North Bedfordshire Circuit The Methodist Church

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The churches in our circuit already granted Fairtrade certification are

Beeston, Biggleswade, Cardington, Clapham, Flitwick, Henlow, Kempston East, Kempston West, Langford, Lidlington, London Road, Oakley, Park Road, Priory, Putnoe Heights, Sandy, Sharnbrook, Shefford, Upper Caldecote Willington and the University Chaplaincy.

Several of our churches run Traidcraft Fairtrade stalls:
Kempston West every Sunday (when Tommy is there)
Putnoe Heights: see Facebook page below
Sharnbrook 2nd Saturday of each month during the autumn (at coffee morning 10am - noon)
Why not check them out? Or invite them to come to your church?

2019 sees Traidcraft looking to the future with a slimmer, more efficient structure and a renewed focus on core grocery lines. They have also launched a new blog section for their website which is a great way to keep up to date with their news:

For further local information take a look at this facebook page :

Supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.
Fairtrade works to benefit small-scale farmers and workers, who are amongst the most marginalised groups globally, through trade rather than aid to enable them to maintain their livelihoods and reach their potential.
The Fairtrade certification system is run independently and ensures that the relevant social and environmental standards are met for the raw materials and products that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.
The Fairtrade Churches scheme is supported by "All We Can" (MRDF).
Other logos support sustainability goals but Fairtrade also supports the people who grow the crops.
To become a Fairtrade Church, your Church Council must agree to:
  • use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which you have responsibility
  • move towards using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits
  • promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade fortnight and through events, worship whenever possible

Why not Fairtrade for UK dairy farmers?

British dairy farmers aren't alone in their plea for fairer treatment. It's the refrain of farmers around the world who grow many of the everyday products we enjoy, from cocoa to tea to bananas. Fairtrade was born from the needs of these farmers and workers in developing countries who often earn less than £1.30 per day. They live on the absolute poverty line in countries with little or no social safety net, and are far removed from the markets they sell to. UK dairy farmers are able to take their protests into supermarkets, lobby their MPs directly or have their voice heard through farmers' unions. The farmers and farm workers we represent have not got this access - they rely on Fairtrade and its partners to be their voice, and lobby on their behalf.

In short, we're 100 percent behind the concept of fair trade milk, but we're not necessarily the right organisation to invest in the work.

We support dairy farmers in their struggle and so do banana farmers. Foncho, the face of our Make Bananas Fair compaign, had this message for them:
'I support UK dairy farmers in their fight for fair prices. I too have been at the mercy of UK supermarket price wars, receiving poor prices for my bananas. Whether it's bananas or milk, no farmer should have to sell their produce below the cost of sustainable production. That's why the protection Fairtrade provides me with is vital. I wish the dairy farmers success in their campaign.'

Campaigns Team, Fairtrade Foundation.