Settle sets out: Yorkshire’s newest Fairtrade Town campaign

Yorkshire’s roster of Fairtrade Towns is set for a new addition as Settle sets out on the path towards Fairtrade Town status.

Settle: Trading the Trainers

Starting this year, as part of ACE (Action on Climate Emergency, Settle) food group, several events were organised for Fairtrade Fortnight.  There were two at Settle Primary School. The founding father of the Fair Trade Town movement, Bruce Crowther led a chocolate making session with Year 3 and Liz Roodhouse, from Craven Development Education Centre, worked with Year 5 and 6 pupils using a ‘Trading the Trainers’ game. St John’s Methodist Church raised funds through a coffee morning and the church Eco-Explorers (4–11yrs) learnt about Fairtrade during their afternoon session.

And sorting out the beans (with Bruce Crowther)

So far, the Fairtrade Settle campaign has received support from the Town Council, all of the churches, the Quaker Meeting House and the Library.

As there are many events already held annually in Settle it makes sense to join those rather than create too many new ones. For example, every year from July to September there is a Flowerpot Festival and the Fairtrade Settle supporters are going to enter a display as part of this.  In the Autumn there is Settle Stories, this year the theme is Climate Justice and ACE will be in attendance.  The Fairtrade Foundation’s leaflet on Climate Justice fits nicely into that.

Posted on May 8th, 2023 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Shared Interest Event in York on May 25th

Find out more about the fair investment organisation, Shared Interest

When: May 25th 2023 at 12:00pm

Where: Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Join us in York to find out more about Shared Interest, learn about our impact and hear from our guest speaker.

Registration, lunch and an opportunity to meet other supporters
Overview of Shared Interest’s activities over the past year
A presentation from a guest speaker
Question and Answer session
Places are free but limited.

Book your place via Eventbrite here or by calling us on 0191 233 9101 or email

Priory Street Centre is within easy walking distance from York railway station.


Posted on May 7th, 2023 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Craven kids get creative

Christ Church Key Stage 1

In Craven, this year’s annual competition for schools was sponsored by Namaste-UK, the Skipton company that specialises in fairly traded clothing, accessories, unusual gifts, furniture and home furnishings mostly from Nepal, India, Thailand and Indonesia. Inspired by items made for Namaste using repurposed sari silk, children created bunting, banners, bags, scrunches, cushions and a quilt from left over fabrics, pre-loved garments, curtains and bedding and even discarded medical scrubs.

Lothersdale School

All the Key Stage 1 children at Christ Church School, Skipton, carefully chose fabrics to bring the greeting ‘namaste’ alive. “We had lots of fun designing, choosing materials and creating the letters for the sign” said Miss Garland, the Year 2 teacher. At Lothersdale School, the sewing group made bunting and used it at their Fairtrade coffee morning in the village hall.

A six year old boy, with a little help from his mum made a bag using one of his mum’s old jumpers that he couldn’t bear to see being thrown away. There was  a cushion made from a little brother’s Babygro too.

The upcycled bag

The competition provided an opportunity to link Fair Trade with the need to look after the environment and cut down on waste, and work in partnership with a local company supporting marginalised small producers.

Posted on May 7th, 2023 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Lothersdale School Council and their cool coffee morning

The Lothersdale school council (and some additional Year 5s) created a fabulous Fairtrade team this year and joined forces with Christ Church to hold a village coffee morning on Tuesday 14th March. What a fabulous turn out we had! Thank you to the children and parents who donated the delicious cakes and bakes to sell. During the coffee morning, the children from school spoke really clearly and confidently to adults from the community about what Fairtrade is and why it is so important to buy Fairtrade items. A big recognition goes to Jack A, whose Fairtrade passion and knowledge impressed lot of members of the public. A huge thank you to, Laila, Isabelle and Harry who excelled at selling squares to a game and congratulations to Stephen Cohen for winning the grand prize of your Fairtrade socks – we hope they keep you toasty warm and no more holes.

A new addition to the coffee morning this year, was the hugely successful tombola. Thank you to Fairtrade Yorkshire who donated £50 to Lothersdale Primary School so we were able to run this properly. The tombola was filled Fairtrade items from the CO-OP, Tesco, Aldi and items donated by ‘From the source’ in Skipton. The tombola raised £45 in total which will be donated towards Fairtrade charities.

A huge part of the coffee morning is connecting with the community, and we are really appreciative to Liz Roodhouse who joins us each year to promote her fairly traded items. On offer were a range of Fairtrade items including Easter eggs, socks and purses.

Posted on May 7th, 2023 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Cathedral Commended

Bradford Cathedral has been commended by the Fairtrade Foundation with the confirmation of its status as a ‘Fairtrade Church.’

This is valid for the next two years, the Cathedral having held the status since 2007.

