News from your President

November 4th 2015

Click on the pdf below for details of our President's newsletter:

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Welcome to Wotton sign has to go - by Order

October 8th 2015

Read this article in the Gazette about the efforts Chamber President Alex Wilkinson and others are going to in order to try and keep the welcome sign.

If you haven't already signed the petition (mentioned at the end of the article) then please do so.

We will keep you posted on developments.

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Falcon Steakhouse wins Gazette Pub of the Year

October 7th 2015

Congratulations to Chamber member Andy Starling who with his colleagues have won the title of 2015 Pub of the Year in a tight competition with three other local finalists. Read all about it here:

Mountain Kingdoms appeal for earthquake victims in Nepal

April 29th 2015

Fellow Chamber member Mountain Kingdoms  has set up an appeal for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

For those of you not familiar with Steve Berry's travel agency, Mountain Kingdoms organises worldwide trekking and walking holidays, cultural tours and treks to some of the world's highest peaks. A third of his business is connected with tours in Nepal and he has some very close friends and colleagues based there.

Fortunately all members of Steve's Sherpa teams are safe and well as are his clients although three of them had been out for a walk when the earthquake struck and when they returned they found their hotel flattened!

Over the years Steve has worked very closely with some local charities; one of which is the Gurka Welfare Trust. It is a small charity and Steve can guarantee that all funds are directly targeted and every pound donated goes to the people who need it.

Please give now. The Mountain Kingdoms website has a link to the Gurka Welfare Trust from where you can make a donation.

Thank you.

Trevor Mason
Chamber Committee Member

New independent candidate announced for District elections

April 8th 2015

A new independent candidate has stepped forward for the Wotton-under-Edge ward in the Stroud District Council elections to be held on 7 May 2015. 

The ward which comprises the parishes of Wotton-under-Edge and North Nibley has usually been contested by the three main political parties along with a candidate from the Green Party.

But this year there is to be an extra candidate.

And, guess what - it is our President Alex Wilkinson.

He stood last year for the Liberal Democrats but was narrowly defeated by the Conservative candidate and now feels that an independent status is preferred.

Alex said: “I have come to the conclusion that there is too much of an influence of national politics at District level.”

Alex, who is a Wotton town councillor and also in his second post as our President added: “It has been frustrating to see the extent to which politics has crept into the local decisions that are being made on a regular basis which shape all of our lives.

“I want to work with all of our local communities in Wotton and North Nibley to improve so many things. I am passionate about the beautiful area in which we live and am totally committed to keeping it healthy, prosperous and safe – especially where our children are concerned; for example with the provision of a safe path to and from our new skate park.”

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Three hot topics from the AGM

February 2nd 2015

If you weren't at last week's Chamber AGM then you missed an interesting meeting. Amongst the things that were presented and discussed were three hot topics which are certain to get the town talking.

Firstly, after a few months in the planning and execution, the new town video has hit the streets. Filmed and edited by some youngsters at KLB it is aimed at attracting more visitors to the town. If you have a business with a website that might appeal to visitors and tourists then feel free to insert the link (town video). You can also see it on the new website - ( Why not get a mention for your business?

Secondly, our President announced details of new development behind the fire station which would incorporate a 100-space car park being built and handed over to the town. The Gazette has printed the story and triggered a debate on its web site. See the attached pdf for details. 

And finally, Renishaw have issued a statement which puts an end for the time being at least to the speculation about a new super market in the town. In doing so it puts even more significance into the planned car park by the Chipping. See the attached pdf for the Renishaw announcement.

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