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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Autumn News

Looking back over the last couple of months there are two items of interest that have happened in Matlock on the Fairtrade Front?

The New Season Fairtrade Football Tournament

After 10 years of running the Fairtrade Football Tournament in Matlock the engraved and much sort after trophy was full of the winning teams names. It was time for a new one. The tournament moved to September from May so introducing children in years 5 and 6 to Fairtrade at the beginning of the school year and this all felt like the beginning of a new era.

The competition took place on the afternoon of 30th September. The sun shone down as local schoolchildren who took part in the annual Fairtrade Football Tournament at Cavendish Fields. Eight teams representing five schools, All Saints’, St Joseph’s, St Giles, Tansley and Wirksworth Junior schools competed for the trophy in a fine show of football which was enjoyed by many enthusiastic supporters, including Matlock Mayor, Steve Flitter, who presented the trophies.  The winning team was All Saints’ B, but the margin was very close. Joint second were St Joseph’s A and Wirksworth although goal difference took St Joseph’s into second place as they managed  an amazing 15 goals that afternoon.

The winner of the Fair Play Award was chosen by the referees and the trophy presented to St Joseph’s B team. Children were reminded by organiser Laura Stevens, of Matlock Fairtrade Group, of the principles of Fairtrade and as usual each school was given a
Fairtrade football to take back to school with them. The tournament has now been running for 11 consecutive years and the Fairtrade Group would like to thank all the schools for taking part in what everyone agrees is an excellent tournament.


This year’s winners All Saints’ B with Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter

Fairtrade Town Status Renewed

Matlock has retained it’s Fairtrade Town Status and the town’s Fairtrade Town Steering Committee are looking forward to planning Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

Sit Down For Breakfast and Stand Up for Farmers

29th February – 13th March 

Look out for a Big Breakfast near you


Cuppa Call In

Last Wednesday the children from the cooking club at Tansley Primary School cooked up a treat for the locals. They made delicious Fairtrade iced biscuits decorated with cherries. Helen Pearson who runs the cooking club took the biscuits along with some members of the cooking club to an appreciative audience at the Cuppa Call In event at Holy Trinity Church, Tansley.  Click on children and then Fairtrade.


Members of Cuppa Call In said “It was such a lovely gesture and the biscuits were gorgeous”.

Fairtrade Football Competition 2015

The net bulges as All Saints 'A' score.

Blue skies and bright sunshine greeted teams competing in the annual Fairtrade Football Tournament at Cavendish Fields. Six teams from four local primary schools took part.

Laura Stevens organised the event for the ninth year running. Before the football kicked-off she talked to the children about Fairtrade and explained the importance of using Fairtrade footballs. Each school was given a Fairtrade football after the tournament.

The referees were all from Highfields School, and most of them had played in the competition themselves when they were at primary school.

The tournament took the form of a league with all the teams playing each other. The Mayor of Matlock, Councillor Steve Flitter presented the trophies.

St. Giles were worthy champions and the only unbeaten team in the tournament. 

St. Giles celebrate as champions.

St. Giles celebrate as champions.

The referees unanimously awarded the Fair Play Trophy to St. Joseph’s ‘A’.

St. Joseph's 'A', winners of the Fair Play Trophy.

St. Joseph’s ‘A’, winners of the Fair Play Trophy.

“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


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