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‘Food for life’ Fairtrade Fortnight event

‘Food for life’ Fairtrade Fortnight event


The London Buddhist Vihara, Chiswick Churches for Justice and Peace and six West London Fairtrade Borough Groups (Hounslow, Ealing, Harrow, Brent, Richmond & Kingston) and The Venerable Seelawimala – Head of The London Buddhist Vihara invite you to explore:


in The Edward Room
The Church of our Lady of Grace and St Edward
247 Chiswick High Road, W4 4PU
Nearest Underground stations: Turnham Green and Chiswick Park
3pm – Saturday 19 March



Thousands of people are dying in Sri Lanka. Is it from contaminated rice?

What is responsible!


Helen Long – Campaigns and Workshop Facilitator, with Liberation film

Compare a family starting the day in UK, with a family in Bolivia


Rachel Wadham – Impact Communications Manager


Clare Paine – London Church Coordinator

Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton

Fairtrade tea/coffee served from 3pm – Speakers start at 3.15pm – this is a free event

West London boroughs debate – you’re invited

West London boroughs debate – you’re invited

West London Boroughs Debate: Where is Fairtrade Going?

West London Fairtrade Boroughs (Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, Kingston) have teamed up with Ealing Unite Community Branch to host a debate titled: “Where is Fairtrade going?”  Confirmed Panel Members include Jonathan Smith, Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation and Nicolas Mounard, Managing Director, Twin and Twin Trading Ltd.

This pilot debate for the West London Boroughs will help clarify what the Fairtrade logo actually means, compare and contrast Fairtrade with other ethical symbols, discuss the challenges of expanding Fairtade to more manifactured goods.  The evening will be interesting, stimulating and give you food for thought.  It will also challenge you to action!

When: Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM

Where: Ealing Quaker Meeting House – 17 Woodville Road London W5 2SE GB – View Map

If you’d like to join us, please register at:

Results from a Fairtrade survey we did…

Results from a Fairtrade survey we did…

According to a survey conducted at North Acton Playing Fields at the end of September, 76% of local consumers buy Fairtrade products, either regularly or occasionally.

The survey was carried out on behalf of Ealing Fairtrade Group by a group of young people participating in NCS The Challenge (a programme offering 15-17 year olds the chance to take on new challenges).

  • 76% of respondents recognized the Fairtrade Mark and were able to briefly explain the concept of Fairtrade.
  • 23% of respondents said they buy Fairtrade products every week, and 53% said they buy them occasionally.

The most popular Fairtrade product was chocolate, followed by bananas and then coffee.

Those who never buy Fairtrade products said they don’t do so because they didn’t know about Fairtrade, or their local shop doesn’t stock FT products.

Those who only occasionally buy Fairtrade products said their reasons for not buying more were that they thought Fairtrade products are more expensive, or that they prefer to stick to their favourite brands.

Fairtrade chocolate tasting

On the same afternoon the group hosted a Fairtrade chocolate tasting at North Acton Pavilion. A variety of different chocolate bars were chosen, in order to show that Fairtrade is not necessarily more expensive. As well as Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, several supermarket own brand chocolates were sampled, including Sainsbury’s Milk and Dark chocolate bars and The Cooperative’s Milk, and White with Crispy Rice.

Jackie and Hayley at the chocolate tasting

Jackie and Hayley at the chocolate tasting

Fairtrade swirl chocolate spread

Fairtrade swirl chocolate spread – one of many ways to enjoy your Fairtrade chocolate. 

Update on our activities and future events

Update on our activities and future events

An update on what we’ve been up to, by Jackie Whitaker…

Just in case you were wondering, Ealing Fairtrade Group did NOT get lost on our Fairtrade Walk on March 7th, and we are not stranded in the No Man’s Land between Acton and Chiswick, trying to get back into the borough!

We have been rather quiet over the last few months, but we are getting back into action now, and hope you will be able to join us and help with our forthcoming activities.

First of all, I wanted to report back on the International Fairtrade Towns Conference which I attended in Bristol last weekend.

