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Matlock Fairtrade Weekend 2018 – latest news

Save the dates!

Friday 9th March 12-3.30  

Free event, 

Hecate Arts and the Matlock Fairtrade Group with the support of Derbyshire Dales District Council are putting together an exciting event in the Market Hall in Matlock for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Pupils from local schools are invited to

Come Inside and raise their voices for Fairtrade

at a Music and market afternoon

followed by a family friendly event in the evening.




Saturday 10th March

Come on in for Coffee and Cakes


 Bake a Difference.


Fairtrade Big Brew


Saturday 10th March
10.00 – 12.00
Imperial Rooms, Matlock
Entry £1.50 includes
tea / coffee and cake
Fairtrade stalls

Bake Off Competition 


Fairtrade Bake Off Competition Details

Entries to be brought to the Imperial rooms by 10.30 am on Saturday 10th March with your name and telephone number and list of ingredients (including those that are Fairtrade) written on a card or piece of paper

Adult class and under 13’s Prize for each class

Any recipe may be used 

Judging will be based on: Appearance, Number of Fairtrade ingredients used and Taste

Cakes to be available for sale following the judging (YUMMY!)


Special Offer of Fairtrade Nespresso Compatible Capsules

Good News for those who like to enjoy a Nespresso style coffee but struggle to find Fairtrade capsules in smaller quantities. Peak Coffee a local company, has the answer for you AND they are offering an enticing introductory offer …

Peak Coffee specialise in a range of Fairtrade Certified Nespresso compatible capsules. Their range currently includes two single origins, Sumatra Mandheling and a Colombian Huila and a recently added Swiss water method Peruvian Decaf.

Customers can buy packs of 100 of one blend or one of the popular 100 capsule combination packs. They also design and sell one of the UK’s widest ranges of Nespresso and Dolce Gusto capsule and pod holders.

The company based in Ashover would like to offer any local customers who link in with a 15% introductory discount off their Fairtrade range of Nespresso compatible capsules by using the discount code peakintrodiscount     For a limited time purchases with the discount code start at less than 17p per capsule.

For orders or further information please visit

Producers v Profit ?

The soul singer Mica Paris, a Fairtrade ambassador, visiting tea producers in India.
The soul singer Mica Paris, a Fairtrade ambassador, visiting tea producers in India. Photograph: Fairtrade

Public support remains high for Fairtrade and the fair treatment of producers, but are the supermarkets backing away from treating their suppliers justly?

Alarm bells have been ringing with Fairtrade producer groups, co-operatives and Fairtrade supporters over Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s decision to remove some of their products from the Fairtrade Mark’s scrutiny and Sainsbury’s plans to take control of the way any premium will be spent.  There are concerns about the lack of independent verification of the new “fairly traded” scheme and poor producer groups loss of power over how any premium money is to be spent. .

In excepts from articles in the Independent and Guardian  we read;

When four Sainsbury’s executives met farmers from some of Africa’s biggest tea-growing co-operatives in a hotel in Nairobi last month it should have been a mutual celebration of Fairtrade, the gold standard of ethical trading and the world’s most trusted and best-known food certification scheme.

But instead of backslapping at the Pride hotel, the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade products precipitated the greatest crisis in the scheme’s 25-year history by telling the 13 major tea groups and their 228,000 co-operative members that it intended to drop the globally known Fairtrade mark ((Independent Lizzie Rivera) for their produce, and replace it with the phrase “fairly traded”.

From next week the company will no longer label its Gold, Red and other bestselling own-brand teas as “Fairtrade” but will call them “fairly traded”. Officially it is a pilot but the suspicion is that Sainsbury’s will then roll out the new standard across other products including bananas and coffee.  John Vidal 25th June

Fairtrade tea producers in Malawi.
Fairtrade tea producers from the Sukambizi Association Trust in the Mount Mulanje area of Malawi. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade
90% of the children at the Sukambizi Association Trust in Malawi attend primary school.
90% of the children at the Sukambizi Association Trust in Malawi attend primary school. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade







The suspicion is that the supermarkets are on a money saving exercise and their decision has been called paternalistic by their suppliers. Development groups question their motives. “Why would a company like Sainsbury’s that has been such a massive champion of Fairtrade decide to take the trusted mark off their tea products, and in the process take power and value away from small African producers who already have so little? At a time when sustainable development and human rights are going up the corporate agenda, it’s hard to follow the company’s reasoning,” said Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam’s ethical trade manager.

You may wish to ask questions of the CEOs of the companies or write letters of concern if so please contact;

Email CEO  and the Chair
Email David Lewis (CEO) on 

Fairtrade Fortnight 27.2.17 – 12.3.17



February 27th – March 12th 2017


Much of the work in Fairtrade Fortnight  is focussed in schools.

Before the Fortnight

Lessons will be held in both Castleview Primary, and Tansley Primary to familiarise pupils with the idea of Fairtrade.

During the Fortnight :

Thursday 2nd March, classes of children will be baking all day in Tansley Primary using Fairtrade ingredients

Friday 3rd March, parents and  children will watch an assembly at Tansley Primary followed by a Big Brew event

Monday 6th March, An assembly at St. Joseph’s Primary

Thursday 9th March, An assembly at St. Giles Primary

Following on from Fairtrade Fortnight



Saturday 18th March

10 – 12 noon.  

All are welcome


Fairtrade Fortnight will soon be upon us and the following arrangements have been made to celebrate Fairtrade, make it more widely known and supported in Darley Dale and nearby villages. There will be a  Traidcraft Big Brew Coffee Morning or Tea Party with Fairtrade tea, including different teas to taste, coffee, cakes and biscuits and a stall with food and some craft items for sale.


The Whitworth Terrace will be serving Fairtrade teas and coffee and some other items throughout the Fortnight.

Tuesday       28.02.17.    Wesleyan Reform Chapel,  Winster   10.30 am

Wednesday 01.03.17     Greenaway Workshop, Greenaway Lane, Darley Dale  10.30 am

Friday           03.03.17.    Wensley Reading Room    10.00 am

Monday       06.03.17      Churchtown Primary School     Tea Party after  school        3.30 pm

Tuesday       07.03.17      Darley Dale Primary School       Tea Party after school          3.30 pm

Thursday      09.03.17  St. Elphin’s     Traidcraft Stall in St. Elphin’s House        10 am – 12.30

Friday           10.03.17      Dale Road Methodist Church Hall  (St. Helen’s Ladies)     10.30 am.

       ”                      ”           South Darley Primary School      Tea Party after school        3.30 pm

Saturday      11.03.17.      St. Helen’s Church Hall.    10.30 am

Thursday     16.03.17      St. John’s Church, Winster    Coffee Morning    10.30 am

Wirksworth Fairtrade

Fairtrade Coffee Morning

Saturday the 4th March

10am – 12pm

Memorial Hall Farmers Market.