West London Fairtrade Walk update

West London Fairtrade Walk update

Ealing borough section, from Hanwell to Chiswick

SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2014
The West London Fairtrade Walk will take place in five boroughs: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Richmond. 

In Ealing we are walking from Hanwell to Chiswick, and have divided the route into three separate stages, with plenty of opportunities for Fairtrade refreshments along the way.  If you’re not sure you can manage the whole walk, then join us for one or two stages and complete the journey by public transport.

11.00 amPre-walk Refreshments at St. Mellitus Church, Church Road, Hanwell, W7 3BA

12.00 Noon: Stage 1: Walk starts from St. Mellitus Church, via West Ealing, Northfields and South Ealing to Ealing Green

1.15-2.15 pmVisit Fairtrade shops and cafes in Ealing Broadway

2.15 pm: Stage 2: Walk restarts from the horse, Oak Road, Ealing Broadway Centre, and proceeds via Ealing Common to Acton Town

3.15 pm: Stage 3: Walk restarts from The Apple Tree Café, Acton Town Station and proceeds via Acton Lane to Acton Green

20th Anniversary celebration of Fairtrade

4.00 – 6.30 pm: The day culminates in a 20th Anniversary Celebration of Fairtrade at St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, W4 1TX (next to Turnham Green Tube Station). All are welcome – free entry. Schedule below.

4 pm: Welcome with Fairtrade tea/coffee

4.30 pm: Mary Macleod MP – formal opening of event

Film about Fairtrade and speakers including: 

Jonathan Smith, Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation and Clare Paine of Christian Aid

Divine Chocolate film and speaker – Charlotte Borger, Divine Chocolate Communications Director

Tasting of samples:

Divine Chocolate and Co-operative Fairtrade Wine

This celebration event has been organised by Chiswick Churches for Justice and Peace in collaboration with Fairtrade groups from five Boroughs: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Richmond.

Divine’s chocolate van visits Ealing!

Divine’s chocolate van visits Ealing!

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2015, Divine chocolate are going on tour to show off their brand new Caramel Dark Chocolate bar.  Divine’s chocolate van is visiting Ealing at the following times and locations…

Tuesday 24 February

  • Divine van sampling and selling, Greenford High School 9.45-11am
  • Divine van sampling and selling, Ealing Town Hall, 12noon-2pm

Wednesday 25 February 

  • Divine Chocolatier workshops, Greenford High School, Wednesday 25 February 1-3pm

Monday 2nd March

  • Zaytoun speakers, producer Mohammad Irsheid and the Zaytoun Palestinian director Taysir Arbasi, Greenford High School. Zaytoun launched the world’s first ever Fairtrade olive oil in 2009.

The events at Greenford High School are not public, but Divine’s van visit to Ealing Town Hall on Tuesday 24th February is open to all.

Divine Van

West London Fairtrade Walk – Saturday 7 March 2015

West London Fairtrade Walk – Saturday 7 March 2015

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight offers a chance to tackle two New Year’s resolutions at once: to get more exercise and to do more about Fairtrade. On the second Saturday of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (23 February – 8 March) we are planning a joint event with neighbouring boroughs Harrow, Brent, Hounslow and Richmond. Walks in each borough will converge on a 4pm meeting in Turnham Green which will include tea, Fairtrade films and Divine chocolate. The aims are to publicize Fairtrade and promote shops and organizations that support Fairtrade.

Our provisional plan for the Ealing part is to walk from Hanwell via West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Acton before crossing the border into Hounslow and making our way to Turnham Green. We will pass shops, cafes, churches and schools that are selling, serving and using Fairtrade products.

We plan to carry placards and distribute leaflets promoting Fairtrade. We are inviting groups and individuals to join us and are hoping for some eye-catching placards to spread the word about Fairtrade. Those who do not want to walk the whole way can join us in Ealing Broadway or Acton and of course there are plenty of public transport options.

If you would like to join the walk or have suggestions of any kind, please e-mail Jackie at info@ealingfairtrade.org.uk.

We will publish more details here as our plans progress.  Please also check for updates on Twitter: @EalingFairtrade

Recent activities and plans for 2015

Recent activities and plans for 2015

A quick round up of our recent events and upcoming dates:

On Saturday 29th November 2014, Ealing Fairtrade Group members Judith, Chrissie, Dalia and Jackie attended the Fair Christmas Fayre in Oxford Street, and manned a stall on behalf of Lovethatstuff.

