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We had several events in Shrewsbury to mark Fairtrade Fortnight this year, including Traidcraft stalls held in many churches.

Looking back…

Annscroft Parish Church held a wonderful celebration of the 40 years of Traidcraft

Looking forward…

The Big Brew Breakfast at Shrewsbury United Reformed Church included an update on Traidcraft’s present situation.

Traidcraft today:

After running into catastrophic financial difficulties, Traidcraft have had to totally restructure the business:

* All 67 of their original staff were made redundant, and only 12 people could be afforded to run the new company

* The warehouse has been sold

* The range of products they now offer has been drastically reduced, from 1400 to something like 250; the craft range has been severely limited, because this presented the greatest risk.

How does this affect the Indoor Market stall?

Happily, their present catalogue includes most of the foodstuffs we sell; and we are able to add some variety to the range by buying from other Fairtrade suppliers.

One sentence used in the recent road-show made the greatest impact:

“We can’t afford to make a single mistake this year”

The future of Traidcraft is truly balanced on a knife edge: it needs our support more than ever.



Great news! Shrewsbury's status as a Fairtrade Town has
been renewed until 2019! Certificate in gallery

shrewsbury flower show


Click here to download the statement for 2018


Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

As usual, Fairtrade Fortnight was very visible in Shrewsbury, with three street banners across the main roads, several A-boards on the pavements, and displays in the library and various shops.

The first major event, was to highlight our presence in the Indoor Market Hall (see SHOP)

On Saturday 4th March, the Mere Singers generously gave their time to sing ‘world music’ from the gallery of the Indoor Market Hall. Their beautiful singing, (combined with flyers offering free ‘tasters’ on the stall!) helped many new people to find us. We were also incredibly fortunate that local press highlighted the stall two weeks running, with photographs and a good write up.

Then on 11th March, we held a big Fairtrade Fortnight Breakfast in the Shrewsbury United Reformed Church hall. A splendid breakfast was shared, with much of the food being supplied by the Bicton Heath Co-op, to whom, as ever, we owe enormous thanks.

Although we did not charge for the breakfast, we were still able to send a donation of £131.27 to Traidcraft Exchange.

Our speaker was Gillian Castle, a Shrewsbury resident, who has set up a small charity, “Omushana” to help a small village in Uganda. She gave a most inspiring talk. You can find out more on the website: www.omushana.org

The Fairtrade stall made a special display of goods from Omushana for several weeks.


Fairtrade fortnight 2017





We had our usual stall at the Food Festival in June -  see gallery


Fairtrade Fortnight, 29th February – 13th March 2016

This year, the ‘big idea’ for Fairtrade Fortnight,

was to share as many “Big Fairtrade Breakfasts” as possible together!

So our fortnight was heralded in style, with the Mayor, Miles Kenny,

the Treasurer of “Fairtrade Town Shrewsbury”, Ken Chippindale,

and Russ Millhouse from the new University Centre Shrewsbury,

all enjoying breakfast together at the top of the Lord Hill Monument!

This even merited coverage in our local newspaper!

As last year, there were three large banners over the main streets in the town, to announce Fairtrade Fortnight;

the Abbey, the Library, Oxfam and Morrisons

all had excellent displays to remind people about the point of Fairtrade.

(Sadly, the timing was such that the majority of supermarkets and shops – even Sainsbury’s – were too busy marking Mothers’ Day on 6th March to flag up Fairtrade.)

Churches marked the event – a number celebrated with their own

“Big Fairtrade Breakfasts”.

And there is exciting work going on in many of our primary schools,

where the emphasis is changing from the occasional assembly,

to embedding “Fairtrade” as a real part of the curriculum.

Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic Primary School received their first two awards as a “Fair Aware” school and a “Fair Active” school

We had a stall at the “Farmers’ Market” on 4th March

on what must surely have been one of the coldest and wettest days of this winter!

But the climax of the fortnight in Shrewsbury, was the visit of Sheena Biju

a Fairtrade producer from Kerala, India.

On Friday 11th March, she visited the Bicton Heath Co-op

and spoke to a group of school children there.

And on Saturday, 12th March, she spoke after a “Big Fairtrade Breakfast”

at Shrewsbury United Reformed Church.

It was a moving presentation, outlining the very difficult conditions which

existed before Fairtrade, making many of the local farmers suicidal,

and creating difficulties for their families.

It was really helpful to hear again

the incredible difference that Fairtrade can bring to producers.

A short pamphlet outlining Sheena’s work will be available in due course.


On 6th October, a group of some 30 people were able to spend a most interesting and informative evening with Adam Gardner, Community Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation.

