Mary steps down after four years

Mary Reid, chair and secretary of the the Arbroath Fairtrade Group, was presented with flowers to mark her retiral from the group by Alice Dewar on behalf of fellow group members. In the picture are, from left - Alice Dewar, Karen Bowie, new secretary; Mary Reid and Pat Millar, new chair).
Mary Reid, chair and secretary of the the Arbroath Fairtrade Group, was presented with flowers to mark her retiral from the group by Alice Dewar on behalf of fellow group members. In the picture are, from left - Alice Dewar, Karen Bowie, new secretary; Mary Reid and Pat Millar, new chair).

Arbroath’s Fairtrade action group held its annual general meeting in the St Andrew’s Church halls on Thursday.

Mary Reid, chair of the group, gave a report for the year and Maureen Broomfield gave the treasurer’s report.

Both reports indicated that the group has had a busy and varied year raising awareness in the town of the Fairtrade movement - its mission and aims.

Mary, who has been in post for over four years now, is taking a well deserved break and stepping down. Into the role of chairperson is Pat Millar, with Karen Bowie as group secretary.

A normal meeting then followed.

Plans for the forthcoming year include an afternoon tea to be held during Fairtrade Fortnight and will take place in the Old & Abbey Church on March 7 from 2 to until 4 p.m.

The group will be serving afternoon teas and coffees, cakes and sandwiches and there will also be a chance to purchase various Fairtrade goods including foodstuffs, gifts and crafts.

The group has worked hard since its inception to secure Fairtrade status for the town.

However, the work doesn’t stop there as the organisation has to maintain its aims to ensure that Arbroath keeps its status as a Fairtrade town.