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Minutes of Meeting 6th November 2013


November 7, 2013 by oswestrychamberoftrade


Welcome from the Chair Heather Noble and a reminder that the Wynnstay now has a new parking control system so we need to register our car registration numbers into the unit on the front table to avoid getting a parking fine.

The Oswestry Connection

Jools Payne summarised and fed back on this event, held on Wednesday 9th October.

She said the event had achieved its aims of showcasing Oswestry Chamber of Commerce and member businesses and boosting the profile of the Chamber generally.

She requested that members take part in the upcoming survey about the event to help make next year’s The Oswestry Connection even better.

As a result of an introduction made at the event, GWR Fasteners have linked up with UKTI with a view to expanding into overseas markets.

Jools thanked the Chronicle for the 8-page supplement on the event which was delivered to 11,000 homes.

Oswestry Town Trail

John Waine outlined the proposed Wilfred Owen Heritage Trail, talking the meeting through the various points around the town.

He spoke about Wilfred Owen’s connections with Oswestry and in particular how the poet was the main inspiration behind Oswestry Literary Festival.

The launch of the trail is one of a number of events planned in Oswestry to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.

Sunday Brunch event in aid of Hope House Corporate Challenge

Heather Noble gave an update on the Chamber’s Sunday Brunch event which takes place on the 17th November at The Willow Eatery.

The event includes food and drink, music by Little Red Bird and tickets, priced £15, are available from Rowanthorn, Booka, Willow Eatery or from Heather directly.

The Sunday Brunch is the first of a series of events that Chamber is organising as part of the Hope House Corporate Challenge.

We encourage members to attend to support the event. All are welcome, so please feel free to bring friends.

Your Business in the Spotlight – Rowanthorn

Mike Coppock from Rowanthorn, based in Old Chapel Court off Church Street brought along many weird and wonderful items from his shop.

He even managed to talk various members into modelling clothes from his collection. Heather’s owl hat was a particular delight, as was Jools in a poncho!

Rowanthorn also sells tickets for many events, including our Sunday Brunch, and offers gallery space in an upstairs area.

Chamber members are entitled to a 10% discount at Rowanthorn.

Upcoming Christmas Events

  • 9th November – Made on the Border Gift Fair, St Oswald’s Church
  • 17th November – Sunday Brunch in aid of Hope House Corporate Challenge
  • 22nd November – Christmas Lights switch on from 4:30pm, Bailey Head
  • 23rd November – 2pm – 5pm Llangedwyn Food Fair, The Village Hall, Llangedwyn
  • 27th November – 7pm – 9pm late night shopping at The Gates. Mulled wine and mince pies.
  • 30th November – The Marches School Christmas Market
  • 6th December – Oswestry Christmas Live featuring ice rink and firework display
  • 7th December – Oswestry Christmas Parade
  • 21st December – Oswestry Farmers’ Market

Any Other Business

Other events highlighted were:

  • 12th November – Bizmums meeting 10am at Crazy Knights
  • 17th November – Mind Body Spirit Fair in Ellesmere in aid of the Air Ambulance
  • 25th November – 7pm – 9pm Bizmums Oswestry evening launch event

Oswestry Tourist Information Centre at Mile End runs a mailing list of local events. To be added to the list, please email Equally, if you have any events you would like publicised, let them know.

Meeting Close

The next meeting is on Wednesday 4th December 2013.

The topic will be around employment, graduates and apprenticeships.


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