver locally in an agreed and mutually acceptable manner. This includes soaps, hand creams and hand sanitiser among other necessary items.

Jeans Electrical – The Chapel Showroom

Although there is no face to face contact, internet orders can be placed 24 hours a day via www.jeanselectrical.co.uk or contact by telephone at 01747 860215 – Monday to Saturday from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

Mere Dental Practice

The practice has temporarily closed for face to face treatments. They do however operate an Emergency Telephone Consultation service for patients with severe pain and facial swelling during this period of closure. If you urgently need assistance, please call 01747860365 or 07988221993.

Mere Pharmacy

Only 3 people are allowed into the pharmacy at a time.

  • Open from 9am – 12 and 2pm to 5.30pm.
  • Saturday: 9am – 1pm.
  • Closed on Sunday.

Due to the exceptionally high volume of prescriptions, please allow at least 5 working days before you attend the pharmacy to collect repeat medication.

Mere Surgery

Although the surgery remains open for normal opening hours, the entrance door is closed from 12pm – 2pm daily. This is to allow for a staff briefing session. The door also closes at 5pm each evening. The surgery telephone lines will remain open during these times and until 6.30pm weekdays.

Mere Town Council

The Town Council Offices are currently closed to public access. They intend to keep a presence in the office and can be contacted by telephone 01747 860701 or email lindseywood@merewilts.org. There is an intercom between the office and the outside entrance to the building.

Pete Davis Butcher

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Tuesday: 8.30am  – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday: 8.30 – 1pm
  • Thursday: 8.30am  – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday: 8.30am  – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.
  • Saturday: 8.30am – 2pm

Sprout & Flower

Sprout & Flower is open from: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 2pm
Only visit if you are fit & healthy. Only 1 person will be allowed in the shop at a time.
Contactless payments only. No cash.

Waltons of Mere and the Post Office

  • Open from 8am – 1pm.
  • Only 2 people are allowed in at a time.

Yapp Brothers Wine Merchants

The Yapp Brothers premises continues to be closed to all public. They do still accept and dispatch online orders.

If you are in enforced self-isolation and have no-one else to assist you to collect prescriptions, shopping etc then do contact the Mere Local Resilience Forum

Mere Local Resilience Forum

Mere Local Resilience Forum (MLRF)
Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We have a MERE HELP system now up and running.

Information cards are being circulated in the first instance via all the shops and amenities which remain open – the Co-op IS open. Whilst we are producing more cards, you can also take the details from here.

If you are in enforced self-isolation and have no-one else to assist you to collect prescriptions, shopping etc then do contact anyone on the Telephone Co-ordinator list below.

If you are self-isolating and have absolutely no other family, friends or neighbours who can help you, then please contact one of these between the hours of 8.00am – 6.00pm.

Once you have registered with one co-ordinator please do not phone any of the others.

If you can volunteer in any way or wish to make any comment then please contact:
Richard Jefferies on: 01747 863425, 07950 797273 or  rajefferies@btinternet.com

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.

If you have an objection to any of the images used, please contact jenni@sugarweb.co

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.

Access:

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 9.am – 2.pm 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