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Community urged to support Christmas lights appeal

The Dalbeattie Chamber of Trade and Commerce is appealing to every resident in the area to become Santa and help secure the future of the town’s Christmas Lights and the popular annual Christmas Lights Switch On event. 

The condition and safety of the wiring for the existing lights is a major concern and without the funds to replace it, the future of the Christmas lights and with it the Christmas Lights Switch On event will be very much in doubt. 

The Chamber urgently needs around £25,000 to replace the wiring and lights from coloured bulbs to brighter and more durable LED lighting. The popular lanterns will remain. 

The Chamber currently has around £6,000 towards its £25,000 needed to replace the wiring and coloured bulbs for brighter and more durable LED lights. 

We desperately need every resident in the area to make a donation or organise fundraising events for the appeal to ensure not only the continuation Dalbeattie’s Christmas Lights, but make them better than ever. All help and donations will be gratefully received and will help ensure the future of the lights for many years to come.

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Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on event a great success

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Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on
Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on
Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on
Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on
Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on
Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on
Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on

Chamber 'has gone from strength to strength', AGM hears

The AGM of the Dalbeattie and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce was held on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at the King’s Arms Hotel, Dalbeattie. 

Outgoing Chairman, Neill Robson said the Chamber had gone from strength to strength over the past two years with the launch of this website and a business directory listing member businesses being distributed to every household throughout the Dalbeattie and district postcode area. 

Both had been such a success that there were a number of businesses set to join in January in order to be able to be listed in the directory and on the Chamber’s website. Membership has increased to 80 and is set to grow further in 2015. He urged more members to become involved in the Chamber for the benefit of Dalbeattie’s business sector and the community as a whole. This would also allow the workload to be spread more evenly, ensuring that it never becomes too onerous for a handful of volunteers. 

The Committee and in particular Neill Robson and outgoing Secretary, Jan Gray were thanked for their hard work in driving the success and growth of the Chamber over the past two years. 

The new Chairman for the coming year is Peter Jeal of Great-Value-Websites.Com. Vice-Chairman is John Johnstone of 4xJ Properties and takes over from outgoing Vice-Chair, Ian Wilbur who remains on the committee alongside Robert Kirk, Mark Need, Sunil Patel and Jan Gray. Karen Maxwell remains Treasurer and Kenny Rae of Barr Burn Building Supplies, who took over as Secretary in October, remains in post for the coming year. 

It was agreed that monthly meetings would alternate between Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to enable as many members to attend after the meeting heard that one member had contacted the Chamber to say she was keen to be involved, but could not make Wednesday evenings due to other commitments. 

The next meeting of the Chamber will take place at the King’s Arms Hotel on Thursday, January 8th, 2014.

Membership fees due in January

Members are remined that their annual membership fees are due in January. To assist the Chamber in collecting your membership fees, please make cheques for £50.00 payable to: Dalbeattie and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce and either post or hand your cheque into Karen Maxwell, Treasurer at Complete Insurance Services, 16 High Street, Dalbeattie, DG6 4AA. Contact us if you would prefer to pay by standing order.

2014 Christmas lights switch-on

The lights will be officially switched on at 7pm on Friday 5th December and a whole evening's programme of entertainment has been planned. From 5pm onwards, local bands will be playing, Firefly Disco will be providing music, the local school choir will be singing and there will be fairground rides available for the enjoyment of young and old. Children's entertainer Daffy Dill will also be on hand to keep the kids amused!

Please support your local businesses and get yourself into the Christmas spirit by attending the Dalbeattie Christmas lights switch-on on Friday 5th December! 

Lions donate £4,000 to Christmas Lights Fund

Dalbeattie Lions Club have given a donation of £4,000 towards the new Christmas Lights. 

A generous donation from the Lions Club is indeed and very much appreciated.

The Chamber now has nearly £6,000 towards its ultimate target of £25,000, the cost to replace all of the aged and failing lighting with modern energy-efficient equivalents which will all switch on together and switch off together. 

Dalbeattie Community Allotment have also donated £200.00 towards the Christmas Lights fund and other donations have come from: Chamber of Trade via Bucket Collections & Collection Jars to date - £783.96, Chamber of Trade via Barbara Tattersfield (Bridge Evening) - £381.09, Idlehour Gifts Raffle - £97.00, Helen Bell - £77.00, Complete Insurance Solutions - £111.86 and the Blair Centre - £100.00.

The Chamber says it needs the help of all groups, organisations and businesses in the town to be able to achieve the target of £25,000 by donating or holding a single fund-raising event. 

The ongoing Shop Front Improvement Initiative will really improve the business premises on the High Street and surrounding streets. 

New Christmas Lights with tidier fixed cabling will also help to enhance that. 

Please give this project your support!

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Jan Gray and Neill Robson received a cheque from the Dalbeattie and District Lions Club for £4,000 towards the Christmas lights during a presentation on the evening of September 9th, 2014 at the King's Arms Hotel, Dalbeattie.

Dalbeattie High Street, a vibrant town centre

Chamber encourages locals to Get It In Dalbeattie...

The Dalbeattie Chamber of Trade and Commerce is encouraging Dalbeattie residents to support Dalbeattie businesses as part of the Chamber's I Get It in Dalbeattie scheme. 

Research shows that money spent locally tends to stay local to be re-spent with other local businesses, thus helping to maintain or even create jobs. And, more often than not, local businesses support other community activities and events, thereby adding to the overall wellbeing of the wider community.

Many residents are not always aware of the range of businesses and services on their doorstep. Buying locally is not only good for the town, but good for the environment and your pocket too as you can cut down on car use and save money. 

Furthermore, local businesses offer great deals, products and service. 

As part of the drive to encourage locals to buy goods and services within Dalbeattie and District, the Chamber is putting together a business directory which will be delivered to every household in the Dalbeattie area. In addition, this website has just been launched (June 2014) and also contains details of Chamber member businesses. 

Dalbeattie and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce is also committed to encouraging businesses to trade with each other and "keep it local" as a means of supporting each other and the local economy. 

This website was built by Dalbeattie-based web developer and marketing company, Great-Value-Websites.Com.

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Logo of the Dalbeattie and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce
Dalbeattie High Street and its shops
A view over Dalbeattie's rooftops
A view of Edingham Industrial Estate
Signpost to Edingham Industrial Estate near Dalbeattie
Logo of Dalbeattie and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce
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