Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group Table Top Sale
Sunday 13th March 2016 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Cost per table - £10 Contact Mary Cammack. 07944150128 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sit down for breakfast stand up for farmers!
Garstang Wyrebank Fairtrade Brunch on the Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm £10.00.
,Garstang Wesleys Cafe, Methodist Church
Fairtrade Breakfast £3.50 or £6.00 for 2 FT cereal, tea/coffee, toast with FT jam/marmalade/honey
Throughout FT Fortnight – Thursdays 10.00 – 2.00pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10.00 – 6.00pm
Lancashire Fairtrade Steering Group
Fri 4th March 9.00am-4.00pm Stand at Lancashire Business Expo. Volunteers welcome Guild Hall, Preston
Preston & South Ribble
Tues 1st March 8pm Film Evening
'The Fair Trade' The Continental Pub, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP
Thurs 10th March 7.30pm
Cookery Demo & Chocolate Tasting with David Greenwood-Haigh. All welcome - donations on door. Fulwood Methodist Church Crossroads Centre, Watling Street Road, PR2 8EA
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Sat 4th March - Fairtrade Breakfast & Big Brew at the United Reformed Church on Castlegate from 10am - 3.30pm. Serving toast with FT Jams & Marmalade, tea, coffee, juices, cereal bars. Plus bacon butties (local bacon), then homemade soup, sandwiches, cakes etc. served through lunchtime & the afternoon. Fairtrade food and gift stalls, information stand and children's colouring activity.
Sun 13th March - Big Fairtrade Breakfast at St. James' Church, on St. James Street - from 9.45am -10.30am- Fairtrade buffet breakfast FREE to all visitors.
Fairtrade Pop Up Shop in The Market Walk, Shopping Centre from 29th Feb - 19th March selling a selection of Traidcraft goodies for Easter and Mother's Day as well as a free tea and coffee daily from 10am - 12pm including taste tests of cereals on Tuesday's. The shop is open daily 10am - 4pm and is closed Sundays
On Tuesday 1st March we have a Fairtrade Tea Dance at Chorley Town Hall from 1pm
On Saturdays we have design and make your own breakfast cereal for the kids
Community Breakfast, Ellel Village Hall, Saturday 12th March, 9.30am -12 noon. Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate, Fairtrade and local foods including cereals, honey, marmalade, butter. Colouring competition, raffle, Easter Egg stall. Free Admission (voluntary contributions for breakfast)
Lancashire Fairtrade Schools' Conference
On Friday 5th February 80 children together with members of staff from 20 different primary schools from across Lancashire gathered together in County Hall Preston for the First Fairtrade Conference for Primary Schools in the County organised by the Fairtrade Lancashire group. Margaret Rand vice chair of the group said, ‘We were overwhelmed by the response and many more schools applied to attend than we were able to offer places to’Anne Garsed, Secretary of Fairtrade Lancashire and Conference organiser said 'As we approach the anniversary of gaining Fairtrade County status last year, the conference was a fitting way to celebrate that milestone by inspiring more of our young people to take action to make trade fairer.'
Lancashire Fairtrade County Declaration
Fairtrade Fortnight 2015
Children from Preston celebrating with Chairman of Lancashire County Council, Kevin Ellard and Adam Gardner from Fairtrade Foundation
Garstang Cyclists go Fairtrade Bananas!
Cyclists fuelled up with Fairtrade bananas before pedalling off from the Market Place, provided by Fairtrade supporter and keen cyclist Pip Riley
Fairtrade in Garstang
Please look out for children's Fairtrade mug designs in our shops. Buy some Fairtrade goods while you are there!
Keith Borwick with some young Fairtrade supporters after the service for worship on Sunday 1st March. Please visit the Mustard Seed to buy some Fairtrade goodies, including rice, pasta, dried fruit and many more. Ask for Fairtrade in all our Garstang shops!!
Fairtrade shopping in Garstang
Look for Fairtrade products on the shelves in Sainsburys, the Co-op and Booths.
Don't forgt the Mustard Seed, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday lunch time for a huge range of Fairtrade and fairly traded items and opo in to Wesleys for a snack - all Fairtrade, of course!
Fairtrade Fortnight National Competition
MAKE CAKE FAIR
In the run up to Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 (23 February - 8 March) Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine has teamed up with Squires Kitchen to raise public awareness of Fairtrade with a sweet competition to win a course voucher worth £250 to spend at Squires Kitchen International School.
HOW SHOULD FAIRTRADE GROW FURTHER IN GARSTANG?
Over the next few months, everyone in Garstang has an opportunity to decide how we further develop the town’s commitment to Fairtrade as we prepare, once again, to renew our Fairtrade Town status. This year, the town’s Fairtrade Steering Group wants to involve as many people as possible in deciding how to raise even further the local community’s understanding of and commitment to Fairtrade.
The renewal process is required every two years, and Fairtrade Town status is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation. Since becoming the world’s first Fairtrade Town, Garstang is in the unique position of having to renew for the sixth time and, whilst the Steering Group have plenty of ideas of their own, they would also welcome ideas from across the town. It is an important part of the process that it is seen to be a grassroots movement and does not take a top-down approach. This was very much part of the original process by which Garstang became a Fairtrade Town.
