The stall in the Indoor Market
Opening Times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9.30 – 3.00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 9.30 – 3.30pm
and we now have a card reader!
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.
To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, we held a coffee morning for the members of Shrewsbury URC, and the volunteers that work on the Indoor Market stall. It was well attended, and Grant Brackley gave an excellent presentation. Over £300 was taken in sales and donations.
Important issues to highlight:
* if you would like a Spring catalogue, or if you would like to order Easter eggs, please contact Marion Haworth as soon as you can, as we know from past experience that they may well run out.
* the market is exploring being open on Thursdays in future: we would like to extend our opening times - but would need more volunteers: again, if you feel able to help, contact Marion Haworth or Meriel Chippindale.
After doing everything remotely for so long, it was such a joy to be able to welcome people to a coffee morning in the URC St Nicholas Hall. And it all went so smoothly! We chatted (but really safely); loads of goods were sold; masses of cards were ordered; and there was the opportunity to let everyone know how the market stall was doing after a full year of trading during Covid. It is such good news. Despite the closures and all the problems of the last twelve months (our trading year runs from 1st October - 30th September) we have been able to:
• Sell more than £22,000 worth of Fairtrade goods, variously sourced through Traidcraft, Shared Earth, Suma, Thought and others;
• We paid £208 from your donations, plus £1000 from the stall, to the Traidcraft Exchange “Regenerators Appeal”.
We heard later that they had raised over £500,000, which was then doubled by the government!
• And we still had a very healthy £3000 in the bank and the same amount in stock.
So, we are delighted! Huge thanks are due to Roy and Marion Haworth for all the deliveries they made to individuals whilst lock-down was in force; and then to the many volunteers who have gone back to the stall now that the market is up and running again. And to everyone, for your consistent and wholehearted support.
I would also like to thank those who helped with the coffee morning, whether voluntarily or press-ganged! It was good to be able to enjoy coffee and cake safely together!
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 YouTube, 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 picture 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.