All of the churches in the parish have achieved Fairtrade status and are committed to supporting fair trade.
Traidcraft is an organisation that works in developing countries to try and build a better future for those who live there. They help small businesses to develop and they provide communities with facilities, such as clean water, in places where this is considered a luxury rather than the norm. More information about the organisation can be found on their website.
At St Luke’s Church there is a Traidcraft stall run by Jenny Fox, Jane Holmes and Mick Stevenson-Williams. The stall is held after the morning service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month (and occasionally on other Sundays if we have special events coming up such as Christmas and Easter etc). We have a large selection of different, fairly-traded products on sale such as groceries, household products and gifts, as well as seasonal items. We are constantly looking at new products to stock and any suggestions of products which you would like to buy can be sent to Jenny Fox by telephone on 01223 312566 or by email. Orders can also be made from the catalogue which is available on the stall, or by request, and these orders should also be sent to Jenny Fox at the above details.
At St Augustine's Church there is a Traidcraft stall after the service on the first Sunday of each month.
Castle St Methodist Church runs a Traidcraft stall after its all-age worship and holds special events during Fairtrade Fortnight in March.
If you would like to run a Traidcraft stall or use Traidcraft products at your local church or place of work, but do not know which products are likely to sell, you can discuss borrowing items on a sale or return basis from Jenny Fox. Also, if you do not usually attend St Luke’s church on a regular basis but would like a list of the products which we sell, please contact Jenny Fox and she will send you a copy of the items currently on sale.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the stall so far; we hope to see continued support in the future. Look out for news of Traidcraft events throughout the year by checking our special events section.