12.30pm: Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Meeting
The Beaufort Hunt
With Subitha Baghirathan, Development Officer - South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships.
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.
Things aren't what they used to be in Chipping Sodbury… or are they?
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.
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.
To all members and non-members who have a window display in Chipping Sodbury: we invite you to compete in this year's Business In Bloom Window Competition in conjunction with Sodbury In Bloom.
The competition commences 8th July 2015 and judging will be completed by 22nd July 2015.
Winner will receive a £150 cheque donated by the Chamber of Commerce to give to their chosen charity.
There is a second competition being run by Sodbury In Bloom: "Plant Up A Boot"
This year, by popular demand, we are having a competition for the best pair of planted up boots outside a house or shop on the High Street.
Dig out those old boots, any kind of boot will do, and plant them up in Sodbury in Bloom’s colours – purple, mauve, white and magenta.
We shall be judging the boots during the first week in July and the winners will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
There is no need for an entry form, just make sure there is a pair of planted up boots outside your premises by the 1st of July.
Remember to post lots of photos of your windows and boots on Social Media. SIB and the Chamber both have Facebook and Twitter pages.
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 email@example.com.
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