On a glorious sunny day, we hosted a Fairtrade themed tea and coffee morning at Weybridge Centre on Wednesday 5th March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
Locals and staff at the community centre came over to the stall to have a chat with us and to also take part in the tombola (with every ticket winning a prize!). We also served tea, coffee and biscuits bearing the Fairtrade Mark. It was encouraging to hear from several people that they always buy Fairtrade tea and coffee as well as bananas and chocolate!
Gillian and Judi chatting with locals about Fairtrade
We would like to thank the centre manager, Helen Emin, who warmly welcomed us and provided an opportunity to host our event. We would also like to thank all of the visitors and staff who made us feel very welcome and supported our cause.
Further details about the event are attached: EFN_tea_&_coffee_morning_Weybridge_rev1.pdf
For this year's Fairtrade Fortnight The Fairtrade Foundation focused on making bananas fair by demanding that the government intervenes to end unfair supermarket pricing. As part of the petition they asked Vince Cable to investigate the serious impact of unsustainable supermarket pricing and act to protect farmers and workers growing bananas. Please take a few minutes to read more about this and also to sign the petition for a fairer deal.
We will be having a couple of stalls across Elmbridge during the spring and summer. Watch this space for more information!
Stalls in 2013
As always, it's enjoyable to meet locals and see just how much support exists for Fairtrade in Elmbridge. Thank you to everyone who has supported our stall over the years.
Cobham Heritage Day
Enduring the rain and cold air, in the name of Fairtrade, we set up our stall at Cobham Heritage Day with a fun afternoon of tombola activities!
We also bid a very fond farewell to our longstanding volunteer, Judi Thompson, who has effortlessly worked to promote and support Fairtrade across Elmbridge and Surrey over the years. We wish Judi all the best with her new adventures!
Long Ditton Village Fair
On the a glorious afternoon of Sunday 14th July 2013 we held a stall at Long Ditton Village Fair, with locals taking part in our tombola and taking home samples of tea and coffee and leaflets in support of Fairtrade.
On Saturday 1st June 2013 we joined in with the Molesey Carnival fun by holding a stall with a fabulous range of Fairtrade tombola prizes, tea and coffee samples and leaflets.
Esher May Fair
On Saturday 18th May 2013 we held a stall at Esher May Fair with a tombola, tea and coffee samples and a variety of leaflets on offer.
The fair atmopshere was great and the stall was busy with locals winning a Faitrade prize with every tombola ticket purchased, items ranging from wine, roses and olive oil to spices, beauty products and fruit!
Friends of Weybridge Centre May Fair
We held a sample tasting and information stall at the Friends of Weybridge Centre May Fair on Saturday 11th May 2013. We had some homemade muesli muffins on offer made with the following FT Marked ingredients:
Apricots (Tropical Wholefoods, some Oxfam and health food shops); Muesli (Traidcraft Fruit & Nut GeoMuesli, some Oxfam shops); Orange/Apple Juice – FruitHit, Martin’s or the Co-op or Co-op’s own brand (check it is FAIRTRADE Marked as not all their juices are); Honey (Traidcraft Guatemalan Honey, some Oxfam shops or the Co-op’s Chilean Clear Honey); and, Orange – FAIRTRADE Marked available in Tesco & Sainsbury’s.
Judi Thompson offering Dan Moore some muffins!
We also had a display of Traidcraft items as well as:
/ Harry's Nuts Crunchy Peanut Butter (kindly provided by Liberation Nuts) on Traidcraft Rice Cakes
/ Divine Dark Chocolate Ginger & Orange, Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, Divine Milk Chocolate With Toffee & Sea Salt (the most popular option)
/ Chocolate Geobars, Orange Geobars, Traidcraft Stem Ginger Gookies and Traidcraft Double Chocolate Cookies.
Food for Thought, Woking
As part of the Surrey Fairtrade Steering Group, we attended the 'Food for Thought' debate on world hunger on Saturday 9th March 2013 at Christ Church (Woking). The debate explored interesting perspectives on sustainable food production and fair distribution by the representatives of NGOs, producers and scientists: Food_for_Thought_panellists-_08.02.13.pdf
A quiz night in Weybridge
On 24th November 2012 we promoted all things FAIRTRADE with a quiz night with Friends of the Weybridge Centre.
For £7.00 a ticket locals enjoyed answering Fairtrade and local history themed questions, a meal made from locally sourced, organic and Fairtrade food and Fairtrade wine, beer & soft drinks: Fairtrade_Quiz_Flyer_24Nov2012.pdf
The prize for the winning table was a Fairtrade Hamper.
Stalls in 2012
On 8th September 2012 we promoted all things FAIRTRADE with a stall at Walton-on-Thames Heritage Day. The day was glorious and there were lots of enthusiastic Tombola prize winners.
On 2nd June 2012 we had a busy time at The Molesey Carnival. There were lots of winners and we had to raid our prize reserves to ensure that everyone could be a winner!
On 13th May 2012 we were at The Dittons Fair with our popular "Every One's a Winner with Fairtrade" game. We also enjoyed giving away FAIRTRADE Marked Tea Samples donated by Cafédirect and FAIRTRADE Marked soap samples from The Visionary Soap Company.
We attended The Friends of Weybridge Centre Fair on 12th May 2012. There were tastings of FAIRTRADE Marked Ubuntu Cola - which was rated very positively. The Cola is available in Waitrose shops and if you can't find it then please ask the shop to stock it! We also gave away FAIRTRADE Marked soap samples, contributed by The Visionary Soap Company.
A Quiz Night for Fairtrade Fortnight
In order to celebrate and promote Fairtrade Fortnight we organised a Fairtrade themed quiz night at Claygate Tennis Club on 10th March 2012. The evening's entertainment was accompanied by a light supper and drinks that included a variety of Fairtrade goods which can be purchased across Elmbridge.
As part of the 'Take a Step' (a campaign promoted by the Fairtrade Foundation) we took a
step towards achieving Fairtrade Borough status for Elmbridge.