On 7th March 2020, we held a Fairtrade Fortnight coffee morning. The film, “Guardians of the Rainforest”, was excellent. It made clear how Fairtrade is helping to mitigate the effects of climate change – the number one concern of the farmers and growers.
(If you were not able to come, you will find the film on You Tube – it’s really worth watching.)
It was so good to have the Mayor supporting the event; the stall went well, and generous donations amounted to £136.69. This has been divided between Traidcraft Exchange and the Fairtrade Foundation for their Innovation Fund. We have also sent a further £500 each from the ‘profits’ of the market stall. We had planned to send a further £500 each in October...but since then, of course, everything is changing and no one knows quite what will happen next.
But we are happy to announce that the stall in the Indoor Market IS now open again, for 4 days a week. (See shop)
Ken Chippindale with the Shrewsbury Mayor
2019: We are happy to announce that our status as a Fairtrade Town was renewed in October 2019
Autumn 2019, and we celebrated both 40 years of Traidcraft,
and 25 years since the Fairtrade logo was launched!
As part of renewing our status as a Fairtrade Town, a group of us went to the ShrewsburyTown Council Meeting on Monday 2nd September, where a resolution endorsing Fairtrade was unanimously passed, and we felt the Councillors were both aware and genuinely supportive about Fairtrade.
Also, (since the Mayor was on holiday on that occasion) we were subsequently invited to take tea with the Mayor in his Parlour in the castle! We were able to take along a wonderful Fairtrade cake and other goodies, and with several other visitors present, it proved a lively and enjoyable afternoon.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2019
We had several events in Shrewsbury to mark Fairtrade Fortnight this year, including Traidcraft stalls held in many churches.
Annscroft Parish Church held a wonderful celebration of the 40 years of Traidcraft
The Big Brew Breakfast at Shrewsbury United Reformed Church included an update on Traidcraft’s present situation.
After running into catastrophic financial difficulties, Traidcraft have had to totally restructure the business:
* All 67 of their original staff were made redundant, and only 12 people could be afforded to run the new company
* The warehouse has been sold
* The range of products they now offer has been drastically reduced, from 1400 to something like 250; the craft range has been severely limited, because this presented the greatest risk.
How does this affect the Indoor Market stall?
Happily, their present catalogue includes most of the foodstuffs we sell; and we are able to add some variety to the range by buying from other Fairtrade suppliers.
One sentence used in the recent road-show made the greatest impact:
“We can’t afford to make a single mistake this year”