The church joined in our Fairtrade Fortnight campaign by making the 10am Parish Eucharist on Sunday March 3rd a celebration of fairtrade. Hymns at the all age service were accompanied by the Worship Band. The sermon was replaced by a viewing of the Fairtrade Foundation video ‘The Story of Chocolate’.
The usual post service refreshments were supplemented by these fairtrade chocolate based cakes. A member of our team stepped out of her comfort zone to make a marbled cake with chocolate cream filling, a chocolate and beetroot cake iced with chocolate, plus a vegan chocolate cake.
The shop was open as usual supplemented by a chocolate themed display in the hall showing all our Traidcraft, Eat Your Hat and Divine chocolate bars as well as other items such as cocoa and cookies containing fair trade chocolate.
Friday 8th March fell in Fairtrade Fortnight but was also International Women’s Day.
Invited by the International Sub-Committee of the Bedfordshire County Federation of Women’s Institutes we ran a stall at their meeting in Flitwick Cricket Club. The hall was packed so the stall had to be crammed into a corner but we were quickly surrounded by eager customers.
After selling we could relax and listen to a most interesting talk given by staff members of Associated Country Women of the World, an organisation with principles very much in tune with the ethics and aims of fair trade.
Some of the Fairtrade at St Andrew’s team had a great time at the Wixams Village Beaver Colony last Friday evening. Twenty four young Beaver Scouts participated in activities to help them understand more about fairtrade. They were a lovely set of young people, full of enthusiasm and ready to pitch into everything.
After a ‘work’ task in groups there was great excitement and indignation when, after all the groups had worked hard and done the job well, they were ‘paid’ very different amounts in home made £1 notes! The Beavers felt strongly that this wasn’t fair and insisted on a redistribution of the cash.
Later, just for fun, there was a ‘pushing fairtrade lemons with a pencil’ race to and fro across the Village Hall. Lemons roll around erratically when pushed and the colony members showed a lot of ingenuity in getting their lemons under control and going in the right direction as fast as possible.
The Colony leader had kindly agreed to us bringing a small stall of fairtrade goods and the evening ended with the Beavers crowding round to make purchases, with heavy sales in particular of small bars of Divine Chocolate.
It’s always good to be invited to show and sell our fairly traded goods in other places as well as at St Andrew’s. On this occasion, we’re invited to bring a stall to a Coffee Morning and Sale at Kempston East Methodist Church. It’s on Saturday 1st March and runs from 10am to 12 noon.
We’ll be offering a variety of foods as well as gifts, accessories and aromatics. If you are in Kempston that morning why not call in for a coffee and a browse of our stall and the others at the event?
There are lots of Traidcraft products in the food section of our shop. Their ‘store cupboard’ fairly traded food items, such as nuts and dried fruits, have been in this style of packet. It is a smart design but a bit dark when lined up on the shelves.
Small firms like Traidcraft find it difficult to get packaging at an economic rate as manufacturers prefer orders for longer runs.
Now Traidcraft have taken a radical step by working with their friends at Tropical Wholefoods to jointly produce this new style packet.
The cashews are the first product in the new packaging. As old style packaging is used up, the other Traidcraft nuts and dried fruits will go into the new packets.
Our verdict? The light bright design looks better on the shelves and it is so much easier for customers and staff to see at a glance what’s in the packet.