South West Fairtrade

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Great Torrington

Co-ordinator: Emma Van-Huysse

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Torrington Fairtrade Group is a keen and active group of Fairtrade supporters, aiming to increase awareness and understanding of Fairtrade and the Fairtrade Mark; to increase the level of local support and demand for Fairtrade products; and to encourage participation in Fairtrade events throughout he community of Torrington and surrounding area. We meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in The Plough Arts Centre. Torrington first became a Fairtrade Town in 2007, and since then we have organised all kinds of events and activities, and seen Fairtrade in the town go from strength to strength. We now have a Fairtrade church and potentially 2 more on their way. The schools all use some Fairtrade products and we try to engage with the local schools especially during Fairtrade Fortnight. We have organised best-dressed banana competitions, a fashion show, food tastings, quizzes, film screenings, stalls and more. In 2009 we participated in the Fairtrade Foundation’s “Go Bananas for Fairtrade” banana eating record in 2009, created bunting for the world’s longest Fairtrade bunting in 2011, and are looking forward to being part of the national Fairtrade campaign again in the future. Torrington’s shops sell a wide a range of Fairtrade products, and several cafes serve Fairtrade drinks and snacks. We updated the Fairtrade Shopping Guide in 2011 and are pleased to say it is already out of date, as the range of products available has increased again! Long may the trend continue! The group includes a Traidcraft stall holder and would be pleased to supply individuals or groups with Fairtrade products, offer a stall on a sale or return basis for events, or to visit community groups as a speaker (WI, scouts, Rotary etc). Please get in touch with the group to arrange this. Torrington Fairtrade Group welcomes new members and looks forward to seeing you at our events and activities. Help us to make trade fair!