5.30pm: Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Meeting
The Beaufort Hunt
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.
If you run a local business and would like to join Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, please get in touch with Chair Kate Richardson.
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.
Photographs on this page are kindly supplied by RichMcD Photography.
Sodbury Chamber of Commerce is providing more free fun for families this summer.
28 cute, fluffy, black and white sheepdogs are hiding in shop and cafe windows throughout Chipping Sodbury town centre for you to find.
Just pick up a Trail Map from the Tourist Information Centre in the middle of the town, under the clock tower, or from any of the participating businesses.
Complete the trail, fill in the names of all of the sheepdogs, then just hand your entry form back into the Tourist Information Centre by 6th September to receive a free balloon.
All correct entries will be put into a prize draw on the 7th September, and 28 lucky prize drawer winners will be presented with one of the sheepdogs at the Chipping Sodbury Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 12th September.
Last summer over a thousand visitors took part in the inaugural ‘Sodbury Sheep Search’, finding 25 lost sheep in shop windows - and the lucky winners became the new owners of the cute sheep.
The photo has been kindly supplied by RichMcD Photography.
See the Sodbury Sheepdog Search facebook page for more information.
Click here to watch the video.
11th September 6-9 pm and 12th September 2015, 9-4.30pm
Come and join us for a great time at the enhanced Food & Drink Festival in Chipping Sodbury.
This year promises to be our best Festival ever with lots of extra stalls and even a ride on a Routemaster bus!
We have included drinks for the first time and have all sorts of local suppliers offering tasters at the new venues of Hatherell’s Yard and Waitrose store.
An added attraction is the new Food & Drink Trail on Friday 11 September. Stroll round the town where lots of the eateries and pubs like The Squire and the Royal Oak on the main high street will be offering small tasting plates.
It’s a perfect chance for you to try something new. Why not be adventurous and try some Mediterranean food from Coffee Bean or Barbara’s great grandmother’s recipe for Jerk Chicken and other stunning Jamaican food?
Chinese Street Food will be available to try at Henry’s Oriental. And if you fancy something sweet, treat yourself to one of Gemma’s delicious desserts available along with savoury tasters at The Squire.
Or if you fancy trying your hand at sausage making, pop into Hobbs House Butchers.
On the drinks front for the Friday night, cider and apple juice from Barnes and Adams will be on offer at The Coffee Bean, and cocktails at the new cocktail lounge at the George Hotel from 9pm.
The Festival continues on the Saturday with an extended Farmers Market (9am-4pm), which will include many more food and drink offerings to taste.
On the ethical front, sample something from the Traidcraft stall.
There will be a wealth of local produce to try at the Hatherell’s Yard Market and Waitrose store ranging from cheese, specialist bread and cakes to homemade preserves, sauces, cordials and honey.
There's another chance to sample Henry’s Classic Chinese Food Tasters 12-1 and also to sample local ciders in the main bar, George Hotel 12 noon to 2pm. If it’s beer you’re into try some local beer at The Royal Oak.
If you missed them on Friday night you’ll have another chance to sample Barbara’s Jamaican food and buy some of her authentic Jerk sauce too.
Sensational Mexican tapas will be on offer at the recently opened Amigos Mexican restaurant. Gemma will be there too with her luscious desserts and be sure to try the luxury ice cream available in the town where you see the placards.
There’s another chance to have a go at making sausages at Hobbs House Butchers. Kimberley from Artingstalls Butchers will also so be showcasing her award-winning sausages for you to try.
Those with food allergies haven’t been forgotten. The Coffee Bean is running tastings of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan dishes from 11am-3pm. The Health Food Shop will have supplies of these foods, plus lots of friendly advice and demos from nutritionist, Diana, of interesting recipes.
Ann from Chipping Sodbury’s Cooking 4 Cookery School will be demonstrating how to turn your leftovers into delicious meals – ‘Great Taste, No Waste’ is her slogan. So visit her stall to pick up tips and tasters. Demonstrations with samples to try will be available during the day.
If the Bake Off series inspired you and with the arrival of a new princess, why not enter the Royal Bake Off hosted by the well-known brothers Tom and Henry Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery? Details for entry can be found on the Chipping Sodbury Food and Drink Festival Facebook page.
To make life easier for the hundreds of people we hope will be visiting the Festival, extra parking has been arranged with a London red bus to take you into the town. That’s sure to be a hit with the kids and weary shoppers alike!
So for a great time and a great gastronomic experience, put The Food & Drink Festival, Chipping Sodbury, 11/12 September in your diaries now.
More details of food stalls and participants in the Festival can be found here on www.MySodbury.co.uk and the Chipping Sodbury Food and Drink Festival Facebook page in the coming months.
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.
Things aren't what they used to be in Chipping Sodbury… or are they?
See for yourself with a little help from Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, which has produced a new calendar for 2016, that looks both forward and back.
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.
The Chamber is hoping to issue the 2016 calendar in early summer, so that tourists will be able to take home copies as a souvenir of their visit.
You'll be able to buy it for £6 in the Tourist Information Centre, Post Office and Yate Heritage Centre until the run up to Christmas when it will also be available from businesses in Chipping Sodbury.
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.
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