Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

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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.


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Oct 052015

fairtradeIf your experience of Fairtrade produce is some bland coffee or tea, then maybe it’s time to think again. There is now no shortage of quality products, even beyond tea and coffee, that carry the Fairtrade mark.

Even better, why not spread the word about how good Fairtrade products are, and how they benefit producers, by having a coffee morning or afternoon tea dedicated to Fairtrade products. Make sure to get everyone involved as well. Here’s one from a little earlier in the year:

A hectic but successful Coffee Afternoon was held in East & Old Parish Church, Forfar. It was a joint venture between E & O and Primary 3 youngsters from Strathmore Primary School for which Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin is Chaplain. The young people had made chocolate crispy cakes, with – of course – Fairtrade chocolate. One popular feature was the dunking of banana chunks into a chocolate fountain. There was also a Fairtrade themed presentation with posters and garlands made from labels taken from Fairtrade produce. A good turnout of parents, grandparents and church folk enjoyed all of this. There was home baking on sale, too, some of it made from recipes produced by Angus Fairtrade Zone Steering Group. In the space of an hour over £300 was raised, money which went to Strathmore Primary School. The teachers were delighted that the young people had made such a great start on their Eco-awareness journey.

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