The Brixham Fairtrade Working Group is a small but dedicated bunch of volunteers who came together in 2014 with a common goal of achieving and maintaining Fairtrade status for Brixham.
Brixham first achieved Fairtrade Town status in 2015 and successfully renewed in 2016.
Fairtrade Fortnight in 2016 was celebrated by holding A Fairtrade herbs and spices bring and buy supper. Three short films from the Fairtrade Foundation were shown. We also worked with the Guardhouse, Millie and Me, Port Espresso and West Country Deli to offer customers a Fairtrade breakfast.
We took the pedal powered smoothie maker to Brixham Hap’nin in July 2016. Great fun was had as pedlars, young and older put all their effort into getting the pedals going while the fruit and juice were blended into a Fairtrade smoothie. The bike was made by students at the South Devon College as a fun way of promoting Fairtrade fruit.
As part of the Torbay Lifeboat Week in August 2016 we booked sunshine to go with the pedal powered smoothie maker. We also held a raffle for a home made tropical Fairtrade cake.
During 2016 we had a stall at the successful Celebrating Brixham held in the Town Hall. We spoke at a Chamber of Commerce general meeting. Young people at Youth Genesis took part in a chocolate tasting quiz. Two members of the Group took part in the Christmas parade dressed as Fairtrade bananas.
Unfortunately some events due to take place during Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 had to be cancelled due to serious ill health problems with 2 members. However we had our banner on display outside the Methodist church and a display on Fairtrade at the library. Oats Healthy Living and Café in Bolton Street held a ‘bring and buy sale’ and a raffle for a hamper of Fairtrade products.
BrixFest 2017 gave us an opportunity to get the pedal powered smoothie maker out. We were busy with 50 smoothies being made.
Many of the businesses, churches and community groups in Brixham support Fairtrade trade. They use Fairtrade products and some sell Fairtrade products. This includes the Co-op stores and Oats Healthy Living and Café, both of which will amaze you with their variety and choice. At the Bay Coffee Company, the Berry Head Hotel, the Breakwater Bistro, the Front Room, the Hideaway, Millie and Me, the Old Market House and West Country Deli you can enjoy a cup of Fairtrade coffee whilst you are shopping in town or just strolling around. For the first time we have Brixham Airbnb joining us as a Fairtrade business.
Visits are constantly made to new cafes as they open in Brixham trying to encourage them to use Fairtrade products.
The town’s Fairtrade Group meets regularly to plan events in the town to promote Fairtrade. We are fortunate in having two Town Councillors as members of the Group with one being the secretary. Please continue to support the work of the Fairtrade Group by, whenever possible, buying Fairtrade goods from our local businesses. With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With one simple choice you can get producers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.
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The town’s Fairtrade Group is always looking for new members. If you are passionate about unfair trade and want to make a difference locally or to register as a Fairtrade supporting business, church or community group, please get in touch. Please contact Rosemary Clarke, on firstname.lastname@example.org