Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs from 25 February to 10 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.

Activities are taking place across the district including a Chocolatey Competition for Children in the towns’ schools. As this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight focus is on cocoa, the challenge is to design a wrapper for a Fairtrade Chocolate Bar, to include the Fairtrade Mark.  Winners will be awarded a small prize and go forward for exhibition at the District Council’s offices in Matlock.

Other events include:

                        Date & venue


Sunday 24 February

3 – 5 pm

St Joseph’s Church Hall, Matlock

Big Brew Coffee Morning

Saturday 2  March

10 am to 12 noon

Wensley Reading Room

Big Brew Coffee Morning

Saturday 2 March

10 am to 12 noon

Imperial Rooms, Matlock

Big Brew Coffee Morning

Saturday 2 March


Cafe in conjunction with monthly Farmers’ Market

Saturday 2 March

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wellspring Church Hall, Wood Street/St. John's Street

A chance to donate good quality items in good condition that you no longer need and/or browse the donations and take home anything you can make use of.
Donations accepted between 8.30am and 11.30am, browsing until 12.30pm.
No CRT TVs or monitors please.

To include Fairtrade chocolate event

Sunday 3 March

2 – 4 pm

Lady Whitworth Room, Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale

Big Brew Coffee Morning

To include judging of schools competition

Thursday 7 March, 6 pm

The Devonshire Dome, Buxton

The University of Derby Chaplaincy, Churches Together in Buxton and

The High Peak Borough Fairtrade Steering Group present:

She Deserves Fairtrade

Twenty-five years on from the start of the Fairtrade Foundation, how well are we harnessing the power of business to end poverty? Rachel Wadham, from the Foundation’s Impact Team brings us up to date with current achievements and challenges.

To reserve your free place please email or call 01298 330376

Friday 8 March

Darley Dale Methodist Church Hall 10.30 – 12.30

Big Brew Coffee Morning

Saturday 9th March

10am – 11.30am

Ashbourne Town Hall

Fairtrade Coffee Morning

  • …..and in Middleton residents have been busy decorating the telephone kiosk to celebrate Fairtrade
  • More about our local Fairtrade groups

Ashbourne Fairtrade

Bakewell Fairtrade

Matlock Fairtrade

Wirksworth Fairtrade

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs from 25 February to 10 March, highlighting the need to look after the food we love and the people who grow it.

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