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.

(Updated Nov 2022, please let me know if any of the links are not working!)

WHONOTES
CARPENTERS, JOINERS, CABINET MAKERS & GENERAL BUILDERS
Josh Brudenell
07758 848522
joshan76@gmail.com
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 Jenkins
07808 296929
gwynnjenkins@gmail.com
Gwynn is a very talented carpenter who can also work metal. He has worked on the Silk Mill intermittently since 2007
Gareth Evans
07976 404395
garethlynnevans@yahoo.co.uk
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.
ELECTRICIANS
Joe Hann
07807 041738
jlhann13@googlemail.com
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.
First Choice Commercial Care
+44 7443 506155

Colin from FCCC will come and sort out mobile devices such as fridges, kettles, dishwashers etc. Brilliant value and responsive when you need him!
Sturman Craig
07743 643452 (Andy)

07747 722077 (Pete)
info@sturmancraigelectricalservices.co.uk
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.
PLUMBERS
Mike Massey
07979 658758
Tends to be available more evenings & weekends.
ROOF WORK & SCAFFOLDING
Andy Jones
07894 328029
Andy Jones and his friend Andy Smart rebuilt 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! AJ has returned to troubleshoot the very few problems we have had since. He is a very skilled lead artist too.
Tony Weller
07887 705545
Tony has helped out when we had the odd leak in lower rooves than the main building.
MARQUEES, TABLES ETC Bear in mind that we now have our two canopies up between May and the end of October.
Tensile Fabric
0117 381 2016
mail@tensilefabric.co.uk
Tim Youde from Tensile Fabric designed our newest canopy using engineering principles. It works a treat!
Materia
01373 836008
info@materiaproducts.co.uk
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!newest canopy using engineering principles. It works a treat!
Copper Mill Hire Company
info@coppermillhire.co.uk
Local rustic reclaimed furniture hire for events
Prickly Pear Stretch Tents
07825 828671
07790 270742
pricklypearstretchtents@gmail.com
Bristol based marquee/tent company with beautiful tents available.
Vintage Marquees
01249 716119
caroline@vintagemarquees.co.uk
Great local company marquee with a pretty two pointed tent that fits well outside the gallery door.
They also hire out a huge variety of furniture and decorations.
South West Marquees
01373 836999
info@southwestmarquees.co.uk
Local marquee hire company based in Nunney. They know the site so may quote without site visit
Abbas Marquees
01749 890909
Enquiry@abbasmarquees.co.uk
Marquee hire company based at Pilton.
Party Bench
07766 883037
partybench@gmail.com
These guys are based in Frome and sound lovely.
Curated Canvas
07599 516951
hello@curatedcanvas.co.uk
Hire furniture etc rather than marquees. They have an interesting & eclectic selection of furniture & decorations for hire
CATERERS
First Press Hospitality
07468 469714
james@firstpressrecruitment.com
These guys appear in 2 categories as they offer catering as well as bar and staff services.
Fat Radish
01373 596102
info@fatradish.co.uk
Fat Radish, sister restaurant to The River House, spent 5 years operating as a successful restaurant in Frome before making the decision to focus solely on wedding and events catering.
Ellen Porteous who runs it 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 many weddings at the Silk Mill and all the feedback has always been excellent.
Ember & Vine
james@embersandvine.uk
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!
Ebbie's Kitchen
07782 369 896
ebbie@ebbieskitchen.co.uk
Will do bar as well as food, know the Silk Mill well and produce excellent delicious food. Very lovely helpful team.
Cafe Bon Bon Ice Cream Tricycle
07515 893294
cafebonicecream@aol.com
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!
The Coexist Community Kitchen
food@coexistuk.org
They say: "We're a non-profit community kitchen, cookery school and catering team. We run free cookery classes with those accessing support services in the community, working with a number of organisations including drug & alcohol services, refugee & asylum support and mental health services. We see food as the most simple and easy way to support each other as we help to build a stronger, healthier and more joyful society.

To help to fund these courses, we offer a full catering service for events and weddings, offering beautiful, seasonal and locally-sourced dishes."

