Fairtrade Foundation / Fair & Funky

This is Albeiro Alfonso Cantillo, “Foncho” with members of Fair and Funky at the House of Commons, launching the Make Bananas Fair campaign. Foncho is a banana farmer from Columbia and he knows  that selling Fairtrade bananas gives him a fair and stable price for his crop. However, non fairtrade bananas are now sold so cheaply in most UK supermarkets that banana farmers do not earn enough money to feed their families. We need to stick with Foncho to make bananas fair. Go to  www.stickwithfoncho.org.uk and together we can help all banana farmers.

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What a party!

Our 10th birthday party was a great success. Here is Aimeth Angulo with Greg Mullholland, some bananas and guests. Aimeth told us about her life as a banana farmer in Columbia, and about the problem to the farmers of cheap bananas. Beeston choir entertained us with banana songs and we played party games, devised by all the schools who came to the party. We also ate all the delicious cakes from the Fairtrade bake off competition. We all went home determined to buy Fairtrade Bananas.

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Happy birthday Leeds


ENTER OUR BAKE OFF COMPETITION    You or your group can bake a cake using Fairtrade ingredients and win a Fairtrade hamper.

A WINE TASTING EVENING  -  On Friday 28th February from 6 – 9pm

Have a lovely evening, meeting the experts and sampling some Fairtrade wines.  Local Fairtrade groups will also have stalls for you to visit.

COME TO THE PARTY    We’re having a party on Friday March 7th at the Civic Centre in the afternoon. Spaces are limited, so please contact us for an invitation.

For details of all events – please contact us for more information



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Launch of Birthday card competition

birthday card launch

Leeds Lord Mayor, Councillor Tom Murray and students from Ireland Wood Primary School launched our Birthday card competition on Tuesday December 3rd. We are getting ready to celebrate our 10th birthday as a Fairtrade City.

“In 2004 Leeds worked very hard to involve the Council, Businesses, Faith Groups and Schools to attain Fairtrade City Status” said Fairtrade Leeds Chair Hannah Langdana “This is a great opportunity to celebrate everyone’s hard work and remember how we are making a real difference to millions of people in the developing world who are getting a fair deal for their hard work.”


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Leeds Gurdwara wins national award

Fairtrade Awards_compressedEarlier this month the Gurdwara in Beeston won an award from the Fairtrade Foundation for their excellent campaign during Fairtrade Fortnight. They organised lots of activities locally and also created their own campaign material to highlight the links between the Fairtrade ethos and the Sikh faith. This involved creating new material in Punjabi and communicating the message to non-English speaking members of the community. Many congratulations to everyone who worked so hard, and keep up the good work!

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Our next event for schools

Global Fairness celebration – Friday 18th October 2013 from 1pm – 3.30

The Leeds Fairtrade Group and the Development Education Centre invite all schools to an afternoon learning about Fairtrade and global fairness.
Paul Brennan, Deputy Director of Leeds Children’s Services will open the event and Kate Jones from the Fairtrade Foundation will be joining us.
There will be workshops to choose from and Fairtrade refreshments.
Its a great chance to meet people from other schools who are interested in Fairtrade.
If you think your school would like to come please contact
Hannah on Hannah@leedsdec.org.uk or tel: 0113 380 5655

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Congratulations to Ireland Wood Primary School

Greg Mulholland MP is seen here celebrating with the pupils’ of Ireland Wood Primary school after the prize giving for winning the Yorkshire Fairtrade Film competition.

Greg Mulholland MP is seen here celebrating with the pupils’ of Ireland Wood Primary school after the prize giving for winning the Yorkshire Fairtrade Film competition.





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Fairtrade in Farsley

Cooper’s coffee shop is at the bottom of the hill at 112 Town Street. It is warm and welcoming and the staff are very friendly. There is a wide menu, you can choose from a full meal to a snack and the food is always tempting, especially the display of homemade cakes and desserts. Cooper’s source their food locally where possible and all their tea, coffee and sugar is Fairtrade. Do pop in next time you’re in Farsley, you’ll want to become a regular visitor.




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Film Competition Finalists – vote for your favourite!


Entries for the Fairtrade Yorkshire animated film competition have now closed and five fabulous finalists have been selected.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Who is your favourite? Please like and share – and help us declare the winner!

Watch all the videos and vote for your favourite one on YouTube or here on this site – the deadline is Monday 22nd April.


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Event at Sikh temple

Sunday 10 March
Chapeltown Sikh Temple
192 Chapeltown Rd
Leeds LS7 4HZ
Lots of free goodies like chocolate, fruit, biscuits, tea, coffee and lots more. Children from the GNNSJ Gurdwara’s SikhZone will be running the stall. There’ll be lots of information and leaflets as well as Punjabi translations and literature. Please join us – everybody welcome!   http://www.gnnsjleeds.com/





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