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Garstang Fairtrade Town

Garstang The World's First Fairtrade Town

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group Table Top Sale

Sunday 13th March 2016 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Cost per table - £10 Contact Mary Cammack. 07944150128 mary.cammack@gmail.com

Sit down for breakfast stand up for farmers!

Garstang Wyrebank Fairtrade Brunch on the Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm £10.00.

Garstang Wesleys Cafe, Methodist Church

Fairtrade Breakfast £3.50 or £6.00 for 2 FT cereal, tea/coffee, toast with FT jam/marmalade/honey

Throughout FT Fortnight – Thursdays 10.00 – 2.00pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10.00 – 6.00pm

 Lancashire Fairtrade Steering Group

Fri 4th March   9.00am-4.00pm Stand at Lancashire Business Expo. Volunteers welcome Guild Hall, Preston

Preston & South Ribble

Tues 1st March 8pm  Film Evening

'The Fair Trade' The Continental Pub, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP 

Thurs 10th March 7.30pm

Cookery Demo & Chocolate Tasting with David Greenwood-Haigh. All welcome - donations on door. Fulwood Methodist Church Crossroads Centre, Watling Street Road, PR2 8EA
Further info from fairpreston@gmail.com


Sat 4th March - Fairtrade Breakfast & Big Brew at the United Reformed Church on Castlegate from 10am - 3.30pm.  Serving toast with FT Jams & Marmalade, tea, coffee, juices, cereal bars. Plus bacon butties (local bacon), then homemade soup, sandwiches, cakes etc. served through lunchtime & the afternoon.  Fairtrade food and gift stalls, information stand and children's colouring activity.


Sun 13th March - Big Fairtrade Breakfast at St. James' Church, on St. James Street - from 9.45am -10.30am- Fairtrade buffet breakfast FREE to all visitors.


 Fairtrade Pop Up Shop in The Market Walk, Shopping Centre from 29th Feb - 19th March selling a selection of Traidcraft goodies for Easter and Mother's Day as well as a free tea and coffee daily from 10am - 12pm including taste tests of cereals on Tuesday's. The shop is open daily 10am - 4pm and is closed Sundays 


On Tuesday 1st March we have a Fairtrade Tea Dance at Chorley Town Hall from 1pm


On Saturdays we have design and make your own breakfast cereal for the kids 


 Community Breakfast, Ellel Village Hall, Saturday 12th March, 9.30am -12 noon.   Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate, Fairtrade and local foods including cereals, honey, marmalade, butter. Colouring competition, raffle, Easter Egg stall. Free Admission (voluntary contributions for breakfast)

Lancashire Fairtrade Schools' Conference

On Friday 5th February 80 children together with members of staff from 20 different primary schools from across Lancashire gathered together in County Hall Preston for the First Fairtrade Conference for Primary Schools in the County organised by the Fairtrade Lancashire group.  Margaret Rand vice chair of the group said, ‘We were overwhelmed by the response and many more schools applied to attend than we were able to offer places toAnne Garsed, Secretary of Fairtrade Lancashire and Conference organiser said  'As we approach the anniversary of gaining Fairtrade County status last year, the conference was a fitting way to celebrate that milestone by inspiring more of our young people to take action to make trade fairer.'


Lancashire Fairtrade  County Declaration


 Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

Children from Preston celebrating with Chairman of Lancashire County Council, Kevin Ellard and Adam Gardner from Fairtrade Foundation


Garstang Cyclists go Fairtrade Bananas!

Cyclists fuelled up with Fairtrade bananas before pedalling off from the Market Place, provided by Fairtrade supporter and keen cyclist Pip Riley

Fairtrade in Garstang

Please look out for children's Fairtrade mug designs in our shops. Buy some Fairtrade goods while you are there!

Fairtrade Methodists

Keith Borwick with some young Fairtrade supporters after the service for worship on Sunday 1st March. Please visit the Mustard Seed to buy some Fairtrade goodies, including rice, pasta, dried fruit and many more. Ask for Fairtrade in all our Garstang shops!!

Fairtrade shopping in Garstang

Look for Fairtrade products on the shelves in Sainsburys, the Co-op and Booths. 
Don't forgt the Mustard Seed, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday lunch time for a huge range of Fairtrade and fairly traded items and opo in to Wesleys for a snack - all Fairtrade, of course!

Fairtrade Fortnight National Competition


In the run up to Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 (23 February - 8 March) Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine has teamed up with Squires Kitchen to raise public awareness of Fairtrade with a sweet competition to win a course voucher worth £250 to spend at Squires Kitchen International School.



