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.
The stall is currently being run by Rachel, our Fairtrade Ambassador, from home during the pandemic. If you would like to purchase anything look at the Facebook page, Fairtrade at St Stephen’s. There are lots of photos on the page, but if there is anything you would like a photo of or more information then please message the page or email Rachel on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can not access Facebook, please email Rachel for a current stock list.
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.
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 and other fairtrade suppliers. 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 took place from Monday 24 February to Sunday 9 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 29 February 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. Funds were raised for Traidcraft Exchange. The church was also open the week prior to the Big Brew for a very well received Pop-Up Shop.
In normal times, Pop-Up shops are also held at St Stephen’s at various times through the year with a wonderful range of fairly traded products for sale, refreshments (Fairtrade of course), Fairtrade food to sample and offers each day.
The Fairtrade stall is available at St Stephen’s Church whenever the church is open and enjoys visiting various events around the Forest of Dean, including Littledean School Fayres, Hearts of the Forest School Fayres, St Ethelbert’s Summer Fayre, Littledean Carnival and Littledean Community Centre Summer Fayre, with more to come!