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Monday 11th July 2016

Sodbury Summer Search
Chipping Sodbury Clock Tower

A fun and free summer holiday activity for Chipping Sodbury, running 11th July - 3rd September 2016.

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Sodbury Chamber of Commerce welcomes all Sodbury based businesses large or small.

If you would like to join please contact Membership Secretary, Laura Lee Phillips at admin@sodburychamber.co.uk, complete the joining form on the Sodbury Chamber website, www.sodburychamber.co.uk or write to Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, 96 Bennetts Court, Yate, Bristol, South Glos BS37 4XT.

Click here to complete the membership application form - membership costs £30 per year.

Details of the next Chamber events, including dates, times and locations of meetings, will show on this page as soon as they are available.

Find out more at www.sodburychamber.co.uk, www.facebook.com/visitchippingsodbury or twitter.com/sodburyinfo.

Photographs on this page are kindly supplied by RichMcD Photography.

Latest Chamber News

A New Chamber Chair

Sodbury Chamber of Commerce unanimously welcomed Joanne Cox as their new Chairman at their AGM on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

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Joanne has been involved with the Chamber for the last 3 years, representing Hobbs House Bakery, where she is the Marketing/Communications Assistant. Joanne takes over from Acting Chairman, Rich McDonough, who remains as Vice Chairman.

Joanne is Chipping Sodbury born and bred, she was educated at Raysfield Primary School and Chipping Sodbury School and has connections with many of the businesses and organisations in the local area.

Through her job at Hobbs House Bakery she has helped support local events such as the Festival, Big Lunch, Crib Festival, Victorian Day and Chamber organised events, the Summer Searches and Food and Drink Festivals.

Joanne is qualified in baby massage and baby yoga, she ran her own business teaching at the Ridgewood Centre for 6 years whilst her own children were small.

Joanne's employers, Tom and Henry Herbert, say “We are delighted Joanne is running the Chamber. With Joanne at the centre, we believe we can get Chipping Sodbury to be the thriving market town it deserves to be. We love Chipping Sodbury.”

Joanne says “The Chamber has expanded over the last year and we hope to continue welcoming any new Members who would like to be involved.”

2016 Hanging Baskets and Floral Displays

Every year the Sodbury in Bloom team ask all businesses and residents in the town centre to put hanging baskets or tubs outside their premises to keep things looking good.

Click here to download a pdf of the letter to residents.

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Over the last few years the number of people doing this has steadily increased and the high street has looked really impressive.

Please take part by having some hanging baskets or tubs/wellies if your building does not allow for hanging baskets.

This year we are requesting sunset colours; yellow, orange, pink and red (no white please).

We do hope you will feel able to participate in our efforts to improve our local environment while making Chipping Sodbury a more colourful place.

Please email: for an entry form.

Sodbury In Bloom will be launching a new competition this year for the best Pub Floral Display, with Sodbury Chamber offering a £100 cheque for the winning pub's charity of choice.

Sodbury Festival

This year for the first time the Chamber will be organising the Best Dressed Window Competition with the Festival theme of Kings & Queens.

We will arrange for an impartial judge and a cheque as per previous years for £100 for the charity of choice of the business with the winning window.

As this is the first year the Chamber will be organising this we need everyone to support this and join in.

The festival committee have a plate for the winner (which has to be returned).

We will provide certificates, 1st, 2nd & 3rd, plus a special merit certificate for everyone who takes part.

It will be free for shops to take part, and the application form which will be available 4 weeks before the start of the festival.

Windows must be in place before the 10th June. The competition runs 10th June till 19th June, and judging will be held on Wed 15th June.

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Sodbury Squirrel Search and Friends

This year the Chamber will be organising a summer search for 30 furry wild animals (squirrels, badgers, deer, owls and hedgehogs).

The family-friendly event will run in the town centre 11th July - 3rd September 2016.

Come back soon to sniff out more details...

