Over the 15 + years that we have been working on the Silk Mill and running the business we have built up quite a library of contacts. Here are many of the local suppliers and services who we recommend because we have worked with (linked if they have websites).
They are grouped by activity. There are builders etc as well as the providers of hospitality services.
CARPENTERS, JOINERS, CABINET MAKERS & GENERAL BUILDERS
Josh is a builder who has project managed much of the work that has been done to the Silk Mill since 2014. He also makes planning applications when necessary.
He works with several of the people listed here.
Gwynn is a very talented carpenter who can also work metal. He has worked on the Silk Mill intermittently since 2007
Gareth is a very talented woodworker and has helped us out on many of the floors of the Silk Mill, most recently the beautiful new floor of Silk Mill west upstairs. He and his wife Lottie run Bistro Lotte at Badcox, highly recommended eatery/hostelry.
Joe is the partner of a wonderful jeweller and bridal accessory maker Clare Lloyd who has a studio at the Silk Mill. He has been our go-to electrican for many years now.
Sturman Craig Electrical Services
07743 643452 (Andy)
07747 722077 (Pete)
We asked Joe (above) to do our 5 year electrical certification but it was rather a lot for one person to take on so we went to Pete Sturman & Andy Craig who were brilliant.
Tends to be available evenings & weekends.
Amazing blacksmith based at Corsley. He made the door for the electric locker with 2014 on it in spanners. Most of the ironwork in the building has been fabricated by Sam.
James Crossman at Iron Age Forge
James made the very solid steel doors for the gallery kitchen. His wonderful workshop is on the same trading estate in Whatley as Materia (below).
CANOPY / MARQUEES ETC
This company is based in Whatley just outside Frome and they have made the awning and seat covers for us for several years. They are brilliant!
0117 381 2016
Tim Youde from Tensile Fabric designed our newest canopy using engineering principles. It works a treat!
07825 828671 - 07790 270742
Bristol based company with beautiful tents available. We had hoped to have two lots of 3 consecutive weddings in 2020 with the tent left here and a discounted rate as a result… They helped with one 2021 wedding and were absolutely lovely, we look forward to their return in more normal times!
These guys are based in Frome. They have the same tables as we do so if you need more than the 20 benches we have then this is the place to go.
Great local company with a pretty two-pointed tent that fits well outside the gallery door. They also hire out a huge variety of furniture and decorations.
Very good, local and know the site so can often quote without site visit
Based at Pilton, they have put up a marquee for one wedding and it was lovely.
ROOF WORK & SCAFFOLDING
Andy Jones and his friend Andy Smart masterminded the rebuild of the roof of the Silk Mill in 2011. They put up with the Moore family providing much of the person-power and did an amazing job! He has returned to troubleshoot the very few problems we have had since. He is a very skilled lead artist too.
Tony has helped out when we had the odd leak in lower rooves than the main building.
The Fat Radish in Frome (N; is run by Ellen Porteous. Ellen has a personal licence and a great team who are efficient at switching the gallery round from ceremony setup to mealtime. The food they create is wonderful!
They are a very good solution to food and alcohol. They have catered etc for several weddings at the Silk Mill and all the feedback has always been excellent.
They say: “Ember and Vine is the marriage between owners Sean and Mary's two loves, smoked foods and wine.” They live in Frome and have not yet catered here but they sound absolutely yummy!
Recently catered for a wedding and generally agreed to be very good indeed!
Vero has was in charge of the food side of the Tapas (under the excellent guidance of Josh Brudenell) for the most recent (2019) Frome Festival Cantina, and brillant it was too. She has catered for several other events at the Silk Mill and her food is always wonderful and excellent value.
Will do bar as well as food, know the Silk Mill well and produce excellent delicious food. Very lovely helpful team.
These guys have been here several times and they are a wonderful way to have a snack at tea time to stave off the pangs before the big feast… kid friendly alternative to canapés!
Sarah Urquhart, Incredible Edibles
“Catering for all occasions”, particularly keen on making canapés etc.
Local company with a very good reputation who have provided excellent food for parties at the Silk Mill.
Makes lovely canapés and is the in-house caterer at Drawing Projects in Trowbridge
07812 365430 or 01373 836122
Patrick offers cutlery and crockery for events which he takes away unwashed. He has also provided bar licence cover with and without bar at the Silk Mill. He lives locally.
Properly selected French (& other) wines in 10 litre, 5 litre & 3 litre boxes… cuts down on waste. Will do sale or return for unopened boxes and happy to come and offer tastings. We get all our wine from Rich for Silk Mill events, he is great!
Cheddar Ales can supply delicious bag in box ale, Rich's Cider (different Rich from wine above!) and bottled beers. They are in Cheddar but can deliver to Frome. We highly reccommend their products!
These guys do beers on tap and in casks as well as ciders
Very local, great selection of ciders you can try just outside Frome
Lovely Somerset farm cider brewed from ancient orchards
BARS, LICENCING & EVENT MANAGEMENT
PLEASE NOTE: It is fine to bring your own alcohol (and/or ask your guests to BYOB) but do not then ask a bar to provide a paying service as they then may not sell enough to make it worth their while. If you are bringing your own then you will need to pay someone to oversee the alcohol consumption.
