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2016 marks the centenary of the Chamber

This website is about celebrating that history

Throughout 2016 we’ll be updating this site with more and more content from our archives, so that, over time, this website will provide a comprehensive incite into the history of the Bournemouth Chamber and of Bournemouth.

Come back regularly to catch the latest interesting updates from our archives or follow the #bctchistory hashtag on Twitter.


Watch the video of our Centennial Celebrations held on March 10th at the BIC Bournemouth or view our photo gallery


With continued thanks to all our 100th celebration sponsors


Our next event: AGM 2017




BCTC History Timeline

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Bournemouth Tradesmens Baron of Beef Association formed in 1885

March 7, 1902

The Bournemouth Tradesmens Baron of Beef Association was set up in 1885 whose main purpose was to meet quarterly for “the discussion of public matters affecting the general welfare of the Town” and also to hold annually a Baron of Beef dinner on the third Thursday of February. Annual membership was five shillings…

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Association evolves into Bournemouth Traders Federation

March 7, 1908

Chamber formed 15th February 1916

February 15, 1916

It was at a meeting held on February 15th 1916 at St Peter’s Hall that a decision was reached to form a Chamber of Trade for Bournemouth. At the time of Mr Maurice Plomer’s appointment as “General Secretary” in May 1916 there were 56 “direct” members; within ten years this total had reached four…

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Chamber invited to meet HRH The Prince of Wales

October 19, 1927

Social Evening (Confectioner’s Section)

February 20, 1928

BET Magazine feature of our President Mr Arthur J Playdon

August 6, 1928

BET Magazine feature of our President Mr Arthur J Playdon

The August 1928 edition of BET (“Bournemouth Electric Theatre / Best Every Time”) Magazine paid tribute to the 1917 Chamber President, Mr Arthur J Playdon, a confectionery entrepreneur in the Boscombe area.

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Presidential Address

February 28, 1938

Tribute to M S Plomer (Secretary)

February 25, 1942

Daily Echo reports on election of new Chamber President

February 25, 1943

Why on Earth join the Chamber?

June 1, 1948

If you’ve ever wondered “Why on Earth Join the Chamber of Trade”, here’s some reasons from 1948 – “An answer to the doubtful”

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Traders talk of a 5 day week

October 13, 1964

Annual Dinner & Dance

November 8, 1967

Annual Dinner & Dance

We held our Annual Dinner and Dance on 8th November 1967 at the Pavillion in Bournemouth. You can view the menu and guest list and see that we toasted Her Majesty the Queen, ourselves and the Past President.

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100th Celebrations

March 10, 2016

On March 10th 2016 we celebrated our centennial celebrations in style at the BIC in Bournemouth with Samba Panache,  Max Stone, the Bournemouth University Big Band, Stagewise Theatre School and of course Andy Brenan on MC duties. You can view the photos from the night (thanks to Louise Jolley Photography) or…

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