Moving towards becoming a Fairtrade District

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The Fairtrade group were delighted that Synod passed a new motion in support of Fairtrade at the September Synod.

After a presentation by Chris Thompson and Heather Staniland, a debate took place, which both supported and challenged the exact wording of the motion.

The motion which was passed, (with David Pickles changing the wording live on screen!), was:

The Synod of the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent Methodist District is committed to fair trade by means of the following resolutions:

  • Fairtrade tea and coffee to be served at all District meetings from October 2010
  • Fairtrade products to be offered for sale at Synod
  • We challenge all churches to become Fairtrade churches by September 2011
  • Church Councils to encourage members of congregations to use Fairtrade products in their personal lives

As a Fairtrade group we are particularly keen to get more churches on board as Fairtrade churches.

Our aim is to become a Fairtrade district and to do this we need 50% of our churches to achieve Fairtrade status.

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Meanwhile, Chris and Heather are taking their display to the Fairtrade Reception to launch the Cheshire West and Chester Fairtrade Directory on 30th September at Chester Town Hall.

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