Brixham became a Fairtrade Town in Feb 2015 meaning it is formally recognised as a Town where there is strong support for Fairtrade. It is something the Brixham Fairtrade Working Group has been working towards and is only given when a fair amount of criteria have been fulfilled. It shows that a significant amount of establishments (businesses, cafes, shops, schools, churches, local groups, etc), are supporting Fairtrade. They do this by committing to selling, serving and/or using Fairtrade products. It shows that as a group we are active within the community, putting on events and raising awareness. This is great news and we are now able to promote and publicise our award and hopefully attract more interest in what Fairtrade is about and why it is important.
In early 2015 members of Brixham W.I. took part in Fairtrade quizzes and a version of Snakes and Ladders that they had not seen before.
In the run up to Fairtrade Fortnight the Working Group worked with primary schools in Brixham to encourage pupils to design a banner for the Group connecting Brixham and Fairtrade. The selected design will be put on a banner for use at future events
As in previous years, Fairtrade Fortnight in February and March was used to ‘spread the word’ by having Paul Tiony, a Fairtrade tea grower from Kenya explaining to those attending our ‘Evening of dance, music and food from around the world’ on Sat 7th March the benefits of Fairtrade. He explained how being a member of an organisation of small-scale tea growers, who also own a tea factory in Kenya, supported by the Fairtrade Foundation has improved the life-style of both himself, his family and his fellow tea growers.
The Working Group held the above event at the Christian Community Centre. We had a demonstration of roasting and grinding Ethiopian coffee beans and brewing coffee, a performance of Belly Dancing, songs from around the world, vegetarian curry and Fairtrade rice to eat, Fairtrade products on sale and a preview of the banner designed by pupils from Brixham Church of England primary school.
On Saturday 16th May a number of people, young and older as well as members of Brixham Fairtrade Working Group had a go at producing a peddle powered Fairtrade smoothie. The bike was made by students at the South Devon College for the Fairtrade Torbay Steering Group as a fun way of promoting Fairtrade fruit. Fun it proved to be as peddlers put all their effort into getting the pedals going while the fruit and juice were blended into one!
Brilliant news for Brixham Fairtrade Working Group!
We're all really proud of Sally who is a key member of Brixham Fairtrade Working Group! If you fancy a coffee, tea or hot chocolate in Brixham, and support Fairtrade at the same time, then take a look at what they have to offer:
So please continue to support the work to which Brixham Fairtrade Working Group are voluntarily committed by, whenever possible, buying Fairtrade goods from our local shops, and thereby helping people in other countries to obtain a better quality of life. If you would like to get involved in Brixham’s Fairtrade campaign or to register yourself as a Fairtrade outlet in the next directory, please get in touch via our Secretary, Rosemary Clarke, on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or Join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/fairtradebrixham
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