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Final programme for our anniversary celebration on Friday 8th March now confirmed…

Final programme for our anniversary celebration on Friday 8th March now confirmed…

Our double anniversary celebration – 10 years since Ealing Fairtrade Group was formed, 5 years since Ealing became a Fairtrade borough – will have food, drink and entertainment, plus a display of pictures and photos of the group’s activities over the past 10 years. Come and help us celebrate!

Frank Olok, Co-ordinator of the Malawi Fairtrade Network, will be a key guest at our celebration. The Malawi Fairtrade Network is a civil society organisation in Malawi representing Fairtrade producers. Frank’s background is as a trade advisor. His role involves visiting Fairtrade producer organisations to explain Fairtrade to them and working with them to gain certification, so he has lots of insights on the benefits of Fairtrade to communities in Malawi. The other angle of Frank’s work is with the Malawian government – he advises and lobbies them on behalf of producers to increase the Malawian government’s commit to supporting Fairtrade through it’s policies as a driver of development and GDP growth.

We are also pleased to announce that entertainment will be provided by local folk band Oddfellas: www.oddfellas.co.uk. The band (pictured below) plays tunes and songs from the British Isles and America on banjo, bodhran, bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, mandola, spoons and recorder – sometimes all at the same time.

Details of the event are below.

10 years of Ealing Fairtrade Group

5 years as a Fairtrade Borough

Date: Friday, March 8 2013

Time: 6.30 – 9.30 pm

Place: West London Trade Union Club, 33 High Street, London, W3 6ND

If you would like to join us, RSVP to Info@ealingfairtrade.org.uk  – entry strictly by invitation only.

Fairtrade roses in winter – Fairtrade Fortnight begins now

Fairtrade roses in winter – Fairtrade Fortnight begins now

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight beginning tomorrow (from 25 February – 10 March), hope you enjoy reading this brilliant blog post on the benefits of Fairtrade roses: Fairtrade roses in winter.

“I have to say that these sturdy, leafy, straight-stemmed roses from Kenya are a revelation, compared to the usual roses, which I assume come from the Netherlands. They are also a good deal at about £8 for a hefty bunch and last at least a week if not two weeks. I’m told the longest they have lasted is 32 days!”

Kids Cookery School half-term Fairtrade fun

Kids Cookery School half-term Fairtrade fun

During the October 2012 half-term, the Kids Cookery School in Acton kindly promoted Fairtrade by having a Fairtrade ingredients display and running Fairtrade muffin making lessons with the kids. See the delicious looking results below, thanks @KidsCookerySch!

Pumpkin muffins made with Fairtrade sugar, mango and raisins! Click on the photos to enlarge.

Cake presentation to launch the Big Fair Bake

Cake presentation to launch the Big Fair Bake

To mark the launch of the Fairtrade Foundation’s two week Big Fair Bake campaign, on 24th September Ealing Fairtrade Group volunteers presented the Mayor and Mayoress of Ealing, Councillor Mohammad Aslam and Mrs Majeeda Aslam, with a specially crafted cake made with Fairtrade ingredients kindly donated by the Co-op Southall. Stephen Pound, MP for Ealing North, was also present.

Both the Mayor and Stephen Pound pledged their continuing support for fairtrade, and the cake was not cut, but was kept for display at a trade meeting to be hosted by the Mayor at the Town Hall on the 27th Sept.

The group also arranged a great spread of delicious homemade Fairtrade cakes for a Big Fair Bake Sale at Ealing council’s Perceval House, which managed to raise around £90 for the Fairtrade Innovation Fund. Our experienced, as well as novice bakers (!) gave up their time to create the most delicious recipes, including some featured on the Big Fair Bake site! As well as treating Ealing residents, we helped raise better awareness of Fairtrade and the projects we engage in

If you’d like to join in with the Fairtrade baking action, some delicious recipes can be found on our Recipes page plus loads more on the Fairtrade Foundation’s Big Fair Bake website.

 

Back Fairtrade with the Big Fair Bake!

Back Fairtrade with the Big Fair Bake!

Between September 24th and October 7th, everyone in Ealing can get involved in the Big Fair Bake campaign in aid of the Fairtrade Innovation fund.

