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    Merriott Messenger
    The Merriott Messenger is published 11 months per year (not January) and is delivered free to all properties (about 900) in the Parish.  It carries news of village events past, present and forthcoming, articles, book reviews, poetry and photographs, as well as contacts for village organisations.  Free copies can be collected from Osborne's Broadway.
    The Messenger has its own Constitution and bank account. It is managed by an Editorial Team as follows; Chair, John Bowman;Treasurer, Ann Lawrence; Secretary, Eric Vose; Production, Jane Jackson; Distribution, Peter Bryans; Members, Pauline Bateman, Marion Biggs, Lesley Burnham and Janet Lailey.  Offers of persons to join the Team are always welcome.
    The Messenger is supported financially by sponsorship from local businesses and organisations, by distribution of leaflets about events and offers, and by questionnaires. Sponsorship is currently £105 per year for a small announcement box in 10 months and a large announcement one month. Charges for leaflet distribution are from £25 upwards.
    The MESSENGER – YOUR means of village communication.
    The Messenger has been published in its present form for over 10 years. We aim to provide a range of news and useful information, such as contacts for village organisations and forthcoming events. We listen to what the villagers think about its content and presentation. We also listen to the grapevine, but if you have a comment please contact one of the editorial team, who meet monthly to discuss the next issue. 
    Articles (preferably brief and with pictures) are welcome and news items are especially appreciated.
    We currently have 43 sponsors whose support is greatly appreciated – without it there would be no Merriott Messenger. 
    The Messenger is your independent, village paper for all types of news, including Council news. (If you wish to contact the Council please get in touch with the Clerk.)
    We try to make it useful to you – so, what do we get right, what is wrong and what should we add in future? It is your village newsletter.   

    Enquiries about membership of the Editorial Team, sponsorship and distribution of leaflets etc should be made to John Bowman on 01460
    74077.  Contributions for printing in the Messenger should be directed to
    Jane Jackson 01460 74162 or preferably
    via email:  merriottmessenger@gmail.com