Monday 22nd February 12 noon till 1pm Let us take you to Palestine. Meet the makers of Hadeel’s gorgeous Palestinian crafts with this, the first in a fortnightly series of virtual tours of their workshops. This first tour takes you to the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza. You will learn the story of the project, how they work and the impact on their artisans and watch them create beautiful traditional crafts LIVE
Monday 22nd February 4.30 – 6pm Carribean Chef, Euton Lindsay, will show us how to make a Sweet potato and Callaloo Galette.
Wednesday 24th February 6 – 7pm The photographer, Sean Hawkey, shares images from his new book ” Faces of Fairtrade”. for more information please go to Sean’s website :- https://www.hawkey.co.uk/about/index
Thursday 25th February 4 – 5pm Fly the Flag with fairandfunky. This is a workshop for young people to get creative and make their own Fairtrade mark. If you’re booking this event with children, why not also book the Fairtrade Taskmaster event on 27 February – you’ll see why!
Friday 26th February 7 – 8pm Ghanaian photographer, Richard Waife, will share his music and answer questions about his work. He used to work at Golden Exotics, a Fairtrade fruit company before becoming a student in the UK. Richard’s university studies are funded through the Fairtrade Premium.
Saturday 27th February 10am ” Wake up and taste the coffee” with the Scottish Fairtrade Forum, Your chance to hear about Sholi Fairtrade Coffee Co-operative in Rwanda.
Saturday 27 February 11-12am Climate Change Coffee Morning with Fair Trade Wales. Hear from Ugandan coffee farmer Jenipher and taste her delicious coffee roasted in Wales
Saturday 27th February 11am – 12noon Fairtrade Taskmaster This is a fun event for all the family and your chance to compete with other families to win Fairtrade prizes. If you’re booking this event with children, we recommend you also book Fly the Fairtrade Flag workshop on Friday 25th February. You’ll find out why!
Monday 1st March 4.30pm – 6pm Cook along with former “Bake off ” contestant, Sandy DocShe will share her recipe for Meat Balls in a Spicy Tomato Sauce, using ingredients from a Fairtrade supplier.
Wednesday 3rd March 4pm – 5.30pm Join a chocolate truffle making workshop with David Greenwood Haigh, an award winning chef, chocolatier, and International chocolate consultant with Coeur de Xocolate
Thursday 4th March 11am Bruce Crowther MBE will talk about writing his memoir “Not In My LIfetime, A Fair Trade Campaigner’s Journal”. Join legendary fair trade campaigner – the father of the International Fairtrade Towns movement – in conversation with writer in Residence for Kirklees, Christina Longden,Bruce will talk about his journey through fair trade and his approach to writing the book. There will be advice for people who may be interested in writing their own autobiography or life story and stories from a lifetime of fair trade campaigning.
Friday March 5th 12 – 1pm Fairtrade in a time of covid – Join Immaculate Ochieno and Kodzo Korkortsi, Shared Interest’s local managers who deal direct with producers in East and West Africa to find out how Fairtrade is supporting women’s empowerment and helping producers survive and thrive through covid.
Friday March 5th 7pm Welsh poets Zoë Brigley Thompson and Kristian Evans, editors of “100 Poems to Save the Earth” will read from this life-afforming anthology which is due to be published in Spring 2021 by Seren Books.
Zoë Brigley has three PBS recommended poetry collections: The Secret (2007), Conquest (2012), and Hand & Skull (2019) (all published by Bloodaxe). She also published the nonfiction essays Notes from a Swing State (2019). She recently published a chapbook, Aubade After A French Movie (Broken Sleep 2020), and in 2021, she will publish another chapbook, Into Eros, with Verve. She runs an anti-violence advocacy podcast: Sinister Myth: How Stories We Tell Perpetuate Violence. She won an Eric Gregory Award for the best British poets under 30, was Forward Prize commended, and listed in the Dylan Thomas Prize. She is co-editor (with Kristian Evans) of the forthcoming anthology 100 Poems to Save the Earth. She works as an Assistant Professor in English at the Ohio State University.
Kristian Evans is a poet and environmentalist interested in deep ecology. He is the author of Unleaving (Happenstance), and the online series A Kenfig Journal for Sustainable Wales. Together with Zoe Brigley, he is editing the forthcoming anthology, 100 Poems to Save the Earth (Seren 2021) and a special issue of Magma Poetry 79 on Dwelling (with Rob Mackenzie). You can see their articles about ecologies and poetry at Planet, Poetry Wales, and Wales Arts Review, as well as in a film on dwelling made in cooperation with Planet: They have a co-written non-fiction chapbook Otherworlds out from Broken Sleep in 2021.
They’ll be joined by Yorkshire based Clare Shaw, who’ll read from her third Bloodaxe collection “Flood” on the themes of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight – “Choose The World You Want” and “Fairtrade, Climate and You”
Saturday 6th March 11.30am -1pm Get moving and learn Bollywood and Bhangra dancing with Avtar Panesar the host of our Indian dance workshop
Saturday 6th March 9.30 – 11am Pocklington Fairtrade and Local Produce Action Group Coffee Morning. Read more about what Pocklington have in store for Fairtrade Fortnight 2021
Monday 8th March 12 till 1pm On International Women’s Day you can join our virtual tour of the Bethlehem Arab Women’s Union. Meet the makers of the gorgeous crafts sold by Hadeel. See where the women work, learn their stories and watch as they create something before your eyes.
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We all used to enjoy browsing around the shops and finding unusual and exciting things to buy. Now we need to use the internet.
Have you come across www.namaste-uk.com? It’s a super site for clothes, accessories and lovely ceramics. It also works with a group I hadn’t heard of – https://goodweave.org which works to eliminate child labour. For birthdays, anniversaries or just treats, do look at Namaste when you’re browsing.
Sadly, Coronavirus means we can’t have a big hand-in to show Nestle we’re still standing with farmers. But we can do it online – I’d love it if you could join me in sharing this message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
World Fairtrade Day is on Saturday 9th May 2020. It is an opportunity to celebrate Fairtrade in our small corner of the world. It couldn’t be easier to do. There are such delicious treats easily available to buy, and we know, everytime we choose to buy with the Fairtrade mark, a farmer and his or her family will benefit. Here’s a reminder of sources still open from business at this time of lock down
All major supermarkets have some items with the Fairtrade mark – do look out for them. I find that the Cooperative stores and Marks and Spencers have the biggest variety, but do let us know if you know of other stores with a wide variety of Fairtrade stuff.
Our Schools’ Celebration in the Civic Hall on Friday 13th March
We all had a great time at our Celebration for Schools’ in the Civic Hall on Friday 13th March. Here are some girls making beads with Nina from “Fair Grounds” which sells Fairly traded jewellery from a women’s group in Mexico. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor, gave out the certificates to children who had designed a workshop. She also received the latest certification of Fairtrade for the City of Leeds.
Fairtrade Fortnight events are going on all over the region.
27 February – 6pm – SOFA SESSION Spurriergate Centre, York. This is our flagship event for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.
Speakers include: Cocoa farmer Rosine Bekoin, Rachael Maskell, York Central MP, Sarah Wakefield, Food Sustainability Manager, Co-op, Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate, Sophie Jewett of York Cocoa House and the Fairtrade Foundation’s Julia Nicoara, Director of Public Engagement.
22 February – 10-1 BIG BREW St Edmunds Church, Leeds
7 March – 10.30-1.30 COFFEE MORNING Methodist Centre, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
19 March – 11-3.30 FAIR TRADE FAIR Leeds University