Yearly Archives: 2014

Meeting of October 21st 2014

Micklefield Library, Micklefield Road

Those present:
Mike King Bob Smith
Sheena King Tony Thornby
Matt Knight Joyce Wiles
Sarah Moroz Malcolm Wiles

MK – circulated a copy of a letter from the Fairtrade Foundation congratulating the group on achieving FT status.
MK – we need to officially present the award to the council.
MKn – on the Friday night before the Wycombe Harvest event, he e-mailed Richard Scott and cc’d Tony Green but Richard Scott didn’t seem to have received it.
MK – feels we should do the formal presentation to the whole council and then something less formal to the Town Committee.
MKn – the next full council meeting is Monday 15th December. We could also offer to organise a social gathering before a council meeting.
SM – we could offer to organise the refreshments.
MK – we could ask someone from the FT Foundation to present it. We could also ask someone from Peros.

There was a discussion re: Wycombe Environment Centre.
SM – visited the WEC last Saturday and spoke to Frances Alexander. On the 1st November they are having a table-top sale and they asked if we would like to take part.
SK – has a Traidcraft stall on Sunday and could pick up items from David Sparks for both events.
SM – WEC are also hoping to host some Thursday evening talks as SK had discussed with Dr Caroline Eliot.
JW – is a Traidcraft speaker and may be able to do this.

There was a discussion re: possible change of name for the group. The overall feeling was that it would be better to keep the name the same.

MK – we also need to start regular updates to the press.
MKn – Simon Farr has now left the Bucks Free Press. A new lady, Catherine, has taken over his post and MK is trying to forge a link with her.
SM – will forward the Wycombe Harvest photo to MW’s e-mail address.
SK – is aiming to do an article in the local Link magazine re: our achieving FT Town status etc and maybe Peros could put an advert in too.

MK – would be good to do more liaising with the St Vincent 2nd Generation group.
SK – we could also ask the St Vincent High Commissioner to our celebratory event.

TT – needs to do some work updating the website.
MK – we could maybe link with other FT groups (Chesham etc) for events.
MKn – perhaps we could organise window stickers for shops in Wycombe to show their support for FT.
MK – would also be good to organise a brochure listing all retail outlets etc who sell FT goods in the town.
MKn – knows a printer who may be able to do it for us at cost.

There was a discussion re: the possibility of setting up a bank account for the group.
JW – Barclays Community Account is good as they don’t have charges.
MK – will get details from Barclays plus application form etc.

SK – there were a number of people who signed our ‘interested in being kept informed/getting involved’ list at the Wycombe Harvest event.
MK – we could invite them to any celebratory event.

TT – we could organise another event where a school visits a FT supplier eg. Sainsbury’s.
TT – it would also be good to get someone from Bucks New Uni onto our steering group.

SM – will ask if someone from the FT Foundation is willing to come along to the award presentation at the council. Also to get someone from the Bucks Free to cover it.

Next meeting: Tuesday 2nd December 7.30pm.

Meeting of June 24th 2014

Micklefield Library, Micklefield Road

Those present:
Mike King Sarah Moroz
Sheena King Bob Smith
Matt Knight Tony Thornby

MK – has spent a long time since the last meeting putting together the application and sending it off to the Fairtrade Foundation (it went on 19th May). SK sent the file with supporting evidence by post on 21st May. MK is also keeping the retail/business info updated. The FT Foundation sent an acknowledgement on 23rd May.

MK – Jack has now left Bucks New Uni. BidCo have a strong connection with the Uni as the Uni is such a large employer in High Wycombe. It would be good to arrange a meeting with BidCo once we have obtained FT Town status.

BS – tried to get an announcement made at Love Wycombe that we have applied for FT Town status but it wasn’t announced.

MK – presented a sheet showing possible next steps.
TT – we could perhaps hold a celebratory event in Bucks New Uni and this would help us re-establish a link with them. Jack’s post is currently vacant. We could invite Town Committee councillors. Also people from the 2nd generation St Vincent group (SV2G).
MKn – SV2G have a steel-pan orchestra.
MK – we could get someone from the FT Foundation to present the FT Town status award and make a speech.

