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    The Merriott Messenger is published 11 months a year (not January) and is delivered free to all properties (about 940) in the Parish by a team of volunteers.  It carries news of village events past, present and future, articles, book reviews, poetry and photographs, as well as contacts for village organisations.  Free copies can be collected from the Co-op, the Premier garage shop, The Kings Head and Osbornes.

    The Messenger has its own Constitution and bank account and is managed by an Editorial Team:  Chair, John Bowman; Treasurer & Secretary, Eric Vose; Production, Jane Jackson; Distribution, Peter Bryans; Members, Paula Bateman, Marion Biggs, Janet Lailey and Sophie Lewis.  If you would like to join the team, do get in touch.

    The Messenger is supported financially by sponsorship from local businesses and organisations.  Sponsorship is currently £105 per year for a small announcement box in 10 months and a large announcement one month. Charges for printing, inserting and the distribution of leaflets are as follows:  A5 - £75; A4 £110.

    The MESSENGER – YOUR means of village communication.
    The Messenger has been published in its present form for 12 years with the aim of  providing 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 44 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. However, if you wish to contact the Council please get in touch with the Clerk – merriott-clerk@hotmail.co.uk

    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 inclusion in the Messenger should be directed to: Jane Jackson 01460 74162 or preferably via email:  merriottmessenger@gmail.com