The Fairtrade group began work in Pill and Easton-in-Gordano in 2008 and after two years of hard but enjoyable work we were delighted to gain Fairtrade Village status in 2010. Since then we have successfully reapplied twice.
There has been a lot of support for the idea of Fairtrade from the very many voluntary groups, from the local shops and from the businesses that are located in the village: three of our local shops stock a good range of Fairtrade produce, and many people order Tradecraft products through our local representatives.
There have been a number of successful events promoting the idea of Fairtrade in the Precinct at the centre of the village, and have formed good links with our two local schools. In 2012 we held a very well attended business reception in The Leaf restaurant at St Katherine’s School where guests enjoyed the lunch prepared by the students using as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible.
Later that year we welcomed Pamela Esquivel, the administrator of Acopagro, a large Fairtrade cooperative of cocoa producers in Peru. Pamela visited both schools and attended a Fairtrade lunch hosted by the village Methodist Church.
We are looking forward to this year’s Fairtrade fortnight, when there will be another business reception, this time at Penny Brohn Cancer Care: the speaker will be Mark Smith from John Titcombe – the world’s first Fairtrade jeweller. In addition, Margarita, a Fairtrade coffee grower from Nicaragua will visit Crockerne Pill Primary School to support workshops with the children.
We are very proud of what we have achieved so far and would love to be able to do even more to spread the Fairtrade message! Our friendly group would welcome new members - so do get in touch!