village signThe next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 August 2018 in the village hall at 7.30pm.

 – everyone  welcome 

Please note there will be no parish council meeting in July




Water saving tips

As the heat increases, so does the amount of water we all use. To cope with this, South East Water is producing an extra 100 million litres a day across its supply area – the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools of water.
High demand for water is often caused by garden watering – on a normal day it makes up six per cent of water use in the home, but on hot days this can soar to 70 per cent, mainly due to garden sprinklers which use as much water in an hour as a family of six uses in a day.

During this period of high demand some people may experience lower than normal pressures during times of high demand such as breakfast and dinner time so everyone is being asked to reduce garden water use during these times to try to make sure there is enough water for everyone.
Being water savvy in the sunshine will help ease pressure on the company’s extensive network of 9,000 miles of pipes, pumping stations and treatment works which are working at full pelt around the clock to keep taps running.

Despite the recent dry spell, reservoir and ground water levels are as expected for this time of year.
Saving water means saving money too and top tips and free water saving devices can be found at:



Mereworth lies in the Medway Valley between Maidstone and Tonbridge.  The village is in the Metropolitan Green Belt and much of it is a Conservation Area. 

St Lawrence’s Church is a handsome classical building with an eye-catching steeple, and there are many listed buildings in the main street (The Street) and Butchers Lane.  The former Globe petrol filling station, more recently a motorcycle business, is also in The Street.

There is one pub/restaurant – The Moody Mare, in Seven Mile Lane.

Mereworth Primary School is located in The Street

Mereworth – a brief history

MEREWORTH derives from Mýra’s wort, or homestead, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book 1086 as belonging to Hamo, a Norman nobleman. Among information recorded then there were 28 villagers, a church and two mills.

Sir John de Mereworth fought at Edward III’s siege and capture of Calais in 1347 and the Nevill family owned Mereworth and much of the surrounding area throughout the middle ages.

Their descendant John Fane, 7th Earl of Westmorland, rebuilt their castle in the style of an Italian villa in 1722-25, and the church in 1744-46, both regarded as among the pre-eminent buildings of their period.

Still largely agricultural, the village was long associated with hop growing, with important growers including the Fremlin brewing family. In the 20th century this gave way to to fruit growing and more recently soft fruit.

During the second World War several doodlebugs fell in the village

THE FETE  – annually in mid-June, the village holds a fete in the recreation ground and the day has always proved a happy and successful occasion. It does, for many people, provide one of the last links with true village life.  See diary dates section for Fete Day.

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