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Fairtrade Fortnight 26th February - 11th March 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight will soon be here and this year we are celebrating West Sussex being granted Fairtrade County status. To find out more about what this means and about your local council's action plan on Fairtrade, you are invited to attend a meeting at Edes House, County Hall, Chichester on Thursday 1st March at 7.30 pm. Fairtrade refreshments will be served from 7.00 pm.

The two-pronged theme for this year's Fairtrade Fortnight is “Come on In” and “Make your Break Fair”: the first invites you to attend local events where Fairtrade refreshments are served; the second encourages you to consider how you can include Fairtrade in your daily routine. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

How to put Fairtrade in your break:

When we reach for our favourite food and drink each day without thinking about where it comes from, we may be feeding exploitation. We become part of the problem, but we can also choose to be part of the solution.

Your morning brew: Whether it’s 
English Breakfast tea or a skinny latte, always look for the Fairtrade Mark on the packet. You’ll find Fairtrade choices in most supermarkets.

Commuter coffee:
Before you pop into your usual high street coffee shop, double check to see if their coffee is Fairtrade certified. If you aren’t sure, then ask the barista or tweet the store. Remember, you have the power to make companies source sustainably through your choices.

A little pick-me-up:
Whether you are going healthy with a banana or sharing out a block of chocolate around the office, your choice can make the difference. Look for the Fairtrade Mark, and if your local shop doesn’t stock what you want, ask them to do so.

If I knew you were coming…: If you’re the baking type, then you can use Fairtrade ingredients in plenty of recipes. There’s a Fairtrade choice for everything from cocoa to sugar paste, from vanilla to icing sugar. So whatever style of cake you create you can make sure it does good as well as tastes good.


Here are a few local events where you can sample Fairtrade refreshments:


24th Feb and the last Saturday of each month – 10 – 12 Pulborough Village Market, lots of Fairtrade goodies on sale, too!

Tues 24th Feb – Tea Spot Craft Cafe at URC 80 Lower Street, 10 – 12 Craft, cake, coffee & chat.

Thursday 1st March – West Sussex event at County Hall (see above)

Sunday 10th March – Spring Time – a concert of classical and light music for the coming of Spring URC 80 Lower Street, 3.00 pm.

Past Events

 

WEST SUSSEX ACHIEVES FAIRTRADE COUNTY STATUS

West Sussex has been awarded Fairtrade county status for its commitment to Fairtrade principles, following a two year long campaign by Fairtrade West Sussex which involved a contribution by Pulborough Fairtrade Group.

Pulborough has been a Fairtrade Town since 2007 and has the support of Pulborough Parish Council.  Our Group seeks to promote Fairtrade throughout the community so that people and organisations can use their everyday choices to buy Fairtrade products to bring about change for farmers and producers in developing countries.  Local supporting global.

West Sussex is now officially a Fairtrade County, after West Sussex County Council made a resolution in June 2015 to actively promote Fairtrade to consumers, businesses and community groups in the area.

Fairtrade West Sussex also includes Fairtrade Adur, Fairtrade Arundel, Fairtrade Burgess Hill, Fairtrade Chichester, Fairtrade East Grinstead, Fairtrade Horsham, and Fairtrade Worthing. As part of the campaign, retailers have pledged to sell more than four Fairtrade products and eateries have served Fairtrade tea and coffee. In addition, Fairtrade West Sussex lobbied businesses to promote the Fairtrade message in their working practices and also secured support from faith groups, schools and voluntary groups.

Sue Joy, Convenor of Fairtrade West Sussex said “The Group is delighted that the Fairtrade Foundation has agreed to Fairtrade County designation. The Group looks forward to working in close partnership with West Sussex County Council in the future to ensure that Fairtrade is known throughout the County at every level."

 

Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome the county of West Sussex to the Fairtrade movement which now boasts more than 1,900 communities worldwide, taking practical steps to making a fairer world trade system a reality. “

 

Thanks to the support of the public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty. Today, more than 1.6 million farmers and workers across 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system, but there is still a long way to go.”

