This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight events in Monmouthshire mark a double celebration – the Fairtrade Mark was first introduced 20 years ago, and the county’s Fairtrade status has recently been renewed!
Monmouthshire’s active and enthusiastic Fairtrade Town groups have organised a host of events between 23rd February and 8th March, ranging from storytelling and cookery demonstrations to pancake parties. As well as being a lot of fun, all the events help to remind that buying products with the Fairtrade Mark guarantees a fair deal and better conditions for farmers and producers in developing countries.
Councillor Phil Hobson, cabinet member responsible for sustainability said: “The success of our application to renew our Fairtrade County status is a testament to the energy and hard work put in by our Fairtrade Town groups. They work tirelessly all year round to help make people realise that what they put in their shopping baskets can really help to improve people’s lives”.
Monmouthshire County Council will also be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a Fairtrade sale for staff, and a Fairtrade quiz.
Events in Abergavenny, Chepstow, Usk and Monmouth are listed below with details of contacts for the Fairtrade Town organisations.
Abergavenny: Katrina Gass, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01873 855760
Chepstow: Julia Parsons, email@example.com Tel: 01291 622163
Monmouth: Bethia Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01600 719993
Usk: Ruth Prince, email@example.com Tel: 01291 673385
Fri 27th Feb 6.30pm Fairtrade meeting with Martha Holman, entry £5 incl. drink and nibbles, Monmouth Priory, Monmouth
Sat 28th Feb 10-12noon Fairtrade Coffee morning , Abergavenny Library
Sat 28th Feb 7 for 7.30pm Annual Fairtrade Social, all welcome. Bring food and drink to share. Awaiting confirmation of a Fairtrade producer as guest speaker. Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny
Sun 1st March 10-30-4pm Free hands-on cookery workshop for accompanied children and families using Fairtrade produce to make popular Welsh recipes, New Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street, Abergavenny
Sun 1st March 10.30am Morning Service with focus on Fairtrade , Methodist Church, Abergavenny
Thurs 5th March 10.30am -12.30pm Coffee Morning Fairtrade stall, Christchurch Community Hall, Abergavenny
Fri 6th March 10.30-12noon Coffee Morning Fairtrade stall, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny
Fri 6th March 2pm Women’s World Day of Prayer Fairtrade stall, Trinity Church, Abergavenny
Fri 27th March 10am -1pm Coffee morning with “Just Food” cookery demo from 10.30-11.30, entry £3.50 incl. drink, demo and nibbles, Centenary Hall, Usk