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
Holy Trinity Westbury on Trym held its first Traidcraft Big Brew on Saturday 4 March to mark Fairtrade Fortnight 2017. We arranged tastings of Fairtrade coffees, (Kilimanjaro, Guatamalan, Costa Rican) and teas, Divine chocolate,Tropical Wholefoods dried fruit and Liberation nuts. We didn’t need to have more nibbles as we’d encouraged the baking of cakes using Fairtrade ingredients, and we had lots donated, two Fruit loaves, several Banana cakes, Chocolate and Apricot Brownies, Biscuits, a Carrot cake and a Sultana cake, to name but several. There were two Fairtrade stalls, a Traidcraft stall, and an African Kitchen stall. There was no charge, but donations were invited for the Traidcraft Let it Grow appeal, supporting Fairtrade farmers and growers improve their yields, keep their children in school, and get healthcare when needed.We also ran the Big Brew “Find the Chicken” game for further donations. We had cakes and nibbles over after the event in St Paul’s Room in church on the Saturday morning, and invited more donations after the main Sunday morning service. We were very pleased to receive a total of £132.46 in donations for Let it Grow, and the stalls did well with trading and orders too. Very well worth doing, and it has further raised the profile of Fairtrade in the church.
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.