Our Beehive Shop needs help

We need volunteers for the Beehive

67 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

At the moment, we are running on a skeleton staff.  Holidays, illness, moving away, change of working hours deplete the number of volunteers we have to call on to fill the rota.

Working at the Beehive is for a 3 hour shift at a time on the following days:-

Wed 10 am to 1 pm                            Thursday  10am to 1pm

Wed   1  pm to 4 pm                            Friday      10am to  1pm

Saturday  10 am to 1pm

Volunteers usually work alone, but it is fine to bring a friend. Although it is good if you can work every week, it is also helpful if you can work less frequently, and even occasionally especially on a Saturday.  We are flexible .

Our recruitment process is as follows:-

Come and spend an hour or two working in the shop with an experienced volunteer to get some idea of the jobs involved. If you want to proceed, we will ask you to fill in an application form, and will require references. We find it then takes about 4 sessions working alongside an experienced volunteer to learn the till, making up Sale or Returns, receiving and pricing stock, filling shelves, making displays (optional), opening and closing the shop.  It is ideal if these can be done consecutively ie once a week for 4 weeks.  You can train until you feel confident.   Help is usually a phone call away, if needed.

If you can help, please leave your name, address, phone number and email address in the shop or contact Katherine Wyatt :- Katherine.wyatt@sky.com   or email :- thebeehiveleeds@yahoo.co.uk

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Fairtrade stall in Calverley Park

Ruth's stall in CalverleyDiscovered this Fairtrade stall in Calverley Park last Saturday. Calverley Parkside school was holding its summer fair in the park and it was nice to be able to stock up on chocolate and biscuits. Both churches in Calverley support Fairtrade. Our local Methodist church, next to the park, has a Fairtrade stall at their coffee mornings held on the first Saturday of the month. Do pop in if you’re in the area.

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We’re back in the Merrion Centre this Saturday ( 23rd May) from 12 noon till 3pm.  We’ll be making Fairtrade badges and giving out chocolate biscuits!  We’ll also be finding out how to say “chocolate” in lots of different languages. Buying Fairtrade means that the farmers get a fair price when they grow the things we like to eat, like bananas, chocolate, tea, coffee and sugar.

We’ll look forward to meeting you.

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Students from Ireland Wood Primary school receive their ‘Commitment to Global Learning’ certificate from Councillor Jane Dowson, Leeds City Council’s deputy executive member for children and families, and Paul Brennan, Leeds City Council’s deputy director of children’s services.

Leeds DEC has recognised nine schools across West Yorkshire for leading the way in Global Learning. Each school has written a Global Learning Charter and taught students to lead Peer Education workshops on Fairtrade, Waste and Garment Workers. As well as educating students, Peer Education workshops such as these promote personal development, inquiry and independent research. In the picture are students from Ireland Wood Primary School receiving their “Commitment to global learning” certificate from Jane Dowson, Leeds City Council’s deputy executive member for Children and Families, and Paul Brennan, Leeds City Council’s deputy director of Children’s Services.

“The benefits of the Global Learning Charter is that it gives schools the opportunity to spell out their commitment to Global Learning and involves the students in deciding how they want to implement it across the school” says Global Fairness project co-ordinator Hannah Langdana.

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Mapping Fairtrade in Leeds – a presentation

Come along and watch six final year Theology and Religious Studies students from the University of Leeds, present their research on “Mapping Fairtrade” in Leeds.

Its on Tuesday 28th April from 6pm. to 8pm at Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Building, seminar room 1.06, Moorland Road, Leeds LS6 1AN

Please register at


Their research specifically looks at Fairtrade activity in Leeds with some form of religious affiliation. The research has been conducted from the start of February 2015, as part of the University of Leeds’ Community Religions Project. The presentation is a snapshot of the research that will be presented in a 10,000 word report which the group will publish in Summer 2015.

Refreshments will be served from 18:00, and the presentation will begin at 18:30 and last for approximately 30 minutes. There will be time for questions after the presentation, as well as further refreshments.

The presentation will be held in Seminar Room 1.06 in the Maurice Keyworth Building of Leeds University Business School. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, although on site parking is only available for disabled persons. There is ample on-street parking in the surrounding area, or LUBS is just a 20 minute walk from Leeds City Centre.


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Kirkstall St Stephen’s C of E Primary School get busy

cakes at Kirkstall St Stephen's

Well done children of Kirkstall St Stephen’s C of E Primary School. They held a Fairtrade baking competition and you can see some of the delicious entries above. After the competition, the cakes were sold and £50 was raised for Fairtrade.  Some children of Year 5 also taught 3 lessons about Fairtrade cocoa to the children of Years 3,4 and 5. Congratulations to everyone who took part, you’ve certainly been busy.

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Have a happy Fairtrade Fortnight

During Fairtrade Fortnight – what’s going on in Leeds?

Friday 27th February we have our Schools’ Fairtrade Celebration at The Banquetting Suite at Leeds Civic Hall

Saturday 28th February – THE TRAIDCRAFT MINI ROADSHOW  at       St Edmunds Church, Lidgett Park Road, LS8 1JN from 10am – 3pm        contact Susan Scott at susan@traidcraft.co.uk to book a place.

Tuesday 3rd March  – LEEDS UNIVERSITY FAIRTRADE FAIR    at the Parkinson Court Building, Leeds University from 11am – 3pm.

Saturday 7th March  – FAIRTRADE COFFEE MORNING – 10am -12noon at the Methodist Centre, Chapel Allerton, Town Street,  LS7  4NB

Enjoy Fairtrade Fortnight – and eat plenty of Fairtrade Chocolate!


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Schools Fairtrade Celebration

Fairtrade Celebration Feb 2015

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Traidcraft Mini Roadshow

Traidcraft is holding a Mini Roadshow on Saturday 28th February 2015 from 10am – 3pm at St Edmund’s Church, Lidgett Park Road, Leeds LS8 1JN

Come and see the Spring range of clothes, household items, jewellery crafts and cards.  An extra 10% discount on all craft and card orders placed on the day.

Tea, coffee and cake will be served and a simple lunch will be available to buy.

There will be a Power Point presentation of the current work of Traidcraft, information about new products and the opportunity to ask questions.

Book your place via Susan Scott, susans@traidcraft.co.uk

Contact Christine Brett 0113 2668536 or christinebrett@btinternet.com


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Come along and meet the team

Hello! If you’re interested in Fairtrade in Leeds and would like to know more, come along to our next meeting on Friday 16th January at 10.30 – 12.30. We meet at Leeds Civic Hall ( come to the side entrance and ask for us at reception). If you’re interested in event planning, social media and raising awareness of Fairtrade in the City, we’d love to meet you.

On Friday we’ll be making plans for Fairtrade Fortnight.


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