News 2012

2012 Fairtrade Market

Hemp shirts, bamboo socks and trousers made from stinging nettles were some of the more unusual items of clothing to be found. The Market was opened by Alan Duncan and attracted 700 people throughout the day. A wide range of fair trade goods included fashion and accessories, jewellery, fabrics, crafts, gifts and cards, hampers and foodstuffs were sold. Two short, but entertaining, Fashion Shows featured during the day.

Fairtrade Fortnight 27th Feb – 11th March

A banana producer will be visiting the East Midlands. The theme for this fortnight is ‘Take a Step’ with the suggestion that you start taking steps each month throughout the year, for the Fortnight is a ‘Leap-Year’ to take a leap to being more proactively Fairtrade.

A Treasure Trail around the town that includs Fairtrade shops and cafes will be available for people to do and the prize is a fairtrade hamper.

Check out for more information.

News 2011 

Fairtrade Market – Saturday 19th November 2011 10.30am – 3pm

Great turnout of 750 people and Press coverage of the day. Alan Duncan came with great enthusiasm for the event and keenly had a photo next to the ‘Change to Fairtrade’ Banner. A special thank you to Helen and Richard for preparations and to Jo and Sarah for organising the Fashion show. The Fashion show was a success.

News 2010

Fairtrade Market at Oakham Castle  Saturday 9th October – 10.30am-3.00pm
Following on the success of last year’s event (see Highlights from 2009 below) we’re getting ready to hold another Fairtrade market at Oakham Castle on the 9th October. Highlights this year are:

  • Sale of a wide range of  Fairtrade gifts, Christmas cards, hampers, festive food and chocolates
  • A raffle for the chance to win a beautiful Fairtrade quilt
  • Free refreshments

Don’t miss out on your chance to buy a wide selection of Fairtrade goods in the heart of Oakham!

Some Highlights From 2009

10th October 2009
Fairtrade Market at Oakham Castle
We held a special Fairtrade market at Oakham Castle on the 10th October, where members of the Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group joined forces with volunteers from the Fairtrading Post at Melton to man a range of stalls selling hampers, clothes, jewellery, and hand-crafted objects to the public.
About 400 people came to the event and raised awareness of Fairtrade issues as well as giving people the opportunity to snap up a few bargains!

21st June 2009
Fairtrade Wine Tasting Event – A Fairtrade wine tasting event was held at the Uppingham Parish Church, St Peter & St Paul, Market Place Uppingham  on Sunday 21st June to coincide with the Uppingham Feast. People were able to sample various wines, and buy a glass or bottle of their favourite tipple depending on how much they liked it!

We had lots of very good press coverage and loads of people trying some of the Fairtrade wines for the first time.

5th March 2009
The Fair Trade Fashion Show – Victoria Hall. High Street Oakham. The Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group worked alongside the Vale of Catmose College for 18 months to get students involved in designing Fairtrade accessories for a special fashion show. Other students designed posters for the event and learned about Fairtrade issues. On the night some students provided some fantastic entertainment by dancing to a routine they had put together themselves in front of a packed audience, and then modelled many of the Fairtrade clothes available for sale on the night.


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