At the Silk Mill we think this sounds a fantastic venture and we look forward to their first visit!
Mrs B's Catering
01373 452593
office@mrsbscaringcatering.co.uk
Great local company who regularly sell produce at the monthly independent market.
Vero's Kitchen
07507 770158
verosegura83@hotmail.com
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.
Miranda Catering
mirandacatering@mail.com
Makes lovely canapés and is the in house caterer at Drawing Projects in Trowbridge
Figs Catering
01458 273674
07774 590442
info@figscatering.net
Recently catered for a wedding and generally agreed to be very good indeed!
Alba
07555 684141
bruce@feastalba.co.uk
This group operates out of Wells, they are catering for an event this summer (24) and it all sounds lovely!
CROCKERY ETC
Share: Frome
07983 639611 (opening hours only)
SHARE Frome is a Library of Things. Like a normal library, you sign up as a member and borrow items you need.
Davies & Davies Crockery Hire
07812 365430
01373 836122
Run by Patrick Twigger who offers cutlery and crockery for events which he takes away unwashed. He can also provide bar licence cover with and without bar at the Silk Mill. He lives locally.
Frome Eco-Party
fromeecoparty@gmail.com
Local intitative to reduce the waste that parties can generate!
Country Crockery
07920 875096
info@countrycrockeryhire.com
Our tableware, glassware and cutlery collections echo the latest design trends whilst remaining timeless in style.
BAR SERVICES AND PROVIDERS OF ALCOHOL ETCPLEASE 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 do not sell enough to make it worth their while. If you are bringing your own then you will STILL 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 different one for the evening so long as everyone involved is clear about what you are doing.
First Press Hospitality
07468 469714
james@firstpressrecruitment.com
These guys appear in 2 categories as they offer catering as well as bar and staff services.
Katie Butcher
07891 085571
katiebutcher7@yahoo.com
Katie has a personal licence and knows the Silk Mill well. If she cannot help she has access to others who may be able to.
Patrick Twigger
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.
Palmer Street Bottle
07971 012611
info@palmerstbottle.co.uk
Palmer Street Bottle have looked after the alcohol needs for many events at the Silk Mill. They know the site well and run an excellent bar very nearby.
C M Events

callumrmcbrayne@gmail.com
These people do bars and have bar staff available, they have not been to the Silk Mill yet so let us know if you employ them and we will update
Talana Fear
07908 051533
talana.mooney@yahoo.com
Talana has worked behind the bar at the Silk Mill several times. She has a personal licence and is happy to be just paid for her hours there to cover our licence requirements.
More Wine
07940 732012
rich@morewine.co.uk
Properly selected French (& other) wines in 10litre, 5 litre & 3 litre boxes… cuts down on waste. Will do sale or return for unopened boxes.
Averys
03330 148208
Purveyors of wine based in Bristol
Cheddar Ales
01934 744193
webmail@cheddarales.co.uk
Cheddar Ales can supply delicious bag in box ale, Rich's Cider and bottled beers. They are in Cheddar but can deliver to Frome, but collecting it from Cheddar, driving over the Mendips and down Deer Leap is half the fun! We highly reccommend their products!
The Griffin
01373 467766
admin@milkstreetbrewery.co.uk
Local microbrewery
Jolly Hucksters
07971 817597
jollyhucksters@gmail.com
Bar service at a wedding in 2023, provided a great service
Bath Ales
0117 9474797
hare@bathales.co.uk
These guys do beers on tap and in casks as well as ciders
Lilley’s Cider
07594 926565
lilleyscider@aol.co.uk
Very Local, great selection of ciders you can try in Frome
King Brain Cider
01963 441233
kingbrain@btconnect.com
Lovely Somerset farm cider brewed from ancient orchards
23 Bath Street
07595 974680
craig.webber@hotmail.com
Full bar service or they can just provide staff at whatever level you need.
Big Bars (Airstream Bar)
07580 673753
robin@bigbars.co.uk
Full bar service from an airstream van!
Scout & Sage
07786 240505
holly@scoutandsagespirits.com
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!
Bohemian Bars
07977 477671
bohemianbars@yahoo.co.uk
Lovely bar services, they will either do the whole bar for you or just hire the equipment that you need
Arabuko Bar

arabukobar@gmail.com
Great bar that came to the Silk Mill in 2022
Espensen Spirit
07957 361717
info@espensenspirit.com
Lovely bunch of people who came from Bristol to do a bar for a couple of weddings. Very professional, great service, and they make their own gin!
ACOMMODATION
Bistro Lotte
01373 300646
info@bistrolottefrome.co.uk
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 for the Silk Mill itself.
Combe Grove
01225 834644
hello@combegrove.com
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 from Frome. (dog friendly!)
Stonewall Manor Elizabethan Manor house right in the town and can sleep at least 28 if you have the anexe too. (on Air BnB it says: 16 guests, 9 bedrooms, 13 beds, 5 bathrooms)! We had a wedding party stay there who were very happy with it. I have visited; 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.
The Old Granary Bradford-on-Avon
Trish Bowles:
07880359313
01225 722246
stay@churchfarmcottages.com
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.”
I am planning to go and visit soon, will report back!
The Archangel
01373 456111
hello@archangelfrome.com
Nearest and very nicely appointed hotel and restaurant. (dog friendly!)
The George Hotel
01373 462584
georgehotel@wadworth.co.uk
(The link takes you to Wadworth's main site and you have to search for the George in Frome) 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.
Jackdaw Cottage, Bruton
07906 242296
jackdawcottagebruton@gmail.com
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:
Bower House Tree House
01749 812707
info@bowerhouseconstruction.co.uk
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
Luke Emery, Nomad Live
07929 623764
luke@nomadalive.co.uk
These guys really understand the unusual acoustics in the Gallery. Luke also does a busking stage at the Independent Market (1st Sunday of every month except Jan/Feb) and knows lots of excellent local musicians.
Maltings Audio
07963 416034
maltingsaudio@aol.com
Doug has managed the sound for many events at the Silk Mill and understands the space well.
Stage to Sound
07817 405269
hugo@stage2sound.com
They say:
"Full event support from some microphones and a screen to full consultation and design.
Years of experience, professional equipment and technical expertise delivered to your budget. Local"
LIVE MUSIC
Captain Cactus and the Screaming HarlotsReally good local band
The Hammervilles
07714 991 047
thehammervilles@gmail.com
The Hammervilles have not played here yet but they contacted us and they sound really great and one of them is getting married at the Silk Mill in 2020! If you invite them will you give us some feedback so that I can update this listing? Thanks
The Lucky Pierres
ccsmdr@bath.ac.uk
Local band that gets everyone dancing brilliantly!
SECURITYSecurity has to be organized through an accredited organization. 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.
Vista Security
0845 226 0589
info@vistarsecurity.com
Trowbridge based security team who have worked at the Silk Mill over the years.
Prosec Consultancy
01373 228055
info@prosec-ltd.com
Prosec Consultancy Ltd.
They do Glasto, Shambala, Longleat etc. Based in Westbury
Lester Silk
07581 042365
lestersilk@hotmail.com
Lester Silk/Carley Watts at CSS Security.

