Chamber of Trade



Presteigne Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry, aims to promote, develop and encourage business in the town, as well as to attract locals and visitors alike.


Celebration of shop open for 50 years.

Audrey Cole opened her shop on the High Street 50 years ago on Friday 14th April. The Community Plan Group supported by the Chamber of Trade arranged a celebration on the day. Click here for more details.

Background and Objectives.

The organisation has been in existence for over 50 years. Our views are often expressed to local authorities, national bodies and our A.M. and M.P. The Chamber is seen by Powys County Council as a valuable point of contact with the local business community. We also have close links with the local press and the tourist information office.

Our objectives include:

Providing a platform for members to air their views

Providing a united voice on local issues

Promoting the trading and visiting appeal of Presteigne

Organising regular social activities for the community & the membership

It was the Chamber's responsibility for the original Town Guides that has brought about the launch of the Town's website and the re-launch of the revised and complementary Town Guide and Town Trail.

Events and Functions

Each year, the Chamber organises the annual Llanaandras Christmas Fayre. It also runs a number of other social and fund raising events.

The Chamber presents an annual prize, "The Judge's Gavel" to the Vintage Sports Car Club's most promising young person, when the club visits Presteigne and the surrounding hills in October.

A recent undertaking has been to take over and run the Recycling Centre, to prevent it being closed by Powys County Council. This facility is very well used by the community and would be sorely missed if it was closed. The Chamber receives payments from Powys County Council based on the amount of recycling processed, and this is a valuable source of income for the Chamber.

Volunteers to assist with all our events are always welcome, you do not need to be a member to help!


Our current membership represents a broad spectrum of local business people, from high street retailers & local businesses to other professional people in the Presteigne and the surrounding area. We encourage all businesses to join us because the more businesses that we represent, the greater the voice of business interests in the town. Membership does not mean that you have to take an active part in every, or any, event. However the active membership does work hard but also has FUN.

We are always looking for new members and new ideas for the promotion of the town, the local area and the Chamber itself. Current membership cost is only £20 per annum. This amount includes updates through minutes & bulletins, general meetings, invitations to special events as well as representation to Town Council & Powys County Council.  Now, through our page on the Town website, you and your business can be part of a wider virtual community.

Welcome Pack

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chamber please click Welcome Pack. This contains an introductory letter, a synopsis of activities and events, our constitution, contact details for officers, and a membership application form.

Contact Details

CHAIR – Leon Abecassis, The Salty Dog, in the High Street, Presteigne, email Mobile 07805 727486.

VICE CHAIR - stands in for Chair when absent. Peter Mace, The Ducks Nest, in the High Street Presteigne,  email Mobile 07583 653019.

TREASURER - keeps financial records.
David  Tennant-Eyles, Boultibrooke House, Norton road, Presteigne, Powys, LD8
2EU. Email 

SECRETARY - deals with minutes, agendas, and ongoing membership.
Francesca Sandwell. Email Mobile 07561 012010.
There is a honararium of £300 per annum for this post.

PRESIDENT – chairs the AGM when the above positions are subject to reelection.
James Tennant-Eyles. Email Telephone 01544 267363.

Approved Minutes

If you want to view or download approved minutes please click as appropriate, May 8th 2017April 24th, April 10th 2017January 2017May 2016, March 2016February 2016October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015,  June 2015,  May 2015, April 2015March 2015February 2015November 2014October 2014, September 2014 August 2014,  July 2014,  June 2014

Presteigne and Norton Chamber of Trade

Minutes of the General Meeting on 8th May 2017

Oak Room, Radnorshire Arms

Present: Chair: Leon Abercasis (LA) David Tennant-Eyles (DTE) James Tennant-Eyles (JTE) Colin Felgate (CF) Lysette Phillips (LP) Mark Hughes (MH)

Secretary: Francesca Sandwell (FS)

Guests: Maggie Taylor-Sanders (MTS) from Presteigne Area Community Development Group (PACDG) Dr Gerry McDonnell (GM) Representative of the Presteigne Area Community Development Group

Apologies:  Peter Mace (PM) Wendy Toomey (WT) Anne Wake (AW)


1. Minutes of the meeting held on 24th April

The minutes of the last meeting were discussed.

LA reported that WT had emailed to say that she had asked for her comments about the Christmas lights to be minuted. However, FS stated that she did not recall being asked to minute this and none of the Members present, including the Chair, remembered WT requesting this. Therefore, it was agreed that in WT's absence her concerns would not be added to the minutes from 24th April and would instead be minuted and included in AOB. This point could then be discussed at the next meeting.

2. Treasurer's Report Update - David Tennant-Eyles

DTE reported that the balance was £5384.46 up from £5121.12 at the last meeting. This included AW's membership fee of £20.00, £393.34 in income from the Recycling team and £150 was paid out to E Joyce the previous secretary.

3. New name for the Chamber of Trade

At the last meeting several names were discussed and it was agreed that DTE would do some research and then circulate by email a new name for Members to agree upon. DTE updated that he was still researching ideas for the name and would circulate these by email on 9th May 2017. DTE stated that his preferred name was: 'Presteigne Independent Business Network'. However, he was exploring other words for 'network' to ensure that he name sounded more community focused and moved away from any association with IT. DTE to circulate new name before next meeting

4. Car Parks Survey – Presented by Dr Gerry McDonnell

The survey on parking in Presteigne was carried out by Terry Wells and Gerry McDonnell on behalf of Presteigne Area Community Development Group (PACDG). This was to ensure that if discussion with Powys County Council regarding parking ever took place then the group would be prepared with the data. Over a 7-week period from the end of July to the beginning of October, the team went out on Saturdays and on the hour recorded the number of cars in the following car parks: Bring site, Memorial Hall, Police station and the Shoppers car park. The only weekend they did not survey was during the Festival.

