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.

The Llanandas Christmas Fair 9th December

The Llanandras Christmas Fair took place on Friday 9th December. Father Christmas was in his Grotto, Mr Bamboozle and Jack the Jester entertained the crowds on the street. There was delightful carol singing from the Primary School Choir, and Sing Along a Carol from a group of enthusiastic locals, strongly led by the Town Cryer Tony Sullivan. One side of the High Street was full of Stalls and most of the shops were open, many having stalls in their doorways.

The winner of the Window Competition was The Chemist, followed by Elda's Coffee Shop and the Moroccan Restaurant. The Judges said it was a very difficult choice as so many shops had made such wonderful displays.

David Tennant-Eyles who led the project for the Chamber of Trade said he was so relieved the weather stayed dry and was delighted with the turnout in the street which was full from end to end throughout the event.

The Mayor James Tennant-Eyles said he could not remember a better Christmas Fair and thanks all who involved for their hard work and enthusiasm.

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 go to our page on the Town website and  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 – the current Chair has had to step down for personal reasons, please contact the President until the next AGM in April.

VICE CHAIR - stands in for Chair when absent.
Wendy Toomey, The Cat and Fiddle, Broadheath, Presteigne, Powys. Email

TREASURER - keeps financial records.
James Tennant-Eyles, Boultibrooke House, Norton road, Presteigne, Powys, LD8
2EU. Tel 01544 267363, mobile 07552 238083. Email

SECRETARY - deals with minutes, agendas, and ongoing membership.
This post is currently vacant
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 – Telephone 01544 267363. Email

Approved Minutes

If you want to view or download approved minutes please click as appropriate May 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