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Fairtrade Fortnight in Pulborough

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Fairtrade Fortnight will soon be here, from 26th February to 11th March, and this year we are celebrating West Sussex being granted Fairtrade County status. To find out more about what this means and about your local council’s action plan on Fairtrade, you are invited to attend a meeting at Ede House, County Hall, Chichester on Thursday 1st March at 7.30 pm. Fairtrade refreshments will be served from 7.00 pm.

The two-pronged theme for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is “Come on In” and “Make your Break Fair”: the first invites you to attend local events where Fairtrade refreshments are served; the second encourages you to consider how you can include Fairtrade in your daily routine. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

How to put Fairtrade in your break:

When we reach for our favourite food and drink each day without thinking about where it comes from, we may be feeding exploitation. We become part of the problem, but we can also choose to be part of the solution.

  • Your morning brew: Whether it’s English Breakfast tea or a skinny latte, always look for the Fairtrade Mark on the packet. You’ll find Fairtrade choices in most supermarkets.
  • Commuter coffee: Before you pop into your usual high street coffee shop, double check to see if their coffee is Fairtrade certified. If you aren’t sure, then ask the barista or tweet the store. Remember, you have the power to make companies source sustainably through your choices.
  • A little pick-me-up: Whether you are going healthy with a banana or sharing out a block of chocolate around the office, your choice can make the difference. Look for the Fairtrade Mark, and if your local shop doesn’t stock what you want, ask them to do so.
  • If I knew you were coming…: If you’re the baking type, then you can use Fairtrade ingredients in plenty of recipes. There’s a Fairtrade choice for everything from cocoa to sugar paste, from vanilla to icing sugar. So whatever style of cake you create you can make sure it does good as well as tastes good.

Local events with Fairtrade refreshments

  • 24th Feb and the last Saturday of each month – 10 – 12 Pulborough Village Market, lots of Fairtrade goodies on sale, too!
  • Tues 27th Feb – Tea Spot Craft Cafe at URC 80 Lower Street, 10am – 12pm. Craft, cake, coffee & chat.
  • Thursday 1st March – West Sussex event at County Hall (see above)
  • Sunday 10th March – Spring Time – a concert of classical and light music for the coming of Spring URC 80 Lower Street, 3.00 pm.

For more details email liz.sollom@btopenworld.com