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Friday 11th September 2015

6pm: Chipping Sodbury 2015 Food & Drink Festival
Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury

The Sodbury Food & Drink Festival will be held on Friday 11th between 6 and 9pm, and all day on Saturday 12th September.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, involving as many food and drink retailers in the town as

We’re looking for people to join the organising group – if you’re interested and can spare a few hours over the next few months, email below.


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If you run a local business and would like to join Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, please get in touch with Chair Kate Richardson.

Kate is based at Your Impact! and can be contacted on 01454 501351 or by email on: admin@sodburychamber.co.uk

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.

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Hatherell’s Yard Christmas Market

Hatherell's Yard

Monday 30th November to Sunday 13th December


Join Hatherell’s Yard 1st Christmas market. We will be hosting an impressive 14 days of Christmas market stalls, shopping, festive fun, mulled wine and mince pies.

Get involved: We will be booking stalls out on a weekly basis or the full 14 days. If you would still like to attend but you are not able to commit to a full week please still apply with the dates you would like.

Stalls will be offered to traders who can attend the full dates first. Any remaining stalls will be offered to others who are not able to commit to a full week. The cost includes a market style stall with table and overhead cover. Size: 2.4 x 2 meters.

Wet weather cover will be available to hire out if needed. You will have the opportunity to leave your stock in overnight storage (these will be limited to a size so everybody can leave products, we will not be able to store unsealed food products).

The yard will be decorated for the festive season, and we will be doing a big advertising campaign to inform the local community and surrounding areas of our Christmas market.

These will include the local Boundary Magazine, What’s On Bristol, the Evening Post and the Gazette, banners, flyers, and many more places to be confirmed.

To apply for a stall please click here for the application form. All applicants will be notified within 2 weeks to whether you are successful or not.

Chipping Sodbury Sheepdog Search

The search is on for naughty Sheepdog Puppies playing Hide and Seek in Chipping Sodbury.

Mummy sheepdog has arrived at the Tourist Information Centre in Chipping Sodbury asking for help from families far and wide to help round up her naughty puppies.

Sodbury Chamber Sheepdogs

It seems that the 28 cute sheepdog puppies are hiding in the windows of shops and restaurants all over town.

You can also click here to see Mummy Sheepdog’s search for her pups on YouTube. The video by local Wildlife film maker Ian McGuire of Wild Owl, was produced in co-'hoots' with local photographer RichMcD Photography.

To take part in the search, collect a trail map from the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) or any of the participating businesses in Chipping Sodbury where a sheepdog is on display.

Fill in all the names of the missing puppies and post it back in the special box at the TIC. Mummy sheepdog will reward everyone who completes the search with a special balloon* to say thank you.

The event, which is free to enter, runs from Saturday 11th July until Sunday 6th September.

Sodbury Chamber Sheepdogs

At the end of the search, Mummy sheepdog will draw out the first 28 correct entries and winners will be awarded with one of her puppies to take home and care for.

The Mayor of Chipping Sodbury will make a special presentation to winners during the town’s Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 12th September.

Says Martin Stacey, Coordinator of Chipping Sodbury Tourist Information Centre, “We are looking forward to welcoming searchers to our town. Our wonderful volunteers are ready to hand out and receive completed trail maps, blow up balloons and generally help anyone wanting to take part, their enthusiasm for our fantastic town is the glue that holds our community together”.

Look out for more news on the Sodbury Sheepdog Search facebook page, where Mummy Sheepdog will be posting updates.

This free family activity has been organised by the Sodbury Chamber of Commerce.

Bigger and Better 2015 Food & Drink Festival in Chipping Sodbury

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Click here to view a time lapse video of the 2013 Chipping Sodbury Food Festival, kindly supplied along with the photos above by RichMcD Photography .

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.

“Then and Now” in Chipping Sodbury

Things aren't what they used to be in Chipping Sodbury… or are they?

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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.

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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.

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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