Past Events


Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

24th February - 8th March 2020. St Mary's Church hosted a Fairtrade Breakfast on Sunday March 7th and a presentation about Fairtrade was also given to 6th EG Cubs on Saturday 13 March. Mike and Tina Causton's Big Brew day raised £95 also for Traidcraft Exchange. See the photos from the Fortnight in the slider below!

Fundraising Quiz and Meal

During Fairtrade Fortnight, the Charity Quiz and Fundraising meal held at The Ghurka, Woodcock Hill, on Monday 2 March raised £554 each for Traidcraft Exchange and EG Museum. Our share of the money went to Traidcraft Exchange. This organisation works in partnership with Traidcraft, the Fair trade business, to promote justice and fairness in trade - on behalf of people in some of the world's poorest countries. Through development programmes in South Asia and East Africa, and policy, lobbying and campaigning in the UK, it has made a difference to millions of people. Thanks to all who attended the event, supported us with lovely Raffle prizes, and to The Ghurka for the delicious food.

Return of the Fairtrade Teddy Trail!
Thanks to EG Library who hosted a Fairtrade stall for three days in Fairtrade Fortnight as well as a display in the exhibition space on the first floor and the Fairtrade Teddy Trail completed entry form box. £100 was taken from sales of Traidcraft goods. Fairtrade Teddies were to be found in places around the Town and the hidden ten letter word the children had to complete was delightful. Three winners were presented with Fairtrade Easter Eggs.

Fairtrade in Schools
St Peter's Catholic Primary School held a Fairtrade Breakfast for 55 children on Tuesday 24 February attended by the Town Mayor, Danny Favor with the proceeds raised for Traidcraft Exchange. Sackville School held a Fairtrade tea for its staff members and Form groups worked on the materials provided by this year's Fairtrade Schools pack. Imberhorne had its usual round of assemblies, Tutor group sessions, and stalls.

Fairtrade Breakfast at St Mary's Church on Sunday 7 March.
Two young Fairtrade supporters showing off their Fairtrade logos during 2020 Fairtrade Fortnight.
Fairtraders, Tina and Mike Causton at EG Library during Fairtrade Fortnight.
EG Town Mayor, Danny Favor, with Gurka Restaurant Owner Mr Pandi, Sue Joy, Fairtrade EG and Jennie Hollins, EG Museum at the Charity Fundraiser Quiz and Meal on Monday 2 March.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

25th February - 10th March 2019. Fairtrade EG will join others around the country to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight: we are planning events in schools, churches and the local community - more details to follow soon!

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight will focus on cocoa. Farmers of this iconic Fairtrade product have seen prices crash to crisis levels in the last few years, particularly in West Africa where most cocoa is grown. The situation highlights in stark terms the scandal of unfair trade. We have a choice about whether we take a stand against this. See more information on the Fairtrade Foundation's website!

St Swithun's Church Fairtrade Bake Off

For older children (school year 6+) in Half Term. Thurs 21 Feb, 11am – 3pm, in Swithun’s Hall.  Numbers are limited so please register with  There is a charge of £3 per person to cover costs.

Fairtrade Banners

Being displayed at all churches plus Imberhorne, Sackville, St Peter's Primary School and in the Town.

Fairtrade Day at St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Wednesday 27 February. Fairtrade Breakfast, Assembly and Stall after school.

Fairtrade Teddy Trail

Spot the Fairtrade Teddies (with a individual letter on each to make a word) to be found in various locations in East Grinstead, including shops stocking Fairtrade goods. Ideal for primary school children. Forms available from primary schools and EG Library (forms to be returned here by 11 March). Fairtrade prizes for first three winners. See the leaflet below:

Big Brew 2019

Big Brew and Spring Market supporting Traidcraft Exchange will be held from 10am-1pm on Saturday 2 March at Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre in Lingfield. Free Entry. Come along and join in this event being organised by Fairtrade Lingfield and Dormansland.  Refreshments and a variety of goods available.

