Summer Event at The Perch

May 21, 2010

Come join the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition for an evening of Fair Trade Food, Music and People: A summer evening at The Perch on Thursday 24th June 2010. (Online booking now available)

We’ll have a full three-course Nepalese meal cooked by Chitra and his team; live music from The Epstein; and performance of Nepalese dance – all within the fantastic setting of The Perch, Binsey.

Tickets are just £15 or £12.50 for concessions and will be available from the following shops from Monday:

  • The Perch, Binsey
  • The Windmill, Headington
  • Saree, Cowley Rd
  • Fairtrade@St. Michaels, Cornmarket
  • One Village, Woodstock
  • Gurkha Delight Restaurant, Witney

You can also order tickets online (booking fee applies) using a credit card here.

Groups are welcome. If you’d like to help promote the event then you can download a poster here.

World Fairtrade Day in Oxford

May 5, 2010


  • World Fair Trade Day, Saturday 8 May 2010
  • Wednesday 12 May:  Fair Trade and Climate Change Seminar at Brookes
  • Saturday 15 May:  Fair Trade Stall at Burford Levellers Day
  • Thursday 24 June:  FT musical evening at the Perch, Binsey TBC
  • Trading for Development at the Town Hall and Botanic Gardens


  • The Windmill Fair Trade Shop
  • Fireside Coffee, St Clements
  • Sindyanna of Galilee
  • Fairtrade statistics

1. World Fair Trade Day, Saturday 8 May 2010

World Fair Trade Day is celebrated every year on the second Saturday of May.  All around the world, producers, farmers, organizers, supporters, consumers and activists do something to show their support for Fair Trade and what it does to change lives for the better.

Here in Oxford some of our Fair Trade and ethical businesses have decided to work together.  The businesses involved are Exclusive Roots in St Giles, Greens Cafe in St Giles, Fairtrade at St Michaels in Cornmarket Street , Vaults and Gardens in Radcliffe Square, Saree in Cowley Road, Fireside Coffee in St. Clements and The Windmill Fairtrade shop in Headington.
They are working together to raise awareness of all of their special places across Oxford  –  and World Fair Trade Day seems a good place to start.  The idea is to maximise the use of all our networks to let more and more people in Oxford know about Fair Trade, the wonderful things the shops and cafes offer and, of course, special offers on 8th May.

2. Wednesday 12 May: Fair Trade and Climate Change seminar with Mr S. C. Mittal, MD of Fair Trade Organisation, Pushpanjali of Agra, India

TIME: 5.00-7.00 (talk starts at 5.30)

PLACE: Room G103, Gibbs Building, Brookes University,

Gypsy Lane Site, Headington

Pushpanjali Fair Trade Organisation was founded by Mr. Mittal in 1982 with the mission of improving the livelihoods and well being of disadvantaged people by promoting Fair Trade and speaking out for greater justice in world trade.  Pushpanjali is a member of the Fair Trade Forum-India and the World Fair Trade Organisation.

Mr Mittal  will  speak about Pushpanjali’s social projects and, in particular, their project on the environment and climate change.  He will show a 12 minute video on Fair Trade and climate change.  We plan for there to be plenty of time for comments and questions.

Pushpanjali works closely with six producer groups involving 62 artisans, ensuring safe and healthy working conditions and respect for Fair Trade Standards.  Key commitments to producers are:

  • To provide education & training to Producers and their families.
  • To help to increase living standards
  • To provide credit & advances.
  • To provide equal wages to women producers.
  • Profit sharing with producers.

Pushpanjali also reaches out to poor communities, providing medical support and a medical camp in the village of Khalua, and assistance with school fees for girls. 

3. Saturday 15 May:  Fair Trade stall at Burford Levellers Day

Lorna Hicks, of the OFTCoalition will run a Fair Trade Stall at Burford Levellers Day.  It’s a good excuse to enjoy a day out in this beautiful village. 

4. Thursday 24 June:  Fair Trade musical evening at the Perch, Binsey, with Nepalese Food TO BE CONFIRMED

Do pencil this into your diaries – but wait for confirmation in our next newsletter!

5. Trading for Development

2.00 – 4.00 pm last Sunday every month – knitting sessions, using FT wool, at the Botanic Gardens.

11.00 – 3.00 pm first Wednesday every month – Fair Trade stall in the Town Hall.

The WINDMILL Fair Trade Shop, 104 London Road, Oxford OX3 9AJ.  Telephone:  01865 236 944 opened in March.  It’s owned and run by the Headington Fairtrade Cooperative Ltd, a community co-operative whose purpose is to provide a retail outlet for fairtrade goods and to promote Fairtrade principles.  It’s a fully registered commercial company, not a charity shop!   Everyone is welcome to their AGM at 8.00pm on Monday 21 June when Patrick Gihana Mulenga, Commercial Attache at the Rwanda High Commission, London, will be talking about the far reaching benefits that Fair trade has brought to his country.

New stock includes Injabulo (Zulu for “happiness”) buttons and wallhangings from India made out of recycled saris.

7.”A new retail & coffee shop based on ethical principles, “Fireside Coffee” on St. Clements Street specialises in gourmet indulgent Fairtrade and  Organic food and drink.

8.Sindyanna of Galilee has opened a new Visitors Centre and shop in Kufr Manda

Last year we welcomed  Sindyanna of Galilee to Oxford to talk about their olive oil project.  Active in Fair Trade since 1996, Sinyanna now teaches basket weaving at their Kufr Manda centre. “The opening of the Visitors Center is the direct result of a strategic decision taken by Sindyanna since its inception: the decision that the organization first and foremost must benefit Arab women,” said Hadas Lahav, founder and manager of Sindyanna. “We decided that our initiative must serve as a model for empowering women by means of employment.”

”The opening of the Visitor Centre provides a space where buyers and weavers can meet, and at the same time facilitate fruitful social and cultural dialogue.”
The Sinyanna olive oil factory in nearby Kufr Qana produces 40 tons of olive oil a year and is managed entirely by women, both Jewish and Arab.  Sinyanna also is busy looking for markets for other products from the region: honey, za’atar (a local herb), carob syrup and almonds. They have a separate branch for packing olive oil soap from Nablus which helps the Palestinian economy.

9. Statistics from the Fairtrade Foundation

a. In 2009 sales of Fairtrade products in the UK grew to an estimated £800 million – a 12% increase on 2008.

b. Almost 90% of British households bought at least one Fairtrade product in 2009.