Summer ball to celebrate Chamber centenary

Joseph Bulmer

Black tie business event will raise money for the Chemotherapy Appeal

BARNSTAPLE and District Chamber of Commerce is set to celebrate 100 years as the “voice and ears” of local businesses with a centenary summer ball next month.

The local chamber, established in 1911, will mark the special occasion with local firms at a black tie event being held in aid of the North Devon Chemotherapy Unit Appeal at Barnstaple Rugby Club on Saturday, July 30.

Members have joined forces with Barnstaple Town Centre Management (BTCM) along with support from the North Devon Branch of Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and North Devon Manufacturers’ Association (NDMA) to make it a night to remember.

A marquee on the pitch will cater for 300 people on 30 tables, with a three-course meal being provided by Sarah Jayne Payne and her team at High Bickington-based West Country Caterers.

The event will also feature a fully licensed bar, as well as a cocktail bar hosted by new Barnstaple bar Shintori. A barbecue is also planned for later in the evening.

The ticket-only event will also include a silent auction as well as live music by local bands IFunk and Lucid, and close up magic with a table magician.

Barnstaple and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Byers said tickets were still available and there were still plenty of opportunities for local businesses to get involved with sponsorship of the event.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to get on board and help us to put on a really good bash to mark the centenary and to raise lots of money for a worthwhile charity at the same time.

“There is still chance to get involved with a number of different sponsorship packages available; whether it’s as a main sponsor, sponsoring a table for �50, or even the knives and forks.

“We would also be keen to hear from firms wanting to donate items for the silent auction.

“We’ve got a reason to celebrate and a reason to raise money so let’s get everyone together and make it a night to remember.”

Chemotherapy Appeal fund-raising manager Ian Roome said: “I am so pleased that this event is in aid of raising funds for our local appeal. The money raised will go towards our target to provide a new chemotherapy and day treatment unit which will help those fighting cancer in our local community.”

For more information, tickets or sponsorship enquiries, contact Phil Byers on 07977 208533 or email