What’s on in Oxford – Fairtrade Fortnight 2012

Friday 24th Feb

All day:  The Windmill’s 2nd anniversary almost coincides with Fairtrade Fortnight-Eve so celebrations begin today at Headington Farmers’ Market. After buying your Pippin Doughnut made, as far as possible, with fair trade and locally sourced ingredients – come to The Windmill, only a few steps away from the Pippin stall, to sample our best-selling Grumpy Mule coffee.

Sunday 26th Feb

9.00 –10.00: BBC Radio Oxford introduces Fairtrade Fortnight – Bill Heine and guests sharing upcoming Fairtrade Fortnight highlights. 95.2FM

12.30-13.30: Quakers’ Fairtrade Bring and Share Lunch, Bring a dish made with as many fairly traded ingredients as possible and swap ideas and recipes with other lunchers. Venue:Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles.

Tuesday 28th Feb

10.30-15.30 Oxford Brookes Fairtrade Market: Oxfam, The Co-Op, Just Change and many more Fairtrade suppliers will be on campus selling their fair trade products alongside freebies and taste tests! FREE ENTRY! Gipsy Lane Food Hall, Oxford Brookes University, Headington.

Inscription on a window at Oxford Brookes, the world’s first Fairtrade University

Wednesday 29th Feb 


“Give us this day our daily bread,” A session on food, faith and Fair Trade organised by  Fair Trade @ St Michael‘s, Christian Concern for One World and St Michael at the Northgate.

Image: http://tomschlueter.blogspot.com

Saturday 3rd March

All day: ‘Fairtrade Honey Day’ at the Windmill Shop in Headington. Come along and sample a range of homemade items with honey being the common ingredient.

11.30–14.30 Women Working for a Fair Deal Talks by Rukhshanda Naz and Sabita Banerji about pioneering projects in Pakistan and India. Rukhshanda is a board member of Khwendo Kor that empowers women and families in Pakistan through micro-credit, education, and work for women’s rights. Sabita works with Just Change, a radical social trading movement that ensures poor producers and consumers get a fair deal. Fair Trade stalls and refreshments, including lunch. Venue: St. Columba’s Church, Alfred St.

13.00-16.00 Family Friendly Activity – Find out how you can support Fair Trade and take part in our family activities. University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane. For more information visit http://www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk Tel:01865286690

Sunday 4th March

9.00–17.00 Joining Forces: Co-Operatives and Fair Trade. Celebrating the UN International Year of the Co-operatives and Fair Trade Fortnight. Learn about how fair trade and co-ops have benefited their communities. Fair trade and co-operative exhibition, food tasting, join a local co-operative, and fair trade products sale. Venue: Oxford Hub, Turl Street Kitchen FREE ENTRY. Organised by Trading for Development and The Midcounties Co-operative Society.

Tuesday 6th March

18.30-20.30: Film screening: Black Gold. Coffee is the world’s most valuable commodity after oil, but the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their farms. “Remarkable – a moving but scandalous story. It has extraordinary power.” Daily Telegraph. Tickets £8.00 standard, £6.00 member students/concession. Venue: Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley Rd.

NB The Fairtrade Business Lunch scheduled for 6th March has been cancelled.

Wednesday 7th March

14.00-16.00 Meet Jennipher Wattaker: Ghanaian Fairtrade Coffee Producer. A talk by Jennipher about the difference Fairtrade has made to her life will be followed by product tasting, a Question Time style debate, and a raffle draw. Venue: Exeter Hall, Kidlington. Tel: 01865841418

Photo: Simon Rawles

Thursday 8th March

11.30-12.30 Fairtrade & International Women’s Day Guided Walking Tour led by Alasdair of I love Oxford Walking Tours. Highlights Oxford’s pioneering role in the development of Fairtrade – an issue that has particular impact on the lives of women – and also featuring Oxford’s own famous women. Tours normally cost £7, but this one is FREE. Donations to Oxfam and tips to the guide voluntary. Departs outside Oxfam shop, Broad St. Advance bookings preferred. Tel:07955482637

Friday 9th March

13.00-14.00 Meet Anton Bowman: Winward Island Fairtrade Banana Farmer. Anton will explain how Fairtrade bananas are helping the Winward Islands to rebuild their economy devastated by tropical and economic storms. Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane Site, Headington Campus. To register your interest please e-mail: sustainability@brookes.ac.uk FREE ENTRY.

Photo: Simon Rawles

14.30-16.00 Fairtrade Fashion: Weaving the Fabric of Society The impact of the globalizing economy on women expected to conform to traditional roles – the empowerment of entrepreneurship. Panelists: Professors Jeremy MacClancy & Tamsin Barber of Oxford Brookes University, Ilaria Pasquinelli, of the Ethical Fashion Consultancy and Nicola Thornley, of Trading for Development. Venue: Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane campus. Part of O3 Gallery Ethical Fashion Symposium.  £5 per talk, £4 concessions Tel:01865 246131 / 07963 343465

Saturday 10th March

10.00-12.00 Fairtrade drinks, cakes and biscuits made with Fairtrade ingredients, and also Fairtrade products to buy. Headington Baptist Church, Old High St Headington.

11.00-12.00 Fairtrade Walking Tour of Oxford led by Alasdair of I love Oxford Walking Tours. Highlights Oxford’s pioneering role in the development of Fairtrade. Tours normally cost £7, but this one is FREE. Donations to Oxfam and tips to the guide are voluntary.  Departing outside Oxfam shop on Broad St. Advance bookings preferred. Tel:07955482637

14.00-16.00 Sustainable style: How to be an Ethical Consumer. The impact of fashion, textiles & jewellery industry on the environment and what society can do to minimise it. Are ethical certifications the answer? Speakers: Veronica Crespi – Re Wardrobe Fashion Stylist, Pamela Ravasio – Ethical Fashion Consultant & Fashion Blogger ‘Shirahime’, Ute Decker – Ethical Jewellery Designer. Venue: Oxford University Botanic Garden. Part of O3 Gallery  Ethical Fashion Symposium  £5 per talk, £4 concessions. Tel:01865 246131 / 07963 343465

Sunday 11th March

15.00–17.00 Ethical Luxury: Squaring the Circle Can luxury goods be ethical? How designers are working to challenge our perception of luxury in the modern day. Speakers: Ingrid Vercruyssen – Textiles Designer ‘Lilou’, Chris Hewitt – Denim Designer ‘Somebody and Sons’, Lucy Tammam – Eco Couture ‘Tammam’ Venue: Malmaison Hotel, Oxford Castle Quarter – The Visitors Room. Part of O3 Gallery Ethical Fashion Symposium.  £5 per talk, £4 concessions Tel:01865 246131 / 07963 343465

Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight

  • The Windmill in Headington will be offering tastings of products made with fairtrade ingredients.
  • Indigo, on Cowley Rd is offering a 15% discount on all People Tree clothing.
  • Turl Street Kitchen will be selling a range of Fairtrade food and wine.

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