Ealing Hospital Fairtrade Fair, 18th July 2014

Patients, staff and visitors at Ealing Hospital came to buy the breathtaking jewellery 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 – Fairtrade isn’t just tea, coffee and sugar anymore.

Stalls included:

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

Fairtrade pop-up shop, February-March 2014

The fantastic Fairtrade vendors that took part in our first ever Pop-up shop in West Ealing between Monday 24th February – Saturday 1st March were:

  • 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

As well as the stalls, we ran free craft activities for children and adults. A Ukelele band from St Marks School Primary School in Hanwell performed in the shop and pupils from St Marks also brought their Fairtrade themed artwork to display in the shop. On 27th February the shop opened until 8.30 pm, for shopping, live music and a Fairtrade food tasting. Hilda Sibeck and Josh Fowley of the London College of Music performed and we had a variety of Fairtrade nibbles for tasting.

Several children enjoyed having their face painted in the pop-up shop:

Fairtrade breakfast, 13th May 2013

Reverend John Hereford, vicar at St Mellitus Church, Hanwell, and his wife Janet very kindly gave Ealing Fairtrade Group space to hold a Fairtrade breakfast on Saturday 11th May.

We celebrated World Fair Trade Day in style with fairly traded tea, coffee, juice, cereals, jams, marmalade and spreads, accompanied by warmed croissants.

World Fair Trade Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of May and is endorsed by the World Fair Trade Association, the global authority on fair trade, comprised of 450 member organisations from 76 countries around the world. It is a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis. See www.wfto.com for more information.

Greenford Library have also been taking part with the celebrations by doing a Fairtrade book display. You may be surprised to hear that Ealing libraries stock a wide range of Fairtrade books -see our Books list on our Links page.

On Friday May 17th-Saturday May 18th, a mystery play with music is being performed at St Mellitus church, ‘Who is this man? Finding Jesus today’. Tickets are £5 from any Hanwell church or on the door. Visit www.saintmellitushanwell.org.uk/Mystery.html to find out more about the play.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2012:  27 February – 11 March

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.

Ealing Summer Festival, 23-24 July 2011

Thanks to all the friendly visitors to our Fairtrade stall at the Ealing Summer Festival Blues & Global music days in Walpole Park.

We had a great time giving out Divine Fairtrade chocolate samples, testing people with our Fairtrade quiz and seeing the beautiful self-portraits done by local children showing themselves with their favourite Fairtrade products. Photos below.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2011: 28 February – 13 March

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 theme was “Show off your label”, promoting awareness of Fairtrade cotton. Fairtrade groups around the country asked the British public to decorate pieces of Fairtrade cotton bunting in an attempt to set a new world record for the longest continual piece of bunting.

Ealing Fairtrade Group held a bunting themed event in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre on Sunday 13th March to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in Ealing. Leading up to Fairtrade Fortnight we also worked with some of Ealing’s libraries to give local children a chance to decorate bunting, with their very artistic efforts displayed afterwards in Acton and Ealing Central Libraries.

Photos of our bunting event can be seen in the slideshow below. Click on any of the slideshow photos to access our online photo album.

Why buy Fairtrade cotton? – read more in our FAQs section.

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