You are in invited to attend an Extraordinary General Meeting of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 22nd April at 12 noon at Hobbs House.
The meeting has been convened to discuss the future of the Chamber. Could you please confirm by email below whether you will be able to attend?
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
Manfred Mann front-man and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Paul Jones will be appearing alongside fellow Blues Band member Dave Kelly - a combination of arguably the greatest British blues harp player and bottle-neck player - for an amazing evening of acoustic blues.
These long standing co-vocalists with The Blues Band enjoy the challenge of taking things down a level, simplifying the music a little, and applying their own individual approach to classic songs from the blues giants of the past, adding lots of information to explain the origins of the songs,
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The 2014 Sodbury Jazz Festival will run 5th - 8th June, with a Jazz Mass at St John's on the Sunday.
The George Hotel
Eddie Martin Trio - blues
The Beaufort Hunt
Yann Depechlin – Boogie piano
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
New Orleans Update with Sinead McCabe - jazz
The Beaufort Hunt
Rod Kelly Trio - jazz
Hamptons Jazz Breakfast: Paul Buck and Cass Levett
12.30–2.30pm at Hobbs Cafe
Thomas Ford - blues
Lunch with Tom and Henry, the Fabulous Baker Brothers.
2.30–4.30 at Waitrose
TBA - jazz
The Squire Inn
Rick Payne – blues
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
Chris Farlowe and Norman Beaker Band
Zoot Money and Papa George
Hamptons Jazz Breakfast: Jane and Andy Christie
Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church
Blues at Coffee #1, 31 High Street, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6BD
The Beaufort Hunt
Sodbury Chamber of Commerce
If you run a local business and would like to join Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, please get in touch with Chairman Mark Lloyd.
Mark runs Chipping Sodbury's Rounceval House Hotel and can be contacted on 01454 334410 or by email on:
Or visit www.visitchippingsodbury.com
Photographs on this page are kindly supplied by RichMcD Photography.
A Look Back at Chipping Sodbury Festival of Food - 28th September 2013
Sodbury Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual Food Festival included beer and food tastings, cookery demonstrations and samplings at many of the town’s shops, restaurants and public houses.
The Festival also hosted ‘The Great Chipping Sodbury Bake Off’, held at Hobbs House School in Chipping Sodbury High Street. The Cake and Bread Baking Competition offered prizes for adults and children and included a place on a course at the school.
One of the highlights of the Festival was the extended Sodbury Farmers Market with local food producers and high quality arts and crafts stalls. A feature of the market was local chef Ann Murray of Cooking4 Cookery School who offered shoppers new ideas for seasonal food.
Mark Lloyd, Chair of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce commented: ‘With the arrival of the new Waitrose Store there has never been a greater need for the High Street to host events and promote the town as a place to visit and to shop’.
He continued: ‘The Festival is firmly established as one of our most popular annual events attracting thousands of visitors from far and wide’.
Swagger is a Blooming Business
Following their recent success in winning the Business in Bloom Competition staged by Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, Swagger donated their £150 prize winnings to local Charity 'The West of England MS Therapy Centre'.
The attached photograph shows Swagger proprietor Alice Hobbs presenting the cheque to the centre's representative and local fund raiser Lizzie Ranger.
The Centre provides help and support to people living with Multiple Sclerosis and their families. Based in Bradley Stoke, the centre offers a range of therapies and treatments to people from across the region. Further details are available at www.mstherapybristol.org.uk, or 01454 201686.
'We were delighted to win the Business in Bloom contest and even more so to donate our prize to a local charity. We became aware of the MS Therapy Centre when Lizzie started to shop at Swagger so it is fantastic to present the £150 to her personally' commented Alice Hobbs.
The Business in Bloom Competition involved 20 of Chipping Sodbury's businesses and supported the town's Sodbury in Bloom entry.
Commemorative Plaque Scheme installed in Chipping Sodbury
Commemorative Plaques celebrating Chipping Sodbury’s unique heritage have been installed on six properties in the town.
The scheme was launched by Mark Horton, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Bristol and presenter on TV’s ‘Coast and Time Team’. Mark is also a Trustee of the Jenner Museum.