Over the next few months, everyone in Garstang has an opportunity to decide how we further develop the town’s commitment to Fairtrade as we prepare, once again, to renew our Fairtrade Town status. This year, the town’s Fairtrade Steering Group wants to involve as many people as possible in deciding how to raise even further the local community’s understanding of and commitment to Fairtrade.

The renewal process is required every two years, and Fairtrade Town status is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation. Since becoming the world’s first Fairtrade Town, Garstang is in the unique position of having to renew for the sixth time and, whilst the Steering Group have plenty of ideas of their own, they would also welcome ideas from across the town. It is an important part of the process that it is seen to be a grassroots movement and does not take a top-down approach. This was very much part of the original process by which Garstang became a Fairtrade Town.

In our last renewal, in 2012, it was decided that one of our main targets would be to focus developing awareness in schools and amongst the youth of our community. This is, of course, an on-going process as a new wave of pupils arrives in schools every September! Our aspiration is that as many schools as possible have Fairtrade School status, and we offer support and guidance to achieve this. We attend local community events, such as the Victorian Christmas Festival, where our “Human Fruit Machine” has been very popular. A continuing part of the Steering Group’s work is to encourage local community groups and businesses to pledge to use Fairtrade products, or to have them available for sale. There are over 50 organisations and businesses that have made a pledge.

Mary Cammack, Chair of the Steering Group says, “Garstang is widely recognised as the World's First Fairtrade Town. Friends old and new from near and far appreciate the Fairtrade message: we have the power to improve the lives of producers across the globe through our choice as consumers. This message is particularly well received by children, who have a clear understanding of fairness."

Our opinion forming and publicity work involves talks with local groups, media work and links with the Town Council. We work very closely with other Fairtrade groups, especially in Lancaster, Morecambe and Preston, as well as the Mustard Seed and The FIG Tree. These links will continue, irrespective of The FIG Tree’s possible move away from Garstang.

Further afield, we have links with groups and individuals from across the world, including, recently, Germany, Ghana, Texas, South Korea, Sweden and Japan, and hope to see these grow. Our position as the world’s first Fairtrade Town leads visitors to the town who wish to meet with us and learn how they can develop Fairtrade back home.

The residents of Garstang and surrounding areas have given lots of support to Fairtrade over the past 12 years and we want to look at how we can better repay this. How can we best use the town’s Fairtrade movement to benefit local groups and residents? This and other ideas are what we want to look at over the next few months, before we put in our renewal application which needs to set out the future plans we have.

If you have ideas and suggestions, you can contact the Steering Group via this contact link. We look forward to hearing from you and will welcome those of you who might be considering joining the Steering Group to get even more involved.


 Garstang Fairtrade Town Campaign and The Isle of Man Fairtrade Group  have both received awards at a reception to mark 20 years of Fairtrade in the UK.

 Fairtrade Foundation presented a Special Recognition Award to the early pioneers of the Fairtrade Towns movement – Garstang - who came up with the idea to unite their community in support of Fairtrade, and declared themselves the world’s very first Fairtrade Town.

On receiving the award, which was crafted from Fairtrade silver, Ruth Bruce of Garstang Fairtrade Town Campaign said: "It is a great privilege to accept this award on behalf of Garstang. The Fairtrade campaign has been a huge learning curve and an exciting journey for all of us. I’m sure it will thrive for many more years, as we continue to convince people to support the movement and buy Fairtrade.”  

Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “From a supermarket till receipt campaign in 1993, which encouraged supermarkets to stock Fairtrade, to a Guinness World Record in 2011 for the longest piece of handmade bunting, to support the Fairtrade Foundation’s call for an end to unfair cotton subsidies, the Fairtrade movement owes a great deal to campaigners from all over the UK, from all walks of life, who have worked hard over the last 20 years to change the way that the nation shops and to make trade fairer for producers.” 

There are more than 10,000 local Fairtrade campaigning groups in the UK, including Fairtrade Towns, Fairtrade Schools, Fairtrade Universities and Fairtrade Faith Groups.
Fairtrade benefits 1.4m farmers and workers in more than 70 developing countries, by ensuring they receive a fair, stable price for their produce, better working conditions, and a Fairtrade Premium that can be invested as they choose, in their business or in projects to benefit their community, such as classrooms, clinics, clean drinking water or climate adaptation programmes. In 2013, UK shoppers bought an estimated £1.7bn of Fairtrade products, which resulted in over £26m of Fairtrade Premiums being paid to producers.





North West Supporters' Conference

Bruce Crowther gave an inspirational address at the start of this event on Saturday 11th October. Delegates came from across the region to swap ideas and hear from Fairtrade growers across the world. 
Abhishek Jani, Director of Fairtrade India, said
"It was really fantastic to attend the conference! Learnt a lot from several engaging discussions. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! You folks are an inspiration!"


