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Thursday 25th August 2016

Sodbury Summer Search
Chipping Sodbury Clock Tower

This free family activity will run from Monday 11th July until Saturday 3rd September and this year there will be 30 furry animals in windows around the town to find.

To join in the free family fun all you have to do is pick up a Trail map from one of the local libraries, the Chipping Sodbury Tourist Information Centre in the middle of town, under the clock tower or from any of the participating businesses.

Identify the names of the 30 delightful creatures in shop windows. Children handing in completed maps to the Tourist Information Centre will be given a certificate and entered in to a draw to win one of the 30 animals.

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Sodbury Summer Search for Squirrels and Friends

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School holidays can be a drag and expensive - but not in Chipping Sodbury this summer.

Sodbury Chamber of Commerce have organised another Summer Search; this year children of all ages are encouraged to find Squirrels, Badgers, Deer, Owls and Hedgehogs.

This free family activity runs from Monday 11th July until Saturday 3rd September and this year there are 30 furry animals in windows around the town to find.

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To join in the free family fun, download a trail map using the links below:

... or pick one up from one of the local libraries, the Tourist Information Centre in the middle of Chipping Sodbury or from any participating business, then identify the names of the 30 delightful creatures in shop windows.

Children handing in completed maps to the Tourist Information Centre will be given a certificate and entered in to a draw to win one of the 30 animals.

Prizes will be presented to the lucky winners at this year’s Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 10th September.

In conjunction with this year’s Summer Search, Sodbury Chamber of Commerce has organised for Barney, the Barn Owl and Spikey, the Hedgehog, both real life members of this year’s search, to be in the Beaufort Hunt Garden or Function room (weather dependent), on Wednesday 3rd August, 11am till 12noon.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free event with any donations welcome in aid of Hedgehog Rescue and Wild Owl TV.

Follow this event on Facebook at ‘Sodbury Summer Search’.

Chipping Sodbury Food & Drink Festival 2016

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Putting a tasty spotlight on the beautiful town of Chipping Sodbury

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September - 1 SHORT WEEKEND - 4 UNIQUE EVENTS

  • Friday Night FOOD TRAIL 6-9pm
  • Fridan Night EPICUREANS' PUB QUIZ 9-11pm
  • Saturday FOOD TRUCK RALLY 10am-4pm
  • Saturday FAB FOOD AND DRINK STALLS 10am-4pm
Click here to download the 2016 Food and Drink Festival leaflet, and find out what's on the menu...

Food Trail - Friday 9th September 6-9pm

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the High Street sampling all different kinds of food, from Mexican tapas to Olde English Hog roast and everything in between.

Why not use this opportunity to try something new? Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Pub Quiz for Food and Drink Lovers - Friday 9th September 9-11pm

New this year! Test your cookery knowledge, how much have you learnt from Masterchef?

Put up a team (no more than 6) and cross our palms with 5 x £1 coins. There's the glory of winning the Epicurean Cup and a Wine Tasting for 4 courtesy of Waitrose. All proceeds to go to a local charity.

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Food Truck Rally - Saturday 10th September 10am-4pm

Every year we try to bring you something different and this year it's eateries in a vehicle!

Whether it's a glass of wine or a beer with a superb view of our beautiful town from the top of a double decker red bus, an Italian sausage from a cute van or a hog roast from a VW, we've got it all.

Fab Food and Drink Stalls Saturday 10th September 10am-4pm

Enjoy some of the best food and drink our area has to offer. Whether it's award winning sausages or out of the ordinary meats from our 2 elite Chipping Sodbury butchers, cakes and biscuits from local bakeries, or the more exotic curry pastes produced locally, you are in for a treat.

And now for something completely different! We are privileged to showcase for the first time at our Festival Army chefs from Swindon who will demo how basic Army ration packs can be used on operations to cook up a feast. Truly inspiring in so many ways and one of the attractions not to be missed.

If you love your food and drink, then come and join us for a Food Fiesta.

Visit www.sodburyfoodanddrink.co.uk or email: to find out how you can get involved.

Click here to complete the online application form for traders.

Here's a selection of photos taken by Rich McD Photography at the 2015 Festival:

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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2016 Hanging Baskets and Floral Displays

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 to keep things looking good.

Click here to download a pdf of the letter to residents.

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Over the last few years the number of people doing this has steadily increased and the high street has looked really impressive.

Please take part by having some hanging baskets or tubs/wellies if your building does not allow for hanging baskets.

This year we are requesting sunset colours; yellow, orange, pink and red (no white please).

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.

Please email: for an entry form.

Sodbury In Bloom will be launching a new competition this year for the best Pub Floral Display, with Sodbury Chamber offering a £100 cheque for the winning pub's charity of choice.

Chipping Sodbury Then and Now 2017 Calendars

Chipping Sodbury Then and Now 2016 Calendar was so popular that a second version, with a different set of photos, will be produced for 2017.

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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 brilliantly matched and carefully re-shot the images to show how they look “Now”.

Join The Chamber

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, complete the joining form on the Sodbury Chamber website, www.sodburychamber.co.uk or write to Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, 96 Bennetts Court, Yate, Bristol, South Glos BS37 4XT.

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.

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?

  • 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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