Christmas under the Edge is back on

September 29th 2017

A message from Nicola Palmer:

Great news!! We can confirm that the Christmas Under the Edge street event WILL take place this year.

After we made the difficult decision to cancel and began communicating that out, we received an anonymous donation which will enable us to cover our initial costs.  So, the event will go ahead ... our problem is now that, with this delay,  we are operating in very tight timescales  but will do out best to make this event as successful as we can.

So... if you would still like a stall and haven’t yet submitted an application form please could you do so at your earliest convenience so we can determine how much space we require for the event. Please click on the pdf below for the form..

We apologise for the previous uncertainty of the event and hope you can understand how limited we were by the lack of financial and practical  support but please be assured that we ARE committed to turning this around and providing our town with a community Christmas event. Please help us to spread the word!

Kind regards

Nicola Palmer

(on behalf of Christmas Under the Edge)    

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Please help our friends in Under the Edge Arts by completing their survey

September 12th 2017

Under The Edge Arts are conducting a survey on our town's culture (see the pdf below for the details).

Please help them by completing it yourself and also by circulating it to your contacts.

Many thanks


Wotton Chamber of Trade

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Our President rolls up his sleeves with Wotton in Bloom

July 28th 2017

Martin has already started working with other organisations in the town. He has been spotted buy the Gazette helping to tidy up the approaches to the town. See the pdf below.

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Our new President speaks to the Gazette

July 28th 2017

Our new President, Martin Tucker, has spoken to the Gazette for the first time.

See what he had to say on the pdf below.

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Wotton aiming to become 'Dementia Friendly'

May 5th 2017

‘Trust in You’ is a social enterprise operating mainly in Gloucestershire and the West of England.

They work with individuals and communities to encourage and support them to reach their aspirations whether these are vocational, educational, recreational or based on maintaining and enhancing physical and mental well-being.

Christine Sweet is a Director of ‘Trust in You’ and she is to hold a Dementia Friends session for the Town Council next Tuesday evening, 9th May 2017 at 7pm in the Bradley Room at the Civic Centre.

The Chamber has stated its support in general terms for the town to become ‘dementia friendly’ but, as far as businesses in the town are concerned, the effort needs to come from its members for it to become a reality.

If you would be interested in attending the session then please book a place as soon as possible by contacting Deputy Town Clerk Yasmin Milsom on T - (01453) 843210 or E -

It is anticipated that the session will take around an hour or maybe a little more if participants wish to share ideas afterwards.

Book now for a seat.

Wotton in Biryani anyone? Please spread the word

April 28th 2017

The organisers of the highly successful Wotton in Bloom project are to take over an entire restaurant and hold a special curry night as a fundraiser for this year’s hanging baskets in the town.

It is to be held in Wotton’s TripAdvisor Excellence Award winning India Palace Tandoori Restaurant from 7:30 on the evening of Tuesday 9 May.

The number of hanging baskets due to adorn the streets of Wotton-under-Edge in this eighth year of the project year looks set to be the highest in its history with a target of securing orders for 150. The team is also looking to buy three more troughs.

Work has already started on checking the brackets for strength with the aim of hanging the baskets in late May. It is then hoped that they will stay up at least until the town’s second Blues Festival which is to take place at the end of September.

Sue Hunt who chairs the Wotton in Bloom Committee is looking forward to the event. She said: “Our committee meetings are such fun. This fundraiser is simply an extension of those meetings. After each season the Wotton in Bloom Committee has held a celebratory meal at the India Palace and, as the food is so good, we thought that it would be an idea to share some of the fun with others and raise some money at the same time.”

She added: “None of this would be possible without the incredible generosity of the people of Wotton and it would be nice to meet some of them on the evening.”

Tickets are already beginning to sell and so, as space is limited, early booking is advised: especially for any groups contemplating an evening out.

Tickets cost £20 which includes a donation to the project. There will also be a raffle and the tickets are available from the Market Place in Long Street or via the Wotton in Bloom Facebook pages.

Award for Wotton in Bloom team member

March 30th 2017

The success of Wotton in Bloom has been recognised with a key member of the team winning a national award.

Read about it in the pdf below.

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Chamber President appeals for calm following malicious messages

February 9th 2017

Following incidents of hate mail and verbal abuse to some traders in the town who support the car park our President has appealed for calm and reason to prevail.

