NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 20th September 2017, 16:30 @ Venue TBA

Councillor Bob Mainstone - Fairtrade EG heard with regret and sadness the death of Bob Mainstone who had been a great supporter of the Group and who attended many events both as Deputy Mayor during 2016 and as Mayor from May 2016-2017. He was always willing to help out the Group with its aims and always gave of his time most generously at meetings. With his encouragement the Fairtrade Garden provided by the Town Council was planted up this year. He will be sorely missed.




East Grinstead is a Fairtrade Town, one of 500 towns, boroughs and villages, in the UK recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation.


By buying Fairtrade products in East Grinstead and supporting our activities you can bring about positive change and make a difference. Being a Fairtrade town boosts civic pride and offers an opportunity to act and celebrate together.

News from Fairtrade:


Supporters Conference - Saturday 7th October 2017

Any Fairtrade supporters are welcome to sign-up for free to attend this year's conference, which will be held at King's College, London.

There will be talks and workshops with plenty of discussion.

Register Here.


New "ultimate ethical" engagement rings launched

CRED Jewelery launched in September 2017 their new range of engagement rings, made from Fairtrade Gold and ethically sourced diamonds. They provide quality and value for money with full traceability.

See the story here.


Sainsbury's swaps Fairtrade for own-brand

Supermarket Sainsbury's will be replacing their Fairtrade certified tea products with a new scheme, which will be monitored by them. An open letter has been written by tea farmers urging against the decision.

Read the letter here.


Fairtrade Fortnight video launched

The Fairtrade Foundation launched their set-piece video, "Don't Feed Exploitation", which makes us consider how what we buy may be exploiting others around the world.

See the film here.



Summer 2017

Fairtrade Garden - As part of its continuing support for Fairtrade EG, East Grinstead Town Council has this summer planted up an imaginative and eye-catching Fairtrade Garden as part of its garden scheme near the War Memorial in EG High Street. Please go and have a look.


Summer 2017

Fairtrade Gold - local action on the national Fairtrade Foundation campaign, Fairtrade EG, is planning a briefing document for Churches Together in EG and will also be approaching local jewellery shops to inform them about the availability of Fairtrade gold wedding rings.


July 2017

Fairtrade Games - Imberhorne School staff and students visited both St Peter's Catholic Primary School and Dormansland Primary School to undertake Fairtrade workshops and games with pupils.


5th July 2017

Big Brew - St Peter's Catholic Primary School held its annual Big Brew afternoon and stall with Councillor Rex Whittaker, serving up Fairtrade certified tea.


27th February - 12th March 2017

East Grinstead celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight with a wide range of activities undertaken by schools, churches and community groups. 2018's Fortnight will run from 26th February - 11th March. Theme to be announced shortly.


14th January 2017

St Peter's School has had its FairAchiever award renewed, for the third time, by the Fairtrade Foundation late last year, the highest status a school can achieve.


11th November 2016

Fairtrade Quiz at Imberhorne School. A fun filled evening with a testing quiz, Fairtrade Supper, raffle and stall. A good time was had by 60 participants and £500 was raised for Fairtrade EG funds. Thanks to amazing Imberhorne staff and students.


Take a look at the lastest from the Fairtrade Foundation:




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