 

For more information contact Rosemary Russell : keithandrosemaryrussell@gmail.com

 

 

Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn decent incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest in vital business, social and environmental projects.

 

Towns, cities, boroughs, villages, islands, counties and zones can apply for the Fairtrade Town status and join the movement towards a fairer world trade system. An area that applys for Fairtrade status must meet five criteria:

  • Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee Fairtrade at its meetings and canteens.
  • At least four Fairtrade products can be purchased in the area's local shops and eateries.  
  • Fairtrade is effectively promoted to local businesses and community organisations.
  • Attracting media coverage and popular support for the campaign.
  • A local Steering Group must be established to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status.

 

The FAIRTRADE Mark independently certifies that products meet economic, social and environmental standards. As such, it is the most widely recognised ethical mark worldwide. For more information about the FAIRTRADE Mark and how to apply for Fairtrade status, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk.  

 

The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade.

Over 5000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, lychees, coconuts, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney & sauces, rice, quinoa, herbs &  spices, seeds, nuts & nut oil, wines, beers, rum, confectionary, muesli, cereal bars, yoghurt, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cloth toys, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.

Awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark continues to be high at 93%.

 

Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!

Fairtrade Fortnight 29 February - 13 March 2017

As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.

The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

When people are paid a fairer price, they can have more control over their lives when times are hard, and worry less about how they will feed their families. Whether it’s the extra cash in their pockets or being able to expand their farms to grow more food to eat, Fairtrade means many farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for the people they care about, all year round.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, there will be plenty of opportunities to join others in Pulborough for a Fairtrade Breakfast – or tea and cake – or coffee and biscuits! Take your pick from the list below.

 

Sunday 28th February              4.00 pm Fairtrade Tea at United Reformed Church, followed by

                                                Big Sing on the theme of Justice 4.30 – 5.30 pm

Wednesday 2nd March             11 – 11.30 am pop into the Village Hall for Fairtrade coffee, tea or                                                             fruit juice and croissants served with Fairtrade preserves

Sunday 6th March                    9.15 – 10.15 am Fairtrade Breakfast at URC followed by

                                                Cafe Style Mothering Sunday Service led by Revd Janet Sowerbutts

Tuesday 8th March                   9 – 10 am Fairtrade Breakfast at URC followed by

                                                Craft Cafe 10 am – 12 noon

Saturday 12th March                8.15 for 8.30 am Fairtrade Breakfast in Rother Hall organised by

                                                Pulborough Brooks Baptist Church, followed at 9.30 by

                                                Who Let the Dads Out with MORE food on a Fairtrade theme

Other events are being planned at St Crispin's & St Cripsinian's RC Church and at St Mary's – check posters and pew notes for details.

If you can't make it to any of these events, why not invite some friends or neighbours round for a Fairtrade Breakfast or maybe just add an extra Fairtrade item to your own breakfast and see how good they taste.

Don't forget, you can stock up on a wide range of Fairtrade goods at the Village Market on the fourth Saturday of each month or at the next Traidcraft sale at St Mary's Church on Sunday 6th March.

Finally, you are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of Fairtrade in West Sussex at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham on Friday 11th March at 7.30 pm. Come along and enjoy a glass of Fairtrade wine and nibbles and hear some excellent speakers. For more details visit www.fairtradehorsham.org.uk

Liz Sollom

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Launch of Pulborough Fairtrade Directory

 

A new Fairtrade Directory is now available to pick up at various locations in Pulborough. The directory,  produced by Pulborough Fairtrade Group and sponsored by Beneficial Health, is packed with information about how we can all make a difference to the lives of small scale farmers in the developing world who produce some of the products we consume on a daily basis. It also tells you where you can buy Fairtrade products in the village or where to go to enjoy a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee in Pulborough.

