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 Harvest.

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from Monday 25 February to Sunday 10 March. Fairtrade and the difference it makes to people worldwide was celebrated around the Benefice at various events and services. This year’s theme centred around cocoa and the empowerment of women through Fairtrade.

The Annual “Big Brew” Coffee Morning was held on Saturday 2 March at St Stephen’s and included Fairtrade tea/coffee, cakes, light lunches, craft activities, some very well stocked Fairtrade stalls, along with displays about Fairtrade and product samples alongside the very highly contested BakeOff. Over £200 was raised for Traidcraft Exchange. The church was also open the week prior to the Big Brew for a very well received Pop-Up Shop.

Various community groups were visited during the course of Fairtrade Fortnight and there is still a very exciting chocolate tasting event at Cafe Thirty One (Market Street, Cinderford, Forest of Dean) to come. This will be held on International Women’s Day (Friday 8 March)  from 2.30 pm – 4.3o pm and 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm. “Around the World in 80 Beans” will consist of a short talk on chocolate, Fairtrade and the empowerment of women around the world, followed by an opportunity to sample various chocolate and coffee from around the world. Money is being raised for GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service). Free entry.

The Pop-Up shop was so popular during Fairtrade Fortnight, plans are afoot to host further Pop-Up shops during 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!