Faith Groups

Fairtrade Fortnight in Bradford Zone


Baildon Co-op, Northgate, hosted a Fairtrade stall to display Fairtrade items on sale in the store.  Customers were encouraged to try a different Fairtrade tea selected from Assam, Indian Prince and English Breakfast; all stocked by the Co-op.  The manager, Mark Millman, has also made up a hamper of Fairtrade goods as the prize for a quiz open to all, the winner being announced at the end of the Fortnight. 

Six pupils from Baildon Church of England Primary School assisted on the stall during the afternoon, enthusiastically engaging people in conversations about Fairtrade and justice.  They were also taken on a tour of the store to see what Fairtrade products were available and asked questions about why certain items were not Fairtrade certified. Their teacher, Mrs F Wilkinson, said that the children had enjoyed a stimulating afternoon.  The school is working towards Fairtrade status and hosted a Fairtrade Coffee Morning on Friday 10th March for parents/carers of children in Year 5.  The children had baked Fairtrade goodies, and were very keen to explain Fairtrade to the adults who attended.

Bradford Cathedral

On Sunday March 5th, approximately 40 adults and children enjoyed a Fairtrade Breakfast at Bradford Cathedral, during Fairtrade Fortnight. their children to school. We enjoyed a breakfast that included Fairtrade muesli, jam, marmalade, chocolate spread, homemade muffins, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice. At the same time, we gave our support to local businesses by enjoying locally produced bread, butter, honey and milk. In the service that followed the Breakfast, the children led the prayers, ‘that those who teach about justice and trading in our schools may look for new ways to share their interest in breaking the cycle of poverty so that children will know about the need for fairness in trade’.


Ilkley Fairtrade Group members and Ilkley Oxfam Manager with the Sanctuary’s window

Over the last few weeks, the Sanctuary team in Ilkley, including artist Barbara Macnish, have been pouring hours into preparing what we think may even be the world’s first piece of art painted on tea-bags! It was all done for love; we wanted to help thousands of people think about the people who really bring them their tea, and to consider choosing Fairtrade as a result.


Posted on March 29th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

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

Super Diocese votes for Fairtrade

The Church of England super Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales has voted to work to become a Fairtrade Diocese.

A vote was taken at the Diocesan Synod on March 12th.Diocese

Synod members enthusiastically supported a motion to work towards becoming a Fairtrade Diocese by writing to all churches asking them, where not already registered, to register as a Fairtrade Church.  A letter will also be sent to all Church of England schools asking them, if not already registered, to register as a Fairtrade school – and a Fairtrade steering group will be set up to steer the registration of the Diocese as a Fairtrade Diocese.

The motion was put by Ven Bev Mason, Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, pictured left with Kay Brown, Chaplain of Abbey Grange School who talked about the way schools can imaginatively adopt Fairtrade status.

The vote follows a campaign by Fairtrade supporters including: Barbara Judd, Heather Grinton and Rev Tina Walker who have worked hard to raise the profile of Fairtrade across the Diocese. Rev Tina said that she was ‘absolutely delighted and thrilled’ by the result of the Synod vote.

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Bradford Fairtrade Zone


Collaboration was the order of the day on Saturday 5th March when Ilkley Fairtrade Group, Ilkley Soroptimists and local Girlguiding Rombalds District leaders organised an outdoor four hour ‘Big Fairtrade Breakfast’ event at Ilkley bandstand. Free Fairtrade hot chocolate, orange and apple juice were on offer, as well as freshly cooked pancakes with a range of Fairtrade toppings.

