Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

Contact

  • Nigel Perrin
  • 07468 480229
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34 High Street
Kintbury
RG17 9TW

About Us

The Hungerford Chamber of Commerce represents around one hundred businesses from the local area and is the only organisation to provide an inclusive forum that brings together business owners, the Town Council, West Berkshire Council and other key stakeholders in the area.

Our Aims

Our aims are to:

  • Promote and provide links and opportunities between local businesses through regular meetings.
  • To promote Hungerford as a commercial and retail centre.
  • To represent the views, concerns and needs of local businesses including local retailers.
  • To host business and social functions which bring the local business community together.

Why should I join the Chamber?

  • To maximise your business opportunities through networking
  • Inclusion of your business on the Chamber of Commerce website
  • To develop links with other local organisations
  • Receive advice, help and support from other local businesses
  • To ensure that your views are represented when business decisions about your town are made
  • Make a difference to the town with business and community involvement
  • And last but not least it’s a great way to meet business people in a social atmosphere!

Can I come to a meeting if I am not a member?

Yes, We encourage businesses to attend a few meetings to see first hand what the benefits of membership are.

How much does it cost to join?

The cost of membership is reviewed every year and currently is set at only £50.

Dedicated to developing Hungerford

The Hungerford Chamber of Commerce has over 100 members representing all areas of the town’s retail and commercial businesses. Together, the Chamber’s committee and members work to develop and promote the town and to maintain and enhance Hungerford’s unique position as a centre for stylish independent shopping, successful companies and attractive, fascinating tourism.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce benefit from the networking and interactive engagement, the support of the Chamber as well as being part of an organisation which represents their views, ideas and concerns in the community and with local and district council and other relevant organisations.

The Chamber has a full annual diary of meetings and social activities plus special events culminating in the famous Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza.

Funds for an iconic victorian evening

The Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza is not only a famous and iconic event attracting visitors locally and from some distance, it is also a grand showpiece for the town and its businesses. Although undoubtedly one of the most cost-effective forms of civic promotion possible, the Extravaganza doesn’t come free. Each year, the Chamber raises around £14,000 to stage this family-oriented evening and, for everyone’s benefit, members are urged to make donations, large or small, to help make the evening a success and ensure that it will continue in the years to come. If you’d like to help make the 2016 Extravaganza even better than last year’s then just call 07468 480229.

Extravaganza

Every year on the second Friday of December the Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza heralds the arrival of Christmas in the town, as though by magic it is transformed into a wonderland of delights; the High Street and Bridge Street filled with Side-Shows, a Helter-Skelter, a Big Wheel, Steam Engines, Fair-Ground Organs and rides.

The day starts early with local dignitaries in Victorian garb braving the elements, and partaking of a large breakfast on the steps of the Town Hall supplied by the Three Swans Hotel. Pedestrian barriers go up; the lorries start to arrive with all the equipment, shops do their last minute titivation to their Victorian window displays.

At 5pm the official opening takes place with the cutting of the tape and the bands start up. The Scottish Pipe Band, the Hungerford Town Band and others, not forgetting the music of the Victorian Organs, bring the evening to life. The bustling street scene has Punch and Judy shows, Stilt Walkers, Clowns, Jugglers and especially for the children, Father Christmas. Add the smells of roasting chestnuts and it completes the feeling of having gone back in time.

Many shops will be open with their staff in Victorian dress, some giving out mulled wine and mince pies. Many local charities will be there with a variety of stalls, tombola’s and even hot soup.

This years parade will start with a bang!

At 7.00pm the Grand Parade starts in Bridge Street and progresses up the High Street with the mighty Steam Engines, the skirl of the Pipes, the triumphant blast of the Brass Bands, all the street performers; and as a bonus, Father Christmas with the year’s Carnival Queen. The evening comes to an end as the fire-works and rockets hurtle into the air from behind The Three Swans Hotel, to provide a fitting finale at 9.00 pm.

 

Hungerford Carnival 2016

Date : Saturday 10th September.

We aim to have a very small area of entertainment outside The Arcade which will run from 11.00 to 16.00.

The Carnival Parade will assemble at the John O’Gaunt School, Priory Road at 14.15 for judging of the best walking entry and best float.

The parade will move off at 15.00 and will travel along Priory Road, Salisbury Road, High Street, Bridge Street, and finishing at the junction of Bridge Street and Charnham Street.

To make this a success we need people/groups to take part either with a walking entry or a float. There is no theme as such but remember it is HM the Queen’s 90th birthday year!

Just call us 07468 480229

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