2nd proposal on MK’s sheet – regular updates to the Bucks Free Press.

MK – we also need to try to increase our membership. Peros did offer to help us create some publicity materials for FT events.

MK – we could also invite the High Commissioner for St Vincent to events.

SK – the Environment Centre now has a temporary office in the Chiltern Shopping precinct.

MK – Wycombe Harvest could provide an opportunity for us to promote FT. We could maybe get involved via Vidya.
SM/SK – would be willing to serve FT drinks.
MKn – will talk to the current mayor and to Oliver O’Dell (BidCo organise Wycombe Harvest)

MKn – we could perhaps also do something before/after a Town Committee meeting at Wycombe DC. The next one would be in September though.
SM – a Bucks New Uni event would probably have to be in the new term (September onwards).

MK – we should hear mid-July from the FT Foundation.
TT – if we hear sooner, we could have stall at the Rye Festival on 12th July.

Next meeting: to be decided

Meeting of January 7th 2014

Micklefield Library, Micklefield Road

Those present:
Mike King Sarah Moroz
Sheena King Bob Smith
Matt Knight Tony Thornby

MK – The last meeting, at Peros, was very good – a very ethical company.

MK – Two areas of work to be considered: Fairtrade Fortnight and filling in the application for Fairtrade Town status. The latter is mainly a collating job. Thinks we should split our forces. Himself and Sheena, plus Tony or another person would do the collating and others to focus on other things. He has now checked the population of High Wycombe and it is 120,211 for the urban area. This takes it to another level for Fairtrade Town application. The catering target goes from 10 to 12. The Empire cinema sells Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream. We also need to canvas the hotels. The Holiday Inn at Handy Cross has a Starbucks in it. The target for retailers has gone up from 20 to 23 but we are still covered for this. We are weak on work with schools but good on most other things.

SM – will now re-jig the schools’ questionnaire, taking into account Amy’s suggestions and send it out.

MKn – went to Cliveden and noticed they didn’t do Fairtrade tea/coffee. Spoke to them and they said they would look at this. At the moment they do Yorkshire tea as the National Trust does this nationally. Could also try Hughenden likewise.

MKn – e-mailed Peter Goodey re: school visit to Peros, following our last meeting. Peter said he thought that they could manage half a class at a time. MKn has also spoken to a teacher at Ash Hill and she has a Year 6 class who are currently doing the Rainforest as a topic. Transport would be the only issue – the school has no minibus.
TT – the University has a minibus.
MK – they actually have 3 minibuses. He will speak to Jack.
SK – would also need press coverage.

TT – we could do with another person from the Uni on our steering

MKn – in order to help reach schools, we could perhaps find sympathetic governors.

MK – it would be good to achieve Fairtrade Town status within Trevor Snaith’s mayoral year.
MKn – Trevor is having an ‘unconventional’ civic service this year. He is holding it in his ward. He has arranged it at the Sytner BMW showroom on 26th January.
TT – Amy had mentioned that we need more evidence of engaging other people. Another idea he has had is finding out how many other companies on Cressex would be willing to use Fairtrade tea and coffee supplied by Peros.
MK – has noticed a lot of coffee bars and fast-food caterers opening the west of Wycombe. He has also sent an e-mail to Peter Goodey asking for a list of businesses they supply to in Wycombe.
BS – suggesting whether firms with vending machines would be a possible target.
TT – knows a high-up contact in a vending machine business based in the Clare Foundation.
MKn – school lunches are provided for several schools by a chef at Millbrook. Wondering if this could be another place we could push for Fairtrade.
MK – Zizzi’s in the Eden Centre sells coffee which is triple-certified.
SK – their church newsletter mentioned a new cafe opening on Desborough Road which is a community project.
MKn – we can also put Wycombe ‘Mind’ down as a Fairtrade organisation. Also, Peros have offered all the equipment for a coffee/tea bar for them and a year’s free supply of coffee. We could do with a photograph of this.

SM- will provide TT with minutes for the website. Also, we need to put the motion that we got through council on the website.

Next meeting: Tuesday 4th February, Micklefield Library