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Photographs on this page are kindly supplied by RichMcD Photography.
The Chipping Sodbury 2017 Calendar is now on sale at the Post Office/Cotswold Vintners, The Tourist Information Centre, Cadeaux & Co and Shabby Chic at just £6.50.
Sodbury Chamber of Commerce has published the calendar called ‘Then and Now Revisited’, continuing a pictorial theme from 2016 that produced the Chamber’s most popular ever calendar.
Murray Dowding was the son of Chipping Sodbury ironmonger Marcus Dowding of Broad Street and he was born in 1881.
Using plate cameras Murray initially undertook portrait commissions but he recognised a big demand for street and rural themes on printed postcards. For example, in 1910 Murray was advertising ‘350 local views always in stock’.
Fast forward to 2016 and local photographer Rich McDonough of RichMcD Photography recognised that some of these scenes, juxtaposed with present day views, would be a popular choice for local people and visitors.
Rich McD said: “We have used different scenes this year and we are very grateful to local historian Jim Elsworth for adding a fascinating commentary to each page. The historical detail and quality of Murray’s photographs are amazing.”
The calendar has been sponsored by many local businesses and the funds raised are for the Chamber of Commerce to use in their aims of encouraging local businesses and increasing trade in the town. The calendar is on sale in the town’s Tourist Information Centre and in the Cotswold Vintner Post Office priced at £6.50 each or two for £12.
Chair of the Chamber, Joanne Cox said: “We are really excited to be launching this year’s calendar and the ‘Then and Now Revisited’ theme continues to show great contrasts. Rich McD has done a fantastic job recreating the scenes from the original photos”.
Murray Dowding’s grand daughter Phillipa, who lives in Canada, has written on the cover about her pride that Murray’s legacy is still being recognised in Chipping Sodbury.
Anne and Lynn of Bevan Evemy Solicitors are pleased to announce the opening of their new office in Chipping Sodbury from which they will serve Chipping Sodbury, Yate and surrounding areas.
Their main office will now be based at 79 Broad Street Chipping Sodbury BS37 6AD (just at the end of the High Street). The telephone and email addresses remain the same.
The office at Yate will continue to be available but on appointment only. The secure letterbox at the Yate office will continue to be available for dropping off any documents.
Bevan Evemy will continue to offer a free 30 minute initial appointment and they will also continue to offer free legal advice sessions at the Yate Library on the first Saturday of every month.
Anne and Lynn look forward to continuing to offer the same professional and personal service at their new office.
For more information about Bevan Evemy, visit bevanevemy.co.uk.
This year’s Sodbury Summer Search organised by Sodbury Chamber of Commerce for the 3rd time, has been another success over this year’s School Summer holidays. This year children of all ages were encouraged to find Squirrels, Badgers, Deer, Owls and Hedgehogs.
This free family activity which ran from Monday 11th July until Saturday 3rd September encouraged children of all ages to search for 30 furry animals in windows around the town.
Prizes were presented to the 30 lucky winners at this year’s Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 10th September. The prize winners were drawn at random form over 1,120 correct entries. Due to the bad weather the presentation took place in the Old Grammar School where Michelle Baden-Daintree, of Simpson Solicitors, hosted the presentation and encouraged lots of excitement. The children all wanted another Search next year.
Information about next year’s event will be posted here and on the ‘Visit Chipping Sodbury’ Facebook page as soon as it is released.
2016’s Chipping Sodbury Food and Drink Festival attracted record numbers of visitors for this type of event, enjoying a mouth watering selection of products over two days.
The Festival, which is organised by Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, started on Friday evening with an ‘Evening Food Trail’ when local pubs and eateries had opportunity to showcase the amazing variety and quality on offer for diners in the town.
Local butcher Jon Howell repeated his very popular butchery demonstration and for the first time at the Festival, top notch local gin distillers, Sibling Gin, who supply such shops as Fortnum and Mason, staged two workshops with tastings to a full room in The 1439 Lounge of The George Hotel.
Baker Tom Herbert, of Chipping Sodbury-based Hobbs House Bakery, hosted another new event, a Foodie Pub Quiz, held at the Beaufort Hunt pub, and acted as the Quiz Master. A packed room of teams fought in high spirits and good humour for the ‘Epicurian Cup’ and the prize of a Wine-tasting experience at the town’s Waitrose supermarket. Victory went to an all ladies team headed by Sarah Todd who said: “What a fabulous night at the Food Festival Quiz – such a great atmosphere and fantastic to see so many people attending. The Beaverettes will be back in 2017 to defend their title!”
Other pubs reported that the Festival Friday evening had been extremely busy and landlady of the Horseshoe Pub, Gill Dyer said: “We were packed out with a great atmosphere and it felt like Christmas when the whole pub ended up singing together! It was a wonderful end to the week that included the Cycle Tour of Britain coming through the centre of the town.”
On the Saturday, Broad Street was closed to traffic to accommodate a ‘Food Truck Rally’, a Festival first again, which included some quirky vehicles such as a tuk-tuk and even a converted horsebox housing the ‘Crumpeteers’ who serve hot crumpets with home made jams.
The range of food stalls on offer included everything from preserves, steaks, grilled meats, beers, breads, toasties, pies, nut butters, fresh lemonade to delicious brownies and cakes. The Royal Army chefs from 162 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, gave visitors an insight into how they turn army rations into delicious food too, which visitors could sample for themselves.
During the day visitors also explored the stalls at the packed Hatherell’s Yard Market which links the High Street to Waitrose supermarket, where there was a display by local beekeepers and tastings from local suppliers in store. Hobbs House Bakery hosted some scone-making demonstrations in the Cookery School and at lunchtime, Tom and Henry Herbert hosted a bread making workshop in their own unique fun style.
Sodbury Town Council supported the event and local businesses generously gave raffle prizes enabling the Chamber to run a raffle each day to help cover the costs of staging the free event. Chipping Sodbury Lions and Chipping Sodbury Venture Scouts assisted Chamber members with marshalling on the day and the Lions also raised funds to aid victims of the Italian earthquake disaster. Saxophone player Mark Austin of Yate entertained shoppers in Broad Street and Hatherell’s Yard during the afternoon.
Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Chair Joanne Cox said: “Having grown the event from previous years we felt this years Food and Drink Festival was a resounding success, despite the weather. People came from far and wide to experience the vast range of foods and drinks. It was fantastic to see the majority of food trucks and stalls that came were local producers.”
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