Ealing Fairtrade Awards update

Ealing Fairtrade Awards update

In response to several requests, we have added an extra category to the Ealing Fairtrade Awards – Place of Worship – and have extended the closing date for nominations to Monday 8th September.

To enter, all you need to do is send us an email to info@ealingfairtrade.org.uk.  In 50 words or less, plus a photo if you wish, tell us which Fairtrade products are used, and how your organisation spreads the word about Fairtrade. 

For example:

  • Nominate your place of worship if it uses, serves or sells Fairtrade products, or has organised any Fairtrade activities or events in the past year.
  • If you work in any organisation based in the London borough of Ealing, you can nominate your workplace / office for  an award.
  • Does your business, school, college, nursery, place of worship or community group use Fairtrade products?
  • Does your school or college teach about Fairtrade or have you organised any activities or initiatives to promote Fairtrade?
  • Or could you nominate a local shop, cafe or pub that sells or serves Fairtrade products?
  • Don’t forget Fairtrade beauty products, flowers, clothing, sports balls and jewellery as well as the more widely known foods and drinks.

The aim of the Awards is to increase sales of and support for Fairtrade amongst local public, private and voluntary sector organisations, by promoting those that support Fairtrade and encouraging others to do more. 

You can nominate in the following categories:

  • Restaurants/cafes/pubs
  • Retailers
  • Hotels and guest houses
  • Schools
  • Places of worship
  • Private nurseries and daycare
  • Universities and colleges
  • Workplaces
  • Suppliers

Awards presented Autumn 2014. 

We are a Fairtrade Borough

We are a Fairtrade Borough

Photos from our Ealing Hospital Fairtrade Fair

Photos from our Ealing Hospital Fairtrade Fair

The people of Ealing Hospital were blown away by the breathtaking jewelry and crocheted items on show at our Fairtrade Fair. As well as the jewels, we also had stalls run by Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya (HAFSA), Shared Interest and donations from The Co-operative. The event proved successful in raising awareness about the vast amount of Fairtrade products available – not just tea, coffee and sugar.

Stalls included:

Also, congratulations to Paulett, the winner of the prize draw for a lovely Men’s Grooming Kit, donated by BigGreenSmile.com!

Proving that ethical can be gorgeous

Proving that ethical can be gorgeous

Proving that ethical can be stunning

Proving that ethical can be stunning

Proving that ethical can be beautiful

Proving that ethical can be beautiful

Om nom!

Om nom!

The next Fairtrade Fair in Ealing Hospital has been confirmed for Tuesday December 23rd and we hope to see you there!

Blog post by Shakuntla Joshi.

Ealing Fairtrade Fair, Friday 18 July (all day)

Ealing Fairtrade Fair, Friday 18 July (all day)

Come and support us at our first Fairtrade Fair in Ealing Hospital.

Venue: The Gallery (first floor, lift access) of Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3HW
Date: Friday 18 July (all day)

There will be a variety of stalls (just inside and near the hospital main reception) open to the public, with samples of Fairtrade food (chocolate, cake, drinks, breakfast bars, etc) and a variety of items to buy.

Stalls participating are:

There will also be a competition sponsored by BigGreenSmile.com, the UK’s largest provider of organic lifestyle, natural beauty, baby and cleaning products.

Ealing Fairtrade Awards 2014

Ealing Fairtrade Awards 2014

For any organisation in the London borough of Ealing that sells, uses or promotes Fairtrade. 

If you work in any organisation based in the London borough of Ealing, you can nominate your workplace / office for a Fairtrade award if you use Fairtrade products.

The deadline for nominations is 31st July. Awards will be made in the following categories:

  • Restaurants/cafes/pubs
  • Retailers
  • Hotels and guest houses
  • Schools
  • Private nurseries and daycare
  • Universities and colleges
  • Workplaces
  • Suppliers

Nominate your company in 50 words or less, photo optional, letting us know why your office or workplace should win this category award in our first Ealing Fairtrade Awards, 2014.

Please send entries or any queries on the awards to Jackie Whitaker at info@ealingfairtrade.org.uk by 31 July 2014.

Awards presented Autumn 2014. 