Ben Rhydding Community Choir

Ben Rhydding Community Choir

The drinks, bananas and pancake ingredients were kindly donated by the Co-op, M&S, Booths, Tesco and Greggs. There was a rolling programme of bandstand entertainment featuring The White Rose Chorus, Ben Rhydding Primary School choir, Ben Rhydding Community Choir, Leeds Briggate Morris dancers and a local saxophonist. Traidcraft items were on sale and the Ilkley Co-op manager raffled a hamper of Co-op Fairtrade goods. £400 was raised from breakfast donations and the hamper raffle, and was sent to a Fairtrade project in Kenya helping women earn an independent income from coffee farming. The funds went to this specific project to mark International Women’s Day and highlight the work that Fairtrade does to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Two local churches organised Fairtrade breakfasts during Fairtrade Fortnight, and Ilkley Fairtrade Group had one of the community stalls at the inaugural ‘Real Food Ilkley’ market on Sunday 6th March. The new market was a great success and provided the opportunity to explain how Fairtrade and local go hand in hand, helping support farmers both near and far.
Karen Palframan, Ilkley Fairtrade Group



More than 60 Fairtrade breakfasts were served in St John’s Church Hall, Baildon, on Saturday 19 March. Children from the uniformed groups had decorated paper plates with a Fairtrade breakfast and these were hung along Fairtrade bunting around the hall. Tables were set with Fairtrade products donated by the Co-op, marmalade made by members, and locally produced milk and butter.Baildon

Naturally some children brought along their parents to see their plates and a warm welcome was provided. All expressed their pleasure in the breakfast and seven people expressed an interest in joining the local Fairtrade group.

This event was also an opportunity for Baildon Friends of the Earth and Fairtrade Group to work together to communicate our shared concern for the world-wide issue of sustainability – protecting the environment and tackling climate change. A superb display on Fairtrade and the Sustainability Goals was on show as well as a Fairtrade stall.

Thanks to the generosity of the Co-op, Baildon Fairtrade Group has been able to send £160 to the Traidcraft Exchange fund. An enjoyable and successful event raised funds to support producer projects around the world.


With sunlight streaming through the West Window, 54 people sat down to enjoy a Fairtrade Breakfast, as well as locally produced milk, butter, bread and honey.10th Anniversary Bradford copy

Following the morning Eucharist service, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Joanne Dodds, cut a Fairtrade chocolate cake to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bradford Fairtrade Zone. The Lord Mayor endorsed the decision of the Council meeting on 19th January this year, when it was overwhelmingly agreed that Bradford Council should renew the commitment to Fairtrade.


29th Feb. 2016Chris Farren with Karen, Anna and Mike at Fairtrade  Display

Business and community leaders met for a networking and information Fairtrade breakfast hosted by M&S in their Broadway store café. Presentations on Fairtrade and the Bradford Fairtrade Zone were given by Mike de Villiers and Karen Palframan, and the commitment of M&S to support, through Fairtrade, their producer communities was given by Chris Farren, M&S operations manager. Councillor Adrian Farley, the leader of a renewed commitment by Bradford M.D.C. to support Fairtrade and Bradford Fairtrade Zone, expressed his pleasure at the success of the venture in raising awareness at a venue in the city centre.

Watch the Fairtrade Fortnight video from M&S.


Baildon Fairtrade Town Stall in Northgate Co-op, Baildon, West Yorks, Friday March 4th.

A Fairtrade Breakfast display and samples of chocolate engaged shoppers to discuss the benefits of Fairtrade. As well as signing up to hold their own Fairtrade Breakfast, many shoppers came back to the stall to show us what Fairtrade products they had purchased for the first time. We registered 645 Fairtrade Breakfasts, the number including many shoppers who would be having a Fairtrade Breakfast each morning for the rest of the Fortnight.


Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Leeds leads the way

Faith leaders were leading the way at Leeds’ Merrion Centre on Thursday 3rd March with the holding of a Fairtrade breakfast.

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The Breakfast table looked very festive, with the banners and balloons and lots of shoppers paused to see what was going on.

There was a display of Fairtrade items for sale from the local Morrisons and also a display of Fairtrade items from the Beehive, the local Fairtrade shop.
Leaders from all faiths in Leeds were invited.  Amongst the attendees pictured are Bishop Paul Slater, Esther Hugenholtz, Krystal Holms, Gurmukh Singh, Usha Bhardwaj, Mr Birdi and Ashraf Hamad. It was lovely for everyone to mix and chat and at the same time have a grand breakfast.

