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Monday 11th July 2016

Sodbury Summer Search
Chipping Sodbury Clock Tower

A fun and free summer holiday activity for Chipping Sodbury.

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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 or complete the joining form on the Sodbury Chamber website, www.sodburychamber.co.uk.

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.

Latest Chamber News

A New Chamber Chair

Sodbury Chamber of Commerce unanimously welcomed Joanne Cox as their new Chairman at their AGM on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

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Joanne has been involved with the Chamber for the last 3 years, representing Hobbs House Bakery, where she is the Marketing/Communications Assistant. Joanne takes over from Acting Chairman, Rich McDonough, who remains as Vice Chairman.

Joanne is Chipping Sodbury born and bred, she was educated at Raysfield Primary School and Chipping Sodbury School and has connections with many of the businesses and organisations in the local area.

Through her job at Hobbs House Bakery she has helped support local events such as the Festival, Big Lunch, Crib Festival, Victorian Day and Chamber organised events, the Summer Searches and Food and Drink Festivals.

Joanne is qualified in baby massage and baby yoga, she ran her own business teaching at the Ridgewood Centre for 6 years whilst her own children were small.

Joanne's employers, Tom and Henry Herbert, say “We are delighted Joanne is running the Chamber. With Joanne at the centre, we believe we can get Chipping Sodbury to be the thriving market town it deserves to be. We love Chipping Sodbury.”

Joanne says “The Chamber has expanded over the last year and we hope to continue welcoming any new Members who would like to be involved.”

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.

Sodbury Chamber

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.

Sodbury Festival

This year for the first time the Chamber will be organising the Best Dressed Window Competition with the Festival theme of Kings & Queens.

We will arrange for an impartial judge and a cheque as per previous years for £100 for the charity of choice of the business with the winning window.

As this is the first year the Chamber will be organising this we need everyone to support this and join in.

The festival committee have a plate for the winner (which has to be returned).

We will provide certificates, 1st, 2nd & 3rd, plus a special merit certificate for everyone who takes part.

It will be free for shops to take part, and the application form which will be available 4 weeks before the start of the festival.

Windows must be in place before the 10th June. The competition runs 10th June till 19th June, and judging will be held on Wed 15th June.

Chipping Sodbury Food & Drink Festival 2016

Putting a tasty spotlight on the beautiful town of Chipping Sodbury

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September - 1 SHORT WEEKEND - 3 UNIQUE EVENTS

  • Friday Night FOOD TRAIL 6-9pm
  • Epicureans' PUB QUIZ 9-11pm
  • Saturday FOOD TRUCK RALLY 10am-4pm

FOOD TRUCK RALLY Saturday 10th September 10am-4pm

A new idea and a tremendous opportunity for the people and visitors of Chipping Sodbury. The trend for food trucks, born in the USA and on the rise here in the UK can be a delicious and fun way to eat. Chipping Sodbury host a magnificent Vintage Car Rally, so why not a FOOD TRUCK RALLY? Come see the spectacular collection of trucks, buses, ambulances, vintage vans. Feast your eyes and tempt your taste buds. At 4pm the trucks will process around Chipping Sodbury, so bring your cameras and follow on a bike to burn off a few, well you get the idea.

Get Involved:

  • Trading times for serving food and drinks 10am–4pm
  • Setting up from 8am - If you are trading from a gazebo only, you will be able to unload at your pitch then cars will need to be parked in the free carpark.
  • At 4pm pack away and get ready to rally around the town in your food/drink trucks.

All we supply is the space to trade. You will need your own vehicle or gazebo, weather covers, chairs etc. Chipping Sodbury Food and Drink Festival will be well advertised in local newspapers, on the radio and TV along with social media.

We require all traders to have their own public liability insurance, please include a copy with your application. Food producers must have an appropriate food hygiene certificate, be registered as a food business with the local authority and adhere to the appropriate regulations.

Stall Fees - £50 per Pitch. Cheques made payable to: Sodbury Chamber of Commerce. Bacs payments: Account Number 00939587 Sort Code 52-21-32. Cash can be dropped into Koala Kreations in Hatherell’s Yard.

Please get in touch for an application form and Ts and Cs: .

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

Rich McD Photography

Sodbury Squirrel Search and Friends

This year the Chamber will be organising a summer search for 30 furry wild animals (squirrels, badgers, deer, owls and hedgehogs).

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.

Sodbury Chamber

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”.

The calendar includes local event dates such as the Farmers Markets, Vintage and Handmade Fairs and the twice yearly Mop Fairs.

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?

Purple Parrot - Rich McD
  • 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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