Horsforth has become Yorkshire’s newest Fairtrade Town. The town on the north western edge of Leeds fulfilled all five goals in order to be awarded Fairtrade status. The Fairtrade Town campaign, coordinated by Baptist Minister, Rev Matt Wright, engaged with all sections of the community, including community groups, workplaces, businesses and the local media.
The Town Council was supportive and Councillor Janice Pritlove acted as the Council’s representative on the Fairtrade Steering Group that campaigned to achieve the status. Churches Together in Horsforth also took up the baton to help the town to make this amazing achievement. Many events were held in the run up to the status being awarded, including regular stalls at the Horsforth Farmers’ Market. Matt Wright’s culinary skills were put to the test at a pancake making event and local MP Stuart Andrew came to the market to support the Fairtrade campaign.
Coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire, Mark Dawson, congratulated Matt and the group on their success. “I know how much work has gone into this campaign and Matt and the team deserve to be thanked for everything they have done to make Horsforth a Fair Trade Town. Horsfordians have reason to be thoroughly proud.”