Update from the chairman
Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
Fairtrade Fortnight was a big success in Felixstowe – despite the atrocious weather in the first week. The launch at Trinity Methodist Church on Monday 26 February by the Deputy Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman was very well attended. There was a Fairtrade walk organised in conjunction with Felixstowe Walkers before the launch. Following the launch Fairtrade refreshments were served.
On Saturday 3 March we held a ‘family fun day’ at the library in co-operation with Felixstowe Youth Forum and the library. There were games and competitions for children, a chocolate fountain (courtesy of the Co-op), Fairtrade refreshments, a Fairtrade stall, a raffle and a tombola. There was a steady flow of children and adults throughout the day and people were pleased to see the former café area being put to good use. Thanks to library staff and all other who helped and supported the event.
On Saturday 10 March a Fairtrade coffee morning was held at the United Reformed Church.
In addition talks were given to local schools about Fairtrade and there were various initiatives to publicise Fairtrade with several features in the local press.
Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns (SAFT)
SAFT held its second annual conference last July at Kessingland. There was a useful exchange of experiences and we were very pleased to welcome Leiston as a new member of the group. The next conference will be held in Felixstowe on 30 June with guest speaker Mike Gidney the Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation.
For more information on SAFT visit their website at: www.suffolkfairtrade.org.uk
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