Fairtrade, the concept that workers and farmers in the developing world should have a decent return for their labour, and not live in poverty, has strong Christian roots. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Holy Trinity Church is a Fairtrade Church, approved by the Fairtrade Foundation, custodians of the coveted Fairtrade mark. This means that the PCC have agreed that the church will:-
• Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which they have responsibility
• Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
ª Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible.
There is a very long history of support for Fairtrade at Holy Trinity and the church have supported Traidcraft, the UK’s principal Fairtrade supplier, since 1986. There are now two regular Fairtrade stalls in St Paul’s Room after most 10 am Sunday morning Sung Eucharist services, a Traidcraft stall, and an African Kitchen stall. These are both run by a team of volunteers, and Holy Trinity’s congregation are very fortunate to have such a wide range of Fairtrade goods so readily available. More volunteers are always welcome, and please contact Lorna Renshaw (Traidcraft) or Lucy Penn or Ed Green (African Kitchen) if you can assist.
Much more information is available from the following websites:-
Traidcraft Big Brew
Following its successful introduction in 2017 the Traidcraft ‘Big Brew’ event was repeated on Saturday 3 March 2018 and was very successful, despite appalling weather, snow!
The famed Holy Trinity bakers again created a number of cakes which would have mightily impressed Mary Berry and Prue Leith, using Fairtrade ingredients. Entry was FREE, but donations were invited to Traidcraft’s ‘Hidden Entrepreneur’ appeal which helps people in some of the world’s poorest countries so that they are better able to Build Businesses, Make a Profit, Feed their Families and Educate their Children.
This year, in conjunction with the UK government through the UK Aid budget, every £ raised was doubled, even more reason to support the ‘Big Brew’. A magnificent £220.08 was raised, which with the UK aid money meant £440.16 in all.
Please support Fairtrade in Fairtrade Fortnight, and throughout the year. More details are available from Ken Pattison, 0117 968 1485.
The photo shows Ken Pattison presenting the Find the Chicken prize, two Divine Chocolate bars, to Allison Bolster by the regular Traidcraft stall on the last Sunday of Fairtrade Fortnight at the event in 2017.