10am: Sodbury Chamber Meeting
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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.
There will be 4 Large Hares in Chipping Sodbury as part of the Cotswold Hare Trail.
Waitrose has sponsored a brightly coloured Hare called Charlotte.
The Chamber has sponsored 3 large Hares, with the aid of Member Awarded Funding.
Harey Potter, decorated by Sarah Fortes of Whychwood Cuckoo Designs, will be sited outside The Moda House.
Mr Horatio Hare, decorated by Sara Rickard, will be sited in the front garden of the Baptist Church. This Hare incorporates lots of meadow details and creatures, features of Chipping Sodbury, as well as the blue heart of the Blue Campaign.
Tiger that came to Town, decorated by Jane Veveris Callan, will be sited outside JMI Bathrooms and Kitchens. This Hare features on the promotional postcard of the Cotswold Hare Trail.
For more information, visit www.cirencestermarchharefestival.org.uk
After the success of the Sodbury Summer Searches, which the Chamber has organised since 2014, the Chamber will be organising a slightly different Summer Search this year.
To coincide with the Cotswold Hare Trail, 20 small ceramic hares will be displayed in Members windows on the High Street, Broad Street, Horse Street and Hatherell’s Yard until September 10th.
Locals and visitors will be encouraged to complete a search map; in return stickers will be given to children completing the search, as well as prizes for winners of the first 5 correctly completed trail maps drawn at random after the closing date.
To get as many visitors coming to Chipping Sodbury to view the 3 large hares in the Cotswold Hare Trail 2017 (80 hares located throughout the Cotswolds), to explore the whole town and see as many Members' businesses as possible.
The Chipping Sodbury Small Hare Trail will run until September 10th, this includes the whole of the school summer holidays. The start is yet to be confirmed, as we are awaiting the date of delivery of the 20 small hares but we aim for the start of the Cotswold Hare Trail 25th March or within 3 weeks of the ceramic hares being delivered if later.
The Search will be free for the public to take part, they will collect their trail maps from Members businesses and return them to collection boxes.
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 the reduced price of £3.
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.
Chair of the Chamber, Joanne Cox said: “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.
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