WYCOMBE FOR FAIRTRADE
Minutes of meeting: 27th April 2017
Avenue Methodist Church, Rutland Avenue
Claire Booth (Volunteering Officer for FT Foundation + International Chair of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club)
Mike King Jhon Munoz
Sarah Moroz Bob Smith
Apologies: Tony Thornby + Sheena King
MK – welcome to CB + discussed some of our past activities
SM – gave an update on the FT t-shirt art competition for schools
CB – there are about 100 staff in the FT Foundation office and about 20/30 volunteers who are mainly new graduates trying to get experience or people who are changing jobs/careers. Usually they volunteer for 1-3 days per week eg. in the media, finance, IT or commercial departments. CB looks after these volunteers and works on recruitment, induction etc
MK – asked about the National Conference which was mentioned on the FT Foundation website but has now been changed to a Regional Supporters Conferences
CB – will get an update for us if possible. There has just been a restructure at Head Office. Chrissy Demacki has temporarily taken on Rachael Sweet’s job (looking after towns) + Joe Harrison is looking after schools. Adam Gardner is Chrissy D’s manager
MK – has the FT goodies from Peros/Bewleys
JM- has a contact at Divine – may be able to get some donations of chocolate for prizes
SM – discussed venues for the art competition presentation ceremony. Has looked at a function room in the library and at the Guild Hall. Recommends the Guild Hall.
MK – re: our problem with public liability insurance and how it had prevented us having a stall at Pann Mill
CB – re: the Rotary club quiz on June 10th – half the proceeds will be going to the FT Growing Women in Coffee project and half towards the polio eradication campaign
JM – his contact from Sweden hasn’t got a date yet for his visit to the UK
MK – as part of our next set of objectives we can try to get FT catering at Wycombe Wanderers + the Swan Theatre
MK – discussed the problems we have had with getting road signs stating Wycombe is a Fairtrade town
BS – talked about how he has been trying to get the flower bed outside the Town Hall to be FT themed
MK – SK has been contacted by Ivan at Wycombe Friends of the Earth. They are showing a film on Tuesday 18th July at Arts4Everyone. Also there is the Hamilton Fair. We may be able to have a stall at either of these.
SM – asked the group to e-mail to SM re: numbers for the quiz night on June 10th and then SM will contact CB to let her know.
JM – re: date for art competition presentation – probably best to avoid half-term week (Sat 27th May and Saturday 3rd June). Also on June 17th it is ‘Downley Day’ and probably best to avoid this also.
SM – suggest that we aim for the presentation taking place on June 24th.
Next meeting: Tuesday 23rd May