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Fairtrade Fortnight 2014
Jan 23rd, 2014 by WelHat Fairtrader

Fairtrade

   Make a difference during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 . Together we can make bananas fair.

   Fairtrade Fortnight  Begins…24 february – 9 march 2014

  Last Saturday volunteers from our local group had a stall at the Howard Centre Welwyn Garden City to promote Fairtrade. A lot of people stopped by to find out more about Fairtrade, they also signed the national Fairtrade petition seeking a better deal for banana farmers around the world. This year we had the added bonus of the Fairtrade Fruit Machine! A group of young people from Panshanger Church, along with our group member Jo, created and ran the fruit machine for fascinated children and bemused shoppers. A lot of fun was had and much Faitrade fruit and chocolate was won, thanks to the enthusiasm and laughter the girls put into it. Our group sends out a big cheer to them for a great job well done, see the picture below.

The Fairtrade Friut Machine crew at the Howard Centre

The Fairtrade Friut Machine crew at the Howard Centre

In addition the ever friendly Mayor, Howard Morgan, joined us to as he had done in previous years. Our thanks to him for coming along to show his support, drawing attention our stall and the Fairtrade cause. It’s re-assuring to have the support of such a prominent local dignitary. A picture of the mayor with some of those running our stall can be seen below. A big thanks also to Gill Pinfold who took the photo and organised much of the event, and to the Howard Centre who gave us the pitch.

Mayor Howard Morgan, Will Davis, Jo Loney, and the girls of the wonderful Fairtrade Fruit Machine.

Mayor Howard Morgan, Will Davis, Jo Loney, and the girls of the wonderful Fairtrade Fruit Machine.

The Food Programme on Radio 4 focused on the future of Fairtrade in the Feb 23rd edition, you can listen to it by clicking here.

Meanwhile, please take a look at the FF 2014 short film about the humble banana and the plan to get a better deal for growers and plantation workers:

 

Fairtrade Cotton
Oct 12th, 2013 by WelHat Fairtrader

You can increasingly buy clothes made from Fairtrade cotton, Sainsburys in WGC particulalry has a lot of it. Have a look at this short video to find out what makes it fairer than non Fairtrade cotton:

 

 

WHBC sign the Fairtrade declaration
Jun 15th, 2013 by WelHat Fairtrader

We are very pleased to annouce that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, courtesy of then Mayor, Helen Bromley, have signed a recent  Fairtrade declaration initiative.

We thank the council agreed to sign this declaration  and we applaud them for doing so. It shows a wider concern for the poverty that faces so many people around the world and an awareness that relatively small local actions like this can make a difference.

In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge became the eight United  Nations Millennium Goals to be achieved by 2015. As that deadline approaches, the United Nations and it’s members are discussing what kind of framework they wish to have beyond 2015.
The objectives of the Fairtrade Beyond 2015 declaration is to encourage town leaders and Civil Society Organisations across the globe to call on world leaders to put in place a new global development framework beyond 2015 that aims to create a just equitable and sustainable world on which  every person can realise their human rights, fulfil their potential and live free from poverty.
Behind the Fairtrade beyond 2015 Movement stands a global movement uniting an estimated 2.5 million fairtrade producers and workers from over 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair trade importers and more than 100,000 volunteers  and over 1,100 Fairtrade Towns.
Food Festival 2013
Jun 15th, 2013 by WelHat Fairtrader

The Fairtrade Group attended the Recent Food Festival in Welwyn Garden City on June 8th , sharing a stand with the Welwyn Oxfam Campaigns Group.  Thank goodness it didn’t rain! We sold Fairtrade products and promoted the  Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign. It is a coalition of over 170 organisations, including the Fairtrade Foundation and Oxfam, who have come together to give our government one simple message . They must act now to tackle world hunger. One in eight people go to bed hungry every day and every second a child dies because of hunger.
There is enough food for everyone IF  there is more aid, no more tax havens, more transparency and an end to landgrabs. See www.enoughfoodif.org
We were asking people to help us make papers flowers with a message to be taken to the big London IF rally in Hyde Park on 8 June. The spinning flowers are a symbol of childhood and will be ‘planted’ in Hyde Park to represent the 2 million children who die because of hunger every  year .
The Fairtrade  Group were also promoting their Make Food Fair Campaign focussing on challenges met by farmers and producers in the developing world. See www.fairtrade.org.uk/makefoodfair
Here are a couple of pictures of our stall at the event:
Food Festival WGC
Food festival stall WGC
We had a very successful day attracting the crowds with samples of fairtrade chocolate, Fairtade products for sale, and many colourful paper flowers were made and signed.  Group members took them to Hyde Park on June 8th.
Here is a picture of the field of flowers st Hyde Park. It shows people, mostly children, grabbing a few flowers to take home at the end of the day:
Flower in Hyde Park
Fairtrade Fornight 2013
Mar 3rd, 2013 by WelHat Fairtrader

Our Fairtrade stall at Sainsburys, Welwyn Garden City.

