A Fairtrade District
We encourage churches within the District to actively support, wherever possible, both Fairtrade and locally grown and farmed produce. We have a District Fairtrade Group to promote Fairtrade within the District and to assist churches in becoming a Fairtrade church. Circuits are also encouraged to work towards registration as Fairtrade denominational areas.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is the world's most recognised ethical label. By using Fairtrade products in your church you can make an impact to make global trade fairer. Fairtrade helps workers and farmers to earn a decent living and secure a better life for themselves.
Worship and Presentations
Carolyn and Ian Morris are happy to lead worship or give talks about Fairtrade. Ian is a local preacher in the Denby Dale and Clayton West Circuit and Carolyn is a Fairtrader for Traidcraft. Carolyn and Ian have visited producers in five countries on 'Meet the People' tours. The picture to the left shows tiedyeing and was taken during Carolyn and Ian's trip to Thailand.
Fairtrade Yorkshire: on the road to a fairer future
A 'peeloton' of Yorkshire's very own Fairtrade bananas rides the Haworth to Oxenhope section of the Yorkshire Grand Depart route of the Tour de France. Destination: Fairtrade Yorkshire. Yorkshire is the UK's first Fairtrade Region with over 35 Fairtrade villages, towns, and cities, plus Fairtrade schools, universities, churches, cafes, restaurants, shops, businesses etc. Together we can end the cycle of poverty.
The video was commissioned by the Bradford Fairtrade Zone for Fairtrade Yorkshire. Antony and Anne Tomlinson, Carolyn and Ian Morris of St. Andrews Methodist/URC Church in Penistone took part in the making of the video.
The Fairtrade Foundation website is the first stop for news, resources and information about Fairtrade, particularly the section on how to become a Fairtrade Church and how circuits can register as Fairtrade denominational areas.
News and information about what's happening in our region can be found on the Fairtrade Yorkshire website.
The Christian Aid and Traidcraft websites also have resources that churches can use. Need a speaker? Traidcraft have a network of people that can deliver presentations about Fairtrade, for more details click here.
Fairandfunky, a local company based in Holmfirth, delivers creative workshops to schools and community groups on three key global themes: recycling, the environment and Fairtrade. For more details or to sign up to their newsletter see their website.
Penistone, a town within the West Yorkshire District, is registered as a Fairtade town. You can find out more about the town's approach to Fairtrade on their website.
Information about Fairtrade in the Bradford area is on the Bradford MBC website.
Buying Fairtrade Goods
On the Traidcraft website you can search for your local Traidcraft stockist. There is a network of retailers and individual Traidcraft supporters around the country who stock Traidcraft foods, crafts or both. The results of the search are shown on a map and you can zoom in or out or navigate around the map using the buttons on the top left of the map.
The Fairtrade Foundation website (www.fairtrade.org) also has details of Fairtrade products that are available from supermarkets and independent shops. On their Products page you can search for the stockists of many different types of goods.
Fair Trader, Holmfirth
There is an exciting initiative in Holmfirth, a co-operative shop that makes a difference to local and global communities. Three of the founding directors are members of Holmfirth Methodist Church. Fair Trader's mission is to give customers a range of affordable ethical products which will have a positive impact on people and the planet. The shop's range includes gifts and crafts, ladies fashion, jewellery and fashion accessories, food and drinks, homeware and gardening, toys, books and stationary, health and well being.
The shop is at 32-34 Huddersfield Road Holmfirth, HD9 2JS at the junction with Hollowgate just past Holmfirth Mill and is open 10.00am to 5.00pm on Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am to 5.00pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays, but is closed on other Mondays. You can also browse and buy online through the shop's website.
The adventures of a Fair Trade banana in Settle
In 2016, Judith Allinson took a Fair Trade banana on an adventure around Settle, to promote Fair Trade fortnight. You can see its full adventures in the document here.