Sign of the times

Campaigners in Cherry Burton are celebrating after “Fairtrade Village” signs were erected by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council on each of the four roads leading into the village. Thanks to the generous support of village-based businesses who funded the signs, the village now has visible reminders of its status for residents and visitors alike. Placing of the signs will fulfil the aim of raising awareness in the local community of the impact that choosing Fair Trade makes on people in the developing world.

Cherry Burton has been a Fairtrade Village for 13 years, and was the first community in the East Riding to be awarded Fairtrade Village status. Widespread support by individuals, organisations and businesses has meant that status has been successfully maintained over the years.imgp3337

Pictured are: Adrian Hedges of I Love Kitchens and Paul Grundy of Elm Tree Farm B & B – two of the businesses who sponsored the signs. The other sponsors were: Mark and Jennene, The Bay Horse public house; Tom Ainley, plumber; Andrew Jeffrey, Kwikjet Cleaning Services; Kathryn Steels, North Bar Fabrics; Paul Staniford,; and Pauline Greenwood, Burton Mount Country House.



Posted on January 7th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 : Schools Conferences in Yorkshire

Booking is now open for Schools conferences taking place in Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 in Huddersfield, Halifax and Leeds.

fairandfunky will be running two conferences for primary schools: in Huddersfield on March 3rd and Halifax on March 10th, as well as one for secondary schools in Huddersfield on March 2nd. All event start at 9:15am. For more details please see the fairandfunky website.

Leeds DEC will be running an equivalent event at Leeds Civic Hall on Thursday March 9th from 1pm until 3:30pm.

All will feature workshops, presentations and giveaways. See the posters below for more information.


Posted on January 7th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

Churches make a difference to Fairtrade in Hull

The Fairtrade Churches Project – Making a difference to Fair Trade in Hull.

Check out our website.

Hull City Council, and the Hull One World Shop, together with support from all areas of the city made Kingston-upon-Hull into a FAIRTRADE City in March 2005.

Hull Fairtrade supporters

Hull Fairtrade supporters

The Fairtrade supporters in the churches are now working together to ensure that Fairtrade stays high in the priorities of all churches in the area.

Fairly Traded products are high quality, – because the farmers choose the best of the best for Fair Trade.

Fairtrade consumable products are readily available – see our directory of retail outlets on our website.

Fair Trade is growing – join us and make the world a better place for everyone, but especially for those who need it most.

Posted on January 7th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News


If anyone is visiting Nepal do please go to the wonderful Fairtrade craft shop on the edge of Patan, part of greater Kathmandu. Their website is
Below is a quote from their website:
Dhukuti is our four-story treasure trove for the fair trade consumer. Located in Lalitpur (Patan), Dhukuti displays our entire line of ACP items. The individual customer can browse, touch, shop and learn about our process and philosophies. It is a favourite place amongst tourists and Nepalis because of its authenticity and accessibility.
We were captivated, it is an Aladdin’s cave of Fairtrade crafts, sadly we only has small holdalls as we had been walking in the hills and so were limited in how much we could pack. The quality of every thing we saw was incredibly high and the range was amazing.
We explained that we were involved in the Fairtrade movement in the UK and they were delighted that we could recognise them as partners in a world wide movement.
The shop is featured in the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet.
Janice Gwilliam

Coordinator Fairtrade Malton and Norton

Posted on January 7th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Gold: always believe in your soul

Bradford and bling came together with a presentation on Fairtrade gold at Bradford Cathedral on 12th September.

Dan Omondi Odida, a gold miner from Kenya, came to speak to a crowd of seventy Fairtrade supporters, including attendees from the University of Bradford.

Karen Palframan (Fairtrade Yorkshire and Fairtrade Bradford Zone) and Dan Omondi Odida Photo credit: John Sargent

Karen Palframan (Fairtrade Yorkshire and Fairtrade Bradford Zone) and Dan Omondi Odida Photo credit: John Sargent

The Dean welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and ethical jewellers Rory McQuaid (the Ethical Jeweller, Otley) and Caroline Kindy (Element Jewellery, Hebden Bridge) supported Dan in the presentation, alongside Adam Gardner from the national Fairtrade Foundation and Mark Dawson and Karen Palframan of Fairtrade Yorkshire.

Dan spoke of the need for Fairtrade gold in order to address injustice in the gold trade.  This includes the lack of a fair price, child labour, ill health as a result of processing the gold, and environmental  damage caused by gold mining.

Fairtrade gold guarantees a fair price and a Fairtrade premium in addition (which can be spent by gold mining cooperatives to improve life in their communities).  The Fairtrade gold scheme includes safety and environmental standards.

Photo credit: John Sargent

Photo credit: John Sargent

You can check out Fairtrade gold jewellery for sale on these websites:

The Ethical Jeweller

Element Jewellery

Fairtrade gold rings will also be available from Argos.


Find out more about Fairtrade gold at the new ‘discover gold’ site:

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Holme Valley Fairtrade are winners

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Holme Valley Fairtrade is the WINNER of THE BIG FAIRTRADE BREAKFAST CHAMPION CATEGORY in The annual Fairtrade Foundation campaigner awards.holmfirth  The group was crowned as victor because of their involvement in the launch of the Fairtrade All Party Parliamentary Group held at Westminster during Fairtrade Fortnight.  The APPG was set up by Holly Lynch MP (Halifax) and Jason McCartney MP (Colne Valley).  The panel were particularly impressed with the way the APPG opportunity brought Fairtrade to a wide audience, engaging everyone along the way with a fun and thoughtful approach.

