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Sodbury Chamber of Commerce

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

Rebekah and Kate are based at Your Impact! and can be contacted on 01454 502351 or 07557 473366 or by email on: rebekah@yourimpact.co.uk or kate@yourimpact.co.uk

Or visit www.visitchippingsodbury.com

Photographs on this page are kindly supplied by RichMcD Photography.

Latest News

Sodbury Sheep Search

Missing sheep lead to free family fun in Chipping Sodbury this summer

25 sheep have disappeared from a field in South Gloucestershire.

Sources close to their leader ‘Ramsay’ have revealed that they headed for Chipping Sodbury town centre to take part in the Sodbury Sheep Search.

Since Saturday 19th July, cute, fluffy sheep have taken up residence in shop and café windows throughout the town. Retailers are insisting they display their names so the farmer knows they are all safe. Can “ewe” help find them?

Ewe can join in the free family fun in Chipping Sodbury this summer and search for the naughty sheep.

Click here to download your trail map.

You can also pick up a maps from the Tourist Information Centre and from all participating retailers. Entry is free, one per person and no age restrictions.

Sodbury Sheep Search

Local retailers line up to arrange accommodation for visiting sheep...

Complete the trail, fill in the names of the sheep, then just hand your entry back in at the Tourist Information Centre. All correct entries will be put into a prize draw on the 1st September.

Ewe never know, ewe could be giving one of the 25 Sodbury Sheep a new home.

This event has been organised by the Sodbury Chamber of Commerce. It runs from the 19th July to 30th August inclusive.

Follow this event on Facebook at ‘Sodbury Sheep Search’, or Twitter @sodburysheep.

For more information please contact Richard McDonough on 07768 033097 or Kate Richardson on 07565 140522. Alternatively e-mail kate@visitchippingsodbury.com.

Business in Bloom

Sodbury in Bloom

The winner of 2014's Business in Bloom window display competition is Swagger, with three runners up.

The competition is run by Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce to support Sodbury in Bloom.

The aim was to find the best-dressed window using the colour theme for Sodbury in Bloom of red, gold and black.

Swagger wins £100 to be donated to their charity of choice.

New Chairs for 2014

Kate Richardson and Rebekah Richardson have taken up position as new Chairs of The Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce.

Kate Richardson and Rebekah Richardson

The new chairs who work within the community at Your Impact Ltd, a performance consultancy, have taken up the joint position with aims of ensuring the organisation work together to enhance the business community in Chipping Sodbury and create a network for mutual business to grow.

They believe by bringing the strength of all members and traders together they can help business in Chipping Sodbury to flourish.

Kate and Rebekah have said one of their goals is to promote goodwill, friendship and unity amongst the members and other traders within Chipping Sodbury and provide the businesses in the area with a common voice.

The chairs will be providing a representative body for the business sector, to promote, support or oppose any measures which may affect the business community.

“We are highly honoured to take up this position and will be building on Mark Lloyd’s outstanding achievements”.

About The Chamber

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The key aims of the Chamber are:

  • to promote Chipping Sodbury as a place to visit
  • to promote the businesses located here
  • to play a significant role in the development and future prosperity of Chipping Sodbury
  • to work with the local authorities to ensure that the views of local businesses are considered in all matters affecting trade
  • to work together and share experiences and expertise

Benefits of Membership

The Chamber has been established to offer the business community in Chipping Sodbury a wide range of benefits including:

  • the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other local companies
  • the opportunity to ensure that the local authorities and government hear members' views.
  • the opportunity to engage in debates and discussions concerning current issues and future developments in the area
  • access to advice and information on key business issues both locally and nationally
  • access to new business opportunities including financial and legal support
  • a chance to raise the profile of each company involved and to promote the Town locally and nationally
  • help in growing a business by the provision of a range of cost effective services and local expertise

Chipping Sodbury in brief

The following article was written by Jim Wilkie, former organiser of Chipping Sodbury's Farmers Markets, in response to interest raised in Chipping Sodbury as a Market Town following the BBC's Turn Back Time series.

General View of Chipping Sodbury

Chipping Sodbury was created in the 13th Century as a purpose-built trading and Market town to replace the settlement at Old Sodbury, at which time the Market started for the sale of both produce and livestock.

This is represented today by a Farmers Market twice monthly and the occasional Produce Auction.

The majority of buildings are still locally owned or owner occupied, so have not been replaced by the boxes favoured by developers.

With a few exceptions the shops are locally owned and apart from Estate Agents and Banks are the only trading addresses for most businesses, so they are still committed to trading in the main business streets.

In some cases the family connections between businesses go back more than one generation. In other cases businesses have been built up by the efforts of the present proprietor over a number of years.

Just because premises are used for one trade today, it does not mean that all clues to previous trades have been removed. You may need to have them pointed out, but they are there for those willing to look.

Close to the main street are the sites of:

  • The Fire Station (now houses)
  • The Police Station (still operational) and Magistrates Court
  • The electricity company (now offices). What started as a water mill is still in use as a feed mill.
  • The former Doctor’s Surgery is still partly occupied by the last Doctor’s widow.
General View of Chipping Sodbury

Quarrying is still an important local industry. The Town Hall started life as a pillared Market hall and despite modernisation, hints of its past structure can be seen. The garages in the street may have gone but left clues.

One former Pub now forms an art gallery, after being the British Legion. Another pub became the Catholic Church.

A little way out of the Town much of the railway station survives although trains no longer stop there. Signs can still be found of the upheaval when the railway arrived much later than most. Murray Dowding took many photographs of the immediate area for sale through his chemists shop.

Chipping Sodbury has an active Historical Society and much of this has been researched by enthusiastic members.

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