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
- 2018 Annual Report
The highlight of the year was the renewal of our Fairtrade City status by the Fairtrade Foundation. The Foundation praised the ‘clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further’ set by the Network. The renewal was celebrated at an event hosted by the Mayor, Councillor Frank Pearson at Abbey House, when the certificate of renewal was presented to the Mayor for display at Abbey House. We were particularly pleased that City Councillors attended together with representatives from churches, community groups, the cathedral, businesses, the university and other supporters.
Steps continue to strengthen the Network’s links to the City Council, including the link to sustainable businesses. It is hoped that this will help further the Network’s long-term aim to extend the Fairtrade City status from the historic city to the whole City Council area by encouraging the principal towns to work towards Fairtrade Town status.
An Action Plan was in preparation to cover the two year period before the next status renewal with plans for the renewal of the Fairtrade Directory on our website, as the previous one is now out of date.
Fairtrade Fortnight was particularly successful, the highpoint being an evening at the United Church with Bassema Barahmeh and Taysir Arbasi of Zaytoun, the pioneering Fairtrade initiative selling Palestinian products in the UK and Ireland. This was very warmly supported. There was another tea at Abbey House and a Big Brew at St Mark’s which had to be postponed for three weeks because of heavy snow! The new Fairtrade leaflet, paid for from the fundraising of Compton All Saints C of E School last year, was available in time for the Fortnight.
The Network was invited to run a Fairtrade stall at the annual Ukulele Festival which met in Winchester this year, and in addition to the money raised from sales we received a donation of £200 from the organisers. We are also an active partner in the Winchester Food Partnership which is working towards a healthy and sustainable food culture.
I would particularly like to thank our small team of committed people who have made all this possible. We always welcome anyone who wishes to spread the word about the benefits of Fairtrade so do contact us if you wish to join us.
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- Renewal of Fairtrade City status 2018
Winchester has now been recognised as a Fairtrade City for ten years. In celebrating this anniversary we were delighted to hear that our Fairtrade City status has been renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation for a further two years.
Adam Gardner, Community Campaigns Manager at the Foundation, commented: ‘We are very pleased that Winchester City has renewed their Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further. Thanks to the ongoing support of the public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.’Continue reading →
- A musical day with Fairtrade
Winchester Ukulele Festival – a big event in the Ukulele year – took place on Saturday 2 June. Our Fairtrade Network was invited to set up a stall to spread the word about Fairtrade. The stall contents were provided by St Mark’s Church, Oliver’s Battery, one of the several Fairtrade Churches within the city. The warm sunny day gave us some concerns about the chocolate bars which were among the most popular items on sale, but all was well. We had an enjoyable day chatting to existing and new Fairtrade supporters and hearing about their ukulele playing, as well as selling a range of Fairtrade goods. And we were surprised and gratified to receive a £200 donation from the Festival organisers after the event. Many thanks for this!Continue reading →