Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 Events – Share Your Passion for Fairtrade

March 5, 2016

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 – Sit down for breakfast. Stand up for farmers -is highlighting the severe lack of food security for farmers around the world, bringing together shoppers, campaigners and businesses to take action.

Get Involved in Oxford:

BREAKFASTS

  • The Windmill fairtrade shop in Headington is supporting a Fairtrade Breakfast on Saturday 5th March  www.headingtonfairtrade.org.uk
  • The Handle Bar Café in St. Michaels Street is providing fairtrade breakfasts during the fortnight
  • The Quakers will provide a fairtrade breakfast following their early morning Quaker Meetings at 43 St Giles, Oxford 7.30am until 8.00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Fairtrade Fortnight
  • Trading for Development (Judith Condor-Vidal) is having a fairtrade breakfast for parents and toddlers on the 10th March at 9 am at the Jericho Community Centre.  For information please go to http://www.tradingfordevelopment.co.uk

EVENTS

  • Fairtrade at St. Michaels fairtrade shop is offering a range of tastings and discounts on breakfast products during the fortnight www.fairtradeatstmichaels.co.uk
  • Oxford University Debate 3rd March ‘How Fair is Fairtrade?’ Carol Wills, Chair of the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition, is one of the panelists ***SORRY – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED***
  • Wednesday 2nd March – Oxford Brookes University is hosting a talk on Food Security and Fairtrade by Rachel Sweet, Fairtrade Foundation.   To book go to www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/events/food-glorious-fairtrade-food–is-fairtrade-a-21st-century-food-security-solution
  • Two Fairtrade sales are planned during Fairtrade Fortnight in Oxford by Trading for Development:
    • 5th March at the Jericho Community Centre – more details at www.tradingfordevelopment.co.uk
    • 13th March at Blackfriars Church – for information please go to www.tradingfordevelopment.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL FAIRTRADE VISITOR

  • Monday 7th March Mona El-Sayed, World Fair Trade Organisation board member, is visiting Oxford from Fair Trade Egypt and will be at Fairtrade at St. Michaels from 11.30am, later visiting The Windmill and Oxford Brookes University in Headington.
  • Mona is speaking at RISC in Reading on 8th March, 7pm – for details please go to http://www.risc.org.uk/events

We hope you will join us in the celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016.

 


Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight 2012: Be There – Be Fair!

January 2, 2012

Find the latest plans on our Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 pages

Monday 27th February to Sunday 11th March 2012.

This year the Fairtrade Foundation is asking everyone to Take a Step for Fairtrade: “It can be a simple step like swapping your tea to Fairtrade, or a bigger step, like asking everyone in your office to do it too.” For more information, visit www.step.fairtrade.org.uk

Take your next step for Fairtrade in Oxford:

Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 Newspaper

Oxford Fairtrade Coalition is compiling a special edition Newspaper to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2012. It will contain articles about Fairtrade issues, a two page pullout map – courtesy of Daily Info – showing where you can buy Fairtrade products in Oxford, and a calendar of all the thrilling Fairtrade events that are taking place during the Fortnight. These include film screenings, producer fairs,  discussions about the ethics and impact of Fairtrade, tasting sessions and lots more.  Look out for you copy of Oxford Fairtrade News which will be widely circulated in Oxford shops, churches, libraries and community centres  mid-February. Or contact yourfairtradecity@gmail.com for a copy or if you can offer to display it in your workplace or social venue.

In the meantime, here’s a list of all the places you can buy Fairtrade in Oxford:

Where to find Fairtrade in Oxford

Media

For  the latest information on fair trade and Oxford’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 activities, quotes, photo opportunities etc, please contact Sabita Banerji at yourfairtradecity@gmail.com or call 07773949787.


June 25: Day of Action & Celebration to Keep Oxford Your Fairtrade City

May 17, 2011
Calling all cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, photographers, designers, tea-makers, cake-bakers, cocktail shakers, map-makers, software-programmers, Fairtrade consumers and campaigners…
 
Help create an updated Fairtrade Map of Oxford in a single day – and keep Oxford Your Fairtrade City.
 