Our Fairtrade stall at Sainsburys, Welwyn Garden City, with mayor Helen Bromley

Fairtrade Fortnight this year runs from 25th February to the 10th March.  In what has become tradition over at least the last five years our group has been holding stalls at local events to raise awareness of Fairtrade issues and products. We have visited the University of Hertfordshire and Springmead School in Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City. At the school we gave an assembly talk and had a stall at two parent-teacher evenings. The children at the school really impressed us with their knowledge and enthusiasm around Fairtrade issues. Well done to all of them!

On Saturday the 2nd we held a stall at Sainsbury’s, Welwyn Garden City. We chatted to shoppers about Fairtrade and handed out leaflets, as well as running as short prize quiz which was well received by local youngsters. It is heartening how many people are now aware of the Fairtrade mark and what a lifeline it can can for hard pressed farmers in developing countries.

Welwyn Hatfield mayor Helen Bromley visited us at the Sainsbury’s stall on Saturday. The mayor always draws people in to any event she attends and we are grateful to her for taking the time to visit us and hear about Fairtrade progress locally. Her presence on the stall certainly caught shoppers attention.  The  group photo above shows our group’s stall and members, as well as many of the Sainsbury’s staff. On the right you can see mayor Helen Bromley with store manager Adrian Clarke standing beside her (holding a bottle of Fairtrade wine).  We would also like to thank the team at Sainsburys for helping make the event a success. You can see a selction of Fairtrade special offers they are currently running by clicking HERE.

Lastly, but by no means least, the store also ran a free Fairtrade wine tasting yesterday. Free samples were offered to passing shoppers by a very friendly member of staff, what better way to enliven the weekly supermarket shop!

Fairtrade wine tasting at Sainsburys

Fairtrade wine tasting at Sainsburys

Next weekend we will be in the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City. Please come and say hello if you see us.

Thanks also to Gill Pinfold, Denis Hawes, Will Davis, Linda Finn, Janet Corlett, Tony Scottowe for organising and manning the stall.

Renewing our Fairtrade Borough status
Dec 28th, 2012 by WelHat Fairtrader

We have recently applied to renew our Fairtrade Borough Status. The group has been through all the paperwork, added details of our campaigns and events and we are now awaiting news from the foundation HQ. Fingers crossed we will hear some good news in January 2013.

As usual our group is always happy to have new members, or just people with an interest in Fairtrade who would like to attend one of our monthly meetings. If you want to find out more get in though thi site.

WGC Food Festival
Jul 14th, 2012 by WelHat Fairtrader

As part of the Olympic Torch Relay events there was a food festival last Saturday in Welwyn Garden City town centre. Our group had a stall and we sold cakes and chocolate to the hundreds of festival visitors. Our homemade cakes and especially meringues went down a storm. The Rocky Road was also a big hit and quickly sold out! All were of course made with Fairtrade sugar and chocolate.

Despite the threatening weather it was a really busy, really fun day. We also raised some much needed funds. Below are a few pictures from the day. As ever we would love to hear from anybody who might be interested in supporting our group and attending our meetings which take place about every six weeks.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped on the day, and those dedicated cooks that supplied our delicious food, at the end of the day we were left with only crumbs, it all went!

Fairtrade Meringue in Welwyn Garden City

Who can resist a strawberry and cream meringue?

 

Fairtrade stall in Welwyn Garden City

We were running out of Strawberries!

 

Fairtrade food offering in Welwyn Garden City

Our home made offerings

 

What Fairtrade food to buy

Decisions decisions...

 

Fairtrade crafts and food

A family browse our Fairtrade wares...

South Hatfield Fete
May 20th, 2012 by WelHat Fairtrader

On Saturday the 19th we had a stall at the South Hatfield Fete which took place at the High View shopping centre in Hatfield. There was music, dance, cakes, and of course tombola. The rain held off and people had a enjoyable afternoon. Our Fairtrade stall was quite busy, even local MP Grant Shapps stopped by to buy some delicious Divine chocolate.

Below is a picture of our stall and volunteers:

South Hatfield fete

Our Fairtrade stall at South Hatfield fete in High View

 

We had also had a ‘guess the contents of the jar’ competition which we’ll be continuing at our next event, the Howe Dell school fete in Hatfield on the 26th May.

Welcome to our website!
Feb 18th, 2012 by WelHat Fairtrader

Welwyn Hatfield FaitradeHave a look around, don’t forget to click on the other pages listed in the box at the top    left of this page!

Our old website is still available and can be found by clicking here: http://welwynhatfieldfairtrade.org.uk/oldfairtrade/

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