2016 – Our Centenary – An Exciting Year for Members

The Dorchester Chamber is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year and we’re planning some exciting events.

We’ve had a bumper year of growth already this year with membership now at 128 paid up members. We appreciate your support and will continue to strive to shape the Dorchester Chamber for Business into the organisation our members want.

Our evening events were very popular last year and by request we are planning a few more. They are as lively as our networking breakfasts with more time to network. Please come along – you’ll be made very welcome.

Here are a few dates for your diary:

Wednesday, 20th April 2016 – Wessex Royale from 5.45pm to 7.30pm

A Member Only event. We invite ALL members to join us to welcome NEW members at a special facilitated networking event. A simple buffet will be served and include a presentation by Clive Ozzard (formerly of Business Link) who will inspire us with his insights into growing a business and staying ahead of the competition. Clive was also an adviser at Screwfix during its period of rapid growth and has assisted many other businesses, so whatever your business, you should pick up some useful tips. *To include a Bottle raffle.

Sign up here if you haven’t already:


Wednesday, 25th May 2016 – Centenary House & Garden Party from 6pm to 8pm

Join us at Athelhampton House for an evening to celebrate our 100 Year Anniversary. Evening to include a buffet and drink on arrival. Invitations will be going out shortly. *We are looking for sponsors for this event – please email if this is of interest.

Tuesday, 5th July 2016 – Wine and Beer Tasting at Dorset County Museum from 5.45pm to 7.30pm (Provisional date – To be confirmed)

*Details and booking form will be on the website in the next few weeks.

Thursday, 13th October 2016 – Tree Planting at Kingston Maurward from 12pm to 2pm

We are planting a tree to mark our Centenary on the day of the very first Dorchester Chamber meeting. Join us for lunch with fellow members Kingston Maurward.

*Details and booking form will be on the website in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016 – Dorchester Chamber AGM, Corn Exchange, from 5.45pm to 7pm.

A Member Only Event. Round up of the year’s achievements and opportunity to vote in a new Executive. Held at the place of the first Dorchester Chamber meeting with optional Ghost Tour afterwards.

Tuesday, 13th December 2016 – President’s Breakfast, Minterne House, from 7.45am to 9.30am.

Celebrate the end of the year at our popular Xmas breakfast. Beautiful location, spectacular Xmas tree, carols, interesting speakers, raffle to raise funds for local charities.
The May breakfast will be at The Sun Inn, on Tuesday 10th May 2016 from 7.45am to 9.00am
Speaker: Barbara Cox (founder of Nutrichef) Sponsor: Pengillys Solicitors
Details and Booking form will be on the website shortly.

**Requests for sponsorship of the breakfasts is decided by a draw at the preceding month’s breakfast. Email secretary@dorchesterchamber or advise at the event if you wish to be included or if you’re interested in sponsorship of any other event.