We are a Fairtrade Borough

We are a Fairtrade Borough

Latest news

Latest news

Dates for your diary:

  • Steering Group meeting

Thursday May 8th, from 6.00 – 8.00 pm at Ealing Council’s offices at Perceval House, 14/16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 2HL. The meeting will be held in Room 0.24, on the ground floor.

All supporters are welcome. Please report to Reception at the Staff Entrance on Longfield Avenue.  To give us an idea of numbers, please let me know in advance if you plan to come.  There will be Fairtrade refreshments!

  • World Fairtrade Day

…is on Saturday 10th May.  On Friday 9th May there are plans for a Fairtrade Market in Berwick Street, W1. Members of Ealing Fairtrade Group are invited to help on the Fairtrade London stall at this event.  If you are interested, please let me know.

  • Big Lunch Gunnersbury Park

Sunday June 1st. We will be organising a Fairtrade Picnic at this year’s Big Lunch in Gunnersbury Park.  Please join us to sample some Fairtrade food and drink – and feel free to bring your own contribution.

  • Hanwell Carnival

Saturday June 21st. We will have a stall at this annual event in Elthorne Park.  Volunteers needed to help set up and man the stall during the day.  Or please just come along and say hello to us!

  • Ealing Fairtrade Awards
We are very pleased to announce the first Ealing Fairtrade Awards, which will be presented to businesses, organisations and establishments in Ealing which are doing the most to promote and sell Fairtrade products.  Awards will be given in several different categories: Retailer, Food Outlet, Supplier, Workplace, School and College, Daycare and Nurseries, Accommodation.

We will be discussing the awards at our Steering Group Meeting on May 8th, and we have formed a dedicated group of volunteers to work on the planning and implementation.  If you would like to join this group, or can help by researching one of the categories, or would like to nominate your workplace, school, college, or a local shop or cafe, please let us know.

Past Events

Here’s what we have been up to over the past 6 months:

  • Fairtrade Fortnight Pop Up Shop in West Ealing. A successful week in the Pop Up Shop. We’d like to thank all the stall-holders who joined us or contributed goods for us to sell, and all the volunteers who helped to keep the shop open all week!  http://ealingfairtrade.org.uk/2014/03/14/pop-up-shop-photos/
  • Big Brew at St Mellitus Church Hanwell:  The church celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight with a Fairtrade Big Brew on Wednesday 5th and Saturday 8th March
  • Greenford High School During Fairtrade Fortnight, group member Devi Joshi, who is in Year 11 at Greenford High, spoke about Fairtrade at each year group’s assembly,  and the school committed to raise awareness of and funds for Fairtrade.  A banner was displayed in reception and hundreds of leaflets were distributed.
  • Valentines Bake Sale at Ealing Council. Now becoming an annual event, this is a popular fund-raiser for the group, and was held at Perceval House on February 13th.
  • Craft Fair at Ealing Council: December 2013. A new venture for us, a pre-Christmas craft fair featuring Love That Stuff, Mamacha, and WOW Bags: Photos from the Fairtrade craft fair
  • Fairtrade Stall at Questors House and Garden Fete October/November 2013: We ran a Fairtrade stall at a special indoor fete run by Questors Theatre to coincide with their popular production of Alan Ayckbourne’s two-part comedy,  House and Garden.

Other News

Cecilie Jakobsgaard, a Masters Student from Denmark, is currently volunteering with the group whilst carrying out research for her thesis on how volunteers contribute to Fairtrade. Read her interim report on our website at: Cake and fairness: an anthropologists’ first thoughts on the fairtrade boroughs.

Still Time to Stick with Foncho! The Fairtrade Fortnight campaign to Make Bananas Fair is still running – until World Fairtrade Day on May 10th.  If you have not already done so, you can sign the petition here: http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk

Jackie Whitaker
On behalf of Ealing Fairtrade Group

Cake and Fairness: An anthropologists’ first thoughts on the Fairtrade Boroughs

Cake and Fairness: An anthropologists’ first thoughts on the Fairtrade Boroughs

A post by Cecilie Jakobsgaard, who has been a member of the Ealing Fairtrade Group since the last week of February. She is staying in Ealing to study Fairtrade Boroughs as preparation for her master’s thesis in anthropology in Denmark.