Fundraising Quiz and Meal

In aid of Fairtrade EG and EG Museum on Monday 4 March at The Ghurka Woodcock Inn.  6.30pm for 7pm. Teams of 8.  Two course meal for £20 with £9 going to the two charities plus £1 for Quiz, including a raffle. Book now directly with The Ghurka on 01342 325325.  Fairtrade EG will be donating profits made to the Fairtrade Foundation helping farmers and producers in developing countries.

Fairtrade at EG Library

Window exhibition for the 2 weeks of Fairtrade Fortnight plus Fairtrade stall on Thursday 28 February, Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March from 10-4pm. Fairtrade food stuffs plus a selection of Fairtrade crafts from around the world. Please support farmers and producers in developing countries.

Fairtrade Breakfast at St Mary's Church

Windmill Lane on Sunday 10 March plus Fairtrade stall. All welcome.

Imberhorne School

Will be doing Fairtrade assemblies to Y7 – 9, providing tutor resources to be delivered during tutor time, and selling Fairtrade chocolate.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

26th February - 11th March: Theme: "Don't Feed Exploitation"

Monday 26 Feb

Banners displayed on churches, Imberhorne, Sackville & St Peter’s Schools; display in Library goes up. Fairtrade Teddy Trail competition starts. St John’s Church, Felbridge, Fairtrade Tea, 2-4pm.

Tuesday 27 Feb

Greg Valerio to Imberhorne at 3.30. Churches Together in EG 7pm at St Luke’s Church: Fairtrade Gold – from Misery to Hope.

Thursday 1 March

Fairtrade West Sussex AGM in Chichester. 7pm for 7.30.

Friday 2 March             

Women’s World Day of Prayer at St John’s Felbridge. 10.30am and 8pm. Fairtrade stalls.

Saturday 3 March                   

St John’s Felbridge, Fairtrade breakfast.

Sunday 4 March          

St Mary’s Fairtrade Breakfast. 8.45-9.45.


Tuesday 6 March         

Fairtrade Big Brew at Mike & Tina Causton’s house, 2 Streampark

Wednesday 7 March                

Fairtrade Day St Peter’s School – breakfast, assembly, workshops and stall


Friday 9 March            

Imberhorne Fairtrade Day

Sunday 11 March       

Coffee morning Our Lady & St Peters

Fairtrade Teddy Trail

Running all throughout Fairtrade Fortnight: a discovery trail for children around the town.

Find nine teddies in local shops that sell Fairtrade goods and solve the mystery.

Forms available from EG Library (where completed forms should be handed in by 12 March), schools and churches.

Fairtrade chocolate Easter Eggs as prizes for first correct drawn entries.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

27 February - 12 March: Theme – "Take a Break"


  • Sackville –  Fairtrade stalls provided the first week of FF. Lessons.
  • Imberhorne –  Assemblies and stalls.  Outreach sessions with local schools would take place in the Summer term.
  • St Peter’s – Fairtrade day on Thursday 9 March attended by Town Mayor, Bob Mainstone. Fairtrade breakfast at 8am followed by Assembly, Workshops with Years 5/6, and a Fairtrade stall after school.  Barney Smyth from Fairtrade Foundation to provide Assembly and a Workshop with Year 5.


All churches flew Fairtrade banners and used bidding prayers at services.

  • St Mary’s – held a Fairtrade Breakfast on Sunday 5 March.
  • St Swithun’s held a Fairtrade Bake Off on Mon 20th Feb, 11am – 3pm in the Church Hall for school Years 6 – 10. Fairtrade coffee morning plus stall Saturday 4 March, St Peter’s Fairtrade Coffee morning on Sunday 5 March.
  • Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 3 March 10.30 and 8pm at OLSP. Service prepared by the women of the Philippines. Fairtrade refreshments and stall.


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.

