Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight 2010

Fairtrade Fortnight 22 February to 7 March 2010

“Put the Kettle on!” Says the Fair Trade Foundation

For this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, the Foundation is asking the nation to join in The Big Swap in which you swap your usual stuff for the Fairtrade version:  your usual bananas for Fairtrade bananas, your usual cotton socks for Fairtrade cotton socks, and your usual cuppa for a Fairtrade cuppa.  This means that every time you go shopping you can use your wallet to make a stand.   This is a brilliantly small step to make the world a fairer place.  See more on Fair Trade Foundation websites.  Check out Fairtrade Fortnight and

The Big Swap for resources to download including posters and action packs.

The target is 1million and one swaps to Fairtrade.

Fairtrade Fortnight events in Oxford:

The OFTC is inviting 100 people to breakfast on 24 February (8.00am-9.15am) in the Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall.  The Lord Mayor will be there and our Chair, Carol Wills, will talk about the Kuapa Kokoo cocoa farmers who own the Divine Chocolate Company and the Bolgatanga basket weavers.  She’s going to visit them in Ghana next week.

Most of the people invited to this breakfast are businesses – retailers, restaurants, cafes and bars – selling Fairtrade and using Fairtrade products.
We want to encourage them to make it easier for consumers to buy more!

If you are very keen to join us, and have not received your own invitation, please send your name to fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk

Other Fairtrade Fortnight events in Oxford and Oxfordshire

Stall at East Oxford Farmers’ Market (in East Oxford Primary School from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.) Saturday 27th, February OFTC core group member, Lorna Hicks, will be there and have lots of publicity and samples to try. The theme is The Big Swap, to encourage people to swap to fairly traded goods by giving them a taste and telling them where to buy fair-trade products.  If anybody is at able to come and help at any time during those three hours, Lorna would be most grateful. Lorna.litten@btinternet.com

The Big Brew is a national initiative encouraging schools, churches, workplaces and any other organisation, to host a fair trade event  

anytime during Fairtrade Fortnight.  Get involved

Tea for two at Jericho Community Centre (watch twitter-oxfairtrade and http://www.oxfairtrade.org.uk for details)

Mad Hatter’s tea party at Christ Church (watch for details)

Botanic Gardens –Get Ready for Fairtrade Fortnight 18th February 1-4pm

Try some tasters, find tropical treats growing in the Glasshouses.  Take home a plant to grown on your windowsill.

Botanic Gardens- Fairtrade Fortnight- 22nd Feb. to 9th Mar.

Explore the Garden looking for the people who make our lives tastier.  Find out about farmers and plants from around the World.

Big Brew called “Living Hope” at Great Missenden on Saturday 6th March with Traidcraft CEO Paul Chandler

Brookes University will have Fairtrade tea parties on every campus between 23rd and 25th February and want to include the local community as well as the students.  There will also be a public screening of “Black Gold” on 5th March, and a FT football match. All details available by typing in “fair trade” on Brookes website. www.brookes.ac.uk

Host a Fairtrade party with Trading for Development 22 Feb. to 7 Mar. 2010

Invite your friends or family over, and Trading for Development (an Oxford local business) will bring “The World in a Box” fair-trade items and accessories from around the world.  They will talk about the items, where they come from and the producers.  Learn about the products and buy something if you fancy!  Contact Kelly@tradingfordevelopment.co.uk to book your party.


Whatever it is, big or small, do let us know c/o cwills@oxfordhr.co.uk

More on the Big Brew and other Ft14 events

Here are some of the things that people do as part of Ft 14 (and the Big Brew):

  • Children’s parties with Fairtrade juice, raisins and fruits
  • Special Fairtrade tastings at your community centre, church or school
  • Showing a film with a Fairtrade theme (such as Black Gold) and offering Fairtrade snacks
  • Hold a special event such as a tea dance, fashion show or exhibition

What other ideas do you have?  Do let us know.

John Madeley, Fair Trade writer, has written his first novel, “Beyond Reach”, and will be signing copies at Fair Trade at St. Michael’s on Saturday 27 February from 10.00-12.30.  The novel contains much analysis and information on Fair Trade, Make Poverty History and related issues.

Fair Trade Easter Egg Launch: This is an initiative of the Diocese of Manchester.  The egg will be on sale from churches From about 10 March.   There’s chocolate, of course.  There’s also the Easter story.  Profits to charity.  Watch out for it!

New Fair Trade Directory out soon: On 15 February we are taking delivery of 10,000 copies of the new Directory.  They are free.  In the next newsletter we’ll tell you where you can collect copies for you to use to promote Fair Trade in Oxford and Oxfordshire.


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