Cake and Fairness: An anthropologists’ first thoughts on the Fairtrade Boroughs

As we say in anthropology I have now been in the “field” for six weeks. In other words I have been a member of Ealing Fairtrade Group for six weeks – and now it’s time for an update on what I am actually doing here.

I have joined Ealing Fairtrade Group in order to study what the Fairtrade Boroughs mean to Fairtrade… How do the volunteers contribute to Fairtrade when it comes to creating value? Mostly they contribute with things related to cake which is always interesting of course – I really think that my choice of subject is fitting as I am known to be a dedicated cake-eater.

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(Jo Mortensen from Ealing Council is on the left, Cecile on the right)

But surely there is more to Fairtrade Boroughs than just cake. As part of the annual Fairtrade Fortnight I experienced a lot of different ways to interpret and thus construct Fairtrade as a brand – all the various groups which arranged Fairtrade events during the fortnight all connected different values to the brand.

At the Fairtrade pop-up shop in West Ealing, arranged by the Ealing Fairtrade Group, I met a lot of interesting people at the stalls who all defined Fairtrade in different ways, while selling beautiful things. I myself bought salad cutlery made of bone from one of the stalls. While doing some shopping and trying to help out at the shop, I also learned about Fairtrade; one of the things I learned is that the brand originally is based on Christian values, but I was told by a member of the Ealing Fairtrade Group that “You don’t need to be Christian to be ethical”.

Judith advertising the pop-up shop

Judith advertising the pop-up shop

There are still Christian based Fairtrade groups and supporters – but as I discovered at the MADE event at the Crepe Shop in Whitechapel there exists a quite large Muslim base as well, who seem to think that supporting Fairtrade is part of being a good Muslim (back to the cake theme: they served amazing crepes!). And of course I have also met quite a few people who think that Fairtrade should not have anything to do with religion at all.

At the Forest Gate Women’s Institute’s combined event for Fairtrade Fortnight and International Women’s Day I found that Fairtrade is by some related to women’s rights. This is a value I re-discovered at the Divine Chocolate pop-up shop, where my “key informant” Jackie and I met two producers of cocoa, who told us that they are working on bringing more women into cocoa farming.

Some relate Fairtrade to politics, and some, again, do not. Quite a few of my informants, the members of the Fairtrade Boroughs who I have talked to, are left wing in their political views and relate this view to Fairtrade in some degree – but at the same time I was told by a liberal Fairtrade volunteer “you don’t need to be a socialist to think that you shouldn’t exploit other people”.

My point with these examples is to show that Fairtrade is a very broad and open brand, that brings a lot of different people together to promote the same good cause, despite contrasting backgrounds. This way Fairtrade represents a lot of contrasting values defined by all the members – joined by a shared love for two things: cake and fairness.

These were some initial thoughts about my project so far, which is still in the beginning phase. I’m here until mid May – so if you feel like talking about Fairtrade and what it means to you, please feel free to contact me at ceciliejakobsgaard@gmail.com.

And finally: a big thank you to the Ealing Fairtrade Group – and especially Jackie for welcoming me in to the group and her home.

Fairtrade bake sale cakes

Fairtrade bake sale cakes

Pop-up shop photos

Pop-up shop photos

A reminder of all the fantastic Fairtrade vendors that took part in our first ever Pop-up shop in West Ealing between Monday 24th February – Saturday 1st March:

  • Divine chocolate – A range of flavours from the Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers in Ghana
  • fonsa.org.uk – A charitable trust supporting the town of Nablus and surrounding areas in the West Bank
  • Handicrafts from Colombia – Handmade native, bohemian and tribal inspired jewellery
  • Live Fairtrade – Jewellery and bags from Tibet and Nepal
  • Love That Stuff – Fairtrade clothing, jewellery and homewares, from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Mamacha – Fairly traded knitwear from Peru
  • Safricana – Fairly traded knitwear from South Africa
  • shared-interest.com- An alternative investment company which only lends to Fairtrade buyer and producer organisations
  • siwok.org.uk – Wooden handicrafts made by the Wichi Indians of Northern Argentina
  • traidcraft.co.uk – A wide range of Fairtrade foods and handicrafts from around the world
  • Urban Upcycle – beautiful phone and iPad cases made from repurposed fabrics
  • WOW bags – Bags made from recycled juice cartons in the Philippines

People and Planet meeting, Sunday 2nd March

People and Planet meeting, Sunday 2nd March

We’ve received this email from Enid Barron about a Fairtrade themed meeting at St Stephen’s Church in West Ealing:

This is just to let you know that there is a meeting of People and Planet this Sunday 2nd at 12,30pm. at St Stephen’s Church W13.  The theme is Fairtrade.

