Fairtrade District - we've done it!

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After more than two years we have achieved District Fairtrade status!
This means that at least half and in our case more than half of our churches have signed up to committing to be Fairtrade churches.
So they have pledged to;
  • Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which they have responsibility
  • Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
  • Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible.

However, to become a Fairtrade District we also had to;

  • Set up a Fairtrade steering group to take responsibility for monitoring that goals continue to be met and developed over time.
  • Support and promote Fairtrade, further encourage the use and sale of Fairtrade products and to serve only Fairtrade coffee and tea at meetings we are responsible for.
  • Encourage other local churches, parishes, circuits etc. to adopt a Fairtrade policy. As far as possible, display literature advertising the fact that Fairtrade products are used and served there.
  • Attract further media coverage and continue raising awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark. If possible, make reference to denominational area’s Fairtrade status on the relevant website.
I would like to pass on my sincerest thanks to everyone who has worked for this, not just in the last two years, but prior to this too. However, special thanks go to the Fairtrade steering group who have met regularly to enable the District to achieve its Fairtrade goal. Each circuit has at least one representative and they are a fantastically keen and knowledgeable group. We couldn`t have done it without them!
Our efforts will help producers in developing nations to gain a fair price for their goods.

Here are a couple of links, firstly to the Fairtrade Foundation;

and secondly to a story about a coffee producer who has benefitted from Fairtrade;

Once again, thank you to everyone in all churches who have made the Fairtrade commitment.
Heather Staniland

Pictured are Fiona Bruce MP at the Holmes Chapel Coffee morning held during Fairtrade fortnight earlier in the year, flanked by two members of the Fairtrade Steering Group, Rev'd Pat Percival and Steve Best.

Pictured are Heather Staniland and Chris Thompson who presented a stand on behalf of the District at the launch of the Cheshire West and Chester Fairtrade directory. Since this picture was taken, Cheshire West and Chester has become a Fairtrade borough.

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