Felixstowe: Cottoning on to fairer trading!

A Fairtrade town is lining up a host of events to mark a fortnight devoted to raising awareness of the need to help producers in the developing world.

Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday and runs until March 13 and Felixstowe campaigners are working with two supermarkets – the East of England Co-op and Morrisons – to promote the sale of Fairtrade goods.

Alan Muchal, chairman of the Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum, which is co-ordinating many of the events, said there will also be a display in the town’s library and at solicitors Ashton and Graham in Hamilton Road.

“We are delighted to be working with a wide range of people and organisations to promote Fairtrade in the town,” said Mr Muchal.

“In addition to the events taking place, we are working with a number of youth groups and schools to promote the theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, which is about increasing the use of Fairtrade cotton.

“The groups plan to decorate Fairtrade cotton bunting which, after the fortnight, will be sent to a national collecting centre where it will be linked to bunting from other areas in an attempt to break the record for the longest continuous length of bunting.

“We are particularly pleased to be involving young people, as they represent the future.

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“Two of the town’s schools – Colneis Junior and Grange Primary – are working towards the achievement of Fairtrade status for their schools.”

The week will be launched with a coffee morning at Trinity Methodist Church, Hamilton Road, on Saturday, and there will also be a Fairtrade Health Walk at 10.30am on Monday, March 7, starting from the church, after which Fairtrade refreshments will be served.

Other events include coffee mornings at St Edmund’s Church, Langer Road, on March 5 and St John’s Church, Orwell Road, on March 9 – both from 10am to noon.