Bringing Business & Community Together
Wantage and District Chamber of Trade, as it was originally known, has a long history dating from the early 1930’s to the current day. The first President being T G Henderson from 1933 to 1950.
The objectives of the Chamber in the early days, as it still is today, included measures to benefit and protect the trading interests of its members, to hold meetings when matters of public interest arose and to support employers in the district of Wantage and popularise the district as a shopping centre.
In addition the Chamber supports entertainment or social functions for the benefit of the Chamber and local charitable organisations.
Over the years many members have benefited from the commradship of like minded people united in efforts to make the commercial life of the town as best it could be.
Today, meetings take place in various locations in and around Wantage. In the 60’s meetings often took place in what used to be the museum, above the old Fire Station, now the Victoria Arcade.
The Chamber has been involved in a variety of events for the town. These have included trade fairs, shopping weeks, Wantage Rejuvenated, and the annual Dickensian evening. For many years the Chamber supplied Christmas trees and lights for the town, even forming a group to set them starting at 5am on a Sunday morning.