About our Festival

Mere Literary Festival

The Mere Literary Festival is the fundraising arm of the Mere & District Linkscheme – Registered Charity No. 1062328.

The Festival aims to celebrate the spoken word and bring together the local community.  Where possible we aim to showcase local talent, other speakers are drawn from around the country.   We endeavour to have a diverse range of speakers to appeal to a wide range of ages and interests.  There are events for children and an annual competition.

The first Mere Literary Festival was held in 1997, the idea of Adrienne Howell.  Adrienne has been a resident of Mere all her life; she retired as Festival organiser at the end of 2018.  In January 2019 Adrienne was awarded the British Empoire Medal for services to the community – a much deserved recognition of her years of work in this small town.

Mere and District Linkscheme

In 2019 the Mere Literary Festival raised over £4350 for the Mere Linkscheme.

The scheme provides transport at times of need for hospital appointments, which are not covered by the local ambulance or Medicar services, as well as helping people with shopping and other visits to enhance an individual’s quality of life.  Transport is also for appointments at local surgeries, dentists, opticians and to enable people to visit sick relatives. 

The Link Scheme volunteers give their time free of charge but petrol, vehicle running costs, telephone charges and administration costs have to be met.

The Link Scheme provide this invaluable service to the local communities in the villages of Bourton, Zeals, Pertwood, Silton, Stourton with Gasper, Kilmington, Maiden Bradley, Kingston Deverill, Monkton Deverill, Mere, and West Knoyle.

If you need help with transport or you’d like to volunteer your time to help with transport please call 01747 860096.

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Helping at Mere Literary Festival

Thank you to all our volunteers that help to keep our festival running smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering for the 2020 festival, follow the link below for more information about what help we need and how you can get involved.

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Our sponsors

Visit Hillbrush

Visit Hillbrush is a unique visitor centre where you can come to browse and purchase products in our homeware shop, enjoy the locally sourced food in our spacious and airy restaurant, grab a coffee from our master baristas and even learn about the history of brush-making and Hillbrush everywhere you turn in our exciting, first-of-its-kind brush-making museum. We are the perfect venue for families looking for activities in Wiltshire, or travellers looking for a comfortable, friendly stop. visit.hillbrush.com

Compton Smith Interiors

Suppliers of well-known specialist Paints, Wallpapers and Fabrics. (Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Colefax & Fowler, Zoffany, Kate Forman and many more brands) Full interior design service. Making up of Curtains and Blinds, Loose Covers and Re-upholstery. Interior Decorating Consultancy. www.comptonsmith.co.uk

Thank you to our advertisers

Compton Smith, Farnfields, Body Talk, The Spread Eagle, Clarkes Auctioneers, Hill Brush Company, HJ Chalke, Squeaky Clean, Howell Landscaping, Hayley’s Hair Design, Sprout & Flower, Mere Osteopathy. The Mere Literary Festival also wishes to thank, Mere Lecture Hall Grant Committee, IT Ambulance, Stable Design Taunton, Charlie Allfrey, Eamon Ross, Lesley Traves, Steve Hawkins.