FAIRTRADE Fortnight was marked in Mossley with a series of events.
Fairtrade Mossley’s major event was Fair Ted’s Community Big Brew at Mossley Methodist Church which, despite a horrible wet day, was well attended and raised £304 which was shared equally between Fairtrade Foundation and Christian Aid.
There were also Fairtrade taster stalls held at Mossley Co-op over two days.
During the events, the public were asked to fill in postcard petitions and 164 were sent to Prime Minister Teresa May calling on the Government to make sure trade with developing countries puts poverty reduction first, delivering living incomes for all, especially women. Many more postcards were sent individually.
The Fairtrade Foundation has reported they have gathered more than 23,000 signatures. They want to double that by World Fair Trade Day on May 11 so keep on signing online and sharing: https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/37866/petition/1
All Mossley’s primary schools were involved and a number held baking session using Fairtrade ingredients.
Others had breakfast clubs and coffee mornings, again all using Fairtrade items, while Fairtrade is part of the curriculum at local schools.
There was also Bean to Bar, the story of the cocoa bean from it being grown to becoming a chocolate bar.
The impressive collage, displayed in the entrance to the George Lawton Hall, was produced by Recreate, a group based at Vale Mill, and a special feature was it used recycled chocolate wrappers.
Janet Davies, who is on Mossley Fairtrade’s steering group, was delighted with the support for Fairtrade Fortnight.
She said: “There was once again very good community involvement, especially from Emmaus Mossley who sponsored the book marks we gave out.
“It was also great all Mossley’s primary schools supported the fortnight with events.”
Mossley became an official Fairtrade town in 2011.