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Garstang Fairtrade Town

Garstang The World's First Fairtrade Town

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Go Global events and exhibitions

Events, talks and Exhibitions on the issues of fair trade and the slave trade took place throughout the academic year 2000/2001. This included a performance of the Global Issues workshop on fair trade, slave trade and racism and their exhibition on the same themes was displayed at various venues in the region. All this culminated in a visit to Ghana by the Go Global Group in July 2001.

The events are listed below together with a list of interesting places to visit relevant to these subjects.

August 2001:     

5th     Go Global Group returned from Ghana. For further information see Go Global Go Ghana.

July 2001:    

15th     Go Global Group, including "Mission", the Youth Theatre Group, went to Ghana.
12th     Ghana Evening and meal raised funds for the Go Global Project.

June 2001:    

25th - 30th     Go Global Fair Trade / Slave Trade display was exhibited at the Oxfam shop, Market Square, Preston.

21st     Peter and Sarah from the Go Global team gave a Presentation on the Go Global Fair Trade / Slave Trade Project at Garstang Youth Club. There was also a video showing of the play 'Hidden Brutality' performed by Mission, the Youth Theatre Group. Fair Trade refreshments were available and admission was free.

16th     Garstang's biggest car wash. The Go Global team hand washed cars from 10am to 4pm outside the Youth Club in Garstang. Cost only £3 per car. All proceeds went  towards the Go Global Fair Trade / Slave Trade Project.

May 2001:    

28th     Children's Festival Procession. The Garstang Oxfam Group walked in the Evening Procession on the theme of the success of campaigning since the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.
7th     Rural Events Day. The Millennium Green was opened in Garstang with many stalls including one promoting and selling Fairtrade products in Garstang, the World's First Fairtrade Town.

March 2001:    

16th     Various businesses in Garstang raised money for Comic Relief  with the following events;  the Coffee Pot sold Red Nose biscuits, Kwik Kutz and Mikes Sports World ran Red Nose competitions, the Co-op and Booths had a fancy dress day with other fundraising ideas and Clowns Toy Shop had a 'Pin the Red Nose on the Clown' competition organised by Clowns, Garstang Dry Cleaners and Garstang Lions.
SS Mary & Michaels RC School 'Bad taste in clothes day' plus sale of Red Nose cakes.
Rainbow Pre-School sale of 'Red Nose' chocolate crispie cakes made from Fairtrade Divine chocolate donated by the local Co-op store. The youngsters wore red for this event.
Garstang Community Primary School non-uniform day and cake sale.
'What is a Fairtrade Town?' - an awareness evening at Garstang High School. A fun evening to find out what being a Fairtrade Town means. All proceeds went to the Garstang Go Global project to send the Theatre Group to Ghana. Their play "Hidden Brutality" was performed at this event. Phil Wells, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Kingsley Ofei-Nkansah, Representative of the Agricultural Union of Ghana and John Whitaker, Oxfam's Marketing Director also attended this event.
11th     United Reformed Church competition for the worst joke after Sunday morning Service and a sale of Red Nose cakes at the Fellowship of United Reformed Youth in the evening.
10th     "Quakers for Comic Relief" Bric a Brac stall at Market Place Garstang.
Fairtrade Breakfast at Free Methodist Church, Garstang. 9am to 11am.
8th     Music Marathon, at Methodist Church and Church Hall, Garstang. From 10am to 5pm.
5th - 18th     National Fairtrade Fortnight. Several events  took place in Garstang to promote Fair Trade and raise money for  "Garstang for Comic Relief" which was given to Comic Relief from Garstang as a Fairtrade Town. As well as the events listed below there was also a Fairtrade cookbook produced containing entrants from the Methodist Church cooking competition held at the Arts Festival in August 2000, a Wine Circle quiz, a Great Heavenly Treasure Hunt organised by St. Thomas's Sunday School, the Arts Centre held an auction of paintings and the Garstang Courier ran a competition entitled 'the world's first Fairtrade Town says "Pants to Poverty".

February 2001:    

28th     Fairtrade Town roadsigns went up on Garstang's Town boundaries
14th     Tots 'n' Co Mother and Toddler Group sale of Red Nose cakes at SS Mary and Michaels RC School Hall. Proceeds to the "Garstang for Comic Relief" collection (see below).
10th     Calder Bridge Quaker Meeting House outing to Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere. Research into the close friendship between William Wordsworth and Thomas Clarkson.

January 2001:    

24th & 25th     The theatrical workshop on Fair Trade, Slave Trade and Racism was performed at Garstang High School.

December 2000:    

4th - 8th     The Garstang Global Issues Group display on Fair Trade, Slave Trade and Racism was on view at Garstang High School.

November 2000:    

3rd     Fylde Real World Group Meeting, 8pm at United Reformed Church, Lytham St. Annes. Bruce Crowther, Chair of Garstang Oxfam Group, talked about the campaign to make Garstang the world's first Fairtrade Town.

October 2000:    

28th     Fair Trade Stall for One World Week Fair, at Plunginton Community Centre, Plunginton Road,  Preston. The Garstang Global Issues Group display on Fair Trade, Slave Trade and Racism was first displayed at this event.
25th     Co-op Evening at Garstang's United Reformed Church Hall at 7pm. Fairtrade wine tasting.

September 2000:    

10th     Calder Bridge, Quaker Meeting House Children's Meeting outing to Samboo's Grave and Lancaster Maritime Museum.  
4th - 8th     Display on chocolate and fair trade in Garstang Library.

Places to Visit

1. Garstang - The World's First Fairtrade Town. We would ask you to support the traders that support Fairtrade, see Fairtrade Directory.

2. Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St. George's Quay, Lancaster LA1 1RB. Tel. (01524)-64637. Has a display and materials on the slave trade from the North West.

3. Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AA. Tel. (0151)-207 0001. Has a display and materials on the slave trade from the North West.

4. Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston. Tel. (01772)-258248. There is on display an abolitionist campaign Wedgewood cameo inscribed with the words "Am I Not  a Man and a Brother?".

5. Wordsworth Museum, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria. Tel. (015394)-35544. Have on display letters from Catherine Clarkson to Dorothy, Wordsworth's sister.

6. Samboo's Grave, Sunderland Point, Near Heysham, Lancashire. The grave of a slave bought by a Quaker for his man servant. It is said he died from a 'broken heart' when he believed his master had left him.

7. Abraham Lincoln Statue, Lincoln Square, Manchester. Dedicated to the cotton workers of the mid 19th Century who refused to work with slave produced cotton.

8. Wilberforce House Museum, 25, High Street, Hull, HU1 1NQ. Tel. (01482)-613902. A museum on the site of the home of William Wilberforce dedicated to his life and the abolition movement.

9. Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1EJ. Tel. (01945)-583817. Display and artefacts related to the life of Thomas Clarkson. There is also an archive of his work, viewing of the archive by appointment only.

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