Read the Gazettes's report in the pdf below

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Wotton's Town Council has rejected the plans for the new car park

February 3rd 2017

To reverse the opening sentence of the Gazette's report, the Chamber may have lost a battle but we have still not lost the war.

See how the Gazette reported the goings on last Monday in the pdf below.

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Coming to a letter box near you - Chamber counters opposition leaflet drop and its myths

January 26th 2017

In order to correct some of the claims and counter-claims in the car park saga the Chamber has delivered the leaflet below to nearly every letterbox in the town

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Chamber President issues warning to the town.

January 26th 2017

Chamber President Alex Wilkinson has warned that Wotton will die unless its parking problems are fixed. Read the Gazette's report on the pdf below.

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If you aren't sure about the car park just wait until you have read this letter

January 24th 2017

The Chamber's sincere thanks go to Janet and Jeff Walshe for taking the time and trouble to write one of the best letters of support ever. They have sat down and weighed up all of the pros and cons and considered the wider picture and how the proposed development will help the town.

If you weren't sure about it beforehand you certainly will be once you have read it.

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A 'dodgy deal' or 'vital' for town?

January 19th 2017

That is the headline on the front page of this week's Gazette reporting the eventual submission for planning consent for the new car park and its associated housing development.

For the true facts of the matter visit our Questions and Answers page which outlines the scheme and why your Chamber is fully behind it.

Plans for the development and the opportunity to submit a comment are available on the Stroud District Council's website - Application No: S.16/2895/FUL.

You have just two weeks to register your support so go there now to demonstrate that you believe that this is the way forward to give our town some financial security for the future.

Read the Gazette’s report on the pdf below        

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New car park one step nearer to reality

January 15th 2017

After what seems an age the application for planning approval of an additional car park and coach park behind the fire station has eventually been submitted to Stroud District Council (SDC).  

For those of you who have been on a different planet for the last year or two and have not been aware of the scheme, the Chamber has brokered a deal with the developer Colburn whereby, in addition to building 10 quality new homes on the site they will also create a car park that will cater for 96 cars and 2 coaches. The car park will then be given to our Town Council for free: to be funded by the sale of the aforesaid houses.

The value of this new facility is believed to be in the region of £750,000.

Plans for the development (Application No: S.16/2895/FUL) are now available on the SDC’s website (

There is a list of questions and answers which we have put elsewhere on this website ( in the hope that they will give you a concise and accurate overview of the main issues involved. Despite being in support of the scheme we have tried to be unbiased in our answers: trying to present the actual facts without the distortion of local hearsay, speculation and emotion.

The Chamber is not telling you what to think when considering your opinions but what we do implore is that if you are in favour of the scheme and what it is trying to achieve then please visit the SDC’s website before 2nd February to register your support.

If you have any unanswered questions or you don’t agree with any of the answers given to the questions then please contact the Chamber's President Alex Wilkinson (his details can be found elsewhere on this website). We will then try to update the Qs & As on a regular basis – again in the quest for giving everyone the TRUE facts about the scheme.

There is an important extra element to the scheme which is not part of the developer's remit. 

Although there will be street lighting down to the new homes the developer is not going to pay for the lighting that has been suggested for the car park. The Chamber of Trade would like to facilitate the raising of the extra money needed to provide low-level lighting, 2 electric car charging points for visitors and a link to the Town Council’s existing CCTV system.

In order to do this we need to raise approximately £25,000 from the local authorities, any potential grant money and also from local businesses and organisations. In support of this proposal we are seeking pledges for a minimum of £50 or more to provide the additional funds required to enhance this much needed facility for the town. Monies pledged will only become payable as and when planning permission is granted.

To date, we have already received initial pledges amounting to £6,600. A number of other main businesses have indicated their willingness to support the project and to put money towards it.

In recognition of their support, the Chamber intends to place a plaque within the car park with the names of all the businesses that have given a minimum donation of £100 (and are happy to be acknowledged publicly).

If you agree with us that the future economic security of the town is at stake here then it is now time for you to stand up and be counted. You can:

  • make a pledge by contacting Alex Wilkinson
  • register your personal support on the SDC website
  • talk to your customers and friends and get them also to register their support on the SDC website

And remember, it IS ok to say yes to the car park. 

The pdf below this article is supplied so that you can print out a poster (perhaps on coloured paper) to show your support.

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