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Minutes of Meeting 5th February 2014


March 4, 2014 by oswestrychamberoftrade


Welcome from committee chair Heather Noble.


Jools Payne and John Waine spoke of the launch event of Oswestry LitFest in January which featured Frank Cottrell Boyce of the Railway Man fame and the great programme of events to come at the main festival in March, which includes the Wilfred Owen lecture, this year given by Martin Bell.

Look out for more information in the Advertizer who are the media partners for the event and who are featuring the LitFest weekly and offering competition prizes including £1,000 worth of books. They also feature in The Shropshire Magazine who also sponsor the event.

They are inviting local businesses to sponsor events, please contact Jools or John for available packages available to suit all budgets.

Oswestry Equality Group

Penny Rice of Oswestry Equality Group spoke about their work since they set up in 2009 and is appealing for the help of local businesses.

Leaflets available at the meeting are requesting businesses to respond to the following questions:

  • Can Oswestry businesses afford a £7 per hour minimum wage?
  • Should we be campaigning for the living wage here?
  • What would be the impact and effect of higher wages on businesses in Oswestry?
  • How many people are employed on zero hours contracts at the moment?

Anybody who would like to help Penny with her research should contact her by telephone on 01691 680382 or email

Hope House Challenge

Heather Noble gave an update on the Chamber team’s progress. We raised £250 at November’s Sunday Brunch and invited support for the next planned event, a Girl’s Night Out, date to be advised.

YBITS – Whittington Music Festival

Laurence Mortimer spoke about the festival which runs from 6th – 9th May. This year is Schubert Fest.

Ticket prices start at £10 and under 25s get in free, to promote classical music to a younger audience. Available from Rowanthorn, Woodhead Estates or online, but people are also welcome to wander in and listen to rehearsals at Whittington Church at any time during the festival.

For more information go to to book seats or phone 01691 657986.

Any Other Business

  • Craig Marston is inviting support for the Regal Project. The Regal Cinema building is for sale and he would like to turn it into a local cultural venue. Please contact him for more information.
  • John Pittaway told us of a free Level 2 Business Management course he is offering. People need to contact him by Thursday 20th February.
  • Business Today magazine is doing an 8-page special on Oswestry in its next issue. There are special rates for Oswestry Businesses to advertise in that issue. See Heather for more info.
  • A reminder that memberships are now due.
  • A reminder that as we are affiliated with Shropshire Chamber we can attend their fortnightly Oswestry breakfast networking club without having to join Shropshire Chamber first. You would only pay for club membership which is £20.83 per month. Heather Noble is Vice-Chair.
  • Parking – a reminder to attendees to register their car registrations if they are parked in the hotel car park.
  • An apology to those expecting the Travel, Transport and Traffic theme, however Shropshire Council had to pull out at the last minute. We do however hope to revisit this theme at a future meeting.
  • 20s Plenty meeting on Monday 31st March at 7pm at The Walls. Further information about the campaign and the meeting can be found at and in the local press in the run up to the event. Please confirm your attendance if possible by emailing 20s Plenty founder Rod King MBE will be there, along with local campaigner Sarah-Charlotte Peace and will outline the benefits of 20mph speed limits.

Meeting Close

The next meeting is on Wednesday 5th March 2014, focusing on funding for business.


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