We stock a good range of items – from kitchen rolls and rubber gloves to lots of different chocolates and biscuits – and are happy to respond to customers’ specific requests.
Our mission is to encourage people to buy fairtrade goods wherever they can, especially in supermarkets, to sustain demand and ensure that these products are available for a growing number of shoppers because ….
….. buying fairtrade really does make a difference to the lives of producers and their communities.
Of course, our Coffee Centre sells fairtrade tea and coffee, and we are a registered Fairtrade Church (and Ilkley is a Fairtrade town).
For more information contact Judith and John Bray via the Church Office.
THE BIG SWAP
This year the Fairtrade Foundation wants the nation to get swapping – non-Fairtrade items for Fairtrade ones – everything from bananas and rice, to socks, beauty products and flowers.
They are aiming for a million and one swaps which can be registered at www.thebigswap.org.uk Each swap will demonstrate how people want producers in the developing world to get a fairer deal. So start swapping now.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2010
We will be offering our Fairtrade Stall in the church foyer – both Saturdays: 27 February and 6 March - 10:00am to 12noon as well as our usual monthly Fairtrade Stall on Sunday morning 7 March.
TRAIDCRAFT “MAKE IT FAIR” CAMPAIGN
We know we are a great tea-drinking nation but only 10% of the tea currently sold in Britain is Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Foundation would like this to increase to 50% by 2012 so that the lives of millions of tea farming families can be changed. Booklets of pre-printed postcards to send to the main producers encouraging them to use Fairtrade tea are available both from us and in the foyer. Completed cards can be placed in the appropriate box in the foyer to be dispatched in bulk to save postage. Thousands of cards have already been sent by supporters of this campaign but the momentum needs to be maintained. Now is the time for us to do our bit.
Make It happen
Fairtrade is making a massive difference to over 7.5 million people. Fairtrade sales in Britain in 2007 went up by 70% from the previous year, and again by 43% in 2008.
This is set to rise dramatically when Cadbury's Dairy Milk becomes Fairtrade in the early Autumn, as they sell over 300 million bars in Britain each year.
Fairtrade fortnight is always a busy period as we try to raise awareness of the benefits of buying fairly traded products. This year we held our stall in the Coffee Centre on two Saturday mornings and on 7 March 2009 a highly successful Tasting Session of fairtrade teas, coffees and chocolates was held. A good level of both interest and sales was generated from this.
Visit to Namaste UK Fairtrade Shop in Skipton
If you want to experience the WOW! factor then visit Namaste.
A group from Christchurch, together with friends of Linda Smith who arranged the visit, ventured onto Snaygill Industrial Estate on Wednesday evening 18 March 2009 not knowing quite what to expect - but no-one was disappointed with what we found.
Namaste has one of the best and most comprehensive selections of fairtrade products in Europe – clothing, gifts, crafts, jewellery, soft furnishings and wood furniture. As soon as we entered the shop we were absolutely stunned by the colour and variety of the goods on offer. Everyone had a great time browsing, trying on and offering advice. We all stayed a lot longer than we expected and most people could not resist making purchases.
The staff were very helpful and friendly. In fact, for our special evening visit, drinks and delicious nibbles had been laid on for free.
Normal opening hours for the shop are 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday only.
I would encourage everyone to visit Namaste when in the Skipton area to get a flavour of what is available. This is a local outlet offering quality goods from around the world which are ethically produced and fairly traded. What could be better?
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