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 the successful events of 2017 and 2018 the Traidcraft ‘Big Brew’ event was repeated on Saturday 2 March 2019. However on this occasion it was a joint event with our friends from Westbury on Trym Methodist Church and on their premises, and around a Learning Community event on ”Living Well”. Once again it was a great success with Traidcraft and African Kitchen stalls as well as copious Fairtrade tea, coffee, and cakes.
The famed Holy Trinity bakers joined with our Methodist friends to outdo Mary Berry and Prue Leith, and we were overwhelmed with wonderful cakes using Fairtrade ingredients. Entry was FREE, but donations were invited to Traidcraft Exchange, to help hard working people in some of the poorest communities in the world Build Businesses, Feed their families, Make a profit, and Invest in a brighter future. All this is particularly important now that Traidcraft PLC has downsized..
A magnificent £435 was raised, almost as much as the year before when the donations were doubled by UK Aid, which wasn’t available to Traidcraft Exchange this year. (Very understandably UK Aid rotates this support around deserving charities).
Please support Fairtrade in Fairtrade Fortnight every year, and throughout the year. More details are available from Ken Pattison, 0117 968 1485.