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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

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

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

Can you help us?

Can you help us?

We are currently looking for new volunteers to help with events and activities during 2014. We particularly need people to help organise events and talk to the public, including for Fairtrade Fortnight and the Ealing Fairtrade Awards, which we’re hoping to launch this year. We would also like help to engage with schools in the borough.

Anyone with an interest in Fairtrade is welcome to join and contribute. In return we can provide you with event organising experience and a reference for your CV.  To get involved, please e-mail Jackie Whitaker at info@ealingfairtrade.org.uk. Please include your number if you would rather we called.

You can see photos from some of our previous activities at http://ealingfairtrade.org.uk/events.

The Big Lunch

Ealing Fairtrade Group at the Big Lunch, 2013. Would you like to help out with events like this one?

“Beads 4 Rice” Oxfam fundraising event, Saturday 9th November, 9am-12pm

“Beads 4 Rice” Oxfam fundraising event, Saturday 9th November, 9am-12pm

This event has been organised by the recently established Ealing Oxfam Fundraising Group, set up by a local mum, Emma Leahy.

It’s a sale of donated jewellery and accessories at Christ the Saviour Church, Ealing Broadway, taking place from 9.00 am – 12 noon.

The money raised will go towards a specific Oxfam project – women rice farmers in Liberia. We want to turn swamps into rice paddies and help families grow enough food to survive in one of the world’s poorest countries. Why 4? The EU has pledged to match any public funds raised for this project with a 4-fold donation. If Oxfam can raise £50,000 by 20 December, they’ll unlock a grant to get an extra £200,000 to help even more poor families in Liberia!

If you can’t come to the sale, you can still support the project by making a small donation at: Beads 4 rice – help change the future for 700 families in Liberia

Dates for your diary

Dates for your diary

Ealing Fairtrade Group & London Fairtrade events this autumn/winter:

  • 3rd/9th November: Fairtrade Stall at Questors, Mattock Lane: A traditional fete to compliment their matinee performance of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden
  • Monday 21st October: London Fairtrade group are holding a workshop for Fairtrade campaigners across London. Find out more and RSVP at fairtradelondon.org.uk/2013/10/01/london-borough-workshop/
  • 10th/11th December: Fairtrade Craft stalls at Perceval House
  • Monday 24th February – Sunday 9th March: Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

 

Ealing Fairtrade Group volunteers Jackie and Chrissie at Hanwell Community Centre this summer

Ealing Fairtrade Group volunteers Jackie and Chrissie at Hanwell Community Centre this summer

Greenford Library gets a Fairtrade makeover!

Greenford Library gets a Fairtrade makeover!

Our youngest volunteer, Devi Joshi, has done a blog post for Fairtrade London on how Greenford Library supported World Fairtrade Day in May. Read what she has to say at http://fairtradelondon.org.uk/2013/07/23/greenford-library-gets-a-fairtrade-make-over.

For readers near Ealing Broadway, our Links page has a list of Fairtrade books available from Ealing Central Library: http://ealingfairtrade.org.uk/links/#books. These can also be requested from other Ealing libraries and transported over to your local library.

After Dhaka: Is cheap fashion worth the cost? Tuesday 16 July

After Dhaka: Is cheap fashion worth the cost? Tuesday 16 July

Live in the Brent area? Brent Fairtrade Network are holding a free event on Tuesday 16th July, 7-9pm at Brent’s brand new Civic Centre. They will be celebrating the renewal of their status as a Fairtrade Borough and applauding Brent’s first Fairtrade School.

There will be a panel discussion on ethical fashion arising out of the recent tragic events in Bangladesh with top level speakers from the Fairtrade Foundation, M&S, Pants to Poverty and the University of Birmingham.

Speakers:

Dr Matthew Anderson, University of Birmingham Adam Elman, Marks and Spencer
Ben Ramsden, Pants to Poverty
Vidya Rangan, Fairtrade Foundation
Chair: Dr Peter Moore, Vice-Chair, Brent Fairtrade Network

All are welcome to join them on Tuesday 16th July, 7-9 pm at the Civic Centre for what promises to be a fascinating evening – with Fairtrade refreshments. Please RSVP to fairtrade@brent.gov.uk.

After Dhaka flyer

Fairtrade campaign news

Fairtrade campaign news
Fairtrade campaign news

Some news on current Fairtrade campaigns, and Fairtrade dates for your diary:

Make Food Fair calls on Government and Businesses to take tackle the injustices in the food system.  The first step for the campaign is a petition to David Cameron to ensure he champions smallholder farmers at the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland this year.

Full details at: www.fairtrade.org.uk/makefoodfair

Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Declaration:  2015 is the year by which the UN Millenium Development Goals are supposed to have been met.  As the deadline approaches, the UN and its members are discussing what kind of framework they wish to have after 2015.  The Fairtrade Foundation has produced a Fair Trade Beyond 2013 Declaration, and is asking us to get local politicians to sign it.  Details at: fairtrade.org.uk/beyond2015

Diary Dates

  • 11 May 2013: World Fairtrade Day
  • 28-29 September 2013: International Fairtrade Towns Conference, Oslo, Norway
  • 5 October 2013: Fairtrade Supporter Conference, London
  • 24 February-9 March 2014: Fairtrade Fortnight
  • 28-30 March 2014: International Fairtrade Towns Conference, Kumamoto, Japan