Why? Because we need to submit a report to the Fairtrade Foundation applying for renewal of our Fairtrade City status – and to do that we need to prove that we have at least 25 shops and 13 catering outlets that sell two or more Fairtrade products. To find out if we still do – WE NEED YOUR HELP!
 
Here’s how it will work:
1. We’ll meet in the heart of Oxford for an energy-boosting fair trade coffee/breakfast,
2. Fairtrade treasurehunters will fan out across the city to discover Fairtrade treasure in as many shops, restaurants and workplace canteens as possible.
3. You send the info back by text or mobile phone photo to the OFTC “Control Room”, where other volunteers will update the Fairtrade Map of Oxford.
4. We all celebrate meeting the criteria to keep our Fairtrade City status (yes, we’re that confident!)
5. The information gathered will be fed into Oxford’s report to the Fairtrade Foundation, applying for renewal of our Fairtrade City status.
6. The map will be reproduced to provide Oxford residents and visitors with information about where to buy their fairtrade goods.
 
What can you do?
  • Volunteer as a treasure hunter, map-maker,  photographer, designer, breakfast preparer or party organiser.
  • Get your school, college and/or workplace involved (in the week running up to the 25th we’ll arrange for students to visit workplaces and report on their fairtrade credentials)
  • Spread the word – to your friends, family, colleagues… display posters, distribute leaflets
  • Publicise Your Fairtrade City Day of Action and Celebration in your school/uni/workplace/church/mosque/temple  newsletter.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sabita Banerji at yourfairtradecity@gmail.com


Fairtrade- Food, Music and People

June 25, 2010

It was the perfect summer evening we had imagined when we started planning this event at The Perch.  The weather was lovely, the music was fabulous, and the food was outstanding.  Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate fairtrade with us at The Perch.  We look forward to seeing  you again soon!

Fairtrade items from Exclusive Roots

Chitra from Nepal, manages Gurkha Delight in Whitney and provided the delicious food.

Nepalese buffet

Chitra and Celine from The Perch- many thanks to Celine for all her help in organising and hosting the night!


World Fairtrade Day in Oxford

May 5, 2010

EVENTS:

  • 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

NEWS

  • 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.


6.
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.  www.sindyanna.com

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.


The BIG Swap!

February 22, 2010

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The Big Swap

Did you know that here in the UK we drink 165 million cups of tea every day!

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that only 10% (but still a whopping 16 and a half million cups) is Fairtrade tea.  We want to change that.  Which is why the Fairtrade Foundation asks people to swap their tea during Fairtrade Fortnight and make a Fairtrade choice.  What’s the point?  First of all, it tastes really good.  More important still, it’s good for the tea growers.  So go on, put the kettle on and try a cup of Fairtrade tea.

Don’t just swap your tea. Try Fairtrade coffee, chocolate, sugar, wine, fruit, socks, T shirts ……. The list goes on and on.  And please register your swap so that the Fairtrade Foundation can count up how many swaps have been made.  The target is 1 million.

Joke:

“I got some Fairtrade bananas for my children  – not a bad swap that”.[1]

Local Events for Fairtrade Fortnight 22 February to 7 March 2010

Business Breakfast: Oxford Town Hall, 24 February

Here in Oxford we have invited 100 people to join us for a FT breakfast on Wednesday 24 February in the Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall.  There are still a few vacant places so do let us know if you want to come.  It starts at 8.00am and goes on until 9.15.  Yes, we know it’s early but we thought you could fit it in before you go to work!  fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk

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

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

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. More information at http://www.ccow.org.uk.

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 or going straight to http://www.brookes.ac.uk/brookesnet/environment/sustainabilityinpractice/fairtrade/fairtrade-fortnight-2010

Host a Fairtrade party with Trading for Development

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.

A new Fair Trade Shop opening in Headington

Headington Fairtrade Co-operative Ltd are preparing to open a fairtrade shop, ‘The Windmill’, in Headington. It will open ‘quietly’ on 25th February, with the Lord Mayor, Mary Clarkson, performing the official opening on 2nd March.

Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Meetings

The Core Group meets regularly at the Town Hall.  This week we began to plan our programme of events for the year beyond FT14. This is likely to include a fun event on World Fair Trade Day on Saturday 8 May, a summer evening get together with music and a Fair Trade Nepalese curry, several panel discussions about serious Fair Trade topics like sustainability, impact and climate change.  And at the end of the year our AGM combined with a social evening, to report on how we are doing and to check out with you what we can do together in future.  If you are interested in joining the core group, please contact Carol Wills on fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk

A Decade of Divine

Yes, Divine Chocolate is Ten Years Old!  The scrumptious chocolate made from the very best FT Ghanaian cocoa has been around for a whole ten years and is available in all major supermarkets, Fair Trade Shops and Oxfam  in a whole new range of mouth-watering flavours.   Kuapa Kokoo the farmers cooperative that owns 45% of Divine has grown to 45,000 members and is a thriving, democratically run organization.  There’s a touring photo exhibition to celebrate Divine’s birthday.  To check out where the exhibition is going, visit:

www.divinechocolate.com

(Thanks to Peter Church of Hull for the joke)


[1] Thanks to Peter Church of Hull for this swap joke.


Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight 2010

February 1, 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.

PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR FT14

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.


Fairtrade in Cowley Deanery

August 22, 2008

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.


Fairtrade Stories

June 25, 2008

Picture 18.pngOxford residents and city leaders were invited to:
Come along and find out what FAIRTRADE activities are going on in Oxford and how you can help us with Oxford’s FAIRTRADE Status recertification 25 JUNE 2008 5.30PM TO 7.30PM THE OLD LIBRARY, OXFORD TOWN HALL

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Over 25 people attended the event, with a number wishing to get more involved in the running of the Fairtrade Coalition in future.

At the event, those present were invited to share news of how they had recently taken action to increase the use of Fairtrade products. Some of the answers shared are below:

  • We’ve increased the frequency of our after church FT stall – Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry
  • We have a fair trade catalogue and also run Amnesty mail order catalogue where we strive to only stock fair trade products – Fran Harvey, New Internationalist
  • We’ve run a free FT wine tasting outside the Co-op in Summertown – No name given
  • We wrote to all the shops, schools, businesses in the Summertown area suggesting they start to buy FT goods for their staff rooms – No name given
  • Cowley Deanery held a FT stall at Templars Square in FT Fortnight: sale of goods, olive oil tasting, entertainment from St Gregory the Great, tasting from the Co-op.  It was opened by Andrew Smith MP and visited by the Lord Mayor

Suggestions were also invited for what should take place in the City over the coming years to promote Fairtrade and suggestions included:

  • Encourage Council to look favourably on projects involving use of commercial premises to promote sale of FT products – no name
  • Develop a plan to make FT goods more available in other places e.g. Blackbird Leys (- not just central Oxford)
  • FT stall at events such as Fun Days and Cowley Road Carnival – to widen the range of people we can reach
  • Outreach activities to communities and groups not currently involved in Fair Trade in Oxford
  • A Fair Trade market on Broad Street
  • Re-printing the Fairtrade in Oxford brochure
  • A “Welcome to Oxford a Fairtrade City” sign/ a sort of Fairtrade blue plaque
  • A concert in South Parks using contacts with FoxFM with Fair Trade stalls at the event
  • Food and wine tasting at lots of events e.g. Cowley Road Carnival, local fetes, street parties, fund days, school fetes
  • Promote events in the different regions of the city.  Respond favourably to initiatives in regions that need seed corn funding
  • Children’s Food Festival 2009

Fairtrade Fortnight 2008

February 25, 2008

Fairtrade Fortnight 2008 saw the return of many regular events plus a number of new activities to promote Fairtrade in Oxford City.