There will be a quiz (done as table teams so no-one need fear being put on the spot) and we will be introduced to some new Fairtrade products.

There will be time for a relaxed lunch together and to look at and discuss a Bible passage relevant to our theme.  If you wish to contribute to the bring and share lunch please could you try to include at least one Fairtrade ingredient in whatever you bring.

Music at the Fairtrade Pop Up Shop

Music at the Fairtrade Pop Up Shop

This Thursday, 27th February, the Fairtrade Pop Up Shop in West Ealing, 99 Broadway, is open from 10.00 am until 8.30 pm with live music to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight:-

At 10.30 a Ukelele band from St Marks Primary School Hanwell will wake us all up and put us in the mood for a day’s shopping.

From 6.00 in the evening, Hilda Sibeck and Josh Fowley of the London College of Music will wind the day down with a mix of Latin, Jazz and Folk music. The shop will stay open until 8.30 pm with a range of stalls and a variety of Fairtrade foods to taste and try.

If you haven’t yet visited the Pop Up Shop, Thursday 27th is a very good day to do so! Please call in at any time – and bring your friends and family.

If you can’t make it on Thursday, the Fairtrade shop remains open on Friday 28th and Saturday 1st March from 10.00 until 6.00 pm. We’ll have more new stalls each day and on Saturday there will be face painting.

On Monday 3rd March, Tea Darling and Chara Creative will take over the Pop Up Shop. For more details see: www.ealing.gov.uk/info/200949/town_centre_and_area_regeneration/1645/west_ealing/2

Fairtrade shop open from this Monday!

Fairtrade shop open from this Monday!

The Fairtrade Pop Up Shop opens at 10.00 am on Monday 24th February at 99 The Broadway, West Ealing W13 9BP. To find it, head West along the Uxbridge Road from Sainsburys/West Ealing library and you will find it between The Cake Shop and Morrisons.

Each day there will be a different mix of stalls including:

  • Divine chocolate – A range of flavours from the Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers in Ghana
  • fonsa.org.uk – A charitable trust supporting the town of Nablus and surrounding areas in the West Bank
  • Handicrafts from Colombia – Handmade native, bohemian and tribal inspired jewellery
  • Live Fairtrade – Jewellery and bags from Tibet and Nepal
  • Love That Stuff – Fairtrade clothing, jewellery and homewares, from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Mamacha – Fairly traded knitwear from Peru
  • Safricana – Fairly traded knitwear from South Africa
  • shared-interest.com- An alternative investment company which only lends to Fairtrade buyer and producer organisations
  • siwok.org.uk – Wooden handicrafts made by the Wichi Indians of Northern Argentina
  • traidcraft.co.uk – A wide range of Fairtrade foods and handicrafts from around the world
  • WOW bags – Bags made from recycled juice cartons in the Philippines

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Each day we will have craft activities for children (and adults). These are free of charge, with all materials provided – just drop into the shop to take part.

You can also support the Make Bananas Fair campaign by signing the Fairtrade Foundation petition – find out more at: http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk

 

On Thursday morning a Ukelele band from St Marks School Primary School in Hanwell will be performing in the shop and on Friday morning some more pupils from St Marks will be bringing their work on Fairtrade to display in the shop.

We are very pleased to confirm that on Thursday evening – 27th February – we will be open late, until 8.30 pm, for shopping, live music and a Fairtrade food tasting. Hilda Sibeck and Josh Fowley of the London College of Music will be performing and we’ll have a variety of Fairtrade nibbles for tasting. Entry is free of charge, so please join us – and bring your friends and family.