Wycombe For Fairtrade rented stall space at the recent Pann Mill Open Day. This was the first information and Fairtrade product stall that that we have had since about one year and a half ago when the pandemic lookdown occurred, and public gatherings banned.
Thank to Sarah, Sheena, Jhon and Mike who staffed the stall all day from 1030am to about 4.45 pm.
It was a surprisingly successful venture for several reasons: –
- Our stall near the Pann Mill Café saw steady footfall all day.
- It was good to have direct contact with the public again.
- We managed to sell a number of Traidcraft products and raised over £156.00.
- Sadly, Wycombe Sound Community Radio were not present at this event However,
- Steering Group members had a number of productive conversations with members of the public as well as engaging with several known contacts.
- The Mayor of High Wycombe, Councillor Andrea Baughan, visited Pann Mill around 4.00 pm and visited all the stalls and spoke with the stall holders. This provided Wycombe For Fairtrade with good photo opportunities to: –
- Present the Mayor with a Fairtrade coffee mug which the Chairman presented to Andrea
- The backdrop was the new banner highlighting the twin Fairtrade Town linking between Grecia in Costa Rica, and the Fairtrade Town of High Wycombe in which the image colours and the text really
- Marion Lyons, from St Andrews Church introduced herself and stated that the Church had registered with the Fairtrade Foundation under the new Places of Worship scheme and were busy ensuring that Fairtrade products and the ethics of social justice were entrenched in the biblical teaching and church services.
- Also, a member of the public came forward and identified herself as Fay, and gave us a insight into the workings of the High Wycombe Community Board, which could prove useful in future and in “building back better” in terms of local council actions and plans. We noted her contact details for future reference.
Overall, it was a very positive, productive, and profitable presence and although tiring to set up and pack up, but was well worth the effort.
Many thanks to Sheena King, Sarah Moroz, and Jhon Munoz who gave up a large proportion of Sunday to ensure that our Fairtrade Stall was staffed all day.
Chairman, Wycombe For Fairtrade