Welcome to Winchester City Fairtrade Network!
The Network was formed in October 2007 to build on work by an earlier Fairtrade Group over many years. Its initial primary aim was for Winchester to achieve Fairtrade City status. This was achieved on 14 March 2008. Now the Network aims to:
- Promote the importance of fair trade and increase the availability of Fairtrade products
- Raise awareness of the Fairtrade Mark
- Encourage workplaces, schools, universities, places of worship etc to use Fairtrade products
- Relate the principles of fair trade to local supply and sustainability
Why Fairtrade is important
It is neither fair nor necessary that so many people throughout the world must live in poverty, or work in unacceptable conditions. The rules of international trade favour the commercial interests of the most powerful trading nations and the largest corporations at the expense of the wider public interest and smaller economic enterprises. The worldwide Fairtrade movement has developed to promote greater trade justice. It brings the interests of consumers together with those of small-scale producers in the developing world by:
- Working in partnership and committing to long-term relationships
- Setting prices that always cover the cost of production no matter how low the world price goes for particular crops
- Investing in the development of producers to help build sustainable businesses and the communities where they live
- Demonstrating ethical business practices and challenging others to do the same
- Fairtrade Fortnight 2017
Fairtrade Fortnight this year probably had more events taking place in Winchester than on any previous year.
Tuesday 28 February was Shrove Tuesday, and the United Church in Jewry Street served pancakes between 3.30 and 6.30; fairtrade ingredients were used for pancakes and toppings, and the Fairtrade stall was open.
On Friday afternoon, 3 March, from 2.30 to 4.30 the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Jane Rutter, was ‘at home’ at Abbey House in the Broadway, and visitors were given fairtrade tea and cakes. There was also the chance to win a hamper filled with fairtrade goods.
Saturday 4 March was the busiest day of the Fortnight. It started in the morning with a Big Brew at St Mark’s, Oliver’s Battery, from 10.00 to 12.00, when there was an opportunity to consume yet more fairtrade cakes and biscuits – and buy some to take home from the cake stall. Steve Brine, our local MP, came to this event with his two children, and thanks to him there was a group photograph from the event in the Chronicle and the Observer! Half an hour after this finished there was to have been a talk in the St Peter’s Pastoral Centre on Fairtrade for Palestinian Farmers. However, the speaker, Taysir Arbasi, the Director of the company Zaytoun, which works with olive growers in the West Bank, helping them to export their produce under Fairtrade terms, was taken ill the evening before the talk was due to take place and was unable to come. Those who came to hear him had an enjoyable couple of hours chatting and eating Palestinian bread dipped in Zaytoun olive oil. And that was not all for the Saturday! That evening, from 6.30 to 9.30 the University of Winchester students put on a most entertaining Fairtrade Fashion Show at the University where all the clothes modelled were donated, and raffled at the end!.
To round off the Fortnight there was another Big Brew on Saturday 11 March in Springvale Road, King’s Worthy.
- Renewal of Fair Trade City status
Our application for renewal of Fair Trade City status has been approved by the Fairtrade Foundation and the certificate was presented to the mayor, Councillor Jane Rutter, at Abbey House on 27 July 2016.
- FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2016
During fairtrade fortnight this year we again had our banner hung over the High Street for the first week.
The main event of the fortnight was a ‘Fairtrade and Local’ dinner organised by event management students of the University. The event was attended by the Mayor, Cllr Angela Clear; the speaker was Greg Valerio. It also included a cookery demonstration by Andrew McKenzie of Lainston House, and a tasting of Fairtrade wine.
The other main event during the fortnight was the Big Brew held at St Mark’s church, Oliver’s Battery