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Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

is from 26th February until 11th March.

With an emphasis on The Big Brew there are many events planned by fairtrade organisations throughout the county.  These events highlight the positive effect of choosing products which have been certified as meeting the Fairtrade Foundation's standards which protect produces and the supply chain from unfair exploitative trading. 


Edes House is a magnificent 17th Century mansion in the heart of Chichester. The house is entered from the rear but once in the foyer the true beauty of the venue impresses.  A very suitable location for the celebration of gaining Fairtrade status for West Sussex, one of only a handful of counties to achieve this accolade.  

 Fairtrade West Sussex AGM 2017 

with Guest speaker, Greg Valerio MBE at 7pm on Thursday 9 March 2017 in Pulborough Village Hall. Raffle and Fairtrade stalls.

Greg Valerio
Explaining Fairtrade Gold

Greg Valerio was the keynote speaker following the Fairtrade West Sussex AGM on 9th March 2017.  Greg explained how ecologically damaging gold and diamond extraction can be, and how Fairtrade and Fairly mined gold not only avoids damaging the environment but also ensures miners have safe working practices and are paid a fair wage for their work.  The audience of over 50 in the Village hall in Pulborough were enthralled as Greg successfully portrayed those who use more of the world's resources than necessary as effectively stealing from poorer communities.

John Figgins stated that Fairtrade goods will be preferentially sourced by the West Sussex County Council Catering Services, of which he is the manager.

Nick Herbert(MP for Arundel and South Downs) spoke in support of Fairtrade and the work Greg and the West Sussex Fairtrade Town Groups are doing to keep Fairtrade an important buying criteria.    




Sackville – Tina and Mike were hoping to run Fairtrade stalls the first week of FF. Lessons.

Imberhorne – Fairtrade Day on Friday 10 March with lesson plans, Assemblies and stall.  Hoping the Mayor would come. Outreach sessions with local schools would take place in the Summer term.

St Peter’s – Fairtrade day on Thursday 9 March. Mayor booked. Fairtrade breakfast at 8am followed by Assembly, Workshops with Years 5/6, and a Fairtrade stall after school.  Barney Smyth from FF would be coming to help and would then go on to Lingfield Notre Dame Junior School.

St Mary’s – Anne encouraging the new Headteacher to get involved.

Others – Sue to follow up The Meads with Rhona Perry, Blackwell School and Crawley Down.


All churches would be flying Fairtrade banners and using bidding prayers at services.

St Mary’s – Fairtrade Breakfast on Sunday 5 March.

St Swithun’s Fairtrade Bake Off on Mon 20th Feb, 11am – 3pm in the Church Hall. This will be for school Years 6 – 10. Limited places as it involves baking so will offer it first to St S’s youngsters then open it up to others if room. Fairtrade coffee morning plus stall Saturday 4 March, St Peter’s Fairtrade Coffee morning on Sunday 5 March.

Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 3 March 10.30 and 8pm at OLSP. Service prepared by the women of the Philippines. Fairtrade refreshments and stall.



Soroptomists – Fairtrade evening on Wednesday 1 March at East Court 8-10pm.  A talk on India with Moyna Bridge followed by Eco and Fairtrade School update by Sue about St Peter’s, and by Imberhorne if they wish to come along.  Sue to do “food stall”, Moyna crafts and gifts, and Chris and Margaret, Fairtrade wine.

Greggs – made contact with local store Manager who was keen but not able yet to get commitment from Area Manager.

Causton Coffee day –date to be decided.

West Hoathley CubsSue to attend and do a Fairtrade Workshop on Wed 9 February. Ditto Ist EG Cubs on Tuesday 8 March.

West Hoathley Lunch Club – Sue had been to St Margaret’s lunch club to give a talk about Fairtrade.

Waitrose Green Token Schemeapplied for.

EG Library  - exhibition booked for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade West Sussex AGM with Guest speaker, Greg Valerio MBE at 7pm on Thursday 9 March in Pulborough Village Hall. Raffle and Fairtrade stalls.