The 2 week campaign is an opportunity for anyone in the borough, whether blessed with baking skills or just with a taste for lovingly baked cakes, to show their support for the farmers who bring us the cocoa, sugar, and other ingredients that go into the mixer.

Buying Fairtrade ingredients means a fair deal for those farmers. The Fairtrade Innovation Fund brings Fairtrade to more disadvantaged farmers, workers and their families in the developing world. By baking, sharing and enjoying wonderful creations made from Fairtrade ingredients, anyone in the borough will help guarantee them a fair price for their work, safety from exploitation, as well as a little extra spent on vital community projects such as schools, hospitals and clean drinking water.

How can Ealing residents get involved?

Jackie Whitaker, co-ordinator of the Ealing Fairtrade group, says: “You may want to bake and share your delicious Fairtrade creations with your local community, friends and family. Or you might like to go one step further to support Fairtrade by selling your cakes and donating the profits to the Fairtrade Innovation Fund.”

To mark the launch of the Big Fair Bake campaign, the Mayor and Mayoress of Ealing, Councillor Mohammad Aslam and Mrs Majeeda Aslam will be presented, on Monday 24th at Ealing Town Hall, with a specially crafted cake made with Fairtrade ingredients kindly donated by the Co-op Southall.

Jackie adds: “Many boroughs across the UK will also be taking part in the Big Fair Bake. Celebrity bakers such as Mary Berry, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Annabel Karmel have also got involved by creating recipes for baked goodies inspired by stories of the farmers. Some yummy and simple recipes can be found on our Recipes page plus loads more on the Fairtrade Foundation’s Big Fair Bake website, so why not get baking?!


Volunteer Event Manager vacancy

Volunteer Event Manager vacancy

We  are looking for a volunteer to manage events in the borough, smaller events in 2012 and a larger ‘celebration’ event in 2013 to mark 10 years of the group and 5 years of Fairtrade status.  This would suit anyone working part-time, considering re-entering the workplace, or a student.  We would prefer a local candidate from the London borough of Ealing and this would include anyone working or studying in the borough, even if you live outside the borough.  We are happy to tailor the volunteering opportunity to accommodate education requirements or for a line of work that the vounteer enters. We require a minimum of 2-4 hours per week for at least 10 weeks and if possible to February 2013.  This is a great opportunity to get involved with exciting activities and have fun with the small team of volunteers already in the Ealing Fairtrade group.

Email your interest to info@ealingfairtrade.org.uk and we will get in touch with you.

Take a step for Fairtrade – our photos

Take a step for Fairtrade – our photos

On Saturday 3rd March Ealing Fairtrade Group held an event outside Christ the Saviour Church, Ealing Broadway, celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight 2012‘s theme, Take A Step for Fairtrade. We asked members of the public to decide on a personal step and write it on our Giant Footstep board or decorate a paper footprint to illustrate their commitment to Fairtrade.  A step could be a small step such as buying a Fairtrade banana or a large step such as asking your workplace to serve Fairtrade drinks.

We were also selling Fairtrade cakes, chocolate and fruit and raffle tickets for the chance to win a delicious Fairtrade hamper. You can see photos from the day in our slideshow below. Click on any of the slideshow photos to access our online photo album and save individual photos to your desktop.

Find out more about taking a step for Fairtrade on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website – http://step.fairtrade.org.uk/thefairtradestep.

Take a Step for Fairtrade – what’s on in Ealing

Take a Step for Fairtrade – what’s on in Ealing

Join Ealing Fairtrade Group in Ealing Broadway on Saturday 3rd March between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm to Take A Step for Fairtrade.  Decide on your personal step and write it on our Giant Footstep or decorate a paper footprint to illustrate your commitment to Fairtrade.  You can take a small step such as buying a Fairtrade banana or a large step such as asking your workplace to serve Fairtrade drinks.

You’ll find our Fairtrade Footstep stall outside Christ the Saviour church from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.  Fairtrade supporters of all ages welcome – all materials provided. We will also have some Fairtrade samples for you to try and a raffle for a delicious Fairtrade hamper.