Our Big Birthday Celebrations

Published 23rd May 2013 by Emma Sinfield

We recently celebrated our 160th birthday with a party on the Lockwood rugby pitch attended by over 100 people.

Over 100 people attended our 160th Birthday event held in a marquee on the Lockwood rugby pitch outside the Chamber’s Huddersfield office Tuesday 14th May. 

Delegates sipped bucks fizz and Pimms, enjoyed a variety of canapés, received a cupcake and goodie bag and were snapped on the Chamber Chair from the 1900s, before listening to two speakers delve into the history of our Chamber.

The Lord Mayor attended and presented thirteen students
with Tinker Fisher scholarship awards to support educational travel overseas.

The Tinker Fisher Awards were first established over
100 years ago and have been supporting students in Kirklees through awarding grants for study trips since their foundation.

These awards, set up by local philanthropists John
Tinker and Edward Fisher in 1911, support ambitious students to enable them to travel abroad for research, work experience or study and were established with the aim of broadening the minds of young people.

Now administered by us and local solicitors Eaton Smith, the Travelling Scholarship is keeping the philanthropic spirit of the original trustees alive, and distributed funding worth over £8000 to the thirteen successful students at the birthday event.

Executive Director of the Chamber, Andrew Choi, then went on to speak about the Chamber’s past since the formation of the Huddersfield Chamber of Commerce back in 1853. Touching on our unusual findings from delving into our old archives which included the presentation of an aeroplane to the Canadian Government in 1918 and how despite vast changes to our economy over the past 160 years, the main issues we were lobbying towards then, namely transport and international trade, continue to be issues we lobby for today!

Andrew also spoke about our present, and our continued mission to support and connect our members and called on people to help us in the future, emphasising the desire to seek new directors on the board to lead the Chamber over the next 160 years. 

If you are interested in becoming a board member, express your interest to a member of the Chamber team at

And if you attended the event, find yourself in the photos now published on our Facebook page.


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