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We're going to have a redesigned website soon!

This will only affect the look. The content won't improve any.

Immense news!

The 2017 'What FT products can you buy in Leighton-Linslade?' table is now out. See below.


We plough the fields, then scatter


Here's the Fairtrade display for Trinity Methodist Harvest Festival.



I'm guessing that food got eaten after the service. They call it hungering after righteousness.


Thank Fudge For That

They had the stall next to us at the Canal Festival. Their fudge was so brilliant that it couldn't even begin to say. So I won't.


Why am I telling you all this, I hear you say (I have very good hearing)?


Because they use Fairtrade ingredients. Once again, a happy marriage between doing good, and stuffing your face with the finest food known to humanity is possible. So get buying!



The nice lady who uses Fairtrade. Contact her via the website here.


Sorry, have you got a literal minute?


Up until now, we really liked Sainsbury's, because they did loads and loads of Fairtrade. But now our committee is sad about them, and not even singing musical theatre songs is helping.


It seems they're ditching Fairtrade tea, and that's not nice.


Change.org have a petition about this here, supported by loads of charities, or you could write to: Mr Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, J Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s Store Support Centre, 33 Holborn,  London EC1N 2HT


A big thanks to those of you who get involved.


Fairtrade product for October


Product of the month is awaiting a new picture to be sent to me. So here's the one for October for now, and we'll see later what the product actually is.

There must be a better way of doing this.




These are bananas. No, really, I checked with the app.

You can get these at all the major supermarkets in town. (Not sure about Sainsbury's.) Since it's that easy, don't buy non-Fairtrade, because you'll make our Chair cry.



In an absolutely thrilling turn of events to our regular reader(s) we now have the July 2017 table to show you:



Fuzzy Buzzy goes to Pulford

Who? read on. Anyway, here he is at Pulford School. I hope he beehived humself.




Guess the name of the Mascot

(The 2017 Dovery Down football tournament)


We were there, obviously, or there wouldn't be much point in mentioning it.


We were running a competition to guess the name of our new mascot, which will come with us to all events until someone steals it:

I rather liked Bee McBeeFace, and also Methusalah Rameses Wikipedia III.


The winner will get a Fairtrade football. You didn't know they existed? Well, they do, they look and play great. So next time you buy a football BUY FAIRTRADE.


EXCITING UPDATE the bee's name is Fuzzy Buzzy, and the winner is Hayden Reyland. Well done!


A great choice of name- in fact it's the bee's knees.



Here are some kids having a go:


Meerkat of  the  year (so far)




This is Fickle randomly enjoying some yummy Fairtrade ice cream.


We got renewed!


A letter's just arrived telling us we've renewed our Fairtrade status. More details here.


The certificate will arrive soon. Just be patient. It will come.



Even More Importantly


We have an updated FAQ section!


(No-one was asking the questions in the old one.)


Click on the "FAQ" tab for details.


 How We Got Here


 On 20th January 2006, in front of an enthusiastic audience (mostly), Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Harriet Lamb, presented Town Mayor Councillor Mark Freeman with a certificate conferring Fairtrade Town status on Leighton-Linslade.

We are Bedfordshire's first Fairtrade Town!
In order to qualify for Fair Trade Town status, we had to complete five separate goals. These are explained
HERE on this website, and other sections will tell you how we continue to satisfy them.

If you feel inspired to get involved with our organisation, or can help in any way, we would be delighted to hear from you- see the relevant section. If not, but would like to support Fair Trade in other ways, the same section has ideas. These are for the home, workplace, where you shop…

We also have a section detailing why buying Fair Trade matters, another with useful links, and a random section for news. It could be a recipe, a newsletter, or the steering committee singing the Banana Song.


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Canal Festival 2017
We were there again. As well as the usual pathetically small chocolate bar giveaway, you were also able to win a free Ben and Jerry's ice cream!

As you know, Ben and Jerry's do a lot with Fairtrade ingredients- remember the 'Not Fair!' advert? We really like them.

Even better, this very kind Ben and Jerry's ice cream seller agreed to give away some free ice creams to people who got a Super Win on our stall. We really like you!

So if you're buying ice cream, buy Ben and Jerry's. If you see this ice cream van, buy from him. While you're eating the wonderful ice cream, remember you're helping the most vulnerable people on the planet. Doesn't that make you feel all warm inside?

(Which is probably not what you want from an ice cream).

Some pictures from the event:

Note the string round the back of the wheel, which is preventing the Wheel of Fortune from falling on him. Health and Safety- don't neglect it.

Rumour has it one of them is Banksy.

Heathwood school fayre/fair/fare
We were there, with our fantastic raffle for not one, not three, but two Fairtrade hampers. Well done to our winners, and if you don't know if you're a winner, check your answerphone. No message, no prize.

We also had a guess the number of jelly beans in the jar competition. The answer was 220, obviously. Here's a picture of the lucky winner, who has an excellent taste in football teams:

These are magic beans; plant them and watch them grow into a giant jelly bean tree, with a jolly jelly giant at the top.

A great big Thank You to Heathwood (who are a Fairtrade school, by the way).

Church Riverside Beavers

They had a visit from a giant Fairtrade banana who taught them all about banana farmers, including a 'bonkers or bananas' game all about our favourite yellow fruit!


(Competition time- how many yellow fruits can you name. Don't bother entering as there's no prize.)




I guess now we have beavers by the riverside, a dam will get built.


Well done to Barista!


The sign says it all:


According to research, if you drink the coffee at Barista, and make a wish, it actually comes true 85.2% of the time. So get down there!



Who won the Morrisons hamper all stuffed with yummsy goodies?


The winners of the selfie competition are the Pilates class (see opposite for details).


And here's a picture of the winners, just to prove we didn't just steal the hamper:



And the junior winner was Taylor Lapworth of TACTIC




Well done for your coffee, Morrisons!


Whether you drink your coffee in the Cafeteria, the petrol station or the indoor machine, Morrisons do Fairtrade. We like Morrisons, especially as they helped us this Fairtrade Fortnight.


Here's a picture, in case you don't believe us:



What else did you do for Fairtrade Fortnight?

Well, since you ask, I'll tell you.


We're did a couple of of youth talks. Sick*.

Also some church events, some school talks, and something unknowable at Data Harvest, who we like.


Plus the main event at Morrisons on Saturday 4th March.


*Apparently 'sick' means good, as you'll know if you're under a certain age. Except in certain contexts, where it just means 'sick'. It can get confusing, as in "Jon was sick- it was sick".


 Is it Fairtrade?


Over 2,000 products now carry the Fairtrade mark which is your independent guarantee that the product really does make a difference to some of the poorest farmers in the world.













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