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Bridgnorth Retailers Meeting at Prezzo


  1. Introductions & apologies
  2. Xmas Sheep
  3. Remembrance
  4. Xmas Opening
  5. Let’s Visit Bridgnorth
  6. Plastic Bags

Next meeting – VE Day celebrations 2020

Apologies received:

Jayne – Just Jayne
Kevin – Roobarb
Cara – Urban Angel
Dawn Jones – Mothers Goodies
Beckie – The Small Company

Meeting Notes:


Linda Baker (Linelle) Maggie Rogers (The Travel Wallet) Jenny Bone (MLWS) Sally Themans (Love Bridgnorth) Sam Bennett (Toadstools) Nina Best (Living Box) Amanda & Jennifer Godson (Gadsbys) Kate King (St Marys) Emma Bristow (St Marys) Hannah Vyse (Little Green House Nursery) Gordon Drury (Bar du Monde) Sam & Nigel Amery (Giovannis) Michelle Ealey (Hopscotch) Ellie Carpenter (Prezzo) Parvinder Malhi (Boots Opticians) Jane Holloway (The little Horse Trailer) Cate Burns (Edinburgh Woollen Mill) Carianne Bishop (Cake Room)

Sally thanked everyone for the attendance and thanked the Prezzo team for their hospitality – lovely prosecco and pizza bites. Very warm welcome to a lot of new faces. Everyone introduced themselves.

Xmas Sheep – from Sarah Cawdell St Mary’s

Last year and previously people have been hugely generous with time in decorating Christmas trees and making angels. Thank you.
This year we thought we would go for something easier. We hope to run a sheep trail through the town.

We are asking shops if, during December, they will kindly incorporate in their shop window a small sheep, with a nametag. People will be offered the chance to round up the sheep so that the shepherds can leave them safely when they go to see the baby Jesus. There will be a trail paper inviting people to spot the sheep and write down their names.

Each child in the primary schools will be given a copy of the trial paper and further copies will be available at the library (thank you Emma).

Completed trails will be eligible to be entered for a prize draw to win a knitted sheep – the drawer will happen at one of the Christmas services.

We would be very grateful if retailers would be willing to howls a sheep (no mess left, no feeding required) and Sarah will be coming round in November to distribute the flock. Please sign out below or let Sarah know if you are interested in taking part thank you.

Lots signed up at meeting Sarah’s phone (07722 842419)

Everyone keen to do the same as last year with a town wide ‘glut’ of poppies in shop windows .Carianne and Emma once again are busy making and have patterns if anyone wants to crochet poppies. Aim is to have all poppies distributed and in windows by start of November. Kate, Jane and Sally volunteered to help distribute.
Primary schools to be contacted? They may come and help dress windows…
Thank you once again to Carianne and Emma for their huge effort in this.

**Not discussed at meeting but is everyone happy to use the hashtag #BridgnorthRemembers again as per last year?

Christmas opening
Agreed that we would do this again on Thursday 12 and Thursday 19 of December

Jen Bone will do a letter to retailers with a view to producing a leaflet like last year. Discussion around some targeted and boosted Facebook advertising into the West Midlands.
Jenny with help from Nina will also put together samples of what can be purchased in Bridgnorth so please get images and price prices to Jen ASAP.

Entertainment on nights. Sally to contact Richard Fox and Sarah Barlow about singers coming from the two secondary schools. Sally to ask Concordia Ladies Choir and Lynn to ask if Bewdley Brass Band will play again. Nina from living box will oversee musical arrangements! Also proposed to contact the Theatre on the Steps to see if they could do a little bit of the forthcoming panto as entertainment.

Banners can go up in good time to try and get as many people to shop in Bridgnorth as much as possible in the run-up to Christmas.

Let’s visit Bridgnorth

Booklet almost done – Sam Cole is waiting for 10 businesses to upload their pictures would be helpful if this could be done ASAP so the guide can be printed.

Plastic bags
Sustainable Bridgnorth have been in touch to ask retailers to try and limit the use of plastic bags are as and where possible. Cate from Edinburgh Woollen Mill proposed the idea of having Bridgnorth branded reusable bags.

Bridgnorth Town Plan – Retailers Group
Maggie is sitting on this group – which is run by Cllr Clive Dyson.
She said that more retailers are needed on group as well as Sally as a ‘High St expert’. Nigel Amery, Amanda Godson and Jane Holloway volunteered.

*After meeting Sam and Jen asked about the refill shop. There is a meeting on October 3 about this. Hoping it will be a community lead project with the community running the shop.

Sally handed out Love Brigdnorth stickers – these have been sponsored by Nock Deighton and also mention the Great British High Street win.

Next meeting Wednesday 16 October 5.30pm at Bar du Monde

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