Kepple Lane Park Open Day

  Fairtrade was celebrated at Kepple Lane Park Open Day 2014, as people visited our stall to sample Fairtrade cofee, chocolate, tea and to buy Fairtrade goods. Thr local youth council showed their support by dressing up as Fairtrade Bananas!! The Mayor and wife were welcome to the Fairtrade stall.

Myerscough Open Day

Steering Group joined forces with Myerscough for their Open Day again in 2014.

Here is Gloria dancing in  the Bollywood style, dressed as a banana!
Sunny weather brought the crowds in, so we had plenty of opportunity to talk to people of all ages, while offering Fairtrade samples and goodies.

Celebrate 1,500 Fairtrade Towns

 Heide in Germany will declare as the 1,499th Fair Trade Town on World Fair Trade Day 2014 (10th May) and we congratulate them. But we are delighted to announce that the following day on Sunday 11th May Rheinbach (also in Germany) will declare as the 1,500th Fair Trade Town worldwide. Go to Fairtrade Towns for details and more.


Karuta: from Garstang to Kumamoto

If you’ve never heard of Karuta, you are definitely not alone. It comes from Japan and is both an enjoyable card game and a learning tool. To play the game, you have to have two sets of cards: one with clues and the other with pictures to match the clues. The first person to pick up the correct picture card keeps the card.

 One person is chosen as the reader, whilst the others form a circle, perhaps around a hoop. It is a fun and fast-moving game and can be adapted to be played by all ages. The clues can cover one topic or many; it is relatively easy to make, and researching the information in order to make the cards is a learning process in itself, enabling the game to be individualised to a wide variety of situations. Playing the game helps to broaden and reinforce knowledge, as well as encouraging rapid recall of the information linked to the clues.

On Monday 17th. March, Mineo Kageya visited St. Thomas’s C.E. Primary School to make a set of karuta cards to take back to Japan and display at the Fairtrade Conference, which was held in Kumamoto on 28th. to 30th. March. (Mineo’s work can be seen at www.japan21.org;) there you will be able to see that Mineo has already developed a karuta game as part of his project with Thanet in Kent. This was the first karuta set produced outside Japan, and the ideas for one set usually take a whole day to develop. However, in Garstang, Mineo had the ambition of working with four year groups, each of which produced their own set of karuta cards. The cards and clues were all linked to Fairtrade or the local community and its culture.

'Clean & Fair' - Traidcraft’s new range of cleaning products

Did you know that palm oil is one on the world’s most traded agricultural products? Did you know that because it is so versatile it is used in more than half the packaged products you buy from the shops? It can be found in products as diverse as tooth paste, soap, ice cream, biscuits and cakes when more often than not ingredients that are simply referred to as “vegetable oil” will, in fact, be palm oil. Believe it or not it is even used in paint!

Although the palm trees and the nuts from which the oil is extracted originated in West Africa, nowadays more than 85% of the world’s production comes from the Far East where, controversially, vast areas of rainforest have been destroyed to enable huge plantations to be established. This has resulted in serious consequences for the environment and it has been estimated that 98% of Indonesia’s rainforests could be destroyed by 2022. Smallholders in Africa simply can’t compete with production on this scale and this natural resource just goes to waste.

But things can change, even if only by a little at a time.

As a pioneering development charity, Traidcraft Exchange has been working with smallholder farmers and processors in Ghana to produce palm oil in a way that is both fair and sustainable and also respects the environment. They have worked with experts in “eco-cleaning” and this “Fair Palm” palm oil is now being combined with other natural ingredients, including Fairtrade coconut oil from India, to make Traidcraft’s new range of Fairtrade household cleaning products.

These products are fair because
• farmers and processors are paid fair prices
• support is given for efficient farming
• the oil processing unit provides valuable employment in an area where jobs are scarce especially for women
• a premium is paid that is used to fund local community projects

They are good for the planet because
• they are made using natural, plant based ingredients and essential oils
• where possible ingredients are processed locally
• they are biodegradable

They are good for the customer because
• they contain no harmful ingredients
• they clean very well
• they perform as well as you would expect with any cleaning product
• you know you are giving some of the poorest communities the opportunity to work and trade their way out of poverty

To find out more visit traidcraft.co.uk/fair-palm

The products

•Clean & Fair Lavender and Aloe Vera Handwash - Price £3.95

•Clean & Fair Lemon Citrus Washing Up Liquid – Price £2.35 

•Lavender Breeze Laundry Liquid – Price £ 5.75

•Lemon and Lime Multi-surface Cleaner – Price £2.80


The Clean & Fair products are not yet available in supermarkets, only from Traidcraft 


after Easter, in Garstang you will be able to buy them from The Mustard Seed.

Cleaning with meaning


Easter Eggs!!

