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.Read More
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