Mike de Villiers of the Cathedral’s EcoGroup says:

“The Fairtrade Foundation has recognised Bradford Cathedral as a Fairtrade church, which recognises us for the Fairtrade products that we offer and our promotion of Fairtrade.”

The Revd Ned Lunn, Canon for Intercultural Mission and the Arts, says:

“We’re delighted that once again we have been awarded Fairtrade Church status.”

“This recognises the sustained passion and commitment Bradford Cathedral has shown over the years to seeking to live equitably with brothers and sisters across the globe as an expression of God’s justice and love for all people.”


Posted on March 26th, 2023 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

York Goes Bananas

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, members of York Fair Trade Forum gave away Fairtrade bananas in the city centre. But Yorkshire weather can threaten the best laid plans and the bananas were pedalled into the city during a snowstorm. Amazingly, bang on the stroke of noon when the giveaway was due to start, the snow stopped.

Although the conditions weren’t the best for having an outdoor chat, several passers-by did stop to learn more about fair trade. Lots of leaflets about York as a Fairtrade city, as well as free copies of the Forum’s booklet ‘Fair’s Fair’, were handed out. The five hardy volunteers distributed all the bananas to grateful snackers – though it was suggested that Fairtrade hot chocolate would have been more suitable given the temperature!


The Fairtrade bananas were kindly donated by local branches of Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.


Posted on March 26th, 2023 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Fairtrade Bonanza in Baildon

Baildon Northgate Co-op hosted a Fairtrade Stall from March 3rd to 11th .  Members of the Fairtrade group handed out a newly designed postcard and pointed out Fairtrade’s assistance for farmers in protecting their environment and the integrity of the natural world.

There was also  a display in the local library and talks for all 4 Primary Schools and  3 uniformed groups.

On Saturday 25 February there was a Fairtrade stall at Baildon Farmers Market selling goods as well as distributing information.

Posted on March 26th, 2023 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Celebrating a Milestone for Fairtrade in Skipton

Skipton’s Fairtrade group and Fairtrade businesses celebrate renewing Skipton’s Fairtrade Town status.

It’s nine years since Skipton Fairtrade Initiative formed and since then the group has gained Fairtrade Town status by achieving the five statutory goals, and renewed the status three times, most recently just a few weeks ago. Keeping the campaign momentum going was challenging during the pandemic so the renewal had definitely to be celebrated in style. Breakfast at Tiffany’s became breakfast at Elsworth Kitchen!

Members of the town’s Fairtrade group and representatives from two of the three Fairtrade businesses based in Skipton, and the Councillor member of the Embsay with Eastby Fairtrade Village group, were able to join in. On the menu were Fairtrade tea and coffee and delicious banana pancakes- the bananas were grown in the Dominican Republic, the world’s second largest producer of Fairtrade bananas, where fair prices and the Fairtrade Premium have transformed communities. In the words of Ramon Vargas, a small scale producer there, “Being part of this system means that I’ve been able to make my banana business profitable. This is because Fairtrade enables me to sell all my fruit at a fair price, throughout the year. Fairtrade has also helped the community by providing health insurance for farmers and their families”. After the pancakes sampling the new range of Fairtrade chocolates from Whitakers was an added bonus.

Working with Namaste, who are wholesalers and retailers of fairly traded home accessories, furnishings, furniture, gifts, incense, clothing, accessories, and jewellery, based at the Mill in Marton Street; Whitakers Chocolates, a family firm since 1889; From the Source, an ethical Fair Trade importer wholesaler and retailer with a shop on Coach Street; and the Manageress of the town’s general OXFAM shop meant, in the words of the Fairtrade Foundation (the awarding body), the renewal application ‘exceeded expectations’. The Fairtrade group were also praised and congratulated on their work with Skipton and Craven schools and other organisations in the town, e.g. Skipton Library.

Two former town councillors have been active and enthusiastic members of the Fairtrade group since its inception and this support has been much appreciated. Sadly one of them Alan Hickman died before this latest renewal came through. The second, Eric Jaquin, continues to be part of the group. The new Town Council representatives are Cllr Claire Nash and Cllr Winston Feather.

Future events being planned for the autumn are a Whitakers Chocolate and Fairtrade Wine tasting evening at Elsworth Kitchen, activities for all age groups during the Great Big Green Week between 24th and 2nd October, and pop up Fairtrade stalls. Acquiring Fairtrade Town signs before the end of this year is the main objective.

If anyone would like to help out on an occasional basis with events or join the Skipton Fairtrade Initiative please email liz at  It’s a small, friendly and lively group.

Posted on July 30th, 2022 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Chocolate Tea Party

Posted on June 21st, 2022 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Walk the Fair Trade Way

Posted on June 21st, 2022 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News