David James welcomed all to the meeting and gave a report on some of local businesses he had contacted who were unable to join the meeting.
The Post Office was quiet, although this might have been due to the time of day he visited. Sunil and his wife seemed to have settled in well.
The laundry has always been open for business but due to the fact that holiday lets are closed trade has been quieter.
Wyvern Carpets (formerly Bromyard Carpets) are still doing good business although the shop premises remain closed.
Halls Motor Services reported that they are really busy
Tracy Motors also said that they were keeping very busy
Sarah of Sarah Thomas Flowers said that although she could not welcome customers into her shop she was still able to supply pre-ordered flowers and was
getting busy for Mother’s Day.
Other shops that are open, mainly the food shops and other essential shops, are reporting good business, but those whose businesses are currently all agree that April 12th can’t come soon enough and hope businesses will be able to reopen on that date.
It was suggested that as well as encouraging businesses to link their offers to the various festivals that will be able to take place this year, the Chamber promote a separate event to encourage both local people and those from the surrounding areas to visit Bromyard. A business event to be held in the autumn was suggested, a possible name being ‘The Feel Good Festival’. This could involve retailers, caterers and local industry. Details to be discussed and all local businesses to be invited.
There was a brief discussion on the Market Towns Re-Generation Plans and it was understood that a second draft of the proposals is to be issued shortly. It was intended that the proposed Greenway would come undee these plans and Tom Fisher gave us more information of the proposed route and benefits of the Greenway which would run from Worcester to Bromyard and out to Leominster (see separate attachment).
Sarah and Hugh gave us an update on the Conquest Theatre. The original plans had been revised and would involve a lower cost for which they hoped to attract sufficient funding. Prior to Covid-19 the theatre had provided the chance to see plays and films at a reasonable rates with the opportunity for social interaction. The intention was to extend the building to provide a meeting space for external groups and to offer a social hub for local people.