How we became a Fairtrade Village
The idea arose out of a Fairtrade Pancake evening held by the Church during Fairtrade Fortnight 2003 to which the village were invited. A Fairtrade stall has been held after church on a weekly basis for several years, but it was felt that there was a great deal of interest in the wider community for the issues involved which could be given focus in a project to achieve Fairtrade Village status for Cherry Burton. A steering group of ten people living in the village came together to manage the project; Howard Petch CBE, Parish Councillor Steve Peirson, Alan Jones, Pippa Waterman, Tim Mitchell, Cathy Westby, Rob Stanley, Ros Stanley, Kate Mitchell and Christine Peirson.
We approached the key organisations and businesses in our village the Parish Council, Village Stores, Bay Horse Public House, Burton Mount Guest House, the Village School and the Parish Church and all agreed to support the project. This meant pledging to offer a range of fairly traded products for sale in the shop and using them in the pub, guest house, school and church. Other organisations including the Wine & Beer Circle and Cherry Burton Guides have included Fair Trade goods in their meetings. In addition, the shop, pub and guest house all include locally produced meat and dairy products in their ranges.
We discovered well over two dozen businesses and organisations either based in or delivering services directly into the village and all these were approached individually to explain the project and offer them the opportunity to become involved. They were invited to support the project financially by taking advertisement space in the Directory of Fairtrade and Local Produce. They identified readily with this as a whole village project and their generous support has enabled it to proceed and has been a major factor in the success of our application to be recognised as a Fairtrade Village which was confirmed in July 2003.
What happens next?
We will present award stickers/certificates to those businesses and organisations which actively support or sponsor the project.
During British Farm Fortnight in October we are planning events to tie in with the Local Produce theme.
Next March, in Fairtrade Fortnight, we plan to hold an official launch to celebrate our Fairtrade Village status, with a special guest. We would also like to have some sort of village sign to mark the achievement.
We are investigating the possibility of ‘twinning status’ with a village from another country which has Fairtrade connections.
– Watch this space for more exciting developments!
The difference you can make
- by buying Fairtrade and local produce where possible use the power in your purse!
- by learning more about the issues involved.
- by considering whether your group or organisation could support Fairtrade or Local Produce, eg. by offering either at your events.
- by telling any member of the steering group of any developments, ideas or comments so that we can all see how this village project develops.
- by displaying a car sticker to publicise the village’s success.
- by sponsoring the project. We welcome patrons or new business sponsors. Contact the treasurer, Martin Skinner, on 01964 551427 or chairman, Rob Stanley, on 01964 550688 for more details.