5.30pm: Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Venue to be confirmed.
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 is going to provide a prize of £150 for the winner's chosen charity, in the Business in Bloom window display competition that will run this summer. Full rules will be issued shortly. Please think about preparing your windows with a floral theme, using this year’s colours of purple, mauve, white and magenta.
Windows need to be ready 8th July until 22nd July, the date of judging is yet to be decided. As this will also cover the period when the Sodbury Sheep Dog Search will be taking place, businesses are encouraged to incorporate both the SIB Business in Bloom and Sheep Dogs in their windows.
The competition will be open to Non Members of the Chamber as it is hoped the whole of Chipping Sodbury will get involved with supporting SIB.
Planted Boots are also encouraged, Welly Boots, Walking boots and any other boots you would like to plant will be greatly appreciated by SIB and everyone visiting.
SIB will be providing further details. Please support SIB to get another Gold Award for Chipping Sodbury.
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. This helps keep things looking good and helps Sodbury in Bloom do well in the South West in Bloom competition.
Over the last five years the number of people doing this has steadily increased and the high street has really impressed the judges as it has the 'wow' factor they are looking for. This has helped us win three Gold awards for Chipping Sodbury and we are after another for 2015.
This year the town Centre has again been entered in the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' competition in which it was classified as ‘Outstanding’ last year. This competition is all about community involvement so the more people who join in with the floral display the more impressed the assessors will be. We are hoping that you will feel able to contribute by having some hanging baskets or tubs if your building does not allow for hanging baskets.
Sodbury in Bloom offers a discount of £2.50 for each of the first two baskets ordered through us and supplied by Meredith's of Yate (who plant up the Town Council tubs and hanging baskets). Baskets cost £19 for a 14 inch one and £26 for a 16inch one (before the discount) and if you would like to use Meredith's please contact us and we will arrange it. If watering is a problem please don’t let this put you off. We may be able to arrange for this for a small extra payment.
If you would rather provide your own display could we ask that you use our colours if you can? This year they are purple, mauve, white and magenta and they will be used by Meredith’s in all the baskets they do for the town council.
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 and continuing to wow the South West In Bloom judges.
Sodbury Chamber of Commerce aims to provide more free fun for families, this July and August.
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.
This summer, the Sodbury Chamber of Commerce reports that a mummy sheepdog will be looked after in the town’s Tourist Information Centre and she needs your help to locate all her puppies.
Here’s a sneak preview of some of the cute pups! The photo has been kindly supplied by RichMcD Photography.
The Sodbury Sheepdog Search starts on 11th July 2015 and ends on 6th September 2015, and is a free activity with printed maps provided from the Tourist Information Centre and participating shops.
See the Sodbury Sheepdog Search facebook page for more information.
The Sodbury Food & Drink Festival will be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September this year.
This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, involving as many food and drink retailers in the town as possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirsty and Debbie from Sodbury Chamber member Blue Samovar Teas have been on a tea discovery trip to Sri Lanka.
They've brought back a superb organic Ceylon tea from the beautiful Hethersett tea gardens, where they even tried their hand at some picking.
To try this exclusive tea for yourself, visit their shop in Beaufort Mews (next to Shabby Chic).
For more information visit www.bluesamovar.co.uk.
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