Mar 282016

fairtradeFairtrade Fortnight, 2016 in Angus Presbytery

During Fairtrade Fortnight in 2016, various churches across the Presbytery hosted Big Fairtrade Breakfasts. They varied in scale: Forfar East & Old had a buffet spread with all manner of ‘goodies’ and managed to include bacon rolls, to support local farmers and bakers; Letham church had a variety of breads, some of them homemade and some toasted and included delicious toppings such as jam and honey; Barry church did something simple, yet effective, by serving their usual Fairtrade tea and coffee along with chunks of Fairtrade bananas. All three of these churches’ efforts now appear on Fairtrade’s Big Breakfast Map of the UK.

Activities organised in Arbroath showed how Church of Scotland churches worked together but also how the Church of Scotland worked with other denominations in order to further the Fairtrade cause.

  • At Arbroath: St Andrew’s a regular ‘Ladies Who Breakfast’ monthly breakfast was held as a specifically Fairtrade Breakfast with 35 women in attendance who, as well as enjoying their breakfast, were able to make purchases from a Fairtrade stall.
  • St Andrew’s and Arbroath: Old & Abbey also had another Sunday morning Big Breakfast and worked to support Fairtrade along with St Thomas’s RC church at their Hunger Lunch at which £190 was raised from the sale of Fairtrade goods sourced from the Fairtrade shop in Brechin;
  • St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church served Fairtrade drinks and home baking at the Ordination of their new Rector.
  • St John’s Methodist Church served Fairtrade banana muffins and other Fairtrade baked goods in their Church Café.

The Glens and Kirriemuir Old worked in partnership with the Kirriemuir Fairtrade Forum in the running of a ‘Taster’ Evening. Folks had a chance to taste various Fairtrade products including coffee, wine and chocolate provided by the local Co-op . There were also various cooked savoury dishes and baking to sample. Kirriemuir Fairtrade Shop: ‘Elemental’ provided a stall at this event, the star of which was ‘Black Mamba Chilli Dip’ which left samplers speechless!

In another of the Angus burghs, Montrose, there is a growing awareness of how just buying one Fairtrade item along with your regular grocery shop can make a big difference. At Montrose: Old and St Andrew’s Church, a Youth Task Group leader deals with Fairtrade, involving youngsters of the church who therefore grow up realising that it’s good to help struggling farmers and producers in other countries. In addition, the organisation: Montrose Churches Together supports the Montrose Fairtrade Forum.

But it wasn’t all about eating and drinking. In Carnoustie: Panbride Church, during ‘With the Youngsters’ the children were shown a typical breakfast table and items which might be consumed, all of them fairly traded, of course, and from all over the world.