He had 3 main points he particularly wanted to stress:

  1. Fairtrade is facing a more difficult commercial climate. Last year, for the first time, sales of Fairtrade goods dipped – only slightly, but nevertheless there was a dip. This reinforces what we have been hearing for a long time. The supermarkets – even ‘good’ ones like Sainsburys and the Co-ops – are trimming back their support of Fairtrade. In the battle with Aldi and Lidl, all the major supermarkets are becoming increasingly watchful of their shelf space, and Fairtrade products have definitely fallen off slightly. Equally, Traidcraft have written to say that they are also finding things more difficult.

  1. Adam stressed the importance of getting the story of “unfair trade” out there – explaining the poor working conditions and inadequate pay of so many farmers and producers. Linked with this is the need to campaign more effectively about “Trade Justice”. He recognised that the details of trade negotiations are both hard to find and difficult to understand, but broadly we need to stress the need for ALL trade to be fair.

  1. Fairtrade Fortnight in 2016 will be from 29th February until 13th March (a week later than traditionally). And the ‘big idea’, the theme for the fortnight, will centre on having a “Fairtrade Breakfast”. How can we make this happen all over Shrewsbury? In churches, schools, in the new University College… Can we do it visibly? In the Market Square? Can we talk to cafes and restaurants and persuade them to join in?

There was so much to take in, but if anyone has any really bright ideas for how we could make Fairtrade Fortnight vibrant and alive, then please, do share them with us! We would so value your input!



In June we held a meeting to look at the future of Fairtrade in Shrewsbury.

“Fair Trade – Forward Together”
How can the work of the” Fair Trade Shrewsbury” shop in St John’s Hill can be carried on? 
With a different team organising it?
With different premises?
With a number of small outlets?
How can we continue the invaluable ‘sale or return’ facility, which enables schools and churches to have stalls at no cost to themselves?
How can we continue to provide a real outlet for Traidcraft and other fairly traded goods in Shrewsbury?

If you have any ideas, or would like to help with this forward thinking in any way (or if you know someone who might like to get involved) then please do contact Ken and Meriel Chippindale Ken and Meriel Chippindale Tel: 365591   e-mail: a.chippindale591@btinternet.com


Also in June we again held a stall at the Shrewsbury Food Festival. Many thanks to all who supported us - we had two very successful days, selling over £400 worth of fairly traded goods.


And in July Meriel Chippindale spent a very enjoyable evening with the Shrewsbury Inner Wheel, reminding them of the difference Fairtrade makes, and selling a variety of fairly traded goods.


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Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd Feb – 8th March)

was celebrated in Shrewsbury this year in a number of ways

– see the gallery for photographs.

First, just before the fortnight got going, we received the excellent news that

Shrewsbury’s status as a Fairtrade Town had been successfully renewed.

There were banners across Wyle Cop, St John’s Hill and Castle Gate,

and 12 A-boards outside various restaurants in town.

Various supermarkets and shops promoted their Fairtrade goods

with special displays and posters.

A number of churches also displayed posters, held stalls,

and reminded their congregations in their services and newsletters,

of the value of Fairtrade to growers and producers in the developing world.

Some primary schools held special assemblies

or celebrated Fairtrade in other, exciting ways

– details will be given on the SCHOOLS page of this website.

And on 6th March, there was a Fairtrade stall at the Farmers’ Market.

As well as the wide range of goods for sale,

Starbucks contributed (black) coffee to taste, and

Bread and Loaf” baked delicious ‘brownies’, using Fairtrade ingredients,

to tempt passers by!

Our thanks go to our friends Original Shrewsbury and their publication of this article on their website. Click here to read more.

"God's Earth, He cares, How can we?"
A one day conference at Shrewsbury Baptist Church in Claremont Street Shrewsbury.
22nd November: 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Coleham School Christmas Fair
Friday 5th December from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
There was Fairtrade stall

Other schools are also having Fairtrade stalls as a part of their Christmnas Fairs

Fairtrade Christmas Stall at St Giles' Church, Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6JP in The Fellowship Room.

Wednesday November 12th. 10a.m. - 6p.m. Light refreshments available.

The 'rolling stall' is doing well, with the last two events taking over £700 each! Many thanks to all those who made that possible.

St Giles' CofE Primary School arranged a wonderful "Fairtrade Fortnight" of their own, looking at the effects Fairtrade achieved in various countries.
It was really encouraging to hear the children's enthusiam for what they had learned.
They also had a 'before and after school' sale of Fairtrade goods on 3 occasions, which sold well over £200 worth of goods.
Many thanks to the school for this splendid initiative, and to the parents for their support.

28- 29 June: The second Shrewsbury Food Fair in the quarry was a resounding success.
The Fairtrade stall had an excellent team of volunteers throughout the fair, and sold goods worth over £400 over the two days.
Grateful thanks to the organisers, who generously let us have the stall in exchange for volunteer helpers at the event.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

Posters and displays: it was good to see more evidence of Fairtrade Fortnight this year, by way of posters and displays. The shops who really flew the Fairtrade flag were the various Co-ops, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Oxfam, Shrewsbury Fair Trade, and Snapdragon Wholefoods in the Indoor Market. Thanks to all of them.

