Fairtrade Parish

At the April 2008 meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council it was decided to apply for Fairtrade Parish status with CAFOD, as part of the whole diocese achieving a similar status.

Fairtrade means:
a) fair and stable price for farmers
b) additional income to invest in the producers’ community c) greater respect for the environment
d) stronger position for small-scale producers in world markets e) closer link between producers and consumers

As a minimum being a fairtrade parish requires:
1. Using fairtrade tea and coffee after services and for all meetings which are the responsibility of the parish
2. Moving forward on using other Fairtrade products (such as sugar, biscuits and fruit)
3. Promoting fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible

By the summer of 2014 we have more or less met the first two goals though occasionally parish groups use non-fairtrade items. There is work still to do on the third goal.

Fairtrade Parish: Coffee Mornings & Evenings

The coffee mornings at First Martyrs’ (after 10.30 Sunday Mass) and evenings at St Cuthbert’s (after 5.30pm Mass) are going well. Fairtrade biscuits are made by people doing community service in Manningham Mills Community Centre café. The ingredients are paid for but the work is done for free.

Coffee machines are a success on Sundays with the aroma of fresh coffee greeting people as they come down the stairs. Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar are used at both venues as well as locally produced milk. There are teams of people making and serving drinks and biscuits, including the Guides, and three people willing to fill in when needed. More volunteers always welcome!

Half the proceeds from coffee mornings/evenings are kept for kitchen refurbishment and half given to CAFOD. There is no fixed price; donations are requested.

Mollie Somerville 01274 493191 m.somerville@phonecoop.coop (First Martyrs’)

Maureen McGregor 01274 599276 (St. Cuthbert’s)