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It's Chocolate Week!
Well, it was when these were taken. It isn't now, of course. Unless it's Chocolate Week next year, in which case it is.
These fine chocolate lovers are Lesley from Nature's Harvest (with their vegan bar); Katharine from Morrisons; Helen at Waitrose; and Vanessa from Marks and Spencers.
Here's a practical route map for helping Developing Country people: buy Fairtrade chocolate, unwrap, open mouth, eat. More detailed instructions available on request.
Did you see us at Rushmere Food Festival?
Surprisingly we had no food. Despite this, we gave away a load of our recipe leaflets (see below), and ran a competition to win beans.
Someone won. Not one of us, so I don't know who they are.
Product of the month for September
Yarkov wearing a pineapple costume, advertising Marks and Spencers blackcurrant jam.
Some things are best not thought about too deeply.
It needed more organisation than D-Day, more hard work than a Fortnite training schedule, and more belief in its eventual arrival than a bag of frogs, but the supermarket Fairtrade league table is now out:
All those who doubted it was going to happen, hang your heads in shame. Good has triumphed over evil, the universe is set straight in its course, and frogs are about to become our new overlords.
In the meantime, please continue to buy Fairtrade items, available at our local supermarkets as above.
Canal Festival 2019
A big thanks to the people at The Print Place who gave up lunch to cut cards for our Wheel of Fortune.
We were there at the Canal Festival again, giving away everso tiny bars of chocolate. And playing was free! As in actual free, not as in after a month you pay free.
The Wheel of Fortune is kinda dangerous now, so we make people put on high vis jackets to play,
We were also giving away copies of our unbelievable recipe leaflet (read the health and safety warning first. In fact you should probably wear a high vis jacket throughout the preparation process.).
We just got renewed!
Now, that heading has been on this page since Tony Blair was Prime Minister. But it just happened again!!
So we're really happy, and we were celebrating late into the night by consuming lots of Fairtrade products (chocolate, wine good for that, roses less so).
At long last, here is the certificate, if you like that sort of thing:
What? You want to know more? Goodness, that's never happened before. Well, here's the link:
Fill your face at our expense
Did you grab a free chocolate square or four at Oxfam on the Saturday of Chocolate Week?
They did. And loved it so much most of them went and bought whole bars.
Pop down to Oxfam and buy a bar. Do it before 31st October. No ifs or buts.
We decided on that heading because this is a display at Trinity Methodist Church. Sometimes headlines are really easy to write.
This is linked to the Oxjam live music event on 5th October. Rock and Roll!!
Apparently it's 25 years since the Fairtrade mark was introduced. Who knew?
Well this lot, apparently. Because they were in London celebrating.
That's a big banana. Wouldn't like to get that home on the train.
House of Coffee, we love you
First up, it's not a house made out of coffee. This isn't a liquid version of Hansel and Gretel's gingerbread house.
The House of Coffee in Peacock Mews now does Fairtrade coffee, and it's brilliant. That man knows more about coffee than 1000 high street 'baristas' glued together for some reason.
So if you're a business, stop messing around with some faceless coffee machine corporation from the grim north who bulk out their coffee grindings with wood shavings. Talk to Nick.
Shoppers can also get his ravishing FT coffee, too. So good. So good.
Have you got a minute?
Of course you do. You were only going to do something pointless on social media.
So here's something worth doing. The Fairtrade Foundation have a petition going on. It's to the Prime Minister, insert name of current PM.
We're just asking the PM to take the exploitation out of our chocolate (It's like taking prawn out of our chocolate. Best done.)
Please sign. It's easy. So,so easy.
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 awake), 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 on the 5 goals page (nothing to do with football please note), and other sections will tell you how we continue to do the paperwork 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 contact section.
If not, but would like to support Fair Trade in other ways, the website 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 random sections for old news.
Who knows what delights you might find? It could be a recipe, a newsletter, or the steering committee singing the Banana Song.
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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