This Autumn, we are celebrating both 40 years of Traidcraft, and 25 years since the Fairtrade logo was launched!

It is also a busy time, because we are due to renew our status as a Fairtrade Town – this has to be done every two years.

As a result, a group of us went to the Town Council Meeting on Monday 2nd September, where a resolution endorsing Fairtrade was unanimously passed.  We felt the Councillors were far more aware and supportive than in previous years.

Also, (since the Mayor was on holiday on that occasion) we were invited to take tea with the Mayor in his Parlour in the castle!  Fran Wood and Alice Brownlie made wonderful cakes, and with several other visitors present, it proved a lively and enjoyable afternoon. (see picture above)

The next event will be our usual coffee morning:  in the St Nicholas’ Hall at Shrewsbury URC        10.30 – 12 on Saturday 26th October

          Please do come and celebrate with us!!

And solve all your Christmas present problems at a stroke!!

Those of us responsible for the Fairtrade stall in the Indoor Market – and for trying to spread the concept of Fairtrade within Shrewsbury – would just like to say an enormous “Thank You” for your wonderful support _

  • In buying Fairtrade products, both from the market stall, and from our stalls here  at Church

  • In providing so many volunteers who look after the stall – (we can always use more!)

  • And in suppoeting events, like the “Big Brew Breakfast” in Fairtrade Fortnight.

At the breakfast over £130 was collected to send to Traidcraft Exchange to help those craft workers no longer able to supply Traidcraft with their products.  As well as being given immediate aid, it is hoped that they will also be put in touch with other businesses in this country to provide them with alternative outlets.

Thank you all!

Contacts:  Ken and Meriel Chippindale  a.chippindale591@btinternet.com