News from the Rutland Fairtrade Forum and our Upcoming Events.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

We will be holding a Big Brew on Saturday 2 March, from 10am to 12 noon, at the Methodist Church in Oakham


Our meetings take place at Oakham Methodist Church, Northgate, Oakham, Rutland every other month, usually a Tuesday at 7.30 PM.   AGM 9th April 2019  when we hope to be joined by Jenny Hurst, Membership & Community Ambassador at the Co op



Our popular FAIRTRADE CHRISTMAS MARKET will be held on


10:00 until 3:30

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


Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 ran from 27 February until 12 March



Come along to the Annual Fairtrade Christmas Market on Saturday November 26th  at Oakham Castle 10am – 3.30pm Enjoy browsing the wide variety of stalls and perhaps pick up some Christmas shopping along the way!



Saturday 14th November – Annual Rutland Fairtrade Market

Victoria Hall, High Street Oakham 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Contact David Lewis on 01780 721976 or email for more details


News 2014


Saturday 15th November – Annual Rutland Fairtrade Market

Oakham Castle 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Contact David Lewis on 01780 721976 or email for more details

News 2013


One of the stall holders

One of the stall holders at Rutland Fairtrade Market November 2013

Rutland enjoyed its best ever Fairtrade Market at Oakham Castle on 16th November 2013 with a larger number of stalls than ever before.  The huge range of fair trade and locally produced items on sale included beautiful hand woven fabrics from Mexico and Nepal; classy handbags made from grasses of the Mekong river; buttons, beads and baskets from Ghana and India; woollen blankets, rugs and scarves made from local wool; a huge range of crafts and gifts from all over the world; fairly traded foodstuffs and cakes, plus jams and Christmas puddings made with Fairtrade ingredients.

David Lewis Rutland Fairtrade, Alan Duncan MP, Adam Lowe Mayor of Oakham

Rutland Fairtrade Market 2013

The market, held in Oakham Castle, was opened by Councillor Adam Lowe, Mayor of Oakham and Alan Duncan MP was among the hundreds of visitors who came to visit the stalls.  We were pleased to receive lots of positive comments about the quality of the products on sale.

View of the Fairtrade Market held in Oakham Castle

View of the Fairtrade Market held in Oakham Castle

A thought provoking exhibition of artwork from students of New College, Stamford was displayed.  The exhibiton was based on the tragic stories of factory fires and collapsed buildings in Bangladesh and Pakistan, resulting in the deaths of over 1, 200 workers.  The factories were found to be producing clothing for some of our high street retailers, a reminder of what the grim cost can be when profit takes precedence over human welfare.



In April 2013 the Fairtrade Foundation confirmed that Rutland’s status as a Fairtrade County had been successfully renewed. To support the renewal application, it was necessary for the Steering Group to demonstrate that there had been an increase in the availability of Fairtrade products across the County and that there continues to be a range of activities taking place to promote Fairtrade products, involving schools, community organisations and businesses. In its letter confirming that the renewal application had been approved, the Fairtrade Foundation commented that they were “very impressed by the campaign activities organised during the past five years and by the diversity of events engaging the wider community and particularly involving the younger age group.”

To celebrate the successful renewal of Rutland’s Fairtrade County status a reception was held at the offices of Rutland County Council on Monday 8th July. At the reception the renewal certificate from the Fairtrade Foundation was presented by David Lewis, Chair of the Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group, to Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. David Lewis thanked Rutland County Council for its support in the renewal process. In receiving the certificate on behalf of the people of Rutland, Dr Howard thanked the Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group for its hard work in completing the renewal application and noted that Rutland was one of the first counties to have its Fairtrade status renewed – another example of Rutland leading the way. The renewal certificate will be placed on permanent display at the Council offices.

The application to renew the County’s Fairtrade status includes an action plan for future activities. A copy of the renewal application can be found here: Rutland Fairtrade renewal March 2013.

25th Feb – 10th March

Fairtrade Fortnight

A BIG BREW was held at Oakham Methodist Church, with local schools and brownie groups entering a Fairtrade themed collage competition. The winning entry was put on show at Oakham library, together with a display providing information on Fairtrade products.

The theme for this fortnight: ‘Go Further for Fairtrade’.

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