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Celebrations as Bromsgrove given Fairtrade town status
6:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Local
AFTER four years of hard work, the Fairtrade Bromsgrove campaign group is thrilled with the news that the town has been awarded Fairtrade town status by the Fairtrade Foundation.
And it was particularly gratifying for members after Anna Misterska, from the foundation, described their application as a “very strong one”.
This means that cafes, retails outlets, schools, churches and community groups have come together in selling Fairtrade goods or simply using such products, particularly tea or coffee, in their work places
Fairtrade is all about helping the very poorest farmers in the third world to eke out a living for themselves and their communities. Farmers are given a minimum price for their goods and also a premium which the communities can use, for example, to improve health care.
A campaign spokesman said: “We now have to work hard to maintain this status as we have to show progress and renew it in a year’s time. Our next challenge is to get firms in the district as well as parishes to support Fairtrade.”
“We started the campaign four years ago, and the council passed a resolution in support in 2010, a vital part of the application.
“We’re very grateful to Councillor Roger Hollingworth for proposing the resolution. Sajid Javid MP has been a very strong supporter throughout, even raising funds for us at the very outset. The Co-op group too have been brilliant in their financial support. And Councillor Caroline Spencer, who first brought the campaign to the attention of the council at large, has been a very strong and active helper all the way through. Indeed we now have three district councillors on our campaign group.”
A presentation of the Fairtrade town certificate will take place at the Artrix in Bromsgrove on Friday, November 1 from 5.30pm until 6.15pm.
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