5.30pm: Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Meeting
The Beaufort Hunt
17:30 - 19:30, in the function room
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.
Sodbury Chamber of Commerce welcomes all Sodbury based businesses large or small.
Acting Chairperson Rich McDonough of RichMcD Photography can be contacted on 07768 033097.
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.
Click here to see a gallery of photos of Small Business Saturday 2015 in Chipping Sodbury.
After the successful Small Business Saturday event on Saturday 5th December, Rich McDonough of Rich McD Photography, Acting Chairman of Sodbury Chamber said ‘Small Business Saturday went really well, we had over 30 cars parked up at Hanson and must have been at least 150 people on the bus over the course of the day. Some people were using it for the overflow car park and some were just going for a ride.
One gentleman was telling us how he used to ride on route masters when he was a young lad living in London. I think we brought back loads of memories for people.
We gave out 50 "I Love Chipping Sodbury" shopping bags, each with its very own Hobbs loaf in it.
We were also giving away 50 Hobbs Biscuits to all the kids, those appeared to go down very well.
Martin Stacey, Co-ordinator of the Tourist Information Centre, made a brilliant video for us, which can be viewed on the Visit Chipping Sodbury Facebook page.
Big thank you to Hobbs House for the bread and biscuits.
Thanks also to Bath Bus company and the 1st Chipping Sodbury Scouts for their help with car park...
And finally big big thanks to Louise Pullen and David Weeks at Hanson, without whose generous loan of the car park none of this would be possible.
A great way to celebrate Small Business Saturday.’
Carol Maidment of Purple Parrot, which has recently expanded its range of Dolls Houses to include gifts for all ages said "It was great to see the vintage Routemaster bus providing transport into the centre of the town from an overflow car park provided by Hansons.
It helped lots of customers come into the town, as well as providing a fun ride for families. Chipping Sodbury was buzzing on Small Business Saturday, thanks to volunteers from Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, The Scouts, etc.’
Jo Cox of Hobbs House Bakery said ‘Small Business Saturday is a great way to highlight all of the lovely independent shops we have here in Chipping Sodbury. It was great to see shop owners and Sodbury Chamber of Commerce come together with offers and discounts to make it a special day celebrating why we all love Chipping Sodbury'.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the joining form on the Sodbury Chamber website, www.sodburychamber.co.uk.
Chipping Sodbury Then and Now 2016 Calendars will make great Christmas presents or stocking fillers. The Calendars which cost £6 are now on sale at 2 for £10.
They can be bought at the Post Office, the Tourist Information Centre or at many of the retailers and pubs in Chipping Sodbury.
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.
You can now buy copies from the following outlets:
The TIC are also offering an international sales service, more details are available on their web site.
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.
2015 was Chipping Sodbury's best ever Food and Drink Festival, with lots of extra stalls and even a ride on a Routemaster bus!
Drinks were included for the first time and all sorts of local suppliers offered tasters at the new venues of Hatherell’s Yard and Waitrose store.
An added attraction was the new Food & Drink Trail - lots of the eateries and pubs like The Squire and the Royal Oak on the main high street offered small tasting plates.
Here's a selection of photos taken by Rich McD Photography:
The competition was so amazing this year the judges couldn't choose an overall winner, so we have joint winners!
They are Shabby Chic and Ice 'n' Easy, who will share the £150 prize donated by the Sodbury Chamber of Commerce between their chosen charities.
Many thanks to all the retailers who took part, the judges and Sodbury in Bloom.
Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Trade – supporting local businesses and working together to create a thriving town and sought after business location.
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