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CHRISTMAS TREES AND LIGHTS

Okehampton’s Christmas lights display is envied throughout Devon and beyond, with visitors and locals alike experiencing the ‘wow factor’ as they approach the town centre from every direction!

This is no surprise considering there are over 100 real Christmas trees, each individually lit with strings of LED multicolour light bulbs, plus commercial LED cross-street and column-mount decorations throughout the town centre.

The Chamber of Trade originally started putting up the Christmas lights in 1968, in the Victorian Arcade in the centre of town.  In more recent years Donald Rooke and his team of volunteers helped hang the decorations until Donald retired in 2016.  We rely on the goodwill of volunteers to make the town look magnificent over the festive season and currently we have Steve Bolt, Louis Enderson and Mike Harding doing all the hard work, with a team of volunteers helping us to decorate the trees.

Funding is jointly provided by the Chamber of Trade, donations from many of the town’s businesses, grants from Okehampton Town Council, Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council and Okehampton United Charities, plus kind donations from private residents and visitors and proceeds from the annual Christmas Lights Draw. All of whom are rightly very proud of the town’s festive decoration.

HANGING BASKETS

Flowers brighten up the town centre during the summer months, and the Chamber of Trade organises the maintenance of the brackets as well as transporting the baskets full of flowers from Halwill Junction to Okehampton.

Until Donalds retirement in 2016 the majority of the hanging baskets were looked after by him, we are now looking at ways to continue the job of watering the baskets with the same care that Donald took.

EDWARDIAN EVENING

On the first Thursday in December, Okehampton comes alive with festive cheer as the ever popular annual late-night shopping event takes place in the town centre.

The event is organised by the Chamber of Trade, and as well as local businesses opening late to greet both their loyal and new customers, Edwardian Evening features the Mayor’s Carol Service accompanied by the Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band, Reindeer in Red Lion Yard, Santa often pays the Museum of Dartmoor Life a visit to meet local and visiting children, a Hog Roast by Martins butchers, Roasted Chestnuts and a huge Barrel Organ playing festive tunes.

Okehampton Festival of Food and Music Logo

OKEHAMPTON FESTIVAL OF FOOD & MUSIC

The festival is now in it’s sixth year and has become an event firmly on Okehampton’s calendar on the last Saturday of June.

Previous years festivals have brought a wide range of local food & drink producers and street food vendors to the town: Authentic Spanish cuisine from the Basque region, Pizzas freshly made and cooked in a wood-fired clay oven, local Gourmet burgers cooked fresh on a BBQ, Real Ale brewed on Dartmoor, Handmade chocolates made from Goat’s milk, Devon Cream Teas served by Okehampton’s Victorian Tea Room and so much more.

Music of many different genres have filled the air at venues across the town: Wren Music’s Roots A Capella singers, West Devon Folk Choir, Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band, Jazz duo “One Point Five” and Tinners Morris Dancers have all made appearances.

See the Events page here: http://everythingokehampton.co.uk/okehampton-events/ to find out about this years Okehampton Festival of Food & Music.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to support small businesses in their communities, both on the Saturday itself and beyond. The campaign also aims to support, inspire and promote small business all year round. The initiative started in 2010 in the US and has generated a lot of custom for small businesses, with the UK campaign launched in 2013. Small businesses in the UK provide almost two thirds of private sector employment and almost half of private sector turnover.

Okehampton & District Chamber of Trade embraced this national campaign from its inaugural year, encouraging its members to get involved by doing or offering something special on this one day, and by promoting these businesses and offers in print and social media.

The second year brought a well-attended business to business event at the local business park, organised by Virtual PA and Chamber member Chris Heron in partnership with West Devon Business Information Point. While in the town centre the “Shop Small” campaign was strongly represented by most of the shops and cafes. Okehampton Town Council supported the cause by providing free car parking at its Simmons Park car park for the day.

Each year more and more people learn about Small Business Saturday, what it’s for and what’s happening locally, and the list of local authorities who grant free car parking in support of small businesses on this one special day of the year continues to grow each year.

SHOP WATCH SCHEME

This telephone cascade system is organised jointly by the Chamber of Trade and Okehampton Police.

Any information about an incident or threat to a scheme member business, can be quickly circulated to all other members and reported to the police as and when required.

The system means help can be requested from a nearby business, others can be warned of potential issues, and it can help in the prevention of and fight against crime.

Shopping Map of Okehampton

THE USEFUL SHOPPING GUIDE OF OKEHAMPTON

This Chamber of Trade published FREE map has a regular print run of 10,000 copies that are distributed to the local Tourist Information service, hotels, B&B’s and campsites in the surrounding area.

Businesses have a good advertising presence on the reverse, each of which are highlighted on the large map on the front, along with local attractions and places of interest.

Chamber members enjoy discounted rates for advertising on this publication.

Why Join the Chamber?

Discounted Advertising

Member only discounts on advertising in Okehampton Living magazine, Oke Links, The Useful Shopping Guide of Okehampton and other Chamber publications.

Local Support

Opportunity to show support of the town and district in which you live and/or make your living, promoting its prosperity and being a part of your local business community.

Presentations

Talks on business matters by local business people.

Digital Marketing

Free premium business listing for current members on the ‘everythingOkehampton.co.uk’ website, discounted advertising options, guest blog opportunities etc.

Business Networking

Meet with fellow members, share business knowledge and interests, strengthen current business relationships and establish new ones.

Meetings

The right to attend monthly full Chamber meetings, share views and ideas, discuss matters affecting your business and play an active role in developing the economy of the area.

Training Courses / Workshops

Free or discounted courses aimed at improving and growing your business.

Social Marketing

Regular mentions on the social media channels linked to the new website.

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CHAMBER PERSONNEL

Officers

Chairman: Linda Harper (Harper’s Accounting)

Vice Chairman: Lyn Evans (Swifts Property Services)

Secretary: Shane Green (SGW Windows)

Treasurer: Caroline Mott

Committee

Media Secretary: Rebecca Green (Mooplehog)

Michelle Symons (The Little Gift Shop)

Morwenna Brady (The Heart Space)

Michelle Flexman (Private Member)

Christine Marsh (Private Member)

Jeanette Chilcott (The heart Space)

Gail & Mark Turner (Donalds Menswear)