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Baildon scarecrows stand up for Fairtrade

“Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Fairtrade man
Bake me a cake as fair as you can”

‘Nursery rhymes’ was the theme for this year’s Baildon Scarecrow Walk with 70 scarecrows to be found around the town centre.  Baildon Fairtrade group designed and built one along with a huge ‘cake’ decorated with Divine chocolate wrappers.

The annual Scarecrow walk is organised by Baildon in Bloom. This years took place on a warm sunny September Saturday, with hundreds of people finding scarecrows in various locations around the town.

Families and children patted the enormous cake baked by the Fairtrade man and more than 330 children went away with Fairtrade stickers while adults joined them in trying delicious Fairtrade chocolate cake buns.  Interested young people and other supporters were offered information about how Fairtrade supports sustainable farming practices.  Many people say that they already buy Fairtrade products and yet the point still needs to be made that without this organisation these producers would not have a livelihood. “With farmers and workers, we can all share.”

Posted on September 14th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

Haworth and Keighley are the victors

Fairtrade Haworth and Fairtrade Keighley are the victors in the Fairtrade Foundation’s national campaigner awards.  Their ‘Fair Train’ event held on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway scooped the prize for the most creative breakfast held during Fairtrade Fortnight.  Many congratulations to Rita Verity and all the organisers and helpers.FairTrain_Banana - Copy

For the event, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (the first Fairtrade steam railway in the world) served breakfast on the 11am steam train for the 10 mile round trip on Saturday 5th March.

Starting in Oxenhope, where Morris dancers welcomed the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Fairtrade supporters boarded the train along with musicians who entertained the passengers. Ryan the banana joined the train in Haworth and, on arrival in Keighley, the Keighley Fairtrade group handed out roses.

Most passengers were unaware that there would be a free breakfast and there was great feedback about the delicious products from many who knew little about Fairtrade.

Fairtrade Haworth and Fairtrade Keighley are very grateful to the companies who donated Fairtrade goods, including: Co-op, Divine Chocolate, Liberation Nuts, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Tropical Wholefoods.

Posted on August 1st, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

New Fair Trade book available

An exciting new book has been published by York Fair Trade Forum.  Edited by experienced educationalists, it is suitable for use in the classroom or by youth groups.

Every school, youth group or Fair Trade group should have a copy (or several).Fair's Fair

We all depend on people and countries from far and near for the things we use and eat every day.

What we buy affects the lives of the people who grow, produce and make what we buy.

So, many of us buy Fairly Traded, or ‘Fairtrade’ goods, which give those who produce them a fair price and better working conditions.

There is a long history, in many different countries of people who have helped to improve the lives of producers by selling only goods which had been freely produced.

Read about just 10 of these courageous and visionary ‘champions’ in this book.

Buy 1-10 copies    £4 each plus postage

Buy 11-20 copies   £3.75 each plus postage

Buy 21 -24 copies    £3.50 each plus postage

Buy over 25 copies    £3.50 free postage

Orders from:

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c/o Fairer World, 84 Gillygate York YO317EQ

Posted on July 10th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Britain: Coming together?

Thoughts on post referendum Britain from Mark Dawson, Coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire and Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation.

Mark Dawson, Coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire:

Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union we are being asked to rally together as a nation.  For those of us who support Fair Trade this means we must come together on an agenda of fairness and justice.

Ironically, at this time when we are being asked to affirm ‘British values’, the country is more divided than at any time in living memory.

There are dangers with coming together on agendas which do not promote justice.  Certainly some of the visions of Britain outlined in the national newspapers have little to do with justice.  Their vision of Britain is bordering on the pathetic, seeing our country only as a fearful, inward looking, hysterical place.

One agenda that we can all come together on is to back employment rights.  Those rights which were ensured by the European Union, can be agreed upon and advanced by all our political leaders.

Employment rights, such as the minimum wage, maternity rights, sick pay, holiday pay, rights for those on temporary contracts and the right to have access to an industrial tribunal, should be placed at the heart of the agenda for Britain; with the Westminster Parliament guaranteeing these hard fought benefits.

A Britain which cares for its own workers, which improves the conditions in which they work, is one from which we can seek to improve the working and living conditions of all people who produce the goods that we enjoy, wherever in the world they may be.

Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation:

The result of the European Union referendum won’t just affect the UK.

It will have a huge impact on the lives of the farmers and workers in developing countries who grow our food, too.

How that plays out – positive or negative – is in part down to all of us.

Put simply, as the UK begins to reshape its relationship with the EU, it will need to renegotiate how it trades with other countries, both in Europe and the rest of the world.

That could put farmers and workers in a vulnerable position.

Too often in the past, trade has been structured and regulated in a way that has given too much to those with power and wealth and too little to those who are powerless and poor.

Your support is needed now more than ever.

Fairtrade has shown that trade and business can be incredible forces for good, if the benefits are shared fairly. That way, everyone involved has the chance to earn a decent living, and protect their health, rights and the environment.

Over the coming months, and even years, we will need to work hard to ensure our politicians keep in mind the interests of poor farmers and workers as much as our own.

Together we will need to support them to get a fairer deal, so that they can send their children to school and invest in their futures, build strong communities and withstand the ravages of climate change.

I know that all of us who believe in a fair and just world can come together and fight harder than ever for exactly that.

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Gidney

Chief Executive, Fairtrade Foundation

Posted on July 10th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News