Fairtrade Fortnight in Garstang

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 27th February to Sunday March 11th. Events in Garstang, the World’s First Fairtrade Town, are planned as follows:

From Tuesday, 28th February, local schools’ pupils “Fairtrade Footprints” will be displayed in the windows of Garstang shops and businesses.

Wednesday 29th, in the morning, Malian cotton co-operative manager Massatoma Mounkoro will visit Myerscough College, and Ugandan Fairtrade coffee farmer Jenipher Wetkama, vice chairperson of Gumotondo Co-operative Directors Board, visits St Thomas’ Primary School.

At approximately midday, the visitors will meet Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, Mayor of Garstang, and any members of the public wishing to attend, for refreshments at the FIG Tree Fairtrade Visitors’ Centre in Garstang High Street. (Please note that there will be no set lunch and therefore booking in advance will not be necessary, but refreshments will still be available).

The timetable for the rest of the visit is, approximately:
12.45: Presentations to those assembled by the African visitors, plus time for questions.
2.00 approx: African visitors leave.

Saturday, March 3rd, 9.30: Royal Oak, Garstang Cycle Club eat Fairtrade Bananas for energy before their bike ride.

Sunday, MARCH 4th: 3pm, FIG Tree: Ethiopian visitors will talk about the founding of the Oromo Coffee Company, and will demonstrate “coffee-cupping” techniques.

Wednesday, March 7th,: 9.30-4.30 Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group exhibition stand at International Women’s Day Conference by Soroptimist International of Fylde at Hilton Hotel, Blackpool.

Saturday, March 10th: 10am – 12noon Fair Trade Cake Stall at Wesleys, Garstang Methodist Church/

Also, schools intend to hold assemblies themed around Fairtrade during the Fortnight.

For further details, please contact Ruth Bruce on 01995 602784, email brucemr@btinternet.com