The launch took place on the birth date of Edward Jenner, Friday 17 May, when Professor Horton unveiled a plaque on Melbourne House in Horse Street where it is believed Jenner lived during his seven year apprenticeship in the town.
‘The Jenner Trust are delighted that Edward Jenner has been honoured by the award of a plaque, it is likely that Jenner discovered the link between Cowpox and Smallpox while he was training as an apprentice surgeon in Sodbury’ commented Helen Jeffrey, Education and Audience Engagement Manager at Dr. Jenner’s House.
The Plaque celebrating Jenner is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK. Two previous plaques installed in London are now in storage.
Angus Braithwaite, a pupil at Chipping Sodbury School designed the commemorative plaque following a competition involving fellow students. The design is based on the colour theme that runs throughout many of the properties in the town ensuring that the plaques blend comfortably into the historic environment.
‘We have been extremely lucky to attract such wonderful support from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the Jenner Trust. All have helped to ensure a successful outcome after 4 ½ years of organisation and research.’ commented organiser Mark Lloyd.
The Heritage Trail and Plaques will help to draw attention to Chipping Sodbury’s wonderful array of historic buildings, and could prove to be an invaluable resource for the schools in the local area.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the scheme also received matched funding from South Gloucestershire Council, Chipping Sodbury Town Lands Charity and Sodbury Chamber of Commerce.
Heritage Trail Tours of the Town are planned for later this year.
About The Chamber
The key aims of the Chamber are:
- to promote Chipping Sodbury as a place to visit
- to promote the businesses located here
- to play a significant role in the development and future prosperity of Chipping Sodbury
- to work with the local authorities to ensure that the views of local businesses are considered in all matters affecting trade
- to work together and share experiences and expertise
Benefits of Membership
The Chamber has been established to offer the business community in Chipping Sodbury a wide range of benefits including:
- the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other local companies
- the opportunity to ensure that the local authorities and government hear members' views.
- the opportunity to engage in debates and discussions concerning current issues and future developments in the area
- access to advice and information on key business issues both locally and nationally
- access to new business opportunities including financial and legal support
- a chance to raise the profile of each company involved and to promote the Town locally and nationally
- help in growing a business by the provision of a range of cost effective services and local expertise
Chipping Sodbury in brief
The following article was written by Jim Wilkie, former organiser of Chipping Sodbury's Farmers Markets, in response to interest raised in Chipping Sodbury as a Market Town following the BBC's Turn Back Time series.
Chipping Sodbury was created in the 13th Century as a purpose-built trading and Market town to replace the settlement at Old Sodbury, at which time the Market started for the sale of both produce and livestock.
This is represented today by a Farmers Market twice monthly and the occasional Produce Auction.
The majority of buildings are still locally owned or owner occupied, so have not been replaced by the boxes favoured by developers.
With a few exceptions the shops are locally owned and apart from Estate Agents and Banks are the only trading addresses for most businesses, so they are still committed to trading in the main business streets.
In some cases the family connections between businesses go back more than one generation. In other cases businesses have been built up by the efforts of the present proprietor over a number of years.
Just because premises are used for one trade today, it does not mean that all clues to previous trades have been removed. You may need to have them pointed out, but they are there for those willing to look.
Close to the main street are the sites of:
- The Fire Station (now houses)
- The Police Station (still operational) and Magistrates Court
- The electricity company (now offices). What started as a water mill is still in use as a feed mill.
- The former Doctor’s Surgery is still partly occupied by the last Doctor’s widow.
Quarrying is still an important local industry. The Town Hall started life as a pillared Market hall and despite modernisation, hints of its past structure can be seen. The garages in the street may have gone but left clues.
One former Pub now forms an art gallery, after being the British Legion. Another pub became the Catholic Church.
A little way out of the Town much of the railway station survives although trains no longer stop there. Signs can still be found of the upheaval when the railway arrived much later than most. Murray Dowding took many photographs of the immediate area for sale through his chemists shop.
Chipping Sodbury has an active Historical Society and much of this has been researched by enthusiastic members.