Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Event Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Finding a New Way Forward for Fairtrade

September 30, 2017


Jamie Hartzell, Chair of the Divine Chocolate Company and Dr Matthew Anderson, University of Portsmouth, will debate the motion.

“While Fairtrade has achieved a fantastic amount for farmers and workers in the Global South in the last twenty years, it needs to be radically reformed if it is to achieve similar impact in the next twenty’, followed by break out into small groups to discuss possible ways forward for FT, followed by a vote on the motion! – might we promote it more widely?

Wednesday 18 October  .  7.000pm – 9.30pm
Simpkins Lee Lecture Theatre Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA

Open to the Public.  Free entry

Recognition of, and support for, the Fairtrade mark remains high. But recent events would imply that the willingness of businesses to use the Fairtrade mark is declining. This is true for both the large multinational companies and the smaller, more dedicated Fair Trade businesses. And for some consumers, Fairtrade is seen as less pioneering than in the

Join us for a lively debate and to share your ideas on how to build a stronger Fairtrade Movement.


In support of Fashion Revolution Week (24 April – 30 April) The True Cost film showing at 7.45pm on 26th April in Kirtlington Village Hall

April 19, 2017

Kirtlington Tru Cost showing 26th April

Look Out for Snazzy Bus Stop Posters!

February 29, 2016


Many thanks to Val Johnson and Sue Hall for designing these snazzy bus stop posters and arranging for them to be displayed around Oxford.  We love them!

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.

Fairtrade Treasure Hunt – Fairtrade Fortnight 2007

March 10, 2007

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2007 we held a Fairtrade Treasure Hunt.

Fairtrade Treasure Trail

Fairtrade Treasure Trail

The treasure trail was also featured in this Oxford Mail Advert.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2005

March 1, 2005

Over 20 events took place across Oxford during Fairtrade Fortnight 2005, and the Fairtrade City Coalition were highly commended in the Fairtrade Foundation awards for their actions handing out over 1000 maps of Fairtrade suppliers in the city center to shoppers coming into town on Oxford’s Park & Ride bus services.

You can download the full programme of events that took place in this flyer.

The programme included:

  • A Nicaragua day with Salsa dancing and food tastings
  • Events at the Oxford Botanical Gardens
  • A Fairtrade Market in Gloucester Green
  • Free fairtrade tastings at fairtrade@stmichaels
  • Seminars and talks including a talk on Campesino Craft Women in rural Paraguay
  • An ethical fashion show
  • Dinner and talk with a Fairtrade producer
  • Displays of fairly traded knitted products
  • A Civic Service celebrating Fairtrade in Oxford City.

Freshers Fair 2004

October 10, 2004

Leaflets showing students where they could buy Fairtrade products near their colleges, and details of the Fairtrade City campaign in Oxford were handed out at the Fresher’s Fair

2004 Student Fairtrade Leaflet