But as well as this, the directory lists many of the local businesses and organisations that have pledged to support Fairtrade by using Fairtrade tea and coffee in their offices and at their meetings. “We have been delighted by the response” said Rosemary Russell of Pulborough Fairtrade Group. “It's great that so many people in Pulborough are keen to switch to using Fairtrade products.”

“We are pleased to be able to launch the Directory to coincide with this year's Fairtrade Fortnight, 23rd February - 8th March,” she added. “During the fortnight there are lots of promotions in the shops so it's an ideal time to try

 

The Fairtrade Mark Matters

Pulborough Fairtrade group has been campaigning on Fairtrade issues for twelve years! Initially to help Pulborough to gain Fairtrade Village status from the Fairtrade Foundation, achieved for the first time in 2007. This has been renewed every two years since then, so your community still cares about producers in the developing world and is still a Fairtrade Village, the first in West Sussex.

 

Despite reports in the national press from some supermarkets, the Fairtrade Mark is still the only way to guarantee producers get a fair price for the goods they grow for us and a premium to spend on community projects of their choice. They are the ones best placed to know what will most benefit their people. So please continue to look for the Fairtrade Mark when you shop.

 

Our group will have a stall at Pulborough’s Harvest Fair on 23rd September and we can also be found at Pulborough’s Village Markets (held in the Village Hall on the fourth Saturday of the month, except August, from 10am to 12.30) where we sponsor a Traidcraft Stall which sells only items carrying the Fairtrade Mark.


For more information on Fairtrade issues go to www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

Rosemary Russell

Pulborough Fairtrade Group

Download Pulborough Fairtrade Directory

St Mary’s Primary School, Pulborough has been awarded Fairtrade School Status. This is a great achievement and is the result of a lot of hard work by Daisy and all the staff. Their success was formally announced and celebrated at the Leavers' Service at St Mary's Church at the end of the 2013 summer term and was reported in the local press. Fairtrade is now firmly embedded in the school curriculum and Fairtrade products are used wherever possible throughout the school.

St Mary’s Church Pulborough is applying for Fairtrade status.

Traidcraft sales at the Pulborough Farmer's Market remain fairly steady.

 Pulborough Fairtrade had a publicity stall at the Pulborough Expo event on 1st June.   Pulborough is producing a Fairtrade village directory and will approach Sainsbury's for funding for an initial print run.

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Pulborough ran a ‘Hook a Fairtrade Banana’, Fairtrade Hoopla and Fairtrade Hamper Raffle at Pulborough Harvest Fayre on 28th September.

Fairtrade Producer Visits Local School
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Henry Matenda, a sugar cane producer from Malawi

Fairtrade Producer Visits Local School

On Wednesday 25th February Henry Matenda, a sugar cane producer from Malawi, came to St Mary’s School, Pulborough. Henry was visiting the South East during Fairtrade Fortnight as a guest of the Fairtrade Foundation and spent three days in West Sussex including his day in Pulborough.

 

Henry had come to speak at the Fairtrade Tea Party given by the school for parents, grandparents and members of the local community. The children had been busy baking cakes, cookies, gingerbread and muffins, all using Fairtrade ingredients. Leaflets, posters, bunting and ‘footsteps’ were made to decorate the school hall and to provide visitors with useful information about Fairtrade. Fairtrade tea and coffee was served to everyone by some of the older children alongside the tasty treats, with some musical accompaniment from the school choir including a special Fairtrade song.

Henry, who had learnt English for the trip, owns a 2.5 hectare plot of cane as part of Kasinthula Cane Growers Association (KCGA).  He has been a member since 1998 and currently serves as a committee member. He also works as a weighbridge clerk for KCGA, verifying the tonnage of the community’s cane when it is taken to the factory for processing. The group do not own the factory but would very much like to be able to have one. Henry told us he is 27. He and his wife Agnes have two young children, daughter Esthery, age 6, and son Chris, 16 months.

