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Fair Trade Clothes Show – Saturday 23rd February 2008

Posted 21 Jan 2008 by Marc Fowler in Past Events

An opportunity to come, view and purchase food, fashions and fair trade goods at Woodbridge Methodist Church, St John’s Street, Woodbridge.

From 10.00am there will be stalls selling and giving information about fairly traded goods. Light refreshments will also be served all day.

The evening will include two Fair Trade Clothes Shows (starting at 6.30pm and 8.00pm) with a catwalk and local personalities showing off the latest fashions made from Fairtrade and other fairly traded materials. These require tickets priced at £5.00 each, available from the following places:

The Singhing Piper, 1, Gobbitts Yard, Woodbridge
The Georgian Coffee House, 47A The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge
St Mary’s Shop, Market Hill, Woodbridge

For more details or to volunteer to help, please call 01473 626858 or 01728 621225.

Café Noel – Saturday 24th November 2007

Posted 29 Oct 2007 by Marc Fowler in Past Events

Café Noel is one of two Fairtrade coffee mornings held every year at St John’s Church in Woodbridge. The most recent, on Saturday 24th November 2007, was an excellent opportunity to find out more about Fairtrade in a relaxed and friendly café style environment. There were stalls selling goods from Traidcraft, Tearfund, and FairPlay Seed. Argentinean crafts, an environment stand and Christian book and music stalls we also there. Due to how popular they were previously, we (Fairtrade For Woodbridge) were selling official Fairtrade footballs and rugby balls at cost price on our own stand. Naturally, Fairtrade refreshments and homemade cakes were available to sit down with and enjoy.

Face painting was another popular attraction for the children (but not just the children!) and a toy corner was available for the little ones. A local band called Joshua’s Army also added to the atmosphere.

The morning was a real success, with a a comfortably full church throughout the morning. We would like to thank all who came and especially those who helped in so many different ways. Our next Fairtrade coffee morning at St John’s will be in May 2008. Please check back here in April for details.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2006

Posted 5 Jan 2006 by Marc Fowler in Past Events

Every year the Fairtrade Foundation declares a national Fairtrade Fortnight – an opportunity to raise awareness of Fairtrade and encourage people to think more about how their shopping habits affect other people.  Promotion is done by special events, advertising, tv and radio programmes and more.  Many shops also choose to promote Fairtrade at this time by holding special offers on the products they sell which carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Last year Fairtrade For Woodbridge set up and manned stalls in both Budgens and The Co-op in the Thoroughfare throughout the two weeks, giving out information and free samples of some Fairtrade products, as well as pointing people to shops and Cafés in Woodbridge which sell them.  Unfortunately we were unable to organise the same this year due to our members being either ill or occupied by other concerns.

We have, however, still been active in the town.  Below you can read about us giving away Fairtrade footballs to some of our local schools.  We have also been encouraging businesses around town to promote Fairtrade, and are pleased to say that Notcutts, Jars of Clay, The Good Food Shop, Rainbow Apothecary and the Town Council are promoting Fairtrade Fortnight by giving away copies of our new Fairtrade Town Directory.

If you would like to receive a copy of our first Fairtrade Town Directory, complied by ourselves, please email or ring 01394 382589.