MATLOCK SUCCESSFULLY RENEWS ITS FAIRTRADE TOWN STATUS ONCE AGAIN

Members of Matlock’s Fairtrade Town Committee presented the Renewal Certificate of Fairtrade Town Status to the Mayor Steve Flitter and members of Matlock Town Council on Monday evening and thanked them for their support. The town had the prestigious award renewed for the fourth time in 2015. 

Matlock Mayor receives the Fairtrade Town Renewal Certificate from Barbara Daniels

Matlock Mayor receives the Fairtrade Town Renewal Certificate from Barbara Daniels

Matlock was first awarded the Fairtrade status in 2005 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the town.  The status of Fairtrade Town has to be renewed every two years to ensure Fairtrade is still promoted in the town.

Spokesperson for the Matlock Fairtrade Town Committee, Barbara Daniels said “I like to shop in the town and support local businesses. It is very rewarding to see how many of our local businesses are using Fairtrade and how many of our independent catering establishments offer a Fairtrade cuppa.”

Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business and community.

Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We’re so pleased that Matlock has renewed their Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further.”

“Thanks to the ongoing support of the public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.”

Plans are afoot to promote Fairtrade during the nationwide Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 29th February to 13th March 2016. The theme for the fortnight  this year is “Sit Down for Breakfast and Stand up For Farmers”.

As Martin Luther King famously said “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning you’ve depended on more than half the world”.

Watch this space for details of events during the Fortnight.

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For more information about the FAIRTRADE Mark and Fairtrade visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

 

“Investing In a Fairer World”

We recently had an email from Phil Shore who is a volunteer who raises awareness about the organisation Shared Interest. We asked him to write a blog for the website to tell us about the work Shared Interest are involved in.

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“Have you ever thought: “How can I directly invest in Fairtrade farmers and artisans?”

Well, way back in 1990 a group of Fairtrade pioneers asked themselves this question, and from it was born The Shared Interest Society.  Now, 25 years on, and having received many awards including two Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Business, Shared Interest has over 9,000 investors and provides loans of over £45 million to Fairtrade businesses.

These loans provide fair and just access to finance that enables producers to create sustainable livelihoods for their families and their communities.  Investors in Shared Interest can be 100% confident that all their money is being invested in a way that directly supports Fairtrade farmers and artisans in Africa, South America and Asia.

At this year’s (2015) Shared Interest AGM, Chino Henriquez – General Manager of Apicoop in Chile – explained how Shared Interest finance had not only supported Apicoops growth into a Co-Operative with 300 smallholder beekeepers, but had also enabled Apicoop to expand and become the world’s first producer of Fairtrade blueberries.

If you would like to learn more about Shared Interest, how it helps Fairtrade producers like Apicoop, and maybe even become one of its growing number of investors, please contact Philip Shore who is a Derby-based volunteer and long-standing investor in Shared Interest. “

Philip’s details are:

Telephone: 01332 831904

Email: Philipshore@email.com

The Derbyshire Dales Great Fairtrade Bake Off Competition Final Details

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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

Derbyshire Dales Bake Off Entry Form

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Derbyshire Dales

Great Fairtrade Bake Off

Matlock Heat

Saturday 28th February 2015

Imperial Rooms

4.30 pm – 6 pm

 

Get baking and see if Matlock Bakers can beat off the competition from other Derbyshire Dales Contestants.

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.  The finalists from each town will be entered into the Grand Final where the Derbyshire Dales Top Baker will receive a prestigious award.

  • 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 three local 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.
  • The final date for entries is Sunday 22nd February 2015

Please email details of your entry including your name, address, contact telephone number and your age if you are 14 or under. Tell us what your bake will be.

 

Raise a glass to a decade of Fairtrade wine

 

The story of Fairtrade wine at the Co-operative begins even before there was any agreed international criteria for wine to carry the Fairtrade Mark. The Co-operative working with Traidcraft the UK’s largest Fairtrade organisation took the pioneering step to set up a relationship with Los Robles co-operative in Chile to source a wine produced using ethical standards. 

In 2004 the Fairtrade standard for wine was established and since that time Fairtrade wine sales at the Co-op have exceeded 30 million bottles of white, red, rose and sparkling wines. In  fact 52% of Fairtrade wine is sold by the Co-operative with £2.5 million in social premiums going back to the growers and their communities. 

