Find out about Fairtrade Events in your area

DSCN4394Do come along and support your Fairtrade Town and the work they are doing to make trade more ethical and help producers who are often struggling against discrimination and injustice. 


Below are events that will be happening in the area during February and March. Let us know if you know of any other events.


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.


Fairtrade Fortnight Breakfast Finale

Information about Fairtrade drinks

Information about Fairtrade 

Fairtrade Fortnight went out with a bang in Matlock last Sunday evening. Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter along with other Town Councillors and members of the public attended the Late, Late Fairtrade Breakfast event hosted by Third Space church in Imperial Rooms.

Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter with Barbara and Grayden

Welcome Fairtrade drinks kicked off the event where people were invited to take part in information stations which explained how Fairtrade works and how it helps some of the world’s poorest workers and farmers who produce our food. One in seven people in the world go hungry every day, Fairtrade aims to end food insecurity.

The event featured the story of Rozina from Bangladesh, desperately poor, married at thirteen, eating one meal of rice a day. Her dream was to eat three times a day. She worked picking tea and earned 55p a day. She learned there was profit in growing tea and with the help of Traidcraft, a UK Fairtrade company, started growing tea on the families’ plot.  The story ended with Rosina and her family being able to build a new weather proof house with a kitchen, beds and electricity. Her daughter is now able to attend school.


Rozina says “I want more people to be self-sufficient so no one goes to sleep with an empty stomach. I want to educate my children and believe my dream can come true, poverty can be defeated.”

Rosemary Chapman one of the guests said “We had a smashing evening and learned a few things too.”

The menu consisted of Fairtrade wine, fruit juice, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Fairtrade ingredients were used to make a variety of scones, cakes and deserts. Local foods included sausages, cobs, butter, milk, cream, lemonade and mineral water.

The event attracted people from as far away at Lincoln. Jon Powrie from Little Eaton said “All your hard work resulted in a well run event which represented Fairtrade and Third Space values to the wider community.”

One of the popular deserts was Fairtrade Rocky Road which is so easy to make and contains lots of Fairtrade ingredients.

  • 200g Fairtrade dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids works best)
  • 2 – 3 tbs Fairtrade golden syrup
  • 135g butter
  • 200g Fairtrade cookies
  • 1 small box Maltesers
  • Fairtrade icing sugar for dusting
  • Bar of Fairtrade white chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • Optional ingredients
  • Fairtrade nuts
  • Fairtrade dried fruit
  • Anything else that will add taste or crunch that you like
  1. Line a small to medium sized square baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place cookies into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin or just the side of your fist until they’re broken into a mixture of everything between dust and 50p size lumps. Put this to one side.
  3. Put syrup, butter and chocolate in a large pan and heat gently on a low light until the chocolate has nearly all melted then remove from the heat.
  4. Add biscuits and half of the Maltesers and any other additional ingredients you fancy.
  5. Mix together until all the ingredients are mixed in.
  6. Pour into the baking tray and level out pushing right into the corners.
  7. Push in remaining Maltesers and sprinkle the white chocolate pieces evenly over the top.
  8. Refrigerate for at least two and a half hours.
  9. Remove from the fridge dust with icing sugar and cut into small squares. ENJOY!




Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 Events

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 logo

Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!

29 February – 13 March

As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.

The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

We are trying to get as many people as possible to eat a Fairtrade breakfast in Matlock during Fairtrade Fortnight?

If you are planning an event let us know.

How about:         Cooperative bananas

  • A Fairtrade banana on your porridge or melting some Fairtrade chocolate in it. 
  • Fairtrade marmalade, honey or jam on your toast.
  • To wash it all down Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate or fruit juice. 

No time for breakfast? Try a takeaway Fairtrade drink on the go from cafes in town with a crunchy energy giving Geo Bar Fairtrade cereal snack. 

What is happening in the Derbyshire Dales?


Some local schools are holding Fairtrade Breakfast events. 

  • Tansley Primary on Wednesday 2nd March
  • St. Josephs Catholic Primary Thursday 3rd March 


Let us know if your school is planning anything

Third Space/Soul Space event is holding The Late Late Fairtrade Breakfast at Imperial Rooms on Sunday 13th March from 6.30 – 8.30. All are welcome but please let us know by email if you plan to come to avoid the disappointment of the food running out.