The Silk Mill does not charge any extra corkage. You can have one arrangement for the lunch time then have a pay bar for the evening so long as the bar know what you are doing.
07812 365430 or 01373 836122
Patrick has provided bar licence cover with and without bar at the Silk Mill. He also has a business providing cutlery and crockery for events which he takes away unwashed.
Full bar service or they can just provide staff at whatever level you need.
Wonderful bar assembled around growing trees and hung with plants run by the lovely Tim Goodman.
Full bar service from an airstream van!
Travelling Gin bar in a horse box! They say: “We create our own small batch, limited edition Scout & Sage Gins with different Master Distillers. Our mission is to distil a gin in every region of Britain!” We have not tried them yet but they sound interesting!
Lotte and Gareth run this excellent bistro a short walk from the Silk Mill at the top of Catherine Hill/Street. They also have excellent accommodation. One wedding recently booked all 6 of their luxury ensuite rooms. Gareth is a very talented carpenter and has done a lot at the Silk Mill itself.
An interesting project… this beautiful luxury hotel (with spa and pools inclusive for hotel guests) is also a charitable apprenticeship project where multiple skills are being acquired. They have 40 rooms and say “Receive a 15% discount on any group booking of 5 rooms or more when you quote “Silk Mill”. And we’ll treat the bride and groom to a bottle of bubbly.” We visited but have not yet had anyone stay there. Feedback welcomed! They are talking of a minibus service that could be used by wedding parties as they are a few miles north of Frome. (dog friendly!)
Stonnwall Manor Culverhill Frome Somerset BA11 5AA
Big Cottages: 0845 257 1510
This is a wonderful huge Elizabethan Manor house right in the town and can sleep at least 28! We had a wedding party stay there who were very happy with it. I went to see it the other day and it is quite a place, a bit heavy on the dark wood furniture but a really good size and well within walking distance of the Mill. I took lots of photos which you can see here. There are more pictures if you follow the link in the first column.
Trish Bowles: 07880359313 01225 722246
They say: “The Old Granary is situated in the countryside, just 5 miles from Bath and within a mile from Hartley Farm Shop & Café, the village pub and shop. A beautiful, award-winning converted barn that sleeps up to 12 people. Indoor heated pool and games room available at Church Farm, ¾ mile down the lane.” They are listed on the Church Farm Cottages website where there are other options available.
Nearest and very nicely appointed hotel and restaurant. (dog friendly!)
28 rooms varying from singles at around £60 to premium ensuite and family rooms up to £140 in high season. Very centrally located in town (so some rooms on the front might not be all that quiet) and will do discounts for bulk booking for weddings. Speak to Dawn. I have not looked at all of it but the rooms I have seen are nicely done, fairly traditional.
Here is a website with local B&Bs on it, I cannot vouch for all of them but would welcome feedback!
A really beautiful cottage with 2 bedrooms in Bruton, no detail has been left unperfected in this lovingly created space.
Bruton has several other airbnb places that the Jackdaw Cottage people recommend so if you were to go for Bruton as your main accommodation spot there would be plenty of good choice… including:
Totally amazing tree house (between Bruton and Frome) that we have been lucky enough to stay in ourselves. Sleeps 2 and has all mod cons you could wish for including hot tub on the terrace! 2 night minimum stay and not cheap but a real treat.
DJs & SOUND SYSTEM HIRE
Highly recommended local DJ
Luke can organise any lighting, staging or sound that you need. He really understands the unusual acoustics in the Gallery. Luke is a drummer himself in more than one band an also curates a busking stage at the Independent Market (1st Sunday of every month except Jan/Feb) and knows lots of excellent local musicians.
Doug has successfully managed sound for several events at the Silk Mill and understands the space well.
NOTE: Live music needs to finish at 11pm, recorded music can go on unitl midnight but must not be audible beyond the courtyard lamp-post.
Really good local band
The Hammervilles recorded their promo video at the Silk Mill and one of the band is getting married here!
Another really dancy band, local!
Excellent local band with other music contacts
SECURITY AND DOOR MONITORING
NOTE: If you are having more than 75 people our premises license requires that you have a couple of people to monitor numbers. If you hire a fully fledged security guard then it must be done through a registered front line firm. If you just need to count numbers then you do not need a qualified person.
Please let Kate know who you are using asap. We know it is a pain but you need a guard per 75 people so if you have 150 people in the evening you will need two security people.
07415 867007/ 0800 002 9855
Lester Silk/Carley Watts at CSS Security. Our go-to security people.
Moved to the area not long before lockdowns, these guys have the most beautiful collection of bunting and flags. They will put it up for you or just send it to you for you to do your own thing in the usual Silk Mill way!
Jigantics (huge artificial flowers)
Fabulous gigantic flowers often seen at festivals (they are based in Frome).
01373 454147 07976 369360
Wonderful enormous chandelier selection. Local company that hires to film sets and events. They did a photoshoot of their wares at the Silk Mill in Sept ‘19
Local, partner to More Wine, chandeliers of flowers and fabrics; work very well on our 7 beams.
Local intitative to reduce the waste that parties can generate!
ABC taxis of Frome -
Bruton and Mendip Taxi
Swift Taxi - Shepton Mallet -
Regal Taxi - Shepton Mallet -