Children have also been taking a lead in Leeds.

Schools from across West Yorkshire celebrated Fairtrade by designing and delivering their own workshops at a special event at Leeds Civic Hall on Friday March 4th.

The event, organised by Leeds Development Education Centre and Fairtrade Leeds is part of a wider national programme which aims to raise awareness of the millions of farmers and workers struggling to feed themselves and their families, while supplying our breakfast tables with food and drink, such as bananas, cocoa and coffee.

Fabian Hamilton MP presented schools with Global Learning Charter certificates, for work on valuing Global Learning within school. Greg Mulholland MP presented Bala footballs to students from local schools and then gave a short speech in which he encouraged local sports teams, such as Leeds Rhinos to use Fairtrade sports equipment. Greg congratulated Fairtrade as an organisation for branching out beyond food to other sustainable products, such as the Fairtrade footballs and Rugby balls.Leeds schools (2)

Last week Greg highlighted the importance of Fairtrade Fortnight in the House of Commons by tabling an Early Day Motion (EDM 1137) welcoming Fairtrade Fortnight 2016.

Commenting, Greg Mulholland MP said:

“I really enjoyed attending this fantastic event, which was very well organised by Leeds Development Education Centre. It is important that young people especially are encouraged to learn about Fairtrade produce and where their food comes from. As the consumers of the future, they have the power to change Britain’s buying habits.

It is terrible that the people we all depend on to grow food are not able to feed themselves and their families. Fairtrade do excellent work supporting these people, but more must be done to support the hundreds of millions of people going hungry across the world.”

Also commenting on the event, Hannah Langdana of the Leeds Development Education centre said:

“It was a fantastic event with children from across the city creating and delivering wonderful, hands on workshops on Fairtrade . It is another important step in making Leeds a Child Friendly City, where awareness about children’s rights locally and globally is raised. ”

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Busy time for Fairtrade in Craven

It has been a busy time in Craven schools during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Breakfast at Giggleswick Primary

Breakfast at Giggleswick Junior School

There were a total of 11 Fairtrade breakfasts in Craven primary schools, together with 4 Fairtrade bake competitions, lots of learning in lessons, 5 Fairtrade stalls in primary and secondary schools, a Fairtrade coffee morning, more than 20 Fairtrade assemblies, a photographic competition, designing hats for Fairtrade farmers at Ermysted’s Grammar School, a quiz night at Glusburn Primary School, and teachers dressing up as bananas for the day at Skipton Girls’ High School and raising more than £500 for the Fairtrade Foundation.

Here is a write up from Glusburn Primary School:

“On Friday 11th march, we celebrated the final day of Fair trade Fortnight by enjoying a delicious breakfast!!!
The children arrived in their pyjamas with a Fairtrade banana each. To this we added toast with FT honey and jam and we drank FT hot chocolate. Delicious!!  The children were very careful when spreading their toast with jam and they made note of how bread changes in texture and colour when it is heated. We thought about the FT farmers and how they would benefit from the sale of their products by being fairly paid.”

At Carleton CofE Primary School there were two competitions held to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.  The rule of the Selfie Competition was to take a photograph of yourself eating breakfast in an unusual place.  The winner, Connie lives on a farm so decided to visit the cows.  A ‘cup of chocolate’ took the prize in the Fairtrade Cake Bake.

Connie's winning photo

Connie’s winning photo

The Quakers in Skipton organised an amazing brunch in the Meeting House. The homemade granola was the best granola ever tasted and included seven Fairtrade ingredients – brazil nuts, soft brown sugar, dark brown Muscovado sugar, dried apricots, mango, pineapple and banana. The lady who master minded it is Jette Howard.


