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,  April 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 24th April 2017

Radnorshire Arms Meeting Room

Present: Chair: Leon Abercasis (LA) Peter Mace (PM) David Tennant-Eyles (DTE) Anne Wake (AW) Wendy Toomey (WT)

Minute taker: Francesca Sandwell (FS)

Guest: Maggie Taylor-Sanders (MTS) from Presteigne Area Community Development Group (PACDG)

Apologies: Marian Hardiman, James Tennant-Eyles, Steve Kay, Colin Felgate




Appointment of new Secretary

As only five members of the Chamber of Trade were present at the meeting the appointment of the new Secretary could not be confirmed.

LA to send an email to all members for approval


Minutes of the meeting held on 9th April 2017

It was agreed that as the minutes were a combination of the AGM and General Meeting they should be split as follows:

Page 1 to the end of the ‘Treasurer’s Report’ on page 4 and then including the section from ‘JTE read out the current to the COT constitution’ on page 5 to AOB should form part of the AGM and the ‘Discussion on the future of the Chamber of Trade’ on page 4 and ‘AOB’ on page 5 would be considered part of the General Meeting.

The minutes of the General Meeting were approved with the following changes:

Page 1 – the date of the previous meeting was 10th April 2017 and not the 9th May 2017.

Page 5 – The grant money was a result of a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Awards for All’ scheme and not Powys.

The minutes of the AGM will be approved at the next AGM meeting.


Treasurer’s Report – update on balance

It was agreed that a monthly Treasurer’s report would need to be presented at each meeting and that this would include a balance and a summary of how the money had been spent the previous month.

DTE informed the meeting that the balance stood at £5,121.12 and that this included £1,115 from the Flamenco Night and the ‘Awards for All’ grant. A £25 contribution had been made to Audrey’s flowers.

AW stated that she had paid her subscription to the Chamber of Trade the previous week via a BACs transfer.

DTE stated that he did not have sight of the account yet and would be spending the following day getting up to speed with the system.  

DTE will look update Chamber on AW’s subscription


Approval of Secretary Payment

It was suggested by DTE that Liz Joyce, previous secretary to the Chamber of Trade, could be offered £150 as a closing gesture.

It was agreed by Members that this would be a reasonable figure.

DTE to pay Liz Joyce £150


New name for Chamber of Trade

A number of names were suggested including:

Presteigne Independent Traders Association
Presteigne and Norton Independent Areas Association
Presteigne Business Community
Presteigne Area Traders
Presteigne Area Independent Traders (PAINT)
Presteigne Independent Business Association
Presteigne Independent Business Network

Members stressed the name needed to be distinct and provide the group with a strong identity.

It was questioned whether the use of the word ‘traders’ might put off some business owners who did not identify themselves as a trader. It was agreed that the word ‘business’ was more encompassing.

DTE stated that he was happy to do some follow-up work on the branding of the organisation and circulate ideas via email for Members to agree upon.

DTE to circulate names to members via email


Membership Fees

PM suggested that a £50 membership fee might ensure people showed greater commitment to the Chamber of Trade.

However, it was agreed that the membership fee would remain at £20 per year for the time being until the Chamber of Trade had proven its worth. It was hoped that this fee might attract more members.

AW stated that this fee would be tax deductible if a receipt was given.


Awards for All grant

It was confirmed that the money from the Lottery had been transferred to the Chamber’s bank account and that extra time had been given for the Chamber to come up with an idea for their event.

AW stated that the event needed to involve minority groups for example, people whose first language was not English and that the event needed to become a self-sustaining event.

It was discussed whether the Chamber’s event could be linked with Sheep Music in June and PACDG’s plan for an event entitled ‘Presteigne's got Talent’.

However, DTE noted that the Chamber of Trade only needed to submit their idea to the Lottery by June and had a further 3 months in which to hold the event.  Therefore, it as agreed that there was no hurry to organize the event.

AW suggested that food and music were a good way to engage minority communities and that schools could play an active part in spreading the word.

PM stated that he was willing to get involved as a representative from the Chamber of Trade and sit on a steering group with other organisations.

PM to meet with MTS to discuss ideas


Press Release

It was agreed by Members that a press release could not be circulated until a new name for the Chamber of Trade had been agreed upon. The press release would include a group photo and Jane Bywater would be approached by the Chamber to help secure coverage in local newspapers.

It was agreed that a person would be chosen at the next meeting to lead on the press release.


Social Media Marketing

DTE informed the meeting of his ideas for the Chamber’s social media marketing. This included:

Setting up a sub-group to oversee the running of the Chamber’s social media presence online
The sub-group would meet outside of the Chamber and report their results on a monthly basis.
DTE would approach friends of his who were social media savvy and ask them for assistance.
Key to the strategy would be getting members to share news through their online networks. For example, the Duck’s Nest Facebook page has over 1,000 likes.

AW stated that she was happy to handover the running of the Chamber’s social media page to DTE.


Plastic – Wendy Toomey

WT highlighted the work of Cae Post a social enterprise in Welshpool who recycle stretchy plastic such as film, magazine wrappers, bubble wrap and plastic bags.

WT informed the meeting that following discussions with the director of Cae Post they were offering to place a container in Presteigne and charge £8.50 to empty it each time.

However, it was not known how big the container would be and how often it would need to be emptied. For example, if it needed to be emptied every week this would cost the Chamber of Trade around £450 a year.

The container would be located on Powys County Council owned land and WT proposed contacting Powys to ask for permission to site the container there.

It was agreed that WT would investigate further and report back to the Chamber.

WT to explore options and report findings


Any Other Business


LA presented the Chamber of Trade with £610.00, which was 50% of the profits raised from the music variety performance in February 2017.

PACDG’s vision for Presteigne

MTS informed the meeting that PACDG was interested in branding the town as “Green Presteigne” in an effort to attract tourists to the area and prepare the town for the future.

MTS stated that PACDG was in conversation with Transition Presteiegne and had were exploring ideas such as applying for funding to become a dark skies town, installing electric chargers for cars and joining the Walkers are Welcome network.

MST stressed that it was essential that the Chamber of Trade backed this idea if it was to stand any chance of becoming a reality. It was felt that to be successful a core group of people made up of local organisations needed to be formed in order to drive this forward.

It was agreed by Members that it would be good for the Chamber to support this initiative.

Cark Parking

Cllr Brunt’s email was discussed particularly in reference to the two-ticket system whereby a parking fee could be redeemed in participating shops. This would need to be driven by the Town Council or Chamber of Trade and the cost split between traders, which could become very complicated.

LA stressed the importance of providing shoppers with 2 hours free parking and highlighted his plans to pay for parking on Fridays and Saturdays between 9am-2pm in June to encourage people to shop on the high street. The Salty Dog would cover the cost of parking and volunteers would be required to assist on the day. The dates and times would need to be publicised and measure put in place to record if free parking increased footfall on the high street.


Date and Venue of next meeting

It was agreed that the Radnorshire Arms would be the venue for subsequent meetings as it provided a degree of privacy.

The date of the next meeting will be 8th May at 7pm and the first Monday of the month thereafter.

LA to confirm with the Radnorshire Arms that they could provide a meeting room