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Tuesday 23rd February 2016

5.30pm: Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Meeting
The Beaufort Hunt

17:30 - 19:30, in the function room

This meeting is for all members of the Chamber. If you would like to attend but are not a Chamber member please click below to find out how to join.

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Chipping Sodbury Chamber logo

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 or complete the joining form on the Sodbury Chamber website, www.sodburychamber.co.uk.

Acting Chairperson Rich McDonough of RichMcD Photography can be contacted on 07768 033097.

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

Small Business Saturday 2015 in Chipping Sodbury

Click here to see a gallery of photos of Small Business Saturday 2015 in Chipping Sodbury.

After the successful Small Business Saturday event on Saturday 5th December, Rich McDonough of Rich McD Photography, Acting Chairman of Sodbury Chamber said ‘Small Business Saturday went really well, we had over 30 cars parked up at Hanson and must have been at least 150 people on the bus over the course of the day. Some people were using it for the overflow car park and some were just going for a ride.

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One gentleman was telling us how he used to ride on route masters when he was a young lad living in London. I think we brought back loads of memories for people.

We gave out 50 "I Love Chipping Sodbury" shopping bags, each with its very own Hobbs loaf in it.

We were also giving away 50 Hobbs Biscuits to all the kids, those appeared to go down very well.

Martin Stacey, Co-ordinator of the Tourist Information Centre, made a brilliant video for us, which can be viewed on the Visit Chipping Sodbury Facebook page.

Big thank you to Hobbs House for the bread and biscuits.

Thanks also to Bath Bus company and the 1st Chipping Sodbury Scouts for their help with car park...

And finally big big thanks to Louise Pullen and David Weeks at Hanson, without whose generous loan of the car park none of this would be possible.

A great way to celebrate Small Business Saturday.’

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Carol Maidment of Purple Parrot, which has recently expanded its range of Dolls Houses to include gifts for all ages said "It was great to see the vintage Routemaster bus providing transport into the centre of the town from an overflow car park provided by Hansons.

It helped lots of customers come into the town, as well as providing a fun ride for families. Chipping Sodbury was buzzing on Small Business Saturday, thanks to volunteers from Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, The Scouts, etc.’

Jo Cox of Hobbs House Bakery said ‘Small Business Saturday is a great way to highlight all of the lovely independent shops we have here in Chipping Sodbury. It was great to see shop owners and Sodbury Chamber of Commerce come together with offers and discounts to make it a special day celebrating why we all love Chipping Sodbury'.

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 or complete the joining form on the Sodbury Chamber website, www.sodburychamber.co.uk.

Special Offer on multi buys of Chipping Sodbury Then and Now 2016 Calendars

Chipping Sodbury Then and Now 2016 Calendars will make great Christmas presents or stocking fillers. The Calendars which cost £6 are now on sale at 2 for £10.

They can be bought at the Post Office, the Tourist Information Centre or at many of the retailers and pubs in Chipping Sodbury.

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 has 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.

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You can now buy copies from the following outlets:

  • Cadeaux & Co
  • Chauffeurhire Coaches
  • Coffee Bean
  • Hanson
  • Lorraine’s Cheese Shack
  • Penny Farthings Gift Shop
  • Post Office
  • Purple Parrot
  • Shabby Chic
  • Sodbury Florist
  • The Horseshoe
  • The Portcullis
  • The Royal Oak
  • The Squire
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Wards @ Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
  • Yate Heritage Centre

The TIC are also offering an international sales service, more details are available on their web site.

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Many local businesses have sponsored the calendar, which comes shrink-wrapped with an envelope for posting.

Jim Elsworth says: “I was delighted to be asked to support the Chamber's venture to produce their 2016 Calendar based on “Then and Now” photographs.

The result is a calendar which local people will appreciate and I’m sure it will find its way around the world to many people with a Sodbury connection.”

The Chamber will use profits from the sale to further its work in helping Chipping Sodbury develop as a thriving town and sought after business location.

Chipping Sodbury Food & Drink Festival 2015

2015 was Chipping Sodbury's best ever Food and Drink Festival, with lots of extra stalls and even a ride on a Routemaster bus!

Drinks were included for the first time and all sorts of local suppliers offered tasters at the new venues of Hatherell’s Yard and Waitrose store.

An added attraction was the new Food & Drink Trail - lots of the eateries and pubs like The Squire and the Royal Oak on the main high street offered small tasting plates.

Here's a selection of photos taken by Rich McD Photography:

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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Business in Bloom Winners 2015

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  • Waitrose - Gold
  • Sodbury Florist - Gold
  • Swagger - Gold
  • Purple Parrot - Gold
  • Shabby Chic - Gold Star
  • Lucy Butler Flowers - Highly Commended
  • Coventry Building Society - Gold
  • The Coffee Bean - Highly Commended
  • Future Brides - Gold
  • Penny Farthings - Gold
  • Ice 'n' Easy - Gold Star
  • Cotswold Vintners - Highly Commended
  • The Health Shop - Highly Commended
  • Blue Cross - Gold

The competition was so amazing this year the judges couldn't choose an overall winner, so we have joint winners!

They are Shabby Chic and Ice 'n' Easy, who will share the £150 prize donated by the Sodbury Chamber of Commerce between their chosen charities.

Many thanks to all the retailers who took part, the judges and Sodbury in Bloom.

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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