On 9th and 10th December 2014 we held our second pre-Christmas Fairtrade Craft Sale at Perceval House.  The stall-holders were: Lovethatstuff, Mamacha, Siwok, Global Seesaw and Safricana.  The event was well-received by Council staff.

Love that stuff shop

Love that stuff shop

Diary dates for 2015

  • On Monday, January 12th, Ealing Fairtrade Group Co-ordinator Jackie Whitaker is meeting with representatives from Brent, Hounslow and Richmond to discuss plans for the West London Fairtrade Way.  The current plan is for each borough to organise a walk on March 7th, attempting to devise an interesting/attractive route that passes lots of Fairtrade outlets.  Walkers from all boroughs will be invited to a late afternoon/evening event at a church in Chiswick, potentially chocolate-themed with the involvement of Divine Chocolate.
  • Fairtrade London’s next Full Borough Meeting is on January 13th, at City Hall from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.  Two people from each London borough group are invited – let us know if you are interested in attending.  The agenda includes plans for Fairtrade Fortnight.

In February, before Fairtrade Fortnight, we have two planned activities:

  • Thursday February 12th: A pre-Valentines day bake sale at Perceval House. In previous years this has been a successful fund-raiser and good for engaging with Ealing Council employees. We will need helpers on the day – and volunteers to contribute cakes, cookies etc for sale.
  • Friday, February 13th: We’re organising another Fair at Ealing Hospital and need volunteers to help on the day – please let us know if you’re available.

Finally, Ealing Fairtrade Group members Shakuntla, Devi and Dalia are looking into the potential for a Fairtrade Magazine – maybe online – more details to come in due course.

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year. See you in 2015!

Mamacha stall, www.mamacha.co.uk

Mamacha stall, www.mamacha.co.uk

Ealing Fairtrade Award Winners 2014

Ealing Fairtrade Award Winners 2014

This year we held our first ever Fairtrade Awards. Here are the fantastic winners.

Retailer

The Cooperative has won the award for Fairtrade Retailer.  In addition to selling a wide range of Fairtrade products in their stores, including 100% Fairtrade bananas, the Co-operative is committed to supporting local Fairtrade groups.  This year they have contributed to our Fairtrade Fortnight Pop Up shop and to our Ealing Hospital Fair, and their regular voucher donations have played a vital role in financing Ealing Fairtrade Group’s events and activities.

School

The School award goes to Greenford High School.  The school has promoted Fairtrade through a variety of activities including a series of assemblies organized and led by Ealing Fairtrade Group member and GHS student Devi Joshi.  Through these activities all the school’s pupils have been introduced to the principles of fair trade.  This year the school made a generous donation of funds to the borough group, collected from staff and students as part of their Sport Relief events.

Place of Worship 

Our Lady and St Joseph’s Hanwell has won the Ealing Fairtrade Award for Place of Worship.  A Fairtrade parish, the Church runs regular Traidcraft stalls, selling £500 worth of fairly traded goods and £450 worth of Christmas cards each year. The church also supports the WOW bag project, which gives a livelihood to women in the Philippines, and sells the colourful bags, made from recycled drinks cartons, at stalls and events throughout the borough and beyond.

Community Group

The Community Group award goes to the West London Trade Union Club in Acton. As an independent co-operative owned collectively by its members, the Club sees Fair Trade ideals as an extension of their own co-operative principles. They demonstrate their commitment to Fair Trade by serving only Fair Trade wines. The Club supported Ealing Fairtrade Group by hosting and helping to organize our 10th Anniversary Celebration during Fairtrade Fortnight 2013.

Christina Stringer Award

This is a special award in memory of our former group member and friend Christina Stringer.  Christina was a staunch supporter of Fair Trade and worked tirelessly not only to ensure Ealing became a Fairtrade borough, but also to achieve Fairtrade status for the  Diocese of London.

Christina sadly died last year and we wanted to remember her by giving this award to an individual campaigner who shows similar devotion to promoting Fairtrade.

We have chosen Les Doble of St Christopher’s Church, Hanwell.  According to the Vicar of St Christopher’s, Liz Moody, “Les is 83 years old and faithfully runs our Fairtrade stall every week (he might take Christmas off!). He orders the goods, sets out the stall and encourages people to buy Fairtrade. He also keeps a Traidcraft catalogue handy. He is thoroughly and 100% committed.”

We would like to thank all our award winners for their commitment to Fairtrade and for their contribution to maintaining Ealing as a Fairtrade Borough. 

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