St Mary’s is a Fairtrade Church. This means that the congregation support the principle of Fairtrade and that we are committed to serve Fairtrade coffee, tea & sugar when refreshments are offered after services or by Church groups.
August 2019 – St Mary’s Fairtrade Stall
Liz, Meg and Sheila regret that it is no longer viable to hold a Fairtrade stall every month. Fairtrade groceries are now readily available through the high street retailers. Although we recognise that these outlets do not necessarily secure the high standards that goods with the Fairtrade Mark guarantees, there is an increased awareness among the public of the need to trade fairly with the developing world to help poor producers to get free from the cycle of poverty. We hope you will continue to buy Fairtrade where possible.
St Marys will still be a Fairtrade Church and will continue to promote Fairtrade and to use Fairtrade Coffee, Tea and Sugar sticks for Church refreshments. There will still be opportunities for buying certain Fairtrade goods, for example, the popular range of Christmas cards will be available to browse and order before Christmas. We shall still highlight Fairtrade Fortnight at St Marys.
On September 1st we shall have our stall as usual in order to clear our remaining stock. We will sell our stock this time in the same way as on the Homemade stall, asking you to give whatever you choose for each item. Please be generous. Surplus money from our account will be sent to Traidcraft Exchange.
Thank you for your support over many years.