Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March, highlighting the need to look after the food we love and the people who grow it.

The Fairtrade Foundation exists to obtain better prices and terms for farmers and workers across the globe, underlining the fact that unfair trade impacts on real lives. This year Fairtrade are asking people to get together for a 'Fairtrade Break' - so look out for Fairtrade Fortnight events across the five Derbyshire Dales towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Darley Dale, Matlock and Wirksworth (see list below).

Your District Council pledged back in 2003 to promote awareness to its employees and citizens as well as serving Fairtrade products at its meetings and functions.

In more recent times we have committed to supporting the five Derbyshire Dales towns - all of which already have Fairtrade Town status - with the aim of working collectively with the town groups towards the district of the Derbyshire Dales gaining District Fair Trade status.

Projects are ongoing to demonstrate fulfilment of the necessary goals, including support from local places of worship, schools, accommodation providers, shops, retail outlets, cafes, work places and also through media engagement.

Wirksworth are having a Big Brew Coffee Break at the Farmers Market on Saturday 3rd March in Wirksworth Memorial Hall from 9 am to 12 noon.

There are quite a few things happening in Matlock during the fortnight:

  • Monday 26th February - baking and assembly at St Giles Primary School
  • Wednesday 28th February - work with Fairtrade and ECO committees at St Josephs RC Primary and whole school Assembly
  • Wednesday 7th March - baking with years 4, 5 & 6 and assembly at Tansley Primary School
  • Thursday 8th March - baking with years1, 2 & 3 Tansley Primary School
  • Friday 9th March - Fairtrade Coffee Morning for parents of children at Tansley Primary School
  • Saturday 10th March Coffee Morning, 10.00 – 12.00, Imperial Rooms Matlock, entry £1.50 includes tea / coffee and cake, cake stall, Fairtrade stalls and Bake Off Competition, Ring 01629 259754 for more details

Hecate Arts and Matlock Fairtrade Town Group invote you to Come On In! to Matlock Market Hall on Friday 9th March

Darley Dale Fairtrade Group is organising a free TOWN TRAIL to raise awareness of the range of items now available to support justice for small producers with limited access to overseas markets. Several shops and businesses in Darley Dale have agreed to display a marked and numbered Fairtrade object and competition entry forms for those who would like to see how many of these they can find. There will be three prizes for the winners. To take part find your first object in your nearest shop, pub or public place, pick up an entry form and see how many more you can spot. Competition entry forms will also be available at Darley Dale Methodist Church, St Helen's Church & the Whitworth Centre. 

Fairtrade Coffee morning and stall at Darley Dale Methodist Church from 10.00 - 11.30am on Friday, March 2nd or at Wensley Reading Room from 10.00 - 11.30am on Saturday, March 3rd.

You will also find a Traidcraft Fairtrade stall EVERY THURSDAY morning at the Methodist Church Hall during their regular coffee morning and lunch from 10.30am onwards.

Bakewell Junior School are holding a Fairtrade art competition where each class will produce images of their understanding of something linked to Fairtrade. At the end of Fairtrade fortnight the results will be judged and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be given ,which are vouchers to spend at our main Fairtrade outlet , Bakewell Coop. The prizes are provided by Bakewell Town Council.

Half way through the fortnight a full school assembly will be addressed by Bakewell Mayor with a quick fire quiz of “name some products and places connected to Fairtrade”.

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