Busy Fairtrade Fortnight in Penistone

The Mad Hatter’s skating tea party at Penistone Leisure Centre.

Here’s a roundup of Fairtrade Fortnight events in the bustling market town of Penistone.

Monday 27 February marks the tenth anniversary since Penistone became a Fairtrade Town.  Joy was interviewed about Fairtrade by Steve Dobson on Penistone FM.

Tuesday 28 February – a coffee morning in Penistone Library.  Friends from St Andrew’s Church made the cakes and served the visitors with free cups of Fairtrade coffee or tea.  Three town/borough councillors were among the many visitors.

On the two Thursdays we offered passers-by a free taster of Co-op’s own Fairtrade chocolate.  The servers were students from the Be Proud committee at Penistone Grammar School.

Carolyn Morris was behind her regular weekly Fairtrade stall at the Country Market in St John’s Community Centre, and St John’s Church hosted the regular Thursday and Saturday coffee mornings serving Fairtrade products.

Heather and Benji outside the Cherrydale Restaurant

Friday 3 March – a Divine Chocolate evening at St John’s Community Centre, supported by a generous grant from Penistone Town Council. David Greenwood-Haigh advised a packed hall how to properly taste chocolate (from a tasting board) and then demonstrated how to make a delicious rhubarb and chocolate tart.  Then Carolyn and Ian Morris closed the evening with an illustrated talk about the cocoa producers they had visited in Ghana.

On the Thursday and Saturday mornings we showcased the range of Fairtrade goods on sale at Tesco.  Angela Smith MP was one of the many visitors.  The volunteers were members from the Penistone churches.


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