So take a trip to the Co-op and look out for Fairtrade wine and enjoy a glass or two!

To read more go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk/magazine   July/August 2014  pg. 41

Can Derbyshire become a Fairtrade County?

A recent motion put forward and carried by Derbyshire County Council paved the way for Derbyshire to become a Fairtrade County.

In Matlock we have motions of support from The Town, District and County Councils, all of whom are based in the town. The new move by the County Council follows the District Council’s push to become a Fairtrade District. 

(a) Motion received from Councillor Mrs I Ratcliffe:

 That this County Council commits to becoming a Fairtrade County Council and when it achieves the five goals required seeks certification from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Councillor Ratcliffe went on to say: 

 Thank you Chair, fellow councillors, officers and members of the public. It is the ambition of the Fairtrade Movement, like it is here within this Council, to tackle poverty. I will take a deep breath so we can just take that in.

 We know as a Council, and indeed so does the Fairtrade Foundation Movement, that they cannot solve all problems of abject poverty related specifically to rural deprivation on it’s own. However, we can commit to playing a part in addressing the associated challenges ahead here in Derbyshire and if this motion, if you choose is successful, beyond our shores.

 This motion will not detract this Council’s focus on addressing the poverty, inequalities and social justice for those it serves, is responsible for and to, but surely we can stretch out a hand across the world to rural producers and landless agricultural workers living on the edge of so many social injustices, inequalities, poor health, public sanitation and disasters both natural and man-made.

 Fairtrade is about trade not aid and as a number of ethical labels are growing Fairtrade stands out as unique while other schemes aim to protect the environment or enable companies to trace their products, but Fairtrade is the only scheme whose main purpose is to tackle poverty through trade, fixed price for products, fair wages and rights that acknowledge work that workers can collectively gather. It has a premium that through its decision making processes improves working conditions and community amenities. It is the most widely recognised ethical label in the world. 

Fairtrade Banana Relay Selects-9291       As the Fairtrade Mark celebrates its 20th birthday it is noted that businesses have started to recognise the importance of sustainable and smallholding farming. It is rising up there on the political agenda and in an increasing resource scarce world this demands radical new ways of living, working and doing business.

 In this tough economic climate we know that tackling poverty is the way forward. Shoppers are watching food prices rise and with concerns at the cost of living, but at the same time as they are concerned they expect more from companies too more than ever and are putting pressure on businesses to act responsibly and put sustainability at the heart of what they do. This has intensified, including how to treat farmers and workers who supply to them. It is called “unlocking the power of many”.  Millions of smallholding farmers sell to a handful of companies who sell to billions of consumers like you and me. Look at coffee? 25 million smallholding farmers sell into a market of which 40% is controlled by just four companies, so why wouldn’t Derbyshire County Council as an important consumer and opinion leader not research, develop and support a strategy to facilitate the promotion and purchase of  Fairtrade marked products as its commitment to a pursuit of sustainable development here in Derbyshire and beyond to give such marginal rural producers and workers a fair deal?

Chair, I so move this and hope that other people can support this motion. I am happy to take questions.” (Applause followed)

The motion was seconded by Councillor C Neill
“It is with great pleasure that I second this motion.  I grew up wanting to save the world and my first ever full-time job was with Oxfam.  While working for them I had the good fortune to meet people who had benefited from the fair trade premium paid – usually to their co-operative. And as a co-op councillor and a member of the co-op party national executive committee, I am proud of the support that the movement and indeed co-op shops have provided to the people who produce the staples on which we have come to rely.  As in this country, we need the economy to grow so that more people pay tax which in turn can be used to restore our public services. So it is true in other countries.  Trading with nations creates a sustainability that will ultimately save us money because they won’t need so much in aid.

 

Matlock - proud to be a Fairtrade Town

Matlock – proud to be a Fairtrade Town

 

 

 

 

Get into training

This years Matlock Inter-schools Fairtrade Football competition will be played on June 5th.

Played with Fairtrade footballs this annual competition is eagerly awaited by primary school pupils in the area. Competition is keen as teams compete for the Champions Award and the Fairplay Award.

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Champions in 2013 – Tansley Primary School