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. 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. We look forward to a wonderful range of entries including both Fairtrade ingredients and locally produced or sourced ones. The All Age Worship 2016 Harvest Service at St Stephen’s focussed on “The Bread of Heaven” and once again a wonderful range of delicious cakes were entered into the BakeOff containing a range of locally produced and Fairtrade produce.

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight took place from Monday 27 February to Sunday 12 March. Fairtrade and the difference it makes to people worldwide were celebrated around the Benefice at various events and services. This year’s theme was “It’s Time to Put Fairtrade in Your Break.”

The 11 am services on Sunday 26 February and 12 March at St Stephen’s had a Fairtrade focus along with the St Ethelbert’s 10.30 am service on Sunday 5 March.

The Annual “Big Brew” Coffee Morning took place on Saturday 25 February at St Stephen’s and included Fairtrade tea/coffee, cakes, light lunches, craft activities, three very well stocked Fairtrade stalls, Traidcraft’s new catalogue to browse along with displays about Fairtrade and product samples. There was a wonderful array of entries for the Fairtrade BakeOff and congratulations go to Maggie for her gravity defying jellybean cake packed with Fairtrade ingredients. Photos can be found in the gallery.

The Fairtrade stall is available at St Stephen’s Church whenever the church is open and has already visited various events around the Forest of Dean, including the Dilke Fete, St Ethelbert’s Summer Fayre and Littledean Community Centre Summer Fayre this year, with more to come!