2008 Fairtrade Fortnight Diary

25 February to 9 March – Univ of Oxford Botanic
Garden – Fairtrade Fortnight Trail Follow the “Whole
World Cake Trail” and discover Fair Trade-related
plants in the Garden. Opening hours, Univ of Oxford
Botanic Garden, £3 /£2.50/ children free

25 February to 9 March – fairtrade@stmichael’s –
Fairtrade tastings and displays with emphasis on
African hospitality. Mon-Sat, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Fairtrade@stmichael’s, Cornmarket.

29 February – Said Business School – Seminar
Michael Goodman on the “Spectacle-isation” of
Fairtrade. 12:30 pm, Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre.

1 March – St Nicholas, Marston – Big Brew
Coffee Morning. 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, St Nicholas’
Church Hall.

2 March – St John’s, New Hinksey – Big Brew
Special cafe refreshments. St John’s Church, after
10:30 am service.

2 March – St Michael at the Northgate – Fairtrade
Fortnight Service Evensong celebrating Fairtrade
Fortnight; Fairtrade refreshments. 6:00 pm, St Michael
at the Northgate, Cornmarket.

3 March – St James, Cowley – Big Brew
Cowley Mothers’ Union offers Fairtrade refreshments.
3:30 pm, St James Church Centre.

3 March – Catholic Chaplaincy – Fairtrade Wine
Tasting Sample Fairtrade wines. 6:00 pm, Catholic
Chaplaincy Building, St. Aldate’s

4 March – Gallery Cafe, Town Hall – Fairtrade
Celebrations 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, Gallery Cafe,
Town Hall, St Aldate’s

4 March – St. Peter’s, Wolvercote – Big Brew
The Summertown/Wolvercote Church Partnership
offers tea, Fairtrade tasting and an exhibit about
Wolvercote’s link with Taung in South Africa. 2:30 pm
to 4:00 pm, St. Peter’s Church, First Turn.

5 March – Oxford and Cherwell Valley College –
Fair Trade Market Square Stalls, Big Brew
refreshments and more. OCVC campus

5 March – Summertown – Big Brew
The Summertown/Wolvercote Church Partnership Big
Brew Coffee Morning. 10:30 am to noon,Summertown
URC, Banbury Rd.
5 March – St. Francis, Cowley – Big Brew
Cowley Mothers’ Union invite you to a Fairtrade Tea
Break. 2:30 pm, St Francis Church

5 March – New Hinksey – Big Brew
St John’s New Hinksey/ the Over 50s Club of the
South Oxford Community Association Coffee Tasting.
2:30 to 4:00 pm, SOCA Centre, Lake St.
5 March – Christ Church College — “The Global
Journey” Film of the International Fair Trade
Association’s FTO Mark on its “Global Journey,” with
Christine Gent from IFAT speaking. Exhibition of Fair
Trade fashion; Fairtrade refreshments. Sponsored by
Trading for Development. 5:00 to 6:30 pm, McKenna
Room, Christ Church, Entrance £3.
6 March – Galliano’s Food Hall, Brookes University
– Fair Trade Fair Stalls offering Fair Trade goods.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Galliano’s Food Hall, Gipsy
Lane Campus.
6 March – Christ Church College — “Journeys in
Colour: Seeking Indigo Blues and Crimson Reds
around the Globe” Trading for Development presents
Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul on natural dyes. Exhibition of
naturally dyed textiles from IFAT members; Fairtrade
refreshments. 5:00 to 6:30 pm, McKenna Room,
Christ Church, Entrance £3.
7 March – Jericho Community Centre – Fairtrade
Tea Break Trading for Development invites you to a
Fairtrade tea/cake break. 4:00 pm, Jericho Community
Centre, 33a Canal St.
8 March – Templars Square Shopping Centre,
Cowley – Fair Trade Celebration Samples, stalls,
games, advice and information with 10:30 opening by
Andrew Smith, MP; olive oil tasting with Fairtrade olive
farmer; 12:30 pm visit from the Lord Mayor; 1:00 pm
performance of the musical event Yamamamo by
pupils from St. Gregory’s School.