Fairtrade at Cinderford Churches

St Stephen’s Cinderford is a Fairtrade Church and has been for several years. This means that the church has committed to only using Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar at all events, services and meetings alongside promoting Fairtrade at events throughout the year. The church also aims to use other Fairtrade products wherever possible and has a well stocked Traidcraft stall on a permanent basis in church.

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. The aim is to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

Fairtrade is more than just a different way of doing business. It’s a unique international movement with a bold and breathtaking mission: to change the way world trade works. It’s about a better deal for the people in developing countries we rely on for our everyday needs. It harnesses the power of shoppers, producers, businesses and campaigners and it’s growing all the time.

Fairtrade Cinderford

The Fairtrade Mark

The Fairtrade Mark means

  • producers have been paid a fair, stable price (covering their costs of production)
  • producers have longer-term trading relationships, with more stability
  • producers have access to training and skills to develop their businesses
  • producers get a little extra, the Fairtrade premium, to decide for themselves how to spend to strengthen their businesses and their communities
  • producers in co-operatives always get a democratic say in decisions – women included
  • workers receive decent wages
  • workers are allowed to join unions
  • workers are able to work in a safe environment

Fairtrade Around the Benefice

There is a Fairtrade stall at St Stephen’s which is stocked with a variety of food and gifts from Traidcraft. Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, they aim to build lasting relationships with producers, support people to trade their way out of poverty and work to bring about trade justice.

A variety of events take place around the Benefice during the year in which Fairtrade is promoted. These include the annual Fayres (at St Stephen’s, St Ethelbert’s and St John’s) alongside a variety of events during Fairtrade Fortnight and the All Age Worship Harvest Festival Service at St Stephen’s (11.00 am) will once again be followed by the judging of the Harvest BakeOff.

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight took place from Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March. Fairtrade and the difference it makes to people worldwide was celebrated around the Benefice at various events and services. This year’s theme was “Come on in… to Fairtrade” and looked at our neighbours around the world who produce our food.

The Annual “Big Brew” Coffee Morning was held on Saturday 3 March at St Stephen’s and included Fairtrade tea/coffee, cakes, light lunches, craft activities, some very well stocked Fairtrade stalls, Traidcraft’s new catalogue to browse along with displays about Fairtrade and product samples alongside the very highly contested BakeOff. The snow didn’t dampen our efforts and we raised over £100 for Traidcraft Exchange. The church then opened during the following week for a very well received Pop-Up Shop.

The Pop-Up shop was so popular during Fairtrade Fortnight, St Stephen’s hosted again during the week in the run up to World Fairtrade Day (Saturday 12 March). More will be planned for later in the year, keep an eye on the website and Facebook for further details.

The Fairtrade stall is available at St Stephen’s Church whenever the church is open and will be visiting various events around the Forest of Dean, including Littledean School Fayres, Hearts of the Forest School Fayres, the Dilke Fete, St Ethelbert’s Summer Fayre and Littledean Community Centre Summer Fayre, with more to come!