The Group is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 16:30. Location is to be announced.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: 27 February - 12 March: Theme – "Take a Break"
All churches flew Fairtrade banners and used bidding prayers at services.
Soroptomists – Fairtrade evening on Wednesday 1 March at East Court 8-10pm. A talk on India with Moyna Bridge followed by Eco and Fairtrade School update by Sue Joy, Fairtrade EG, about St Peter’s. Fairtrade stall plus crafts and gifts; Fairtrade wine being served.
West Hoathley Cubs – Fairtrade Workshop on Wed 9 February. Ditto Ist EG Cubs on Tuesday 8 March.
Waitrose Green Token Scheme – applied for.
EG Library - exhibition on Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Fairtrade West Sussex AGM with Guest speaker, Greg Valerio MBE at 7pm on Thursday 9 March in Pulborough Village Hall. Raffle and Fairtrade stalls. Fairtrade EG representatives attended and provided support and display.
Fairtrade Garden – this suggestion made to East Grinstead Town Council in Autumn 2016 was actively encouraged by Town Mayor, Bob Mainstone, planned by Jenny Watson, Head Gardener and planted up in EG High Street Summer 2017. An information board informing passers-by about Fairtrade and Fairtrade EG has also been provided.
Fairtrade Games – Fairtrade Achiever, Imberhorne School, has regularly taken the lead in providing an outreach programme of Fairtrade workshops to local primary schools whenever possible. This year Mr Langstone, and students (past and present) visited Dormansland Primary School and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School. At the latter two classes – Years 3 and 4 – were involved in inside and outside Fairtrade games on Wednesday 5 July, which illustrated the whole point about “fair” and “unfair” between developed and developing countries in a fun way. Class 3 played games on the playground involving water and Class 4 looked at the marketing of bananas in UK supermarkets and soon realised the very small amount farmers were paid to produce them. The children fully participated in all the activities provided and learnt a great deal, building on the knowledge already gained through the Diocese of Arundel Brighton RE scheme, of which Fairtrade is a component part. In addition St Peter’s has been a Fairtrade School since 2011 and takes part in Fairtrade Fortnight, has regular Fairtrade stalls, lessons and assemblies.
Big Brew – following the Fairtrade Workshop, St Peter’s held a Big Brew afternoon, providing Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits to parents, parishoners and visitors with Council Rex Whittaker as our special guest. A Fairtrade stall during the event and after school raised £146.
Fairtrade Gold – a briefing document on this important issue is being prepared to present to Churches Together in EG in October regarding the availability of Fairtrade Gold wedding and engagement rings to prospective wedding candidates. In addition local jewellers will be approached about the Fairtrade Foundation’s Fairtrade Gold campaign.
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