Chipping Sodbury Food & Drink Festival 2016

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Putting a tasty spotlight on the beautiful town of Chipping Sodbury

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September - 1 SHORT WEEKEND - 4 UNIQUE EVENTS

  • Friday Night FOOD TRAIL 6-9pm
  • Fridan Night EPICUREANS' PUB QUIZ 9-11pm
  • Saturday FOOD TRUCK RALLY 10am-4pm
  • Saturday FAB FOOD AND DRINK STALLS 10am-4pm

Food Trail - Friday 9th September 6-9pm

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the High Street sampling all different kinds of food, from Mexican tapas to Olde English Hog roast and everything in between.

Why not use this opportunity to try something new? Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Pub Quiz for Food and Drink Lovers - Friday 9th September 9-11pm

New this year! Test your cookery knowledge, how much have you learnt from Masterchef?

Put up a team (no more than 6) and cross our palms with 5 x £1 coins. There's the glory of winning the Epicurean Cup and a Wine Tasting for 4 courtesy of Waitrose. All proceeds to go to a local charity.

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Food Truck Rally - Saturday 10th September 10am-4pm

Every year we try to bring you something different and this year it's eateries in a vehicle!

Whether it's a glass of wine or a beer with a superb view of our beautiful town from the top of a double decker red bus, an Italian sausage from a cute van or a hog roast from a VW, we've got it all.

Fab Food and Drink Stalls Saturday 10th September 10am-4pm

Enjoy some of the best food and drink our area has to offer. Whether it's award winning sausages or out of the ordinary meats from our 2 elite Chipping Sodbury butchers, cakes and biscuits from local bakeries, or the more exotic curry pastes produced locally, you are in for a treat.

And now for something completely different! We are privileged to showcase for the first time at our Festival Army chefs from Swindon who will demo how basic Army ration packs can be used on operations to cook up a feast. Truly inspiring in so many ways and one of the attractions not to be missed.

If you love your food and drink, then come and join us for a Food Fiesta.

Visit www.sodburyfoodanddrink.co.uk or email: to find out how you can get involved.

Click here to complete the online application form for traders.

Here's a selection of photos taken by Rich McD Photography at the 2015 Festival:

Happy FacesRoutemaster to the ModaCatch it quick!A Taste of HoneyHaving olive-ly time!Shopping for Local ProduceTasty SteakSizzling SteakHatherell’s Yard£480 for the Hedgehog RescueMayor Paddy SmithEager FacesDid you win a cuddly sheepdog?Hog Roast timeFree Beer!A queue at The GeorgeTasty PreservesSavoury PastriesLondon Red BusView from the Bus

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Chipping Sodbury Then and Now 2017 Calendars

Chipping Sodbury Then and Now 2016 Calendar was so popular that a second version, with a different set of photos, will be produced for 2017.

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Each month features a familiar Chipping Sodbury scene, showing a photograph of how it used to look in years gone by, alongside a modern image of the same view.

Local historian Jim Elsworth supplied the “Then” photos from the Murray Dowding collection of classics from the early 1900s, and has added his own commentary.

Richard McDonough of RichMcD Photography brilliantly matched and carefully re-shot the images to show how they look “Now”.

The calendar includes local event dates such as the Farmers Markets, Vintage and Handmade Fairs and the twice yearly Mop Fairs.

About The Chamber

Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Trade – supporting local businesses and working together to create a thriving town and sought after business location.

How can the Chamber help my business?

Purple Parrot - Rich McD
  • Support - You will receive up-to-date information on relevant issues, networking opportunities and the chance to attend regular workshops, social events and presentations to help grow your business.
  • Promotion - You will benefit from free Chamber publicity including a successful social media presence, event promotion and your own feature page on the Sodbury Chamber website.
  • Strength in numbers - Alongside other local businesses, you can take part in high profile Chamber initiatives and events to achieve a positive impact on the local community.
  • A voice - Have your views heard and taken into account when the Chamber represents the business community.
  • Inspiration - Share experiences, receive encouragement and get sound advice to give your business the best possible chance of success.

Every successful business makes Sodbury stronger.

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