Busy time for Arbroath Fairtrade Group

ARBROATH Fairtrade Action Group met last Tuesday in St Andrew’s Church hall.

The gathering was chaired by Mrs Mary Reid who noted that it had been a busy spell since the meeting in May.

She reminded the company that the World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 12, had been hosted by Cafe Amor who served pancake with Fairtrade bananas and chocolate hazelnut spread.

The next day a group of members manned a Fairtrade stall at the Angus College Open Day where they gave out leaflets and sold Fairtrade goods.

The zone meeting was attended on Tuesday, May 22, and Arbroath volunteers were asked to get more businesses involved with Fairtrade and get media cover for the zone.

She added that the St John’s Methodist Church coffee morning on June 16 was a successful event where leaflets and Fairtrade goods were sold.

She revealed that the group hopes to organise a talk followed by a cheese and wine event. There is also a possibility that volunteers may help a planned fashion show by obtaining Fairtrade clothes that will be modelled.

Linda MacDonald of the group is purchasing Traidcraft goods and has placed orders for two churches. She stated that the postage cost is removed when she places bigger orders.

Mrs Reid is working on the town’s Fairtrade application which has involved writing about churches and schools which have Fairtrade status or are using Fairtrade goods. She is waiting on replies for a few details she needs before she sends off the application but it will be dispatched before the next meeting in August.

Mrs Reid has been invited to represent Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group at a civic reception being held by Angus Council in recognition of Forfar becoming a Fairtrade town.