Chamber chairman priority, members told at Sidmouth dinner

PUBLISHED: 16:26 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:15 17 June 2010

A NEW chairman of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce is needed to ensure the Chamber continues to flourish. This was the message from president Derek Parry, when 90 attended the Chamber s annual dinner dance at The Victoria Hotel on Saturday. We need a ne

A NEW chairman of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce is needed to "ensure the Chamber continues to flourish."

This was the message from president Derek Parry, when 90 attended the Chamber's annual dinner dance at The Victoria Hotel on Saturday.

"We need a new chairman of this organisation by no later than our annual general meeting in March," said Mr Parry, who told Sidmouth traders and business leaders it needed a leader to co-ordinate activities "to ensure the Chamber continues to flourish as it has done over the last 60 years or more."

He thanked Sandra Cole of Coles Cards & News for co-ordinating the evening and Pat Parrish and Dorothy Hartnell for helping to coerce raffle prizes.

Christine Drew of The Sidmouth Florist was also praised for the floral table decorations and secretary Sylvia Brownlee was also thanked.

"Business in Sidmouth is not doing too badly," Mr Parry told those gathered. "It is sad about Woolies (Woolworths) but we represent smaller businesses who seem to be coping."

To music from the hotel orchestra, Chamber members and their guests at the black tie event enjoyed a delicious meal of duck and apricot terrine followed by salmon in a dill sauce, pork and a chocolate and Bailey's dessert.

Following a prize draw with many donated prizes, dancing rounded off the evening.

Sandra Cole said: "We raised more than £300 from the raffle and I would like to thank all those traders who donated prizes this year."

The money went towards the £1,000 given by the Chamber towards the cost of the town's Christmas lights.


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