Cockermouth Business News

Annual General Meeting

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All members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Cockermouth & District Chamber of Trade which will be held on Wednesday 12 January 2011 from 6pm until 9pm at the Saints Rooms. The agenda will include the retiring Chairman's report and the election of officers for 2011.

Cooking up a treat for Help for Heroes

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North Lakes Clinic, in Main Street, is holding a fundraising evening in support of Help for Heroes on 10 December. 

Tickets cost £10 and include a cookery demonstration by the Botanical Chef, Sarah Asquith-Vallance, followed by a 'Jamie @home' party. There will also be a raffle and a cake stall. All are welcome to come along and raise as much money as possible for this worthwhile cause. For more information call 01900 821122.

Fancy a laugh? Book your ticket now!

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Three top stand-up comedians are to take to the stage for a charity Comedy Night in Cockermouth.

Comics Brian Higgins, John Newton, Martin Beaumont will appear at the event, which has been organised by Loyal to Cumbria, a new Community Interest Company based in Cockermouth. The Comedy Night takes place at the Hundith Hill Hotel, Cockermouth, on Sunday 28 November from 7.00pm. Tickets cost £20 each and all the proceeds from the event will be used for community projects in the town.

Vote now and bring superfast broadband to Cockermouth

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Residents and businesses throughout Cockermouth are being urged to sign up to a campaign which could bring high speed broadband to the town.

BT has launched The Race to Infinity – an online contest which could see five towns fast-tracked to receive the superfast fibre optic broadband. The telecoms giant is rolling out the technology to boost broadband access over the next five years – but if a town is not part of the company’s initial roll-out, The Race to Infinity will allow it to jump the queue.

Calendars on sale now

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The Chamber of Trade's 2011 Cockermouth calendar is now available. The A4-sized wall calendar features striking photographs of different aspects of the town taken by local people. It costs £5, complete with an envelope, and is available from The Linden Tree, The Toy Shop, Firns Home Hardware, Meglans, Cockermouth Arts & Crafts, Jacy's Exclusive Lingerie, Banks' Ironmongers and Bitter Beck Pottery.

It's sure to become a collectors' item so hurry along to buy copies for yourself, your friends and relatives.

A new boat to the rescue

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The Chamber of Trade raised an amazing £4,700 in raffle ticket sales and presented a cheque to Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team with thanks for their amazing rescue efforts during the floods of November 2009. £3,500 has been spent on an inflatable boat which would prove invaluable if the county was to flood again. Jonty Chippendale chose the charity as the Chairman’s charity of the year and the cheque was presented on the night of the Chairman's social.

Anniversary Flood Social

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All members of the Chamber of Trade are invited to pop along to the Kirkgate Centre on Saturday 20th November from 5pm.  We're holding an Anniversary Flood Social. There will be complimentary food and drink, music by Crowdog and children's entertainment provided by performers from Euphoric Circus.

Organised by a group of volunteers, most of whom were flooded themselves, we'd like this to be a positive night - a celebration of the community spirit that has kept people going since the floods a year ago.

Feel free to pop in - bring family and / or staff members.

Celebration Concert: one year on

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Celebrate one year on with the Cockermouth Mechanics Band, Harmonic Society, Castlegate Singers, and others at 8pm on Friday 19 November 2010 at All Saints' Church, Kirkgate. The concert will finish at around 9.30pm with a Last Night of the Proms-style sing-along and light refreshments.