The road works in and around Mere have brought the community together. After a meeting with residents, merchants and council members, an action plan was devised to let people know that, despite the disruption from the road works, MERE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Flyers delivered to all the local villages, signs, a ‘locals card’ with a chance to win three prizes of £150, later opening hours, workshops and special offers are some of the events organised by the trader group Mere Merchants.

“We were all a bit shocked when the signs went up telling us about the road closure : for many of us, it was the first we had heard about it. A facebook post was issued on February 14 by the town council but most of us missed it! So far, there has still been no official notification to any of the businesses from Wiltshire Council, or the town council, that the main road through Mere will be closed for resurfacing between 9.30am and 3.30pm (weekdays only). Some businesses depend on the through trade the roads bring – particularly the cafés and pubs, – travellers heading to the West Country and a steady flow of workers stopping to shop at the local businesses,” said  Sarah Collins of Sprout & Flower.

Angel Corner Tea Rooms, photo by Johnny Fenn

The road is closed on the lead-up to Mother’s Day so, as a florist , her business, Sprout & Flower, is usually a very busy at this time.

“We are offering free delivery, later opening until 7pm from March 25 to 29, a Mother’s Day Workshop and a chance to win a Mother’s Portrait Day with every Mother’s Day purchase – with help from local artist Eliza Parker,” Sarah added.

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