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St Mary's is a Fairtrade Church.


What is Fairtrade?

The Fairtrade Foundation was set up in 1992 by agencies including Cafod, Christian Aid, Oxfam and the World Development Movement to respond to the human consequences of collapsing world commodity prices.

The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal. The first Fairtrade certified product Green & Black’s Maya Gold Chocolate made with cocoa from Belize was launched in 1994, shortly followed by Cafédirect coffee and Clipper tea.Fairtrade bananas

Today, more than 5 million people - farmers, workers and their families - across 49 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system. The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body that awards the FAIRTRADE Mark to products which meet international Fairtrade standards.

An ever-growing number of retail products now carry the FAIRTRADE Mark, including coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, snacks and biscuits, sugar, honey, fruit juice, fresh fruit, wine and sports balls.

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What is a Fairtrade Church?

The Fairtrade Churches movement started in May 2004 and the idea has quickly gained popularity among churches of different denominations across the country and there are now over 1000 churches signed up to the scheme run by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Becoming a Fairtrade Church involved successfully fulfilling the three essential requirements of serving Fairtrade tea and coffee at all our meetings, making a commitment to using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit, and promoting Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and through other activities.

What does St Mary's do to support Fairtrade?

In addition to the essential requirements above we run regular fairtrade stalls after church services and at our events. We hold Fairtrade Breakfasts where we offer a range of breakfast cereals, fruit and juices to raise awareness of the Fairtrade options available. We take an active part in Fairtrade FortFairtrade products including easter eggsnight and promote Fairtrade.









Would you like to get involved?


Nicola Simpson co-ordinates our Fairtrade work. Helpers are always welcome. If you would like to get involved in any of our Fairtrade work, please contact Nicola on 01904 763405 or email Nicola Simpson