The theme was “Stick with Foncho”, about making all bananas fair, and so we borrowed a ‘smoothie bike’ for events at Sainsbury’s and the Darwin Centre, which certainly attracted attention!

Other events:

Radbrook Green Co-op held a coffee morning, where Fairtrade goods (their own and those from Shrewsbury Fair Trade shop) were available, together with free drinks and biscuits!

And the Bicton Heath Co-op put on a wonderful day, with a large Shrewsbury Fair Trade Shop stall, their own Fairtrade goods well flagged up, and a cooking demonstrator who made excellent and imaginative use of their various Fairtrade products!

Many churches held extra events, or devoted time in their services to mark Fairtrade Fortnight;

Shrewsbury Fair Trade encouraged everyone to bake a cake with Fairtrade ingredients, as a way of publicizing the event;

and a number of schools asked for special assemblies to highlight the importance of Fairtrade.

One of the purposes of Fairtrade Fortnight, was to promote a petition, to Vince Cable, calling for the government to act to make all bananas fair.

We have been able to send well over 600 signatures in support of this.

A special scoop was obtaining the signature of Henry Olonga, when he was visiting Shrewsbury United Reformed Church!

And a raffle (together with some donations from the smoothie bike’s outings)) made £265 for the Fairtrade Foundation Innovations scheme, which enables new people to make the leap to becoming Fairtrade producers.

Thanks especially to Marks and Spencer and the Co-op for wonderful food hampers; to the Shalimar Restaurant for a meal for two; and to WHSmith and Jessops for additional gifts.

Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June 2013,

Shrewsbury Food Festival, The Quarry park, Shrewsbury, and around town. Shrewsbury's first food festival was a success, and a Fairtrade stall was there, taking £250.

There was a Fairtrade stall as part of the annual May Fair on Saturday 11 May from 11:00am - 3:30pm at St Giles' Church, Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6JP, marking World Fairtrade Day.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

We had a wonderful Fairtrade Fortnight 2013, Monday 25 February until Sunday 10 March, going even further for Fairtrade. We have had a very successful visit from a Fairtrade Coffee Farmer from Costa Rica to Shropshire, courtesy of The Fairtrade Foundation, from Monday 25 February to Thursday 28 February! His name is Gerardo Arias Camacho and his programme and a programme of other Fairtrade Fortnight activities in Shropshire can be seen below including a video interview of Gerardo recorded by Telford & Wrekin Council at Redhill Primary School

Monday 25 February 2013

12 noon. Gerardo and Jenny Tither from the Fairtrade Foundation arrived in Shrewsbury by train and visited Shrewsbury Fair Trade shop in St John's Hill, Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury Fair Trade celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. It is entirely run by volunteers and any profits are donated to Traidcraft Exchange, the charitable wing of Traidcraft, who supply most of the goods sold in the shop. A staggering £40,000 have been donated in this way. Afterwards they were the guests of honour at an informal lunch with Shrewsbury Fair Trade voluntary directors and other volunteers and Gerardo spoke of his support for Fairtrade, and his desire to have even more of his coffee sold on Fairtrade terms.

5:30pm - 7:00pm Shropshire Council and Shropshire Fairtrade Coalition Reception for Gerardo Arias Camacho in Wilfred Owen Room, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

There was a very successful early evening reception at Shirehall, Shropshire Council. There was a short presentation by Gerardo Arias Camacho, questions, and an informal gathering over light refreshments with Fairtrade theme. Present were the Shrewsbury Town Mayor, Shropshire Councillors, and representatives from retail organisations and Fairtrade organisations in Shrewsbury and from Shropshire. Thanks to Midcounties Co-op for assisting with the funding for the event and to Harper Adams University and local Fairtrade home bakers for the wonderful refreshments. See photo here (scroll down until you see the Fairtrade logo!) http://www.flickr.com/photos/shropshirecouncil and report here http://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2013/03/fairtrade-farmer-visits-shirehall-to-share-insights-on-coffee-production/ Thanks to Shropshire Council for the coverage!

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Bicton Heath Midcounties Co-op, SY3 5AD. 11am - 4pm. With a Fairtrade Coffee Farmer from Guatemala and a Fairtrade crafts stall.

Sunday 3 March 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace Shrewsbury, SY3 9HF. Fairtrade stalls after both morning services

Friday 8 March 2013

St Giles' Church Shrewsbury SY2 6JP. 3:00pm - 5:00pm In the Fellowship Room (next to the church), Fairtrade Big Brew and Bake, all welcome.

Friday 8 March 2013

International Women's Day and our Fairtrade allies at Oxfam arranged many events across the country, including Get Together and Cabaret Night at Old Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury SY5 6HJ, 7:30pm until late, where there was a Fairtrade stall. Suggested minimum donation of £4 to Oxfam Women in Poverty.