The conference was organised by the Bristol Fairtrade Network, and supported by the City of Bristol which this year has been designated European Green Capital.  The theme of the conference was Fairtrade and Sustainability, with many talks and workshops exploring how Fairtrade contributes to a more sustainable environment.

A commonly asked question is: “Are Fairtrade products organic?” The answer is that they are only certified organic if they have the Organic logo as well as the Fairtrade logo, but there are environmental criteria which have to be met to qualify for for the Fairtrade logo. Producers are required to “protect the natural environment” and  “make environmental protection a part of farm management.” Over 50% of Fairtrade products are also certified organic, and for these the producers receive a higher price. The Fairtrade premium is often used to train farmers in sustainable techniques which can help them to convert to organic production in the future.

The conference was attended by delegates from all over the world.  As well as seasoned campaigners from countries such as Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the USA, there were representatives from countries where Fairtrade is not yet so well established, such as the Czech Republic, and an enthusiastic delegation from Lebanon.

It was announced during the conference that there are now 1,703 Fairtrade towns in 26 countries – and many more are working to achieve Fairtrade status.

Forthcoming events

From summer 2015 to spring 2016…

  • The Challenge/National Citizen Service Programme

Over the summer we will be lucky enough to be working with 12 local teenagers who are participating in The Challenge, a programme by the National Citizen Service.  The teenagers, all students at Ealing High Schools, will be learning about Fairtrade, raising funds and organizing a Fairtrade event in the borough.

Find out more about The Challenge here:

Key Challenge dates:

Monday August 3rd: 12.45-2.15 pm, Perceval House

A meeting with the students and briefing for them on Ealing Fairtrade Group and the wider Fairtrade Towns movement, to be held at Ealing Council’s offices at Perceval House.

Sunday September 27th:  North Acton Pavilion

The provisional plan is for the students to organize some Fairtrade activities for children and adults at an event which is taking place that day at North Acton Pavilion, organised by Acton Community Action.   Final details are still to be confirmed. but we are hoping the students will plan and carry out a few different activities, such as a survey on attitudes to Fairtrade, a craft activity for children, and whatever else we or they come up with in the meantime!

Autumn/Winter 2015/16

If this first collaboration with The National Citizen Service/Challenge goes well we hope to work with them again in the Autumn and Winter half-terms.  We are also hoping that some of the students will be inspired to keep in touch with us/each other and push for more Fairtrade activities within their own schools and colleges.

  • New Campaign from the Fairtrade Foundation: Show Your Hand

The Fairtrade Foundation is asking us to meet with or contact our local MPs about this new campaign focussing on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Details here:

We have three MPs covering the Borough of Ealing  – Virendra Sharma, Steven Pound and newly elected Rupa Huq – and we would like to engage with them all.  We’ve been asked to contact them in July (before their summer break) or in September.  If you would like to join or even organise a small group to meet your own constituency MP, please let us know.

  • West London Fairtrade Walk

The walks which took place last Fairtrade Fortnight were just a start. We are continuing to work with the Fairtrade groups in the other West London boroughs to create a single map that links the routes in each borough.  The idea would be to make the map available to people interested in doing walks of different lengths in different areas, finding Fairtrade outlets en route, and possibly to organize another joint multi-walk event or a longer sponsored walk.

  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

It seems a long time in the future but it’s never too early to start planning.  We are hoping to collaborate with our neighbouring West London borough groups again and we are thinking about a fashion show, perhaps one basic event that could tour the boroughs, a different night in each location, with local models.

  • Fairtrade Debate

Just an idea at this stage – again being discussed as a joint event with other Fairtrade groups in West London.  The idea is for an evening of discussion looking at the barriers to increasing sales of Fairtrade products, incl. amongst other issues, the cost to producers of getting the Fairtrade logo, other ethical labels, and the pros and cons of Direct Trade.

If you are interested in participating in or helping with any of these events and ideas, please do get in touch at

With best wishes


On behalf of Ealing Fairtrade Steering Group

West London Fairtrade Walk update

West London Fairtrade Walk update

Ealing borough section, from Hanwell to Chiswick

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

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,

Mamacha stall,

Ealing Fairtrade Award Winners 2014

Ealing Fairtrade Award Winners 2014

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


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.


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  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