FANCIES,GIFTS & INTERESTING ACTIVITIES
Magician, Chris HiscockThis guy was brilliant entertainment for all ages at a wedding in 2022. He is based locally.
Black Cat Bindery
01749 860679
info@blackcatbindery.com
Lovely local bookbinder who makes memorial presentation books to order.
Postscript
01373 462466
postscript@postscriptfrome.co.uk
Lovely shop in the centre of Frome. They will print your invitations or whatever your paper needs are!
Golden GooseThis is one among the very many gorgeous shops in Frome that has a wealth of gifts, decorations and much much more.
Willie’s Cacao
01884 840 222
shop@williescacao.com
Really excellent chocolate packaged interestingly. I have samples if you would like to try…
Tongue tiedLovely list of words about love! Follow the link to find out what Tiám means and where it hails from!
JEWELLERY ETC
Clare Lloyd
AND
Colour Designs
07974 421574
clare.colourdesigns@gmail.com
Clare has a studio at the Silk Mill and she makes beautiful jewellery. She has a website for her regular things and another for her wedding accessories
Roderick Vere
07717 723134
roderick@roderickvere.com
Jeweller who has a studio at the Silk Mill, you can do a workshops with him to create your own jewellery.
Christina Oswin
01373 472505
christina@christinaoswin.co.uk
Very near the Silk Mill, excellent jeweller. Also good at mending & adapting jewellery.
Annette Gabbedey
01373 454145
shop@annettegabbedey.com
On the wonderful Catherine Hill, Annette's jewellery is part of the lovely things you can find there!
PHOTOGRAPHERS/ARTISTS
Sarah Godsill at Event IllustrationBrilliant local artist who will come and paint/sketch at any and all stages of your event as you wish.
Aimae Laoise Photography
aimee@aimeelaoisephotography.com
Local photographer who specialises in family images.
Peter Wilbourne
07816 409984
peterwilbourne@gmail.com
Locally based excellent photographer.
Pip Newland Photography
07780 611671
Interesting and unusual photography of weddings and other events
Alice Whitby
07917 797549
email@alicewhitby.com
Alice has photographed three weddings at the Silk Mill and has had fabulous feedback. We love her pictures of the Mill!
Spencer Dungey/Love of Mine
07377 600068
spencer@loveofmine.co.uk
Australian photographer who has moved to Frome with his family.
DECORATIONS & FLOWERS
Bramble & Wild (Flowers)
01373 473788
hello@brambleandwild.com
Lovely Catherine Hill flower and shop
Event Flag Hire
01749 850991
hello@eventflaghire.co.uk
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)
07984 679421
info@Jigantics.com
Fabulous gigantic flowers often seen at festivals (they are based in Frome)
Crescent Moon Chandeliers
01373 454147
07976 369360
simon@crescent-moon.co.uk
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
Amy Spicer
07974 836270
amy@octoberstudios.co.uk
Designer at October Studios and partner to More Wine, offere wonderful original chandeliers of flowers and fabrics; work very well on our 7 beams
Minty's at Garston Nurseries,Garston, Frome BA11 1RU
01373 462123
They are a really old-school business based a within a mile of the Silk Mill. They do not have a website but are incredibly reasonable and lovely! Several couples have used their services and been delighted.
TAXIS
Tony’s Cabs Frome01373 464444
Arrow Taxis - Frome -01373 470110
ABC taxis of Frome -01373 452211
Bruton and Mendip Taxi07984 465864
Swift Taxi - Shepton Mallet -01749 340820
Regal Taxi - Shepton Mallet -01749 347750