Darley Dale                                                                               There will be a Fairtrade Breakfast everyday in Darley Dale during Fairtrade Fortnight.  Keep your eyes open for further details.


Wirksworth are holding a Fairtrade Breakfast Cafe event at the Farmers Market on Saturday 5th March from 10am to 12 noon.

The Bake Off in Matlock

The Matlock Fairtrade Bake Off was awaited with eager anticipation. We had sixteen entries, eight adults and eight from those aged fourteen and under.

An array of magnificent entries

An array of magnificent entries

We were so busy with the entries, refreshments and working with our fabulous judges we only managed a few photographs. Here are a few to give you a flavour of the competition.



Our youngest entry – Fairtrade World Fairy cakes


Amazing Fairtrade chocolate sponge


spectacular decorations

Spectacular Fairtrade decorations

Fairtrade decorations

Fairtrade sweet decorations

Tropical pineapple and banana Fairtrade cake

Tropical pineapple and banana Fairtrade cake


Light and fluffy Fairtrade sponge cake


Fairtrade Mark in icing

A clever Fairtrade Mark in icing

Tansley Primary Cooking Club entry

Tansley Primary Cooking Club entry. Fairtrade fruit cake









yummy Fairtrade chocolate cake

Fairtrade chocolate cake








Our judges Colin, Stacey and Rose were very impressed with the high standard of baking and had a very difficult job finding a winner in each category.



The winners of the 2015 Matlock Bake Off are …


Kate and Jake’s winning entry was a very impressive Fairtrade carrot cake. They can be seen here with their prize of a hamper of Fairtrade goodies donated by the Cooperative Supermarket on Bakewell Road with Matlock Mayor David Barker

and …

A delighted Maisie

Mayor David Barker presents a delighted Maisie with her prize of a Fairtrade chocolate hamper donated by the Cooperative Supermarket on Firs Parade.

The Derbyshire Dales Great Fairtrade Bake Off Competition Final Details


Matlock Heat of the

Derbyshire Dales

Great Fairtrade Bake Off

Saturday 28th February 2015

Imperial Rooms

4.30 pm – 6 pm

bakes to arrive by 4.45 for judging at 5

 Judges; Stacey from Cool River Cafe, Trevor or Rosie from Green Way Cafe and Colin from Clove Kitchen 

Get baking and see if you can become Derbyshire Dales Top Fairtrade Baker

The Great Derbyshire Dales Fairtrade Bake Off forms part of the Fairtrade Fortnight Celebrations in the area.

The Fairtrade towns of Matlock, Wirksworth, Darley Dale, Ashbourne and Bakewell will each be putting on a bake off heat. (see below for details, after the entry form)  The finalists from each town will be entered into the Grand Final where the Derbyshire Dales Top Baker will receive a prestigious award. Judges Andy Auld, baker from the Loaf and a judge from Divine Chocolate Company will decide who is the Champion Derbyshire Dales Baker for 2015.

  • Entrants will bring along their finished bake to be tasted by the judges.
  • The recipe must contain as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible. (Fairtrade packaging for ingredients to be brought along to the competition to display along with your recipe)
  • Marks will be given for presentation, taste, innovation and of course marks are awarded for use of Fairtrade ingredients, as judged by chefs and a member of the Fairtrade Town Steering group.
  • There will be finalists from each town from adult and under 14 categories who will go forward to the Grand Final of the Great Derbyshire Dales Fairtrade Bake Off to be held at Carsington Visitors Centre on Saturday 7th March, 2015 at 3pm
  • The final date for entries is Sunday 22nd February 2015

Please email details of your entry including your name, address, contact telephone number, your age if you are 14 or under and which town’s heat you wish to enter. Also can you tell us what your recipe will be called. 

Other Derbyshire Town Heats are;

Matlock – Saturday 28th February 4.30 – 6 at Imperial Rooms, Matlock prizes to be donated by the Co-operative Supermarkets Matlock 

Wirksworth – Saturday 28th February 2 – 3.30pm at Wirksworth Town Hall

Ashbourne – 11am on Saturday 28th February at Ashbourne Town Hall as part of the Artisans Market

Bakewell – Saturday 28th February 1 – 3pm  at Bakewell Town Hall

Darley Dale Saturday 28th February –  as part of a coffee morning which runs 10 – 12 am and 2 – 4pm at the Methodist Hall, Darley Dale