The Cowley Deanery in Oxford have been actively promoting Fairtrade. Here is what they had to say about their activities in 2007/8
Jeff Alderson and Lorna Hicks represent the Deanery at meetings of the Oxfordshire Fair Trade Coalition and the Oxford City Fair Trade Coalition.
We have a named contact for Fair Trade in each of the Anglican churches in the Deanery, several of whom helped with our Fairtrade Fortnight events in Templars Square, Cowley Centre, in 2007 and 2008.
The aim of these events, taking place from 10 am till 4 pm on a Saturday in a busy shopping mall,was to raise consciousness locally and gain popular support for the idea of Fair Trade.
In 2007 we had games and balloons for children, musical entertainment, a stall provided by the Co-op, offering tasting of Fair Trade foods, and a stall provided by Fairtradeat St Michael’s selling fairly traded jewellery and other non-food items. This stall sold over £100 worth of goods.
In 2008 we again had the Co-op tasting stall and the Fairtrade at St Michael’s stall, which this year included food items and sold over £250 worth of goods. A representative of Palestinian olive growers offered tasting of fairly traded Palestinian olive oil. A group of students and staff from St Gregory the Great School performed extracts from their musical “Yamamamo”. The event was opened by the local MP, Andrew Smith, and visited by the Lord Mayor, John Tanner.
In 2009 we plan to focus on another part of the area, Headington, and base our Fairtrade Fortnight activities around the Fair Trade shop soon to be opened in Headington by Churches Together in Headington.