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:



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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

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Happy Christmas Everyone

The Fairtrade Fountain was a great success at Horsforth Farmers’ market. Hope everyone has a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

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Fairtrade stall at Horsforth Farmers’ Market

Pop along to Horsforth Farmers’ Market on Saturday 2nd December from 10am-12noon on Town Street,( St Margaret’s School) and look out for the Fairtrade Stall. There will be lots of great Fairtrade gifts to buy, and a Fairtrade chocolate fountain for you to dip fruit in. What a great start to the Christmas festivities.

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Invitation to our next meeting

Our  Group works to spread the news about all things Fairtrade  in Leeds. We organise events and try to liaise with all the church, school and business groups who are working  to promote Fairtrade in the City. Our next meeting is on Thursday 23rd November, from 10am-12. at Leeds Civic Hall.  If you feel you’d like to help us, we’d love to meet you.  Please come and say hello. Our next meeting after that  is on January 18th 2018, same time, same place. Please contact us if you’d like more information

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Saturday’s coffee morning at Guiseley Baptist Church

Guiseley Baptist Church on Oxford Road is having a coffee morning from 10.15-11.30 on Saturday 11th November. There will be tea, coffee and bacon sarnies and lots of super Fairtrade gifts from Traidcraft, Zaytoun and “From the Source”.  Do pop along and get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start.

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