Two-day event set to celebrate a milestone in Chipping Sodbury’s history

May 03 2017

A LANDMARK date in Chipping Sodbury’s history is set to be recognised with a two-day celebration next year.

A LANDMARK date in Chipping Sodbury’s history is set to be recognised with a two-day celebration next year.

It was in August 1218 that a royal charter was granted to hold markets on a site that eventually led to the development of the town.

Now Sodbury Town Council wants to mark the occasion by turning the clock back to medieval times and holding a major Sodbury 800 event on August 11 and 12, 2018.

Events that could be held include an animal market featuring rare breeds, demonstrations by craftsmen and women, the creation of a tented village to show everyday life of the period and possibly a jousting tournament.

It is hoped the second day will be taken over by a medieval feast in High Street.

But a number of groups and individuals will be needed to get involved if the event is to go ahead and be a success.

An appeal has now been made for schools, farmers, drama groups, musicians, singers, archers, craft workers and local history groups, as well as individual volunteers, to join the project.

A meeting has also been arranged for 7pm on Monday, May 22, in the town council offices to kick-start the event.

Town councillor Phil Rumney said: “The whole point of the event is to get local groups together and be one community celebrating this important milestone in Sodbury’s history.”