Fairtrade Quiz Night 2016

Held at Imberhorne School on Friday 11 November this event was primarily a fund-raiser for Fairtrade EG funds.  Over 60 people participated in teams with quiz questions with a Fairtrade slant. Imberhorne student, Henry Grub’s brain, was rented out for 5 minute slots for a fee which went towards funds!  The quiz, musical entertainment and the delicious Fairtrade meal was provided by Imberhorne students and staff. £500 was raised from ticket sales and a raffle. There was also a Fairtrade stall with craft goods from all over the world and food items.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

Theme: Fairtrade Breakfasts: Monday 29th February - Sunday 13th March

Fairtrade and Traidcraft goods were available in the Welcome Cafe at Trinity everyday, when the Cafe was open, during Fairtrade Fortnight.

On Monday 15th February: St Swithun’s Church hosted a Half Term Fairtrade Bake Off for students in Years 6 - 10.

Saturday 27th February there was a Fairtrade coffee morning 10-12 noon in the Welcome Cafe at Trinity Church.

Churches Together in East Grinstead AGM was held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd February at Trinity Methodist Church, Lingfield Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2HA. The guest speaker was Faith Axten, Surrey Fairtrade Group.

Womens' World Day of Prayer (theme: "Receive Children, Receive me") was prepared by the women of Cuba on Friday 4th March. Services held at the Jubilee Community Church, Charlwood Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL at 11am and 8pm. Fairtrade refreshments and stall were available.

There was then an evening service at Trinity @ 8:00pm and there were Fairtrade goods available.

Fairtrade Day - Friday 4th March at St Peter's Catholic Primary School, Fairtrade Foundation re-visited: assembly and workshops.

Fairtrade Coffee Morning at St Swithun's Church. There was a Fairtrade Breakfast on Saturday 5th March at their coffee shop: 10am- 12pm. Service tea, coffee, bacon sandwiches, crumpets along with a selection of pastries and fruit juice.

EG Library

Display about Fairtrade on first floor landing. 29th February - 13th March.

Fairtrade Coffee Mornings

11.30-12.30pm on Sunday 6th March @ Our Lady & St Peter's Church.

Fairtrade Event

Friday 11th March at Imberhorne School. A celebration day following assemblies and lessons.

Fairtrade Talk to Mums and Babies

10.30am on Friday 11th March. Trinity Methodist Church.

Celebrating Fairtrade in West Sussex

7.15pm on Friday 11th March at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham.

Fairtrade Groups from all over West Sussex, including East Grinstead, gathered to celebrate their work and activities. Speakers: Michael Jary, Chairman of the Fairtrade Foundation Trustees and Bob Lanzer, WSCC Cabinet Member for Corporate Relations.  West Sussex is working towards becoming a Fairtrade County.

Fairtrade Rich Man Poor Man Lunch

Was at 12.30pm on Sunday 13th March at St Peter's School, East Grinstead. Fairtrade food, drink and stall.

Fairtrade Breakfast

Was at St Mary's Church on Sunday 13th March, 8.45am to 9.45am between the 8am and 10am Masses.

Also, St John's Church, Felbridge, Sunday 13th March, 8.00am to 9.00am.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

Theme: "Choose Products that Change Lives": 23 February – 8 March

Coffee Morning at the Soroptimists - Friday 27th February

EG Wine Circle is having a Fairtrade Wine Tasting evening on Tuesday 17 February at East Court Mansion at 8pm with an expert from Waitrose.  Tickets are £5 and available from Margaret Jones in advance. Email:  If you haven't tried Fairtrade wines please do - Sainsburys, Waitrose and the Cooperative all stock them.

Imberhorne School:

  • Assemblies for Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Fairtrade chocolate selling around the school at Upper and Lower
  • Visit from Koolskools uniform suppliers: presentation to Year 7 on poverty and clothing supply chain
  • Presentation to the Year 9s: Dhaka factory collapse, the cost of cheap clothes
  • "Fairtrade Day" returns on Friday 6th March: Year 7 and 8 running/playing unfair game stalls in the Main Hall, market goods and chocolate on sale, Year 9 in Unfair Dodgeball match with the teachers

Laura Jane Loftus from the Fairtrade Foundation will be visiting St Peter's Catholic Primary School on Thursday 26 February to deliver a school assembly and spend the morning working with Year 5.   

