It’s time to put Fairtrade in your break

FT-Breakfast-14Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight is a fun-filled highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: Monday 27 February – Sunday 12 March

However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. It’s not a new problem.

We need to amplify the voices of marginalised producers as much as ever in 2017.

When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves – the Fairtrade movement is made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities for Fairtrade. Your actions help shoppers to make choices that change the lives of farmers and workers.

Join thousands of others across the UK this Fairtrade Fortnight to help our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities to put Fairtrade in their break and take exploitation out.

Here below is a selection of events taking place across Yorkshire to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.  Come along to an event near you.

Find your nearest event for the following areas:

Bradford Fairtrade Zone

East Riding


North Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

West Yorkshire



Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Bradford Fairtrade Zone

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Baildon Fairtrade group is holding a stall in the Co-op, Northgate, Baildon, on Wednesday, March 1st, from 10am to 3pm.  We will be inviting shoppers to try various samples of Fairtrade goods and to choose a tea bag from the Co-op’s large range, and the Co-op will have a display of their Fairtrade products.  We will be assisted by pupils from the local Church of England school which is moving towards applying for Fairtrade status.


Ben Rhydding

Spring Fair
Saturday 11 March 2017, 10am to 12 noon
Church Hall, St. John’s Church, Ben Rhydding
No charge for entry.
Fairtrade refreshments together with bacon sarnies.
Selection of Fairtrade & craft stalls.


Bradford City Centre

M&S Fairtrade break

Friday, 3rd March, 9.30am –  4.30pm, Broadway shopping centre Bradford, seating area in front of the Marks and Spencer store. Fairtrade food will be on offer to sample.

Beauty care students from Bradford College will be offering mini hand massages with Fairtrade body butters.


Bradford Cathedral will host a Fairtrade breakfast from 9 – 9.45 on Sunday 5th March.



On 11th March, Haworth Fairtrade Group will once again be on board the 11am steam train from Oxenhope on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
Passengers will be treated to free Fairtrade drinks, snacks and entertainment.
The front of the engine will be adorned with the giant Fairtrade logo and of course the event is not complete without Ryan the banana!



Friday 10th March, 10am – 1pm, Oxfam shop and Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley

Ilkley Fairtrade Group, Ilkley Oxfam and Ilkley’s Christchurch are offering samples of Fairtrade goods, and giving away Fairtrade tea bags so people can have their own Fairtrade break. Christchurch will have a Traidcraft stall in the foyer from 10.30am.


The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a cross church project, currently based in shop front premises at 6 Church Street Ilkley – on the main A65 route through Ilkley. (We’re registered as a Fairtrade place of worship and our main focus is on prayer and creating resources to help churches engage with justice issues, and people outside of church engage with Christianity – hence we have a lot of creatives involved!)

We have a large double paned picture window and our artists use this regularly to create and display original works which communicate messages of hope, love and justice.

This Fairtrade Fortnight (and beyond) we’re going to be displaying an original piece of work created by Barbara Macnish, featuring a tea-picker painted from an image supplied by the media team at the Foundation of Mervis Kejinga from Satemwa, Malawi. The painting is a large mixed media piece using collage and painting to depict Mervis on top of a canvas made from tea-bags!

It will be accompanied by a headline asking people who brings them their morning cup of tea, and with some specially produced accompanying posters with more information and additional Fairtrade and tea themed decoration.



M&S Fairtrade break

Friday, 3rd March, 9.30am –  4.30pm, Mall café, Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley

Fairtrade food will be on offer to sample.

Beauty care students from Keighley College will be offering mini hand massages with Fairtrade body butters.

Free Fairtrade tea and coffee is being served to enhance the “Pamper Parlour”.


Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

East Riding

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Fairtrade Fortnight Feb 27th – March 12th, asks everyone to ‘Put Fairtrade Into Your Break’, so an easy one to take part in! Here in Cherry Burton Fairtrade Village virtually every village group is organising its own Fairtrade break, so far including Cherry Tots, Pre-school, school, church, Friendship circle, Wine circle, Cherry Bowlers, Youth group and even footballers! Costcutter, the village shop is stocking up on Fairtrade items and the pub is really going to town! Call in to the Bay Horse Cherry Burton any time between February 27th and March 12th and you’ll find Fairtrade on the menu, Fairtrade drinks available at the bar, balloons, bunting, posters, a Fairtrade raffle and lots more.  Mark and Jennene will welcome you!



Pocklington Fairtrade group FLAG are holding a Fairtrade coffee morning 10am to 12 noon at All Saints Pocklington on Saturday 4th March.



Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News


fair bananas 017University of Leeds Fair Trade Fair

Tuesday 7th March, 11am to 3pm in Parkinson Court, the Parkinson Building on Woodhouse Lane.  Many stalls selling a wide variety of Fair Trade gifts and foodstuffs.  Fairtrade Leeds will be selling Palestinian Fair Trade produce.


7th annual Fairtrade Schools Celebration at Leeds Civic Hall

The event will be held on Thursday March 9th at Leeds Civic Hall from 1-3.30pm with the Lord Mayor of Leeds. The Celebration will be focussed on ‘Taking a Break for Fairtrade’ with a Bean to Bar experience, Divine Chocolate tasting and Child led workshops.

The event is free to Leeds DEC subscribers, or costs £25 per school for up to 2 staff and 4 children.

Email to find out more and book your places.


M & S Food Hall

Friday 24th March from 10am – 5pm

We are having a stall in the Food Hall of Marks and Spencers in the Trinity shopping centre.
We’ll be “Taking a Break” with shoppers there.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

North Yorkshire

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Just-Food Eco Evening organised by Churches Together in Bentham
with bring and share LOAF meal
where the food is one (or more ) of the following – locally sourced, organically grown, animal friendly or fairly traded.

23rd February,6pm to 9pm (but you can just call in for part of the evening. The food will be at the beginning).

Bentham Methodist Church, Station Road High Bentham LA2 7LF Free of charge uk/bentham-just-food/


Embsay and Eastby

Tuesday 28th February – A Fairtrade Breakfast in the Methodist Church Schoolroom from 8.45am to 11am. Suggested donation £4. Everyone welcome.



Fairtrade and local craft fair on Saturday March 11th from 10am to 4pm, free entry at the Friends’ Meeting House, Greengate Malton. YO17 7EN . There will be refreshments and free tastings of Fair Trade snacks.



St Columba’s Scarborough are holding our Big Brew on Saturday 25th February.  Free Coffee/tea and biscuits, Raffle and Cake/produce stall.  This event is organised and run by St Columba’s Mothers’ Union. Venue, St Columba’s Church Hall, Ashville Room



Saturday 4 March – Flash mob ‘Follow us for Fairtrade’ starting at the Canal Basin off Coach Street at 2pm and moving to other venues in town, culminating in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church. Choreography by Iona from Skipton Girls’ High Fairtrade team and including young people from Skipton’s three Fairtrade schools. Public will be encouraged to follow.

Saturday 11 March – Pop up Fairtrade shop and information point with chocolate and dried mango tasting, activities for children. 11am to 4pm at 24 High Street, Skipton.





Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

South Yorkshire

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Divine Chocolate Evening

St. John’s Community Centre, Penistone, Friday 3rd March, from 7pm – 9pm

with Chocolatier David Greenwood Haigh

And a visit to the cocoa producers in Ghana with Carolyn & Ian Morris

Adults £3.00              Children £1.50

including tasters and refreshments

Limited tickets available in advance online at

also available at Clark’s Chemist, Traidcraft shop, and Penistone churches.



Put Fairtrade in your break and take exploitation out! Join us to take action to promote Fairtrade on Friday 3rd March, Reception Room A, Sheffield Town Hall, 12 noon till 4pm.

Meet the Sheffield councillors, Fairtrade businesses and the local Sheffield community to raise awareness of Fairtrade products and practices. This is your chance to ask questions of your local representatives to ensure that they support Fairtrade. Open to all. Come join us for refreshments and take part in the discussions and celebrate the renewal of Sheffield’s status as a Fairtrade City.

Also on Friday 3 March (3-4.30pm) Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield Heeley is having a Fairtrade coffee afternoon at her office, which is open to the public.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

West Yorkshire


Fair Trader presents: FLAVOURS OF PALESTINE, Friday 10 March 19:30 at Brockholes Village Hall HD9 7EB

Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked, three course evening meal and drink. For one evening only, we hope to bring the vibrant colours and stunning flavours of Palestinian cooking to the Pennine village of Brockholes! A rare chance to hear Bassema Barahmeh and Lamis Zamzam tell their inspirational stories of Fairtrade olive and almond farming, and the impact of Fairtrade on their West Bank communities.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW online and at Fair Trader shop, Holmfirth.
£20 Fair Trader member ticket
£25 Non member ticket
£20 ‘Pay not to go ticket’ – a first for us! If you are unable to attend, but would like to show your support, then this is the ticket for you.

Proceeds will be used to promote and sell Palestinian Zaytoun foods and cook-books. This will support individuals like Bassema, by providing a market for their produce.