In our last renewal, in 2012, it was decided that one of our main targets would be to focus developing awareness in schools and amongst the youth of our community. This is, of course, an on-going process as a new wave of pupils arrives in schools every September! Our aspiration is that as many schools as possible have Fairtrade School status, and we offer support and guidance to achieve this. We attend local community events, such as the Victorian Christmas Festival, where our “Human Fruit Machine” has been very popular. A continuing part of the Steering Group’s work is to encourage local community groups and businesses to pledge to use Fairtrade products, or to have them available for sale. There are over 50 organisations and businesses that have made a pledge.
Mary Cammack, Chair of the Steering Group says, “Garstang is widely recognised as the World's First Fairtrade Town. Friends old and new from near and far appreciate the Fairtrade message: we have the power to improve the lives of producers across the globe through our choice as consumers. This message is particularly well received by children, who have a clear understanding of fairness."
Our opinion forming and publicity work involves talks with local groups, media work and links with the Town Council. We work very closely with other Fairtrade groups, especially in Lancaster, Morecambe and Preston, as well as the Mustard Seed and The FIG Tree. These links will continue, irrespective of The FIG Tree’s possible move away from Garstang.
Further afield, we have links with groups and individuals from across the world, including, recently, Germany, Ghana, Texas, South Korea, Sweden and Japan, and hope to see these grow. Our position as the world’s first Fairtrade Town leads visitors to the town who wish to meet with us and learn how they can develop Fairtrade back home.
The residents of Garstang and surrounding areas have given lots of support to Fairtrade over the past 12 years and we want to look at how we can better repay this. How can we best use the town’s Fairtrade movement to benefit local groups and residents? This and other ideas are what we want to look at over the next few months, before we put in our renewal application which needs to set out the future plans we have.
If you have ideas and suggestions, you can contact the Steering Group via this contact link. We look forward to hearing from you and will welcome those of you who might be considering joining the Steering Group to get even more involved.
GarstaNG AND ISLE OF MAN BOTH RECOGNISED WITH FAIRTRADE AWARDS
Garstang Fairtrade Town Campaign and The Isle of Man Fairtrade Group have both received awards at a reception to mark 20 years of Fairtrade in the UK.
Fairtrade Foundation presented a Special Recognition Award to the early pioneers of the Fairtrade Towns movement – Garstang - who came up with the idea to unite their community in support of Fairtrade, and declared themselves the world’s very first Fairtrade Town.
On receiving the award, which was crafted from Fairtrade silver, Ruth Bruce of Garstang Fairtrade Town Campaign said: "It is a great privilege to accept this award on behalf of Garstang. The Fairtrade campaign has been a huge learning curve and an exciting journey for all of us. I’m sure it will thrive for many more years, as we continue to convince people to support the movement and buy Fairtrade.”
Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “From a supermarket till receipt campaign in 1993, which encouraged supermarkets to stock Fairtrade, to a Guinness World Record in 2011 for the longest piece of handmade bunting, to support the Fairtrade Foundation’s call for an end to unfair cotton subsidies, the Fairtrade movement owes a great deal to campaigners from all over the UK, from all walks of life, who have worked hard over the last 20 years to change the way that the nation shops and to make trade fairer for producers.”
There are more than 10,000 local Fairtrade campaigning groups in the UK, including Fairtrade Towns, Fairtrade Schools, Fairtrade Universities and Fairtrade Faith Groups.
Fairtrade benefits 1.4m farmers and workers in more than 70 developing countries, by ensuring they receive a fair, stable price for their produce, better working conditions, and a Fairtrade Premium that can be invested as they choose, in their business or in projects to benefit their community, such as classrooms, clinics, clean drinking water or climate adaptation programmes. In 2013, UK shoppers bought an estimated £1.7bn of Fairtrade products, which resulted in over £26m of Fairtrade Premiums being paid to producers.
North West Supporters' Conference
Bruce Crowther gave an inspirational address at the start of this event on Saturday 11th October. Delegates came from across the region to swap ideas and hear from Fairtrade growers across the world.
Abhishek Jani, Director of Fairtrade India, said
"It was really fantastic to attend the conference! Learnt a lot from several engaging discussions. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! You folks are an inspiration!"
Kepple Lane Park Open Day
Fairtrade was celebrated at Kepple Lane Park Open Day 2014, as people visited our stall to sample Fairtrade cofee, chocolate, tea and to buy Fairtrade goods. Thr local youth council showed their support by dressing up as Fairtrade Bananas!! The Mayor and wife were welcome to the Fairtrade stall.
Myerscough Open Day
Steering Group joined forces with Myerscough for their Open Day again in 2014.
Here is Gloria dancing in the Bollywood style, dressed as a banana!
Sunny weather brought the crowds in, so we had plenty of opportunity to talk to people of all ages, while offering Fairtrade samples and goodies.