Firstly, do you know more Fair Trade products are available now in some motorway service stations? The outlet called "TOSSED", for example, at Fleet Services on the M3 provides organic, fairtrade coffee, tea and other beverages. Their name derives from the salads (as well as other healthy food options) they offer from local/organic/fairtrade producers.



Report on Fair Trade Fortnight February 27th to 12th March 2017


Shaftesbury Fairtrade Group was busy promoting fairly traded products during Fairtrade Fortnight this year.

Just before the fortnight began Chris Davies, Arthur Simmonds and Anne Wilkins visited Shaftesbury Brownies to talk to them about fairly traded goods.

Margaret Derrett led a school assembly at Abbey Primary School on the theme of thinking about from where our food comes and who produces it and how. She and  Arthur Simmonds also ran a Fair Trade Stall at the parents’ evening at the school in March.

Chris Davis helped the Shaftesbury Evening Women’s Institute run a Fair Trade Stall on Wednesday March 8th.

Finally a successful Fairtrade Tea was held on Saturday 11th March in Shaftesbury by the whole Group on the theme of Bringing Africa to Shaftesbury.

Refreshments, made with as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible, were served to energise the many visitors inspecting the various stalls selling goods from Africa - baskets, bags, jewellery, dishes, coasters, tea, coffee, chocolate – as well as locally produced wool from Shaftesbury Home Grown, hand-made chutneys, goods from Palestine and the Co-operative store. There was also information about a charity helping children in Africa and a display from a visitor to Palestine.

The event was supported by Shaftesbury Town Council members, the Mayor John Lewer, the Deputy Mayor Lester Taylor and newly elected Councillor Joanne Loader, who attended as well as a steady flow of visitors throughout the afternoon, keeping the helpers in the kitchen busy serving tea and cakes. As Shaftesbury is a Fairtrade Town the Group were very grateful for the interest and presence of the town councillors and the many visitors who showed such attention and generosity.

Donations totalled £140, which will be divided equally between the Shaftesbury Fairtrade Group (to help promote Fairtrade) and Traidcraft Exchange, the charity arm of Traidcraft. This year the Traidcraft Exchange is focussing on helping farming families develop skills and practices to enable them to deal with the drought and shorter growing season exacerbated by climate change.

For more information and/or to join the Group contact us via the email on this website.

Mayor John Lewer, deputy Mayor Lester Taylor, Councillor Joanne Loader with Fairtrade Group members and helpers with the baskets from Ghana