 

KCGA is a smallholder sugar cane project located in the Shire valley, an inhospitable region of southern Malawi. Henry said Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and his area is the hottest part. KCGA was Fairtrade certified in 2003 and the Fairtrade Premiums have allowed the village to choose to bring electricity to their community, install a borehole for clean water, enabled them to buy a tractor and a truck to help their work and build a school for their children to attend. The truck also doubles as a means of transport, especially when someone is sick and needs to go to the hospital many kilometres away.

Henry was delighted to answer questions from both adults and children and his patience and humour overcame any slight language difficulties.

 

As Henry left the tea party to visit the classrooms and talk to more of the children, many parents commented on the difference it made to hear someone with first-hand experience of the difference Fairtrade can make to producers and their communities in the developing world. Several said they would now definitely look for the Fairtrade mark on products when they shop.

 Liz Sollom/ RosemaryRussell

Pulborough Fairtrade group

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Fairtrade contest supports local producers too.
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The two winning cakes were delicious

Fairtrade contest supports local producers too.  

The delicious smell of cakes filled the air at Pulborough Farmers' Market on Saturday 23rd February. Enthusiastic local bakers of all ages brought their cakes to be judged in the first ever Big Fairtrade Bake-off. The competition, organised by Pulborough Fairtrade Group and judged by Miranda Gore Browne, Finalist on BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off and Pulborough’s own local chef Rene Kaiser, was held to mark the start of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight, which ran from 25th February - 11th March.

 

The challenge was to bake an 8 inch cake using at least two Fairtrade ingredients and as many local ingredients as possible. The response was overwhelming, with over 30 entries. Participants had  risen to the challenge, using an imaginative array of ingredients – some familiar and some more unusual, including Fairtrade bananas, pineapples, oranges, limes, spices, fruit and nuts and local butter, eggs, cream, carrots, apples, rhubarb and even parsnips!

 

Miranda and René took their judging very seriously and talked the audience through their observations as they tackled the enviable task of tasting all the cakes before coming up with a final winner. In the end, the judges awarded joint first prizes to two cakes - eight year old Joshua Slade's Choca-mocha Cake and eight year old Oliver Reid's Banoffee Cake.

“I was impressed by lots of the cakes and everyone’s enthusiasm for the Bake-Off,” said Miranda. “The two winning cakes were delicious and of a very high standard. I hope the boys are inspired to achieve even greater baking success!”

 

Pulborough Fairtrade Group has worked closely with the Farmers' Market since it was formed 11 years ago. Over the years we have had a lot of support from the organisers of the Market and the other stall holders. The Fairtrade Mark guarantees a fair price to producers for the goods they supply to our shops and supermarkets. We feel it is only right that local producers should receive a fair price for their goods, too. We can all help to ensure this by buying from independent local shops and Farmers' Markets. There is now a fantastic range of local produce at the Pulborough Farmers' Market on the last Saturday of each month, as well as a Traidcraft stall, selling Fairtrade certified goods.

 

Both winning cakes were on the menu at the Corn Stores at Swan Corner in Pulborough throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.  Why not try them for yourself? You can find the recipes on this website.

 Liz Sollom

Pulborough Fairtrade group

Oliver’s Banoffee Cake For the Cake200g fairtrade light brown sugar200g margarine 4 eggs , beaten200g self-raising flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp vanilla extract2 mashed, ripe fairtrade bananasFor the filling284ml double creamTin of Nestle Caramel (used less than half a tin)2 fairtrade bananas , slicedFairtrade chocolate, gratedMethodHeat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together including the vanilla extract and 2 mashed, ripe bananas, until you have a smooth, soft batter.Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.For the filling, whip the double cream and fold through a tablespoon of caramel. To serve, spread half of the cream over one of the cakes, then top with sliced banana and a good drizzle of caramel.Sandwich together, then cover with more cream and decorate the cake with the grated chocolate. Enjoy.  Recipe adapted from “sticky toffee banoffee cake” from Good Food website.

