Fairtrade Fortnight in Leeds

We are all looking forward to Fairtrade Fortnight 2019. Here are some events taking place in the City.

Friday 1st March is our Schools’ Fairtrade Celebration at Leeds Civic Hall. If you’d like your school to take part, please contact Hannah@leedsdec.org.uk

Saturday 2nd March is the Coffee Morning at the Methodist Hall, Chapel Allerton from 10.30am – 1.30pm. As well as coffee and cakes there will be lots of things to buy from Traidcraft.

Tuesday 5th March is the University of Leeds Fairtrade Fair in the Parkinson Court from 11am – 3.30pm. This is a very lively event, with lots of stalls selling Fairtrade produce and local crafts.

If you know of any other Fairtrade events taking place in Leeds, please let us know.

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Fairtrade and Veganuary

Hello, and a Happy New Year to all Fairtraders everywhere.

To begin Veganuary 2019 try Ben and Jerry’s peanut and butter cookies non-dairy ice cream.  Look on http://www.fairtrade.org.uk  for more delicious choices.

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Leeds University Fairtrade Fair

Come and say Hello when you come to do your ethical Christmas shopping at the Parkinson Building at Leeds University.  We’ll be selling delicious dates, olive oil, cous cous and lots more  Zaytoun produce. We’ll also have lovely embroidered items handmade in Palestine, just right for Christmas presents. There will be loads of stalls selling clothes, jewellery, food and crafts of all kinds. There will also be  a choir and lots of Christmassy things to eat. Put a note in your diary for Tuesday December 4th from 11am – 15.30pm. It’s always a very joyful event.

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Two of our members are  very kindly opening  their home to display lots of gifts from the Traidcraft catalogue. It’s your  chance to have a browse and start your Christmas shopping.




Their home will be open from

Friday 9th November from 11am – 6pm

Saturday 10th November from 11am – 5pm

Sunday 11th  November from 11am – 4pm

Please contact us for further details


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Schools celebrate Fairtrade

Pupils from across Leeds and Wakefield stick their hands up for Fairtrade


Friday 22nd June saw schools from across Leeds and Wakefield coming together to celebrate Fairtrade at  Leeds Civic Hall. This annual event, run in partnership with Leeds DEC  for the 8th year, had pupils leading their own workshops exploring Fairtrade. The Coop sponsored the event and provided real life case studies of how Fairtrade can change the lives of the farmers and their communities.

Other special guests included Hilary Benn MP who said it was a “Fantastic event”, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Graham Latty and Angus Coul from Bala Fairtrade Sports balls. Stalls were run by The Beehive Fairtrade shopEurope Direct and Leeds DEC.

Pupils from Brownhill Primary School commented “We all got to learn something new about Fairtrade. PS I won bingo and got the most chocolate!”

Thanks to all the schools who came and a particular thanks to Abbey Grange Academy, Allerton CE Primary, Woodlands Primary, Ireland Wood Primary and Bala Fair Trade Sports Balls for their informative, engaging and fun workshops.

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Another Fairtrade cafe to explore

The Courtyard Café , 96 Town Street, Horsforth is warm and welcoming.  They serve breakfasts, lunches and delicious cakes as well as Fairtrade tea and coffee. It is a community café and everyone is welcome. The Courtyard café is very attractive with lots of local artwork on display. Do make a point of popping in next time you’re in Horsforth.

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New Fairtrade Competition

Compete in the new Fairtrade Poster competition from the Church of England, Diocese of Leeds

Design an A4 invitation to a Fairtrade event, real or imaginary

Open to individuals, schools, colleges and groups of all ages in the Leeds Diocese area

Closing Date: Weds 21st March 2018

Please click here for more information

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Fairtrade Fortnight fantasticness!

Year 4 pupils at Beechwood Primary School had a go at cocoa farming, as part of Leeds DEC’s Be a cocoa farmer workshop. Pupils were engaged in telling the bean to bar story of Divine chocolate through beautiful props and interactive presentation.

When asked what they learnt about Fairtrade and cocoa through the workshop, pupils replied “It’s hard to be a cocoa farmer” “I think it might be hard to get clean water” “I’ve learnt about Kuapa Kokoo and ” “I liked playing the cocoa game, it was really fun!”

To find out more about more about the workshop email: hannah@leedsdec.org.uk



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University of Leeds Fairtrade Fair

Do join us again at the University of Leeds’ Fairtrade Fair. This year it takes place on Tuesday 27th February from 11.00am till 3.00pm.  It’s at the Parkinson Building of the University on Woodhouse Lane.  There are lots of stalls selling Fairtrade and craft items, so that you need to bring plenty of money! You are sure to find an inspiring variety of things to buy.

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Schools’ Celebration for Fairtrade Fortnight on Friday 2nd March

Once again we are holding our Schools’ Fairtrade Celebration at Leeds Civic Hall. This year it takes place on Friday 2nd March. Bala, the firm that makes Fairtrade Footballs is coming and also Kool Schools, who sell Fairtrade uniforms. Be quick, if you’d like to be part of our celebration by contacting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairtrade-schools-celebration-tickets-41276157097

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