Bromyard Royal British Legion Poppy Festival VE & VJ `VICTORY 75`
Our third annual Bromyard RBL Poppy Festival will run from 31st October until the 20th November 2020 in St Peter’s Church Bromyard, with the church open 9am to 5.00pm daily
Website address: www.facebook.com/rblBromyard
This Poppy Festival will commemorate Victory in Europe and Japan 75.
How did we reach these victories 75 years ago, we show how the millions back in the United Kingdom known as the `Home Front` supported our troops to enable them to fight and defeat our enemies? All sorts of schemes were running, like `Digging for Victory`, Bromyardians supporting Warships Week by raising £220.000 to re-fit HMS Vivien, locals collecting metals for the Spitfire fund. Rags, bone, paper, jam jars, string and wool collected as salvage, rosehips and wild berries gathered and made into jams and preserves to feed the population and the troops.
Many organisations new and old worked valiantly with war efforts: The Women’s Voluntary Service, Scouts, Guides, Royal Observer Corps, Munition workers, Civil Defence, Home Guard, Women’s Land Army, Fire Service, Police, Women’s Institute, Local Defence Volunteers, Air Raid Wardens, with all manner of and new WW2 Committees set up in Bromyard.
There will be a WW2 family memory wall where local people can put up photographs and add their own stories of their loved ones who were involved with WW2.
An area will also feature the POW’s who lived in and around Bromyard during WW2 working on our farms.
Photographs and the history of HMS Vivien will be on display.
This Festival is put together under the direction of Bromyard Royal British Legion, it is a community project and all the displays are made by the Schools, Clubs, Societies and Organisations in Bromyard and the locale.
For further information please contact Major (Retd) Jan Brodie-Murphy, Vice chair Bromyard RBL email@example.com 07900394345
Bromyard Chamber of Commerce Minutes of Meeting February 5th. 2020
David James (Chair) welcomed everyone to the open meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.
Jack Davies (PCSO) spoke to the meeting and the following issues were highlighted:
- A need for more communication between Police and local businesses
- Issues of drug trafficking and dealing – police need to be notified with names. The establishment of an app linking businesses with the police and each other.
- The open “surgeries” at the Post Office to be re-instated.
- Behavioural issues at the “library” end of the town especially on Saturday nights.
- The importance of ringing 101 and logging concerns.
The various festivals were in planning stages and progressing well.
- Speed Festival 2020. Shelsey Walsh. May 31st.
- Town Criers’ Festival.
- Scarecrow Festival.
- Bromyard Gala – last weekend of June. Questions raised about location of site – perhaps nearer the town?
- Folk Festival.
- E.Celebrations May 8-10.
- Christmas Lights.
Future of the Chamber.
- Discussion of changes in shops in the town – more support for small businesses. Welcome pack and mentoring for new businesses.
- Pedestrianisation from Falcon Hotel to the Square – not supported.
- Virtual High Street – not supported.
- 2 hour free parking – not supported. However it was felt that a notice should be prominently displayed explaining that parking fees go the Town Council.
- Website for businesses to communicate – how to reach out to other businesses and offer support.
- Raise the profile of the Chamber Facebook page and website with links to information from Herefordshire Council.
- “All About” magazine – advents have good follow up for new businesses. Contact re. distribution in Bromyard.
- However watch out for magazine scams.
- Chamber to approach the public houses re. a “pub Watch” to communicate with each other re. problems.
- Raising money for the Christmas Lights.
- Need to recruit young people and encourage them to work in their local area.
- Need for the Chamber to support local industry as well as traders.
Minutes of the last meeting – passed.
Chairman’s Report – passed.
Treasurer’s and Membership Report – passed.
Election of Minuting Secretary – Dee Dunne-Thomas was appointed.
Date of next meeting – Wednesday March 4th. 2020.
Bromyard & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Invitation to an Open Meeting on Wednesday 5th February, starting at 7.30 p.m. at the Falcon Hotel, Broad Street, Bromyard.
An informal opportunity to meet with other business people and discuss how the Bromyard Chamber can help support trade in Bromyard. Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches will be supplied.
In attendance with be Jack Davies, from our local police, who is keen to set up a communications group with business people to work together and help to prevent crime.
Hope you will be able to make the meeting. Please can you confirm attendance via email
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01885 488867
David James, Chairman, Bromyard Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Please do make an effort to attained the AGM on the 4th December.
The majority of the existing officers are standing down and these roles need to be filled. There is a real potential that the Chamber will cease in its current form if this doesn’t happen. An opportunity exists to shape the future of the Chamber, defining its role, goals and purpose so please do get involved!
Nomination Forms are available HERE
Minutes of Previous AGM HERE
AGM Agenda HERE
The Chamber Christmas Lunch will take place from 12:30 on the 24th November 2019 at The Falcon Hotel.
All are welcome.
The menu is displayed below and please book directly with the hotel.
We look forward to welcoming you there.
Click on the link below to enter the competition.
Lots of great prizes to win and help bring the Town Centre to life during the Christmas Lights switch on (23/11/19)