Mid-way through Fair Trade Fortnight, a Fair Trade breakfast was held at the Broughton Hall near Skipton. With the message ‘Stand up for Farmers’, there was information about how farmers in developing countries can be helped, as well as an emphasis on the problems facing dairy farmers in the local area.Skipton

Read the West Yorkshire and the Dales Diocesan Rural Officer’s write up of the event on the Diocesan website.


Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Fairtrade Fortnight in the East Riding

Cherry Burton celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight by joining with the rest of the country in holding a Big Fairtrade Breakfast in the St Michael’s Centre on Saturday March 5th.

The menu was packed with Fairtrade and Yorkshire products in recognition of the importance of farmers in developing countries and our own Yorkshire farmers.

Fairtrade mueslis and orange juice were followed by a cooked breakfast of East Riding Country Pork bacon and Field House Farm, North Newbald eggs, accompanied by toast and Fairtrade marmalade/jam/honey, and all washed down by a choice of Fairtrade ground coffees or tea. Even the milk was local from Chestnut dairies and butter from the Dales Creamery.Cherry Burton 1

Ros Stanley from Cherry Burton Fairtrade and Local Produce Group said:

“Fairtrade means many producers and workers are able to put enough food on the table for themselves and the people they care about, all year round. We have been campaigning for Fairtrade for thirteen years, and have learned what a difference it makes for the world’s most vulnerable communities.

400 million hungry people live on small farms and work to produce many of the foods we eat or drink. Fairtrade is something everyone can engage in and make a positive difference in our very challenging world.”

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Fairtrade East Riding set up a display in BP’s staff restaurant at their Saltend site, East Yorkshire. BP is the flagship employer for East Riding of Yorkshire Fairtrade County. FERN (Fairtrade East Riding Network) members arranged the display on the first day of Fairtrade Fortnight with the co-operation of BP’s restaurant manager, Melanie Young and their estates manager, Jacqueline Turley.

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

West Yorkshire’s 2016 Poster competition

big-fairtrade-breakfastThe Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales are holding another poster competition ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016. Simply design an A4 poster promoting a Fairtrade Breakfast – and remember to include the Fairtrade Mark!

This competition is open to individuals, schools, colleges and groups of all ages within the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, which covers Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Ripon and Wakefield (see a map of the Diocese here). The closing date is March 21st.

Prizes will be awarded in three Age-groups: Pre-School & Primary School Age, Secondary School Age, and Adults (18+). To enter, scan the original artwork and email it to Tina Walker at The name of the artist, their age-group and their organisation should be written on the artwork, so that each piece is clearly identifiable.

Certificates & Fairtrade Mini-hampers will be awarded to the winners. Read more at the Diocese website.

Posted on January 6th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

Horsforth gallops to Fairtrade status

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.

Horsforth campaign group at the Farmers' Market

Horsforth campaign group at the Farmers’ Market

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.

Rev Matt Wright

Rev Matt Wright

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.”


Posted on May 16th, 2015 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Students map Fairtrade in Leeds

A group of undergraduate students at the University of Leeds are mapping the involvement of religious groups in Fairtrade activity across Leeds.  As part of the University’s Community Religions Project, the six students are investigating the impact of different religious groups on Fairtrade promotion and campaigning.  They are looking at how support for Fairtrade relates to religious belief and to the nature of Leeds as a large and diverse city.Mapping fairtrade logo

The project is part of the Third Year course ‘the Religious Mapping of Leeds’ which is supervised by Dr. Melanie Prideaux and Mark Dawson.  Cynthia Dickinson has acted as the community contact.

On  April 28th the students gave a presentation at the University of Leeds Business School which was well attended.  Following the talk there was a lively discussion.  The student interest in Fairtrade action carried out by religious groups in Leeds was warmly welcomed by the stakeholders at the presentation.  The findings of the research are to be published in a report which will be available next month; this is eagerly awaited by the stakeholders.


Posted on May 16th, 2015 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News