 Fairtrade West Sussex AGM

with Guest speaker, Greg Valerio MBE at 7pm on Thursday 9 March 2017 in Pulborough Village Hall. Raffle and Fairtrade stalls.  All are welcome.


Fairtrade Horsham ran a smoothie bike stall on the mosaic in Swan Walk, Horsham.  This fun event promoted the Fairtrade message that you really can do something to make the world a better place by choosing Fairtrade products. It was a great success with hundreds of fruit smoothies being consumed in a jovial while informative atmosphere.  Our thanks go to our sponsors, Sainsburys, Waitrose, The COOP, Horsham District Council and The Swan Walk Management who provided;  the fruit, fruit juice, a discount on the Smoothie bike hire and permission to have the event on the prime position within the Swan Walk shopping precinct.  

Sunday 13th July 2014 Horsham Fairtrade held a fun and information stall at the Sparks in the Park festival event.  There was be a Fairtrade St Leonards dragon for the children to clothe in scales containing fairtrade messages.  Sparks in the Park is held in Horsham's Hurst Park.

Sunday 29th November 2014, Horsham Fairtrade Christmas Market in St. John's RC Church Hall.  The biggest Fairtrade market in West Sussex with unusual Fairtrade gifts and products from all over the World.  20 Fairtrade stalls providing a variety of really great Christmas gifts in the knowledge that the third world producers are receiving a fair price and funding for social projects for their efforts.

Thursday 19th December 2013 in the Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill there was an event with 9 lessons and the Story of Carols with FT mulled wine.
Burgess Hill held the Burgess Hill FT festival from 7th to 16th march 2014.

Sophie Tranchell, (the MD of Divine Chocolate) gave a talk on 11th March 2014.

The festival included food as well as music.


The Fairtrade Supporters Conference in London on 5 October was well attended by many of the Fairtrade Towns within West Sussex.  Robert gave a talk about the actions on Fairtrade which Burgess Hill has undertaken.

> Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
> On Saturday 3rd November Burgess Hill Fairtrade will be teaming up with
> Action Aid and Water Aid to raise awareness and hopefully some money for
> these three organisations which are all working to alleviate poverty and
> support development in some of the poorest countries in the world.
> The day consists of three events which will all take place in The Martlets
> Hall, Burgess Hill and we hope that you and members of your congregations
> will come along and support us at some or all of the events. We start off
> with a Craft and Food Market running from 10.00am - 2.00pm. There will be a
> range of Fairtrade and fairly traded gifts for sale, a chocolate stand and
> Fairtrade cake stall (donations to the cake stall would be much
> appreciated).
> We then follow on with Classics and Afternoon High Tea from 3.30pm - 5.30pm.
> The highlight of this event (other than the High Tea) is the recital by The
> Amici Consort, a trio of classical musicians who all graduated from the
> Royal Academy of Music. This is a second visit to Burgess Hill by The Amici
> Consort as they headlined at Classics and Cakes in St John's Church in our
> 2011 Fairtrade Festival. For lovers of classical music this would not be an
> event to miss. Tickets are available from The Martlets (£7.50 including High
> Tea) or online via www.burgesshillfreedomfestival.com
> The final event has been titled JazzAid and starts at 8.00pm. It features
> the legendary Herbie Flowers (performing as part of a trio) and there is
> support from Brighton based guitar duo called The Rococo Duo. Again this
> will be a wonderful musical event and tickets are available from The
> Martlets (£10.00 / £12.50 on the door) or online via
> www.burgesshillfreedomfestival.com
> All the profits are being shared between FAIRTRADE, ACTION AID & WATER AID
> Craft & Food Market - 10.00am - 2.00pm
> Classics & Afternoon Tea - 3.30pm - 5.30pm (tickets on sale now)
> JazzAid with Herbie Flowers - 8.00pm (tickets on sale now)