Update from the chairman
Fairtrade Fortnight was launched by Rev Andrew Dotchin Monday 25th February at St John’s Church in Orwell Rd. This was followed by a walk organised in co-operation with Felixstowe Walkers, part of the Felixstowe Society.
On Saturday 2nd March, we held a Family Fun Day at the library in co-operation with the Friends of Felixstowe Library. There were games, competitions, a raffle, a Fairtrade stall, refreshments and also a chocolate fountain – very popular with the children.
On the final Sunday, 10th March, we served ‘tea on the prom’ as part of our campaign to encourage more people to drink Fairtrade tea (see below).
Shops and Cafes Serving Fairtrade
Last summer we updated the part of this website showing shops and cafes selling Fairtrade products, in a form which can easily be downloaded and printed. Please take a look at it by clicking on the ‘Shops and Cafes’ link and let us know what you think. On the page, if you click on the box ‘print detail page’ you will also see the poster we produced to go with the printed form of the list. This has been displayed and made available to visitors to Felixstowe to encourage them to support local businesses selling Fairtrade products.
Although we are pleased at the range of Fairtrade goods available at local shops we were disappointed that Greggs and Café Ology at the leisure centre appeared to be the only cafes in Felixstowe serving the full range of Fairtrade drinks.
During Fairtrade Fortnight we ran a campaign to encourage more outlets to serve Fairtrade tea. Participating outlets included Café Ology, The Spa, The Wool Baa Café and Crafty Coffee. Customers buying Fairtrade tea from one of these outlets were able to enter a competition to win a year’s supply of Fairtrade tea, kindly donated by the East of England Co-op. Customers at one of the coffee mornings at Trinity Methodist Church on Saturday, Monday and Thursday mornings throughout Fairtrade Fortnight were also eligible to enter. A winner was selected by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman, at the Town Hall on Wednesday 13 March.
You can help our campaign by asking your favourite café to consider serving Fairtrade – if they do not do so already.
The Future for Fairtrade
Last year the third Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns (SAFT) was held in Felixstowe. Michael Gidney, the Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation gave a talk on ‘The Future for Fairtrade’. He said that, as far as he knew, Suffolk was the only county to have formed a network of Fairtrade towns and commended the initiative.
He said, globally, Fairtrade sales increased by over 11% in the last year generating $150m in Fairtrade premiums – the amount paid to communities in addition to the fair price for produce and goods. A key element of Fairtrade is that the spending of the Fairtrade premium should be decided locally and democratically. In the UK Fairtrade sales grew by 7%, with more supermarkets and restaurant chains taking an active role.
Mike also emphasised the importance of making sure that, in the post Brexit world, the interests of Fairtrade farmers and producers are protected.
This year SAFT will be meeting in West Suffolk on 8th June. For more information visit the SAFT website at: www.suffolkfairtrade.org.uk
Join our Team of Volunteers
If you support Fairtrade and would like to help in promoting it we are always on the lookout for volunteers. We would provide all necessary support and would not expect you to do more than you feel comfortable with. Contact us if you would like more information and we would be happy to discuss. Even if you are not able to help we would welcome you as a member of the Forum. Membership is free, you can join via this website and by joining you can demonstrate your support for Fairtrade.
Please be assured, Fairtrade really does make a difference.