Our popular FAIRTRADE CHRISTMAS MARKET will be held on

25th NOVEMBER AT OAKHAM CASTLE

10am until 3pm

Enjoy browsing a wide variety of stalls and find out more about our work

The 2017 Rutland Fairtrade Market will be held on Saturday 25 November at Oakham Castle and will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm with free admission, providing an excellent opportunity to stock up on ethically produced gifts and foods in the run up to Christmas.

There will be a fabulous variety of stallholders, offering Fairtrade and ethically traded products from around the world, including foods, clothes, jewellery, accessories, toys and hand-made crafts. In addition, there will be stalls selling locally made items including crafts and aromatherapy products. While browsing the stalls, visitors will be able enjoy Fairtrade refreshments and homemade cakes. There will also be information on current Fairtrade campaigns.

Through buying Fairtrade products, visitors to the market will be helping producers in some of the world’s poorest countries to use trade as a means of improving their living standards. These producers receive a guaranteed price for their produce plus a Fairtrade premium which is invested in social or environmental projects in their wider communities.

10 Years of Rutland’s Fairtrade Status

Fairtrade Fortnight this year marked Rutland’s 10th anniversary of gaining its Fairtrade status.

If you are interested in learning more about Fairtrade Rutland you can contact us by emailing rutlandfairtrade@gmail.com

 

If you would like to join our Steering Group please email us rutlandfairtrade@gmail.com or contact 01572 771082

We hold our Steering Group meetings every other month at Oakham Methodist Church

The next meeting of the Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group will be on Tuesday 5 December at 7:30pm in the Methodist Church, Northgate, Oakham

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 

The many visitors to the Fairtrade Big Brew held at Oakham Methodist church hall on Saturday 4th March were invited to “Taste the Good in their Coffee.”  High quality coffees from Africa and South America were available to enjoy along with other drinks and delicious homemade cakes.

A special visitor, Esther Koskei, chair of the Kabng’etuny Women in Coffee Association in Kenya, spoke to explain what was “good” about choosing to drink Fairtrade marked coffee.  Members of her own association of small coffee producers have been empowered by the training provided through Fairtrade marketing support and are now giving a lead to other producers in their area.  An illustration is that they have been able to build biogas units which use animal dung to produce gas for cooking so they no longer have to walk miles to collect firewood for wood burning cookers.  They are healthier because they now do not have to breathe the smoke from the open fires – and the outflow from the biogas unit is excellent fertilizer for the coffee bushes.They still face major problems including droughts associated with climate change.

Along with thousands of other growers who produce high quality coffees to Fairtrade standards they are only able to sell a proportion of it to the Fairtrade market.  They need more consumers to buy Fairtrade.

Esther also met young people at Catmose College and travelled to other areas of the East Midland to share her story and to encourage more people to “Taste the Good in their Coffee.”

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 will run from 26 February to 11 March, with the theme of “Come on in”. Please contact the Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group if you have any suggestion for promoting Fairtrade in Rutland during Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
email us rutlandfairtrade@gmail.com or contact 01572 771082

 

2016

We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th April.  The steering group remains unchanged for the next year, chaired by David Lewis.

The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 29th February – 13th March 2016 was BREAKFAST and as part of this year’s campaign we again held a Big Brew.  This time on Saturday 5th March 10-12 at Oakham Methodist Church, Northgate, Oakham.  It was very well attended and thank you again for all your support!

Christmas Market

A total of 717 people visited our event at Oakham Castle and we were blessed with very good weather.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

2015

The annual Rutland Fairtrade Market was held on Saturday 14 November 2015 at Victoria Hall on Oakham High Street. Thank you to everybody that was able to come along.

Through buying Fairtrade products, visitors to the market were able to help producers in some of the world’s poorest countries to use trade as a means of improving their living standards. These producers receive a guaranteed price for their produce plus a Fairtrade premium which is invested in social or environmental projects in their wider communities.

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A World of Fair Trade Producers

Video from World Fair Trade Organization

The County of Rutland was granted Fairtrade Status in March 2007.  This means that a certain level of support has been reached in the promotion and use of Fairtrade marked products in all sectors of the community – local authorities, retail outlets, restaurants, cafés, businesses, clubs and associations, schools and churches.  Rutland County Council and the Town Councils of  Oakham and Uppingham have all resolved to support and promote this initiative.

Receiving the Fairtrade County certificate

Receiving the Fairtrade County certificate, Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland with Sher Ghazi, manager of a dried fruit co-operative in Pakistan, at a ceremony in Oakham Castle

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