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MELKSHAM Chamber, the new name for Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched its new look on the 20th October by holding a quiz night at The Kings Arms Hotel in aid of Dorothy House Hospice.
Eight teams of six players from local business, the community and local councils battled it out in a challenging quiz set by Dorothy House’s own quiz master Paul Hewitt.
After 10 rounds the final results were revealed and MP Michelle Donelan and Carnival Queen Cara Wallis presented the prizes.
The winners of the first prize, of £60 in cash, were “6 Under Par” from Mr Sparkles Window Cleaning Services who immediately re-donated the prize money back to Dorothy House Hospice. Team member Tim Carpenter said that Dorothy House had been so good to his mother during her last days that they would support such a good cause any way they could. Tim also won a bottle of Cava in the business card draw.
The second prize of a crate of wine went to the “Withouters” from Melksham Without Parish Council.
A set of wooden spoons, including a specially decorated one presented by Melksham Carnival, were awarded to last but one team “Team Nugget” and a set of quiz books, to brush up on their quiz skills, was awarded to last placed team “Turner’s Trio”.
The final act of the night was the raffle, with an impressive collection of donated prizes with a meal for two at the Kings Arms Hotel as first prize.
The total amount raised, which will be presented to Dorothy House Hospice by cheque, was £375 and Melksham Chamber would like to thank all the teams for supporting the quiz and making it such an enjoyable night.
Special thanks also go to the businesses and individuals who supported the quiz by donating raffle prizes, selling tickets, help and assistance; The Kings Arms Hotel for the excellent “nibbles” and the prize of a meal for two, Waitrose, Autoline Service Station, Andy York Photography, Colin Harrison Design, Chilvester Financial, Melksham News, The Tourist Information Centre, Paul Carter, Alex Corbett, Rebecca Burchell, Beth Dark, Pat Aves, Melksham Chamber steering group and, of course, Paul Hewitt and Dorothy House Hospice.
The next Chamber event will be a seminar on the “General Data Protection Regulations and how it will affect your business”. This will affect all businesses in some shape or form and comes into effect next May.
The seminar will be held towards the end of November and the date, time and venue will be advised shortly. The Chamber says “Don’t miss it! Also, keep any eye on Facebook – Melksham Chamber Forum or our website www.melkshamchamber.co.uk for details.”