Thursday 2nd March – Minster Series with Divine Chocolate Farmers (6.30pm-8pm)
We will be joined by cocoa farmers from Divine Chocolate for a talk, Q&A and chocolate tasting session, at the iconic Halifax Minster. I will also be there with Helen from fairandfunky to talk about what we are doing locally to support Fairtrade.

Friday 10th March – Fairtrade Schools’ Conference with fairandfunky
This event is now fully booked with a total of twelve local schools signed up for a fun-packed and educational day.

Saturday 11th March – Fairtrade Coffee Morning (10.30am-12.30pm)
After the roaring success of last year’s event we will once again be running a coffee morning

at Halifax Central Library. Fairtrade produce will be available to sample and will also be on sale. There will be a short film shown and we will be joined by the Mayor of Calderdale.


Holme Valley


Come along on Saturday 4th March and join Holme Valley Fairtrade as we push a trolley load of bananas through the streets of Honley and Holmfirth to raise awareness of Fairtrade in our community! Meet at 11am at Honley Coop or 1pm at the Holmfirth Coop and join us to play games, hand out Fairtrade goodies and have fun. Email to get involved! Or just turn up and join the bunch (of bananas!)



FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT SCRAPtastic with fairandfunky!

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March at Queensgate Market in Huddersfield, fairandfunky take over the demonstration zone to run FREE craft workshop for families. Come along and make something using recycled Fairtrade packaging. The fairandfunky pop-up shop will also be there! Open from 10am – 3pm on both days, the workshop is FREE for all participants.



Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News


fair bananas 4Free Fair Trade Coffee Tasting on 7th March, 10am until noon.

Come along for a free coffee tasting at Holgate Reception, York St John University, to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and York International Women’s Week. Hear about how Fairtrade is transforming the lives of women coffee farmers. Home baking to try as well… What’s not to like!


‘Women’s Fairtrade Experiences in Palestine and India’.

Thursday 9th March, from 7pm

Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York

Come and meet with Fairtrade producers and campaigners from Palestine and India and hear the stories they have to tell.

The event is FREE and there will be Fairtrade stalls and delicious Fairtrade refreshments too.


Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Leeds poster competition for Fairtrade Fortnight ’17

FTF17-poster-grabThe Diocese of Leeds is holding another poster competition for 2017’s Fairtrade Fortnight, promoting this year’s theme: “Take a Fairtrade Break”.

Simply design an A4 poster promoting a Fairtrade Break – and remember of course to include the Fairtrade Mark!

The closing date is March 20th, and prizes of Fairtrade Easter eggs and certificates will be awarded to 3 different age-groups: Pre-School & Primary School Age, Secondary School Age, and Adults (18+). Entry is open to any individuals, school or college and groups of all ages in the Leeds Diocese area.

Entries should be sent by post to Mrs Barbara Judd, 57 Grosvenor Road, Shipley BD18 4RB. The name of the artist, their age-group and their organisation should be written on the artwork, so that each piece is clearly identifiable – and do provide contact details so that they can get in touch if you are a winner.

To get the inspiration flowing, why not check out the Fairtrade Foundation’s pages on the theme of a Fairtrade Break?

Good luck to all who enter!


Posted on February 17th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

Massive risk in the rush to negotiate “Brexit”

The Fairtrade Foundation is asking everyone who is concerned about the livelihoods of those producers across the globe who depend on British trade, to contact their MP’s.

Take action now

There is a massive risk that in the rush to negotiate Brexit, vulnerable and voiceless farmers and workers from the poorest countries could be forgotten.

Too often in the past, changes to trade rules and new trade deals have harmed not helped the poorest people who work hard to grow the food we love. We need to manage risks such as:

Leaving the EU’s single market and customs area without putting in place measures similar to the ones which currently protect farmers in the poorest developing countries. Doing this would immediately punish millions of farmers and workers with an extra £1 billion import tax bill.
Rushing into free trade agreements with wealthier countries such as the US, China and Brazil without ensuring that these deals won’t undercut very poor countries which depend on the UK for much of their sales.

Many of us will remember the large trade campaigns of the past and so aware of the immense damage that can be done by ill thought out trade agreements.  It is very disappointing that there has not been a public debate around trade issues either in the run up to the referendum or in its aftermath.

For the Fair Trade movement, secrecy and lack of any real democratic accountability regarding our trade negotiations is not on.  We welcome the reinvigoration of a large scale movement for trade justice: dedicated to protecting livelihoods in the UK and for producers across the globe who rely on UK trade.


Posted on February 13th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News