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Garstang Fairtrade Town

Garstang The World's First Fairtrade Town

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Activities for Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 in Garstang

Monday 23rd and Thursday 26th February – Myerscough College students did a Fairtrade promotion / tasting. Myerscough College also ran a series of events to raise cultural awareness during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Tuesday 24th February - An Introduction to Fairtrade at Wesley’s Coffee Lounge for Tea and Chat.

Thursday 5th March - Lancs Federation of WIs Coffee Morning. Bruce Crowther, Chair of the Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group and Fairtrade Towns Coordinator for the Fairtrade Foundation gave a presentation on Fairtrade Towns at the event and gave a guided tour of Garstang in the afternoon. WI members only.

Thursday 5th March - 'Handbag and Fairtrade Chocolate' Evening at Wesley’s Coffee Lounge. A promotion of fair trade handbags and chocolate with fair trade tea, coffee and biscuits.

Friday 6th - Saturday 7th March - Banana Eating. Garstang in the UK, the cocoa farming community of New Koforidua in Ghana and Media the first Fair Trade town in the USA all took part in the 24 hour world record attempt at eating Fairtrade bananas set by the Fairtrade Foundation. This was the first time that all three corners of what has been termed the Fair Trade Triangle have come together for a joint event. In total 2,281 people ate bananas as follows:

GARSTANG, UK - total 1,142.
Myerscough College
- 434 staff and students.
St. Thomas's Church of England Primary School - 212 staff and pupils (including 15 from Garstang Community Primary school and 26 from SS Mary and Michael's Primary school). They had a video link with the Friends Providence school in Media and a phone link with New Koforidua.
Garstang Community Primary School - 218 staff and pupils.
SS Mary and Michael's Primary School - 99 staff and pupils.
Wyre Public Meeting - 75 people who attended the meeting (bananas supplied by Riverford, Stockley Farm).
Garstang Soroptimist stall - 68 people who bought bananas from the stall.
Garstang Cycling Club  - 12 people.
Garstang Town Council coffee morning - 24 people who attended the event.

NEW KOFORIDUA, GHANA (Bananas supplied by the Volta River Estates Ltd, the only Fairtrade banana plantation in Africa) - total 795.
C
onnected by a phone link with St. Thomas's Church of England Primary school.
Roman Catholic School - 221 staff and pupils.
Metropolitan  Assembly - 87 people.
Youth Club - 217 people.                     
and another 157 adults and 113 other school children.

MEDIA, USA - total 344.
Friends Providence School
- 117 staff and pupils. They had a video link with St. Thomas's Church of England Primary school.
Selene Whole Foods Co-op (including Hair Kutz) - 81 people.
Ten Thousand Villages - 88 people.
Earth and State - 46 people.
Untours Foundation - 12 people.

Friday 6th March -
Public meeting to launch the campaign to make Wyre Borough a Fairtrade Borough attended by over 75 people. Bruce Crowther, Chair of the Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group and Fairtrade Towns Coordinator for the Fairtrade Foundation gave a presentation on Fairtrade Towns at the event and 75 people ate Fairtrade bananas supplied by Riverford, Stockley Farm as part of the world record attempt.

Saturday 7th March -
Garstang Town Council hosted a Fairtrade Coffee morning at the United Reformed Church Hall when 24 people ate Fairtrade bananas as part of the world record attempt.

Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight the Crofters Hotel and Pipers Restaurant in Garstang offered a special Fairtrade menu. Fairtrade beverages are served at these establishments all year round.

Also throughout Fairtrade Fortnight Bruce Crowther, Chair of the Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group ate Fairtrade bananas with every meal.
This is his Fairtrade banana eating diary:

Monday 23rd February
Breakfast: Banana with yoghurt, FT muesli & FT honey.
Lunch: Soup & a banana.
Dinner: Cumberland sausage, jacket potato & beans + banana loaf & ice cream

Tuesday 24th February (Shrove Tuesday)
Breakfast: None
Lunch: Banana sandwich
Dinner: Banana & FT chocolate pancakes followed by Banana bread beer made from FT bananas.

Wednesday 25th February
Breakfast: A banana.
Lunch: Banana & summer fruits with yoghurt & FT honey.
Dinner: Banana curry (excellent!) + banana bread beer.

Thursday 26th February
Breakfast: A banana.
Lunch: Soup and banana loaf.
Dinner: Banana curry + banana loaf & ice cream (delicious!)

Friday 27th February
Breakfast: A banana.
Lunch: Banana & cottage cheese on toast (surprisingly good!).
Dinner: Fish + veg. & Divine chocolate banoffi pie (yum!).

Saturday 28th February
Breakfast: Banana smoothie.
Lunch: Local cheese & pickle sandwich + Divine chocolate banoffi pie.
Dinner: Cobbldy pie + banana, strawberry and peach smoothie decorated with FT banana at Cobbles & Clay, Haworth.

Sunday 1st March
Breakfast: A banana.
Lunch: Banana & bacon sandwich (not bad!).
Dinner: + Divine chocolate banoffi pie.

Monday 2nd March
Breakfast: Banana smoothie.
Lunch: Banana & cottage cheese on toast (just as good the second time).
Dinner: Sausage, bacon & cheeses toastie + FT banana from M & S Cafe Revive, Bolton.

Tuesday 3rd March
Breakfast: Banana porridge + FT honey.
Lunch: Pizza slice & a banana.
Dinner: Chicken curry + banana bread beer.

Wednesday 4th March
Breakfast: A banana.
Lunch: Soup and a banana.
Dinner: Fish and Chips + banana bread beer.

Thursday 5th March
Breakfast: Banana, strawberries & blueberries + weetabix, yoghurt & FT honey.
Lunch: Soup and a banana.
Dinner: Cajun chicken and a banana & FT chocolate chip muffin.
 
Friday 6th March
Breakfast: Banana & FT grapes with Bran Flakes.
Lunch: Soup & a FT chocolate chip muffin.
Dinner: Banana pizza (okay-ish!).

Saturday 7th March
Breakfast: A banana at the Soroptimist stall for the world record attempt.
Lunch: Banana & melted cheese on toast (works okay) and a banana & FT chocolate chip muffin.
Dinner: Chilli con carne & a banana & FT chocolate chip muffin (okay things getting a bit boring!)

Sunday 8th March
Breakfast: Banana smoothie.
Lunch: Banana & fried egg sandwich (didn’t work!)
Dinner: Buttered plaice with bananas + banana bread beer (nice way to finish another fantastic Fairtrade Fortnight!).

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