10 Years of Rutland’s Fairtrade Status
Fairtrade Fortnight this year marks Rutland’s 10th anniversary of gaining its Fairtrade status.
We will have a special visit from a Fairtrade coffee producer from Kenya. Esther Koskei will speak at 10.45am at The Big Brew Fairtrade Coffee Tasting to be held at Oakham Methodist church hall on Saturday 4th March from 10am to 12noon. Esther is chair of the Kabng’etuny Women in Coffee Association in Kenya and she will tell us of the impact which Fairtrade standards have had on coffee growers in her community. All are welcome to come and hear Esther talk, and to sample a variety of excellent Fairtrade coffees, as well as teas and home-made cakes.
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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!
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.
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.