January 2011 Committee Meeting – Planning Fair Trade Fortnight

December 21, 2010

The next meeting of the Oxford City Fair Trade Coalition will be on the 14th January 2011 at 5pm at Oxford Town Hall.

You can find a copy of the agenda here.

We will be discussing plans for Fair Trade Fortnight 2011 and anyone interested in, or already involved in, organising Fair Trade Fortnight events in Oxford is invited to come and take part.

Jericho Christmas Fair Trade Fair

December 13, 2010


LOCAL PRODUCERS JOIN FAIRTRADERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD at the Jericho community centre with shawls, jumpers, hats, gloves and scarves from Peru and Bolivia, silk scarves and pashminas from Bangladesh and India, jewellery from Africa coffee from Nicaragua, organic fresh vegetables from Oxfordshire.

Fairly traded or local and organic goods from far and near will be on sale on Saturday 18 th December at the Jericho Community Centre, 33a Canal Street from 2 noon until 5 pm.

As Susan Pead the administrator of the Oxford Jericho Association says, “Jericho is happy to hold this annual event and support the efforts of Oxford status as a Fair Trade city”. She added, “I am delighted that Jericho, with its strong tradition of community spirit, was one of the first centers to host a Fair Trade Christmas fair on behalf of all residents in Oxford.”

This is the seventh year running that we have organised a Fair Trade, Local and Organic Christmas Fair. Last year it was a great success, attracting lots of people from all over Oxford. There will be a raffle with the chance to win some organic produce and many other surprise prizes, with the proceeds being donated to the Gatehouse, a local charity that provides hot soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee to homeless people over the winter months.

Oxford became a Fair Trade city in March 2004, an important milestone in the growth of the Fair Trade movement, which has rapidly expanded in the last 6 years all over Europe. There will be stalls with quality products from Africa (Exclusive Roots) Asia and Latin America, mainly from members of the WFTO World Fair Trade Organisation http://www.wfto.com

You can find a poster to download to help promote the event here.