Our small, but beautifully stocked shop inside St Andrew’s Church Centre on Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF is packed to the rafters with quality foods and beverages, delicious treats and beautiful gifts.
The shop is open:
- Mondays 10.00am to 11.30am in term time
- Wednesdays 11.00am to 12 noon all year
- Sundays 11.15am to 12.15pm all year
- the first Friday of each month 10.00am to 12 noon alongside the ‘Coffee and Company’ open to all drop in
- at other times by arrangement
We run a variety of special events at St Andrew’s including celebrations for Fairtrade Fortnight, World Fair Trade Day, our three day Amazing Autumn Fair and a Christmas Bazaar.
In case you are wondering, you don’t need to carry cash in order to shop with us. We accept debit and credit cards (including payments via smartphones), cash and cheques.
Stalls and Talks
If you can’t come to us then maybe we can come to you? We love to be invited to run stalls for other organisations and at a variety of events. We also offer talks on fairtrade which can be geared to any background or age group and we promise it will be interesting!
From left to right: setting up a stall at Kempston East Methodist Church Coffee Morning; Beaver Scouts in Wixams enjoyed activities to help them learn more about fair trade; a stall at Orchard School Christmas Bazaar.
Do you run your own fair trade stall or want to do a one off event?
We offer the facility to borrow goods from our extensive stock on a ‘Sale or Return’ basis. We can supply all the goods for your stall or event or just loan extra stock which you don’t feel able to buy in yourself. We can also help you to meet customer orders if this is a problem. We order weekly from our main supplier Traidcraft plc and frequently from a variety of other fair trade organisations.
Are you a social group, business, educational or religious organisation?
Maybe you want to offer fairtrade refreshments such as tea, coffee, drinking chocolate, sugar, or biscuits and other snacks but find them difficult to source especially in the sizes and quantities you need? Whether you need just a small amount or are looking for catering sizes we may be able to source and obtain them for you. Please talk to us about your requirements. Our mission is to see fairtrade products used in as many places as possible – if we can help you we will.
St Andrew’s and Fair Trade
As well as shop activities St Andrew’s has a general strong commitment to fairtrade and has ‘Fairtrade Church’ status. Fairtrade tea, coffee, drinking chocolate and sugar are used both in the Church Centre kitchen and the foyer coffee machine. More recently the church decided to switch to using fairtrade communion wine. If you’d like to know more about St Andrew’s take a look at the church website http://www.standrewsbedford.org/