Fair Trade

Stall in the Market - Change of opening times

From the week beginning April 12th, the Indoor Market Fair Trade stall will open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:30am until 3:00pm.

If you are unable to get to the Indoor Market, please get in touch with Marion Haworth, (241055) who is prepared to arrange for deliveries within Shrewsbury.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021
On Saturday, 6th March 2021, we held a ‘virtual’ coffee morning to celebrate Fairtrade
Fortnight via Zoom. The purpose was two-fold:
1. To highlight the devastating effect of climate change on farmers and growers.
We looked at a couple of short films, which spelled out their difficulties. If you go to You
Tube, and enter “Fairtrade” in the search engine, you will find many short clips, often first
hand accounts, showing how they are affected by the unpredictability of the weather, their
exposure to both flooding and droughts, and the increase in plant diseases which threaten
to wipe out their crops. In just a few minutes, you get a very graphic pictures of the
changes and difficulties they are experiencing.
2. To highlight the Traidcraft Exchange “Regenerators” programme.
Traidcraft Exchange are raising money to help these farmers with a variety of ways to
combat climate change and mitigate its effects – and the good news is that from now until
the end of June, any money that is given will be doubled by the UK government!
We have agreed to give £1,000 from the market stall – if you are used to buying from us,
and paying by BACS, we are happy to add on any personal donations. If, however, you
are a tax payer, you can go to www.traidcraftexchange.org and if you follow the links to
DONATION, not only will your gift be doubled, but it attracts gift aid as well! Win win!

In Autumn 2019 we were celebrating both 40 years of Traidcraft, and 25 years since the Fairtrade logo was launched. Happily, we were able to renew Shrewsbury's status as a Fairtrade Town for the 4th time.

The Town Council gave their enthusiastic support, and the photo shows some of our supporters enjoying tea with the Mayor in his parlour - the wonderful cakes were made by Fran Wood and Alice Brownlie!

In 2020, despite flooding and the coronavirus, not only has the stall in the Indoor Market remained open whenever government restrictions allowed, but in between times, Roy and Marion Haworth ran a delivery service from their home. As a result, we have sold very nearly as much as we did last year, which puts us

in the position to donate further money to the Traidcraft Exchange and the Fairtrade Foundation, to help them both in developing Fairtrade, and in supporting the growers and producers who have suffered enormously

in this very difficult year.

 

Meanwhile, the most enormous thank you for your continued support, in running the stall, and in buying Fairtrade goods!

 

If you would like to get more involved, please contact Ken and Meriel Chippindale via admin.

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