Gearing up for Fairtrade events

PLANS are under way in Scarborough to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.

Several events have been organised by the Borough of Scarborough Fairtrade Group to coincide with the nationwide event which starts today.

Chris Fairchild, the group’s spokesman, said that the movement was becoming more mainstream compared with its humble origins.

He said: “The fact that Cadbury’s are using Fairtrade chocolate proves it is becoming more common to see Fairtrade – you don’t have to seek it out as once upon a time.”

Mr Fairchild, who runs Fairchilds at the Cheeseboard in Victoria Road, added that the quality of products had also improved over the years. He said: “With Fairtrade coffee you drank it because it was the right thing to do but now there is a range of different blends and tastes.”

The event runs until Friday March 11, and schools events include: an assembly and stall at St Augustine’s, three assemblies with a guest speakers at Graham School, assemblies at Scalby and Newby School, as well as a number of events to appeal to every age group organised by Northstead School.

The Northstead events include:

l a visit from the Global Centre for Education who will lead workshops

l a big brew event, on March 8, with pupils baking the cakes

l a poster competition on a Fairtrade theme

l a design a Fairtrade Board Game competition.

Sainsbury’s Supermarket has community links with Northstead and will celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with a visit to the school.

Big Brew Events will take place at a number of churches in the area including: St Mary’s Vicarage in Cloughton, St. Columba’s, Northstead Methodist Church, St. Andrews UR and South Cliff Methodist Churches.

The Scarborough Methodist Circuit 6th Day Worship will focus on Fairtrade at Cayton chapel at 6pm on March 6.

On Monday Scalby and Newby WI will recognize Fairtrade Fortnight with a presentation from local schoolchildren and a talk and film by Diane Robinson with home baked refreshments of Fairtrade produce.

Wreyfield Drive Pop In Group will have a Fairtrade Focus to their Monday luncheon club on Monday, March 5.