Sunday 10 March 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, SY3 9HF. Fairtrade stalls after both morning services.

Sunday 10 March 2013

St Giles' Church, Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6JP. Fairtrade stall after 9:30am service in Fellowship Room next to church, about 10:45am.

Before and throughout Fairtrade Fortnight 2013, Fairtrade Town Shrewsbury were holding a raffle to raise funds for the Fairtrade Foundation. Prizes included a large Fairtrade hamper, Fairtrade wine, a meal at the Masala Restaurant and many others.The raffle was drawn in April.

Saturday 15 December 2012

Shrewsbury Chronicle Christmas Market in the Square.

Shrewsbury Fairtrade Town group ran a pre Christmas Fairtrade Stall from 10am - 6pm at the Christmas Market in the Square. This was part of Shrewsbury Fairtrade Town group's ongoing programme, having recently successfully gained renewal of Shrewbury's Fairtrade Town status from the Fairtrade Foundation. Fairtrade goods from Shrewsbury Fair Trade and And Albert were on sale and over £400, a magnificent total, was taken. There was also a lot of interest from shoppers and visitors in general.

November 2012

Shrewsbury's Fairtrade Town status renewed. Shrewsbury Fairtrade Town campaigners were delighted to receive confirmation that their coveted Fairtrade Town status, first granted in 2011, had been renewed. The Fairtrade Foundation congratulated Ken and Meriel Chippindale and the rest of their team on their achievement. The town will next need to apply to further renew Fairtrade Town status in 2014.

24 September - 6 October 2012

The Big Fair Bake. We were all encouraged to bake with Fairtrade ingredients, and raise funds for Fairtrade. Shrewsbury Fair Trade shop ran a guess the weight of the Fairtrade cake competition for a Fairtrade hamper. Shropshire Council uses Fairtrade sugar and encouraged customers to buy their cakes from The Column Restaurant. More on the campaign at

1 September 2012

Shrewsbury Fair Trade celebrated its first twenty five years.

The directors of the St John's Hill shop provided a sit down supper for their volunteers, with entertainment from delving into the Day Book, a daily record of their activities since 1993. Memorabilia was also displayed and a very good time was had by all, with several toasts using Fairtrade bubbly (courtesy of Midcounties Co-op), of course. The culmination of the evening was the presentation of a cheque for £5000 to Traidcraft Exchange, the charitable wing of Traidcraft. All the directors and volunteers at the shop are unpaid, and any proceeds are donated to Traidcraft Exchange. More in Coalition Photos.

Fairtrade Antiques Valuation Evening in Shrewsbury Friday 22 June 2012

Fairtrade Town Shrewsbury proudly presented a new venture, with the support of Jeremy Lamond and Andrew Beeston from Hall's the Auctioneers. On Friday 22 June from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in St Nicholas Hall, Shrewsbury SY3 7BJ (behind the United Reformed Church just off the English Bridge) Jeremy and Andrew put their expertise and years of experience at the disposal of a full crowd who had gathered to have treasures in cupboards or on sideboards valued. Items were valued at £1 per item, and while people waited they enjoyed Fairtrade refreshments and tastings, and had a go in a Fairtrade raffle for a Fairtrade hamper donated by the Co-op. This was a new way of raising the profile of Fairtrade locally rather than money raising, and profits went to the Fairtrade Foundation for their work on trade justice. Thank you for supporting this event.

World Fairtrade Day Saturday 12 May 2012

We were all encouraged to have a Fairtrade Breakfast to mark World Fairtrade Day and to Take a Step for Fairtrade.
Register your step on www.fairtrade.org.uk/step
Why wouldn't you have a Fairtrade Breakfast with Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, muesli, bananas, oranges, mangoes, marmalade, jam and honey all readily available to name but a few? Support Fair Trade Organisations (FTOs) like Traidcraft and Cafe Direct by buying their products. And if you combined it with British milk perhaps delivered to your door in a reusable glass bottle, and locally made bread and butter, even better! Finally, tell people about it.

Friday 2 March

Fairtrade Stall on Farmers' Market, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH.
Fairtrade tastings of products from the Co-op, Take a Step cards and goods to buy from Shrewsbury Fair Trade and and Albert

Saturday 3 March

World Development Movement stall, Shrewsbury Unitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1LR
Tea campaign and food derivatives

Monday 5 March pm

Mereside CE Primary School, Shrewsbury Years 3 and 4 played the Chocolate Trade Game as part of their work on Fairtrade in Fairtrade Fortnight

Sunday 11 March

Fairtrade Fortnight Fairtrade stall, St Giles' Church, Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6JP, after 9:30 am service in Fellowship Room next to church, with Fairtrade tea and coffee.


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