Many parishioners have supported Fair Trade and bought fairly traded products for years but it arrived in a big way in 2008 when two things happened.

Fair Trade Parish

One is that the parish applied for and was granted Fair Trade accreditation. This means that we are committed to using fair trade products, wherever practicable, at official parish functions. So all the coffee we drink after Sunday masses in the hall, for example, is fair trade.

Fair Trade Stall

The other is that, since February 2008, we have run a fair trade stall every month selling a wide range of fair trade foods and confectionery including chocolate, marmalade, rice, pasta, fudge, mints, nuts, dried fruit, cereals, coffees, teas, fruit juices, drinking chocolate, sugar and honey. We also sell necklaces, bracelets, recycling bags and other non food items such as wrapping paper and crockery at Christmas.

Catalogues from our main supplier, Traidcraft, which are left out on Fair Trade Sundays, have led to orders for clothes and home items. These are delivered with our regular orders which are so large there is no package or postage. So orderers save on P&P and the stall receives the profit which is a minimum of 10%.

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