Thanks to those of you who bought a 'Real Easter Egg' from the Mustard Seed this Easter. About 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are eaten each year in the UK but only “The Real Easter Egg” celebrates what Easter actually means. Inside the distinctive blue box there is an illustrated version of the Easter story together with the Fairtrade chocolate Easter egg and a bag of Fairtrade Chocolate Chunky Buttons. A donation from the sale of each egg sold went to Traidcraft Exchange, a charity that helps producers in third world countries develop new products and find new markets.  Thanks again.

Fairtrade Bake-Off Winner

Saturday 8th March at The FIG Tree Fair Trade Visitor Centre, Garstang.


Rachel with her winning entry.

Garstang Fairtrade Group  sponsored a Fairtrade Bake-Off as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, 24th February to 9th March 2014.
We were pleased to receive a dozen entries from all ages. Some talented bakers gave our judge, Gwen from Garstang Deli, a tough task! The entry from SS Mary Michael's Foundation Stage Class also won. Well done to both entrants. 


Chocolate Workshop with Haworth Primary School.

Bruce hosted the workshop with volunteers Mike, Matt, Mary Ben and Intern Christine.  30 children and 4 adults came for the day to the FIG Tree for the day to make chocolate and learn about the FIG Tree, Fairtrade in Garstang and the lives of children in Malawi. Rita from Haworth joined us for most of the day, helping us by chosing the winning chocolate wrappers for each group. Children went back to Yorkshire with the chocolate they made, having enjoyed their day. 

Fairtrade Lancashire Campaign

Tuesday 4th March
Fairtrade supporter from across Lancashire met County and District Councillors to hear from Fairtrade Banana Grower Juliet Arku- Mensah. She eplained how hard all workers on her farm work to provide us with Fairtade bananas. Even though all their bananas meet Fairtrade standards she can only sell 70% as Fairtrade. We need to make our call for Fairtrade bananas louder, especially with local shops and supermarkets. The Mustard Seed, Garstang Fairtrade steering Group and the FIG tree ware all represented in the displays for Councillors and visitors to see. Here's John Corkish with some Fairtade Easter Eggs!


Fairtrade at St John Cross, Bilsborrow

Monday 3rd March
Children learned about Fairtrade bananas and how they get to our shops. they wrote letters to stores to persude them to put Fairtrade bananas on their shelves for us to buy.
Thank you children!


Fairtrade Stall

Saturday 1st March  
Visitors to our stall bought bric-a-brac and Fairtrade chocolate. Thanks to a brief visit from Sainsburys there were free samples of chocolate and Fairtrade pineapple, which is available in their larger stores. Let's hope they come to Garstang shops soon! 



Support the Fair Trade Craft Fair in Bolgatanga - the 2nd Fair Trade Town in Africa?

We have been contacted by Jake Stenson a volunteer on the UK International Citizen Service Scheme working with TradeAID in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Bolgatanga is in the Upper East Region of Ghana, a region facing some of the highest poverty levels in the country.

They are campaigning to become the 2nd Fair Trade Town in Ghana, indeed the 2nd in Africa. Working with numerous local artisan craft workers producing handmade baskets, leather crafts, cloth amongst others they deal with Fair Trade crafts and the International Fair Trade Towns campaign is now embracing all forms of Fair Trade including this type of handicrafts.

The people of Bolgatanga are organising a craft fair in November this year and have set up a crowdfunding campaign. You can see their plans at: Bolgatanga Craft Fair Campaign.

They need to raise just £1,300 in total and we do hope you will have a look and consider giving your support.


All The Way From Texas

We recently received an email from NCP Charter School in Texas thanking us for the information available on our website. The children from their Church youth group found the resources to be very helpful while they are doing a fair-trade fundraiser in preparation for their trip to a third world country next year.

As a thank you and to help others researching Fairtrade they suggest this link to "Culinary Education: All About Fair Trade Food" www.culinaryschools.org/cooking-school-types/fair-trade/


Town Council Renews Commitment to Fairtrade

On 16th Spetember 2013 Garstang Town Council renewed it commitment to Fairtrade by passing the following resolution

'The Council agrees to renew its commitment to include the use of Fairtrade tea, sugar and coffee and other products at Town Council meetings and functions and to support Fairtrade products more widely when reasonably practicable.'

We are delighted that the Council has so strongly reaffirmed its support.

Visitor from Japan

A warm welcome to Hakuga Tabuchi who is visiting Garstang from the 22nd to 27th September 2013 as part of his Masters studies ar Doshisha University, Japan.
His programme included visiting local businesses, St Thomas's Fairtradre School and attending a meeting of Garstang Fiartrade Steering Group with whom he later enjoyed a fish & chip supper at one of our local Fairtrade businesses.

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