They discovered that:

The peak times for people parking was between 11-1/ 2pm
If we ignore the Bring site as this is usually 70-90% occupied, on average there was a 19% occupancy for the day which is very low.
However, because the Memorial Hall car park is free this also distorts the figures. On Saturday mornings it is usually 20-25% full.
On the two Saturdays when the market was held, the team recorded a 58% and 59% occupancy rate for the entire day. Between 10am-2pm it was nearly 100% full.
The highest rate of occupancy at the Police station car park over the 7 weeks was 19%
The team did not see any significant increase in people parking once the schools had broken up. Nor did they see any great visitor influence over the summer.

However, the team did not monitor how long people stayed so there are gaps in the data.

The team also surveyed a Tuesday during this period as a comparison. They noted:

There were far fewer shoppers during the day
Maximum occupancy was 10%
Peak occupation was between 11am-12pm
Pay and display was low

On the very first Saturday of the period, the team did try to measure how many people paid to park. They noted only 50% of people paid and displayed. However, this measurement was not continued over the period.

LA reiterated his plan for the Salty Dog to provide free parking to shoppers on Fridays and Saturdays throughout June to see if free parking increased footfall in the town.

However, after further discussion it was agreed by all Members that the Chamber of Trade should cover the cost of the free parking as it would: a) provide more data and b) be a good promotional exercise for the Chamber of Trade.

GM stated that he would help with the statistics.

5. Awards for All grant

In PM's absence, MST updated the meeting on her meeting with PM.

PM had approached the organisers of Sheep Music and had proposed that the Chamber of Trade could do something jointly with them on 17th June. Although Sheep Music had not committed itself yet, the organisers had seemed enthusiastic about the idea.

While it was agreed by Members that a collaborative event seemed like a good idea, it was stressed that the Chamber needed to ensure that the idea would meet the conditions of the grant.

MST updated the meeting on Presteigne Area Community Development Group's (PACDG) idea of an event called 'Presteigne's got Talent' for which they had of grant of £550 to spend. The event would be held in September or October and would showcase the talents of different age and ethnic groups within the community.

The Chamber of Trade could oversee the catering with food from around the world and PACDG would organise exhibitions and performances.

LA stated that a separate meeting was required to discuss how we move forward.

MTS will put her idea of a joint event to PACDG.

LA and PM to speak to Awards for All and confirm the grant can be used in this way


6. Press Release

It was agreed that until a name was decided upon a press release could not be drafted.

In the meantime, DTE will speak to Jane Bywater about promoting the new name in local newspapers

DTE to speak to Jane Bywater

7. Social Media Marketing team – David Tennant-Eyles

DTE updated the meeting that he had contacted people locally about supporting the Chamber of Trade with their social media and was hopeful that he could get 2 people on board.

8. Events Calendar

LA stated that he had several ideas for events that the Chamber could organise and that it would be good to create a calendar with time scales so that they could start planning early.

One annual event, which the Salty Dog sponsored in 2016 was the Charity Shield Football tournament which raised funds for the playgroup. LA stated he was keen for this event to be opened up for all community groups who wanted t get involved.

It was discussed whether this event should be run by the Chamber of Trade, It was felt by Members that the Chamber should not just be about events and that the Salty Dog should continue to run this event.

It was agreed that the Chamber of Trade would have a presence on the day and that other groups would be invited to participate. They could have their own stalls and keep the money raised.

DTE to create a shared online calendar

LA to bring back ideas to the next meeting

9. Shop Local Campaign

LA stated that Phil Beale had been making 'bags for life' from donated fabric and that the Salty Dog had been giving these away. The idea is that Phil will make more bags and they will include the words 'Shop Local Presteigne'.

A request for more fabric and help to make the bags needs to be put out on social media.

Ways to promote the Shop Local campaign were discussed, including:

A banner across the high street
A list of 10 reasons why you should shop in Presteigne
Collaboration with PACDG on 'Green Presteigne'
A chalk board on the high street

LA to speak to Stitches

DTE to get Facebook login details from AW

Members to bring ideas for promoting the campaign to next meeting


10. List of Members and Membership Drive

JTE stated that he had a list of people who have paid their subs in the past, but there was no spreadsheet.

DTE will remind existing members via that their membership fee of £20 needs to be paid.

It was agreed that once a new name had been decided upon and LA had written the Chamber of Trade's mission statement, this could be sent out to past members to promote the /Chamber and re-engage old members.

DTE will create a Chamber of Trade Mailchimp account to send out communications regarding membership and events.

LP to check if she has a spreadsheet

LA to draft mission statement and send to PM & DTE

11. Any Other Business

Maintenance of the Christmas lights

WT stated in her email that: “the recycling money is not to be earmarked for the ongoing maintenance of the lights or only 'events'  [we didn't manage to do this at the meeting; we need to discuss the lights- In my opinion the TC should have these and maintain them so we can do other things!]”

JTE stated that at the Precept meeting in January the Chamber of Trade did not ask for a grant for the lights on the basis that the Chamber was receiving the money from the recycling. The Town Council agreed with this, and did not precept a grant for the lights in December 2017.

DTE stated that he was not aware that any of the money raised was ever earmarked but rather that it went into a general pot.

It was decided that the meeting needed clarification from WT on how she thought the recycling money should be spent.

Presteigne Carnival – 15th July 2017

LA stated that organizers of the Presteigne Carnival had approached him to see if the Chamber of Trade will like to get involved. JTE stated that the Chamber had supported the /Carnival in the past.

It was agreed by all Members that the Chamber of Trade would have a stand at the Carnival to promote their work and sign up new members. It was suggested that a donation of £50 could be made.

12.Date and venue of next meeting

5th June 2017 at the Radnorshire Arms