The Fairtrade Foundation says “It’s a quarter of a century since we launched the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK. Powered by people and community action, it’s grown from an idea about justice and fairness among a few like-minded groups, into a household name. It has completely changed how we think about the people who produce the food, drink and clothing we enjoy every day. “
The following regional conferences are being run in the UK to recognise this landmark:
- Exeter – Saturday 21 September 2019: 10:30am – 3:30pm, Exeter Community Centre.
- Middlesbrough – Saturday 21 September – 10:30am – 3:30pm – Teeside University Students’ Union.
- Nottingham – Saturday 26 October – 10:30am – 3:30pm – Albert Hall Conference Centre.
More details and links to register (essential) can be found at https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get%20involved//In-your-community/Regional-Supporter-Conferences
Established as a corporation in 2014 at UAE, Fair Trade Global Sourcing DMCC (FTGS) is a consortium of fair-trade and organic producers across the world who specialise in origin sourcing of niche and premium quality products from certified organic and sustainable projects in Asia and Africa.
Take a look at their website now at http://fairtradegs.com/
WYCOMBE FOR FAIRTRADE
Minutes of meeting: 23rd April 2019
Micklefield Library, Micklefield Road
Ivan Cicin-Sain – Wycombe Friends of the Earth
MK – re: Louise Whitaker talk on 20th May. MK has found a good venue – Wrights Meadow Community Centre (and they didn’t ask for public liability insurance). MK showed a poster to advertise it – he has sent this to Chesham FT group, the Oxford coalition group, the Methodist circuit and the chaplaincy at Bucks New Univ. People need to register (maximum is 50 people).
SM – will get the e-mail addresses of church offices in Wycombe so that we can try to get the event advertised in their newsletters.
SK – when MK went to a meeting at the BNU chaplaincy, Rev Jenny Ellis (the co-ordinating chaplain at BNU) offered to host an event at her house and we could have a speaker at that too.
MK – we could ask Carol Wills to do this perhaps.
TT – will put the details of the 20th May event on our website and Facebook page and will put “register early as spaces are limited”. On the morning of the event we could e-mail people to ask if they were still intending to come.
MK – JM is trying to get a stall in M & S to coincide with World Fair Trade Day.
MK – JM and MK met the director of SPP, Geronimo. There are now
5 African and a few Asian countries that have SPP producers but
mainly they are in Central and South America. The SPP have given us
permission to put their logo on our directory etc.
On Thursday afternoon, JM and MK will be talking to the mayor of
Grecia and the CEO of Co-op Vittoria on a Skype call. TT has now put
info about Grecia and Co-op Vittoria on our website.
The unitary authority for Bucks is due to come into place next year
and JM would like us to create a contact at the council. We could ask
Matt re: the council plans.
MK – in addition to the £250 grant from Christ the Servant King
church, it would be good to have some other income. JM is
investigating the possibility of becoming a ‘Social Enterprise’ group.
I C-S – has suggested that we set up a group e-mail address.
TT – maybe we could do a quiz night to raise funds.
SM – we could do a stall at a Pann Mill event
I C-S – they do 3 events a year at Pann Mill
TT – will give thought to whether local businesses could provide
sponsorship to us.
MK – suggested that we could do something to celebrate WFF being
in existence for more than 10 years.
SM – plus it is nearly 5 years since Wycombe became a FT town
SK – there is a large board at Sainsbury’s saying they are converting
all their own T-shirts to FT cotton.
Traidcraft have recently had a problem with some ingredients of
some cakes which were labelled as being FT but Traidcraft were told
afterwards that some of the fruit wasn’t FT as the producers were in
the process of re-applying for certification.
BS – the cafe at the bottom of Desborough Avenue has now
MK – the Grape Tree now has some FT products again.
Next meeting: Tuesday 18th June 8pm at Micklefield Library
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Click the image below for details of the country in general (including 3 great videos), the summit venue, the weather, the currency and the transport.
Saturday 11th May – M&S Eden Store
We had a stand in the M&S Eden Store on this day. Our idea was to let the people know about:
- The Wycombe steering group
- High Wycombe as a fairtrade town
- Fairtrade in general (premium, the producers)
- Our link with Grecia in Costa Rica)
- M&S Fairtrade Products
The only non-food Fairtrade shop in High Wycombe is @Ruby Moon (63 Castle St). Please visit them and you can find a great variety of Fair Trade products. You can also see this video https://www.facebook.com/267172550020934/videos/2378343765731504/?t=38 for more information about the shop. Thanks Claire for your time !
Last Saturday during the celebration of World Fair Trade day, we received a visit on our stand in M&S Eden store from Cllr Matt Knight, who was presented that day as the new Deputy Mayor of High Wycombe. We wish all the best to Matt in his new role and we are looking forward to work with him in all our campaigns in the town.
In the photo above, Matt is carrying a Coffee bag from CoopeVictoria R.L.,the Fairtrade coffee Producers from Grecia, Costa Rica. We are also looking forward to continuing to work with Grecia as a Fairtade town in Costa Rica to have links with High Wycombe, as part of the consolidation of a North-South bridge.
The town of Grecia and CoopeVictoria R.L. in Costa Rica sent us some words to us as part of the celebration and also as part of the links we have been working together in recent months https://www.facebook.com/CoopeVictoriaRL/videos/458133391589632/?t=87
Sunday 12th May – The Pann Mill Open day in the Rye
The video below was recorded when we had a stand at this regular local event.