Choca-Mocha CakeJoshua Slade (aged 8) For the cake: 

3 large eggs (local)

165 g margarine or butter

165 g self raising flour

1½ teasp baking powder

165 g caster sugar (Fairtrade)

2 tbsp milk (local)

50 g chocolate chips (Fairtrade)

3 tbsp cocoa (Fairtrade)

 Filling: 

1 teasp cocoa (Fairtrade)

2 teasp instant coffee (Fairtrade)

2 tbsp hot water

100 g butter (local)

200 g icing sugar (Fairtrade)

 Method: 

Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large mixing bowl or food processor.

Add the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and whisk till combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Divide the mixture between two lined 8 inch sandwich tins.

Bake at 160° for 25 – 30 minutes, or until the top of the cakes is springy to the touch.

Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

 Filling: 

Mix the coffee with the hot water.

Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa together and beat into the softened butter.

Stir in the coffee and mix well till smooth.

Sandwich the cakes together with the filling and decorate the top with a dusting of icing sugar.

Fairtrade Fortnight in Pulborough25th February - 11th March 

Following the Big Fairtrade Bake-off at the Farmers' Market on 23rd February, the winning cake will be on the menu at The Corn Stores throughout Fairtrade Fortnight. Do pop in and give it a try.

 

You can also try Fairtrade products in the new Beneficial Health store in Lower Street. Kevin and Christine stock a wide range of Fairtrade products and will be offering tasting sessions during the Fortnight.

 

If you are a parent or grandparent of a pupil at St Mary's School, you are invited to attend a Fairtrade Tea Party from 2 – 3 pm on Wednesday 27th February, where you will be entertained by the school choir. Another highlight of the afternoon will be a talk by Henry Matenda, a sugar cane producer from Malawi. You will also be treated to Fairtrade tea or coffee and cakes baked by the children, using Fairtrade ingredients.

 

Henry Matenda is visiting as a guest of the Fairtrade Foundation and will be giving talks and attending events all over the South East. He is in West Sussex for three days and you are welcome to attend the following events:

            Tuesday 26th February 8 – 10 pm Presentation at Norfolk Arms, Arundel

            Thursday 28th February 7 pm Presentation at Sidney Walter Centre, Worthing

 

Do look out for Fairtrade when you shop and consider swapping some of the items in your basket or trolley for Fairtrade alternatives.

 

Big Fairtrade Bake-off
Saturday 23rd February Pulborough Farmers' Market 
Calling all bakers, experienced or novice!

The challenge is to bake an 8 inch cake using at least two Fairtrade ingredients.

 


We are delighted that local baker Miranda Gore Browne has agreed to judge the competition. Miranda received widespread acclaim as a finalist on the first series of BBC's The Great British Bake-off.

She
has since established a reputation for wonderful home baking and is regularly asked to give demonstrations and masterclasses. Prizes will include a signed copy of Miranda's first book, Biscuit, and a striking Fairtrade apron. In addition, the winning recipe will be offered on the menu of The Corn Stores cafe throughout Fairtrade Fortnight, 25th February - 11th March.

There will also be a prize for the cake containing the highest number of Fairtrade ingredients – one point will be awarded for each Fairtrade ingredient used, with a bonus point for each local ingredient used. You can find these in Beneficial Health and 4 Seasons in Lower Street or at the supermarket. 
What you have to do - 
    look out for Fairtrade and local baking ingredients
    collect an entry form from St Mary's School, Beneficial Health, 4 Seasons or The Corn Stores (or pick one up at the Farmers' Market on the day)

    bake your 8” cake and bring it to the Village Hall by 10.30 am on Saturday 23rd February

    bring a copy of your recipe, marking any Fairtade and local ingredients used Judging will take place from 10.30 – 11.30 am and the results will be announced at 11.45 a.m. 
Happy Baking!

More details about FairTrade Pulborough at http://www.pulboroughurc.co.uk/Pages/FairTrade.aspx

The contact at Fairtrade Pulborough is Pulborough@FairtradeWestSussex.org.uk

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