Our Lady and St Peter's Catholic Church will be holding a Fairtrade coffee morning after 10.30am Mass on Sunday 8 March.

EG Library - display on 1st floor.

East Grinstead Town Council presentation - Thursday 5th March

Our Fairtrade leaflet has been reprinted and is available.

Article in East Grinstead Living.

Lingfield (Lingfield and Dormansland Fairtrade Group):

Saturday 21st February - Fairtrade Quiz Nite, 7:30pm, Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre. Tickets £10, including supper and glass of Fairtrade wine. Tickets from 01342 834436 or:

Tuesday 24th February – Fairtrade Cubs

Sue Joy and Paul Pirie will be running the gauntlet at 1st Lingfield.

Wednesday 25 February – Lingfield Park Racecourse, Fairtrade National Hunt Raceday, Fairtrade races starting 12 noon. Book Tickets: Lingfield Park:

Fairtrade Wine Tasting event with the LPSA.

This event is being sponsored by The Cooperative and will be held at LDCC. See poster:

Lingfield School - various events and activities including 2nd - 6th March: Fairtrade Bake Off! Classes will pair up with their buddy class for a lesson and create a culinary masterpiece using FAIRTRADE ingredients. The children will learn what Fairtrade is and what it means for the people growing and manufacturing the products they are using.

Sunday 8th March - Fairtrade Tatsfield

Fancy Fairtrade?  An invitation to come and help celebrate Fairtrade in Tatsfield!

Opening with a short film showing at 6.15pm Fairtrade Tatsfield will be turning the spotlight on producers who grow the products we love and hearing their stories. This will be followed by space for comments and questions to a panel including special guests:

•Barbara Crowther - Director of Policy and Public Affairs Fairtrade Foundation,

•Paul Pirie - Chair of FT L&D,

•Monya Bridge - Fairtrade Oxted

•George Young - founder of Opportunities Through Trade

Traditional High Tea with a twist! There will be a delicious high tea, the very popular chocolate fountain, and a selection of other samples and tasters for you to try.

This is a free event but RSVP would be appreciated to help with planning to:

Jennie South: or Tel: 01959 577598

Venue: Tatsfield Village Hall, Westmore Green, Tatsfield, TN16 2AG

Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

Going Further for Fairtrade in 2013: 25 February – 10 March

Fairtrade EG is one of three recipients of Waitrose’s Community Matters Green Token Scheme to raise money to promote Fairtrade goods and activities.

Imberhorne School will be selling Fairtrade chocolate throughout the two weeks at both lower and upper school.  At lower school, all year groups do two lessons about Fairtrade - Fairtrade bananas (Y7), Fairtrade footballs (Y8), and Fairtrade chocolate (Y9).  The Committee are also doing assemblies to Y7, 8 & 9 the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the Fortnight.

Sackville School – Fairtrade games for Year 7 (200 students) and Cake Bake for Year 8.

St Mary’s CE Church will be launching as a Fairtrade Church.

St Peter’s School – Fairtrade Assemblies, lessons and attendance at Fairtrade afternoon with Deanery schools in Crawley on Thursday 7 March

EG Wine Circle are holding a Fairtrade Wine Tasting event. Thanks to Waitrose for supplying the Wine Expert.  8pm Tuesday 19 March in the Meridian Hall, East Court. Tickets £5 from Ceri  07727678018 or email to book your tickets.

Exhibition in East Grinstead Library

Launch of this website!

Soroptimists Fairtrade Coffee morning on Friday 1st March at 10.30  -  12.30  at Knights Farm, Crowhurst Road, Lingfield RH7 6DA (also raising money for The Tadpoles).

Greggs Fairtrade Fun Day is Saturday 2 March with the Mayor attending at 1pm. Drop by and see what's going on.

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